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


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RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
“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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2008
Bottled@EBF 2008. Thin near-white head. Crystal clear, pure golden color. Delicate malt aroma supported by mild but distinct grassy and hayish hops, Notes of freshly baked bread. Taste is nice blend of noble hops and well rounded, light sweet malts. A noticabale smoke tone is lurking under. Healthy body. Malty with a fine bitterness in the ending. Tasty and elegant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Amber color, almost no off-white head. Aroma is sweetness anfd fruit. Flavor is sweet with only hints of smoke. Moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a white head. The aroma has grain, hemp/rope/burlap, and a hint of hops. The flavor is much more smoky than the aroma with hay, straw, and burap. Not nearly as good as their others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle from Carrboro Beverage Co. Pours golden with a thin whit head into my Spezial Brau Rauchbier mug. Nose is grass, herbs, smoke, a bit of sweetness. Flavor is similar to a golden/blonde ale with a bit of smokiness. Notes of lemon, hay, grass and leather amidst a subtle smokiness. Pretty good, but I like the marzen much better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2008
500 mL bottle from Market Street Wineshop Downtown Charlottesville. Golden color with a thin white head. Smoke dominates the aroma with some grassy notes. Taste is grassy with mild smoke notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dedollewaitor (15578) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
50cl bottle. Pours hazy golden with a full white head. Very hayish & bready with that typical punchy smokey note. Leather & tar! Medium bodied. Difficult for me to like!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Pale golden thin white head with some lacing light noble hops aroma with notes of smoke. Flavor is mild finishes with some grassy hops. Malt body carries a little hint of meaty smoke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5459) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Pale golden color with a quickly descending head. Slightly smoky aroma, but mostly smells like a good German lager. The taste is smoky but it is far more subdued than the other beers from this brewery. It is mostly in the finish and the aftertaste. Otherwise there is a smooth slightly hoppy taste in the beer. It is like a rather good lager with a rather good twist to it. But then again I just love this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 bottle, EBF 2008 not much aroma, clear yellow small white head, sweet, dry, sandy taset, palate is spongy overall too weird imo. re-rate bottle at home rated at best before date. clear dark yellow, nice head. slightly smoked, sweet, slightly hoppy, a bit dull aroma. flavor starts slightly smoked. as smoked meat?, gets sweeter and morphs into quite metallic.then the aftertaste turns smoked again. real weird. following sips did not have the metallic tinge to them and felt much less weird. [5,3,6,3,13]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ekstedt (6527) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2008
Bottled @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen, Denmark. Clear golden, medium white head. Bready malt aroma with a light touch of smoked sausage. Moderate bitterness.

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