As a second beer for review from the Augustiner brewery I chose Lagerbier Hell – lager in the style of Helles.
About the style Helles I mentioned on the occasion of review Helles Schlenkerla.
Helles is a type of lager, which comes from southern Germany – was brewed especially in Munich, so sometimes name: Munich Helles.
This word in German means “clear” and such is Helles lager. Pale gold, in taste slightly sweet, malty, with a rather low bitterness, medium bodied – such a mild version of Pilsner.
In a moment I will check up Lagerbier Hell.
Although I am not a great lover of lagers, but remembered what impressed me recently Pils from Augustiner, the more I wonder this today’s beer.
This time half-liter bottle, euro type of course.
Time to taste.
Name: LAGERBIER HELL (Helles / Dortmunder, alc. 5,2% ABV)
|Light yellow colour, straw.
Foam white, medium high, quickly drops,
but to the very end remains its remnants on the surface.
|Aroma distinctly hoppy, slightly grassy.
It’s a little malt, light hint of citrus.
DMS palpable (though it is rather typical for Pilsner malt).
|The taste of malt sweetness, hint of bread.
Clear hoppy accents, grassy.
It is also present a light acidity.
Bitterness at low level.
Finish semi-dry, malty.
Saturation medium. Bodied also at a medium level.
Well, as long as previously described Pils from Augustiner brewery amazed me, that today Lagerbier Hell, unfortunately, not quite.
The aroma is distinctly hoppy, malty, with the presence of DMS (though honestly I must admit that in this style it’s not a defect).
Very pale colour would indicate shortages in flavour, but it is not. Taste is relatively intense, hoppy and malty. Bitterness is low, and the finish lightly dry with a hint of cereal.
Basically, all in accordance with the style, but apparently I did not belong to its fans.