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These two styles are closely related, the former hailing from Dortmund and the latter from Bavaria. Both are slightly strong (5.0-5.6%), malt-accented pale lagers. The cookie-like or bready maltiness should be very much in evidence in a traditional example. These beers are clean and easy to drink in quantity. Some Dortmunders made in Denmark and the Netherlands are stronger.

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1L’Amère à Boire Montréal Hell 
L’Amère à Boire
Montreal, Quebec
 66  3.65 Find
2Vrooden Helle 
Brasserie Vrooden
Granby, Quebec
 17  3.61 Find
3Uinta Fest Helles 
Uinta Brewing Company
Salt Lake City, Utah
 19  3.57 Find
4Cigar City Hoppier Than Helles 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 33  3.56 Find
5Jack’s Abby / New England Beer Geek Helles 
Jack’s Abby Brewing
Framingham, Massachusetts
 21  3.56 Find
6Tired Hands Helles Other People  
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
 49  3.56 Find
7Hopfenstark Helles  
L’Assomption, Quebec
 49  3.55 Find
8Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold 
Great Lakes Brewing (Ohio)
Cleveland, Ohio
 1180  3.53 Find
9Mankato Kato Lager 
Mankato Brewery
North Mankato, Minnesota
 11  3.53 Find
10pFriem Helles 
pFriem Family Brewers
Hood River, Oregon
 16  3.44 Find
11Surly Hell 
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 460  3.44 Find
12Ol’ Republic Hell Beer 
Ol’ Republic Brewery
Nevada City, California
 10  3.43 Find
13Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier 
Brauerei Heller
Bamberg, Germany
 1096  3.43 Find
14Nils Oscar God Lager Ofiltrerad 
Nils Oscar
Nyköping, Sweden
 38  3.42 Find
15Austin Beer Garden Hell Yes 
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
Austin, Texas
 16  3.39 Find
16Le Trou du Diable Germaine 
Le Trou du Diable
Shawinigan, Quebec
 26  3.39 Find
17Perennial Brew for the Crew 
Perennial Artisan Ales
St. Louis, Missouri
 20  3.39 Find
18Witzgall Vollbier 
Brauerei Witzgall
Hallerndorf-Schlammersdorf, Germany
 56  3.38 Find
19Mannebacher Helles 
Mannebacher Brauhaus
Mannebach, Germany
 15  3.38 Find
20Tired Hands Trendler Lager 
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
 12  3.37 Find
21Ramstein Revelation Golden Lager 
High Point Brewing Company
Butler, New Jersey
 22  3.37 Find
22Tilmans Das Helle 
Tilmans Biere
Munich, Germany
 76  3.36 Find
23Queen City South End Helles 
Queen City Brewery
Burlington, Vermont
 10  3.36 Find
24Wolfscraft Das Helle 
Wolfscraft GmbH
Freising, Germany
 17  3.36 Find
25Baeren Classic 
Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
 24  3.36 Find


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