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


on tap

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 (2934) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biir (247) - Berlin, - NOV 14, 2015
Mit dem Lager von Schlenkerla komm ich nicht zurecht. Zu viel Kohlensäure, der leichte Rauchgeschmack harmonisiert nicht mit dem schlanken Körper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndresTM (396) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Crisp cereal, biscuit, sourdough bread, and floral, slightly herbal hops increasingly give way to honey and a hint of smokiness in the nose as you work your way down your glass. The mouthfeel is nimble, with moderate carbonation and a light but firm body. The taste is cerealy bitter, with a sudden, dry finish with the slightest peat. There isn’t much lingering bitterness, but in between sips the beautiful hop aromatics resurrect under the palate -- light ginger and floral flavors give the otherwise dry aftertaste a lot of color. Sweet Jesus, I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (2425) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle, medium stiff fluffy head, almost completely clear yellow color with just a touch of haziness, subtle smokey aroma with a biscuity maltiness behind it, the same subltle smokey biscuit combination in the flavor with a light underlying sweetness and a medium empathic bitterness. Original and immensely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (705) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle. Moderate smoked aroma. Pours with a light golden colour and virtually no head. Malts, cloves, caramel and nutmeg flavours are present with underlying smokiness. Medium bodied. More malts/smokiness in the finish. Superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 31, 2015
Pours a clear shinny slightly light golden with a small creamy white head. Grassy, smoky aroma with a clean, bittersweet grassy flavor and a gentle grainy and herbal aftertaste. Solid medium palate, filling and drinkable at the same time. Very solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1587) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle at the Porter. Pale gold, with a small, off-white head. Nose is light butterscotch, straw, very light smoke, lemon zest, and bananas. Sweet, with light bitterness, and a nice, smooth esters. Light body, creamy, and clean. This is a solid, balanced, refreshing, and interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1001) - CANADA - OCT 21, 2015
Appearance: clear straw, one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: smoke, grainy malt. (6/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium-light body, moderate-low carbonation, lingering smoky bitter finish. (3/5) The smoke is initially somewhat overwhelming, but as the bottle progresses, it becomes less so. Overall, it’s relatively light and easy drinking. (12/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1236) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2015
Aroma is smoked, peaty, and roasted malts with some caramel hints. Taste is lighter in tone with still some smokiness. Clove and pettiness in the background. Pretty smooth overall. Appearance is a clear gold with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MBlessing (369) - Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2015
Goldgelb Schaum ok, recht getreidig im Geschmack leichter Rauch, relativ süffig

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrNosha (682) - Baden Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2015
0,5l Flasche. Goldgelb mit schönem Schaum. Hopfen, Getreide und zartes Raucharoma. Vollmundig mit einem Hauch Rauch auch im Abgang. Eines der besten Hellen!

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