A Conversation for Beers of Germany
Researcher 173499 Started conversation May 12, 2001
"Helles" means bright, not light, because of the color.
Scotedog Posted Oct 8, 2002
When referring to colour, Helles does mean Light. When referring to something like the sky (or perhaps something even more nebulous), helles can mean bright.
In terms of beer, helles definitely means Lights as in the colour, in conparison to dunkles, which is dark
luckyjoker1 Posted Sep 23, 2005
That´s true. The German adjective "hell" means "lightly coloured" and is the opposite of dark ("dunkel"). As you see, when translated as "light", one might think of "light-weight", but that, in German, is "leicht". I guess most beers weigh about the same, so the ability of a Bavarian waitress to hold 6 or even more 1-litre-glasses in each hand is as impressive as if she carried any other sort of beer than Helles.
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