Tree Helles Lager

Reviewed by on July 14, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tree Brewing

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 14, 2016

  • Best Before: December 23, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Munich Helles Lager

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Tree’s new Helles Lager (a traditional Bavarian specialty) is no. 5 in their ‘The Raw Series’ line of unfiltered offerings.

This 355ml bottle pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some receding cannonball splash lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and biscuity pale malt, oaten breakfast cereals, a soft earthy yeastiness, some middling light orchard stone fruit notes, and leafy, grassy, and faintly piney green hop bitters. The taste is more of the same – grainy and crackery pale malt, ethereal caramelized cereal, white breakfast biscuits, faint apple and generic citrus peel, and more lively earthy, leafy, and grassy hoppiness.  The bubbles are adequate in their supportive, and sometimes come-hither frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee tithe being taken by that otherwise welcome biscuity character.  It finishes trending dry, the complex malt starting to admit who the star of the show really is here.

Wow – glad to see this brewing concern taking no prisoners in rendering a rather impressive version of an old-world Teutonic style.  Lots of varied malt flavours abounding, nice and full-seeming, and with more than a nod to some generally off-setting noble hops.  In my humble opinion, this is an easy-drinking summertime tipple, incarnate.

Brady White

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