Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
“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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17Beer (425) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2017
Pint bottle. Nice sour wheat grass and malt smells. Pours a bubbling gold with a massive white head. Tons of lacing. Tastes of citrus with floral notes and a solid sour finish with above average carbonation. Super drinkable and very good.

Nische (2565) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2017
Bottle from SinH4. Many thanks! Pale orange with a white head. Aroma is dominated by smoked malt, toasted bread, some burnt hay. Taste is less so, more like a grassy helles beside a campfire.

hauxe (960) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2017
Pours gold from the bottle. Thick, frothy white head that sticks to the glass in a web of lacing. Aroma is smoke, bacon. Taste is bittersweet with smoked undertones. Body is medium with a texture that is both watery and oily. Pleasant.

TaxiDriver (1847) - Stadland, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2017
A light sweet smell, malt and some hops. The head is rather large, white and foamy with a normal duration. The body is dark yellow. A light bitter taste, also a weak metallic note. The body is light and a little bit creamy with a lively carbonation.

erling1000 (806) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2017
A german, golden, crystal clear Dortmunder / Helles with white head. Aroma is smoke, malt, tea, bisquits. Taste is bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Grumpelmies (398) - GERMANY - NOV 3, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2017 Bottle. Clear yellow/gold with a firm head. Aroma of grains and some subtle smoke. Taste is grainy, bready, a little bit spicy and mildly hoppy. Delicate smoke is very well integrated. Thankfully it's rather peat and wood than bacon. Medium to strong carbonation. Very balanced, very süffig. A lovely light Lager.

MetalNHopHead (2214) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2017
There's no drink in the world that's quite like a classic German Lager and Schlenkerla's Helles Lagerbier is a beauty. Its pour is golden and sudsy. Hoppy earthy, grains, and smoked malt smells. The smoke makes for a very subtle meaty element in the brew. Otherwise, taste is very typical for the style: clean cereal grain start and a grassy, hoppy finish. Smooth, crisp texturing. Mildly bitter. Timeless and tasty.

HuskerTan (2403) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - OCT 29, 2017

A- Grains, subtle smoke, straw.

A- Gold color, hazy liquid, white head.

T- Grains, corn, subtle smoke.

P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, bland finish.

O- Okay, smoke is very minimal but present. Wish there was more. A pretty decent lager.

samsomuk (263) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2017
Bottle from Beer Gonzo. Clear pale golden with a thin white head. Nose is pale malt, caramel, light smoke. Taste is sweet malt, toffee, barley, light wood, moderate smoke. Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation, dry subtly smoky finish. Lovely!

DroolYeast (1736) - Odder, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle. Aroma of smoke, light sulphur and malt. Clear golden with white head. Taste is smoke, light bitter and dry. Light body, watery feel and smoke malt finish.

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