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


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RATINGS: 974   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldbrewky (1673) - 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 (2519) - 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 (3890) - 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 (883) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Very smoky (duh). Really reminds me of barbeque, mesquite or something. Being that I generally associated these scents/flavors with barbequing stuff, this beer smells like meat to me. I'll add that I really, really like barbeque, though that's not particularly relevant. But what is relevant in the long run? I mean, on a cosmic scale, even the deepest concepts are . . . wait, I've wandered. Back to the review. Reminds me quite a bit of Rogue's Mexicali Ale, just missing the slight smoked chili aspect of that one. Has the same nice, creamy texture. Quite malty. Was really taken aback by the nose at first, but a surprisingly enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Undated bottle from Belfast Co-op (I would guess it to be a fresh 2006 bottle) consumed on 4/15/06.
Full clarity, yet seemingly bottle conditioned? I don’t see any sediment, but the head is full, creamy, rocky and creates plenty of lacing. Strong retention. Pure, brilliant gold in color is the body, while the head is slightly off-white. Either it is bottle conditioned or it’s just extremely fresh and these guys are incredible at artificially carbonating their bottles.
Smells of lightly singed wood, touches of lightly grainy malts and a surprisingly low amount of yeast apparency. Touch of munich malts in the background perhaps, but it’s difficult to be sure in light of the smoke. Extremely clean and flawless. Light bacon, touch of spicy hops pop up with some moderate caramelized sweetness.
Effervescence swiftly carries sweet honey/pils-like malt notes about the palate upon first sip. Spicy hop notes tickle the sides of the tongue in conjunction with light smoked malt phenols. A hint of peachy-nectarine and a gentle reprise of soft honey on the end. I guess this is a smoked pils? Dosent seem much like a helles, as it would be overattenuated for that style and dosent have the yeast apparency or sourish munich malt notes. Whatever the hell it is, it’s absolutely stunningly-well brewed. Hops linger on, lengthening the spicy nature. Never a shade of thinning, even upon warming, and though the beer seems filtered, the mouthfeel has just enough residual dextrins to keep things lightly creamy and substantial. Moderate carbonation, perfect attenuation, smoke is not overdone for the size of the beer. Hops even seem to grow in flavor as the palate becomes accustomed to the smokiness. Head never falls below cover, with minor lace down the sides of the glass. I couldn’t help thinking about Russian River Redemption while drinking this one. Very similar beers (think smoke instead of brett).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
] Pours a clear and effervescent gold, topped by half an inch of white foam. Decent head retention, good webby lacing. Bright and clean malt aroma with quite a bit of tart herbal hop in there too. Second whiff finds some mildly astringent smoke. Tasty beer, the toasted malt provides a backbone to the earthy spicy hops and the mild (by Schlenkerla standards) smoke profile. Very smooth drinking, nice carbonation levels, medium body. Not overly powerful in the smoke department, but still very satisfying

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Clear pale yellow body with small white head. The aroma is dense hickory smoke, light herbal hops and a touch of biscuit underneath. The flavor is lightly smoky, herbal, lightly grassy with some bread and honey. Medium/light body is softly carbonated with a nice bitter finish. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
thanks homer321 123 321 123 nice aroma with hints of smoke and lager yeast like a lightly smoked cheese i am not a big smoked beer lover and truley enjoyed this beer i noticed some undernotes of cognac and cigars this is a beer that needs to be sipped to appreciate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Yellow body lasting white head. Lightly smoky sweet smorgasbord aroma. Flavor is similar. I find it lovely. Very quaffable.

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