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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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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3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (861) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Yellow with a heavy haze, a cm of nice white had that fades to a soapy film and ring. Aroma is sweet, wet hay and pleasant smoke in the background, like that which silently wafts from neighbors on a cold winter evening. Body is medium-light, watery-syrupy, medium-light carbonation, just a bit of fine pricks. Flavor is light sweet grain (not malt or wheat, more like corn and hay) with light, delicate smokiness, maybe a hint of rye and tree bitterness. Incredibly quaffable, balanced, moderately complex, and yummy. Deserving of the label "Helles" over "Smoked".

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CharlieFields (5) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2014 does not count
Bottle (33 cl.) from La Cerveteca (Barcelona). Aroma: Smoked malts, hops, yeast. Appearance: Golden color, clear liquid, thin and white head. Taste: Light bitterness. Palate: Light body, thin texture, lively carbonation, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnase (135) - Kronoby, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of rhubarb, sliced pear, grass and white bread. Flavour of lightly smoked malt, apple pie and a finish of lightly smoked cheese. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Certainly one of the most unique Lagers I’ve ever tried.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2014
500 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of damp pale malt and faint citrus. Smoked wood is certainly detected in the taste and pairs nicely with the light fruit flavors found in this beer. Of the beers I have tried from this brewery, while this is not my favorite of them, I think this is the perfect starting point to introduce what a smoke beer is like. This is a great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (270) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Very energetic little beer. Clear and quite a long-lasting head. Very very slight smoke taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (463) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Soft Helles like aroma. Body is a hazy straw yellow with lots of fine sediment floating around. Sweet Helles taste is on top of the famous smokebeer taste of its brethren beer but in a much subtler. Sense some sweet caramel tasting malts too. Leaves a sweet aftertaste with a touch of smokiness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (346) - FRANCE - NOV 11, 2014
Blonde très pale, limpide, très léger col de mousse blanche. Nez sur le malt et maïs. Bouche sur le malt, houblonnage intéressant pour une lager, houblon épicé, citron. Amertume agréable. Peu de corps. L’aspect fumée évoqué dans la description et les critiques m’échappe totalement ! Bonne bière de soif mais guère plus...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Flaske 500ml på på Cafe Abseits, Bamberg 11 Okt 14. Lys gylden. Svak aroma av røyk & gress. Smaken har et pikant røykpreg med en anelse gress.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2932) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - golden with a proportionate head. Nice. Nose - subtle smoke and citrus. Taste - citrus and herbs up front and then wood smoke in the background Palate - light bodied with a dry smoky texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall - the smoke grows in a gradual way and it’s adding complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear pale gold, thin white head. Light smoke and grassy aromas, light grains. Taste is quite fruity, more light smoke, creamy texture. Crisp, dry finish. Nice.


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