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


on tap

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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgentgesdo (682) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Pousr medium yellow with small white head. Nose is faint Noble hops and malty creaminess. Bitter notes predominate in the flavor, with a hint of smoke that is overwhelmed by the fact that I am barbecuing. Honeyed towards the end. Medium body. I think it’s good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2007
Poured a very pale straw yellow, translucent, with a dense head which faded rapidly. Little lacing. Aroma of Noble hops, some generic maltiness with slight liqourice/honey/caramel, and just a tiny hint of smoke. The taste was weak, watery with slight Saaz and Hallertau hops, and some sweet honey/caramel (which became more prominent in the finish). Some smokiness in the finish too, albeit very slight - especially for Schlenkerla standards. After drinking 3/4 of this beer I was missing the smokiness so much that I threw some Laphroaig whisky in the glass - ahh, that peatiness is more like I’d expect from Schlenkerla! Watery mouthfeel, medium/low carbonation. An easy-drinking, light, and bland lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden amber, with a medium quick dissipating head. Malty aroma, wet hops with honey and apples. I missed the smokiness in the first few sips, it’s got a bit of honey sweetness to it. After that the smoke takes hold, it’s more subtle than the other schlenkerla beers, but very noticeable in this more delicate style. When the smoke clears, the body emerges a little bit on the thin side, and hints of plastic linger. I think this has some interesting food and beer pairing potential, more so than their other brews. Being a fan of both smoked and helles styles, I found this justa little less satisfying than other beers of equal quality in each independent style. Regardless, good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
acearl (424) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Yellow pour, frothy lasting head, very smokey and bandaid taste, very different but that is not always good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glider (57) - Shrub Oak, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2007
on tap @ the Lazy Boy, White Plains NY. A smoky beer - you have to try it. Would not drink it all night, but worth a try. Interesting flavor - grainy, malty + hoppy, but not too extreme in either. A good blend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7361) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear medium golden with a short, well-retained cap of creamy white head... some very light sediment floating around in there. Aroma was of sweet floral and biscuity notes with a hint of lemon and just a touch of smoke. Flavor had a very nice bready base with accents of lemon and smoke.. mild floral and herbal bitterness work well in here. Light-bodied with great balance to it.. finish was a touch sharp. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JUN 16, 2007
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Has that Saaz hops taste, and a slight smoky flavor. The smoke is not as strong as their other rauchbiers. I’m not a big pilsner fan, so I’m probably giving this a lower rater than the typical beer fan. It just had an overall metallic taste that I didn’t like-- like Pilsner Urquell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours gold with a thick white head. Aroma of malt, earth, butter and some smoke. Flavor is basically of a helles with smoky notes. Balanced palate with medium mouthfeel. Could be darker, but an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3695) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 12, 2007
Bottled: Light smoky aroma, malty, butter, hoppy and a bit grainy. Golden color. Smoky but not too intensive smoky flavor. Sweetness, malty and light grassy notes. Astringent, hopped and light bitter finish. A bit too light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38880) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle. Clear medium yellow / orange color with a average frothy good lacing white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, bread light, grain, light hoppy, grass, earth, butter, light light smoke. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft.

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