About Munich Helles

About Munich Helles
Munich helles lagers are pale to golden in color and range in alcohol from 4.5-5.5%. These beers traditionally malt-accented with subtle hop character. They are generally weightier than standard pale lagers though less substantial than dortmunder export styles. The finest examples still come from the brewing center of Munich and are relatively easy to find in major US markets. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Full Sail LTD 03, Hofbräu Original Lager and Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager.

Top Picks for Munich Helles

Hofmühl Hell
95 points
Gold color. Aromas of fresh egg croissant, dried apricot, peach scone, and mead with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long tea with cream and herb focaccia finish. A very tasty Munich Helles with great integration of flavors; drink up.
ABK Hell Das Blaue
93 points
Light gold color. Fresh aroma of dried flowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and an engaging, medium-length creamy tapioca bread, flamed orange, grapefruit, and herb compound butter finish. A clean, balanced, refreshing Helles that hits the nail on the head.
ABK Hell Das Blaue
93 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon marmalade on raisin toast, thyme honey on an onion roll, lemon italian ice, and candied apple peel with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of wafers with lemon cream, nut brittle, bibb lettuce, and clay finish. A fruity and expressive, lemony helles that begs for another sip.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling San Antonio Lager
93 points
Brilliant yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach marmalade, orange blossom honeycomb, spiced citrus chamomile tea, and toasted tortilla with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, long finish that exhibits impressions of lemon pepper muffin, arugula, and orange sorbet finish. A delicious and well crafted helles for easy enjoyment.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Munich Helles
Sixpoint Brewery Brauhaus
93 points
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of sourdough toast, dried citrus, and pineapple custard with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, intricate, long finish conveying notes of watercress and nuts finish. A lovely, lightly fruity Helles with great crushability.
Bull Falls Brewery Holzhacker Lager
93 points
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of omelet and grape jam on toast with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed finish manifesting overtones of herb pretzel bread and lettuces finish. A delicate, super drinkable take on the style.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Black Lager
93 points
Dusty walnut color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and dried orange peel and chocolate muffin with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with elements of dark chocolate mousse, banana nut bread, grass, and hint of pepper finish. A nicely balanced dark lager with creamy chocolatey flavors.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Augerta Helles Lager
91 points
Yellow color. Aroma of fresh challah with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and an amusing, medium-long hints of fennel and ginger, wheat cracker, and thyme finish. A superb Helles with creamy carbonation, instantly appealing flavors, and a lengthy, buoyant finish; drink this.
Kichesippi Beer Co. Heller Highwater
91 points
Light light gold color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon custard danish, orange marmalade on toast, and sourdough baguette with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, long finish evoking overtones of lemon pepper, radicchio, and radish finish. A vibrant, snappy, nicely layered helles lager that really refreshes.
Brauerei Locher Appenzeller Hell Quoellfrisch Premium Lager
91 points
Bright light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of fresh buttered baguette, toasted nuts, and grassy hops with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish manifesting notes of honeyed nuts and grain, watercress, and hint of pepper finish. A superb, scintillating helles that sets a benchmark for the category.