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


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RATINGS: 995   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
villevav (444) - - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorgosh (425) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2016
Här vilas det inte på gamla lagrar. Det handlar snarare om en lager i ett format som är lika sällsynt som...eh...rökig lager. Det är tyvärr lagom mycket rök utan eld, inte så mycket mer. Rökaromen och röksmaken utgör hela vitsen. Utan den hade det här varit en tämligen blyg lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2669) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2016
I love their smokier brews but this is a fine example of restraint. Without the smoke this would likely be a slightly above average Helles the smoke adds complexity and interest without overwhelming the base beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (1897) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear golden, medium size, white, head, good lacing. Pleasant smoky aroma, wood, wet hay, black pepper and bread. Lively carbonated, fizzy but smooth. Malty taste with a very nice smokiness, hay and grass, woody, bacon, sausage, bread and apple. Fresh, grassy hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1793) - SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden body with a tall white head, that hangs in there on it’s way down. Aromas of light bread and some grass gently wrapped in a campfire smoke with a meaty presence. A touch of floral notes in the background. Flavor is similar, followed by a brief distinct grassy bitterness that bites off. Easy to drink, yet complex. Accompanied well with beef jerky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (539) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden with two finger white head. Malty aroma with the typical Schlenkerla meaty smokiness, bread, light citrus and light floral notes. Taste is light lemon, sweet breadiness, light meaty smokiness and light floral notes. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation and clean aftertaste with light bitterness and a hint of meaty smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3906) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle. Almost clear deep golden liquid with medium white head. Aroma of bread, smoke, smoked sausage, grain, floral hops, earth and bonfire. Taste is very light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of bread, toast and smoke. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great combination of a helles and a Rauchbier. Under the smoke, there’s a beautiful, balanced, hoppy base. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dysenteri (79) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2016
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Golden yellow with white head. Aroma of grass, smoked sausage, ashes, herbs, malts, bread. Woody/smoky flavours, crispy end. Better than i thought, balanced, clean and the smokiness is not too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pilsnertest (37) - SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle @ home. Light taste of smoke malt. Metal, herbs and caramelised burnt wood. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neongolden (1196) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2016
(500ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear gold with a small white head that leaves lace. Aroma is rather crisp pale malt, slightly sweet with a touch of bread, smoky quality, leather, grass, lightly herbal. Flavour has a light malt body with a bit of cereals and honey to it. Moderate smoke and wood, leather, slight cured meat, grass, floral, slightly spicy hop bitterness, all of which ramp up slightly towards a dry, lightly bitter, semi-crisp finish. Rather light bodied, carbonation is quite prickling. Interesting beverage, the second-hand smoke character is quite clear and gives a layer of interest to a relatively simple noble-hopped lager. Fun to try and reasonably drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SvanteL (258) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2016
Ljusgul, klar med medelstort skum. Brödig doft med en svag rökton. I smaken kommer röken fram mer och ger en stark karaktär åt den rena brödigheten som ligger i botten. En intressant lager med klassisk tysk grundsmak med en trivsam rökig twist.

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