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


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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toomio (209) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Hivenen savuinen lager. Ei oikeastaan juuri parempaa lageria voi kuvitella. Hyvä koostumus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobsch (505) - Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle 0.5l. Pours clear golden yellow with a good white head. Aroma is doughy, grainy, hints of smoke, slightly buttery. Taste is medium sweet, lightly bitter, grainy, touch of smoke, hints of citrus and butter. I like this Helles as it is not one dimensional as so many other beers of that style. The smoke adds some extra flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Milkandrelish (16) - - JAN 10, 2014
Might have over-chilled this beer, but it pours pretty clear and taste is mild. Palate feels nice and thick- a little dry- but the first touch on the tongue is pretty tasteless. When it hits the back of your mouth, there's a little malty and smokey taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2214) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
I didn’t read the label but assumed this was just a lager by Aecht, but right off the bat I could smell a subtle sense of smoke and I wondered whether it was just the power of suggestion. Now that I read the description I see it’s not just in my mind. Sweet with a touch of smoke. Really cool for a helles. Recommended for people who want to just begin to get into smoked beers or even just people who want a good lager…ie. one that doesn’t suck like most do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3758) - 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 (3177) - 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 (1069) - 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 (1073) - 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.

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