Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #3 – One more Remarkable Tröegs: When in Doubt Helles
Date: May 31, 2019 —
The Story— We’ve stayed at the Hershey Hotel that looms over the town, and over Tröegs brewery. Their van takes you to and from and even though you could probably walk it, we were grateful for the ride up hill. The sad part was actually having to leave the brewery. So with these posts, we’ll stay another hour to savor one of the best Helles biers we’ve tasted outside the state of Bavaria. It’s brewed infrequently and despite all my pleading, they wouldn’t agree to sell me a half barrel a month year round.
The Beer– Absolutely echt (authentic) Bavarian Helles – Mild gold malt with some bread finishing. Sweet with some JFH and a flower or two. Gently chewy. Just a touch of late water is OK considering the 4.3% booze, which is very low even for session Bavarian beers.
Value — Excellent. Like their Keller Pils, you’ll need to fly to Germany to do better.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
Sometimes we just stay home and drink beer — hundreds of them over the course of the year as we hunt for a new favorite. The searching for the beer of the day never stops, so for a while, there will be fewer travel-oriented posts and just some to-the-point descriptions of beers we’ve enjoyed.
We’re often asked to share our tasting notes on over 33,000 beers; this blog is in answer to those requests. Not all our notes, though. The great beer writer Michael Jackson admirably followed the Thumper Rule, and we’ll try to do the same. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”) All the beers we post are from the top half of our ratings and most are from the top quarter. Of greater value, we think, are the stories behind the beers, and we try to give you enough about the brewery, the style and the places to find great beer to help you on your own beer journeys. At CulturAle Press we try to write books and publish posts that will help you “Drink Well and Travel Safely.”