Where The Helles Summer?
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Where The Helles Summer?Where The Helles Summer?
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
3.78 | pDev: 9.79%
Jun 19, 2017
Nov 24, 2014
Very Good
Where The Helles Summer?Where The Helles Summer?
Notes: Where the Helles Summer? is a classic German style lager. These beers originated in the 19th century as a response to Pilsener beers from Czech brewers. Helles is German for “bright.” In the brewing world we translate it as “light” – light in color and light in alcohol. Where the Helles Summer? is a clean & bready “beer drinker’s beer” balanced with austere noble hop varieties. It’s malt-forward and forward thinking to the warmer days just ahead.
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear, gold, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is white bread, cracker, and grass. Light bodied, very clean, slightly sweet with moderate carbonation. Makes for an excellent and tasty lager. Could do several of these. I will get this again.
Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by CHigby2K6 from New York

Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

May 29, 2017
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Reviewed by utopiajane from New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Southern Tier Why the Helles Not
Pours clear and golden with a fast falling head of white creamy foam. Nose is light and golden with malt. By light I mean that the malt is not complex. It is golden and breaddy but does not offer any toasted flavor. Hops are just present on the nose but shy. Soft floral shows a bit of grass from hops. As the beer sits it will also show you some pepper and spice. No diacetyl, no fruity esters from yeast, faint dms perfect for the style. Drinks smoothly and imo better than last year. No rough edges on this one it goes down with plenty of satisfaction. Hops remain shy on the palate but they impart their cool breath to the beer. Finishes perfectly. Malty with a crisp bubble and just a little bitterness to linger. Exemplary! In fact I would say put this up against any German import.
May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

May 16, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is mild, malts, grains, light hops, hints of lemons. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but there are more flavorful examples of this style.
Oct 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Rock_Glenn from New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A style of beer I'm often not fond of, this is a very good beer. Deep golden color, smells slightly sour like all lagers, but clean with a nice mix of noble hops. Tastes distinctively German, with notes of biscuit and bread. The hops smooth out the after taste nicely. Perhaps a bit heavily carbonated, but overall the mouth-feel is exceptional for a lighter style of beer.
Aug 21, 2016
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Reviewed by AnalogReigns from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
WHAT a delicious Helles! Very nice. Spicey and interesting in aroma, and taste. Nice high head, clear, golden color. Good mouth feel. If you think you don't like German beer, try this--this is what you'll get in Bavaria--minus the stale taste you get with German beer imported. Easy going, won't knock you on your face with hops (or butt with alcohol) like a good social beer should. Just relax, enjoy the beer!
Aug 15, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by billybob from Massachusetts

Aug 10, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina

Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 29, 2016
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Rated by YoungMtn52 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Nice Helles style lager, distinctive hoppy taste, but not too heavy for drinking on a hot summer day
Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 2.63 by ojingeo from New York

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by DavidST from Texas

Jun 02, 2016
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Reviewed by TSuthard from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A head that settles quickly on golden body. A nose that harkens back to the pre-craft beer explosian when Heineken was king, but not as funky.This lager offers a worthy break from the usual lineup of summer ales.
May 30, 2016
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Reviewed by SerialTicker from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

I really need to track this down and have it again for a re-review... I was several beers deep before getting to this one, and all the beers I had previously had heavy flavors and high ABV. Too light and delicate to accurately review this one. I will say, light, refreshing, surprising amount of hops for the style, and an unusual but pleasant fruitiness to it. Need again to get the nuances though.
May 24, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by tubeman from New York

May 20, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Mrmeatloaf from Pennsylvania

May 15, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by Pb92 from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by I3eer from Massachusetts

May 11, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

May 07, 2016
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of bready malts and muted amounts of noble hops. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible. Some hints of grassy hops start to peek through in the finish as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops, but both seem to be muted.

Serving type: bottle
May 07, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by fafafoooey from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Wortman1998 from New York

Apr 24, 2016
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Rated by Richardbeerlover from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Nice summer brew that is refreshing and light yet still with plenty of body.
Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by bdaggett from New York

Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by nyrblue2 from New York

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by Brandon632 from North Carolina

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2016
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a stange.

A: Brassy golden color with great clarity. Head retention is decent.

S: Sweet, breads, toasty, grain. Very clean. Some oily, herbal, and grassy hops for balance.

T: Grainy and toasty malts at the outset. Bread crust. Hint of alcohol. Herbal bitterness is sharp and pronounced, lingering through to the finish.

M: Medium-light body with some good malt texture. Full and creamy with a slight sense of weight. Amply carbonated.

O: Kinda rough around the edges, it could use a little polish. It's a bit brash for the style, and it hinders drinkability just a bit.
Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Miket13 from New York

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Apr 05, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by pjr from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2016
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Reviewed by fx20736 from New York

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a 6 pack in Feb/ Mar 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp

Look: clear old gold, thin white film

Smell: Mild noble hops

Taste: very balanced, nice herbal hop finish

Feel: Medium carbonation

Overall: easy drinking
Apr 03, 2016
Where The Helles Summer? from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 206 ratings