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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Aroma is light, citrusy and fresh. golden yellow with thin head. flavor is light and smokey with bitter hop aftertaste. light body, fizzy carbonation. Theres not much to it, but the smokyness keeps it from being a typical refreshing lager, it adds an unexpected complexity, but also kind of weighs the beer down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Draft @ Redlight. Pours hazy golden color with white head. Malt aroma with light smokiness. Lightly sweet. Mild smokey flavor with some malt. Medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1570) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is mostly smokey with some graininess, and a hint of hops. Lightly smoked but not overbearing with some malty flavors and a slight hop character on the finish. Overall not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Smells smoky. Looks like a boring lager with very little head soon. Its weird because its smokiness is its main attribute. The palate is not too complex.A little disappointing for a German beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Yellow body lasting white head. Lightly smoky sweet smorgasbord aroma. Flavor is similar. I find it lovely. Very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours blonde with a ring of creamy white head, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Light Bamburg smoke, creamy lightly toasted malts, touch of noble hops. Smoke is much less prominent in the flavor, but otherwise similar to the nose, sweat light malts and clean, crisp light hop finish. Light and lush in the mouth. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Poured a golden yellow color with a white head. Smelled of grain and little hop. Flavor was a little too spicy. Wasnt overly impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2009
Bottle pours a clear golden body and an eggshell head with legs and light lacing. Smells of clean grain and spicy hops. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Finish is a little metallic and yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 22, 2009
Pours a sparkling clear yellow with a traditional thick but white fading head. The aroma is smoky combined with yeasty notes. ..clearly they use smoke-malts in this one too. The taste is rather pale and lager-like with a certain freshness going on... then the smoky finish hits you and the taste grows a bit. In the end you sense the yeasts again. The taste is not bad actually.The palate is pretty watery.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
My own fault. Had I known this was a smoked beer I wouldnt have even poured it. Poured a nice yellow/amber color with a decent white head. One whiff and I knew Id made a mistake, althought the smoke wasnt nearly as overpowering as it can be in other smoked beers. The flavor is smoke with a bit of a sweet undercurrent. Trying to think of what this might pair well with. . . maybe smoked salmon? Smoked beers are just not my thing, but this one wasnt awful.

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