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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2006
This smoked has the strongest medicinal flavor of any beer I have ever had. It really tastes like Calamine lotion smells. It should also be noted that none of the medicinal characteristics are present in the aroma, which is grassy. Interesting but not enjoyable.

Lager43 (46) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2017
A very easy drinking lager. A real pleasure on tap. This bier is not as smokey as the other beers from this brewery in Bamberg ,Germany. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nybol (2200) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2017
En helles er en lys øltype der smager henad en pilsner, så det er med en hvis spænding jeg åbner denne øl, er der røg i? der er lidt røg i baggrunden, det er specielt at drikke en så lys og bitter øl med et stænk røg over sig.

djcampbell (159) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 29, 2017
Zajímavé skvělé pivo, s úžasným aromatem, naprosto silnou perlivostí a tím i masivním svěžím řízem. Cítit bylo i prvky nakuřování.

KansaiBeerLvrs (5152) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle from Asao. A Top 50 Helles that is smoked and available at like 610 yen +tx for 500ml, sold! A sweet lightly smoked ham aroma on a deep gold body. The taste is smoked but smooth. Not as complex as other Schlenkerla beers but a really fun lager.

Mishnok (302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2017
Very appealing looking beer, clear golden with visible carbonation and a little white head. What I didn't expect, but perhaps should have given it's from Schlenkerla, was the smokey finish. Interesting palate, give it a go! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

hallinghansen (3192) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle at home. Clear golden body with a medium white head. Smoke, hay, malt. Great smoked lager.

Bacchus66 (347) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours clear yellow with a long lasting white sea foam head, nice lacing. Smells like a campfire and toast. Tastes of grass and wheat with a delicious lightly smoked finish. Nicely balanced, really enjoyed this.

nazzty (1376) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2017
I expected a lot more smoke in this one. The result is a good, but average dortmunder with crisp and refreshing bitterness.

saintbase (681) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

WillemsUrenkel (1871) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2017
0,5 l bottle. Clear golden in the glass, one finger white head. Defintive smoke on the nose. Taste starts also really smokey, some malt in the background. But really easy to drink. Very tasty for a Helles.

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