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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Gold with a fast diminishing white head. Cereal aroma with a hint of distant autumnal bonfire. Salty smoked bacon taste with a less than pleasing metallic undertone. Some bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Really pale yellow with descent white head that holds alright. The schlenkerla beers are just a bit too meaty smokey for me, and this is their lightest smoked. The flavor is the same. Like filling a bong with a pale lager, smoking a couple of bowls of dried beef jerky through the bong, then pouring the beer from the bong into my snifter. Light with medium to minimal carbonation. Smooth and easygoing. Overall: good, smokey, but just not my style really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmm635 (1004) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Golden color, big white head. Aroma is mostly hops and soggy grains. Similar flavor. Im not getting any smoke flavor. Tastes like a pretty standard German helles, which in my opinion, isnt that good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours almost clear pale yellow with a medium white head...aroma is light smoke and grass...flavour is slightly acrid smokey bitterness, typical lager skunk grain, with a lingering roasty bitterness...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
(Sample Date: 6/23/2009 Source:River City Cellars) Spicy hops and light wood smoke in aroma. Clear light yellow golden with rocky white persistent head. Malty graininess with light spicy noble hop flavor and smokiness. Medium body with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Finish is medium, spicy, and grainy with light residual bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Citrusy, light hops, and thirst quenching. All the body of a good German beer with that classic Reinhetsgebot purity. Floral nose with tinges of hops and lemon/lime. Pours a hefty gold with a snow white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1479) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2009
Bright and clear golden beer with thin white head. Musty, cereal nose like wet grains, and a mossy dampness there like a hint of smoked peat. Interesting aroma for sure. Moderate, wet-grass bitterness, medium body, pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Rough, honest, grainy beer. Begs to drunk in quantity. Addictive. Wish I had more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Draught at Maxs: Corn, slight smoke, pale malts, and grains. Poured yellow/gold in color with a small white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet. Tastes of sweet pale malts, smoke, faint corn, grains, and a hint of bread. Light body. Lightly sticky, lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Slightly sweet ,slightly smokey finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2009
On tap at the Map Room; clear, pale-lager yellow w/ a foamy white head that diminishes fairly quickly; aroma is smoky w/ sweet maltiness; ditto w/ the flavor; ends smoky and slightly dry. Lacks the balance of the Marzen and the subtlety of the Fastenbier. Pretty drinkable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Pours a light golden color with a small white head. Aroma of smoked sausage, freshly crushed malted barley, and bacon. Flavor is sweet and smokey, with a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. It is a bit sweeter and not quite as smokey as I expected from the aroma, but there is a definite smoke presence. Moderate carbonation, and a thicker than expected body. Wow, hard to believe that the smoke in this is just from the smoke residue in their filters, but considering how smokey their other beers are, I guess its not all that surprising when you think about it. I thought this was tasty as hell, and it would go great with some BBQ ribs. (.5 L bottle)

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