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


on tap

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (9599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle from beastiefan2k. Pours sparkling light yellow with spare white head, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread), light hops (vegetables), average yeast (dough) with notes of smoke, ash and wood. Short duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness; light smoked vegetable and wood flavor. Light bodied, watery texture, soft carbonation and a metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2007
A nice brew, hints of smoke throughout, some grass, slight dough, very drinkable and enjoyable. Thanks to MoritzF for the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
The 16.9 oz bottle poured a crystal clear, light amber colored beverage with a modest white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma was nicely balanced. It had a subtle wet smoked peat aroma that was accompanied by honey, fresh grass and caramel. The body was medium-light with an average carbonation and a watery texture. The flavor starts off lightly sweet but quickly takes on an interesting bitterness that lasts through the medium-long finish. To this smoked beer’s credit, the smokiness isn’t overpowering but somewhat subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
500ml bottle pours golden with a short white head that fades back to a ring and leaves a little lace. Aromas of some campfire smoke over some yeasty bread. Flavor is good bready flavor and dough with a bit of bavarian hop flavor at the finish. There is a smoke flavor throughout but it is definitely not the prevalent flavor in the beer. Palate is light bodied without much carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
500ml bottle, Stateline Liquors. Pours a mostly clear pale yellow body with a slight yeast haze. Small very fizzy head with minimal retention, bright white in color. Aroma is that beautiful campfire and smoked meat scent of an authentic Schlenkerla Smoke beer. Below lays some bready malt and light hay. The smoke is still in the forefront of the flavor, but a little lighter than the Marzen and Urbbock beers. Kind of an unusual style to be smoked, the more I drank, the more the Helles flavor became apparent. Lots of hay and doughy malt and a little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of fizzy carbonation. Nice full round texture. Pretty darn good, but not my favorite from them. You really can’t beat these guys for Smoke beers, at least those that are available here in USA that is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle, a clear giolden colour with some carbonation rising to the large frothy white head. A sweetish hoppy aroma, with some yeast on the nice and a touch of that smokiness towards the end. A smoky touch again to the flavour, but with a dry lager palate and a bitter grassiness in the finish. A different lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Large bright white head of fine bubbles. Lots of carbonation. Smokey and grassy aroma. Kind of weak and the smoke is not all that strong which is nice. Medium gold in color. Wheat flavor and texture. Smoke is even lighter in the flavor. Kind of shows up in the aftertaste. Pretty dry and a hint of hoppy bitterness. An ok smoked brew but the other offers from Aecht Schlenker are much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
11/30/06: Bottle.
Aroma of light wheat, grass and yes - smoke. Bright, golden-yellow body. No head/lace. Flavor is peat-ie with wood chips and slightly stale. As beer warms some lemon is also noted. Note to self: I really like the packaging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Clear gold, pillow white head. Nose is bread, very light campfire, a little lemon. Extremely well balanced. Flavor is light malt, crisp hops and just a hint of smoke. I’m having a hard time sipping this one - its wonderful and demands larger gulps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
Mildly medicinal iodine-like resinous smoke malt in the nose. Brilliantly clear golden body is topped by a decent white head that recedes slowly to a partial cover with some lacing. Lightly medicinal smoke flavour with a sweet somewhat thin malt body. Creamy texture with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Olivier_MTL.

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