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


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RATINGS: 961   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2011
16.9 oz bottle. Clear straw with a puffy white head. Nose is dough, light lemon and a touch of toffee. Medium light but plenty substantial for a lager. Carb is bright but soft. Taste is grass, honey, white pepper, clover and citrus pith. Clean, very drinkable, but perhaps a bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
500 ml bottle.
Pours a golden colour without a head. Large visible bubbles. Aroma of grainy malts, grass with some weak smoke notes. Flavour of rich grainy malts, grassy bitter hops, citrus with some light honey-like sweetness. Medium bodied, thick mouthfeel and a bitter, malty, grainy finish. One bitter Helles, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
inbirraveritas (1448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 3, 2011
Tükrös, világosabb aranyszínben mutatkozó főzet, közepes, finom pórusú fehér habbal a tetején, amely vékonyan megmarad. Illata édeskés. Kóstolása enyhe csípősséggel indul és kekszre emlékeztető, malátás aromáját enyhén kovászos és citrusos jegyek kísérik, a komló csupán sejthető. Az olajos testességű, könnyen csúszó ser közepesen száraz befejezése viszonylag rövid és szintén inkább édeskés, némi füves komlóval, frissítő citrusokkal és füstös hatásokkal kiegészítve. Jó, kellemes-fajta sörital, amely azt hozta, amit elvártam tőle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (3217) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours light gold with a medium, frothy head. Aroma is smoked lemon and grass. Taste has lemon to start, light smoked finish with a soapy smoked finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16112) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, grass, subtle bacon, sausage and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidm (2051) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle 500ml from Parkhill cellars. Very subtle and tasty lager. Aromas of citrus, wet leaves, and hints of smoke. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Yellow, with a disappearing head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Perfect orange pour with a small fluffy white head. loads of lacing and head retention. The mildest hint of smoke on the nose. Light citrus and earthy hops are prominant. Much smokier in the taste than anticipated, especially considering the beer isn’t smoked. Quite herbal tasting with toasted grains and grass that cuts through the middle. Rather nice and easy going. Palate ruins it a little for me. Very watery with low carbonation or length. Solid beer all up

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2895) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pale straw color. Small white head and a little bit of lacing. Faint malty aroma. Not much else. Taste is malty with a soft hop bitterness. A tiny bit of smoke in the back. Not much, just like a piece of ham touched my lips. It is very faint, but there. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (10891) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2012
Pours golden with a thick, off-white head. Aroma of pale malts with a little bit of nuts, plus light hops. Flavor the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csaso (1994) - Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle - average sixe foamy head, light straw color, sweet malt with surprising mild smokiness aroma and flavor, mild hops - the smoke notes are interesting, and after reading the description above, I understand why now - pretty good and different

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