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


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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1110) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold color with a small head. Aroma is grains with a slight smoke smell. Taste is grains with a slight smoked almond aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MWMBeerguy (108) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Wonderful slightly smokey aroma from the yeast repitched from their other beers. I had this beer ice cold in a frosted glass and the flavor held up Wonderfully. I LOVE this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2512) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Clean gold with a small head. Grainy malt aroma. Flavour is sweet, light smokey, sticky grain on a dry sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with an off-white, medium head that dissipates quickly. Nose is grainy with some honey, toasted bread and smoke that grows in intensity in the glass. Taste is mildly sweet and lightly bitter. Flavor reminiscent of cooked barley, there’s some grassy hop notes, not much smoke at all. Finishes with some mild bitterness. Relatively clean with a light body. Not bad, grew on me the more I drank.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Migmar (248) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Pale yellow, some foam. Bread, grass. hay. Light bitterness. Pretty light palate. A better than average lager, quite refreshing, but not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (1287) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Clear yellow colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Easy drinkable lager. Malty aroma with subtle hints of smoke. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Very gentle smoke, sweet, light and thin, grassy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VividVision (8) - - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
Tuoksussa ja maussa mennään askel väärään suuntaan pmaan makuun. Kuitenkin yhden juo..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
500ml bottle from Julio’s.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with med foamy white head.
Aroma : Floral and spicy hops with light hint of smoke. Fairly malty with light adjunct notes.
Taste : Malty with spicy hops. Very light smoke notes if any. Fairly malty finish with spicy hops. Fairly dry. Light hay notes on the finish.
Palate : Fairly lively carbonation. Thin palate but not that much considering the low abv.
Overall : Fairly nice brew. I was expecting a tastier malt profile but maybe this sample is not top shape. Quite drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1340) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
Butelka 50cl. OCZY : śliczny i przejrzysty kolor złota z zółtymi odcieniami. Piana jest spora i śnieżno-biała. NOS : aromat jest dosyć intensywny jak na ten styl piwa. Dominują świeże aromaty nasion, słodkiego chleba i owoców cytrusowych takich jak mandarynka i cytryna, mokre pranie. Do tego aromat miodu akacjowego. USTA : średnio gazowane o wodnistej konsystencji. Bardzo delikatne ale oleiste. Przyjemne w buzi. Jest to piwo o świetnej równowadze miedzy słodkimi nasionami a goryczkowym finiszem. Trudno o bardziej subtelna gorycz bo pomimo delikatności jest ona dosyć trwała i orzeźwiająca. Słodkie nasiona wraz z aromatem chmielowym wyłaniają nuty miodowe i zbożowe z dodatkiem przyjemnej woni kwiatów. Posmak jest średnio trwały. Piwo lekko się klei na suchych ustach. ODCZUCIA : co za subtelne piwo ! Bardzo zadowalające pod każdym względem. Niesamowite na upal, który dzisiaj tutaj panuje. Jednocześnie zadowoli wielbicieli zboża ale i zaintryguje tych co lubią gorycz. Zaraz sobie naleje kolejny kufel. PS: Takie piwo nie powinno się pić po mocnym IPA czy stoucie bo kubki smakowe będą miały trudniej doszukać się niuansów. OCENA : smak : 7/10 pijalność : 9/10

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