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


on tap

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3346) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Pale golden beer with tight large head. Aroma of light smoked cheese and bread. Taste is lightly smoked, bread and smoked malts. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (957) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Golden with white head. Smoke, floral, vanilla and some cereal. Round palate. Really something!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
malvrich (131) - durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
A: Surprisingly pale yellow gold with an inch of tight bubbly foam which stayed together for several minutes, never dissipating completely. Ample carbonation rising and attractive lacing as drunk. S: Herbal hop scent with almost no maltiness and just the slightest hint of smoke. Very subtle though the very cold temp. may be stifling the aroma. T: Oh yeah, there’s the smoke!. Tastes like a very nice though typical pils or helles with sharp sour bread notes and mild hoppy flavors on the short dry finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very nice! Bonus: doesn’t taste like someone dropped a fucking cigarette in it (looking at you. Marzen). M: Nothing outstanding but very pleasant. Light body with a fairly strong tingle from the tireless bubbles. Finishes very clean leaving a hint of smoke at the back of your mouth. O: I really like this quite a bit more than the Marzen which is the only other Aecht Schlenkerla offering I’ve had. I guess it’s hard to get the smoke level exactly right but this is it at least in my opinion.. At $6/imp. pint, I’ll forgo the Marzen but will definitely have this again from time to time. The stories are true, this is great stuff. Awesome experience!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jann3 (214) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Pale golden with a white smallish head. Aroma is malty with some hops and smoke. Taste is mild but pleasantly crispy with notes of hops and grass. Finishes with lingering smokiness. A tasty brew. (0,5l bottle, bb 07/2015)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (631) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
Bright golden yellow colour with white foam head. Aroma of malt and firewood. Taste is spicy with here also the malt taste with à smoky flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle pours a mostly clear pale golden with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of grains and sweet malt, mildly fruity almost prefumy, with a subtle smoke presence. Crisp grains and grassy hops, malt, with a smokiness that is kinda in and out throughout. Very tasty!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (6195) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
500 ml. bottle @ home. Procured from Dranken Geers. BBF 12/2014 (so not very fresh anymore sadly). Enjoyed with sour cabbage, greens, potato’s & tofu sausage in the spirit of things. Super crystal clear golden with a small, solid white head. Lacing is exceptional. Textbook appearance. Nose is grainy lager nose, faint corn sweetness, mmm… Taste is better luckily. Light sweet grains, honey sweet, tad corn sweet, clean, touch more sweet than crisp, sugar, finish has a faint note of smoke that quickly seems to disappear from the picture, making a minor reassurance from time to time but you have to really look for it. Faintly grainy, oily lager body. Crazily easy to drink. It is good for what it is but I might had too high expectations considering that this is Schlenkerla after all. I have to say by the end of the bottle I found myself wishing that I had another one. At a good price point if available locally to me, I can see myself drinking a lot of it. A great accomplishment for a brewery to make a costumer feel that way about their beer. One that I believe German breweries in general work towards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dermi (894) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
50 cl, bottled. Pours pale yellow with a decent white head. Aroma: Malt, wood chip smoke, grassy hops. Taste: Medium sweet, some acidity. Pleasant grassy flavours in aftertaste. Fresh. Palate: Medium-light body, some carbonation. Stingy. Pleasant and easy lager with smoked aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenclansman (888) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 4, 2015
Nice lager with light smoked aroma. Very balanced and smooth. Wish all lagers were like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalspice (389) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
klart gyllent med fint hvitt skum med store bobler. duft av gress med hint av røyk. røyken dominerer smaken på en fin måte med milde florale smaker i bakgrunn. Fyldig ettersmak.

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