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


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RATINGS: 1122   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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thejackpacker (732) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2017
Bottle from getrnkemarkt. Aroma of strong wood fire. Taste is lighter smoke, some light grapefruit. Very passable and would be very nice if ice cold or cold keg. Not my favourite helles though.

gripweed57 (2981) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2017
500 ml bottle. Medium gold pour is clear and bright. Topped by a large frothy white head that offers nice clinging lace. Fragrant herbal hops and sweet malt with a very subtle smokiness. Earthy, sweet malt dominates upfront. Notes of sweet nutty grain, spicy hops and sauerkraut make for a refreshing character. Outstanding light grassy hops in finish.

klm1 (1922) - Bled/SF, - APR 12, 2017
Pours golden clear with long lasting creamy white head and with high carbonation. Aroma: pilsner, crisp, bready malt notes, hint of dms, bacon (smoked). Flavor just follows aroma with crisp, corn, white bread like malt notes, gentle diatecyl, low level of DMS, gentle smoked (bacon-like) notes, floral, spicy notes of hops. Finish is dry. Body is moderatebmedium, texture soft, carbonation is high?

Maracuja05 (2064) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
21-03-17 // 500ml bottle. Pours a clear golden beer with a solid white head. Taste is smooth, light malty and grainy, some herbal grassy hop notes, light smokey touch. Overall a really good Helles.

szymonskc (1069) - Skórcz, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Zapach średnio intensywny, słód, szynkowa wędzonka, dym, chleb, zioła. Kolor złoty, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, lekki lacing. W smaku umiarkowana słodycz, niska pełnia, słód, zboże, zioła, dym, wędzonka. Goryczka niska, wysycenie średnie.

herrklemann (517) - Graz, AUSTRIA - MAR 29, 2017
Bottle, many thanks to SinH4! Clear gold with a big, white head. Slightly grassy, cereals, warm citric notes, with a subtle hint of smoke. Light sweetness with medium bitterness, a bit tart. Body is light to medium, with lively soft carbonation and a subtle smoky finish.
Hell of a good lager. I don’t even know what more to write. This is a great beer.

anfractuosity (493) - - MAR 23, 2017
Lovely lager, not as heavily smoked as their other beers, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

IvanParenti (18) - ITALY - MAR 22, 2017
I’m not describing the beer since there are plenty of faithful descriptions here. I just want to say that in my opinion this is a great, original helles, refreshing and beautiful to look at (that head!). I routinely buy this from Schlenkerla ecommerce and it always comes in good conditions (never bought it in summer though - I live in Italy).

NallePalle (728) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2017
Bottle, 50 cl. Decent, overall quite smooth. The smokiness appears mostly in the finish.

DCLawyer (2932) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle->lager glass. Very slightly cloudy gold with big frothy white head. Aroma has slight smoke, some floral and earthy notes. Taste is moderately bitter and smoky malt, flora and earth, hint of citrus. Ok, though I prefer the bolder smoked beers from this brewer.

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