Wibby Lightshine HellesDecember 1, 2016
I admit, I downed my first Lightshine straight out of the can after a long afternoon of autumnal yard work (read: raking way too many wet leaves). It was perfect: crisp, refreshing, just enough sweetness without being cloying; exactly what was needed after all that work, and my only complaint was it was gone too soon. The second time, I carefully poured it in a glass for the purposes of this review. The main difference was I could see how pretty it pours. A lovely helles that is appropriate from the glass or the can.Lisa Morrison has been writing about beer for nearly 20 years. She also owns Belmont Station, a well-known bottle shop and taproom in Portland, Oregon.
Ah, helles. It’s probably my favorite German lager style, but it is so rarely seen in these parts. This one pours from the can looking very hazy and refuses my attempts at foam. The aroma is mildly sweet with faint floral notes. The bitterness is a bit hard, but quickly gives way — the finish is clean. It’s well-brewed, and if it lacks the subtle complexities of its German ancestors, it’ll certainly do nicely at a fish fry.Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster's Table and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.