Münchner (Munich)-Style Helles
This beer should be perceived as having low bitterness. It is a medium-bodied, malt-emphasized beer; with malt character often balanced with low levels of yeast produced sulfur compounds (character). Certain renditions of this beer style approach a perceivable level of hop flavor (note: hop flavor does not imply hop bitterness) and character but it is essentially balanced with malt character to retain its style identity. Malt character is reminiscent of freshly and very lightly toasted malted barley. There should not be any caramel character. Color is light straw to golden. Fruity esters and diacetyl should not be perceived. There should be no chill haze.
Recommended Glassware: Pilsner Glass or Cervoise Glass or Flute Glass
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.044-1.050 (11-13 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.008-1.012 (2-3 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.8-4.4% (4.5-5.5%)
Bitterness (IBU): 18-25
Color SRM (EBC): 4-5.5 (8-11 EBC)
Sub-style guidelines used with permission of the Brewers Association, www.beertown.org.