Munich Helles

Recipes:
3,083
BJCP 2021:
04A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Munich Helles is a classic German lager that is both refreshing and smooth, renowned for its balance and drinkability. This beer style emerged in Munich in the late 19th century as a response to the growing popularity of lighter Pilsner beers. Striking a delicate balance between malty sweetness and hoppiness, Munich Helles offers beer drinkers an approachable yet flavorful option.

It presents itself clear, pale gold to deep gold color with a creamy white head that leaves behind elegant lacing as it recedes. The beer's brilliance is achieved through careful lagering, which allows any yeast or protein haze to settle out, giving it remarkable clarity. The flavor profile of this style is defined by its malt character; gentle malt sweetness coupled with lightly toasted or bread-like notes makes up the bulk of the taste experience. Balanced against this are subtle spicy or floral hop flavors that provide just enough bitterness to create a harmonious finish without overwhelming the palate. The aroma follows suit with muted hop notes and a prevalent clean malt scent often reminiscent of fresh bread dough.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.7 – 5.4 %

In Database
4.3 < 5.0 < 5.8 %

Bitterness

Specification
16 – 22 IBU

In Database
14 < 19 < 24 IBU

Color

Specification
6 – 10 EBC
3 – 5 SRM

In Database
5 < 8 < 11 EBC
3 < 4 < 5 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 11.9 °P
1.044 – 1.048 OG

In Database
10.4 < 11.9 < 14.2 °P
1.042 < 1.048 < 1.058 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
1.5 – 3.1 °P
1.006 – 1.012 FG

In Database
1.3 < 2.8 < 4.2 °P
1.005 < 1.011 < 1.016 FG

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