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


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RATINGS: 1080   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle from off sales at lSchlenkerla a few years back. Blond with a creamy white head. Very subtle smoke notes compared to sister brews but enough to make the beer distinctive for its style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16819) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2011 Bottle. A clear, golden beer with a white head. Moderate smoke on the aroma, a little touch of cooked vegetables, a faint note of banana and also some pale malt and hops. Pale malt, some grainy notes, a pleasant smoke touch and hints of bitterness in the mouth. Medium body, and mostly bitterness in the finish, but quite moderate. A lovely lager, better than I remembered it. Surprised me to learn it isnt smoked because of smoked malt. Rating: 7-3-7-3-14-3.4. 081031

Bottle. Looking nice in the glass with its dense, two-finger white head over a clear, golden body. Nice lacings too. The aroma definitely has smoke, far from the levels found in the Mrzen, as well as pale malts mash, fruityness and some grassy hops. Its smooth and medium bodied, quite dry, and with flavors of bacon like smoke, pale malts, some citrus and generic fruityness and bitterness. Lasting finish. Definitely a nice one, but of course not at the same level as the other Schlenkerla beers. 110722

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2009
Clear golden with a small white head. Vague smoke aroma along with notes of grain and straw. Sweet malty/corny flavor again with light smoke notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (14035) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2008
Bottled, 500ml from Real Supermarket, Bamberg. Gold with white head. Good smokey aroma when opening up, slightly strange having a smokey character in a paler beer, but it works reasonably well. Bonfire and citric, smooth and Saazy hoppy. Weird but interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (5182) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2008
500 ml. Crystal clear topaz with a lasting disc of creamy frost on top. Crisp, wheaty grass aroma with some honey underneath. Flavor is a nice balance of the earthy honey vs. the grassy and lightly citrus hops, and then the touch of smoke brings the whole thing up several notches. Near-medium body is creamy smooth and crisply dry on the finish. Pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6259) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Tap at Uber. Nice aromas of smoked malts, sweet bready malts, and a touch of fruit. Pours a golden color with a nice white head. The flavor is a ton of smoke and bread. Crisp clean finish. A touch of smoke lingers. Easy drinking, really nice smoked lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14563) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is smoke, malt, fruit, orange citrus. Flavour is sweet, smoked, orange, citrus, malt, hop. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
On tap at Redlight. Very clear yellow with a white head. Didnt really notice that much smokiness, but I hear the bottle retains the smoke better. Nice and light, could have had this all afternoon. Hops were there, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Pours straw yellow with a nice foamy white head. Smell is mostly maltiness like a typical European lager. Slight hoppiness, too. Taste is also pretty typical of the style, but with a slight smokiness. I am assuming this is because of all of the smoke beers this brewer makes. The smoke adds a nice little touch.

   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.

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