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 grainy-sweet malt flavour and a soft, dry finish.

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

Appearance:

  • Colour^ = Straw to light gold
  • Clarity = Very clear

Key Aromas & Flavours:

Aroma
  • Malt = Moderate; grainy-sweet
  • Hops = Low to moderate; spicy, floral or herbal
  • Yeast = Clean fermentation profile
Flavour
  • Malt = Moderate; grainy-sweet
  • Hops = Low to moderate; spicy, floral or herbal
  • Yeast = Clean fermentation profile
  • Perceived Bitterness^ = Moderate
  • Balance = Towards the malt, but 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
  • Hops = German hop varietals
  • Yeast = German lager yeast

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 Münchner Lager, Spaten Münchner Hell


^Sourced from the Cicerone Certification Program’s International Certified Beer Server Syllabus (Version 5.0)
All other information is sourced from the BJCP 2021 Style Guidelines


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