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1D Munich Helles

Average Score 39.5 / 50
Scored by 2 People


Score Sheet #1 - Judged by a National judge and scored 40

Judge: Andy Weigel (andyweigel@gmail.com)
Judge Qualification: Certified
Entry ID: 94240993
Style: 1D Munich Helles
Beer Info:
Descriptors:
Bottle Inspection: All Good
Bottle Comments:

Aroma:
Low level of cracker-like and white bread malt aroma. Just a wisp of nutty malt aroma. Low level of spicy and herbal hop aroma. No esters. No other aromatics.
10 / 12

Appearance:
Very light gold with absolutely brilliant clarity. Pours with a medium level of bright white head that quickly dissipates leaving a mat of compact bubbles.
3 / 3

Flavor:
Medium low level of cracker-like, corny, Pilsner malt flavors dominate, but are balanced by a low level of hop bitterness. Very low level of spicy and herbal hop flavor. Very slight white grape-like ester. Balance is toward the malt, but the hop bitterness keeps it closer to center. Finish is dry.
14 / 20

Mouthfeel:
Medium-light body with medium high carbonation. Very low creaminess. Slight carbonic astringency. Crisp and well attenuated.
5 / 5

Overall:
Overall this is an excellent beer. The only suggestion I would have would be to possibly lose the nutty malt aroma and maybe add just a touch more base malt to increase the overall Pilsner-like malt intensity.
8 / 10

Total Score: 40 / 50

Style Accuracy: 4 / 5
Technical Merit: 5 / 5
Intangibles: 3 / 5

Score Sheet #2 - Judged by a Rank Pending judge and scored 39

Judge: Brian Robbins (b-robbins@comcast.net)
Judge Qualification: Rank Pending
Entry ID: 94240993
Style: 1D Munich Helles
Beer Info:
Descriptors: Sulfur
Bottle Inspection: All Good
Bottle Comments:

Aroma:
Light sweet pils aroma, crackers, hint of toasted peanut shells.
Very low spicy hop aroma. Low white grape esters, low sulfur.
10 / 12

Appearance:
Brilliantly clear bright straw color. Moderate head of very fine white bubbles that faded quickly to a faint ring at the periphery.
3 / 3

Flavor:
Moderate cracker and low bready malt, with low toasted character. Low spicy herbal hop flavor. Malt focused, low hop bitterness. Very low corn sweetness and grape ester, fairly clean. Malt flavors persist into the finish. Hint of sulfur.
14 / 20

Mouthfeel:
Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Smooth, but not crisp. No alcohol heat, no astringency.
4 / 5

Overall:
An excellent beer that accurately represents the malt focused style, with only minor issues. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Higher carbonation would be appropriate and would iprove the mouthfeel. If bottle conditioning, use 15% more priming sugar. If using co2, use higher pressure or lower temp and use caution when packaging. Head retention could also be better. If all grain, consider shortening or eliminating protein rest or add specialty malts for body.
8 / 10

Total Score: 39 / 50

Style Accuracy: 4 / 5
Technical Merit: 4 / 5
Intangibles: 4 / 5


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