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


on tap

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RATINGS: 974   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
Pours quite clear and golden with a big fluffy white head. Honey, malt, light smoke and floral hops in the aroma. Sweet malt and mellow smoke in the flavor. Strange way to make a smoked malt just from the house flavor and not actual rauch malt. Has a bit of oxidation and a metallic note. Could be a little bigger bodied. Still, a clean enough lager with a satisfying bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Not a rauchbier really, altough it depends on your definition, but not a rauchbier. Gorgeous pale golden colour. Beautiful lightly smoked aroma with some lovely malt and a crisp, smoky, refeshing balanced flavour, excellent finish - nice and hoppy. Superb with fish (not the most delicate however) and sausages. Tends to oxidise fairly quickly in bottle in my experience so possibly not always accorded good enough score in the US. Would it not be better to try an rate a beer on it’s merits as opposed to rating it against something (ie Rauchbier Marzen or Urbock) that it really doesn’t share much in common, styilistically, other than a brewery name? Always got to put it in a box....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
Light golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is malty, sweet, and lightly smoky. Flavor is of a medium bodied Helles with a nice hint of smokiness. Clean finish - good for a Helles, subpar for a Rauch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2008
Sparkling light gold, thin fizzy white head. Light smoke aromas with faint earthy citrus-like tones. Soft nutty earth and smoke flavors play out from start to finish. Thin, watery, with soft carbonation. A big disappointment when compared to the Urbock…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2015 Mild smoke aroma. Gold color with some haze. The smoke is very light, which makes sense from the way it is made, but what is there is good in the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle, pours a pale yellow with white head. Aroma of light smoke, maybe sausage. Not much to the flavor - mostly malts with a smoked meat overtone. Light bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5531) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2008
This was tons better than I was expecting. Pours hazy yellow with a light white head. The aroma thankfully only has a hint of smoke ~ it is mostly helles-like with pale malt, some corn and cream. Medium body with some underscored sharp, but gentle, carbonation. The flavor starts very helles with good solid maltiness, some spicy lightly grassy hops, some graininess and gentle smoke. A bit more smoke comes out on the finish, but nothing that ruins the beer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
[Bottle] Pours pale golden with a small white head. Aroma is mildly smoky--the most subdued of the AS beers that I’ve had, although this makes sense since I see that it is just smoke residue. Taste is boring, somewhat unpleasant sweet malt with the smoke most evident in the finish. Thin mouthfeel but the finish is pretty long. I really did not care for the taste or mouthfeel of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Average good lager aroma with the usual amount of yeast and a slight amount of roastedness. Hazy golden color with not much white foam. Mild beginning with a yeast and very tangy finish. Light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 16, 2008
Pours a golden-brown, with a cottony white head. smells like lager, a little richer than average. Taste is bold for a lager, with a little banana and spicy hops. Dry ending, tingles tongue. Its subtle, the difference between this beer and other lagers, say Heineken. But its good in every way.

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