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
97 points
Brilliant light gold color. Floral, sweaty, sulfurous, grassy, clean aromas of butter toasted multi-grain baguette with scrambled eggs, lemongrass tea, and sandalwood with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, short honeyed citrus peels, pepper bread toast, classic old world hop, and honeyed quince and melon finish. A brilliant, vibrant Helles with pinpoint precision and generous flavor.
Sigwart Hell
93 points
Brilliant light gold color. Clean aromas of dried fruits, toasted banana nut muffin, egg croissant, and cedar wood chips with a velvety, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk praline, orange pepper, apple custard tart, and cornmeal finish. A crisp, malt-forward, appetizing Helles with instant appeal and flavorful crushability.
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.
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.
Hofmühl Hell
90 points
Gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of fresh bread crust, hint of creamed spinach, hard boiled egg with grits and saltines, and wet grass with a supple, crisp, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, breezy finish revealing notes of lettuce and sprouts, wet grain, peppered bamboo shoot, and minerals finish. A pristine and refreshing Helles that will hit the spot.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Zwickel Helles Lager
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of fancy breakfast panini and citrus herb scone with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish with suggestions of toast, bread pudding, and citrus relish finish. A lively and refreshing helles with substance and style.
Hofbraü Original Lager
90 points
Clear yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of muffin, denver omelet, and swedish rye cracker with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of roasted corn and nuts, cantaloupe, and minerals finish. A spot on helles that refreshes and delights.
Peroni Gran Riserva Puro Malto
89 points
Clear gold color. Funky aromas and flavors of succotash, creamed spinach with buttered croutons, and canned asparagus with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that shows notes of roasted corn cakes and yams, salted nuts, frisee, and wet grain finish. A savory, earthy quaffer.
Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles
88 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass and lemon verbena, moroccan orange spice cake, lady grey tea, and fruity vitamins with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long finish that presents notes of toasted fruit cake and caramelized citrus finish. Not really a Munich Helles, but rich and delicious fruit-bomb of a lager that will appeal to new school hop pale ale drinkers.