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
Old Dominion Lager
DE, United States
11
3.400
Smoky Mountain Velas Helles
TN, United States
11
3.114
Rahr & Sons Blonde Lager
TX, United States
11
3.114
Penn Gold Lager
PA, United States
10
3.100
Sapporo Super Premium Yebisu Draft
Japan
10
3.185
Cisco Summer of Lager
MA, United States
10
3.454
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager
TX, United States
9
2.492
Augustiner Lagerbier Hell
Germany
9
3.434
Schlafly Helles
MO, United States
8
3.228
Paulaner Original M√ľnchner Hell
Germany
8
3.364
Headstrong Munich Lager
NY, United States
8
2.909
Old Dominion Golden Lager
DE, United States
8
3.000
Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei Barock Hell
Germany
8
3.282
Fordham Helles Lager
DE, United States
8
3.273
Moosbacher Lager
Germany
8
3.064
Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder
TX, United States
8
2.809
Mahrs Hell
Germany
7
3.330
Mueller Munich Lager
MO, United States
7
3.410
Weeping Radish Corolla Gold
NC, United States
7
3.310
Hansa Export
Germany
7
2.970