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

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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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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3.6
   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaril (26) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Faint whiff and taste of smoke is lovely. Good bitterness with a touch of coppery tang and bitterness at the end. Pale sparkling gold. And light and fresh mouth feel. A variation on lager well worth trying

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
erickok (3693) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 12, 2014
Golden bubbly body and bubbly yet quite stable head. Classic yet very nice lager aroma, classically hopped, and a very faint butter but that supports the body and is far from an off flavour here. But I say don’t smell, drink, because the palate is wonderful, and the bitterness juicy. Again a very small butter taste, but it gives a rich mouthfeel. It seems to come from the smoke. Excellent body, but overall a bit too odd perhaps to really raise the numbers. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1443) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle from Great Grog. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of rhubarb, sliced pear, grass and white bread. Flavour of lightly smoked malt, apple pie and a finish of lightly smoked cheese. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Certainly one of the most unique Lagers I’ve ever tried.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Draft pour at GBD. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a small, white head. Aroma was some light campfire, meaty notes. Light smoke. Flavor was nice light lager character, sweetness, and a little smoke. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Poobah (282) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Lemon-gold with a generous head, plenty of lacing and a honey-sweet, floral nose. Modest carbonation with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, roasty, honey, overripe banana finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grains, yeast and some smoke. Taste is malts and a hint of smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chopper925 (158) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Nice amber color, lacing white head. Nice wood fire smell, with smoky aromas, very tasty. Light sweet, light sour and a decent bitterness. More flat carbonation, with a watery body. Aftertaste is malty with a nice smoke touch, but not too much or too long.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"wow - i’m surprised at the lower scores. this helles lager acheives a far more subtle smokiness than the urbock (which is world-class) and the marzen (pretty dang good too) without the use of smoke. poured at 44 degrees, the aroma took a while to open up...at forst no hint of smoke, but once it breathed the aroma and flavor were just fantastic. typical helles color, but has an everlasting fluffy white head, and is quite smooth. i’m generally not a lager lover, but this well balanced lager would be good without the delicate smokiness, and is just plain delicious with it. another that i’d get all the time if it were available in a 4 or six pack, but even at $4.50 per 500ml I’ll go back to it...probably several times over the summer."

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ngejo (317) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle. Clear, orange, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (711) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
500ml bottle - pours a brilliant gold with bright white head . Soft grain aroma . Taste is clean bready malt with a faint smoke note . Clean and crisp . Nice .


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