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


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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Pours a pale gold color with light carbonation, decent head and no lacing. The nose is sweet with some light residual smoke, peat, plum, clean pilsner malt. The flavor initially has a large amount of smoke, but the hop bitterness and malt sweetness quickly overcome that, then it slowly recedes back to reveal the remaining smoke. Clean and balanced, this accentuates the subtle smoke very nicely. The mouthfeel is nice, a bit tingly, but well rounded and easy to drink. The finish has a nice snappy hop bitterness on it. A good smoked beer and an even greater lager. I like things like this. It tastes like it even made the journey over quite well too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrAndo (39) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Tryed this beer at Max’s, it is absolutly wonderful. very clean taste, the first sip really tasted smokey but that soon went away to reviel the flavor of hops and malt. The beer overall is well ballenced, no one flavor hits you too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot entsprechend gebrautes" Say it, over and over again. Don’t know what it means, though. Maybe "Mmm, mmm, good"? Crystal clear pale yellow appearance, under a generous dollop of snowy white froth, slowly dwindling down, and leaving lace. Nice, classic look for the style. Aroma is empty at first, with slight suggestions of pepper and grain. Dry, smoky malt. Well, this is Schlenkerla. Taste: smokey from the start, then crisp, clean malty flavor. Easy-going down the throat, light-bodied, meager, but appreciated fruity, malt character, and ever-present smoke. So easy to drink, and so refreshing. Classic lager, with the hit of smoke an extra treat. Yum, I’m liking it better as I go. A unique offering, a terrific treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2006
I wasn’t really expecting this to be smokey, but it was. Apparently, it’s not something from the recipe, but lingering smoke in the brewery equipment. It’s still rather strong, but I suspect that’s because the beer is rather light. Good balance between lightly sweet malt and the husky smoke in the aroma and flavor. Just a touch of hop aroma and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6112) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours yellow fizz with a laughable white head, but you know what they say about judging by appearances. Some corn and malt in the nose--not very interesting. Great crisp clean super-drinkable body, though. As nice and refreshing a summer beer as you could ask for. Good thing it’s late June outside. Crisp, clean, dry finish--just a hint of smoke there at the end, not very prominent in the mid-palate unless you really swish it around. Easily the best pale lager I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Light gold, yellow, a bit fizzy even. Pleasant, lightly smokey aroma with a touch of a spicy floral touch. Flavor is a great balance of smokey light malts and a gentle, floral hop finish. The smoke enhances here, rather than dominates as is so common in the Heller-Trum beers. This was really good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Crystal clear golden color with thin white head. Aroma is mildly smoky with some sweet lager and grainy malts. Malty taste from the lightly roasted to sweeter malts. About midway a small bolt of smoke flavor surfaces and then disappears leaving a refreshing grainy malt flavor that lingers to the next sip. There is also a noticeable bitter hop presence throughout the taste profile. This beer manages to create a balance between the malts, hops and the smokiness. Excellent tasting beer. A great choice from Schlenkerla if you’re in the mood for a mild smoky beer as opposed to the pure smoky, smoldering embers they have managed with a few other beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
(05.19.06) 4.3% ABV. One pint. 0.9 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Poured clear golden yellow with small white head. Soft carbonation. Smoky aroma. Light-to-medium bodied lager that starts dry with smoky malt flavor. Finishes dry with light hop bitterness. An interesting smoky tasting lager and a pleasant surprise to find in a lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Pale golden beer, spritzy carbonation and a creamy white head. Smokey beechwood aroma is the dominant note over a very clean pale malt backbone. Flavour is well balanced as well, soft pale malt, light grassy noble hop flavour and a soft but insistent smokiness. Who knew smoked could be refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow-gold body with a fluffy/bubbly white medium head. The aroma is quite nice - earthy with woody smoke notes, even some light fruit, and then wafts of sweet malt. Lightish body with sweet and smoky malt. Interesting character and superbly drinkable. Purchased at Merchant’s Fine Wines in Dearborn, MI in April 2006.

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