Five Barrel Brewing High Water & Big Picture

Five Barrel Brewing

Released October 13, 2021

So often when we’re talking about lagers in Australia, we’re thinking mid-strength Aussie lagers designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. But there are plenty of German-inspired lagers that are more of an experience in themselves, and High Water Helles fits this latter category.

Hallertau Blanc hops bring a lemonade-y tang that reaches from first sniff to last sip. Munich malt shows off with a silky body and big grain flavours, letting a little syrupy sweetness and a sliver of herbal spice stick around into the aftertaste. It ain’t mid-strength, it ain’t unobtrusive, and it ain’t half bad. It’s a hell of a Helles.

On the flip side, due to a small mix up, I poured Big Picture Hazy IPA into a glass thinking it was the High Water Helles. I took one look at the orange juice opacity of this "lager" and was very skeptical. I smelled it with nostrils of suspicion, and decided that this huge punch of tropical fruit did not belong in this so-called Helles. I tasted it, and was dubious about this textured experience of sweet mango with a touch of coconut and rockmelon, which were not at all what I was expecting from a traditional German-style lager.

You can enjoy this hazy IPA oozing with Talus, Cashmere and Ella hops all you like. But don’t let anyone tell you it’s a Helles.

Mick Wust

Style
Helles Lager & Hazy IPA
ABV
5.8% & 6.8%
Bitterness
21 & 22 IBU
Name
Five Barrel Brewing
Address

318 Keira Street
Wollongong
NSW 2500

Phone
(02) 4200 8881
Regular events

Food truck on site every Thursday to Sunday

Open Hours

Sun to Wed: midday to 6pm
Thurs to Sat: midday to 9pm