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


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RATINGS: 1018   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
liinis (1767) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2012
There it is again: that schlenkerla grillimakkara sausage flavour. Theres a nice smokiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 2, 2002
bacon juice aroma overwhelmed my tastebuds. not sure why it is lower alcohol. the lady at the brewery seemed very surprised anyone would ask for this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2003
Bottled Schlenkerla, Bamberg, Germany. 4.3 ABV. First I thought this beer was another, but apparently it's not. However I do not agree that this is a smoked beer, mine was'nt. That is why I think it is interesting to see a lager beer with no smoke taste from Schlenkerla. Rare and special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Bottle at Evening Star Brighton. There was absolutely no signs of smokiness in either the aroma or taste of this beer (unfortunately). The smell was like a Marzen and the colour was virtually clear. The taste was however better being clean and dry. I like smoked beers a lot and struggle to see that this bottle did the brewery justification. Score 2.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2006
2.22.05 Looks like I’m the the first (or among the first) person to have had this in the US with it being obtained in the US, not brought home from a trip, etc. I was told it is just being made available around these parts. Still had the smoky aromas and flavors imparted onto it from running through the system without actually being smoked (or so I’m told). Decent but I prefer the Marzen etc to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle: Pale straw, amazingly clear, thin white sudsy head falls quickly, spotty lacing, moderate carbonation.   Fairly strong smoked malt aroma, and really, not much else as it dominates the nose.   Softer smoked malt on the tongue, with a bit of grassy malts emerging at the finish.   Helles is not a style I would pick for being smoked.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Lingering smoked malts after the finish.   Meh, tiz okay but I’ll stick with their Bock or Marzen instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
I tasted this smoked beer(my first) at the Ale St News diinner the other nite.I sampled some before I tried the salad which was a smoked trout and asparagus salad and I did not like it.However once i had it with the salad it turned out to be ok.The smoked flavor can be overpowering,however on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Just a hint of smokiness, somewhat residual. Clear and pale yellow. Markedly different from the other Schlenkerlas. I highly doubt that this would make a good Radler, but it is light and refreshing and made for drinking by the liter-full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 clear gold. medium sized creamy head. honeyish malts with a hint of pepper and smoke in aroma. flavor is quite similar. a dry lager. a good one from the smoke masters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Light gold with a small, white and foamy head. Lightly smoky in the nose with a touch of fruitiness. Some grassy notes, but it is a little weak in the aroma department. The flavor is noticebly stronger in the smokiness. The fruits are a bit more along with the maltiness. Almost a lemon quality underlying the smoke. The body is light and refreshing and this is just smoked enough to pique your interest. I liked it.

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