Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Helles
Bamberg, Germany
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RATINGS: 1165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Bottle or keg - If you've had the cans, rate them under "Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - unfiltered".

“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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bertovapes (401) - Chorzow, POLAND - DEC 27, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2018 Ocena wystawiona na podstawie wspomnień z degustacji w ramach uzupełnienia profilu.

KeefOz (2466) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2018 BB 04/2019. From a bottle poured a crystal clear gold with a rapidly diminishing white open foam head that laced poorly. Carbonation low, average and medium to coarse. Aroma moderately strong of wood smoked ham. Taste of moderately wood smoked ham with a slight sweetness. Compared to other Schlenkerla beers, here the aroma and taste are quite subdued. Light body. Smooth with a smokey lingering finish.

Ritzn (2802) - GERMANY - DEC 11, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2018 Aroma is ham citrus some hay malt. Taste is some umami ham with salty and sweet sour hay noble hops. Quite drinkable. Acceptable smoked malt. Ok.

snowcrash000 (553) - Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2018 Pours a clear, golden coloration with slightly visible carbonation and a medium, foamy head. Smell is a little unremarkable, with faint aromas of grainy malt, grassy hops and just a hint of smoke. Taste follows the nose, being a lot less expressive than all the other Schlenkerlas I've had so far. Taste is dominated by sweet'ish, grainy, crackery malt and grassy hops, with a touch of hay and just the merest hint of smoke coming through in the aftertaste. Finishes with a medium bitterness and very mild smoke coming through in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium/lively carbonation. While I expected there to be less smoke to this than the Urbock or Märzen, I was quite surprised by how little smoke is coming through here. The smokey note really is incredibly subtle, making this almost seem like a Rauchbier for people who don't like Rauchbiers and would rather just have a normal Lager.

equisetum (594) - Kielce, POLAND - NOV 17, 2018
Najgorsze piwo Schlenkerli jakie piłem. Za dużo to zwykłego nijakiego lagera, za mało wędzoności i charakteru. Wciąż jest to piwo, które w mojej opinii bije na głowę większość lagerów, ale nie jest aż tak dobre jak te mocniej wędzone style.

Ljus (599) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2018
Apparence : Dorée, beau col blanc, carbonatation moyenne, légère dentelle.
Nez : Fumée, un peu de souffre (?), houblon herbacé derrière le tout.
Goût : Fumée légèrement âcre, malt sur les notes de pain baguette légèrement sucré et fruité, équilibre entre le malt et la fumée.
Sensation : Corps assez mince, effervescence moyenne, finale sur la fumée légèrement âcre.
Bref : Aucun malt fumé; je ne doute pas ce qu'ils en disent, mais la fumée elle est effectivement présente. Sans être dominant, il ne complémente pas particulièrement bien un malt qui, selon moi, aurait pu être mieux développé. Unique, sûrement, mais pas la plus agréable des Helles, ni des fumées.

sparta (1083) - Pärnu, ESTONIA - NOV 1, 2018
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2018 Õlle on selline jook, et iga uus kord kui klaasi või pudeli suule tõstad, siis leiad midagi uut, sõltuvalt tuhandest-miljonist pisiasjast, mis hetke olukorda mõjutavad. Seega piirdun iga õlle juures selle tekstiga.

ctipping (2644) - Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2018
500 mL bottle. Clear golden with an ample white head. Smells of smoke immediately, but has sweet bready notes behind it and a floral hop character. Tastes of doughy malt, light cracker, hammy smoke notes, and a light grassy bitterness with a hint of the floral notes I smelled. Long smokey finish that becomes medicinal as it warms. Medium light. Smoke makes it seem heavier. Amazing that this isn't actually smoked. It's a substantial "residual" smoke profile and really diverts the attention from the helles profile.

Monty27 (127) - GERMANY - OCT 6, 2018
Typical lager beer, dominated by grassy hops, quite bitter throughout, but still very smooth. I did not sense many aromas while drinking, due to the large head and stable foam, but clearly smelt the smoke in the glass, as soon as it was empty. It is a shame the smell did not come through earlier.

JStax (8573) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2018
Draft sample. The beer is a clear yellow with a white head of foam. Lightly smoky and a little sweet. Lighter body and medium carbonation.

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