Continuing to leverage my time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, I am studying for the second level of the Cicerone Certification Program for beer professionals. To stay honest in my studies, I am reviewing DMV beers brewed in the classic styles and comparing them to the official style guidelines.
This week I’m drinking Wheatland Springs Farm Brewery’s Helles Lager, Servus. While most of Wheatland Spring’s beer try to utilize ingredients from their farm and the region at large, Servus’ grist consists of 55% Bavarian grain, sourced from a single farm from that German state. Wheatland’s focus on “Land Beer” has led to an ethos of European brewing traditions filtered through a lens of modern Northern Virginia. Let’s see what a traditional Helles “should” taste like:
Munich Helles Guidelines from the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP):
A clean, malty, gold-colored German lager with a smooth grainy-sweet malty flavor and a soft, dry finish. Subtle spicy, floral, or herbal hops
Source: DC Beer
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