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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1031   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Light lager aroma, you have to search for the smoke. You’d miss it if you didn’t know it was there. First taste I definitely tasted the smoke, but just a hint as described. It definitely makes this otherwise ordinary lager a little special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Drank as part of my beer tour at Winking Lizard. It was decent. I did not detect the so-called "smokyness" from the commerical description. It was light, kind of wheaty and sweet flavored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11621) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle at Winking Lizard. This brew is a hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of malt, grass and smoke. Medium-bodied with a subtle smoked character, and flavors of bready malt and grassy hops. The finish is clean and sweet with a smoked malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Golden colored beneath a tight white head. Biscuit like doughy malt aroma. Crisp clean malt flavors with hints of smoke in the background and just a touch of lemony hops in the finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 (German) Bottle shared by the Knights. Pours a golden yellow with a sm-white head. There is a slight skunky aroma to this brew, but the taste is of smoked meat, with a dry finish. Not bad, but i don’t think i could drink a few of these back to back.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Another shared with the Dev-Knights. Pale gold pour with a white head. A light grain aroma with the smoked body kind of at the back end, not overpowering. Some complexities but overall refreshing and rather light, no real bitterness at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle shared with the Devonshire guys. Pours gold in color with a white head. Smells very doughy. Taste is standard helles lager with a side of smoke. The flavors don’t blend, you can easily pick them apart. Nice, easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2008
My notes after 13 beers is "Tastes like natty". hah. well although it wasnt that flavorless, it doesn’t exactly live up to its counterparts. I’m sure there is some smoked flavors, i just couldnt pick them up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2386) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
500 ml bottle courtesy of SoLan. Pours a translucent gold color witha big white head that had good retention. The aroma is light with semi-sweet malted grains and light smoke. The flavor is that of a good lager with with a light smoke accent. The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but still very nice for a lager. The finish is short and dry. Overall: A very enjoyable smoked lager, and one that should pair well with a great deal of BBQ’d food. Thanks Solan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden yellow to orange with a dense, huge and white head. Mild bitterhops and faint smoke aroma. Mild creamy mouthfeel. Nice cornish medium sweet flavour and light hoppy bitterness lurking through. Dry almost wooden finish with a slowly building bitterness.

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