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


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RATINGS: 818   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (1082) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle at home. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is malts, some smoke, rye bread. Malty body, hops, fresh. Easy going lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocJitsu (845) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a short-lived white head. Corny pilsenerish nose. Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied and wet. Corn, honey, and metal flavors. Not extraordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear, pilsener-golden beer with a small, white head. Faint smoked aromas and some sweet malt in the flavour. Weak smoky notes that are rather enticing - because of their lightness. Fresh and surprisingly easy to dring for a "Rauchbier". Brauerei Heller really cannot stay away from smoked malt - no matter what the base beer is. 300605

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2005
bit malty, bit smoky nose. tasted more smoky but also sweet, malty and a little fruity. lightyellow beer with a very small white head. finishes a bit bitter and more fruity(bit banana, bit citrussy). nice one, easily drinkable, but i like their marzen better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - APR 20, 2006
pale golden with white head. slightly smoked flavor and easy drinking. nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2006
This smoked has the strongest medicinal flavor of any beer I have ever had. It really tastes like Calamine lotion smells. It should also be noted that none of the medicinal characteristics are present in the aroma, which is grassy. Interesting but not enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigBeer45 (1243) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2006
500 ml bottle, white head when poured, pale yellow straw lager, smelled of smoke from fat on a bar-b-q, pork fat, bacon, faint charred smoke and faint malts on the nose, some lacing on the glass, tasted of smoke, oily smoke, did not feel oily in the mouth, malts and light hops are there in the middle and finish, the mouth feel is light medium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2007
Poured a very pale straw yellow, translucent, with a dense head which faded rapidly. Little lacing. Aroma of Noble hops, some generic maltiness with slight liqourice/honey/caramel, and just a tiny hint of smoke. The taste was weak, watery with slight Saaz and Hallertau hops, and some sweet honey/caramel (which became more prominent in the finish). Some smokiness in the finish too, albeit very slight - especially for Schlenkerla standards. After drinking 3/4 of this beer I was missing the smokiness so much that I threw some Laphroaig whisky in the glass - ahh, that peatiness is more like I’d expect from Schlenkerla! Watery mouthfeel, medium/low carbonation. An easy-drinking, light, and bland lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle. Grassy, wet leaf and a mild corn sweetness on the nose. Just a hint of smoke. Pours bright yellow with a very thin white head. Lager breadiness and biscuit on the tongue with the smoke taking a back seat. Medium bodied with a dry smoky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5658) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #1377)

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