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


on tap

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RATINGS: 956   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 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 (11457) - 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 (4198) - 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 (2261) - 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 (1101) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours a crystal clear gold with a small, bubbly white head. Smells a little grainy, some mild malts, and very subtle hops. Nothing special there. The flavor was a little more complex. You get some of that Schlenkerla smoke in there, but it is pretty controlled. It is mixed in with some mild maltiness and crisp hops in the finish. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste mixed in with the smoke. Easy to drink and refreshing brew. Went great with my pizza slice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Tap, Town Hall Brewpub. Pale shiny copper, nice dense cap of fine white foam. Deep clean malt, a nice leathery touch, but not particularly full-on smokey aroma. But in the flavor, the gentle bright malt flavor blends seamlessly with a big leafy layer of smoke. Some underlying pear notes. Delicate palate. Interesting, well-crafted beer. Less intense than I expected, but I suppose that makes it a lager for an evening session, rather than just one glass. As a side note, it’s cool when a brewpub like Town Hall not only makes great beer, but also gets in really top-notch examples of beer from around the world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1689) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Pours a pale golden with a respectable, although small, white head that coats the glass.. Mild aroma of bread dough and hop flowers. Crisp clean refreshing pilsener style German beer; perfect blend of sweet malts, mild hop bitterness and an interesting smokiness. More in the Czech style than the more hoppy and ubiquitous northern German pils. This is very good and loyal to the style, in spite of the smoke. Perfect summer beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Name: Helles Lagerbier
Date: April 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewfest, Athens
Appearance: pale yellow
Aroma: nice light smoked aroma
Flavor: light malt with great smoked flavor, light bitterness, it’s all about the great smoked flavor but it’s not too big to be overwhelming

Name: Helles Lagerbier
Date: June 25, 2006
Mode: bottle
after having a whole bottle I can say that the original rating from the brewfest thimble was spot on

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Helles, Zymatore
Date: October 11, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque yellow, creamy off white head, lots of sticky lace
Aroma: sweet winey aroma, light earthyness, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, touch of winey sweetness, lots of spicyness, growing touch of funk, balancing bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

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