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German "Helles" Beer

  One of the most popular and well-known lager styles, not only in Germany. Helles are appreciated all over the world for their great drinkability! Beer style facts: Helles... read more »
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German "Helles" Beer

 

One of the most popular and well-known lager styles, not only in Germany. Helles are appreciated all over the world for their great drinkability!

Beer style facts: Helles

  • Appearance: Light gold.
  • Aroma: Notes of bread, grain, light hints of light caramel, honey or cookie. Minimal hop aroma. Modern interpretations may have a more pronounced hop profile, depending on the hop variety used. Little or no bitterness.
  • Alcohol: 4.5-5.5%.
  • Classic Beer: Augustiner Lagerbier Hell

Helles: The history of the beer style

The Helles beer style originated in southern Germany, or rather in Munich. This region is still the epicenter of Helles today, even though the beer style is now available all over the world. In many countries, however, the style is simply referred to as "lager."

Historically, the beer style, which is based on Munich Dunkel or Dunklem Lager, was first brewed by southern German breweries for the northern German market. That's because pilsner was the hip style of the time there. The first Helle was brewed in 1894 by the Munich brewery Spatenbräu.

The Helle was initially received critically in Munich, where people were only used to dark beer. Gradually, however, the beer style caught on and displaced Munich Dunkel, as many other breweries included Helles in their range.

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Helles - what does it actually taste like?

Helles lager is known and appreciated for super drinkability. This is because, in contrast to Pilsner, Helles has a lighter hop aroma and thus less bitterness. Due to the bottom-fermented brewing method and the long aging time, a Helles is wonderfully lean. Bready malt flavors are dominant, but not too strongly set. As already mentioned, hops play a subordinate role in aroma and flavor. However, there are modern interpretations of this classic beer style that have a more pronounced hop aroma.

Helles - recommended by Beyond Beer!

We always have a great selection of Helles on tap in our Craft Beer Online Shop. Still need a little help? Then pick one of these three great beers:

Tilman's Das Helle: A pale brewed with the U.S. hop Chinook. Munich-based brewery Tilmans has thus carefully given the beer style a modern flavor profile without denying its roots. With floral and citrus-fruity notes!

Põhjala Laager: Sweet pale ale from Estonia. Brewed with classic hop varieties from Germany. This beer is clearly focused on drinkability!

Knoblach Hell: Franconian Helles! Super clean and lean, though with a more pronounced hop bitterness. With floral notes and freshly baked bread.

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Põhjala Värske Helles Lager

Helles

Põhjala Värske

Põhjala

€5.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€16.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Mikkeller Ghost Visions (Game Of Thrones) Lager

Helles

Mikkeller Ghost Visions (Game Of Thrones)

Mikkeller

€4.29 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€9.75 * / 1 Liter)
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Mikkeller Midsummer Dream Lager

Helles

Mikkeller Midsummer Dream

Mikkeller

€3.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€12.09 * / 1 Liter)
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Põhjala Laager Helles

Helles

Põhjala Laager

Põhjala

€3.59 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.44 Liter (€8.16 * / 1 Liter)
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Hopfmeister Der Helle

Helles

Hopfmeister Der Helle

Hopfmeister

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Stone Buenaveza Lager

Lager

Stone Buenaveza

Stone Brewing

€2.79 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.355 Liter (€7.86 * / 1 Liter)
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Hopfmeister Die Helle Helles Lager

Helles

Hopfmeister Die Helle

Hopfmeister

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Steamworks Craft Lager

Helles

Steamworks Craft Lager

Steamworks

€2.79 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€8.45 * / 1 Liter)
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Wolfscraft Das Helle Bio

Helles

Wolfscraft Das Helle Bio

Wolfscraft

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Hopfmeister Franz Josef

Kellerbier & Zwickel

Hopfmeister Franz Josef

Hopfmeister

€2.49 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€7.55 * / 1 Liter)
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Schlenkerla Helles Lager

Helles

Schlenkerla Helles Lager

Heller Bräu

€2.59 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.5 Liter (€5.18 * / 1 Liter)
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Mikkeller Japanese Rice Lager

Helles

Mikkeller Japanese Rice Lager

Mikkeller

€3.79 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.5 Liter (€7.58 * / 1 Liter)
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Schlenkerla Hansla alkoholarm

Rauchbier

Schlenkerla Hansla alkoholarm

Heller Bräu

€2.69 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.5 Liter (€5.38 * / 1 Liter)
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And Union Saturday Lager Bottle

Helles

And Union Saturday

And Union

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Welde Citra Helles

Helles

Welde Citra Helles

Welde

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Lervig Helles Yeah

Helles

Lervig Helles Yeah

Lervig

€3.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.5 Liter (€7.98 * / 1 Liter)
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Brewdog Kiez Keule

Export

Brewdog Kiez Keule

BrewDog

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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Craftwerk Mad Callista

Lager

Craftwerk Mad Callista

Craftwerk Brewing

€1.79 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€5.42 * / 1 Liter)
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Riedenburger Dolden Hell

Helles

Riedenburger Dolden Hell

Riedenburger Brauhaus

€1.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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And Union Saturday Lager Can

Helles

And Union Saturday Can

And Union

€1.99 * plus €0.25 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.03 * / 1 Liter)
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ÜberQuell Original Helles

Helles

ÜberQuell Original Helles

ÜberQuell

€2.69 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€8.15 * / 1 Liter)
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Tilmans Das Helle

Helles

Tilmans Das Helle

Tilmans Biere

€2.99 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.5 Liter (€5.98 * / 1 Liter)
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Wildwuchs Schlankes Helles Lager

Helles

Wildwuchs Schlankes

Wildwuchs

€2.49 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€7.55 * / 1 Liter)
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Landgang Brauerei Helle Aufregung

Helles

Landgang Helle Aufregung

Landgang Brauerei

€2.69 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€8.15 * / 1 Liter)
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BRLO Helles Bier Berlin

Helles

BRLO Helles

BRLO

€2.29 * plus €0.08 deposit
Content 0.33 Liter (€6.94 * / 1 Liter)
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