The south of Germany is characterized by its unbelievable variety of beers. The region with the highest concentration of breweries in the world is here and it is fair to say that in some places even the smallest village has its own brewery. Beer is firmly anchored in the tradition of the South and is celebrated every day as a living cultural asset. The styles of the lower half of Germany are just as diverse as the techniques, raw materials and recipes. You drink wheat beer, bock, pilsner, smoked beer, dark varieties, if you have to, also non-alcoholic or shandy and, of course, light beer.
The latter is particularly popular in Bavaria. On the one hand, this is because the light goes well with the hearty regional cuisine. Snacks, dumplings, roasts, bratwurst, sauerkraut, pork knuckle, white sausage and even apple strudel, plum cake and Bavesen tossed in cinnamon and sugar harmonize wonderfully with the mild flavor of the golden beer. On the other hand, the fame of the Helle can be attributed to its incomparably tasty, subtly balanced and tasty character. Since its invention at the end of the 19th century, its fan base has been growing steadily and we have long been one of them.
Is the light also something for you?
Normally, the light comes in a crystal-clear, shiny gold tone. Its alcohol content is in the middle and, at a pleasant 4.5 to 5.5%, allows the occasional enjoyment of more than one glass. The straw-blonde beauty is malty in smell and taste: A fine bouquet of grain and freshly baked bread fills the air, while the first taste ensnares the palate with full malt tones, soft sweetness, hints of caramel, notes of honey and a restrained hop bitterness. In terms of body, the beer style ranges from lean variants to full-bodied, more stable specimens. The high drinkability and the wonderful freshness have all versions in common.
After almost two millennia dominated by dark, strong and top-fermented beers, between the 19th and 20th centuries, the Helle took the stage. The invention of the refrigeration machine was largely responsible for the fact that the people of Munich wanted to add a light, bottom-fermented specialty to their already broad repertoire of beers. Until now, bottom-fermented beers could only be brewed in the colder half of the year due to the lack of cooling options, but that has now changed. The Munich draft differed significantly from the Czech Pilsner: the light beer was less bitter, a little rounder and much more drinkable. Since then, the beer style has blossomed into an absolute beer garden classic and should not be missing from any beer cellar.
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