Episode #121: Munich Helles

Helles Lager is the light, malty, session beer of choice in the Bavaria region of Germany. A close cousin of the hoppier pilsner from which it drew it’s inspiration, Helles is a beer many people have drunk for years without even knowing it.

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Comments 5 

    • From "ChrisQ" :

      You and your green bottles! If that’s what you like, then go for it! I’m not sure of a West Coast-brewed Helles, but I’m sure they exist. I’ll do some digging.

  1. From "Russ Perry Jr" :

    You say you couldn’t very well have Gorch Fock on tap for the show, but… Perhaps you could take the show on the road on occasion? Makes me wonder if there might be a Great Taste of the Midwest Craft Beer Temple Special in our future…

  2. From "Jeremy J. Brown" :

    The funny thing is, you will never see a Helles in a green bottle in Bavaria. They are always in a .5l brown bottle. Or from the tap, which is the best way to have a Helles if given the choice. The green bottle must be an export thing for some reason. Probably something to do with the Heineken influence on America.

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