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


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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
villevav (352) - - OCT 25, 2011
A bottle from One Pint in Helsinki. I was surprised they had this, because I haven’t seen this beer even in Bavaria! The smoked notes mentioned in the label were not detectable in the aroma nor taste. All in all, Schlenkerla Helles a fairly pleasant normal Helles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - Fermo, ITALY - AUG 30, 2015
Classica lager tedesca colore biondo cristallino con schiuma bianca. Al naso note maltate con leggero sentore affumicato. In bocca leggera e piacevole con un sapore molto particolare affumicato che comunque rimane leggero e non invadente. Birra consigliatissima x gli amanti del genere "rauch".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (1021) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear, gold with good white head. Aroma is malt and light smoke. In taste malty and smoky with light herbal bitterness. Light bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (779) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle 0.5l. Clear light golden-yellow with small white head. The aroma has notes of sausage, earthy with some graininess. Bitterish flavor, a bit smoked, earthy with notes of sausage, some graininess and grassy hops, dry, lingering grassy bitterness. Lively carbonation, light to medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcartamdg (2483) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Pours light gold with a thick white head. Aroma of smoke, biscuit, and malt. Taste follows, great smoke presence but not over the top. I absolutely love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2185) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2015
Flaska från Saveur Bieré. Smak och doft av humle, malt, citrus, hö, gräs, metall med toner av honung och torv. Fruktig, rund och len, jämna fina smaker med fin röktouch. Lätt beska, lagom sötma. Gott!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1673) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
50cl bottle at home. Clear golden with a medium white soapy head with a nice lacing. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium bitterness with subtle smokey sweetness. Grass, malts, very subtle smoke, yeast and citrus. I hoped for a bit more smoke, but this is a quality lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shain (132) - ISRAEL - AUG 12, 2015
Bottled sample at Beers 2015. Carbonation is medium. Color is medium-light orange-brown. Aroma of caramel malt, very very slight smokiness, but it can be felt. Hops are very gentle. Just slightly sweet and very gently bitter. Strong malt flavors. A very nice amber lager, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle at beers2015. clear gold with a white head. very delicate smokiness in the nose, delicate bitterness and smoke in the mouth. Light body, smoky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1094) - ISRAEL - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle. Clear straw golden with a stable white head. Aroma - malt, hay and light smoked bacon notes. Taste of sweetish malt, herbs, smoky, medium bitter finish, quite balanced and not very dry. Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking, goes well with food. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2976) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2015
500ml brown bottle. Colour is yellow, clear. Small white head. Nose has light smoky notes. Taste has smoked malts and grass. Some lingering grassy bitterness and lingering smoke. Soft mouthfeel. Quite a nice lager, good bitterness and the smoke adds a nice dimension to the beer.

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