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


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RATINGS: 910   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.

savnac's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Clear yellow with a pure white head. Aroma of bready pils malt, dough and very faint smoke. Flavor is bread dough, clean lager yeast and some light smoke in the finish. Medium to light body with a smooth feel. Really nice beer, the touch of smoke adds some complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DoctorHU (27) - UKRAINE - OCT 9, 2015
The flavor is soft smoked more than a smoky component, followed by hiding some strange fruit tones. In the one-dimensional taste sour, immediately comes quite strong bitterness with hints of hops, herbs, scorched wood, it all makes its way through the small-fruit sweetness of malt; Smoked hovers in the background. The aftertaste sweetness and acidity retreat, bitterness comes forward with the already frankly grassy profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (789) - Minsk, BELARUS - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle 500 ml. Clear golden color with good white head. Aroma: dry pils malt, slightly smoked. Taste: very light smoked, bacon, good malt and light hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
amlemus (11) - - OCT 2, 2015
Light aroma with a cloudy straw appearance. Understated taste and a little bite in the mouth. Decent but not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
damzz (382) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a medium yellow with a full white head that lingers and leaves much lacing. Nose is faint malt. Body is medium. Tate is sligh smoke, dry with lingering slight bitterness. Half liter bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCx240 (133) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
Clear, golden, bubbly white head. Aroma has a distinct smoky characteristic. Taste is malt forward, some bread notes. Finishes long, lingering and smoky, with an almost sausage-like undertone. Very light body, soft carbonation. An unusual combination of flavours, but they seem to work reasonably well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzerfaust (659) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - SEP 18, 2015
500 ml bottle from Beervana, labeled Helles Schlenkerla Lagerbier. Thank you, Naty, my love. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that diminishes slowly and laces well. Soft malty and grainy aromas with fine noble hops. Notes of cereal, dough, biscuit, grassy hops, white bread and soft wood. Only with some warming I get a soft hint of smoke. It finely compliments the aroma of a refined Helles. Taste is pretty full for the style. The very soft and elegant herbal bitterness balanced out by a neutral semi-sweet dough taste. Malt dominated but hops neither absent nor timid at all. Somewhat bitter finish and aftertaste. Light to medium body, refreshing, lively carbonated. Incredibly Moreish! This one is a very elegant, refined, top of the line Helles. Maybe not "exciting" but it’s as good as the style can get. I never thought I would rate so high a beer of a style I usually considered "boring".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Buukwurm (15) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Bought a 500 ml bottle at Total Wine for $5.49. The beer has a pleasing golden color with a minimal head of white foam. I was not able to detect the subtle smokiness that the brewery claims is present. However, I found the overall sweetness and light body very pleasant and refreshing. The only thing deterring me from drinking this regularly is the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (895) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 3, 2015
0,5 bottle purchased at Johnny Off L. in Rome-Italy, consumed in Serbia. BB11/2015, I think it is a fresh batch. Pours a clea golden color, very clean with a solid tick white cap. Nose: a crash of malts along with a predominant hops aroma, a bit grassy but also kind of zesty. Clean nose, quite fresh. Tons of bread crust. Mouth: surprisingly clean although in a bottle, knowing Franconia beers do not bottle that good. Perfect carbonation going on the soft side, crispy body, clean and drinkable. A frizzy aftertaste, a bit peppery on the bitter side. Malts all around. Next time if fresh I will try to buy more bottles.

   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 (1115) - 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.

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