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


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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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.

DrGonzo's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden amber, with a medium quick dissipating head. Malty aroma, wet hops with honey and apples. I missed the smokiness in the first few sips, it’s got a bit of honey sweetness to it. After that the smoke takes hold, it’s more subtle than the other schlenkerla beers, but very noticeable in this more delicate style. When the smoke clears, the body emerges a little bit on the thin side, and hints of plastic linger. I think this has some interesting food and beer pairing potential, more so than their other brews. Being a fan of both smoked and helles styles, I found this justa little less satisfying than other beers of equal quality in each independent style. Regardless, good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (651) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (649) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
remALUS (143) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle: 500ml Price: 0,39 €. Didelė, balta puta. Malonus kvapas, geras skonis...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1064) - 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ascelja (640) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2016
Bottle 0.5l. Clear golden body, medium white head. Smoked aroma with bread, malts, apples. Taste is sweet and smoky. Smoke, fresh baked bread, bread crust, cookies. Medium body and carbonation, very smooth texture.
Preciously balanced lager. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rotin (648) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2016
Bottle 0.5l. Clear, gold colored. AROMA- lightly smoky, pale malt. FLAVOR- slightly sweet, smooth, pale malt, bread, light smokiness. Light to medium bodied.
Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rask0lnikov (490) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2016
Golden yellow colour. Medium white head. Malty, bit grassy refreshing aroma. Some bitterness. Maltiness, slight bitterness, hints of caramel, slight bitterness in the end. Slightly sweet, flowery finish. Very well balanced, light bodied, very good drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trolleo (1147) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 20, 2016
Clear golden color, big white head. Sweet malt, classic helles aroma. Taste is nice and bacony, not too aggressive, with bitter finish. Watery, soft carbonated. Nice and easy to drink. //bottle at Craft Room

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ozzatoadisback (38) - ITALY - APR 20, 2016
Slightly darker than golden, clear. Head is quite dense and persistent, nice lacing. In the aroma: light/gentle smokiness (ashes, speck) throughout, a refreshing herbal/grassy feel and a hint of fruitiness. Maybe not super vivid but sure very fine. In the taste: bready malt foundation, quite fragrant. Refreshing grassy notes. Subtle fruity hints of apple and maybe lemon, slight hint of bitterness and floral hops in the finish. All in all a classic, fine helles. Among this, a subtle/gentle smokiness (ashes) that is very well integrated but never overpowering. Body is light, carbonation is soft but as mentioned the beer is still quite fragrant. Overall it’s a super easy drinker but it’s still full of subtle nuances. Fine, that’s the better way to describe this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (1026) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 10, 2016
0,5l bottle from Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava, Pours crystal clear pale golden liquid, medium frothy to soapy white head, Aroma: light smoked (smoekd ham/ sausage), malty, herbal, Taste: light to medium sweet, light ot medium bitter, light sour, light smoked, malty, herbal bitter, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long smoked bitter aftertaste, Overall: enjoyed, very nice, light smoked helles lager, very dinkable and inspiring.

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