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


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RATINGS: 1099   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
“Schlenkerla Helles” is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of 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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ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Bottle at Novare Res. This pours a golden yellow color. The aroma is pretty dominated by smokiness and some sweet malt. The flavor is really nice, it’s like a nice clear lager flavor but with that rauchbier smoke flavor. I like this beer quite a bit!

carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Pours a golden yellow color with minimal head. Aroma is of grassy wheat. Taste does feel like a lager passed through a smoked filter. Just a touch of the smoked note. Sessionable.

Plovmand (8316) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a medium white head. Malty bit smokey aroma. Malty pilsner like taste with hints of smoke. Pleasant and easy to drink smoked.

iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours a nice gold straw colour with a thin white head. Nice light smokey aroma, not overpowering. Medium body and nice malty taste with a good balanced smoke flavour

SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Alright! been wanting this for a while ..pours a golden colour with a somewhat small head .. almost no lacing after a while .. first impressions, uhh, smells like a corn filled bmc, then mellows to an underlining smoke with some honey and slight burned wood ... tasty stuff, just a touch of smoke, some sweetness, a great starting out beer for the Superbowl! .. also would be a beer to give someone just getting into smoked beers..a strange but fun little brew, it needs some kind of smoked meat to make it perfect...WL cross off: originally put on 7/18/2006 ...

daniele (9063) - ITALY - FEB 1, 2009
chiara schiuima media non molto persistente note lievi un poco affumicate anche i bocca delicata un lieve cereale un finalòe leggerente affumicato

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Nose-smells like fresh cut potatoes and honeycomb. Body-honey with a thin ring of bubbles. Taste-very light smoke, honey, almost wheaty, perfumey on the backend, light sweet plastic, light corn syrup. Not bad for a smoked beer.

BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle. Poured pale yellow with a fizzy white head that settled quickly. Aromas of grain, malts and a light smoke. The flavor has a lot more smoke in it backed with malts. Light body, dry, and a light smoke aftertaste.

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours deep gold with a small white head. Warm sweetness from the malt base really enhances the softer smoked nose, not overwhelming smokiness, but gives a lot of character to the beer. I really enjoy these softer smoked lagers, they work really well as a sessionable brew that pairs well with so many meals. Tonight this was paired with steak and it was beautiful. Well built brew overall.

darkseduction (743) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle 50cl. Pours a clear pale golden brew with small white head. Medium body, typical Munich lager style. The outstanding point in this beer is the slight smoke taste, which is very subtle and pleasing. Great stuff and unmistakable a Schlenkerla.

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