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

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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2618) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of smoke and toasted malts. Flavor is smoke, sweet, and slightly bitter. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. pours clear orange\goldenwith a thin white head. Aroma of slight smoke and sweet malts. Flavor is smoke, sweet malts, slight hoppy bitterness. Decent body, decent brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
Aroma:Light smoke aroma... Appearance:Clear gold with a good white head... Flavor:fruity,light smoked flavor,light bitterness....

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Pours a crystal clear gold with a wispy thin ivory head. Some faint fine lacing. Smell is smoky. Smoked peat. Some lightly grassy malt. Taste is smoky, of course and a rich grassy malt. Noble hop finish with a faint fruitiness. Mouth is crisp, if a bit thinnish. This is just so heavenly good. One of the better beers I’ve had all year. Yummy!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Germanic pilsner malt and light spice hop aroma; lightly smokey and clean though very lightly fruity, balanced, simple flavor and watery texture; slightly dry finish; pretty subtle smokiness, and not on par with their other offerings.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Pale yellow with a largish, white and holding head. Soapy florals and clove-like smokiness comes across like incense in the aroma over toasty malts and mild vegetal notes that seem to defy the claim to Reinheitsgebot displayed so proudly on the label. Smokiness remains light yet steadfast in the flavor over the milky bittersweetness of a well-made lager. I prefer this brewer’s Märzen, but this was a pleasant, surprising treat.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 15, 2006
(500 ml bottle from Belfast Co-op) This pours pale straw yellow with a tall somewhat foamy white head. Aroma is of malt, honey and sweet hay. As head recedes, on comes the aroma of smoked meat! Sloppy foamy lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, full but a touch watery. Flavor is smoke overlaying sweet honey malt. Pretty delicious. All rauchbier lovers should seek this out!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2006
Aroma is smokey with a decent level of malt too, clear amber, pours a medium sized white head. Taste is lightly smoked malt, with just the right amount of hops. Very well balanced, lovely drinking, and the smokiness is most unique. Really fine! I’ve wanted to try this one for a long time, Thank You for sharing mds!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Pristine clarity and a bright yellow-gold color underneath a sudsy, white foamy head riding upwards of an inch thick. Formidable aroma is spelled out by slightly smoked applewood, lemon lightness, buttery sourdough with some charcoal fumes, and toasted & crisp maize and corresponding husks. Flavor confirms that this is a helles at its best. Toasty applewood and balsawood licked by flame. Light pilsner base with a pillowy, curt lemon charm. Baked corn in the husk paired with hearty and buttery sourdough. Medium-bodied, crisp and the posterchild of palate stopping power. Slight and mild noble hop bite and a perfect symbiotic relationship from all contributors in this one beautiful bottle. Small smoky trailings with crisp wood characteristics join with a fruit lemon and pils musk lightness in its final glory. Absolutely incredible.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2006
(on bottle)Very well balanced beer here. Has a present, but relaxed smoked aroma. The carbonation is perfect and tonesforward a good malting along with fine notes of coal, wood and rope. A very drinkable lager, with a hint of bondfire.


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