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


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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Large bright white head of fine bubbles. Lots of carbonation. Smokey and grassy aroma. Kind of weak and the smoke is not all that strong which is nice. Medium gold in color. Wheat flavor and texture. Smoke is even lighter in the flavor. Kind of shows up in the aftertaste. Pretty dry and a hint of hoppy bitterness. An ok smoked brew but the other offers from Aecht Schlenker are much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and viggo, my bottle. Pale clear yellow, not much head. Sweet and peaty aroma, mild and smoky, floral hops, slighlty pungent on warming. Sweet, sulfur-bandaiids, smoke and bitter herbal hops. Extremely thin yet sticky (lip smacking) body, flat - smokey aftertaste Really wanted to love it; didn’t.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Pours pale gold with medium carbonation. One finger head that dissolves quickly. Never had a smoked beer before. Not bad, but the flavor isn’t for me. Drinkable, but probably my last...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11722) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
Yellow with a small white head. Malty aroma with a hint of smoke. Sweet and malty, with more smoke in the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
bottle. golden pour, carbonated with clarity. almost no head. sweet grains, wheat, yeasts and caramel malts in aroma. flavor is much the same iwth some rice and mild hops. dry mouth. texture a bit of syrup.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly pale golden colour with a big well lasting white head. Aroma of grains, some malt and cow stable. The flavour is smoky with cow stable, malt, bitter hops and a soft sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2008
500ml bottle. pours clear golden with small white head that didn’t last too long. light smokey and grainy aroma. flavor is grainy biscuity and lightly smoked. thin and watery body. sessionable but not smokey enough. i didn’t think i’d ever say that about a schlenkerla beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2003
Gravity Cask, GBBF Butter, grass and fine rain. Clean taste which resembles aroma. Creamy initial finish which then bursts with woody bitterness and a touch of band aid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (23375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2005
Bottled. Clear pale yellow coloured with a white head. Aroma of smoke and wood with notes of malts. Flavour of malts, smoke, wood and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2005
(Bottled) Pale golden color with a small head. Slightly sweet, quite smoky aroma. Sweetish, buttery-malty flavor with some smokiness, but not as much as expected. Medium-bodied with quite low carbonation. A pretty nice and balanced brew, which might deserve even more points - but I dunno where to shove them into...

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