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Held-Bräu Hell

Beer sellers:

ABV: 4.9%
Origin: Oberailsfeld, Franken/Bayern, Germany

, Oberailsfeld

One of many small rural Franconian brewpubs, with a history dating back to 1680, “Hero Brew” is now run by Helmut Polster and his family. They turn out some seriously good stuff.

The malty accent of “Helles” beers is more typical of the traditional blond lagers of this part of the world than the drier, hoppier tang of Pils. This is a great example, clear golden with a very generous white head. There’s a lovely soft and creamy aroma with notes of wet stone and honey, trailing a decent straightforward fresh malty palate with a hint of lime and a contained but notable buildup of hops. The beer closes with a splash of hops and strawberry on a lingering malty finish.

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