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


on tap

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RATINGS: 849   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque (569) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at Map Room. Pours bright and slightly cloudy. Flavor is smoky but it’s not salty and sausagey like a rauchbier. It’s flavor reminded me of a fresh hardwood campfire. It stung a little bit but it was good. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorm (1457) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Klær lys gyllen farve med lyst slum. Lukt av malt og humle. Smak av malt og humle. Ølutsalg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nilsas (1717) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Duft av malt og eik. Fin gyllen farge. Lite tynt skum. Smak av eik med en litt syrlig ettersmak. Leskende og lettdrukket.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at The Dirty Truth in Northampton. An easy drinking brew with a dominant smokiness to it. I actually like this one more than their smokier marzen which is too smoky. It definitely went well with the cheese and pate I had with it tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frode (308) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Light amber to yellow, whit a medium white head. Lightly malty, with bread, grain and some hoppy grass aroma. Medium sweet, a touch of umami, medium lasting and rather light on the bitter. This is a true volume beer. This I can imagine drinking a lot of on a nice cool summers eve.

Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Might be advisable with more than one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1129) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Style conquest into Germany! Bottle. Pours clear gold, white head. Aroma is toast, fruit, "lager." Taste: holy crap, it’s smoky! Didn’t catch this in the nose. Crisp, refreshing, light body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, short finish. Overall: unexpected; love how light and crisp this is. I need to drink more of these sub 5% classics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
This was a surprise...I picked up some non Rauchbier bottles here in Germany from this legendary producer. I was expecting a typical Lager, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the "rauch" is here. A nice flavor is produced with the smoke and Helles lager. Not too heavy and a really refreshing drink...especially during the winter. Love to find unique brews like this in Germany!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Simonsen (712) - NORWAY - FEB 11, 2014
Flaske fra roma Sofiemyr. Klar gylden farge, medium karbonert, stor hvit skumtopp.smaker malt, korn, brød,hvete, banan, gjær. Behagelig røyksmak. Ganske god

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Aroma - the aroma is caramel, cereal, and slight grilling smoke Appearance - appearance is pale, with a clear liquid that has some jetting nucleated bubbles, the head is frothy with full bubbles the head eventually calms down and hangs on a layer of foam. Stockings down the glass! Meow! Taste - the flavor is really enjoyable it’s with a light sweetness of subtle malts, super muted hops, and a great shadow of grilled ham-like smokiness. Palate - the body is light, the texture somewhat creamy, carbonation is average, finish moderate with the unique smoke Further proof that this brewery believes in a think called smoke, and I love them for it. Love there use of smoke. Could drink this beer all day long. Probably would perfect for cooking as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (8273) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2014
500ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldgelbes Bier mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, leicht rauchig. Geschmack malzig würzig, getreidig, minimale Bitterkeit.

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