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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: 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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2896) - Finspng, 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11763) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - 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 doesnt 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 Ive 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 couldnt wow me. 3.4/5, compared to the 3.2/5 I had in the first bottle, mostly aroma points going up.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3552) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2006
I wasnt really expecting this to be smokey, but it was. Apparently, its not something from the recipe, but lingering smoke in the brewery equipment. Its still rather strong, but I suspect thats 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3359) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of smoke and toasted malts. Flavor is smoke, sweet, and slightly bitter. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (6061) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
A light yellow pour. A clovish aroma slightly overpowers the paper aroma. A crisp clean taste that reminds me of a Kolsch but not hardly as dry. Not a great beer but not bad for what iit is.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 31, 2006
Pours a nice golden color with a decent white head. The aroma is lighly malty with a bit of smokiness. The flavor is lighly malty with a light touch of hops and a crisp finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4238) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a average white head. Aroma is fair. A little peat and some smoke deffinatly not expecting that. Flavor is holy smoke! Lots of smoke and peat with some sweetness and a dry bitterness. I have been avoiding this brewer b/c i am not a fan of smoked beers but this was not bad. The smoke did not get in the way and it made for a more exciting lager.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
kayfabe13 (7) - Deep in the 981OH7, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2007 does not count
I had this bottle at Uber Tavern. I am not a smoked beer fan at all, but this beer is really good. The aroma has a hint of smoke and it carries on into the first sip. Then the beer becomes a classic helles lager. I could never session with this beer, but I woul definetly order it again in a session.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Quinns. Hardly a patch on their full on Rauchbiers but it still has that trademark smokeyness although here it is very faint. Still even a hint of that Schlenkerla flavour makes for something that is at the very worst enjoyable.


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