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


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RATINGS: 1059   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanscourt (1381) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2013
Strong peppery spicy little bit of skunky aroma. Smoky flavors finish and linger in the aftertaste. Very interesting. Dont dislike at all but then again could only drink so much. Makes you want to eat food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
popiela (681) - Pozna, POLAND - JAN 7, 2017
Butelka 0,5l. Aromat przyjemny, wędzony ze typowym dla jasnych lagerw słodowym, delikatnie siarkowym tłem. W smaku głwnie słd, delikatna wędzonka. Wysokie nasycenie. Przyjemny, ziołowy finisz, goryczka zaznaczona.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriZZZly (72) - - JAN 6, 2017
Ar: Mila, lagerowa slodowsc, przyjemne nuty wedzone. Subtelnie bardzo jest w aromacie. Wyg: Rasowy lager, totalnie przejrzysty i klarowny, fajna biala, srednioziarnista piana. Sm: Wysoko wysycone, mocna lagerowa slodowosc podbita delikatna nutka wedzonosci. Swietny lager, ale nie obca mu typowa leciutka lagerowa siarka, z wyrazna siarkowa goryczka, ale jest ok. Pos: Lagerowa goryczka, minimalnie zalega. Odrobinka wedzonosci ze slodem w tle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonev (513) - POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Piwo klarowne w kolorze zlotym z obfita biala sredniopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie niezbyt intensywna wedzonosc, troche ziolowe plus slody i typowe nuty lagerowe. W smaku lekko wytrawne z niska goryczka i wysyceniem na wysokim poziomie. Lekkie i pijalne jednakze spodziewalem sie wiekszej wedzonki.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kluczbork (131) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle. Nice, balanced, but not very intensive aroma- smokyness (smoked sausage) in the first place, then noble, continental hops notes (very herbal) and light bread maltyness. Pale, clear with white head and classy lacing. In the taste, the smokiness is also present, but goes away after couple of minutes. Apart from that, therere bread maltyness and delicate, herbal notes from the hops. Bitterness barely noticeable. Too much CO2 for me, but its typical for this style. All in all, positive surprise for a Helles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1761) - HONG KONG - DEC 27, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at Running Beers booth at HKCEC in Wan Chai during The 14th Hong Kong Food Festival.

Looks: Clear golden yellow colour; Two-finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full lager malt, with moderate chopped bacon, light honey, strong floral, molasses, thick bread, fair lemon and strong grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet lager malt, with light bacon, light ash, strong floral, molasses, strong herbs, strong dough, lemon, close to strong bitter hops and strong grass.

Body: Mid to light body; Dry, crisp and very slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Full lager maltyness in a solid background, very slick and smooth. Bacon smokiness and ash is a lot less potent than other Schlenkerlas smoked beer proper, but still tasty and notable. Strong herbal floral with moderate molasses. Very doughty with strong lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Strong floral, fair lemon and strong grass in nose. Strong herbs, strong floral, lemon and strong grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, close to high astringent herbal malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Very hoppy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one has the Schlenkerlas rauchbier influence, the smoky, well-cooked bacon comes as a fairly light touch. Its rich doughty malt and very herbal grassy hoppiness make it a truly special Helles. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2393) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2016
500ml traditional bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a darker golden colour with a lovely frothy/bubbly 3/4 inch off white head. Aromas of slight smoked cheese/ meats..some hops discernable .and crackerish malting. Very smooth creamy drinking beer..with that hint of smoked meat in the back ground but forever present. Slight bitter hop/smoke end. Great. Excellent smooth mouth feel..great stuff. Just a wonderful example of a Helles lager..and the hunts of smoke only add to the pleasure for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (466) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2016
500ml bottle. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast and some smokiness. The flavour is similar. More sweet than bitter and lightly smoky. Smooth and softy carbonated. Great lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (2100) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2016
Flaska. Gul l med vitt skum. Doft av grsighet, ltt rtighet och rkighet. En torr helt okej lager som lyfts av ltta tr och rkiga toner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s00sl (557) - POLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Great helles. Aroma of smoke. Pours clear golden with big foam. Taste of malts and smoke. Not so drinkable but well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
RaijinSen (377) - POLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Pours perfectly clear, golden colour with a sizeable white head. Aroma of grain, slightly metallic and herbal with a whiff of smoke. Semi-dry with lively carbonation, a distinct bonfire smoke flavour and solid malty backbone. The bitterness is quite strong, herbal. The smoke notes are quite unique and fit the beer well. I am not a fan of Helles style of beer. Thus, easy drinking and solid as it is, the beer simply isnt my prefered kind of choice. Still I value the quality of the brew.

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