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


on tap

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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (483) - FRANCE - NOV 11, 2014
Blonde très pale, limpide, très léger col de mousse blanche. Nez sur le malt et maïs. Bouche sur le malt, houblonnage intéressant pour une lager, houblon épicé, citron. Amertume agréable. Peu de corps. L’aspect fumée évoqué dans la description et les critiques m’échappe totalement ! Bonne bière de soif mais guère plus...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Flaske 500ml på på Cafe Abseits, Bamberg 11 Okt 14. Lys gylden. Svak aroma av røyk & gress. Smaken har et pikant røykpreg med en anelse gress.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4076) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - golden with a proportionate head. Nice. Nose - subtle smoke and citrus. Taste - citrus and herbs up front and then wood smoke in the background Palate - light bodied with a dry smoky texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall - the smoke grows in a gradual way and it’s adding complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6634) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear pale gold, thin white head. Light smoke and grassy aromas, light grains. Taste is quite fruity, more light smoke, creamy texture. Crisp, dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaril (40) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Faint whiff and taste of smoke is lovely. Good bitterness with a touch of coppery tang and bitterness at the end. Pale sparkling gold. And light and fresh mouth feel. A variation on lager well worth trying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 12, 2014
Golden bubbly body and bubbly yet quite stable head. Classic yet very nice lager aroma, classically hopped, and a very faint butter but that supports the body and is far from an off flavour here. But I say don’t smell, drink, because the palate is wonderful, and the bitterness juicy. Again a very small butter taste, but it gives a rich mouthfeel. It seems to come from the smoke. Excellent body, but overall a bit too odd perhaps to really raise the numbers. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (2221) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle from Great Grog. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of rhubarb, sliced pear, grass and white bread. Flavour of lightly smoked malt, apple pie and a finish of lightly smoked cheese. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Certainly one of the most unique Lagers I’ve ever tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5816) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Draft pour at GBD. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a small, white head. Aroma was some light campfire, meaty notes. Light smoke. Flavor was nice light lager character, sweetness, and a little smoke. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Poobah (331) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Lemon-gold with a generous head, plenty of lacing and a honey-sweet, floral nose. Modest carbonation with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, roasty, honey, overripe banana finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2885) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grains, yeast and some smoke. Taste is malts and a hint of smoke.

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