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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: 1097   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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4.4
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
BrunoSanchez (190) - 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
ozzatoadisback (176) - 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 it’s a super easy drinker but it’s still full of subtle nuances. Fine, that’s the better way to describe this

4.4
SonOfAnarchy (464) - 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!

4.3
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Pours a most beautiful gold with a nice flyffy white head that settles moderatly to a thin film of carbonation. Legs begin then as small mountains of foam sitting on the beer. Steady sparkling carbonation. Dry leaf nose is reminiscent of walking thru woods. The smokiness begins lightly and elevates to a medium smokiness that is expertly mingled wh the malt and light hops. Body is med and last a good while. Moves into hop smoke finish that is also extended. A tuly enjoyable brew that was a pleasant find at Half Time in Pogh. NY. A trip to bamber has just been put on the radar.

4.3
malrubius (2925) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2008
500 ml bottle in Schlenkerla glass. Golden with lasting white head. Mild smoke grass and honey aroma. Toasty malty 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 German lager, but THIS IS NOT A SMOKE BEER. There is no smoked malt used in this. Why is Stone SMOKED porter classified as a porter, and this fine non-smoked lager classified as a smoked beer. Correctly classified as a helles lager, this would be in the top 5% of it’s style, and deservedly so.

4.3
Grzesiek79 (4314) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 basement aromas, herbs, spruce, bread, toast, nuts, earthy, cooked vegetables, clove, licorice, golden, cloudy, white foam, rocky head, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, sticky, full body, average carbonation,

4.3
zimbo (963) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2014
Pale with an easy white rocky head. Leaves intricate doily lacing. Clean bread Yeasty nose with a balanced but firms smokey finish at the end. Beautiful Smokey quality on the palate from beginning to end but still delicate and complex and bready and long. The best beer of its type. BNo doubt. But only an ’84’ on this site? Just goes to show that tickers don’t know shit.

4.3
rafael52 (1493) - Łódź, POLAND - OCT 5, 2016
Kolor: słomkowy, klarowny.
Piana: obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, zbożowy, wyraźny aromat wędzonki, lekkie nuty chmielowe, ziołowe.
Smak: średnia pełnia, wyraźne nuty słodowe, zbożowe, wyraźne nuty chmielu, wędzonki, średnia goryczka.
Wysycenie: średnie, w kierunku wysokiego.

4.3
IvanParenti (17) - ITALY - MAR 22, 2017
I’m 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).


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