Where The Helles Summer?
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Where The Helles Summer?Where The Helles Summer?
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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #45
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #24,721
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 9.74%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
206
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  12
Gots
  64
SCORE
85
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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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 206
Reviews by steveh:
Photo of steveh
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I bypassed this one last year because it seemed ST only bottled "novelty" type beers, but a few German-style beer lovers in the Germany Forum told me to give it a try, so I found some in a local that didn't have it a couple weeks ago -- I mention that because there was no visible bottling or best-by date on the label, and no annual vintage anywhere in the packaging. Hope it's good.

Reviewed to the Munich Helles style.

A -- Somewhat hazy, pale golden with a dense, firm white head.

S -- Pretty nice bready, yeastiness in the nose with some mild citrusy hops back and a touch of DMS.

T -- A rather odd, somewhat tart citrus character in the first swallow. There's a light breadiness that follows, but becomes grainy then somewhat harshly -- even astringently bitter. That astringency lingers into the aftertaste with the tart -- even sour -- citrus flavor finishing out the tasting.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to spritzy with a light to medium body.

O -- Well -- I wish I could find *some* sort of dating code on this beer, but there's not even an ink-jet number on the bottle. I'm rather afraid that the local distro is passing off last year's batch, because this tastes nothing like a Helles ought to.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to warmer weather and active outdoors, Southern Tier's seemingly early seasonal brings a taste of spring to the late winter season. Its crisp, clean and refreshing taste is worthy of contemplation, but is also an easy drinker for the quaffing types.

Bright and light in straw the beer shows a champagne type of bubbly as its foamy head reveals floral, grain and bread aromas. Then the taste of freshly kilned grain offers a light bread and faint honeysuckle sweetness, all before the hops set in.

What starts sweet, grainy and floral develops quickly into a grassy, spicy and bitter balance to the fading malt sweetness, body and earth. What transpires afterwards is a pleasant lemongrass, pepper, and damp straw character to close the taste with a quiet confidence.

What starts light, arid and creamy will quickly finish with a bone-dry, crisp and clean taste and texture that highlights a firm hop balance with the vastly exit of any malt influence.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Miket13
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerma
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very light pleasant taste! I could drink this all summer if it ever gets here!

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Photo of I3eer
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a very straightforward, no fuss no muss representation of the style. Clean, clear pale malt profile, a little bit of pepper spice, crisp finish. It isn't going to blow your socks off with some crazy flavor combo, but it is a classic, simple beer done well.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bright golden color with a one finger fluffy white head. Retention is good and there are some hanging chunks of lacing. Smell is bready malts, earthy hop spiciness, fresh cut grass and a touch of lemon. Subtle yet complex. Taste is the similar, but it is more pronounced. There is some yeast detectable. Feel is light, crisp and refreshing. Overall a great lager. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of merock1402
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great spring/summer beer! Refreshing.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveHultz
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an excellent beer

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Photo of Ian_Lindemuth
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a perfectly balanced beer. Very refreshing and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Justinprintz
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron_Faso
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDogHouse
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very sessionable and goes down very easily.

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Photo of bigredraj
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monk2021
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osickeym
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ojingeo
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Brandon632
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Where The Helles Summer? from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 206 ratings