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


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RATINGS: 822   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3705) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) Clear golden in color with a decent white head. Aroma is of smoke, malts, caramel, light herbs. Taste is sweet , malts, and faintly smoakey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at Track 84 - Warwick, RI. Cooled bread and distant pastrami. Clean, stand up malt snappiness up front, clean and crisp. The smokiness slides in, very gently, and adds rusticity to the brew. This is an interesting interplay between a style that should be crystalline, pale, and shining and adds some dark, heathen, and earthy qualities to it, making a unique juxtaposition that works because both qualities are excellently done and the platform for the base style is well executed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1039) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2013
pale golden colour, huge white head; aroma of smoke, grass and bread; taste of the same - well, it seems that they at Schenkerls can’t brew beer without smokey notes :-) great lager

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhammaren (1037) - FINLAND - DEC 18, 2013
.5l bottle from Prisma Seppälä Pours clear golden with medium head. Leaves some lacing. Aroma is malts, grass, grainy and some butter. Flavor is malts, grains, butter and hint of smoke. Hops at the finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (566) - - DEC 13, 2013
From a bottle. Interesting, though not necessarily delicious. Definite but subtle smoked character. Crisp, full flavored. Noticeable hops, but balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
westler (69) - Stuttgart, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2013
Very interesting stuff. A clear, light Helles with fine and firm head. The subtle smoke aroma makes this a unique beer. Much more drinkable drinkable than the Rauchbier. Malty and satisfying finish, considering it’s relatively low aloohol level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finwe (412) - Grankulla, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
500ml bottle from S-market Kasarmitori. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Malty aroma with notable smokiness despite no smoked malt on the malt bill; some grassy hops as well. Grainy sweet aroma with some grassy and earthen hops and some smoke. A dry finish with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1594) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5335) - Indiana, 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.

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