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

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RATINGS: 828   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2176) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
500ml bottle from knightly spirits. FL VC #9. slightly hazed golden, small, dissapating white head. lovely clean helles with smokey edges. one of the best lagers ive ever had. id session this all day long if i could. highly reccomended.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Pristine clarity and a bright yellow-gold color underneath a sudsy, white foamy head riding upwards of an inch thick. Formidable aroma is spelled out by slightly smoked applewood, lemon lightness, buttery sourdough with some charcoal fumes, and toasted & crisp maize and corresponding husks. Flavor confirms that this is a helles at its best. Toasty applewood and balsawood licked by flame. Light pilsner base with a pillowy, curt lemon charm. Baked corn in the husk paired with hearty and buttery sourdough. Medium-bodied, crisp and the posterchild of palate stopping power. Slight and mild noble hop bite and a perfect symbiotic relationship from all contributors in this one beautiful bottle. Small smoky trailings with crisp wood characteristics join with a fruit lemon and pils musk lightness in its final glory. Absolutely incredible.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Pours a crystal clear gold with a wispy thin ivory head. Some faint fine lacing. Smell is smoky. Smoked peat. Some lightly grassy malt. Taste is smoky, of course and a rich grassy malt. Noble hop finish with a faint fruitiness. Mouth is crisp, if a bit thinnish. This is just so heavenly good. One of the better beers I’ve had all year. Yummy!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Clear medium gold. Medium head of crunchy white foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles after the pour, slows to a few steady streams as it sits and the cap fades. Ghostly thin lacing in inky stringed patterms. Aroma is smokey with a clean, crisp, pale malt profile. Very distinct and peculiar with a tang of smoked meat and grain. Nice. Taste is broad and lasting with a savory little spiceyness of grasses and beechwood. Topping taste in the middle of the smokey stuff that stays nicely weaved within a pale malt sweetness and mild, easy going tang. Perfect floating finish of leftover smokeyness and a feathery spiced hoppy dryness. Feel is bold, rounded, smooth, and solidly placed in a medium body. Nice little centering sweetness and one fantastic finish of spice and impressionable length.. One very solid, straight up goodalicious, Helles Lager!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Smellls very smoky. Taste is like a piece of smoked ham. Really nice. I think I like the smoked lagers best, maybe even more than the smoked porters.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JAG55 (75) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2010
(Bottle 500ml) Clear, pilsener-golden beer with a small, white head. Faint smoked aromas and some sweet malt in the flavour. Good smokey notes that are very exciting. Fresh and easy to drink. Great pilsner beer and great flavor!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 an average helles lager.
i do get a hint of smoke in here, but there’s not enough malt character for the smoke to grab onto, it seems disembodies or lost. the aftertaste has a rubber note.

Aroma has a slightly acrid touch of smoke, like your clothes when you wake up in a dew-dampened tent after sitting by a campfire half the night. There is a notable, yet restrained, minerality that is sharped by the smokey character. The pilsner malt comes through pretty clear, but the hops give just a hint of herbal presence.

Taste leads with a bit of salty minerality and cracker-like pilsner malt, followed by some damp smokey notes and a hint of herbal hops.

A unique offering from the world of German Helles beers. The smokey character, though sharper and less meaty than in actual rauchbiers, gives this helles lager something interesting to bring to the table, making for fun pairings.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
The smokiness of this beer is the most prominent while drinking it. It pours with a golden color with no head at all. It has a really good taste to it though and I would drink it again. Overall it has a nice taste and you can really taste the smokiness in the beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3218) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 basement aromas, herbs, spruce, bread, toast, nuts, earthy, cooked vegetables, clove, licorice, golden, cloudy, white foam, rocky head, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, sticky, full body, average carbonation,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (560) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2014
Pale with an easy white rocky head. Leaves intricate doily lacing. Clean bread Yeasty nose with a balanced but firms smokey finish at the end. Beautiful Smokey quality on the palate from beginning to end but still delicate and complex and bready and long. The best beer of its type. BNo doubt. But only an ’84’ on this site? Just goes to show that tickers don’t know shit.


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