South End Lager
Queen City Brewery

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #59
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,875
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.27%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
40
From:
Queen City Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Helles (HELL-us) or “light”, the classic beer of Munich has traditionally been one of the most popular beer styles in Bavaria. Prepared under the guidelines of the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law of 1516) with German malt and hops, South End Lager is a gentle, delicate malt-accentuated blond lager, with a refreshing crispness and a pleasing noble hop finish. (ABV 5.0% IBU 23) - Munich Helles
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that left some lace. The scent had faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle grain and earth presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 11, 2019
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It really makes me want pretzels when i drink this beer; it makes my mouth water, well, like the salt from a pretzel...hell, these make me want pretzels. It's a paradox of taste and feel: sweet malt richness, but crisp and light. And to a fault, rivals a pils in color (pale straw) and body (bubbling lightness). Regardless it's a great bridge between the straight-laced, spice accentuated crispness of a pils and the more contemplative malt foundation of a Vienna lager.

Jun 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a solid and refreshing classically styled glass of helles lager, clear yellow and bright, upbeat carbonation, and authentic german flavors from all three elements, but with the light honey note in the malt and the old worldy german lager yeast character jumping out well in front of the noble hop profile this finishes with. there is a little sweetness to this, not as dry as some, but i really dont mind that, it lets me taste the fresh malt a little longer than i usually do in the style, and its so clean in other respects that the little bit of leftover sugar doesnt matter. light spice and grass to the hops, low bitterness though, even for a low bitterness style. lager yeast is biscuity to me, flakey and rustic, yet clean in its fermentation. overall a really drinkable pale beer that i have to imagine has enormously wide appeal, even for macro lager drinkers. refreshing for summer time but flavorful enough for all year. i thought the beers in here were really solid from a technical standpoint too. not the best helles in the world, but a fine example of the style!

Aug 26, 2018
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Clear, near-golden pour with one finger, white foamy head. Noticable carbonation with nice lacing.
S - Definitely maltiness. Pretty nice.
T - Smooth and sweet breadiness.
F - Smooth with a light mouthfeel.
O - Really liked this beer. Went down smooth and easy. Will seek this out again.

Mar 09, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a transparent golden yellow color with fast rising carbonation to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Light lacing here and there. The smell took in sweet grassy hops over top of some sweet bready/German yeastiness, clean and pronounced. The taste was basically the same with a nice smooth crisp sweet bready aftertaste leading on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Could pound this all day in the Summer if I wanted to! Overall, for a dortmunder/helles lager this was extremely well brewed! Pairs exceptional with some grilled bratwursts!

Jul 14, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear golden yellow with a creamy white foam head. Smells like apple, pear, malty golden grains, lemony orange citrus rind, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like apples, pear, bready malty golden grains, lemony orange citrus rind, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice helles lager.

Jun 25, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/16/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a malt sweetness followed quickly by bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is strong for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

Mar 17, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

A clear, pale yellow-gold color, plenty of life with an opening foam cap of pure white, drops pretty fast with only a trace of white lace left over.

A very nice aroma of light, bready malt, funky sour yeast, very herbal/spicy hop, dry wheat and cream of corn.

A very well balanced helles, big bready malt, a very nice malt flavor for sure. The balance comes from the very herbacious hops and excellent earthy - sour lager yeast. Light, crisp, jazzy and full of classic lager flavor's. This one feels very authentic. I always think corn and wheat for subtle but effective flavors on the side. This is a brew you can spend all day with.

The beer halls of Munich right here in VT.

Oct 26, 2016
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TFawcett from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Golden, awesome grassy cereal nose.

Love the toasted malt, balanced noble hops. Delicious helles.

Loose bead lends to a heavier mouth feel than I personally prefer.

I poured a 22, would like to try this on draught.

Oct 03, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale golden and clear enough to read through. The head is a modest one finger, but the growler is a week old at this point so I'm glad the carb is still pretty decent. The nose is a faint biscuity malt typical of pilsner malt lagers. A very soft spicy hop presence can be picked up. The taste is an excellent balance of subtle sweetness and a soft hop finish balances the sweetness perfectly. Mouthfeel is typical lager smoothness. Light carbonation leads to a medium mouthfeel. This is a light easy drinking Helles which is tasting very fine on this hot day.

Jun 26, 2016
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selecter70 from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draught, excellent Helles lager: nice pour with decent, not overwhelming white head. Decent sticky lace but not syrupy. Nice slight hoppy nose but not too hoppy in taste: toasty grain malt flavor and decent bright crispy smack to it. Addictive

Mar 16, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at tavern on the square Northboro.

Nice foamy head, clear golden pale color.

Nose light, little straw pilsner, cracked grains, hint lager crisp fruity, faint grassy hop.

Taste starts more toasty grainy malts, little straw hay doughy, toasty lager malts, mild fruity lager hint minerality, very mild grassy hops. Finish little more grassy hop bitterness, little sticky, not very crisp.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, not very crisp.

Nov 09, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Parish II in Boston.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is gold with a slight chill haze. It has a clingy white head and lace.


It has a nose of crackers and a hint of floral hops.

The taste is balanced between the semi-sweet malts and light hoping. It is a touch grainy with a bit of spice and more floral notes.

The mouth is medium and soft. I wouldn't mind if they dialed up the carbonation a notch.

This is an easy one to pair with food.

Aug 19, 2015
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JeffC_NH from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Terrific example of the style. So great to see a brewery in Burlington, VT, crafting this fine Bavarian-style delicacy. No hiding the craftsmanship here!

Jun 19, 2015
South End Lager from Queen City Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 40 ratings