Today we sample the Helios Dortmunder Lager from Hoyne Brewing. Founded by brewmaster Sean Hoyne, this brewery is always reliable for a tasty beverage.
You may be wondering what a ‘Dortmunder’ lager is, and that’s a fair question. Dortmunder is a type of brewing named after it’s city of origin – Dortmund, Germany. In the 19th century Dortmund was an industrial city, home to steel mills and coal mines, and the men who worked in them looked for a hearty, satisfying drink after a long day of labor. While the breweries of Dortmund were craftign a fine golden ale, 600km away another European city was putting the finishing touches on a beer that would be named ofr them – Pilsen, otherwise known as the home of Pilsner beers.
The city of Dortmund became one of the most bombed cities in Europe during the Second World War, with soem estimates sayign that 98% of its buildign were destroyed. In any case, the city underwent a huge post-war revitalization and is now known as a green metropolis with a focus on technology and research. The lgacy of Dortmunder beers remains, as the style is popular around the world.
This Helios lager is a worthy successor to the style. Billed as a Golden Lager, it doesn’t disappoint, with a crisp golden pour, slight head, and hearty aromas of spice, citrus and grains. It’s malt-forward beer, but still very much a lager and not heavy in any way. It’s a crisp and clean drink, ready to help you relax after a hard day at the coal mine (or the office).
Are there any other great Dortmunders being brewed in Canada these days? Let us know in the comments.