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


on tap

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RATINGS: 841   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (529) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2014
Flasche von Grabsch, Berlin. - Goldgelb, klar. - In der Nase Malz, zitroniger Hopfen, leichter Rauch. - Zitrusfruchtiger, herb-grasiger Hopfen über vollem, saftigem hellen Malz; dazu eine wirklich nur ganz zarte Rauchnote. Perfekte Rezenz. Im Abgang Grapefruitschale und die Trockenheit, die guter Spalter Hopfen verleiht. Gut bitterer Nachtrunk. - Wunderbar aromatisches, perfektes Helles, das eher an ein tschechisches Bier als an die faden, malzsüßen Biere, die sonst oft als „Helles“ vertrieben werden, erinnert.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (1572) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma; grass, meadow, pale malts. Eine große Schaumkrone, big fluffy head, almost clear straw golden body, eines fast klar strohgoldenes Bier. Lacings in my mug looks almost like a copy of a wall from Colosseum Roma. Taste; hops, sweet malts, hints of caramel, berries, smoky wood, good stuff, To palate fresh and crispy. Finishes through the old oak, tasty malts, grains and hops. Overall nice stuff from northern Bayern, Oberfranken. Goes very well along with warm cheese sandwich, or anything along with it will do , I think. 1/2L brown bottle 4.3% b@supermarket Finland, tasted@home Norway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque (530) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at Map Room. Pours bright and slightly cloudy. Flavor is smoky but it’s not salty and sausagey like a rauchbier. It’s flavor reminded me of a fresh hardwood campfire. It stung a little bit but it was good. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1281) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Klær lys gyllen farve med lyst slum. Lukt av malt og humle. Smak av malt og humle. Ølutsalg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nilsas (1506) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Duft av malt og eik. Fin gyllen farge. Lite tynt skum. Smak av eik med en litt syrlig ettersmak. Leskende og lettdrukket.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (1707) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at The Dirty Truth in Northampton. An easy drinking brew with a dominant smokiness to it. I actually like this one more than their smokier marzen which is too smoky. It definitely went well with the cheese and pate I had with it tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (258) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Light amber to yellow, whit a medium white head. Lightly malty, with bread, grain and some hoppy grass aroma. Medium sweet, a touch of umami, medium lasting and rather light on the bitter. This is a true volume beer. This I can imagine drinking a lot of on a nice cool summers eve.

Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Might be advisable with more than one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Style conquest into Germany! Bottle. Pours clear gold, white head. Aroma is toast, fruit, "lager." Taste: holy crap, it’s smoky! Didn’t catch this in the nose. Crisp, refreshing, light body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, short finish. Overall: unexpected; love how light and crisp this is. I need to drink more of these sub 5% classics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
This was a surprise...I picked up some non Rauchbier bottles here in Germany from this legendary producer. I was expecting a typical Lager, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the "rauch" is here. A nice flavor is produced with the smoke and Helles lager. Not too heavy and a really refreshing drink...especially during the winter. Love to find unique brews like this in Germany!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simonsen (692) - NORWAY - FEB 11, 2014
Flaske fra roma Sofiemyr. Klar gylden farge, medium karbonert, stor hvit skumtopp.smaker malt, korn, brød,hvete, banan, gjær. Behagelig røyksmak. Ganske god

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