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


on tap

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours a crystal clear gold with a small, bubbly white head. Smells a little grainy, some mild malts, and very subtle hops. Nothing special there. The flavor was a little more complex. You get some of that Schlenkerla smoke in there, but it is pretty controlled. It is mixed in with some mild maltiness and crisp hops in the finish. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste mixed in with the smoke. Easy to drink and refreshing brew. Went great with my pizza slice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Tap, Town Hall Brewpub. Pale shiny copper, nice dense cap of fine white foam. Deep clean malt, a nice leathery touch, but not particularly full-on smokey aroma. But in the flavor, the gentle bright malt flavor blends seamlessly with a big leafy layer of smoke. Some underlying pear notes. Delicate palate. Interesting, well-crafted beer. Less intense than I expected, but I suppose that makes it a lager for an evening session, rather than just one glass. As a side note, it’s cool when a brewpub like Town Hall not only makes great beer, but also gets in really top-notch examples of beer from around the world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1610) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Pours a pale golden with a respectable, although small, white head that coats the glass.. Mild aroma of bread dough and hop flowers. Crisp clean refreshing pilsener style German beer; perfect blend of sweet malts, mild hop bitterness and an interesting smokiness. More in the Czech style than the more hoppy and ubiquitous northern German pils. This is very good and loyal to the style, in spite of the smoke. Perfect summer beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Name: Helles Lagerbier
Date: April 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewfest, Athens
Appearance: pale yellow
Aroma: nice light smoked aroma
Flavor: light malt with great smoked flavor, light bitterness, it’s all about the great smoked flavor but it’s not too big to be overwhelming

Name: Helles Lagerbier
Date: June 25, 2006
Mode: bottle
after having a whole bottle I can say that the original rating from the brewfest thimble was spot on

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Helles, Zymatore
Date: October 11, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque yellow, creamy off white head, lots of sticky lace
Aroma: sweet winey aroma, light earthyness, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, touch of winey sweetness, lots of spicyness, growing touch of funk, balancing bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Clear straw hued body with a small and fleeting white head. Aroma of spicy hops, subtle smoke, and sweetish malt. The smoke is picked up more in the taste, but is still quite restrained compared to the brewery’s other offerings. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. The smoke is more of an aftertaste than an intrusion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Poured a very clear straw color with very little head that disappears quickly. Aroma is slightly smoky with a faint hint of spice. Palate was thicker than expected for a 4.3% lager. Smokiness is up front with a nice grainy taste and a heavy finish. This was pretty refereshing and the smokiness was pleasant and not overwhelming. I’ll drink the second half of the bottle with a steak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6523) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverages, 500 ml bottle. Murky medium gold pour, kind of lifeless, light white head. Aroma of a freshly open can of sardines - not much else - stays potent throughout. Flavor has a strong smoky, sweet, chewy flavor that is not meant for the uninhibited or unaware. Pick up a hint of miso soup as well - odd, yes. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Not an everday beer and not meant for a hot day. Like all the other smoked beers from this brewer - difficult to tell which style this beer was originally before if got smoked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle. Pale gold with a moderate white head. Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops with a hint of smoke. Flavour started sweet before smokiness kicked in. The finish was pleasantly bitter. Unusual.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9101) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2007
Cask, GBBF 2007. Golden with an off-white head. Aromas are caramel malts with good smoky notes and some metal. Flavours are hay and caramel with crisp soft citrus. Some toast. Floral with some soapiness. Smoky and sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2007
A yellow beer with a slightly smoked aroma and flavor; nothing special here.

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