Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Bamberg, Germany
Serve in Lager glass


on tap

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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
“Schlenkerla Helles” is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nürnberg. It’s lagered in century old caves underneath the historic Schlenkerla brewery and maltings. Schlenkerla Helles is boiled in the same copper kettles and bottom fermented by the same yeast as the historic Schlenkerla Smokebeer. Its subtle smokiness without using smoke malt makes “Helles Schlenkerla Lager” a unique representative of the classic lager beer style “Bavarian Helles”. Editor’s note: Since this is not intended as a smoked beer, and is not billed as such, it has been classed here as a Helles, despite some samples having residual smoke character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stchloe (968) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Smoky light malt flavors, looks like lager tastes much darker roastier and fuller

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1988) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
Rating #1738 - 2015.06.08 - Bottle from CBI. Pours a gorgeous golden, with a bubbly white head, decent retention. Aroma is wood smoke, earthy aromatics. Taste is light graininess, but a lovely toffee malt sweetness that is balanced with a light hoppy bitterness and the smoky undertone in the finish. Bold flavour for a smoked/unsmoked lager. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (3130) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle in Tilley’s Bar, Newcastle. Pours hazy gold with a frothy off white head. Mild smoke and citrus aroma. The taste has citrus and spice with a lghtly smoky bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Orange_times (154) - UKRAINE - JUL 25, 2016
Pours in golden colour with small white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, flowers. Medium sweet, ligthly bitter, no sourness. Light body, soft carbonization, cery ligthly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Poured a golden color witha white head. Aroma was grassy, pale malt, and very light smoke. Flavor similar, crazy that the smoke is there without any smoked malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (1414) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2016
Aroma: oak smoky notes, malty. Appearance: clear golden color and white head. Taste: oak smoky notes, low herbal bitterness, bonfire, mlaty backbone, quite dry. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, smoky finish. Overall: Really good smoky helles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (5805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2016
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Light smoky and bready smell and taste. Nie and clean with some light smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3094) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Brews n chews. Golden pour. Brewed without smoked malt but picks up smoke from the equipment. Aromas of light campfire. Taste is clean with a slight meaty taste. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2380) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Growler from Last Drop.

Gold pour, lovely light smoke aroma with some grain. Easy drinking helles augmented by this beautiful understated smoke is absolutely delicious. Nothing like the overpowering Aecht Rauchbiers, just enough smoke to keep it interesting. Dry close. Super-nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (2452) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Richard’s place. Clear golden, white head. Smoked malts, chalk, sausage, beans. Light sweet, moderate bitter. Medium body, low carbonation, gritty feel, ashy, likeable brew.

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