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

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RATINGS: 1121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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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3.2
Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of straw, spicy hops ans subtle smoke. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, spicy hops and subtle smoke with a crisp dery lingering smoke finish.

3
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2010
500 ml bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Continuing my smoked beer travels. Pours a light golden transparent pour, very bubbly and well carbonated with a pretty big offwhite thick creamy head that stays ok sized, laces ok. Aromas are a bit skunky, some smoked malts coming in beneath, a touch of noble hop, grainy malts. A bit of a victim of it’s travels. Initial is heavier end of light bodied, some good crisp cereal malts with a nice bit of campfire smoke, light and easy going, the smoke makes the malts feel a bit heartier on the palate, a touch carmelized perhaps with an even hop bitterness that is there, gives way to a pleasant smoky maltiness, lighter, but there. This is ok, an easy drinker, but the possible skunk and noble hops gets in the way a bit. Hopefully, a rerate on tap at Bavarian soon. I still enjoyed it as I drank this with the windows open, the sun shining through, and the old ballcap on. Cheers

3.5
NJJereme (387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color w/ a decent sized head and a fair amount of carbonation. Signature lager lightness and flavors, malt and hops balanced nicely, has a unique smokey flavor as well. Easy on the palate. Has a nice creamy feel and is light bodied and goes down easily. Not bad at all.

2.8
Strykzone (7796) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Very pale golden with a thin soapy head. Aroma is Saaz hops, smoke, and graininess. Flavor profile leads with smoke. Light zing in the mouth. Tastes pretty much like a European Pale Lager with some smoke.

3.1
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clean clear golden amber with a thin white head. Light faint smoke, crisp sweet grain, light citrus hop, lemon. Medium bodied, crisp grain, a little smoke. Crisp and quite drinkable, grainy finish, lingering hints of smoke.

3.3
charlotte (5460) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle.Clear golden colour with large white head who stays.Aroma is smoked and grainy with smooth note of hops and malt medium body and good smoked finish.

3
Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Serving: 500ml bottle from Sperryville Corner Store. It pours a clear gold color with a foamy white head. The nose has a bit of smoke, floral notes, and a good bit of grain. The taste has a light bitter smokiness to it, the floral notes make a return, some cereal, and a good bit of soap. Suprising I thought I detected a bit of alcohol but that seems unlikely given the low percentage. The mouthfeel is light and it is slightly slick on the tongue. The finish is rather forgettable. Overall it’s a different take on a Helles, but it doesn’t do all that much for me.

3
robforbes (2277) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
pours a semi-hazy pale yellow with a thin white head, and not much lacing. smell is faint, malt, grain, a touch of smoke, and a little corn. taste is of corn, malt, a little sweet in back, a little smoke, and well hidden hops, ends dry and a little bitter.

3.3
asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
[bottle] Sweet base malt aroma with just a touch of noble hops. Clear dark yellow under a thick white head that drops after a bit. Melanoidiny malt flavour with a significant bitterness that comes in together with not a small amount of smokyness. Some faint fruity notes, green apple, pear. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet and almost clean finish.

4.4
JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2010
(Bottle 500ml) Clear, pilsener-golden beer with a small, white head. Faint smoked aromas and some sweet malt in the flavour. Good smokey notes that are very exciting. Fresh and easy to drink. Great pilsner beer and great flavor!


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