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

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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


jcos' rating

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1540) - Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on October 27th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold.
Aroma: Aroma is nice amount of smoke, not overbearing.
Taste: Light smoke, very light bitterness, bready malt.
Palate:Light body, light aftertaste.

Summary: My fifth rating of Brauerei Heller. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the other versions they make. Might be a good first beer from them if nervous about smokey aroma/flavor as it’s quite light. Just had to try this one, hope to finish out the brewery at some point.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (242) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Poured into lager glass a light Amber with a foamy white head and lace. Aroma is subtle malts and wheat. Their is a sweetness to both the aroma and taste. Close enough to call light bodied with a fair amount of co2. Taste is malts and they use the same yeast from the smoke beers so it has a light smoked taste. This can vary from beer to beer. This one I could not pick out the smoke in the aroma while I have in the past. This is one of the more interesting helles out there since its a fairly boring catagory.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1435) - - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle. Hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma is sweet malt and lager yeast. Taste adds a little apple and some smokiness on the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel and light carb. Definitely unique. I like it.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nickel (271) - - SEP 1, 2014
Light golden color with medium head. Weak aroma of hops and malt. Taste of malt. Only worthy to say thing is rather bitter aftertaste for this kind of beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (598) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle. Sample at Voldby Ølmesse 2014. Pale yellow pour with some head. Nose and taste has sweat, grains and some ginger.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1430) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 18, 2014
50cl bottle thanks to a friend. Appearance is hazy gold. Head is medium and white. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Body is medium but crispy. Aroma is smokey (yes!), light hop, light malt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (453) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 6, 2014
Tap at Bottleworks, Seattle. Aroma: lightly smoky (without bandaid aroma that comes through in some smoked beers) light-roasted, earthy grain, slight floral note as it warmed a little. Palate: Medium bodied but drier than the Bayreuther. Flavor: Moderately smoky without being overpowering, pear, grain, yeast and moderate bitterness that lingers on the finish. Comment: Great balance and integration of flavors. Instructive to have had this side by side with the Bayreuther Helles which was more rounded, and had less bittering and more floral character.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vestlake (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Pours a straw yellow with a huge head. Aroma is grainy/malty. Taste is the same with a little smoke as well. The taste is kind of light and, IMO, the smoke flavor detracts from the overall flavor of the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1030) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Draft, Very good and definitely subtle smoke. Refreshing but with good body, paired very well with a brisket sandwich.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (196) - - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Pours dark golden colour with thin off white head which dissipates quickly. Interesting take on pilsner with a faintly smokey touch - helps it stand out from the crowd without the heaviness of other smoked beers

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
Drank this from the bottle Mostly pilsner malt in the aroma, slight caramel malt. Pilsner malt, slight smokey notes and sweetness, herbal bitterness. Thin/medium body, soft carbonation, round mouth feel. Dry herbal after taste.


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