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


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RATINGS: 1027   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 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".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ozzatoadisback (90) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldbrewky (1698) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Pours a most beautiful gold with a nice flyffy white head that settles moderatly to a thin film of carbonation. Legs begin then as small mountains of foam sitting on the beer. Steady sparkling carbonation. Dry leaf nose is reminiscent of walking thru woods. The smokiness begins lightly and elevates to a medium smokiness that is expertly mingled wh the malt and light hops. Body is med and last a good while. Moves into hop smoke finish that is also extended. A tuly enjoyable brew that was a pleasant find at Half Time in Pogh. NY. A trip to bamber has just been put on the radar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2606) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2008
500 ml bottle in Schlenkerla glass. Golden with lasting white head. Mild smoke grass and honey aroma. Toasty malty 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 German lager, but THIS IS NOT A SMOKE BEER. There is no smoked malt used in this. Why is Stone SMOKED porter classified as a porter, and this fine non-smoked lager classified as a smoked beer. Correctly classified as a helles lager, this would be in the top 5% of it’s style, and deservedly so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4028) - 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,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (905) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rafael52 (976) - Łódź, POLAND - OCT 5, 2016
Kolor: słomkowy, klarowny.
Piana: obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, zbożowy, wyraźny aromat wędzonki, lekkie nuty chmielowe, ziołowe.
Smak: średnia pełnia, wyraźne nuty słodowe, zbożowe, wyraźne nuty chmielu, wędzonki, średnia goryczka.
Wysycenie: średnie, w kierunku wysokiego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
One I missed last time I was in Bamberg. Happy to see it here in Oz, a perfect choice on a hot Summer’s day.
Lively pour, quite effervescent. Sparkling medium gold with a fine bead that raises a satiny pillow of white. The head’s well retained, adds to the mouthfeel and leaves a lovely web of lace. Bad boy, bold, gritty and very raw aroma of toasted malts on the nose with a low hint of smoked meats and earthy noble hops. There is also a low vinous quality to it that comes out after a few harder sniffs. Soft, creamy mouthfeel, frothy and full. A raspy, sharp and herbal hop note dominates some ample toasted grains and barnyard notes. Very clean, very crisp, the finish has just a touch of the smoked character of its bigger brothers mixed with bright hops and supple citric notes. Shows nice balance, the flavour builds as it warms and it just gets better and better, a touch of peat emerges late. I could slam this back in bulk and still be savouring each ensuing sip. A delicious Helles. (50cL, BBE 10/12, Mane Liquor, Belmont)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle picked up at Beertopia Omaha, opened in Exira, Iowa. Pours a clear, golden appearance with a bubbly white head. Sweet grainy, husky, pale malty, rich straw aroma. Crisp, light pale malty, straw, hay flavor with a bit of woody smokiness in the background. Refreshing and easy drinking. Fuck, I could drink five maß of this and not even realize it. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
Excellent, brilliant stuff, a light smokiness pervades the beer and lingers legitimately for hours despite never being overwhelming, with a more traditional crispy light sweet helles malt body making up the majority of the flavor. Great beer.

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