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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6260) - 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 (14659) - 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.

   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 (1678) - 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 (13906) - 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 (7046) - 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.

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