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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (905) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 11, 2013
500ml bottle. An above average Helles lager on account of the subtle smoky bacon flavours that leave a mark on your palate at the finish. Sweet buttery grainy malts dominate the front end. Little hop bitterness. Medium-light body with clean mouthfeel. Clear bright golden pour with small white head.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (556) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 4, 2013
Tres bonne lager. Avec un arome et un gout legerment fumé, amčre et malté. Bonne pétillance. Du niveau de la brasserie Schlenkerla

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (676) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Really nice refreshing lager. Thanks to tectactoe on the split. Would really like to have again.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1156) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
On tap at the Euston Tap. Deep amber gold in colour, nice thin foam of head. The slightest hint of smoke on the nose. This was superbly drinkable, the top end of German soft drinking malty lagers, biscuits and cookies, crisp, refreshing, and with the addition of a hint of smoke. More like malt that has seen a hint of smokiness in there, not the brutal barbeque of the officially smoked Schlenkerla stuff. Really quite pleasant.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
The smokiness of this beer is the most prominent while drinking it. It pours with a golden color with no head at all. It has a really good taste to it though and I would drink it again. Overall it has a nice taste and you can really taste the smokiness in the beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1697) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from supermarket. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, smoke, grain, hops, grass and salted crackers. Bitter finish with hops, grain and a bit of smoke. Excellent helles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2192) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
August 2010. From bottle. Golden color with a white head. Aromas of malt, yeast, grain, light fruit and just a hint of smoke. Good balance and hoppy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (902) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2013
shared bottle. aroma is only yeast, malt and a bit of citrus. taste is a bit bitter at the end it gets a bit refreshing. taste almost like a cheap pils. nothing special at all.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1264) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Head gone disappointingly quickly. I didn’t detect a lot of smoke here, mainly it was biscuity malt with quite a sweet finish - some cookie dough and angel cake with a streak of citrus in the finish. Pleasant and interesting lager.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2574) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Goldenrod colored body, medium to large white head, spotty lacing. Lightly smokey-earth lager yeast, grass, biscuit, and some sharper grains. Medium to light bodied with lively carbonation and a crisp refreshing finish.


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