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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
The color was very light golden. The head was creamy, thin, and white. The aroma was very light grape. The flavor was smokey. The palate was lively. The finish was abrupt.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
Pours a very pale golden with a fizzy white head. The aroma is grassy, sweet, hay, crisp, a little smoke. The flavor is similar, crisp, sweet, grassy, a tad smokey. Not too blown away by this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2008
A nice helles (smoked!) always hits the spot come baseball season, so I was pleased to see this on the shelf. Pours a slightly cloudy medium gold with quickly dissipating white head. Nose is light, slightly sweet, with floral notes...quite nice! Flavor is initially not too smoky, but the smoke builds throughout the first half of the beer before fading again in the second half as the palate becomes used to it. A mild hops bitterness accompanies it, to make this a nice beer, overall.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (5607) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2008
Crystal clear golden coloured body with a very thin white head - nothing too impressive. Aroma of yeast, wheat, corn, peat and a tiny bit of metal & fruity sweetness. Medium-bodied; Highly astringent in mouth with an interesting malty flavour at first then fading to a super mild smokeyness. Aftertaste is bitter from the smoke and malt, with a tiny bit of respite for some sugars - but not much. Overall, very odd for the style and not really good in any sense of the styles it tries to represent. I wish I’d try some of their other beers before this one - but this really isn’t recommended at all. I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased from K&E Discount Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 12-April-2008.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
Pours quite clear and golden with a big fluffy white head. Honey, malt, light smoke and floral hops in the aroma. Sweet malt and mellow smoke in the flavor. Strange way to make a smoked malt just from the house flavor and not actual rauch malt. Has a bit of oxidation and a metallic note. Could be a little bigger bodied. Still, a clean enough lager with a satisfying bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Not a rauchbier really, altough it depends on your definition, but not a rauchbier. Gorgeous pale golden colour. Beautiful lightly smoked aroma with some lovely malt and a crisp, smoky, refeshing balanced flavour, excellent finish - nice and hoppy. Superb with fish (not the most delicate however) and sausages. Tends to oxidise fairly quickly in bottle in my experience so possibly not always accorded good enough score in the US. Would it not be better to try an rate a beer on it’s merits as opposed to rating it against something (ie Rauchbier Marzen or Urbock) that it really doesn’t share much in common, styilistically, other than a brewery name? Always got to put it in a box....

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
Light golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is malty, sweet, and lightly smoky. Flavor is of a medium bodied Helles with a nice hint of smokiness. Clean finish - good for a Helles, subpar for a Rauch.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2008
Sparkling light gold, thin fizzy white head. Light smoke aromas with faint earthy citrus-like tones. Soft nutty earth and smoke flavors play out from start to finish. Thin, watery, with soft carbonation. A big disappointment when compared to the Urbock…

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5652) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2015 Mild smoke aroma. Gold color with some haze. The smoke is very light, which makes sense from the way it is made, but what is there is good in the aroma and flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle, pours a pale yellow with white head. Aroma of light smoke, maybe sausage. Not much to the flavor - mostly malts with a smoked meat overtone. Light bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel.


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