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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Schlenkerla Helles is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nrnberg. Its 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. Editors 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is light sweet malt, grassy hops, and light smoke. Flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of graininess, and a little biitterness in the finish. I am disappointed as I expected this to be like their other beers. Not horrible , but not a smoked beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation and a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by a smokey woodsy maltiness with very slight golden fuit notes. Golden pilsner altiness with a subtle hop character and a very smokey, characoal wood chip flavor. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2009
500ml bottle served in a dimpled mug. Clear golden pour with a two-finger thick head of slowly fading off-white foam. A decent amount of thin, spider-web lacing was left around the glass. The aroma had grass, lightly toasted grain, and an unintrusive note of moderate smoke. The flavor was clean and crisp with a light campfire smokiness. Lightly grassy with a decent amount of sweet, toasted malt. Nice body for such a low ABV drink. Light carbonation. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3991) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Blonde colored with creamed head. Light graininess in the nose, full of smoke, but supported by a crisp backbone. Light grainy maltiness of flavor of which airy smokiness plays. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (4164) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL. and poured to a logo-ed lager glass, a clear, golden color with tight bubbled, white foam and streaks of lacing. The aroma was light grain and smoked sausage. The flavor carried on the light smokiness along with a low intensity of hop bitterness but a pleasantly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2009
Cask Stillage at the GBBF Earls Court, London 09/08/2008 Carbonation. Hop aroma. Clear golden coloured and hoppy with a crisp and dry lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
Typical heller/pils appearance. Faint smokiness in the aroma. The taste is quite sweet but theres just enough noble hop taste to balance it. the smokiness isnt really present until the aftertaste. somewhat disappointing the hints of smoke add some complexity but i would have liked more. should be classified as a helles not a smoked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle (cellphone rating). Light golden with a white head. Grainy aroma of malt, smoke and a light sweetness. Flavour follows up completely on aroma with a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2009

8/06/2009: Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier... Aroma: Fruity lager and lightly sweet cereal grains paired with a delicate campfire smokiness. Appearance: Dusty golden color, cloudy; white foamy head; extremely vigorous torrents of carbonation that actively stirs the beer around the glass; the extremely fine carbonation bubbles sparkle in the lacing as it slowly slides down the glass. Flavor: Lots of good, deep campfire smoke and some suggestions of smoked meatiness that both permeate the fruity lager, biscuity malt, and crisp grassy hoppiness of the base beer; mild bitterness. Palate: Light to medium-light body, soft mouthfeel, creamy texture. Overall: This is just one of those beers that is simply fantastic for what it is. Low alcohol, but very flavorful and different... I could drink this stuff non-stop for days, weeks, maybe even months on end and never get sick of it. I could always use more of that great Schlenkerla smokiness that I love so much, but for what this beer is and how they make it (no smoked malt, they just brew a lager and using their equipment and the beer picks up the residual smoke from equipment!), its just right. Drinking this beer is really making me crave a Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Mrzen!

1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle (4.3% Alc./Vol.) from The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. Rating #417 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (10124) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2009
BOTTLE: clear yellow pour, thinnish body. Wet grain / must on the nose, mild smoke in the taste. Not great, but its okay.

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