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


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RATINGS: 912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
I don’t much care for the Helles style, but a pork/bacon flavored Helles is much more to my liking. This beer had the typical aroma and flavor of a Schlerkerla, though maybe a tad more muted than their other beers. In short, an ordinary helles with LOTS of smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours yellow. Reminds me of a kolsch, but with smoked malts thrown in. Taste is on the light side. Interesting, but not as rich as their other smoked beers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 A great addition to the smoked beers. I love this Helles lager. Slightly smoked and refreshing as ever. Great for a summer bbq.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Bought this one because it looked very very german. Smells a little sweet and floral. Yellow body with thin, quickly dissipating white head. Smoky. Definitely can tell why it’s a smoked... Not many other strong flavors surface. Thin, goes down easy. An okay beer, but not something I’d get all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God. This one was hard for me to nail down. It was all over the board as far as rating the categories. It poured a light golden color with a large sized white head. Looks like a Pale Lager. Then came the nice aromas of strong smoked meat, pepperoni, pork, beef jerky and had a refried bean aroma. The tastes were thin and almost non-existent with tastes of light smoke and a generic light sweetness. The tastes did not live up to the aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2459) - 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 (6322) - 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 (11897) - 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 (1371) - 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.

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