Helles / Dortmunder

Helles / Dortmunder

869 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
Capital Bavarian Lager
WI, United States
5
3.488
Appenzeller Quöllfrisch Lager Hell
Switzerland
5
3.063
Northern Breweries Edelbrau
Canada
4
3.243
Kulmbacher Export
Germany
4
3.000
Ettaler Kloster Edel-Hell
Germany
4
3.157
Saranac Helles
NY, United States
4
3.114
Wellington Helles Lager
Canada
4
3.143
Schmucker German Lager (Privat Export)
Germany
4
3.543
Höss Allgäuer Hüttenbier
Germany
4
2.943
Barons Brewing Lager
Australia
4
2.800
Ballast Point Longfin Lager
CA, United States
4
3.000
Les Trois Mousquetaires D'artagnan
Canada
4
2.900
Fort Collins Doktor Lager
CO, United States
4
2.886
Beermanns Lincoln Lager
CA, United States
4
3.129
Jamtlands Hell
Sweden
4
3.229
New Belgium Summer Helles
CO, United States
4
2.686
Three Floyds Gorch Fock
IN, United States
4
3.186
Gulpener Dort
Netherlands
4
2.757
Locher Castegna
Switzerland
4
2.786
Reutberger Export Hell
Germany
4
3.143