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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vicepeddler (24) - Broomfield, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Light amber/ golden hue. Light eggshell head. Curious faint smoke on the nose. Comes across very smooth and crisp on the palate; cleansing with a light smoke flavor and light spice. Very sessionable, screams food pairing. A very unique and versatile beer for certain.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle from Bottleworks. Hazy orange, well, diaphanous appearance, with a hazy orange color. Wispy head.Aroma is nice and woody. Sublte smoke, with a honey aroma, and touches of caramel malt. Fucking amazingly nuanced, and lovely to smell. Initial flavor is smoke, wood, and light honey. Caramel dips in and out. Nice lingering light bitterness, with that wood and smoke carrying on. I can really taste both the wood and smoke in this one. One of the best beers in all of the mother fucking universe. I say that, and I have yet to venture into other galaxies where the production and consumption of beer may or may not exist.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2278) - 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 (5640) - 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 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - Fermo, ITALY - AUG 30, 2015
Classica lager tedesca colore biondo cristallino con schiuma bianca. Al naso note maltate con leggero sentore affumicato. In bocca leggera e piacevole con un sapore molto particolare affumicato che comunque rimane leggero e non invadente. Birra consigliatissima x gli amanti del genere "rauch".

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ozzatoadisback (85) - ITALY - APR 20, 2016
Slightly darker than golden, clear. Head is quite dense and persistent, nice lacing. In the aroma: light/gentle smokiness (ashes, speck) throughout, a refreshing herbal/grassy feel and a hint of fruitiness. Maybe not super vivid but sure very fine. In the taste: bready malt foundation, quite fragrant. Refreshing grassy notes. Subtle fruity hints of apple and maybe lemon, slight hint of bitterness and floral hops in the finish. All in all a classic, fine helles. Among this, a subtle/gentle smokiness (ashes) that is very well integrated but never overpowering. Body is light, carbonation is soft but as mentioned the beer is still quite fragrant. Overall it’s a super easy drinker but it’s still full of subtle nuances. Fine, that’s the better way to describe this


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