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

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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
pours a semi-hazy pale yellow with a thin white head, and not much lacing. smell is faint, malt, grain, a touch of smoke, and a little corn. taste is of corn, malt, a little sweet in back, a little smoke, and well hidden hops, ends dry and a little bitter.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3290) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Serving: 500ml bottle from Sperryville Corner Store. It pours a clear gold color with a foamy white head. The nose has a bit of smoke, floral notes, and a good bit of grain. The taste has a light bitter smokiness to it, the floral notes make a return, some cereal, and a good bit of soap. Suprising I thought I detected a bit of alcohol but that seems unlikely given the low percentage. The mouthfeel is light and it is slightly slick on the tongue. The finish is rather forgettable. Overall it’s a different take on a Helles, but it doesn’t do all that much for me.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2010
500 ml bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Continuing my smoked beer travels. Pours a light golden transparent pour, very bubbly and well carbonated with a pretty big offwhite thick creamy head that stays ok sized, laces ok. Aromas are a bit skunky, some smoked malts coming in beneath, a touch of noble hop, grainy malts. A bit of a victim of it’s travels. Initial is heavier end of light bodied, some good crisp cereal malts with a nice bit of campfire smoke, light and easy going, the smoke makes the malts feel a bit heartier on the palate, a touch carmelized perhaps with an even hop bitterness that is there, gives way to a pleasant smoky maltiness, lighter, but there. This is ok, an easy drinker, but the possible skunk and noble hops gets in the way a bit. Hopefully, a rerate on tap at Bavarian soon. I still enjoyed it as I drank this with the windows open, the sun shining through, and the old ballcap on. Cheers

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2010
11/5/10. Bottle shared at S3. Sweet, fruity lager aroma with hints of grass and hay. Sweet fruity flavor with a hint of spicy hop kick.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanLaursen (3159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Beautiful golden color, weak foam. Aroma of malt, apple, campfire. Bitter sweet in the mouth with pleasant smoke in the background. Very rounded taste, finely tuned bitter end.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2285) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle. Light to moderate malt notes of light bread and grain, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with background notes of smoke, cardboard and a faint fruitiness. Head is small, frothy/fizzy, white with no lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is parkling clear but hazy on the last pour, light amber with a bit of tiny suspended particles. Flavor starts moderately acidic and finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively carbonation. A typical bittering hopped German lager with a nice smokey character to it. Goes real well with your Oktoberfest weisswurst und brezn.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (5750) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 01/2012
Aroma is slightly stale with grain and butter. Flavour has grassy hops, some grain, hints of smoke and gooseberry bush in the dryish finish. The hops actually disturb a bit, maybe this hop variety is just not for me. A helles with extra hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2789) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle from Meny Grønland. Pours slightly hazy golden with a big white head. Sweet, malty and somewhat fruity without much bitterness. Just a hint of smoke. Slightly bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbierlover (596) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2012
Golden color with a minimal white head. Grassy aroma, slightly malty. Just a little hint of smoked bacon. Medium carbonation, a bit watery.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (924) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
I tried this brewery’s famous "smoke" ale, so I came back for more. This is a very solid beer--especially for summer, for it is refreshing, light, and will not put you on your ass in terms of alc % Nothing exceptional, just a typically nice, crisp lager from Germany.


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