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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1018   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2585) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2008
500 ml bottle in Schlenkerla glass. Golden with lasting white head. Mild smoke grass and honey aroma. Toasty malty flavor with very mild smoke and clean finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Very mild smoke residue adds an interesting layer of complexity to this nicely made German lager, but THIS IS NOT A SMOKE BEER. There is no smoked malt used in this. Why is Stone SMOKED porter classified as a porter, and this fine non-smoked lager classified as a smoked beer. Correctly classified as a helles lager, this would be in the top 5% of it’s style, and deservedly so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Yellow goldish in color with a decent white head. Clear and light looking. Smell is smoke, malts, off aromas and starchy (potatoe like). Taste is sweet , malts, bland. Ok body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle in Quinns. Aroma is pale german lager malts, the smoked character is very subtle, herbal bittering hop. Taste is similar, really well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet aroma with malty and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with notes of smoke, caramel and hops. Smoked bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
bottle, golden color with no head, fruity smoke nose with light malt and smoke flavors, a little thin on the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 bottle thanks to blutt59. very pale yellow pour with no head. very slight smoke scent along with a slight malt smell. the smoke definitely shows through in the flavor but, the flavor is still a bit bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToddA (21) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Decent offering from Brauerei Heller. Depending on where you read about this beer you might get the impression that there is no smoke malt in this beer. There has to be or it’s residual from the other smoke beers made there. Slighly smokey lager bier that drinks like a good export lager. I like it and it’s a good way to wean someone onto Rauchbier...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On Tap @ Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves some laccing. Aroma of smoke and a touch of sweet pilsner malt. Taste is the same as aroma with the sweet pilsner malt really coming through in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Pale gold, with fizzy white top. Woody, grainy, gentle forest wood smoke like. Sweet malts behind, with light berry notes. Medium bodied, with gentle smoky overtone. Regular decent lager but with smoky character. Nice balance here. Refreshing and very drinkable "smoke

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1742) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 26, 2008
what is it about the awesome smokiness of the schlenkerla beers that I love?? Best lager I´ve had in a long time, smoky goodness!

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