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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Light Lager - Munich Helles

BJCP 1D

BJCP 2008 1D Munich Helles style example
1D - Light Lager / Munich Helles

AROMA

Pleasantly grainy-sweet, clean Pils malt aroma dominates. Low to moderately-low spicy noble hop aroma, and a low background note of DMS (from Pils malt). No esters or diacetyl.

APPEARANCE

Medium yellow to pale gold, clear, with a creamy white head.

FLAVOR

Slightly sweet, malty profile. Grain and Pils malt flavors dominate, with a low to medium-low hop bitterness that supports the malty palate. Low to moderately-low spicy noble hop flavor. Finish and aftertaste remain malty. Clean, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.

MOUTH FEEL

Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth maltiness with no trace of astringency.

IMPRESSION

Malty but fully attenuated Pils malt showcase.

INGREDIENTS

Moderate carbonate water, Pilsner malt, German noble hop varieties.

COMMENTS

Unlike Pilsner but like its cousin, Munich Dunkel, 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.

HISTORY

Created in Munich in 1895 at the Spaten brewery by Gabriel Sedlmayr to compete with Pilsner-style beers.

EXAMPLES

Weihenstephaner Original, Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Hell Naturtrüb, Mahr's Hell, Paulaner Premium Lager, Spaten Premium Lager, Stoudt's Gold Lager

VITAL

OG:1.045-1.051 FG:1.008-1.012 IBU:16-22 SRM:3.0-5.0 ABV:4.7-5.4%

BJCP 2008 1D Munich Helles style example
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