North Portland’s Occidental Brewing Co. has released Edel-Hell Helles Lager in 12-ounce cans and 6-packs. In a press release Occidental calles Helles Bavaria’s answer to Pilsner. There are remarkably few Helles-style lagers available in bottle or can, and local versions are especially rare.
More from the release:
Helles is a delicate, malt-forward style known for its subtle touch of hops and light straw color. Indeed, “hell” is the German word for light (as in color) and describes the style’s pale hue. “Edel” is German for noble and Occidental calls its example Edel-Hell, using the honorific to signify both the use of a classic noble hop variety— Tettnanger—as well as the brewers’ pride in this fine lager.