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A rich malty nose starts this beer off. Malty smooth backbone comes up next with a flowery finish. A crisp dry finish, makes this a great session beer.
Hell is the German adjective for "light," whilebHelles is a noun used in the sense of "a light one." But unlike in North America, this designation refers to color only, not to the beer's caloric or alcoholic strength, which is a substantial 4.7 to 5.4 percent by volume. If there is one beer style that typifies the greatness of German, and especially of Bavarian beer-making, it is this straw-blond lager.
A Helles is one of life's great gastronomic pleasures. It relies on its incredible subtlety to dazzle the senses. Because it is straw-blond and sparkling-light, it is pleasing to the eye. Because it is technically a full-bodied brew, in spite of its brilliance, it is satisfying on the palate. It has almost no nose or up-front bitterness, but it is mildly malt-accented. In the finish, it is well attenuated and dry, but never harsh. There must be a lingering note of hops, which is at once less aromatic than that of
the Bohemian Pilsner and less aggressive than that of the northern German Pilsener. Serve a Helles at a temperature in the upper 40s °F (about 5 °C). When you pour a Helles into your glass, a tall, firm, creamy-white head rises above its straw-blond brilliance and the beer will appeal to you with mouthwatering allure.