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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: 1047   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brugmanneke (283) - GERMANY - NOV 5, 2011
(bottle) Pale golden color, clear, with a small for my head. Medium bitter taste - a bit more than most other beers of that style I have had. The initial subtle smokiness is complemented by an aroma of grassy hops. Medium body, average carbonation, bitter finish. A good session beer with a smoky twist!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pours a straw color with a puffy off Greyish colored head. Notes of ammonia, grass, smoke, and honey. Astringent finish. Nope.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2012
(bottle) medium gold with quickly fading white head; light malt and straw aroma. Flavor is medium bodied malt, some hints of smoke.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (8412) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2012
23/VI/2012 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: I/13 (2012-643)

Clear light orange beer, small creamy white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: grains, malts, little smoky, grassy hops, some citrus. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of grains, malts, barnyard, some smoke, citrus, nice bitter hops. Aftertaste: smoky, refreshing hops, nice bitterness, grains. Good lager!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5599) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle 50cl, a clear copper beer with low head. Nose is on honey and caramel. Aroma is medium sweet, crisp with medium smoked notes, typical lager touch on nuts, high carbonation. Finish is on honey and grassy hops, medium bitterness but with long duration.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2012
16.9oz bottle. Thin white head, that fades a bit, to mostly minimal. Perfectly clear golden color. Awesome satisfying smoked aroma, typical of schlenkerla. Good, smooth lighter carbonation, dry finish. Really nice, smokey savory flavor. A smokey lager is an awesome lager.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (5311) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Tap. Pours clear golden yellow with thin, creamy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is smoke, toast and straw malts, banana, light fruit, some spice, candy sugar, and faint floral hops. Flavor is sweet, cereal malt up front, some light fruit esters, and a candy sugar finish; subtle smoke throughout ending dry. Light body and low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troull88 (68) - GREECE - OCT 17, 2012
Aroma is hops and smoke. Pours clear yellow with medium white head. Tastes medium sour and smoke with light bitter finish. Body is thin and texture is oily. Overall, its a nice lager.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1787) - Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on October 27th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold.
Aroma: Aroma is nice amount of smoke, not overbearing.
Taste: Light smoke, very light bitterness, bready malt.
Palate:Light body, light aftertaste.

Summary: My fifth rating of Brauerei Heller. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the other versions they make. Might be a good first beer from them if nervous about smokey aroma/flavor as its quite light. Just had to try this one, hope to finish out the brewery at some point.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - OCT 29, 2012
50cl bottle. Golden color with a small white head. Malty aroma with notes of hops and smoke. Flavor is malt, some grains, grassy hops, slightly smoky and bitter. Medium body, some bitterness in the aftertaste. Good, balanced lager.


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