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


on tap

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RATINGS: 966   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5152) - 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 (3998) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3186) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
No brewer does smoke like Brauerei Heller-Trum. Being based on a helles I knew it wouldn’t be as strong as their others. Aroma was nice. Smoke and not much else. Pour was a light gold with a white ring for a head. Taste was bland (as I consider a helles to be) with not much coming to the front other than the mild smokiness. I like my smokes so strong that I cough after a sip. Good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle sampled at the Ratebeer meet-up 01.27.08 at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Beer courtesy of Yinzer.

Pale yellow with white head. Aroma is malt, honey, ham. Flavor is the same and smoky but has a weak body. This was dubbed "liquid bacon" or "bacon grease," I can’t quite remember the exactly wording. Personally I would have preferred more of a bacon flavor. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
bottle. golden pour, carbonated with clarity. almost no head. sweet grains, wheat, yeasts and caramel malts in aroma. flavor is much the same iwth some rice and mild hops. dry mouth. texture a bit of syrup.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours a crystal clear straw colour with a large puffy white head, quickly reducing to a sudsy film. The nose is muted and uninspiring, with floral, saaz hops, honey, corriander and a whisper of smoked malt. The flavour brings out the smokiness of the brew, but its dominated mostly by floral hops and honey-sweet malts. There is an herbal, almost medicinal mid-palate flavour profile. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is sharp, watery and crisp. Dissapointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle: Poured clear golden yellow color lager with a medium white foamy head with average retention and limited lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some sweetness also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with some sweet notes but I could not distinguish any some at all. Body is quite full and slightly oily with some medium carbonation. Interesting but not really smokey.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TBone (15705) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled (BB 01/2008)
Very pale color, small white head. Sweet maize-kind of aroma, very tiny smokey feeling there. Light grassy hoppyness, metallic malty flavor. Smoke in the aftertaste. Heller-Trum has better products than this, looks overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Bottled (2007). Yellow colour, small white head. Aroma is mild smoke, maize and diacetyl. Flavour is diacetyl diacetyl, maize and some mild hoppyness. Mild smoke as it gets a bit warmer. 4 2 3 2 7

Bottled (2013, from K Citymarket Kivihaka, Vaasa). Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is mild toasted malts, some grains, herbs and a bit mint like notes. Flavour is mild toasted malts, some quite strong grassy and hayish notes along with mild meaty notes. Also a bit metallic notes as it warms up. Still better than the diacetyl mess I had in 2007. 6 3 4 3 10.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
14 Dec 07. 500ml bottle, blue & white bavarian flag label. Pours clear, 24K golden yellow. White very rocky head. A very light, almost undectable aroma of smoked malts. Flavor of smoke. But very light. Clean, crisp malt body. Very balanced. Earthy finish, with nice hop bitterness. Definately an unique brew.

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