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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (917) - ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle. Pale straw pour with a thick white head and lots of fizzy carbonation. Nose is corny and smoky, like someone dropped a match in a standard lager. Taste is really interesting. Fresh tasting smoke, some slight sandalwood and a big tasty hit of fresh lager. Refreshing, smooth and interesting!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (627) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
500 ml bottle at the Bedford:Bamberg Spring Fest 2014. Pure gold with plentiful carbonation. Malt, grass and citrus in the nose. Taste is a cut above. A mild and subtle smokiness pervades a general bittersweet profile, overlaid with lemony sour/bitterness. Fuller palette than most lagers. Good stuff, just like everything else from this wonderful brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (678) - USA - MAY 7, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought near Bamberg. Superb lager style beer with subtle smoke taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - MAY 2, 2014
50cl bottle, served in tumbler @ Homo Sibaris. Pours pale golden with small white frothy head. Looks a bit turbid, nothing wrong with it though. The aroma is composed of typical lager notes along with cereals and a very nice smoky touch. The taste is surprisingly hoppy, very well blended with the lager notes and the smoke. The palate is moderately dry and sweet. Light to medium body, good carbonation. Original and easy to drink, very balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1316) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
Excellent, brilliant stuff, a light smokiness pervades the beer and lingers legitimately for hours despite never being overwhelming, with a more traditional crispy light sweet helles malt body making up the majority of the flavor. Great beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... golden yellow ... thin white lacing ... soft grassy nose ... soft fruits ... light grassy fruits ... tiniest hint of smoke ... really not me,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (1261) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
Bottle from Citymarket, Kouvola, Finland. Big white semilasting fluffy head. Clear pale golden color. Tiny smokey aroma with fine spicy nobel hop aroma and some crisp pilsner to balance everything. Smooth malty taste with crisp bitterness. One of the very best Helles I’ve tried, and a huge drinkabillity.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (333) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - APR 18, 2014
500 ml bottle from BG Birra, served in a goblet glass. Beautiful rich gold, perfectly clear, with a creamy, persistent bright white head. Looks gorgeous. On the nose bready malts, light yeast, mild herbal hoppyness, a hint of wet cardboard in the far background. So smooth and clean in the mouth, much more bitter than expected upfront, but then an almost light sugary sweetness follows. Solid malty base, pleasent herbal hoppy punch, and just a tiny smokey/ashy sensation in the aftertaste, mainly coating the lips. Ridicously drinkable. Average to lively carbonation, medum body, slightly creamy texture. Stunning.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
pours hazy golden with a nice off-white head showing some retention and lacing. honeyed and pils maltiness - some fresh cereals, subtle smoke, pepper, clean yeast, quite fruity too, hint of sweetness, grassy-herbalness, pinch of citrus. moderate carbonation, light body, clean lightly smoked and grassy-herbal-peppery finish. a bit straightforward but good. quenching too.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2014
Pale with an easy white rocky head. Leaves intricate doily lacing. Clean bread Yeasty nose with a balanced but firms smokey finish at the end. Beautiful Smokey quality on the palate from beginning to end but still delicate and complex and bready and long. The best beer of its type. BNo doubt. But only an ’84’ on this site? Just goes to show that tickers don’t know shit.


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