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


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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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“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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1840) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Aroma: light smokey, grain and bread malts, light caramel. Appearance: clear gold, massive, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: intense grain malts again, caramel, slightly dry finish. Overall: quite a nice Helles with the benefit of some smoked flavours. Bottle from Utobeer, London Bridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WhatDaddy (7) - GREECE - MAR 4, 2015 does not count
bottle, 05lt. Found at Valentin - Curious Biekneipe, Volos. The aroma is classic malty Lager, with a small hint of smoky. The same goes for the looks, deep golden with white foam. The taste ist just great, you got a classic Helles Lager with the smoky feeling existing but just adding taste without to get the main star. A good carbonation and medium body, maybe a bit oily, with a overall very nice taste that explode the "simple" blond Lager into extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4561) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear, brass-golden colour with average, thick, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Grassy, woody, minimally smoky aroma, hints of peppercress, green pepper and dietary salami. Taste is dry, husky, minimally grainy, smoky leavings, grassy hoppy overtones, a mineral touch, very subtle pale malt sweetness; a greasy ’Salame Milano’ layer remains on the lips. Even Schlenkerla’s "dishwater" is better than almost any other Helles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (2006) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
500ml bottle from beermerchants.com. Pours a helles gold with medium white head. Taste has a light smokiness behind a decent helles character, just enough in fact without being dominating. A pleasant smoky lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (214) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
0,5 l bottle from Schlenkerla webshop, best before end 6/2015. Clear, pale golden yellow with a medium large, fluffy, slowly collapsing, white head. Subtle smokey aroma of smoked ham and campfire with lager-like notes of grass, sweetish malts and butter. Sweetish taste of smoked ham, cereals and butter with a short, slightly bitter and grassy finish. Thin body, fresh mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very tasty and sessionable helles with a gentle smokey note that therefore stands out in this style. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2009) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2015
February 11, 2015. On cask at Akkurat.
Clear golden with a medium sized creamy white head. Crispy aroma of noble hops and clean malty/grainy notes with faint smokey notes. Taste is light to medium sweet with floral, grassy and herbal bitterness. Very smooth and easy drinkable, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (682) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2015
White pale colour. Mild smoke on nose. Taste is big on palate with some mild smoke. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2716) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Pale golden beer with tight large head. Aroma of light smoked cheese and bread. Taste is lightly smoked, bread and smoked malts. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (641) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Golden with white head. Smoke, floral, vanilla and some cereal. Round palate. Really something!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
malvrich (75) - durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
A: Surprisingly pale yellow gold with an inch of tight bubbly foam which stayed together for several minutes, never dissipating completely. Ample carbonation rising and attractive lacing as drunk. S: Herbal hop scent with almost no maltiness and just the slightest hint of smoke. Very subtle though the very cold temp. may be stifling the aroma. T: Oh yeah, there’s the smoke!. Tastes like a very nice though typical pils or helles with sharp sour bread notes and mild hoppy flavors on the short dry finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very nice! Bonus: doesn’t taste like someone dropped a fucking cigarette in it (looking at you. Marzen). M: Nothing outstanding but very pleasant. Light body with a fairly strong tingle from the tireless bubbles. Finishes very clean leaving a hint of smoke at the back of your mouth. O: I really like this quite a bit more than the Marzen which is the only other Aecht Schlenkerla offering I’ve had. I guess it’s hard to get the smoke level exactly right but this is it at least in my opinion.. At $6/imp. pint, I’ll forgo the Marzen but will definitely have this again from time to time. The stories are true, this is great stuff. Awesome experience!

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