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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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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4.8
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Very nice beer. Lighter then the other smoked beers I have had, it still had that mice BBQ flavor.

4.8
crossovert (13947) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
After having the Rauchbier and thinking it was ok but not something I would buy again, this one intrigued me, perhaps it would be the right balance of smokiness, here it goes. Poured into a 0.4 liter mug/Stange hybrid for export lager, it will do until I get a good Bavarian crystal mug. It has a nice white one finger head. The color is amazing, it is nice darker helles color with a tiny bit of haze, almost like a Dortmunder, with a nice amount of bubbles. Very nice lacing as well. Alot of people got bacon scent in the original Rauchbier Maerzen, but all I smelt was burnt wood, this one smells a bit more like bacon, especially when I popped it open and i got a huge bacon whiff. After the pour the smokiness/bacon dies down and it is a nice malty sweet smell with some breadiness. I am also getting a slight bit of hops that blends with the smoke scent. Wow great taste woweee. Starts off quite sweet with the malts, and they last quite a bit, its a long flavor. Hops come in with a smoky bite, some spice, and some citrus flavors. The lingering flavor is smoke and hops, it has a slightly dry finish. A very complex and satisfying taste. The carbonation is perfect, has a nice bite on the tongue. This almost reminds me of a Dortumunder Export with smokiness and some Bavarian Helles charm, I guess I picked the right glass too then hah. As it warms the smokiness on the palate intensifies but it never gets to the slightly offensive levels the Maerzen got too. The drinkablity is pretty high but I probably couldn’t down more than 2 of these big bottles. The 4.30% abv make’s me think a couple of liters of this would be feasible, if only this were in the mini-kegs they sell here and not the Maerzen. This was a lovely surprise, this beer is just packed with flavor, but it isn’t a big, bulky brew just light and flavorful. They ave succeed in creating a whopper of a low abv beer that I would stack up against many big beers. If you want a reprieve from your everyday Bavarian Helles this is the way to go.

4.7
Bierkrug (2129) - - APR 8, 2011
500 ml bottle in Germany. This correctly classified as a helles lager, this is in the top 2% of it’s style, and deservedly so. Golden with lasting white head. Mild smoke grass and honey aroma. Toasty malt flavor with very mild smoke and clean finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Very mild smoke residue adds an interesting layer of complexity to this nicely made Helles, Palate is mellow smooth and some light smokiness. Superior beer!!!


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