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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Pale Malty European Lager Munich Helles

BJCP 4A

BJCP 2015 4A Munich Helles example
4A - Munich Helles

 

Overall Impression

A clean, malty, gold-colored German lager with a smooth grainy-sweet malty flavor and a soft, dry finish. Subtle spicy, floral, or herbal hops and restrained bitterness help keep the balance malty but not sweet, which helps make this beer a refreshing, everyday drink.

Comments

A fully-attenuated Pils malt showcase, Helles is a malt-accentuated beer that is not overly sweet, but rather focuses on malt flavor with underlying hop bitterness in a supporting role. Export examples can quickly lose some of the rich malt character that often suggests sweetness. Helles in Munich tends to be lighter in all aspects than those outside the city, which can be more assertive with more body, flavor, and hop character.

Commercial Examples

Augustiner Lagerbier Hell, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Hell Naturtrüb, Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold, Löwenbraü Original, Paulaner Premium Lager, Spaten Premium Lager, Weihenstephaner Original

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VITAL

  • OG:  1044 - 1048
  • FG:  1006 - 1012
  • ABV: 4.7 - 5.4
  • IBU: 16 - 22
  • SRM: 3 - 5
BJCP 2015 4A - Munich Helles Commercial Example
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