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


on tap

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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Taster at Binn’y, Orland Park. A representative was there to explain that does not use smoked malt, but is made using the same equipment that’s used for the brewer’s smoked beers, and this is just picking up the residuals. So yes, it does have a lighter smoke flavor, which seems to be in proportion to its lighter lager malt color. Not half bad, kinda like the Tinkoff rauchbeer I had in Russia (also a lightly smoked pale beer). Gets in a few vanilla notes toward the end. Admittedly, you still have to be ready for smoked beer before you’ll enjoy this, but it works for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2063) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Unique approach. Juxtaposition of mild helles style with no malts but grainy, grassy notes and cereal backbone and campfire smoke. Smells like a campfire with liquid smoke. Heavy smoky notes with light malts, cereal notes a bit of grassy and floral notes. Lingering smoky notes and ashtray.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnokk (260) - Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2015
APPEARANCE - light & yellow, light wispy head. NOSE - grassy hop notes. FLAVOR - light & refreshing flavor. Solid lager flavor & balance. Excellent lager the slightest bit of smoke is the last thing I taste with each sip ;

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
bottle shared with Rockley. pale yellow, frothy white head that retains nicely and laces thickly. big meaty smoke aroma and flavour, clean pale malts i terrific balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (866) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours clear gold with lively bubbles. Lasting foam head with lots of lacing. Quite the looker. Aroma is sweet honey, smoked ham, floral, wood earth. Flavour is sweet honey, saltiness from the smoke background, floral finish. Quite creamy mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation. Lasting oak light smoky finish. Interesting beer and despite unusual flavour is very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1657) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015
(bottle) hazy yellow golden colour with a small white head; aroma of caramel, then smoke, then earth, then honey; slick palate; balanced flavour; solid

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmoncki (42) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2015
Color palido muy claro con espuma blanca de buena formacion y persistente. Aroma levaduras, algo de ahumado y notas ligeras de malta, en boca igual que en aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (1092) - GREECE - JUN 19, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear pale golden color with white head. Aroma is malty grainy, grassy, light hoppy, smoked notes. Sweet and bitter taste. Light thin to oily body with soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Pours a clear yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is unfortunate somewhat skunked, lightly roasted barley, and some breadiness. The taste is smokey but very faint compared to their smoke beers. There is some hop bitterness but faint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fisler (209) - GERMANY - JUN 2, 2015
Im Glas wie ein typisches Pils, in der Nase leichtes Raucharoma. Im Trunk malzig mit sanfter, dezenter Rauchnote. Kurz danach bitter-herb. Sehr schöne Komplexität.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4808) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
500ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head that settles to leave some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is smoky with some grains and grass. Taste is a grassy hop bitterness with a grainy malt sweetness finishing with some smoky sensations on the palate. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a quality lager beer with some added smokiness that adds a little character to a basic lager.

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