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date: 08 August 2020

helles 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Beer
Author(s):
Conrad SeidlConrad Seidl

is a pale golden lager that is the everyday session beer of Bavaria, Germany. The German word “hell” or “helles” simply means “pale.” In most German-speaking regions ordering a “helles” or “ein bier, bitte” in a pub would simply produce the standard light-colored beer on tap, which is, more often than not, a pils or pilsner. But in Bavaria, style definitions are more differentiated. There, the order of “ein bier, bitte” would most likely be followed by the probing question, “And which beer do you want?” A Bavarian helles is considerably lower in bitterness than a German pils. It is lighter in body and character than a märzen. Helles is a medium bodied, usually straw-blonde beer with an emphasis on clean, bready, malt flavors and floral hop aromas with mild bitterness. In Bavaria, many consider helles the very essence of the summer beer garden. The best have a slightly sulfurous character reminiscent of brewery fermentation rooms. It typically has an original gravity of 11 to 12.5 degrees Plato and 4.7% to 5.3% alcohol by volume.... ...

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