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


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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cristobal37 (758) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2016 Crisp and refreshing like a good lager but with a healthy dose of smoke. Bit of smokey bacon on the nose and what a trip that no smoked malts were used to brew this. One of the best from the brewery. Not as fierce as the others, the finish is dry and malty with the smoke mostly gone by then. Still one of my alltime favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear golden orange with a white head. Aroma of smoked malts, toffee, light butterscotch, malt, light leathery notes and a little metallic. Flavour is a over moderate sweet and above light bitter. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThreeCats (804) - ISRAEL - MAR 11, 2016
Clear golden color with a nice foamy head. Aroma yeasty, bready, and smokey. Not as smokey as other offerings from this brewery. But it there. Taste bready, smokey, and a but metallic. As a Helles, it’s mediocre, since the smoke covers up the delicate flavors that distinguish a good Helles. As a smoked beer it’s ok - not as smokey as others, but I think that’s an advantage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1715) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle. Pale golden body, small head. Aroma has a small hint of ham and leather but nothing overbearing. Taste is generally light with a notable but still not overly strong leathery smokiness. Pretty light finish with a subtle smokiness. It’s decent but I expected a fuller body and more intense smokiness. Definitely a nice lager but not as memorable as their Märzen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (744) - USA - FEB 28, 2016
Hazy gold, very white and lastimg head. Medium body, light flavor, shy mouthfeel, low heat and carbonation. Dry, mild bitterness and acidity. Hoppy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6141) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden color. Medium size, bubbly white head, stays. Malty, grassy hops, very mild smoke in aroma. Sweet malts, woody, mild smokiness, grassy hops and some leather in taste. Smoky notes and leather in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1271) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 12, 2016
Clear, golden colored, medium white lasting head, nice lacing. Aroma is of malt, grains, light smoked meat. Taste is medium- sweet malty, some grains, lightly smoked bacon, light to medium herbal grassy bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle; pours clear gold with a white head; aroma of malt with some floral and smoke hints; taste is bacon with some malt and grass; finish is slightly bitter; not quite what I expected but good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
irishpenguin13 (36) - Leesburg, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Super pretty golden with small lingering head, good lacing. Sweet malt aroma, not as smokey as the last one i had, actually theres barely no smoke at all, which is one reason i like this one, its always different. Low bitterness, good malt balance, sweet and mildly earthy. Nice lingering finish. Easy drinkability that comes full bodied. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mduspara (33) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle 0,5 Pours clear golden colour with medium white head. Light malty and smokey aromas. Smoked bacon and some grass. Light bodied and nicely balanced. Taste starts sweet and smokey with a dry bitter finish. Nice lager. Definitely different than the others.

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