Munich Helles

Glassware: Bavarian seidel
  • Germany
  • Lager
  • ABV = 4.7 – 5.4% (Normal)^
  • IBU = 16-22
  • SRM = 3-5
A light gold German lager with a smooth grainy-sweet malt flavour and a soft, dry finish.

More body and malt presence than a German Pils, with less hop character.

Appearance:

  • Colour^ = Straw to light gold
  • Clarity = Good

Key Aromas & Flavours:

Aroma
  • Malt = Moderate; grainy-sweet
  • Yeast = None (clean)
  • Hops = Low; spicy, floral or herbal
Flavour
  • Malt = Moderate; grainy-sweet
  • Yeast = None (clean)
  • Hops = Low; spicy, floral or herbal
  • Perceived Bitterness^ = Moderate
  • Balance = Malt-accentuated, but the hops should be noticeable in support; best described as malty but not sweet
Aftertaste/Finish

Soft and dry, not crisp and biting

Mouthfeel:

  • Body = Medium; smooth
  • Carbonation = Medium

Characteristic Ingredients/Processes:

  • Malt = Pilsner malt
  • Yeast = German lager yeast
  • Hops = German hop varietals

Historical Development:

Created in 1894 at the Spaten Brewery in Munich to compete with the success of pale Pilsner-style lagers.


Commercial Examples:

Augustiner Lagerbier Hell, Paulaner Premium Lager, Spaten Premium Lager


^Sourced from the Cicerone Certification Program’s International Certified Beer Server Syllabus.
All other information is sourced from the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines.


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