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

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RATINGS: 849   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (6333) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 30, 2008
(10/26/08) Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Clear deep golden color with a white head. Aroma has some smoky notes, malt and grainy notes. Sweet flavor with malt, light graininess, smoky hints, a bit of caramel and faint buttery hints. Medium-bodied. OK.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Had at Redlight Redlight. Pale golden pour. Flavor was kind of wet straw, a hint of sweet corn, and sugar. Bitter finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle from off sales at lSchlenkerla a few years back. Blond with a creamy white head. Very subtle smoke notes compared to sister brews but enough to make the beer distinctive for its style.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (5783) - ITALY - FEB 1, 2009
chiara schiuima media non molto persistente note lievi un poco affumicate anche i bocca delicata un lieve cereale un finalòe leggerente affumicato

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 22, 2009
Pours a sparkling clear yellow with a traditional thick but white fading head. The aroma is smoky combined with yeasty notes. ..clearly they use smoke-malts in this one too. The taste is rather pale and lager-like with a certain freshness going on... then the smoky finish hits you and the taste grows a bit. In the end you sense the yeasts again. The taste is not bad actually.The palate is pretty watery.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Aroma is light, citrusy and fresh. golden yellow with thin head. flavor is light and smokey with bitter hop aftertaste. light body, fizzy carbonation. There’s not much to it, but the smokyness keeps it from being a typical refreshing lager, it adds an unexpected complexity, but also kind of weighs the beer down.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours almost clear pale yellow with a medium white head...aroma is light smoke and grass...flavour is slightly acrid smokey bitterness, typical lager skunk grain, with a lingering roasty bitterness...

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6965) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2009
BOTTLE: clear yellow pour, thinnish body. Wet grain / must on the nose, mild smoke in the taste. Not great, but its okay.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1912) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle from Beers of the World in Henrietta. Pours a clear deep gold with a head of tight white bubbles. Aroma is slightly smokey and also sweet. The flavors reveal more of the smoke, but only enough to make this sweet lager interesting. Not spectacular, but a lighter offering from a brewery that makes a lot of impressive beers.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2074) - 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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