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

bottled
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
On cask at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. Smooth. Pale yellow pour. Somewhat bland. Grass and hay. Nice beer but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 15, 2013
15/11/2013 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Dorata, limpida, schiuma bianca mediamente persistente. Al naso sentori di malto rustico, integrale, leggerissimo affumicato, appena percettibile, ottima! In bocca è dolciastra all’attacco con leggerissimo affumicato, quasi impercettibile, finale amarognolo, molto buona. Corpo leggero, watery, carbonazione media. Birra freschissima e di squisita fattura.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5121) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for the style; a transparent gold with foamy white head. Smells doughy and (in the words of Tmoney99) like a basement beer. Tastes like it smells with light smoke. Average on the palate. Not bad, but forgettable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (2591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2013
Sample from bottle at the Vaaland stand at Nærbø Ølfestivalen 2013. Clear golden body with a faint white film. Light malts and wort on the nose. Sweet, smoked and pleasantly bitter. Light to medium bodied leaving the tongue dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1437) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Bottle: yellow & straw color with a thick chill haze, topped off by a puffy & cloud-like white head that has excellent retention and leaves plenty of chunky lace behind. Aroma is humongous bread, grain, barley, thick yeast, mildly musky hops, and an uplifting dose of sweet, subtle smokiness. Fresh, crisp, clean, unique. Taste follows right along. Bready malts, toasted grains, & sweet smoke, almost like the liquid smoke that you use to barbecue with, though not as "peaty". Subtle, yet integral to the excellence. Finishing citrus zest, grains, & light smoke. One of the most drinkable beers I’ve had, and my personal favorite helles lager. A simple, yet great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2139) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle from Redstone Pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Rich sweet caramelized pilsner malt dominates the aroma. Rich dried fruit, prunes and raisins come to mind. Non existent hop aroma. Lightly spicy and almost smokey component shows up in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich with lots of caramelized sugary maltiness and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is a hint of herbal hop flavor and a bit of sweet cardboard. Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Love the aroma here, but the flavor suggests this bottle my be less than fresh. One day I will make it over the ocean to try some great lagers the way they were meant to be drunk!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marquisalex (167) - Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very slightly hazy light gold with a decent white head, medium density. Aroma is malty, sweet breads. On warming, reminds me a little of marzipan and green wood, but it’s the smoke that really starts to show through. Taste is mostly sweet malt, with some bitterness. Very gentle smoke finish, which is quite moreish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (898) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 11, 2013
500ml bottle. An above average Helles lager on account of the subtle smoky bacon flavours that leave a mark on your palate at the finish. Sweet buttery grainy malts dominate the front end. Little hop bitterness. Medium-light body with clean mouthfeel. Clear bright golden pour with small white head.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (443) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 4, 2013
Tres bonne lager. Avec un arome et un gout legerment fumé, amère et malté. Bonne pétillance. Du niveau de la brasserie Schlenkerla

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (636) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Really nice refreshing lager. Thanks to tectactoe on the split. Would really like to have again.


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