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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: 1096   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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3.3
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2002
very light and meek lager, with bacon all over it. strange combination - not as strong tasting as the spezial rauchlager. easy-drinkin rauchbier

3.3
rauchbier (3880) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2003
Wooden cask (gravity) GBBF2003. Gold, good white head and moderate condition. No apparent smokiness in the aroma, just a suggestion of fields full of cow dung. Good helles type sweet malt in the mouth and a lingering grainy aftertaste.

3.3
skortila (5793) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2004
Aroma is smoked, bacon, hoppy, some malts and smooth. taste is smoked bacon, hoppy, a little sweet, some malts, quite bitter with a lasting smooth aftertaste. Well-brewed.

3.3
caesar (7096) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2004
Clear yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of weak smoke, bacon, hops. Soft pilsener taste with some smoked notes. Bitter bacon aftertaste.

3.3
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 17, 2005
Bottle. Golden with a bubbly white head. Cereal-maltiness, light smoke, wee bit of grass and citrus, dry-ish finish. Medium-full body, above avg. carbonation. Nice lager.

3.3
Ungstrup (37217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
A yellow beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is smoked - reminds me of tared rope. The flavor is sweet and lovely smoked - giving it hints of tared rope, combined with strong notes of wood, leading to a dry end. Nice. Thanks Dalle for getting this.

3.3
pilsnerrogge (2932) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2005
(Bottle) Golden coloured with a rich head. The aroma brings smoked ham and sausages. Smoked, malty flavour. I expected more smoke...... but what the hell, I enjoyed it anyway.

3.3
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
Substantive creamy head. Medium body, with cream and grain, smokey and hops in finish as well as metallic. Drinkable, but I thought the smoke was more than I would want next time.

3.3
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A veil of head disappears into the pale yellow clarity.
-A timid aroma produces a slight hop accent, and mild wooden smoke.
-A rising herbal, leafy hop flavor buries the smoke residue.
-A very lean maltiness creates an aqueous mouthfeel aimed at long sessions.

What if you dig deeper?
-The herbal hop bitterness is proficient and moreover very pleasant.
-My bottle doesn’t have much smoked character to it, with reason, since there is no smoked malt at all in here!
-Maltiness is quite underwhelming, and not nearly as well-developed as most basic Franconian lagerbiers I’ve had over there.

Bottle bought at the brewery; best before August ’06.

A second bottle, bought in the US recently, produced more smoke in the aroma and flavor, thus hinting this time at a smoked lager. But the nearly anemic maltiness and easy finish still couldn’t wow me. 3.4/5, compared to the 3.2/5 I had in the first bottle, mostly aroma points going up.

3.3
aracauna (3584) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2006
I wasn’t really expecting this to be smokey, but it was. Apparently, it’s not something from the recipe, but lingering smoke in the brewery equipment. It’s still rather strong, but I suspect that’s because the beer is rather light. Good balance between lightly sweet malt and the husky smoke in the aroma and flavor. Just a touch of hop aroma and bitterness.


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