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


on tap

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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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“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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
Very pale clear golden with a medium frothy white head. Has a pleasant mix of grain, grassiness and light smoke in the nose. Notes of sweet pils malt, lemon/citrusy noble hops, hay, grass and smoky malt in the finish. Light, yet full of flavor. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
Golden color with a thick, dense head of lacing, white foam. Alright...this may be an odd observation, but I mainly smell canned, black olives with just a faint hint of clove in the background. The flavor shows a lot more of the smoke that I was looking for but the black olives are there as well. The balance is nice and this is unique and drinkable. I would like to keep this in my fridge at all times.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated light yellow-orange colored body and a good lacing. The funky aroma was malty and dirty sock. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt hops and smoky. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Unassuming gold color, foamy head--looks pretty much like beer. Nose of spicy hops w/ just barely a hint of smoke. In fact, the smoke is quite subdued in general, which was a pleasant surprise as I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how smoke was going to work in a helles. Really, what this ends up being is just a nice twist on a traditionally styled German lager and it’s a very pleasant departure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
50cL bottle. Pours a clear, medium yellow color; fluffy white head with attractive lacing and good retention. Light, intricate aroma showing a creamy smokiness and hints of sugar. Medium mouthfeel: pleasant balance between the crisp, floral lager and the creamy vanilla and smoke character; average carbonation; well-balanced and very drinkable. Medium, toasty vanilla and smoke finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
16.9oz, no date. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a minimal white head, though with a bit of rousing a 1/2 finger head emerges, and fades again. Aroma of smoked meat, grain--even a bit of corn, and some grassy hops. Flavor doesn’t have quite as much smoked meat so the grain, sweet biscuity malts and grassy hops come out more. Moderate bitterness (4 on a 1-10 scale) arises in the finish. Light bodied with light carbonation. I was hoping I’d like this more, though that said, it isn’t bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Golden with a snow white smokey head. Touches of lace. Smoke character is very evident in this beer. Very nice. Big malty backbone, with a pleasant bitter finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Pours a clear yellow with a beautiful whit head with soapy lacing. Smoked meat/smoked malt aroma. It has a nice malt profile with just enough smoke for another layer of complexity the end with a pleasant hop bite in the finish. Well made beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
bottle. pale yellow color. large head. sweet grainy. some malts and hops. traces of smoke. a confused beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
50 cl bottle. Pale golden clear colour with a little fine white head. Light aroma of smoke and hints of maltness. Light malty flavour with notes of smoke, sweet malt and a touch of hops. Ends with a bitter and dry finish.

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