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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 995   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet aroma with malty and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with notes of smoke, caramel and hops. Smoked bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
bottle, golden color with no head, fruity smoke nose with light malt and smoke flavors, a little thin on the finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5239) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 bottle thanks to blutt59. very pale yellow pour with no head. very slight smoke scent along with a slight malt smell. the smoke definitely shows through in the flavor but, the flavor is still a bit bland.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToddA (21) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Decent offering from Brauerei Heller. Depending on where you read about this beer you might get the impression that there is no smoke malt in this beer. There has to be or it’s residual from the other smoke beers made there. Slighly smokey lager bier that drinks like a good export lager. I like it and it’s a good way to wean someone onto Rauchbier...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On Tap @ Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves some laccing. Aroma of smoke and a touch of sweet pilsner malt. Taste is the same as aroma with the sweet pilsner malt really coming through in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness. Very good.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Pale gold, with fizzy white top. Woody, grainy, gentle forest wood smoke like. Sweet malts behind, with light berry notes. Medium bodied, with gentle smoky overtone. Regular decent lager but with smoky character. Nice balance here. Refreshing and very drinkable "smoke

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1711) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 26, 2008
what is it about the awesome smokiness of the schlenkerla beers that I love?? Best lager I´ve had in a long time, smoky goodness!

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Poured to a golden beer with a small head. Initial taste was slightly sweet followed by a hint of smokiness that I was expecting. Quite memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2008
On tap at the 2008 PIB--Poured a clear golden-straw body with a small white head. Mild smoky nose with a crisp spicy hop and malt profile. Dry, grainy, smooth and highly drinkable. Not as smoky as other Aecht smoked brews. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2008
German Beer #100: Gold color with a medium head. Sweet grain aroma with a bit more than a hint of smoke. Strong floral hop taste. Moderate to light Bamberg smoke. Very dusty and dry grain finish.


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