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


on tap

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RATINGS: 909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Draft - Clear golden color with a hint of smoke in the aroma and a thin white head. I loved the taste of this beer. A subdued smoky flavor with an excellent helles backbone. Could drink it all day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8861) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2007
bottle, thanks to MoritzF! Pale yellow, medium-sized head. The aroma is not smoky. However, in the taste the smokiness is clearly detectable. Starts rather smoky, the middle püart is smoky as well, the finish is dominated by hops. Not as full-bodied and smoky as other Schlenkerla beers, but still very very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Light lucid straw with a small white head. Aroma is fresh yeasty dough and musty at the same time and I swear there’s this funky banana smell too. Light and crisp on the palate. It tastes a little like bananas, smoked bologna, and faint hops. Very drinkable as a Helles should be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (8929) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2007
(50 cl bottle) Smoked? No way! No smoke what so ever in this one... Pale Lager for sure! Clear pale golden color, small white head. Sweet sugary malty scent, some corn. Sweet malty and vegetable taste. Medium mouthfeel and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33r (739) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Orange in color with medium white head. There wasn’t much to the aroma. Flavor was interesting. My first smoked beer. It was really good for a lager, but I guess smoked is a different category..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle. Aroma: Biscuity malt, noble hops, apples, and faint whisper of smoke. Appearance: Light amber in color and clear. Off white head was full and frothy with good retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Biscuity malt with a nice caramel note, noble hops that slant towards the spicey/earthy. Smoke is subtle and ties with everything else pretty well. Medium bitterness and a medium-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: I liked this one. Smoke was interesting rather than overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2007
Pours with the look of a standard lager. Smoky, slightly skunky aroma. More hops than usual in a german helles, and a nice smoky touch in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle at j-betskis in raleigh, nc! This is wonderful smoke beer very subtle smoke flavor. pour amber with light head and lacing. nice hoppiness on the mouthfeel and a light smoke finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 Bottle from Frugal McDugal in Nashville. A second hand smoked beer eh? Pours a translucent golden with sudsy white head that dissipates to a ring. Strong aroma for the style, which is biscuit. bread, and european hops. Flavor as lots of biscuit and grass that transitions to a european hop (noble?) finish, with some hard water/ mineral notes. The smoke is subtle on my palate, as I only catch it at the back of the mouth before it goes down. As it warms, you can pickup a little more. My wife picked up tons of smoke on the first sip. Perhaps I am becoming accustomed to smoke in beers or my receptors are not as sensitive. I liked this beern because it is a unique and fairly aggressive Helles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2007
on tap at the hop devil grill, NYC. thin creamy white head, clear yellow body. aroma is a bit metallic & grassy. smoke is super faint if noticeable at all. smells like a bottlecap. flavor is a bit spicy up front, medium carbonation, then dry grassy malt and a bit metallic. not really getting the smoke. the guy who distributes this told me there’s a big difference b/c it’s on tap, and would be more smoky from the bottle.

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