Heller High Water: Got Me Feelin’ Heller Good

Heller High Water from Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa, Ontario is a golden straw colour with a spongy white head that leaves small spots and streaks of lace before resting as a thin collar and film. This seasonal helles lager has a mild smell with aromas of fresh and lightly toasted grains, yeast and red berry juice.

Heller High Water
This Seasonal Lager Does Well in Hot Weather

The taste of Heller High Water is light and crisp. Airy yet earthy malt, yeast and grassy flavours are accented by an almost metallic, mineral-like bitterness. The lager has a fairly thin body and moderate carbonation. It is creamy and a bit grainy with a mild oiliness and the finish is pretty clean with a touch of grain and yeast flavour in the aftertaste.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale: Summer Teeth

This pale wheat ale from The Boston Beer Company in Massachusetts pours a clear pencil yellow colour with a fairly large head that burns off within minutes without leaving much in the way of lacing and lots of visible carbonation. Samuel Adams Summer Ale smells of lemon zest at first, but the aroma really gets muted after the head burns off. Fresh wheat and a familiar banana tone become more prevalent after that. A certain buttery soapiness pokes through as well, along with a peppery zing and a sweet honey note comes through after warming.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
This Samuel Adams Seasonal is not Up to Par

Samuel Adams Summer Ale really falls short in the taste department. I get a metallic tinge and a faint fresh wheat taste first, then an extremely tart lemon peel taste with a macro-style rotten corn adjunct tone. The beer is very light-bodied with a metallic bitterness on the tongue that goes tart without any significant sweetness behind it. It leaves a rather gross, household cleaner-like taste on the back of the tongue.