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


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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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
fordest (2344) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
500 ml bottle. I knew I tasted smoke on this beer. I thought I was crazy. Aromas were sweet malty, leaning toward pilsner. Flavor was crisp with some citrus notes and touches of smoke. Not bad. Interesting take on a helles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bright yellow gold color, with an off-white head, with a wet earthy, grainy pale malt nose, with a faint smokey note,with a hint of honeyed malt in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp, sweet honeyed pale malt, a bit corny also, with a mild smokey character, with a faint flowery hop note, with a subtle peppery spiciness, leading towards a shy smokey, lingering hop bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #1377)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2007
A smallish head. Faint generally lagerish aroma. Cloudy, pale golden color. Just a hint of smoke, even though this is not actually a Rauchbier. Strong hops flavor for a lager and this is it’s strongest point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours an unfortunate macro yellow with a loose conglomeration of big bubbles and a razor thin suggestion of a head. The nose is unfortunately a big skunked. (Shame too, this just showed up in my beer store!) Beyond the skunk this is a mildly sweet light lager with just the slightest hint of smoke. Maybe a bit grapey. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing, what a lager of most sorts, like Helles, should be. The flavor is a bit better than the skunk suggests. A better than average euro lager at it’s heart. Bigger malt sweetness, but very light. A bit of hop bitterness. Some small aspect of grape. But there it is, just a touch of smoke. Not the huge sticky bacon, but more like campfire smoke. Oh how I miss drinking by a good camp fire... anyhow, a bit grapey. A bit tannic. Long dry finish, with, unfortunately, a bit of skunk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pours a clear, golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Strong grain aroma, slightly metallic, hint of the upcoming smoked flavor, not much else. Thin body, but smoked flavor makes up for that. A dry, smoked wood in a fireplace is the best way to describe it, but not as smoked as the other Schlenkerla offerings. Easy drinking, clean finish. Great, if you can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
Bière blonde dorée, assez pâle, très claire. Faible col qui disparaît après peu de temps, effervescence très discrète. Le parfum est essentiellement celui de la fumée, mais légère. Il n’y a presque pas d’odeur de bière. Le goût est aussi dominé par la fumée, sans trop être aggressive. La finale est moyennement amère. Assez équilibrée. Le palais est mince, avec peu de gaz. Ce serait une partenaire parfaite pour un plat de fruit de mer ou de poisson. Elle se boit très bien pour une bière à la fumée, mais je n’abuserais pas...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
In short: A smoky basic lager. Simplicity = Drinkability.
How: Bottle 500ml, fresh (drank as soon as we got it through private importation)
The look: Clear blonde body with a little white head
In long: Typical Helles lager yeast (egg white to me), inexpressive cereals, a somewhat oily body and quite a bit of smoke. Undisturbed by the expressive maltiness of other Schlenkerla products I thought the smoke here was really pure smoke of dry wood/paper burning. As little as I have to say about the taste (it is a very simple beer) I found myself wanting a lot more than the lonely 500ml that I had, so that’s a good sign. Highly drinkable. A lot more smoked than I expected since I was told that this one doesn’t used smoked malts and the smoke only comes from the residues of other Schlenkerla beers. I mean, by itself this beer is as smoky as my college-days living-room. But relative to other Schlenkerlas this is like walking into my college-days living-room after spending 6 hours in Willie Nelson tour-bus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Poured a golden color with a minimal white head. Nose of wheat and yeast. Tasted clean, with some bread and yeast flavors. Not really much in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11854) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
16.9oz/500ml bottle-pours a disappearing white head and yellow/pale yellow color. Aroma is musty/muted grain, secondary earthy hops. Taste is slightly smoky, musty/muted grain, secondary earthy/metallic hops. Light side of medium body. Mild carbonation. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

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