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


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RATINGS: 1017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neongolden (1226) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2016
(500ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear gold with a small white head that leaves lace. Aroma is rather crisp pale malt, slightly sweet with a touch of bread, smoky quality, leather, grass, lightly herbal. Flavour has a light malt body with a bit of cereals and honey to it. Moderate smoke and wood, leather, slight cured meat, grass, floral, slightly spicy hop bitterness, all of which ramp up slightly towards a dry, lightly bitter, semi-crisp finish. Rather light bodied, carbonation is quite prickling. Interesting beverage, the second-hand smoke character is quite clear and gives a layer of interest to a relatively simple noble-hopped lager. Fun to try and reasonably drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SvanteL (280) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2016
Ljusgul, klar med medelstort skum. Brödig doft med en svag rökton. I smaken kommer röken fram mer och ger en stark karaktär åt den rena brödigheten som ligger i botten. En intressant lager med klassisk tysk grundsmak med en trivsam rökig twist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OminouSC2 (447) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2016
Golden yellow color, medium white head. Bread malt aromas, yeast, spices. Slight bitter, smoke, malt, bread and ’dirt’ tasting. Finish and taste feels a bit off, like unwashed root crops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (779) - GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
Pours a crystal clear, bright golden color, with a huge, stable white head. Smells of wet straw, soft hay and a light herbal whiff. A cakey malt profile gets recognizable among the more pronounced garden herb qualities. Has a light, well nuanced mouthfeel with a medium carbonation, slighly bubbly during the mid palate, with a calmer, malt focussed finish and a herbal dryness prevailing. Tastes of sun dried straw, gently accompanied by garden herbs and a lingering, subtle dough malt profile. A pleasant leaf dryness comes up during the mid palate, finishing with an aqueous softness, guided by slighty sweeter toffee malts. Wow, this is masterfully balanced with a very enjoyable, well nuanced hop presence, making this very refreshing. For me, ligher beers’ most important quality is their balance, since its got to be clean brewed or it becomes a mess, and this one is a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6689) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2016
Bottled from Systembolaget Clear pale golden with a white head. Slightly metallic aroma and flavour with smoke and leather. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martpez (125) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
A smokey character to think I was expecting them to do a straight up hells!. Some dry hops shine through the mix. A nice drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mister_Li (905) - GERMANY - AUG 12, 2016
Klares goldgelb mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, leicht rauchig, leicht süßlich, butterig, würzig, sehr süffig,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Vaalean kullankeltainen kirkas olut valkoisella, kivasti pitsiä jättävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksu mieto, hienoinen savun aromi. Maku pehmeä, peruslageria hieman enemmän makua, pientä humalan katkeruutta jälkimaussa joka kestää yllättävän pitkään. Toimiva lager ja prosentteihin nähden oikea helmi! Helposti nautittava ja raikas, mutta myös maistuva ja selvästi peruslagereista erottuva.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Neulen (11) - Nürnberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2016
Catastrophe struck. No more burgers were served. Still, the journey had carried us this far, and while our senses missed the scent, the golden light shone like a beacon. Our souls were lifted to the clouds, the taste lingered, hope was reborn, beer was drunk with the promise of a good present Andy brighter future ahead

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2593) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a fluffy white head, aroma is light and with hints of smoke, the taste is medium bitterness with the malt bringing smoke with a dry bitter finish.

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