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


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RATINGS: 969   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
In short: A smoky basic lager. Simplicity = Drinkability.
How: Bottle 500ml, fresh (drank as soon as we got it through private importation)
The look: Clear blonde body with a little white head
In long: Typical Helles lager yeast (egg white to me), inexpressive cereals, a somewhat oily body and quite a bit of smoke. Undisturbed by the expressive maltiness of other Schlenkerla products I thought the smoke here was really pure smoke of dry wood/paper burning. As little as I have to say about the taste (it is a very simple beer) I found myself wanting a lot more than the lonely 500ml that I had, so that’s a good sign. Highly drinkable. A lot more smoked than I expected since I was told that this one doesn’t used smoked malts and the smoke only comes from the residues of other Schlenkerla beers. I mean, by itself this beer is as smoky as my college-days living-room. But relative to other Schlenkerlas this is like walking into my college-days living-room after spending 6 hours in Willie Nelson tour-bus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Poured a golden color with a minimal white head. Nose of wheat and yeast. Tasted clean, with some bread and yeast flavors. Not really much in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12014) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
16.9oz/500ml bottle-pours a disappearing white head and yellow/pale yellow color. Aroma is musty/muted grain, secondary earthy hops. Taste is slightly smoky, musty/muted grain, secondary earthy/metallic hops. Light side of medium body. Mild carbonation. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 9, 2007
German rating # 100. Bottled. A clear yellow beer with a medium sized white head that disappears quickly. The aroma has more than a touch of smoke, though less than other Schlenkerla’s beers, with also some malt sweetness. The flavour has smoked notes together and well balanced with malt and hops. Light to medium body, average to lively carbonation, long, dry and smokey finish. Softer, but certainly a Bamberger rauchbier. The more drinkable among this brewery’s offerings. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2007
If you aren’t into to smokes beers this is perfect to review. Much lighter than the other Rauchbiers. A must try if you haven’t had one. Slight smoke taste with a watery texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (4392) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Bottle at home. Yellow with a white ehad, quickly gone. Aroma light malty (smoked) and hoppy. Flavor light sweet, moderate sour, long. Light body. A specialty, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12578) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
Yellow with a small white head. Malty aroma with a hint of smoke. Sweet and malty, with more smoke in the flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Crystal clear, light golden body with minimal visible carbonation. Wispy film with small, bubbly patches. The aroma shows wet hay, light corn syrup, and traces of honey as the malt base. A sweet breadiness and faint traces of smoke are soon to follow. Minimal, grassy hops are detectable on the nose. I dare say I even picked up trace scents of smoked pork. The flavor is sweet up front, with corn malts and honey showing strong. Grassy hops and a sharp, dry smokiness add balance. Medium to light bodied with a crisp, dry, smoky finish. Easy to drink and quite sessionable. A very intriguing brew, and one that has enlightened me to the diversity of the "smoked" genre.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle. Grassy, wet leaf and a mild corn sweetness on the nose. Just a hint of smoke. Pours bright yellow with a very thin white head. Lager breadiness and biscuit on the tongue with the smoke taking a back seat. Medium bodied with a dry smoky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldbrewky (1667) - 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.

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