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


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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (301) - - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Pours dark golden colour with thin off white head which dissipates quickly. Interesting take on pilsner with a faintly smokey touch - helps it stand out from the crowd without the heaviness of other smoked beers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garlic_of_Doom (541) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
Drank this from the bottle Mostly pilsner malt in the aroma, slight caramel malt. Pilsner malt, slight smokey notes and sweetness, herbal bitterness. Thin/medium body, soft carbonation, round mouth feel. Dry herbal after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6564) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have pale, bready malts, doughy, a mild smokey character which by the description came from the equipment not any special malts, light earthy, dry, decent, not one I would revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1276) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Clear gold color with a small head. Aroma is grains with a slight smoke smell. Taste is grains with a slight smoked almond aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MWMBeerguy (174) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Wonderful slightly smokey aroma from the yeast repitched from their other beers. I had this beer ice cold in a frosted glass and the flavor held up Wonderfully. I LOVE this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2821) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Clean gold with a small head. Grainy malt aroma. Flavour is sweet, light smokey, sticky grain on a dry sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with an off-white, medium head that dissipates quickly. Nose is grainy with some honey, toasted bread and smoke that grows in intensity in the glass. Taste is mildly sweet and lightly bitter. Flavor reminiscent of cooked barley, there’s some grassy hop notes, not much smoke at all. Finishes with some mild bitterness. Relatively clean with a light body. Not bad, grew on me the more I drank.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Migmar (252) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Pale yellow, some foam. Bread, grass. hay. Light bitterness. Pretty light palate. A better than average lager, quite refreshing, but not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (1893) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Clear yellow colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Easy drinkable lager. Malty aroma with subtle hints of smoke. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (5595) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Very gentle smoke, sweet, light and thin, grassy.

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