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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Finger of head. Clear, medium straw colored body. Smells like bread, grain and smoke in that order. Nice sweet taste, mild bitterness. Smoke in the background throughout. A really nice balance of flavors. Crisp and light body, moderate carbonation. Short finish. Enjoyable. A lager with some gentle smoke to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1766) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2017
500 ml bottle. Medium gold pour is clear and bright. Topped by a large frothy white head that offers nice clinging lace. Fragrant herbal hops and sweet malt with a very subtle smokiness. Earthy, sweet malt dominates upfront. Notes of sweet nutty grain, spicy hops and sauerkraut make for a refreshing character. Outstanding light grassy hops in finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (1401) - Bled/SF, - APR 12, 2017
Pours golden clear with long lasting creamy white head and with high carbonation. Aroma: pilsner, crisp, bready malt notes, hint of dms, bacon (smoked). Flavor just follows aroma with crisp, corn, white bread like malt notes, gentle diatecyl, low level of DMS, gentle smoked (bacon-like) notes, floral, spicy notes of hops. Finish is dry. Body is moderatebmedium, texture soft, carbonation is high?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maracuja05 (1105) - Mainz, GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
21-03-17 // 500ml bottle. Pours a clear golden beer with a solid white head. Taste is smooth, light malty and grainy, some herbal grassy hop notes, light smokey touch. Overall a really good Helles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
szymonskc (829) - Skrcz, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Zapach średnio intensywny, słd, szynkowa wędzonka, dym, chleb, zioła. Kolor złoty, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, lekki lacing. W smaku umiarkowana słodycz, niska pełnia, słd, zboże, zioła, dym, wędzonka. Goryczka niska, wysycenie średnie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrklemann (162) - AUSTRIA - MAR 29, 2017
Bottle, many thanks to SinH4! Clear gold with a big, white head. Slightly grassy, cereals, warm citric notes, with a subtle hint of smoke. Light sweetness with medium bitterness, a bit tart. Body is light to medium, with lively soft carbonation and a subtle smoky finish.
Hell of a good lager. I dont even know what more to write. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anfractuosity (376) - - MAR 23, 2017
Lovely lager, not as heavily smoked as their other beers, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IvanParenti (14) - ITALY - MAR 22, 2017
Im not describing the beer since there are plenty of faithful descriptions here. I just want to say that in my opinion this is a great, original helles, refreshing and beautiful to look at (that head!). I routinely buy this from Schlenkerla ecommerce and it always comes in good conditions (never bought it in summer though - I live in Italy).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NallePalle (591) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2017
Bottle, 50 cl. Decent, overall quite smooth. The smokiness appears mostly in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle->lager glass. Very slightly cloudy gold with big frothy white head. Aroma has slight smoke, some floral and earthy notes. Taste is moderately bitter and smoky malt, flora and earth, hint of citrus. Ok, though I prefer the bolder smoked beers from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (3073) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2017
16.9oz bottle - nose is skunky straight out of the bottle, but in a good way. Other aromas include lemongrass, honey and feed grain. Sip adds strong wheat aromas and subtle smoke. Wife says inquisitively, "Is this smoke-y?" I get a lot of lemon zest in the finish to which my wife replied, "I get a lot of gross." A solid beer.

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