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


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RATINGS: 884   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2007
Bottled. Pale golden coloured with a large off-white head. Very nice balanced. A bit malty and sweet and also nice and hoppyness. Very refreshing with notes of smoke. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (7732) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. White fluffy but lasting head. Clear golden body. Sweet mind and round barley aroma with a touch of honey. Dry wood flavor with a relatively high hops bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
thewolf (11433) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2007
Very pale yellow with a good charcoal white head. Aroma is malty with strong tones of smoke. I’m not the biggest fan of smoked, but this seems okay. Very nice mouthfeel. Then I remembered why I did not like smoked... Too much of it again - powerful aftertaste, drowning out an initial malty sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Quinns. Hardly a patch on their full on Rauchbiers but it still has that trademark smokeyness although here it is very faint. Still even a hint of that Schlenkerla flavour makes for something that is at the very worst enjoyable.

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