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


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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (1800) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours golden with white head. Easy drinking, fruity Helles. Some spice. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a clear pale blonde with a small white head. Aroma is classic spicy lager yeast, light herbal notes and grass. Flavour is very pleasant, with herbal notes, light spiciness, and a light grassy hops. Everything a helles should be. Perfectly balanced, with a great herbal spiciness. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1079) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2014
500ml bottle served in a weizen glass.A: Pours an absolutely clear yellow color forming a medium to small head with low retention and lots of thin and lingering spotty lacings in the glass. S: Nose is the classic malty and crispy German Lager. Strong notes of sweet pale malts and flowery hops. Some metallic and ashy notes too. T: Slightly sweet pale malts in the upfront becoming dry and crispy with a considerable hop bitterness in the end. Notes of grassy hops. Hints of ashes and roasted malts.M: Very light body. Medium but persistent carbonation. Grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. Refreshing. Excellent German Lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Yellow with a heavy haze, a cm of nice white had that fades to a soapy film and ring. Aroma is sweet, wet hay and pleasant smoke in the background, like that which silently wafts from neighbors on a cold winter evening. Body is medium-light, watery-syrupy, medium-light carbonation, just a bit of fine pricks. Flavor is light sweet grain (not malt or wheat, more like corn and hay) with light, delicate smokiness, maybe a hint of rye and tree bitterness. Incredibly quaffable, balanced, moderately complex, and yummy. Deserving of the label "Helles" over "Smoked".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnase (168) - Kronoby, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of rhubarb, sliced pear, grass and white bread. Flavour of lightly smoked malt, apple pie and a finish of lightly smoked cheese. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Certainly one of the most unique Lagers I’ve ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2014
500 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of damp pale malt and faint citrus. Smoked wood is certainly detected in the taste and pairs nicely with the light fruit flavors found in this beer. Of the beers I have tried from this brewery, while this is not my favorite of them, I think this is the perfect starting point to introduce what a smoke beer is like. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (666) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Very energetic little beer. Clear and quite a long-lasting head. Very very slight smoke taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (667) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Soft Helles like aroma. Body is a hazy straw yellow with lots of fine sediment floating around. Sweet Helles taste is on top of the famous smokebeer taste of its brethren beer but in a much subtler. Sense some sweet caramel tasting malts too. Leaves a sweet aftertaste with a touch of smokiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (461) - FRANCE - NOV 11, 2014
Blonde très pale, limpide, très léger col de mousse blanche. Nez sur le malt et maïs. Bouche sur le malt, houblonnage intéressant pour une lager, houblon épicé, citron. Amertume agréable. Peu de corps. L’aspect fumée évoqué dans la description et les critiques m’échappe totalement ! Bonne bière de soif mais guère plus...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Flaske 500ml på på Cafe Abseits, Bamberg 11 Okt 14. Lys gylden. Svak aroma av røyk & gress. Smaken har et pikant røykpreg med en anelse gress.

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