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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1099   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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3.8
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.

3.7
JoeinDahlem (1523) - 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.

3.3
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Draught at Max’s: 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.

2.8
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.

3.7
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 it’s 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)

3
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. There’s 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.

3.3
smith4498 (3647) - 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.

3.2
Lowe1983 (1595) - 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.

2.8
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Smells smoky. Looks like a boring lager with very little head soon. It’s weird because its smokiness is its main attribute. The palate is not too complex.A little disappointing for a German beer.

4.2
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.


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