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


on tap

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RATINGS: 974   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2008
500ml bottle. pours clear golden with small white head that didn’t last too long. light smokey and grainy aroma. flavor is grainy biscuity and lightly smoked. thin and watery body. sessionable but not smokey enough. i didn’t think i’d ever say that about a schlenkerla beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
500ml bottle at home. Except the fact that this beer tastes of rotten smoked cheese to me, nothing to complain, and with a big chunky smoked applewood doorstopper probably bliss :-) it pours an innocently golden straw colour with a big bubbly head. light smoky notes in the nose, which will hit you hard when you taste it. for a rauchbier too yoghurty. but hey it is extremly well made and even i have to honour that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
500ml bottle. Pours a light yellow straw colour with a big white head. Aroma of lager malt with a light smokiness. Taste-wise, it’s a case of your usual malt and hops meet smoky bacon for a party! The creamy mouthfeel helps the flavour linger and adds to the ’snack in a glass’ feel, but it’s not that heavy. Overall, nice for fans of smoked beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2008
A lightly hazed pale golden beer with a thick frothy white head. Aroma is faintly doughy and fruity, with light smokiness. In mouth, a nice light sweet malt, like freshly mashed grains, with pleasant smoky notes, light crisp German hopping and light body. Bottle bought last May 2007 at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA, 3.80$US.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly pale golden colour with a big well lasting white head. Aroma of grains, some malt and cow stable. The flavour is smoky with cow stable, malt, bitter hops and a soft sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle at the Manchester Winter Ales Beer Festial. Slight smokey aftertaste, very drinkable. Reading a few rates and there is talk of bacon, so that’s what it was! I did miss a meal drinking this I think, that must be why. Is there a better drunken food than bacon on waburtons? No, there is not. I did enjoy it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle courtesy of yinzer at Pittsburgh gathering on 1/27/08. Pours a very light golden color with stark white foam, great lacing and retention. Somewhat restrained smokiness for a Schlenkerla, some nice light maltiness and German hop aroma also. Flavor is nice and crisp with some nice bacon like smokiness. It’s like a great Helles that was dry hopped with bacon, good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Gold with a thin white head. Aroma is is lightly malty, very light smokiness with a light sweetness. Taste is very interesting, a light smoke accents the helles side of the beer, with some floral showing. Definantly interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5216) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 1/27/2008 Pittsburgh ratebeer.com gathering and festival upstairs, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I am invited again and I see a spread of bottles like I did there - ever again. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we sampled! For example, how about this beer, the prime example of smoke from yinzer! Aroma of fine honey glazed ham or sweet pie! Almost sickening in olfactory sweetness. Attractive like it must be for a bee to a beatiful flower! Look is very clear pale yellow. Barely any carbonation. taste is more woody than smoky. Vanilla at times. Very very unique, difficult and meaty! Thanks Mark, glad to have had the chancce to try this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Sampled at the RBPG; bottle courtesy of yinzer. The aroma of this particular beer from this brewery is perfectly described by two words: smoked honey. Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a fairly simple lager, with a dry light maltiness that’s not really complex. Unlike some of the other beers from this line, the smoked meat taste is not overpowering, but rather you’re left with some smoky honey notes. It’s light, tasty, and in no way overpowering when compared to the others. A bit thin, but nice.

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