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style
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: 1080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2017 Perfectly clear deep gold color, sizeable white head with large bubbles popping and leaving a spider web of lacing on the glass. Nose is a bit stenchy, with some assertive buttered biscuit malt scents and some more subtle dough, creame and even lemons or oranges... with the smoke character coming out as it warms. Grassy, vegetal hops as well, and a small hint of charred and smoked corn when cold, more full in the nose when warm. Slick and oily up front, then drying and almost peppery on the back of the tongue. Dried out quickly into the finish. The smoke I think works well with the more light and oily biscuit malt flavors. It certainly stands out from both regular rauchbier and from helles.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vicepeddler (24) - Broomfield, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Light amber/ golden hue. Light eggshell head. Curious faint smoke on the nose. Comes across very smooth and crisp on the palate; cleansing with a light smoke flavor and light spice. Very sessionable, screams food pairing. A very unique and versatile beer for certain.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CheersMate (1342) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle from Bottleworks. Hazy orange, well, diaphanous appearance, with a hazy orange color. Wispy head.Aroma is nice and woody. Sublte smoke, with a honey aroma, and touches of caramel malt. Fucking amazingly nuanced, and lovely to smell. Initial flavor is smoke, wood, and light honey. Caramel dips in and out. Nice lingering light bitterness, with that wood and smoke carrying on. I can really taste both the wood and smoke in this one. One of the best beers in all of the mother fucking universe. I say that, and I have yet to venture into other galaxies where the production and consumption of beer may or may not exist.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
500ml bottle from knightly spirits. FL VC #9. slightly hazed golden, small, dissapating white head. lovely clean helles with smokey edges. one of the best lagers ive ever had. id session this all day long if i could. highly reccomended.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Pristine clarity and a bright yellow-gold color underneath a sudsy, white foamy head riding upwards of an inch thick. Formidable aroma is spelled out by slightly smoked applewood, lemon lightness, buttery sourdough with some charcoal fumes, and toasted & crisp maize and corresponding husks. Flavor confirms that this is a helles at its best. Toasty applewood and balsawood licked by flame. Light pilsner base with a pillowy, curt lemon charm. Baked corn in the husk paired with hearty and buttery sourdough. Medium-bodied, crisp and the posterchild of palate stopping power. Slight and mild noble hop bite and a perfect symbiotic relationship from all contributors in this one beautiful bottle. Small smoky trailings with crisp wood characteristics join with a fruit lemon and pils musk lightness in its final glory. Absolutely incredible.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Smellls very smoky. Taste is like a piece of smoked ham. Really nice. I think I like the smoked lagers best, maybe even more than the smoked porters.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
udfan07 (71) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
The smokiness of this beer is the most prominent while drinking it. It pours with a golden color with no head at all. It has a really good taste to it though and I would drink it again. Overall it has a nice taste and you can really taste the smokiness in the beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - Fermo, ITALY - AUG 30, 2015
Classica lager tedesca colore biondo cristallino con schiuma bianca. Al naso note maltate con leggero sentore affumicato. In bocca leggera e piacevole con un sapore molto particolare affumicato che comunque rimane leggero e non invadente. Birra consigliatissima x gli amanti del genere "rauch".

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ozzatoadisback (141) - ITALY - APR 20, 2016
Slightly darker than golden, clear. Head is quite dense and persistent, nice lacing. In the aroma: light/gentle smokiness (ashes, speck) throughout, a refreshing herbal/grassy feel and a hint of fruitiness. Maybe not super vivid but sure very fine. In the taste: bready malt foundation, quite fragrant. Refreshing grassy notes. Subtle fruity hints of apple and maybe lemon, slight hint of bitterness and floral hops in the finish. All in all a classic, fine helles. Among this, a subtle/gentle smokiness (ashes) that is very well integrated but never overpowering. Body is light, carbonation is soft but as mentioned the beer is still quite fragrant. Overall its a super easy drinker but its still full of subtle nuances. Fine, thats the better way to describe this

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SonOfAnarchy (361) - ST HELENA - DEC 6, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours clear golden with a rich white head, with a good-looking lacing. Aroma of light smokiness (think smoked ham) and hints of malt. Taste is smoke and malt, medium sweet, medium to low bitterness. Smoky finish of medium length. Medium body, crisp texture, high carbonation. Refreshing clean profile combined with a very high drinkability. Brilliant!


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