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


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RATINGS: 799   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2006
A lustrous golden straw body props a small and wispy white head. More than a ’hint’ of smokyness comes across in the aroma, though it is quite tame as compared to other Heller-Trum offerings. Plump, bready malts and earthy noble hops round out the simple, but inviting and clean, aroma. Early in the flavor a delicate honey on toasted bread sweetness comes across, fading into a slightly sulfurous mid-palate and finally exposing crisp hops at the finish. A smoky, charred flavor develops in reverse--starting at the far back of the tongue, migrating forward after each sip with a retronasal experience akin to exhaling after taking a big wiff of expertly prepared smoked prime rib. The mouthfeel is sturdy, appropriate for the flavor levels, with a very smooth texture. Carbonation could be a touch brisker, though. Well played and intriguing, but it lacks the radiance of a great golden lager and the oomph of a full-on smoke beer by trying to be somewhere in the middle of the two. 500mL bottle, Burgundy glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Brilliant light gold body that holds up an average sized white head. Noble hop aroma. Slightly sweet flavor that is nicely bittered by the hops. Long, lingering dry palate with just a hint of smoke in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours gold with a weak smoke/lager skunk aroma. Flavor is a sharp spike of smoke and a touch of lager in the finish. Flavors spread evenly over the tongue. Pretty good; I’ll buy more, but it’s not the best this brewer has put out for tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Rated to style and expectations, which were low as I had no idea this is smoked also until I poured it. No, this is no bland typical lager. IT’s basically a lighter smoked but in the same vien as their other rauchbiers. It’s got a nice leathery beefy aroma. Clear helles straw gold beer with snowy head. Has a healthy touch of that meaty smokiness on the tongue, a pleasant surprise. good malt-pure beer with modest bitter hops, a top compared to general lagers, and given its low alcohol, that is an appropriate comparison. It tastes more like a normal lager as you drink it. This is a beer to session when you want to have one fine-ass session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of smoke and toasted malts. Flavor is smoke, sweet, and slightly bitter. Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. pours clear orange\goldenwith a thin white head. Aroma of slight smoke and sweet malts. Flavor is smoke, sweet malts, slight hoppy bitterness. Decent body, decent brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2821) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
Aroma:Light smoke aroma... Appearance:Clear gold with a good white head... Flavor:fruity,light smoked flavor,light bitterness....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Pours a crystal clear gold with a wispy thin ivory head. Some faint fine lacing. Smell is smoky. Smoked peat. Some lightly grassy malt. Taste is smoky, of course and a rich grassy malt. Noble hop finish with a faint fruitiness. Mouth is crisp, if a bit thinnish. This is just so heavenly good. One of the better beers I’ve had all year. Yummy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Germanic pilsner malt and light spice hop aroma; lightly smokey and clean though very lightly fruity, balanced, simple flavor and watery texture; slightly dry finish; pretty subtle smokiness, and not on par with their other offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Pale yellow with a largish, white and holding head. Soapy florals and clove-like smokiness comes across like incense in the aroma over toasty malts and mild vegetal notes that seem to defy the claim to Reinheitsgebot displayed so proudly on the label. Smokiness remains light yet steadfast in the flavor over the milky bittersweetness of a well-made lager. I prefer this brewer’s Märzen, but this was a pleasant, surprising treat.

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