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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1032   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (1523) - Hannover, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2016
Aroma: oak smoky notes, malty. Appearance: clear golden color and white head. Taste: oak smoky notes, low herbal bitterness, bonfire, mlaty backbone, quite dry. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, smoky finish. Overall: Really good smoky helles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6293) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2016
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Light smoky and bready smell and taste. Nie and clean with some light smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3154) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Brews n chews. Golden pour. Brewed without smoked malt but picks up smoke from the equipment. Aromas of light campfire. Taste is clean with a slight meaty taste. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Growler from Last Drop.

Gold pour, lovely light smoke aroma with some grain. Easy drinking helles augmented by this beautiful understated smoke is absolutely delicious. Nothing like the overpowering Aecht Rauchbiers, just enough smoke to keep it interesting. Dry close. Super-nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (2851) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Richard’s place. Clear golden, white head. Smoked malts, chalk, sausage, beans. Light sweet, moderate bitter. Medium body, low carbonation, gritty feel, ashy, likeable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (4067) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Clear bright golden with nice white head. Light smoke, almonds, sweet grains, light sweet white beans, soft grass, very light herbs. Light sweet and bitter. Almost medium bodied with soft feel. Too smoked for me even though it’s not even supposed to be a smoked beer. Great mouthfeel though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (744) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white ring. Light smoke aroma. Not much smoke flavor, very light. Not as enjoyable as the other styles from this brand but still OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (849) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Nose is sweet, lightly smoke, herbal hop notes,, hints of cheese and meats. Taste is soft cereal, bread, grass, pine, herbal hops leading to a gentle, but building soft savoury smoke, cheese and meats taste; lots of umami. The smoke adds depth and charterer to a fairly bland style of beer, I really enjoyed it. See Germany, it’s good to experiment in brewing....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (820) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 16, 2016
25 This pours a clear gold with over a finger of foam. Smells like a hoppy Lager with a touch of smoke. Malty and lightly smoked taste up front with a bit of hop bitterness for balance. Medium body, light carbonation. The smoke intensifies as the session goes on but never reaches over done. A real joy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iznogud (2621) - CROATIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle, 500 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Clear yellow, white head. Sweetish, grainy, smokey and bit bland. Light to medium bodied.

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