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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (526) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white ring. Light smoke aroma. Not much smoke flavor, very light. Not as enjoyable as the other styles from this brand but still OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (785) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Nose is sweet, lightly smoke, herbal hop notes,, hints of cheese and meats. Taste is soft cereal, bread, grass, pine, herbal hops leading to a gentle, but building soft savoury smoke, cheese and meats taste; lots of umami. The smoke adds depth and charterer to a fairly bland style of beer, I really enjoyed it. See Germany, it’s good to experiment in brewing....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (748) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 16, 2016
25 This pours a clear gold with over a finger of foam. Smells like a hoppy Lager with a touch of smoke. Malty and lightly smoked taste up front with a bit of hop bitterness for balance. Medium body, light carbonation. The smoke intensifies as the session goes on but never reaches over done. A real joy to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iznogud (2048) - CROATIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle, 500 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Clear yellow, white head. Sweetish, grainy, smokey and bit bland. Light to medium bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (1095) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Clear yellow color with foam layer. Smokey nose. Quite bacon smokey taste with a rather thin watery body. Dry light smokey aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4441) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle at Beerville, Belgrade. Soapy head on bright clear gold. Light rich smoke, pale clean aroma malts. Smoke is clean, heavy and clear. Distinct. Smoky pork smokehouse fresh. Body is clean malty helles lager. Tons of precise, intriguing smoke. Lovely beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (696) - SINGAPORE - MAY 21, 2016
4.3%ABV. Smoke Lager Tapped out pale gold. 4ºSRM. Nose has thin sweet and a flowery dimension that connects in my mid-brain immediately as chrysanthemum tea. There is also straw, like the aroma of a Japanese room with tatami. There is also a woody dimension to the nose that is like wet, fresh cut pine, or wet driftwood, especially when you drag it onto a beach bonfire. There is steam and smoke as well. Mouthfeel is watery and reinforces the impression of chrysanthemum tea. Palate is thin and sweet and pale malt all the way with water biscuit, wheat dough and pale honey. There is a hint of smoke in mid palate and not unpleasant. Hops are lightly bitter and well-balanced. Finish is almost floral. Despite myself, I’m going to put this on the favorites list for being a very sweet, immensely approachable and aromatically quite interesting beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (658) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 20, 2016
Clean golden color, medium white head. Aroma of malt, smoke, hops, some fruity notes. Sweet lightly dry taste with medium hoppy bitterness in finish. Light body and soft carbonation. Nice lager.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
remALUS (166) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle: 500ml Price: 0,39 €. Didelė, balta puta. Malonus kvapas, geras skonis...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1113) - BELARUS - MAY 12, 2016
Deep golden, opaque. Moderate airy head. Average retention. Smells of spicy hop, honey, some smoke. Light to medium body. Oily. Rich malty taste. Honey, a touch of smoke, spicy hops, light to medium bitterness.

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