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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1099   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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unclefrito62 (278) - Stow, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017
16 ounce bottle. Smell like yeast Light yellow in color. Lightly carbonated. Little fizzle on the tongue. Pretty good for the style.

popiela (872) - Poznañ, POLAND - JAN 7, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2017 Butelka 0,5l. Aromat przyjemny, wędzony ze typowym dla jasnych lagerów słodowym, delikatnie siarkowym tłem. W smaku głównie słód, delikatna wędzonka. Wysokie nasycenie. Przyjemny, ziołowy finisz, goryczka zaznaczona.

GriZZZly (213) - - JAN 6, 2017
Ar: Mila, lagerowa slodowsc, przyjemne nuty wedzone. Subtelnie bardzo jest w aromacie. Wyg: Rasowy lager, totalnie przejrzysty i klarowny, fajna biala, srednioziarnista piana. Sm: Wysoko wysycone, mocna lagerowa slodowosc podbita delikatna nutka wedzonosci. Swietny lager, ale nie obca mu typowa leciutka lagerowa siarka, z wyrazna siarkowa goryczka, ale jest ok. Pos: Lagerowa goryczka, minimalnie zalega. Odrobinka wedzonosci ze slodem w tle.

bonev (780) - POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Piwo klarowne w kolorze zlotym z obfita biala sredniopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie niezbyt intensywna wedzonosc, troche ziolowe plus slody i typowe nuty lagerowe. W smaku lekko wytrawne z niska goryczka i wysyceniem na wysokim poziomie. Lekkie i pijalne jednakze spodziewalem sie wiekszej wedzonki.

kluczbork (404) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle. Nice, balanced, but not very intensive aroma- smokyness (smoked sausage) in the first place, then noble, continental hops notes (very herbal) and light bread maltyness. Pale, clear with white head and classy lacing. In the taste, the smokiness is also present, but goes away after couple of minutes. Apart from that, there’re bread maltyness and delicate, herbal notes from the hops. Bitterness barely noticeable. Too much CO2 for me, but it’s typical for this style. All in all, positive surprise for a Helles.

GoufCustom (2004) - HONG KONG - DEC 27, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at Running Beer’s booth at HKCEC in Wan Chai during The 14th Hong Kong Food Festival.

Looks: Clear golden yellow colour; Two-finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full lager malt, with moderate chopped bacon, light honey, strong floral, molasses, thick bread, fair lemon and strong grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet lager malt, with light bacon, light ash, strong floral, molasses, strong herbs, strong dough, lemon, close to strong bitter hops and strong grass.

Body: Mid to light body; Dry, crisp and very slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Full lager maltyness in a solid background, very slick and smooth. Bacon smokiness and ash is a lot less potent than other Schlenkerla’s smoked beer proper, but still tasty and notable. Strong herbal floral with moderate molasses. Very doughty with strong lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Strong floral, fair lemon and strong grass in nose. Strong herbs, strong floral, lemon and strong grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, close to high astringent herbal malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Very hoppy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one has the Schlenkerla’s rauchbier influence, the smoky, well-cooked bacon comes as a fairly light touch. Its rich doughty malt and very herbal grassy hoppiness make it a truly special Helles. Highly recommended!

Reid (2541) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2016
500ml traditional bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a darker golden colour with a lovely frothy/bubbly 3/4 inch off white head. Aromas of slight smoked cheese/ meats..some hops discernable .and crackerish malting. Very smooth creamy drinking beer..with that hint of smoked meat in the back ground but forever present. Slight bitter hop/smoke end. Great. Excellent smooth mouth feel..great stuff. Just a wonderful example of a Helles lager..and the hunts of smoke only add to the pleasure for me.

Graham77 (514) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2016
500ml bottle. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and some smokiness. The flavour is similar. More sweet than bitter and lightly smoky. Smooth and softy carbonated. Great lager.

NordicV (2347) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2016
Flaska. Gul öl med vitt skum. Doft av gräsighet, lätt örtighet och rökighet. En torr helt okej lager som lyfts av lätta trä och rökiga toner.

s00sl (592) - POLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Great helles. Aroma of smoke. Pours clear golden with big foam. Taste of malts and smoke. Not so drinkable but well done.

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