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

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RATINGS: 877   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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle. Poured a small white head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, mostly transparent with a tiny bit of cloudiness, minimal carbonation, and a pale yellow hue. Nose was malty, bready, hint of hops and smoke. Flavor was dry, smokey and earthy. Tingly, dry and smokey mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 This had a very surprising smokey flavor. I did not really expect that taste so it caught me off guard. The cinder flavor was also prominent in the aroma as well. The cinder chimney flavor and taste was not overpowering, but it was rather subtle. The beer also has a cloudy hue to it. I truly felt that I was drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette at the exact same time. Not really the flavotr I was looking for. For those of your that enjoy a nice cigarette or cigar, this would be a great beer for you.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3423) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a average white head. Aroma is fair. A little peat and some smoke deffinatly not expecting that. Flavor is holy smoke! Lots of smoke and peat with some sweetness and a dry bitterness. I have been avoiding this brewer b/c i am not a fan of smoked beers but this was not bad. The smoke did not get in the way and it made for a more exciting lager.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2007
In the 0.5L bottle from Beertopia. Golden yellow in color with a fluffy white head that leaves amazing concentric rings of thick lacing. Aroma is a faint, but established smoked scent. Flavor only has a mild smokiness, earthy and peat-like flavors are stronger. Delicious finish of bitterness on the back of the tongue lingers for a long time on this otherwise crisp beer. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 2, 2007
50cl bottle. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Sweet malt nose lightly smacked with meaty smoke. Fairly light flavored, sweet malt, grassy notes, and more medium smokiness. The smoke flavors are well balanced against the malt and grassy hop, none of the flavors overpower. Fairly clean, crisp finish, just a small coating of smoke in the mouth. Rauchbier training wheels? Good stuff!

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (10515) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle from beastiefan2k. Pours sparkling light yellow with spare white head, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread), light hops (vegetables), average yeast (dough) with notes of smoke, ash and wood. Short duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness; light smoked vegetable and wood flavor. Light bodied, watery texture, soft carbonation and a metallic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2007
A nice brew, hints of smoke throughout, some grass, slight dough, very drinkable and enjoyable. Thanks to MoritzF for the bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
The 16.9 oz bottle poured a crystal clear, light amber colored beverage with a modest white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma was nicely balanced. It had a subtle wet smoked peat aroma that was accompanied by honey, fresh grass and caramel. The body was medium-light with an average carbonation and a watery texture. The flavor starts off lightly sweet but quickly takes on an interesting bitterness that lasts through the medium-long finish. To this smoked beer’s credit, the smokiness isn’t overpowering but somewhat subtle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
500ml bottle pours golden with a short white head that fades back to a ring and leaves a little lace. Aromas of some campfire smoke over some yeasty bread. Flavor is good bready flavor and dough with a bit of bavarian hop flavor at the finish. There is a smoke flavor throughout but it is definitely not the prevalent flavor in the beer. Palate is light bodied without much carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink start to finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5316) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
500ml bottle, Stateline Liquors. Pours a mostly clear pale yellow body with a slight yeast haze. Small very fizzy head with minimal retention, bright white in color. Aroma is that beautiful campfire and smoked meat scent of an authentic Schlenkerla Smoke beer. Below lays some bready malt and light hay. The smoke is still in the forefront of the flavor, but a little lighter than the Marzen and Urbbock beers. Kind of an unusual style to be smoked, the more I drank, the more the Helles flavor became apparent. Lots of hay and doughy malt and a little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of fizzy carbonation. Nice full round texture. Pretty darn good, but not my favorite from them. You really can’t beat these guys for Smoke beers, at least those that are available here in USA that is.


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