German Helles

“Helles” means “pale in color,” as these beers are often golden. The German-style Helles lager is a bit rounder or fuller-bodied than light lager and even all-malt pilsners. Helles lager beers offer a touch of sweetness that balance a measurable addition of spicy German hop flavor and light bitterness. The malt character is soft and bready, making it a terrific complement to light dishes such as salad or fresh shellfish, like clams. Clean and crisp, this is a refreshing beer with substance. Low levels of yeast-produced sulfur aromas and flavors may be common.

ABV: 4.8-5.6% | IBU: 18-25 | Glassware: Flute

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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Avg
OriginalBayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan5.102,5474.12
Hofbräu OriginalHofbräuhaus München5.101,7623.83
Spaten Münchner Hell (München/Premium Lager)Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu5.201,5923.69
Two Women LagerNew Glarus Brewing Company5.001,5433.85
Hell LagerSurly Brewing Company5.001,2343.84
Münchner Hell (Original Munich Lager)Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG4.901,1733.76
Victory Helles LagerVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown4.809143.61
Löwenbräu OriginalLöwenbräu AG5.208993.31
Hotter Than Helles LagerCigar City Brewing5.008113.61
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierBrauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla4.308113.98
Gorch Fock3 Floyds Brewing Co.5.006643.71
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner GoldHacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH5.506623.72
Bikini Blonde LagerMaui Brewing Co.5.106243.62
Longfin LagerBallast Point Brewing Company4.505983.62
Gold LagerStoudts Brewing Co.4.705483.94
House LagerJack's Abby Brewing5.204833.91
Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier HellAugustiner-Bräu5.204804.2
Fresh As HellesBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.404653.63
Stiegl GoldbräuStieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH5.004583.52
Summer LagerThe Schlafly Tap Room4.503903.53
Helles Golden LagerSly Fox Brewing Company4.903573.68
Helles Golden Lagervon Trapp Brewing4.903563.89
Andechser Vollbier HellKlosterbrauerei Andechs4.803044.06
Estrella Galicia EspecialHijos De Rivera, S.A.5.503012.98
Firestone LagerFirestone Walker Brewing Co.4.502623.92
Penn GoldPennsylvania Brewing Company4.502553.8
Henninger Premium LagerHenninger Bräu AG4.802163.02
Gold Leaf LagerDevils Backbone Brewing Company4.502153.57
Where The Helles Summer?Southern Tier Brewing Company4.602063.8
Lager House Original Golden HellesChristian Moerlein Brewing Company5.201943.5
Thomas Hooker Munich-Style LagerThomas Hooker Brewing Company4.801833.95
HellesMahr's Bräu4.901833.97
Rahr's BlondeRahr & Sons Brewing Company5.001823.41
Heaven Or HellesBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.001773.67
Blonde LagerRahr & Sons Brewing Company4.801633.38
Andechser Spezial HellKlosterbrauerei Andechs5.801543.87
MarieHill Farmstead Brewery5.001524.2
AlpenfloSixpoint Brewery4.901514.14
Helles LagerFordham Brewing Company5.401463.51
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner HellHacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH4.901433.82
Hacker-Pschorr EdelhellHacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH5.501423.65
Weltenburger Kloster Barock-HellKlosterbrauerei Weltenburg5.601393.92
1516 Bavarian LagerOkanagan Spring Brewery5.001323.32
Augustiner Bräu Munchen Light Export BeerAugustiner-Bräu5.701303.66
Helles BellesNinkasi Brewing Company5.301283.63
NeuschwansteinerDer HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss4.701243.61
Heavenly HellesChurch Street Brewing Company5.401233.66
Hummin' BirdRed Oak Brewery4.501233.76
Samuel Adams Golden HourBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.001223.63
Ottakringer HellesOttakringer Brauerei AG5.201183.18
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