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


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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sloshgator (714) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles is about as good as it gets for a smoked beer. Aroma is smokey with a hint of sour. Pour is amber hazy with a soft white head. Taste is a subtle smoke and just a hint of sour, and well-balanced overall. Aecht Schlenkerla Helles is very sessionable and deliciously drinking. Very well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Very nice beer. Lighter then the other smoked beers I have had, it still had that mice BBQ flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
After having the Rauchbier and thinking it was ok but not something I would buy again, this one intrigued me, perhaps it would be the right balance of smokiness, here it goes. Poured into a 0.4 liter mug/Stange hybrid for export lager, it will do until I get a good Bavarian crystal mug. It has a nice white one finger head. The color is amazing, it is nice darker helles color with a tiny bit of haze, almost like a Dortmunder, with a nice amount of bubbles. Very nice lacing as well. Alot of people got bacon scent in the original Rauchbier Maerzen, but all I smelt was burnt wood, this one smells a bit more like bacon, especially when I popped it open and i got a huge bacon whiff. After the pour the smokiness/bacon dies down and it is a nice malty sweet smell with some breadiness. I am also getting a slight bit of hops that blends with the smoke scent. Wow great taste woweee. Starts off quite sweet with the malts, and they last quite a bit, its a long flavor. Hops come in with a smoky bite, some spice, and some citrus flavors. The lingering flavor is smoke and hops, it has a slightly dry finish. A very complex and satisfying taste. The carbonation is perfect, has a nice bite on the tongue. This almost reminds me of a Dortumunder Export with smokiness and some Bavarian Helles charm, I guess I picked the right glass too then hah. As it warms the smokiness on the palate intensifies but it never gets to the slightly offensive levels the Maerzen got too. The drinkablity is pretty high but I probably couldn’t down more than 2 of these big bottles. The 4.30% abv make’s me think a couple of liters of this would be feasible, if only this were in the mini-kegs they sell here and not the Maerzen. This was a lovely surprise, this beer is just packed with flavor, but it isn’t a big, bulky brew just light and flavorful. They ave succeed in creating a whopper of a low abv beer that I would stack up against many big beers. If you want a reprieve from your everyday Bavarian Helles this is the way to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2006
Pale yellow in colour. Coriander grass and smoked aromas; bitterish taste with pepper and smoke aromas; bitter finish with pepper and bacon. A very interesting beer - a smoked helles. It has a good combination of smoked malt and spicy hop flavours. Very full-flavoured for its strength. It doesn’t contain any smoked malt in the grist, but picks up its smoky character from the filter. So it really should be classified as a Helles not a smoked beer. Though the beer is unique and really falls into a style of its own.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierkrug (2130) - - APR 8, 2011
500 ml bottle in Germany. This correctly classified as a helles lager, this is in the top 2% of it’s style, and deservedly so. Golden with lasting white head. Mild smoke grass and honey aroma. Toasty malt flavor with very mild smoke and clean finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Very mild smoke residue adds an interesting layer of complexity to this nicely made Helles, Palate is mellow smooth and some light smokiness. Superior beer!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cristobal37 (812) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2016 Crisp and refreshing like a good lager but with a healthy dose of smoke. Bit of smokey bacon on the nose and what a trip that no smoked malts were used to brew this. One of the best from the brewery. Not as fierce as the others, the finish is dry and malty with the smoke mostly gone by then. Still one of my alltime favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoubleBagger (2) - USA - JUN 9, 2010 does not count
Had this the first time in Bamberg at the brewery and it was phenomonal. I have had it since then in bottles stateside, and it doesn’t quite hold-up, but is still very drinkable. Great smoke aroma is deceptive, since it does not have a very heavy smoke flavor. Great on a summer evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - JUN 27, 2013
Probably best lager in the world so far as i tasted. And also this beer could show lager producers can make a really good beers. Smoked lager is something also butique producers should look for. Amazing beer , all big beerlovers should taste this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teran (290) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 10, 2016
Lighter taste version of a smoke beer from this brewer. Clear gold, light smoke aroma, very nice top. Refreshing and crisp, easy to drink. So nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Wow, I didn’t expect this one to be smoked, just an ordinary helles. Actually it comes across more like a pilsner, with its distinct hop bitterness. Begins with a bright golden, crystal clear color with a creamy 2 fingered head. Aroma has a touch of charred wood. Flavor is more smoke, with some rounded clean bready malts, which melds evenly into a full hoppy finish, with a resiny almost grapefruity character. This is really outstanding and characterful for a low gravity lager.

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