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


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RATINGS: 870   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Migmar (251) - 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 (1836) - 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 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Very gentle smoke, sweet, light and thin, grassy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VividVision (8) - - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
Tuoksussa ja maussa mennään askel väärään suuntaan pmaan makuun. Kuitenkin yhden juo..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
500ml bottle from Julio’s.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with med foamy white head.
Aroma : Floral and spicy hops with light hint of smoke. Fairly malty with light adjunct notes.
Taste : Malty with spicy hops. Very light smoke notes if any. Fairly malty finish with spicy hops. Fairly dry. Light hay notes on the finish.
Palate : Fairly lively carbonation. Thin palate but not that much considering the low abv.
Overall : Fairly nice brew. I was expecting a tastier malt profile but maybe this sample is not top shape. Quite drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1612) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
Butelka 50cl. OCZY : śliczny i przejrzysty kolor złota z zółtymi odcieniami. Piana jest spora i śnieżno-biała. NOS : aromat jest dosyć intensywny jak na ten styl piwa. Dominują świeże aromaty nasion, słodkiego chleba i owoców cytrusowych takich jak mandarynka i cytryna, mokre pranie. Do tego aromat miodu akacjowego. USTA : średnio gazowane o wodnistej konsystencji. Bardzo delikatne ale oleiste. Przyjemne w buzi. Jest to piwo o świetnej równowadze miedzy słodkimi nasionami a goryczkowym finiszem. Trudno o bardziej subtelna gorycz bo pomimo delikatności jest ona dosyć trwała i orzeźwiająca. Słodkie nasiona wraz z aromatem chmielowym wyłaniają nuty miodowe i zbożowe z dodatkiem przyjemnej woni kwiatów. Posmak jest średnio trwały. Piwo lekko się klei na suchych ustach. ODCZUCIA : co za subtelne piwo ! Bardzo zadowalające pod każdym względem. Niesamowite na upal, który dzisiaj tutaj panuje. Jednocześnie zadowoli wielbicieli zboża ale i zaintryguje tych co lubią gorycz. Zaraz sobie naleje kolejny kufel. PS: Takie piwo nie powinno się pić po mocnym IPA czy stoucie bo kubki smakowe będą miały trudniej doszukać się niuansów. OCENA : smak : 7/10 pijalność : 9/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (997) - ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle. Pale straw pour with a thick white head and lots of fizzy carbonation. Nose is corny and smoky, like someone dropped a match in a standard lager. Taste is really interesting. Fresh tasting smoke, some slight sandalwood and a big tasty hit of fresh lager. Refreshing, smooth and interesting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (1130) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
500 ml bottle at the Bedford:Bamberg Spring Fest 2014. Pure gold with plentiful carbonation. Malt, grass and citrus in the nose. Taste is a cut above. A mild and subtle smokiness pervades a general bittersweet profile, overlaid with lemony sour/bitterness. Fuller palette than most lagers. Good stuff, just like everything else from this wonderful brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (1112) - USA - MAY 7, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought near Bamberg. Superb lager style beer with subtle smoke taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - MAY 2, 2014
50cl bottle, served in tumbler @ Homo Sibaris. Pours pale golden with small white frothy head. Looks a bit turbid, nothing wrong with it though. The aroma is composed of typical lager notes along with cereals and a very nice smoky touch. The taste is surprisingly hoppy, very well blended with the lager notes and the smoke. The palate is moderately dry and sweet. Light to medium body, good carbonation. Original and easy to drink, very balanced.

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