Coal Harbour Brewing Co. – 311 Helles Lager Review
The 311 Helles Lager is the staple of Coal Harbour Brewing Company‘s beer lineup. 311 stands for 11-11-11, or November 11th, 2011 – The date of their first brew. This golden-straw coloured lager pours with a thick finger of head that settles quickly and without a trace. The smell is light and malty with a grass tones and a slight honey like sweetness. The taste is crisp and light (helles is German for light) with solid malts and German hops. The hops are quite mild and in this case play second string to the grassy, malted flavour. Slightly sweeter than average the 311 is quite smooth and very easy to drink. There is nothing that stands out as being a clearly defining factor for this beer but that is kind of the point. This is a traditional German style lager which is refreshing, smooth and of course quite delicious. Also, being sold at BC Liquor stores in 8-packs for a mere $13.11 the Coal Harbour 311 Helles Lager actually fits into the Bargain Beers category. This is truly a craft beer that comes in at a price even a college student can afford.
Alcohol – 5.25%
IBU – 19
Size – 8 x 355ml
Price – $13.11 (BC Liquor Stores)