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.
97 points $1.17
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.
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.
Big Boss Brewing Co. Big Boss Lager
86 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of crispy pretzel, melon rind, and toasted sesame with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a cheery golden raisin toast, toasted asiago bagel, and plantain finish. A chewy helles for the table.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Blonde
84 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of whey, green apple, water chestnuts, and nut skins with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents overtones of dusty grain finish. A solid craft Helles for the table.
McFleshman’s Brewing Co. Pirates Cove Lager
83 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Buttery, perfumed, fruity aromas of butterscotch, citrusy yogurt, fresh flowers, and dried citrus with a creamy, tart, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a sleek, medium-length tangy lemon, first proof sourdough, bitter greens, and dried orange peel finish. A smooth, sweet Lager for dessert lovers.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Imported Premium Lager
83 points
Pale golden yellow color. Musty aromas of classic green bottled beer notes with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk steamed grain finish. Green bottled beer fans may find a refreshing brew here.