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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Poobah (322) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Lemon-gold with a generous head, plenty of lacing and a honey-sweet, floral nose. Modest carbonation with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, roasty, honey, overripe banana finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2686) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grains, yeast and some smoke. Taste is malts and a hint of smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chopper925 (287) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Nice amber color, lacing white head. Nice wood fire smell, with smoky aromas, very tasty. Light sweet, light sour and a decent bitterness. More flat carbonation, with a watery body. Aftertaste is malty with a nice smoke touch, but not too much or too long.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"wow - i’m surprised at the lower scores. this helles lager acheives a far more subtle smokiness than the urbock (which is world-class) and the marzen (pretty dang good too) without the use of smoke. poured at 44 degrees, the aroma took a while to open up...at forst no hint of smoke, but once it breathed the aroma and flavor were just fantastic. typical helles color, but has an everlasting fluffy white head, and is quite smooth. i’m generally not a lager lover, but this well balanced lager would be good without the delicate smokiness, and is just plain delicious with it. another that i’d get all the time if it were available in a 4 or six pack, but even at $4.50 per 500ml I’ll go back to it...probably several times over the summer."

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ngejo (553) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle. Clear, orange, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (980) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
500ml bottle - pours a brilliant gold with bright white head . Soft grain aroma . Taste is clean bready malt with a faint smoke note . Clean and crisp . Nice .

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielecamo (773) - ITALY - SEP 24, 2014
In bottiglia. Aroma di cereale, affumicato non troppo intenso e legnoso. Al palato dapprima sentori di cereale e miele seguti da un finale affumicato, delicato con leggero erbaceo. Corpo watery ed estrema bevibilità.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4722) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle: Clear gold, with a giant, off-white head....frothy. Lemon, grain aroma, light smoke. Grassy,bitter, wheat malt flavour. Very subtle smoked meat nuances, light, but imparts the traditional Bamberg feel.... Very tasty and pleasant to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1500) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier has a thick, crackly, white head, a hazy, golden appearance, bubble streams, rather heavy lacing, and noticeable tan specks suspended throughout. The aroma is of very sweet, biscuit barley malt, bread crust, and smoke, which dies away over a bit of time. Taste is of those elements, riding alongside some pretty significant smoke presence. Yes, you do picked up the smoked pork with this one. Mouthfeel is medium, and Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier finishes crisp, refreshing, and smoky. RJT

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (347) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Poured into lager glass a light Amber with a foamy white head and lace. Aroma is subtle malts and wheat. Their is a sweetness to both the aroma and taste. Close enough to call light bodied with a fair amount of co2. Taste is malts and they use the same yeast from the smoke beers so it has a light smoked taste. This can vary from beer to beer. This one I could not pick out the smoke in the aroma while I have in the past. This is one of the more interesting helles out there since its a fairly boring catagory.


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