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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: 1115   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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3.4
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2003
Nobbad, quite enjoyed it. Lightly smoked, bacon flavour, dry-ish, slightly herbal hops finish, a bit salty (Draught- GBBF 03')

3.4
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
A big thanks to Skidz, my roommate and Beer Advocate, for bringing this and other tasty beers back with him from Germany! I’m drinking this with burgers and brats on the grill, as it should be the perfect beer to compliment grilled meats on a very humid June day... Pours a crystal clear bright gold with a big, bright white head. Aroma is (of course) smokey, bringing to mind fried breakfast sausage and almonds, complimented by a light flowery smell and some woodiness. Taste is smoked nuts, mild citrus, cooked cereal and some hops thrown in to boot. Surprisingly refreshing for a smoked beer, partly due to a rather mild smoke presence.

3.4
Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear golden, fluffy disappearing white head. Unobtrusive smoke aroma with a nice balance. Dominating smoke flavor with some hoppy notes. Mild, easy and well balanced. I like it!

3.4
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pale gold body, urine color with a light colored medium body head. Light smoke accents in a very subtle lager aroma. Smoke is very evident over a light hop/malt mix. As per the style, a light bacon flavor is evident. Smooth ending with some residual bitterness.

3.4
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
Pours a clear straw yellow with a lasting white head. Smokey malt aroma but not as powerful as their other beers. The flavor is strong in peat smoked malt but not overpowerfully so. You can actually taste some earthy hops and german malt.

3.4
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - APR 21, 2006
Available only at the brewery. And in every streetcorner supermarket in the USA, ’t would seem. Full golden beer with a small, but nice white head. Very malty nose, definitely smoky despite the non-... Smoked bread-like, if that exists. Smoked but restrained smoked taste (they cannot get rid of it - thank God). Some Pilsner malt obvious but the smokiness keeps the upper hand. Finishes a bit empty, however. As above, the MF is very light - even for a Pilsner. Very surprising lager - of course. But IMO, its rarity wins from its distinctiveness.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2006
(50cl bottle) Pale straw body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked sausage. Taste is medium sweet, apple, some grassy, light smoke, caramel. Crisp light body.

3.4
beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Ok so I hate pale lagers but I love smoked beer. This is one of the worst looking beers in the world. Looks like yellow water. The smell is fainlty smoked. The taste is very good cause its smoked. Well, I like the smoke but the rest of it sucks.

Its better on tap, still does not look appealing but the smoke level with the fresh lager beer works well.

3.4
Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 12, 2006
Pale gold, with fizzy white top. Woody, grainy, gentle forest wood smoke like. Sweet malts behind, with light berry notes. Medium bodied, with gentle smoky overtone. Regular decent lager but with smoky character. Nice balance here. Refreshing and very drinkable "smoke".

3.4
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Golden with a small off white head. Carbonation on the light side. Aroma is smoky with some spicyness. Taste is lightly smoky, with some spicyness showing in the palate, smooth watery finish.


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