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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1061   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On tap at RedLight.Poured a golden color which was suprising.I barely detected any smoke here.Malts and hops.Flavor was hoppy with virtually no smoke.Not my most favorite from this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Had at Redlight Redlight. Pale golden pour. Flavor was kind of wet straw, a hint of sweet corn, and sugar. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1652) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours a light transparent orange, with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very mild, but theres a lot to it. Sweet malts, primarily. Light brown sugar, bubble gum, and captain crunch with 2% milk. Thats right, I went there. Its a sweet, earthy corn scent that brings breakfast cereal to mind. The flavor is very mild as well, with a slight hop presence and a very mild smokiness showing through. Incredibly refreshing this might be the best hot-summer-day beer Ive had yet but nothing too special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12552) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015 Re-rate 8/15: Bottle sample at a Beers 2015 festival. Clear golden. Aroma of smoked sausages, caramel, malt, some graininess. Flavor has malt, graininess, bread, smoked sausages, and a bitter finish. Quite light-bodied. 6/3/7/3/13=3.3

(10/26/08) Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Clear deep golden color with a white head. Aroma has some smoky notes, malt and grainy notes. Sweet flavor with malt, light graininess, smoky hints, a bit of caramel and faint buttery hints. Medium-bodied. OK. 6/3/6/3/12=3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6739) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 (Bottle, 0.5 l, from supermarket, 20121031) THe beer poured goldena and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had grain, malts, sweetness and lightly smoke. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were grain, grass, lightly smoke, sweetness, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was grainy and bitter. A nice balanced lager.

(Bottle at One Pint Pub, Helsinki, on 2008-11-14) Pale golden. Clear. White head thats medium sized and doesnt last long. Grass and fruitiness in nose. Dry palate with medium carbonation. Grassm bitterness, fruitiness and grapefruit in taste. Grapefruit and bitterness in aftertaste. Old rating: 5-2-7-3-12=2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NMC01 (70) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Lovely, weakly smoked lager with nice and clean appearance. Great beer actually - as simple as that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (5791) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 (bottle) pours a clear golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of honeyed, grainy pale malts, grassy hops and light smoke. flavour is the same, some light butter present. light body, medium carbonation very refreshing though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6638) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2008
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Beautiful hazy golden colour, big bright white head. Aroma of a bit of smoke, hops and malts. Flavour is malty, a bit sweet with smoky notes. Very clean and crisp lager, becomes less interesting upon finishing the bottle, just a bit thin but nice nevertheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4862) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
I’m filled with nothing but regret and utter compunction for never having reviewed anything at all from the Schlenkerla Smoke Inhalation Series. I’ll get right on that. Let’s start off with the Helles Lagerbier! Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale copper body with a foamy, frothy, white head. Smell: Sweetish honey and toffee maltiness with only a background, though still obviously present note of smoke. Taste: Sweet maltiness, perhaps a pinch of crisp pilsner malt, along with flavors of toffee and clover honey. Hint of biscuits, maybe a bit of ripe peach fruitiness. Mild, spicy hops and bitterness along with the very restrained smoke character assist to balance the sweetness. Finishes crisp with a remaining light blend of smoke and sweetness. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: Well, that really was a breath of fresh air! Schlenkerla lite, I dare say. Overall, highly drinkable and a very good way to casually introduce yourself to Schlenkerla’s wares.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Wow. What a delightfully different smoked beer. Who would have thought that so much smoked flavor could be imparted simply by using smokey filters! Clear honey-straw color with good near white head. Aroma is grassy and lightly malty, not very smokey at all. That quality comes out in the flavor.

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