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

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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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“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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God. This one was hard for me to nail down. It was all over the board as far as rating the categories. It poured a light golden color with a large sized white head. Looks like a Pale Lager. Then came the nice aromas of strong smoked meat, pepperoni, pork, beef jerky and had a refried bean aroma. The tastes were thin and almost non-existent with tastes of light smoke and a generic light sweetness. The tastes did not live up to the aromas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Looks like your run of the mill lager. Pale yellow, hin head with some residual lace. Slightest hint of malt in the nose. The smoke really comes through once you taste it. Pure Bambergian woodsmoke. I love it. The hint of smoke is very nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
ich German grainey malt and hop aroma, the subtle but distinct texture of the beechwood of Bamberg is also there,quick malt and hop balanced taste,some smoke ,less then the aroma would indicate,and definitely less then the other Schlenkerlas ,slight bitterness at end, and abrupt drying sensation in the swallow,big enough body not to be a thirstquencher . Wonderful stuff

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6037) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2006
(Draught at GBBF, London, 4 aug) Colour is golden yellow with a small head. Nose is malty with a clean, fresh, grassy hop aroma, just a hint of smoke. Taste is malty and grassy, ending in a long finish with a nice, grassy hop character. Dry and bitter, very clean and fresh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2313) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a small quick white head. No lacing. Aroma is pale malts and rather lagerish with a slightl smokey note per the com. description. Running it through the dirty filters will do that to it i suppose. Flavor was just the right amount of smoked character. Light medium bodied, easy on the hops and a clean finish. This is the kind of smoked beer I can get used to.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
The pour reveals a clear golden color with lines of tiny, lazy bubbles going up and a thin bubbly white head. The aroma reminds me of fresh bread with some smoke and earthy hops. The flavor is very bready and crisp, the smoke is not as powerfull as other Schlenkerla so the gentle nature of this helles is not overpowered and it can express itself in all its fragile beauty, the earthy hops are there but again not too strong , the finish is dry and mildly bitter. The body has a medium thickness with a soft, oily texture and moderate carbonation. I like this beer, I like Schlenkerla.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2006
A lustrous golden straw body props a small and wispy white head. More than a ’hint’ of smokyness comes across in the aroma, though it is quite tame as compared to other Heller-Trum offerings. Plump, bready malts and earthy noble hops round out the simple, but inviting and clean, aroma. Early in the flavor a delicate honey on toasted bread sweetness comes across, fading into a slightly sulfurous mid-palate and finally exposing crisp hops at the finish. A smoky, charred flavor develops in reverse--starting at the far back of the tongue, migrating forward after each sip with a retronasal experience akin to exhaling after taking a big wiff of expertly prepared smoked prime rib. The mouthfeel is sturdy, appropriate for the flavor levels, with a very smooth texture. Carbonation could be a touch brisker, though. Well played and intriguing, but it lacks the radiance of a great golden lager and the oomph of a full-on smoke beer by trying to be somewhere in the middle of the two. 500mL bottle, Burgundy glass.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3114) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Brilliant light gold body that holds up an average sized white head. Noble hop aroma. Slightly sweet flavor that is nicely bittered by the hops. Long, lingering dry palate with just a hint of smoke in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours gold with a weak smoke/lager skunk aroma. Flavor is a sharp spike of smoke and a touch of lager in the finish. Flavors spread evenly over the tongue. Pretty good; I’ll buy more, but it’s not the best this brewer has put out for tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Rated to style and expectations, which were low as I had no idea this is smoked also until I poured it. No, this is no bland typical lager. IT’s basically a lighter smoked but in the same vien as their other rauchbiers. It’s got a nice leathery beefy aroma. Clear helles straw gold beer with snowy head. Has a healthy touch of that meaty smokiness on the tongue, a pleasant surprise. good malt-pure beer with modest bitter hops, a top compared to general lagers, and given its low alcohol, that is an appropriate comparison. It tastes more like a normal lager as you drink it. This is a beer to session when you want to have one fine-ass session.


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