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


on tap

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RATINGS: 960   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldbrewky (1648) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Pours a most beautiful gold with a nice flyffy white head that settles moderatly to a thin film of carbonation. Legs begin then as small mountains of foam sitting on the beer. Steady sparkling carbonation. Dry leaf nose is reminiscent of walking thru woods. The smokiness begins lightly and elevates to a medium smokiness that is expertly mingled wh the malt and light hops. Body is med and last a good while. Moves into hop smoke finish that is also extended. A tuly enjoyable brew that was a pleasant find at Half Time in Pogh. NY. A trip to bamber has just been put on the radar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2007
A delicate, clear golden lager... well it’s a Helles alright, covered by a healthy, lasting white foam. Clean and incredibly smoked for a beer with no bamberg malt. Delicate and flowery, woody. Soft and rather round in the palate, yet cleansed by a firm carbonation. I must say that the smokiness is its dominant feature really, but this is exactly what I wanted when opening it and was thus highly satisfied. Hugely drinkable. Minimal grassy hops procure a dryness that balances out the soft pils malts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Very nice beer. Lighter then the other smoked beers I have had, it still had that mice BBQ flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Golden colored, little white head. Dominating smoke in sweet aroma, some fruits and cardboard also here, misses some character with this smoke. Medium bodied. Flavor is also dominated by smoke, same cardboard and mild fruits here too. Aftertaste dries strongly. Good one, still expected more out of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Straw gold with then head. Subtle smoke aroma. Taste is of smoke, but is much lighter than the Marzen etc....Sharp bitterness to finish. This is right up my alley....just about the perfect mixture of a lager and smoke flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2007
from crackedkettle.com - translucid golden colour, little foam; subtle smokey nose; smoked bacon and ashes; subtle carbonation; some sweetness, medium-bodied, long gentle smokey finish, slightly peppery - a good session beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4199) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle. Small rocky white head that mostly diminished. Clear sparkling body with a golden color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of grain, hay, cookie and light underlying notes of smoke. Over the palate the smoked notes becomes more evident. As does some grassy notes as well giving it somewhat of a light dry texture. Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Well balanced light bitter flavor and light sweet notes. Light dry and bitter smoky finish. Quit nice and very drinkable. This is a good beginner’s smoked beer I recon. I thought this was a well crafted beer without being spectacular in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2269) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Pale gold in colour with medium carbonation. Light malt aroma with notes of honey, a bit of smoke, and a bit of fresh cut grass. The flavor starts out very Helles like with very minimal smoke: more light rounded malt notes backed up by some mild grassy/earthy hops. On the back end, the smoke re-asserts itself, and integrates with a light mineral bitterness. A touch watery, but I think the smoke residue really adds some nice character to a style that is often at risk of being a little uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2007
Clear gold with a lasting white head. Nose of wheat and malt with a taste much the same. Some subtle smokey hints in there that add some character. Has quite a decent creamy mouthfeel. Not at all bad for a style of beer I don’t generally like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1104) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Clear golden pour with a thin but lasting white head. Lightly malty, smokey aroma. Nice grainy hops up front, dough and a bit of that smoke throughout. Not overpowering and it adds a nice element to what would be a pretty decent pilsner.

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