If it didn’t say Helles on the bottle, would it taste like one?
In a blind taste test, could I tell the difference between Buoy’s Pilsner and Helles lagers? When I have the one bottle in front of me, it takes a moment to taste the essential helles-ness of the beer. It’s crisp on the tongue, with the cleanness of any good lager. The hopping is light and herbal adding just the thinnest bitterness. The malt is golden and sweet. This is where the helles flavor kicks in – notes of honey and golden sugar crystals. It’s sweet, but not that sweet. In another bottle, in another can, would it taste like a pilsner? Or perhaps a Pabst?