York Street Helles by Wiper and True
Helles Lager, 4.7%
York Street Helles is Wiper and True's take on a traditional Munich-style lager. A crisp, dry lager with subtle herbal aromas, the smooth malt flavours mellow into gentle, restrained bitterness, making for a deliciously easy-drinking beer.
The live tasting of this beer was on 13th May 2021 #BeerBods
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It’s no secret we’re big fans of Wiper and True here at BeerBods. Founded by Michael Wiper in 2012, the brewery is supported by the oh so mysterious Mr True, who, after tasting some of Michael’s beer, decided to fund the brewery.
Starting out as Bristol’s first cuckoo brewers they hit the local craft beer scene with a number of thoughtfully diverse beers and some fab collaborations. After finding a permanent home in the colourful St Werburghs area of Bristol, the brewery has gone from strength to strength and is now regarded as a stalwart of the city’s brewing scene.
“Strange as it might seem, seeing as we’ve never sold a drop of it, Wiper and True started from cider making roots” explains Martin Saunders, Commercial Director and self-proclaimed champion dishwasher stacker.
“Michael enjoyed making cider as a hobby and planted a small cider apple orchard in 2010. The making of booze led them to start home brewing beer, something he could partake in without the constraints of the seasons”.
Whilst they’ve moved on from apples, the idea of trying to use local, seasonal ingredients and wild fermentations, as with cider making, has never left the company. Neither has a culture of continuous improvement, based on inspiration from beers around the world.
“As Wiper and True has grown and started exporting, the team have returned from trips with stories of how beer culture is evolving differently in various parts of the world.”
Each style of beer in the Wiper & True range is represented by a classy looking gold illustration with only the small print providing any indication of what the beer is called. A butterfly means it’s a Saison lurking inside. A Space shuttle, a stout. Obviously.
For this week’s beer, we have York Street Helles. Wiper and True introduce it for us…
“York Street Helles is our take on a traditional Munich-style lager. It’s inspired by our German head brewer and his time becoming a Master Brewer at world-renowned beer institution Doemens. A crisp, dry lager with subtle herbal aromas, the smooth malt flavours mellow into gentle, restrained bitterness, making for a deliciously easy-drinking beer.”