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


on tap

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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4854) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2008
on tap. crisp, mild and smokey but not really in a hickery or ham way (to my taste buds) but more of a slight cigarette flavor. pretty good, oddly enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2008
On tap. Clear golden color with a medium white head. Mild aroma of biscuits cooked in a broth with smoked ham hocks. Taste is also smokey but very mild, crisp, fairly dry on finish. Goes very well with BBQ on a hot summer day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13653) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2008
500ml bottle (Utobeer, London) (as ’rauchlager’)
Slightly honey-like aroma, some smoke too. Smooth palate - soft but pleasant carbonation. Sweet soft body, slightly honeyey, and with gentle smokiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Golden with a big, nice and creamy head. The aroma has weak notes of smoke, light flower and malt. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of flower, light citrus, light malt and it’s smooth and pleasant. I only find the smoke in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Light lager aroma, you have to search for the smoke. You’d miss it if you didn’t know it was there. First taste I definitely tasted the smoke, but just a hint as described. It definitely makes this otherwise ordinary lager a little special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Drank as part of my beer tour at Winking Lizard. It was decent. I did not detect the so-called "smokyness" from the commerical description. It was light, kind of wheaty and sweet flavored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11369) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle at Winking Lizard. This brew is a hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of malt, grass and smoke. Medium-bodied with a subtle smoked character, and flavors of bready malt and grassy hops. The finish is clean and sweet with a smoked malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Golden colored beneath a tight white head. Biscuit like doughy malt aroma. Crisp clean malt flavors with hints of smoke in the background and just a touch of lemony hops in the finish. Quite nice.

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