Helles / Dortmunder

Helles / Dortmunder

814 beers | 3.190 Avg Score

These two lager styles are very similar and are often grouped as only one style. The helles ("bright") style originated in the Munich / Bavaria areas of Germany, while the Dortmunder from Dortmund in Northern Germany. Both are golden yellow pale lagers with somewhat showy white heads. They feature grainy, bready, biscuity, even cookie-like (but never caramel) malt backbones with a noticeable hops presence (Dortmunders tend to be slightly more hopped than Helles). Both styles fall short of the hop levels typical of Pilsners, but they are crisp and clean, somewhat balanced lagers with a sometimes dry finish. Both also make for good "session" beers due to their high drinkability.

Beer | Location Reviews Score
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
OH, United States
47
3.682
Schmucker German Lager (Privat Export)
Germany
4
3.543
Capital Bavarian Lager
WI, United States
5
3.488
Held Bräu Hell
Germany
2
3.480
Andechser Spezial Hell
Germany
11
3.464
Ayinger Jahrhundert
Germany
51
3.455
Cisco Summer of Lager
MA, United States
10
3.454
Paulaner Wiesn Blonde
Germany
2
3.440
MacTarnahans Zig Zag River Lager
OR, United States
2
3.440
Augustiner Lagerbier Hell
Germany
9
3.434
Samuel Adams Long Shot Dortmunder Style Export
MA, United States
18
3.434
Dremel Helles
Germany
2
3.420
Mueller Munich Lager
MO, United States
7
3.410
Crooked River Select Lager
OH, United States
3
3.400
Old Dominion Lager
DE, United States
11
3.400
Hofbrau Munchen Original / Hofbräu München Original
Germany
36
3.392
Franconia Lager
TX, United States
1
3.375
Paulaner Original Münchner Hell
Germany
8
3.364
Krug Bräu Breitenlesauer Hell
Germany
1
3.350
5 Seasons Munich Helles
GA, United States
5
3.350