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


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RATINGS: 800   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.

jcos' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1442) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (1213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
Bottle from Citymarket, Kouvola, Finland. Big white semilasting fluffy head. Clear pale golden color. Tiny smokey aroma with fine spicy nobel hop aroma and some crisp pilsner to balance everything. Smooth malty taste with crisp bitterness. One of the very best Helles I’ve tried, and a huge drinkabillity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (219) - ITALY - APR 18, 2014
500 ml bottle from BG Birra, served in a goblet glass. Beautiful rich gold, perfectly clear, with a creamy, persistent bright white head. Looks gorgeous. On the nose bready malts, light yeast, mild herbal hoppyness, a hint of wet cardboard in the far background. So smooth and clean in the mouth, much more bitter than expected upfront, but then an almost light sugary sweetness follows. Solid malty base, pleasent herbal hoppy punch, and just a tiny smokey/ashy sensation in the aftertaste, mainly coating the lips. Ridicously drinkable. Average to lively carbonation, medum body, slightly creamy texture. Stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
pours hazy golden with a nice off-white head showing some retention and lacing. honeyed and pils maltiness - some fresh cereals, subtle smoke, pepper, clean yeast, quite fruity too, hint of sweetness, grassy-herbalness, pinch of citrus. moderate carbonation, light body, clean lightly smoked and grassy-herbal-peppery finish. a bit straightforward but good. quenching too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (483) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2014
Pale with an easy white rocky head. Leaves intricate doily lacing. Clean bread Yeasty nose with a balanced but firms smokey finish at the end. Beautiful Smokey quality on the palate from beginning to end but still delicate and complex and bready and long. The best beer of its type. BNo doubt. But only an ’84’ on this site? Just goes to show that tickers don’t know shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (756) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a nice, thick creamy head. Aroma is sweetly malt with a nice hint of smoke followed by a tremendous balancing spicy hoppines. Full body with quite soft carbonation. Flavour is initially sweet with malts and smoke, before the citrusy spicy hops kicks in giving a nice long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BLADT (212) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
From bottle. Very clean, gold. Yeast and ash on nose. Strong lager flavor, with a smokey backing. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle at World of Beer Easton on 3/15/14. Clear gold in color with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, slight smoke and subtle noble hop. Malty sweetness on the tongue with slight smoke before a noble and smoke finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (1808) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
Flaska från Bier-deluxe. Gyllenfärgad, klar, medelstor vit skumkrona. Doft av ljust bröd, ljunghonung, skog och en aning rök. Röksmaken är inte alls påträngande utan finns i bakgrunden på en lätt, mjuk och len helles med en lätt brödig sötma och låg beska. Lätt drucken, trevlig och välbalanserad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (276) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2014
Flasche von Grabsch, Berlin. - Goldgelb, klar. - In der Nase Malz, zitroniger Hopfen, leichter Rauch. - Zitrusfruchtiger, herb-grasiger Hopfen über vollem, saftigem hellen Malz; dazu eine wirklich nur ganz zarte Rauchnote. Perfekte Rezenz. Im Abgang Grapefruitschale und die Trockenheit, die guter Spalter Hopfen verleiht. Gut bitterer Nachtrunk. - Wunderbar aromatisches, perfektes Helles, das eher an ein tschechisches Bier als an die faden, malzsüßen Biere, die sonst oft als „Helles“ vertrieben werden, erinnert.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (912) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma; grass, meadow, pale malts. Eine große Schaumkrone, big fluffy head, almost clear straw golden body, eines fast klar strohgoldenes Bier. Lacings in my mug looks almost like a copy of a wall from Colosseum Roma. Taste; hops, sweet malts, hints of caramel, berries, smoky wood, good stuff, To palate fresh and crispy. Finishes through the old oak, tasty malts, grains and hops. Overall nice stuff from northern Bayern, Oberfranken. Goes very well along with warm cheese sandwich, or anything along with it will do , I think. 1/2L brown bottle 4.3% b@supermarket Finland, tasted@home Norway.

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