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


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RATINGS: 879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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“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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4614) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
500ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with a finger of white head that settles to leave some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is smoky with some grains and grass. Taste is a grassy hop bitterness with a grainy malt sweetness finishing with some smoky sensations on the palate. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a quality lager beer with some added smokiness that adds a little character to a basic lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hallstein (244) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2015
0,5L bottle from Hopfen and malz, Berlin! Pours a nice and clear color with a nice head. Aroma is grassy, bread-like and pleasant with a hint of smoke to it. Flavor is quite interesting and bready, with flavors of light malts, corn and spicy herbs. Has a slight smoky finish to it that makes this beer stand out. Really delicious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4813) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Mostly clear golden pour, with a white head. Grain, corn, mild smoke, some sweetness, and grass. Ok, but I’m not liking it too much.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
500ml bottle, BB Dec 2015, 4.3%. Pale orange, sparkling, clear, small foamy white head with no retention. Aroma is metallic, cardboard, lager malts. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is lager, toffee, soft smoke, salty, some metallics, enduring musty bitterness. The smokey saltiness brings this up over most lagers for me. Drinkable, tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (458) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Bottle. Pours crystal clear yellow with white head. Aroma is really german pils at first. Light corn, slight metallic, earthy hops. Sweet malts and just crisp. Some really subtle smoky notes in there as well. Taste is really light, fresh and crisp! Then finish is quite dry, rather bitter, earthy and spicy hops. And then smoked bacon! My new favourite lager!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexanderdahl (72) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
Bottle. Sweet on the nose, like classic German pils. Jawohl! Light scent of smoke in it, but really subtle. So nice and easily drinkable.. Quite a bit of smoke, but so smooth! Gets smokier as it heats up.. Aw yisss!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (5078) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 3, 2015
Fresh malty, slightly roasty with nice smokey undertone. Fresh malty and dry body. Nice and intense. Full round and malty-intense with a decent smoke. Great intense with a malty-dry and nice smoked aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcoDL (2649) - NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
Bottle. Yellow golden color, big white head. Aroma of cream, grain and malt. Taste of grain, creamy malt and subtle smoke. Subtle, elegant and quite taste for a lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ambro206 (272) - ITALY - APR 1, 2015
Una lager con un pizzico di affumicato. Una birra pulita, piacevole, beverina. Nulla di complesso o rivoluzionario ma una birra interessante per ucciddere la sete e la monotonia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesewelch (171) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 16.9 oz bottle, shared with friend, poured into tulip glass

Aroma: smoke, some noble/spicy hops

Appearance: golden, white head

Taste: sweet with light bitterness

Palate: light body, lingering smoky finish

Overall: A very nice smoked helles. The smokiness is great and not overpowering. You can still taste the Helles and the smoke compliments the style. Well balanced for smoked beer. Very drinkable.

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