Hoyne Helios Dortmunder Lager

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.

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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.

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