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German Helles
Ranked #20
Ranked #10,055
4.19 | pDev: 6.21%
Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Wanderer is our unfiltered German-style Helles Lager. A meticulous, highly technical beer brewed utilizing traditional techniques and ingredients, Wanderer is crisp, bright, and immensely enjoyable. Wanderer pours a brilliant straw gold color in the glass with a puffy, bright white foam. It carries a flavor profile of doughy malts, light straw, clean lager yeast, and just the right dash of zippy noble hops. Beers that command your attention are a wonderful thing. Beers that can fade into the background and sort of be an unspoken companion to celebratory moments in life are also a wonderful thing and deserve to be held in equally high esteem. As a crisp, highly drinkable, and beautifully executed beer, Wanderer fits this profile beautifully. Enjoy!
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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is cereal grain and honey. Light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. A better Budweiser. Nice and clean lager. Great if I want the style.

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Photo of SABERG
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 02/03/20 into the pilsner glass.
A - Lovely straw color (3-4 SRM). Excellent carbonation feeds a loose knit, snow white froth. The head quickly dissipates.
S - Pilsner malts, cracker, a bit of grassy hops. Lemon Verbena , some lily as well
T - Follows the nose well, add some corn and earthy grains, excellent flavors
M - Crisp on the palate, sweet start, excellent water feel. Dry finish
O - A very good Helles, feel is delightful, flavors run a narrow and true to style track.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a single can at Tree House Brewery in Charlton for $3.30. My ninety second brew from these guys. This not my favorite style, but this is a solid brew.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a can of this at the breweyr and shared with JLindros. Canned 2/3.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear honey hue with a thin white head that faded rather quickly to leave a light halo and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of really assertive grassy German hops with loads and loads of nice creamy pilsner malt. Nice crackery grains, floral honey but suer subtle along with flashes of corn (all due to the German pilsner malts), Flashes of nice light biscuits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of delicious German pilsner malts. Nice cracked grains, little corn and honey, good subtle sweetness. The hops are super on point, grassy and crisp with light floral notes. The water itself is on point too with the minerality, from a technical level.

M - Mouthfeel this was pretty much spot on for the style with really good clean finish. Carbonation is almost spot on but the body is exactly what you want from this style. It's almot, almost flawless.

O - Overall this beer was just excellent. It shows that Tree House can, finally, brew a beer that isn't an IPA or dark beer that tastes amazing (Native series excluded). His previous lagers have merely been so-so but this....this is about as dialed in as one can get. The biggest issue here is the lack of head retention, but that should be easy enough to fix. Other than that it's just little details to tweak. This is simply stunning and very, very impressive.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 2/3/20
Pours a medium fizzy bubbly head with lower retention, crystal clear honey tan color

Nose brings a lot more than I expected, tons of German pilsner malts, grainy sweet, floral honey malt, touch of pilsner malt corn, nice floral grassy noble hop, fresh cut grass,

Taste brings more malt up front, big grainy sweet slight biscuity like, a touch sweet like grainy, hint of pilsner corn, fair amount of German pilsner malt up front, nice soft lager , med-light bitterness, fair floral grassy noble hop, juicy soft lager and clean crisp, touch of mineral sulfate notes with that typical German water and a little crisp bitterness,

Mouth is med-fuller bod but soft lager, crisp, medium small bubble carb that fits perfectly, no astringency but crisp bitterness

Overall this was a very well done Helles, very true to German style, down to the water profile, malts, hops, all very well done, def Tree House's best beer outside of an NEIPA or Stout.

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Wanderer from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 20 ratings