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


on tap

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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (3330) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2016
Golden color, white head with good retention and nice lacework. Aroma is light malty with some smoky and grassy hints. Flavor is light bittery, notes of smoke and wood. Light bitterness in the final with mild body. Easy drinkable for a Schlenkerla

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorkogrlo (318) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear light golden color with small-medium head. Aroma is mixture of grass, honey, hay and grains. In flavor here are some grainy and grassy notes with background notes of smoked malts. Light-medium body. Bitter, just as it should be for helles. Overall: nice beer. True german. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1483) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2016
bottle. Pours clear golden with small white head. Aroma: malty, smoke, hay. Taste; mild sweet, pleasant smoke, malty, some bitternes, hay. Really good lager.Thin + body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12422) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle - Nice natural grains. Clear gold with a decent white head. Nice grains, touch of earth and a pleasant bitterness. Very balanced and likely the best i have had in this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hrabren (856) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
0.5 l bottle at Pivkan Beer Fest, Zagreb, Croatia. Clear pale golden, medium white head. Light smoked aroma, balanced with grain aromas. Sausage in mouth ;) light body, medium carbonation, light smoked finish. Some acidity in the background. Maybe to light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artyom (970) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
0.5l bottle. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is floral, smoked malt and caramel. Taste is sweet with light smoked character. Taste is light to medium bitter with light smoked malt character. Medium body. Overall it’s great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
artemb (630) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 9, 2015
Aroma: malty with very light hoppy notes. Taste: Dry with light malt sweetnes. Clean flavour: malts, some grassy hops, some white bread, and light but prominent smokiness. Very good and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (1933) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 7, 2015
BOTTLE 50 CL. Clear golden, off-white head. Pale malts and white bread in the nose. The smoky notes are very faint, but the Schlenkerla is certainly there. The taste is very clean and smooth - bready malts, mealy, gentle malt sweetness and a light but characterful smoky note that blend into the grassy spicy bitter finish. Just what one would expect - an immaculate helles with a hint of smoky spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (2824) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Clear yellow with a medium sized white head. Honey, heather, grain, hay and bread in the nose. Flavour follows with bread, mild meaty smoke, flowers, grain. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, some sweetness, mild bitterness. Light and clean finish with mild smoke. Pleasant and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4747) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2015
Flaske fra Det gode brygg, Sandnes, delt med Ovesen på Holmens juleverksted: klar gylden med særdeles flott skum. Maltaroma med litt (tysk) humle, gress og et aldri så lite snev av røyk. Klar og tydelig pilsnersmak forsterket av det bittelille røykpreget. Fin bitterhet med det nødvendige anstrøk av maltsødme i slutten. Gode saker!

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