Rebel | Tree Brewing

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Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by elricorico on 04-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 12oz pilsner glass.

Pours crystal clear. It's golden, but has an orange hue. Decent white head forms and recedes to a thin cap.

Smell is predominantly bready, sweet malt, with a touch of floral hops in the background. Quickly fades.

Taste is VERY soft malt, and some hop flavour with a barely there bitterness that doesn't show up until the aftertaste.

I like the body on this one, it carries the flavours well. It's lightly carbonated which lends to the softness; higher carbonation would likely make this more crisp and refreshing.

This is a well made lager, but there is better ones out there in this style (Bushwakker and Paddock Wood both come to mind). I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I would not go out of my way to get one.

This is a very approachable beer for a craft newbie, but nothing to get excited about. I would consider this more of a Helles than a Pilsner, as it is definitely malt forward.

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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending sample, Presario. Yellow with a bit of sizzly head. A bit of malty aroma. Above average carbonation, a bit on light mouthfeel. Some decent malty taste, floral hops, and drinkability. However drying finish and a tad metallic.Refreshes.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This doesn't seem like a German pils to my (admittedly limited) knowledge, but it's an enjoyable lager wherever one would put it.

It poured a light bronze into my pilsener glass with a bubbly head that had good staying power and left lots of sticky lace. Bread and sweet caramel put the malt aromas upfront, but there were some earthy hops underneath.

The taste was sweet, with a touch of honey — though not as cloying as beers that have honey added to them. The sweetness yielded to a finish that was crisp and bitter. The hops became a little more apparent in the dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a crowd pleaser and a probably a good thirst quencher when the weather turns warm.

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Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden orange in colour, with a thin white head. Lacing sticks all around the glass. Champagne like bubbles rising through.

Sweet cracker and honey malt aroma, with a bit of grainy hop aromas. Certainly leans more towards sweet in the aroma.

A light honey sweetness is first on the tongue, and from there it becomes relatively sweet across the front of the tongue. Most notable of flavours is the crackers in the finish. Very crisp at the end. Nice flavour.

The mouthfeel is slick, and highly carbonated. Made for quaffing.

A pretty good lager that will please a lot of the summer time drinkers.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden pour... an aggressive pour brought a full two finger head that likely would not have formed as heavy if poured more naturally. Recedes fairly quickly, leaving a full sheet of head over the brew and a thick lip of lace.

S: A distinct noble hops aroma. Simple, subtle, and pleasant. These are the aromas that I appreciate in a modest lager.

T: Noble hops, somewhat herbal. A gentle malt backbone.

M + D: Somewhat light, but a full flavour. A good session brew, and a nice beer all around, though maybe not particularly extraordinary.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Tree 8-pack of the stuff, seems like the 8-pack concept isn't just for their sampler anymore.

Pours out a clear tawny amber, thick white head that recedes in a short time to a thin film on top. Almost bock-like in appearance.

The nose is pleasant, enticing wafer-like malt, nice toasted notes, with a quick jab of fresh herbal hops.

The flavour has potential, but falls a bit short of the mark. The malt seems fairly subdued in comparison to the hops, which take charge immediately and pretty much steer the ride. Mild toasted malt, accompanied by hops like fresh juicy dandelion greens.

The mouthfeel has certain bursts of fullness, and then thins out at times. The former makes the whole experience more enjoyable, while the latter assists in this being a quencher.

Aside from needing to turn the volume up a touch more in the malt dep't, this is an enjoyable pils from Kelowna, and I'll be picking up more of these 8-packs throughout the summer months.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Shadman
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Says it's a german lager. A quote from the label front "a classic handcrafted cold filtered German lager with a mild hop flavour, distinctly different...and original". on a side note...I think Tree either fired their label designer or he was seriously stoned because this one is, well. bland is a nice way of putting it...BA has this beer as a german pilsener...what does it actually taste like..let's see

might be the darkest pil I've sampled as it's either a very deep amber or a very pale orange in color. Nice head retention and good lacing. Sweet malt, maybe a hint of carmel. A slight touch of citrus as well.

Taste: gotta be honest here...It's a lot more like a APA than a Pils or a Lager. In fact it's like mix between Thirsty Beaver and their Cutthroat Pale Ale. The balance, at least early on, between the carmel malt and the citrus hop is good. They both compliment each other nicely. A bit on the sweet side towards a bitter finish. But as I mentioned earlier, the carmel malt is very much like a toned down TB and the hop is a toned down CT.

Initially crisp, the mouthfeel settled into a nice smooth. almost creamy feel.

I'm maybe going on a limb here as the 4th review, but it's neither a lager or a Pils. It's a decent APA. It's a lot more drinkable APA for the average Joe than many and maybe that;s what Tree is trying to accomplish here,

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest beer. It is a GErman inspired Lager so that makes sense.

A bit of a nutty and smokey flavour/aroma. Very nice carbonation. Doesn't case mad burps like many other lagers. Very refreshing. About 100x better than most lagers I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is so light yet complex. There is a lot more flavour here than other lagers.

I detect a bit of a spicey character underneath it all....Probably a characteristic of the yeast used. Very nice, Tree/Fireweed!

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Photo of canucklehead
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tree could have hit the lager ball out of the park ( think Steamworks Pils in a bottle) but instead we get an easy drinking lager to compete with GI, shaftebury, OK springs etc. The flavours are all OK with a decent balance but no real hop presence and a slightly off finish. I would drink this on a patio but hoped for more from this brewer.

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Photo of MAB
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To preface, a lager- any lager- is not one of my favorite styles of beer.
That said, this was a decent beer and one of the better lager's that I've had.
It was darker than most lagers and had a thin, fairly tight head. Quite pleaing to look at and you knew that you were in for something a little different.
Carbonation was spot-on for the style.
It had a nice hop aroma but not a strong hop aroma. Again, very appropriate.
The taste was crisp and slightly hoppy, with some sweetness at the end.
Well worth having if you're in the mood for a lager. It's just that I'm always in the mood for Tree Brewing's Hop Head IPA.
This beer came in an eight-pack sampler case with some other very average product (no Hop Head, unfortunately) like "Thirsty Beaver amber ale", so the "Rebel" was a nice find.

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Rebel from Tree Brewing
3.55 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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