Review: Bayern Mondak Pump Jack Helles Lager

Wow, I've had this beer in my fridge for nearly a year now! I kept wanting to review it but just didn't know when was the best time to do so.. so now I have to force myself to do it! One of my friends gave me a bottle of Missoula, Montana's Bayern Brewery's Mondak Pump Jack Helles Lager the last time I was in the US last year. I couldn't find much (if any) information about the beer so it appears to be a very limited release by Bayern. I'm a fan of Helles Lagers so this is hopefully still good after a year!

Sorry about the glass in the photo.. I couldn't find a clean proper glass so I had to make do with this one!

Appearance: Cloudy lemon yellow body with a good amount of sediment throughout the body (probably my fault), a light amount of carbonation taking place in the body and a moderate amount off-white head on top of the glass. Once the foam diminishes, there's still a thin layer of bubbles on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bread-like to start off, reminds me raw dough. There's a hint of honey, a mild amount of grassiness from the malt. Light sweetness, bready.. fairly standard Helles so far.

Taste: Again, very bready presence to it with a nice amount of sweetness to it, I get a bit of honey to it, as well as a sweet wet prairie barley taste to it. There's grassy hops in it, and an aftertaste that's slightly bitter and slightly metallic.

Overall Thoughts: Not much to write about but it's a decent Helles, very bready with a good amount of sweetness to it. It's fairly easy to drink but definitely a bit stronger than a Michelob or Bud Light for sure.

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends and readers!

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