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


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RATINGS: 940   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.

entertheiceman's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2006
This smoked has the strongest medicinal flavor of any beer I have ever had. It really tastes like Calamine lotion smells. It should also be noted that none of the medicinal characteristics are present in the aroma, which is grassy. Interesting but not enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (1140) - CROATIA - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle; pours clear gold with a white head; aroma of malt with some floral and smoke hints; taste is bacon with some malt and grass; finish is slightly bitter; not quite what I expected but good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
irishpenguin13 (35) - Leesburg, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Super pretty golden with small lingering head, good lacing. Sweet malt aroma, not as smokey as the last one i had, actually theres barely no smoke at all, which is one reason i like this one, its always different. Low bitterness, good malt balance, sweet and mildly earthy. Nice lingering finish. Easy drinkability that comes full bodied. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mduspara (25) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle 0,5 Pours clear golden colour with medium white head. Light malty and smokey aromas. Smoked bacon and some grass. Light bodied and nicely balanced. Taste starts sweet and smokey with a dry bitter finish. Nice lager. Definitely different than the others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (2236) - ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2016
Clear pale golden beer, medium white head. Nose is malty, mild sweetness, earthy notes, some light smoke. Flavor is malty, some corny hints, grassy hops, some sweetness, some smoke that borders on bacon. Softly hoppy finish, more mild smoke. Pretty quaffable,has a character of it’s own despite being a lighter lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1601) - Garching, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2016
Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is sweet grains and a hint of smoked malts. Taste is sweet, grainy, quite bitter, refreshing and an earthy bitterness in the back. Stays dry and a little bit tart. Gives you an old school feeling. Flavourful and different for a Helles. Probably the best Helles I?ve ever had, beats Ayinger Jahrhundert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle, BB 09.2016 (from alcostock). Pours golden with white head. The small head stays for some time. Aroma is some bacon, malt, sweetness, grains. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, caramel, bacon. Finish is dry bitter. Carbonation is high. Overall: very good, very flavorful for ABV and without any flaws. 3.7 feels almost underrate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (169) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 15, 2016
Lookout is regular lager - clear, golden with small white top. Old basement comes up with aroma as well as some musty clothes and stale stuff. Taste reminds a little bit old style - a bit sour and fruity. After reveals some smoke and lasts quite long. For a lager - quite different, but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (3095) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - JAN 13, 2016
Golden color, white head with good retention and nice lacework. Aroma is light malty with some smoky and grassy hints. Flavor is light bittery, notes of smoke and wood. Light bitterness in the final with mild body. Easy drinkable for a Schlenkerla

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorkogrlo (276) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear light golden color with small-medium head. Aroma is mixture of grass, honey, hay and grains. In flavor here are some grainy and grassy notes with background notes of smoked malts. Light-medium body. Bitter, just as it should be for helles. Overall: nice beer. True german. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1084) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2016
bottle. Pours clear golden with small white head. Aroma: malty, smoke, hay. Taste; mild sweet, pleasant smoke, malty, some bitternes, hay. Really good lager.Thin + body.

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