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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1060   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (4011) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
Bottled @ lbaren. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Dry and malty. Mellow smoked aromas. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14486) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place in (near) St. Louis, MO. Amber tinged gold color with a frothy, quasi-lacing, white head. Light smoky aroma. Medium body with coarse carbonation. Flavor is smoke, and almost something green veg. Not a lot of bitter, but enough to do the job. Comes across spicy as well as smoky. Must be a lot of noble hop - now I see it’s 30 IBU. Very tasty and refreshing beer. Far from boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12885) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
(50cl bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of fireworks smoke, butterscotch, and hot melting plastic. Flavor of lightly smoked meat and some grassiness with a watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3983) - Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 1 Pint .9 fl oz. bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Pour is clear golden, with a bunch of carbonation bubbles. Pretty half inch white head. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma of dusty sweet maltiness and grassy floral hops. Some smoked meat behind the initial nose. Taste is clean slightly sweet maltiness and the grassy spicy hops and yeast behind that. The smoked roastiness is in the finish, and became stronger as the beer warmed. It was never obtrusive, and added a really nice dimension to the beer. Clean, easy drinking beer - nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (4442) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2008
poured form 16oz bottle into wide mouth glass. this beer is crazy light in color. probably one of the lightest beers I have ever seen. low in carbonation with decent lacing. light smokehouse scent in the nose that comes through in the flavor along with some underlying sweetness. very complex for a lager, and very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drpimento (3280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow. There was a very slight head that quickly dissipated and no lace. There’s nothing on the label except the name that indicates the smokey quality of the beer. And I’d forgotten that about the name. Not bad though. Balanced considering the smoke. Of course a smokey finish. Slight smoke in the nose. Be fun to cook with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (4307) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
smoked? well i guess there are slight smoke notes in the aroma, and a touch in the flavour but i’m getting more bready sweet maltiness than smoke in the flavour and aroma. Really an excellent helles, some nice hops round it out, not sure i would consider this a smoked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
[Beer Cleaning day at Rugmarken.] Bottle bought in Bamberg. Ok smoked, but could need more smokemalt and intensity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2950) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Draught at Blind Tiger. Golden, light head. Smoked pork, bacon, sweet malts, biscuit, and light hops in the aroma. tastes of smoked bacon, sweet malts, some light fruits, and a touch of hops. Very mellow overall. Gets hard to drink after a full pint, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
thanks homer321 123 321 123 nice aroma with hints of smoke and lager yeast like a lightly smoked cheese i am not a big smoked beer lover and truley enjoyed this beer i noticed some undernotes of cognac and cigars this is a beer that needs to be sipped to appreciate

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