Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Bamberg, Germany
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
“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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3097) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Taster at Binn’y, Orland Park. A representative was there to explain that does not use smoked malt, but is made using the same equipment that’s used for the brewer’s smoked beers, and this is just picking up the residuals. So yes, it does have a lighter smoke flavor, which seems to be in proportion to its lighter lager malt color. Not half bad, kinda like the Tinkoff rauchbeer I had in Russia (also a lightly smoked pale beer). Gets in a few vanilla notes toward the end. Admittedly, you still have to be ready for smoked beer before you’ll enjoy this, but it works for me.

KansaiBeerLvrs (5101) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle from Asao. A Top 50 Helles that is smoked and available at like 610 yen +tx for 500ml, sold! A sweet lightly smoked ham aroma on a deep gold body. The taste is smoked but smooth. Not as complex as other Schlenkerla beers but a really fun lager.

Mishnok (285) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2017
Very appealing looking beer, clear golden with visible carbonation and a little white head. What I didn't expect, but perhaps should have given it's from Schlenkerla, was the smokey finish. Interesting palate, give it a go! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

hallinghansen (3126) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle at home. Clear golden body with a medium white head. Smoke, hay, malt. Great smoked lager.

Bacchus66 (207) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours clear yellow with a long lasting white sea foam head, nice lacing. Smells like a campfire and toast. Tastes of grass and wheat with a delicious lightly smoked finish. Nicely balanced, really enjoyed this.

nazzty (1376) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2017
I expected a lot more smoke in this one. The result is a good, but average dortmunder with crisp and refreshing bitterness.

saintbase (719) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

WillemsUrenkel (1823) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2017
0,5 l bottle. Clear golden in the glass, one finger white head. Defintive smoke on the nose. Taste starts also really smokey, some malt in the background. But really easy to drink. Very tasty for a Helles.

irenecus (785) - - MAY 20, 2017
Na zdrowie, Salud, Kampai, Prost, Skaal, Zivjeli, Fenékig, ?? ????????, Na zdravi.

beerstar88 (587) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2017
Waldhonigfarben im Glas mit gut haltender Schaumkrone. Malzig fruchtiger Antrunk, leichte Rauchnoten und Säure im Körper, schöne Hopfenbittere im Abgang. Sehr harmonisches Bier aus Oberfranken.

Maits (433) - ESTONIA - MAY 3, 2017
Golden clear beer with longlasting small white head. Aroma is skunky at the beginning, after it goes softer, herbs and malts. Taste is crispy light bitter, light smokey, yeast. Nice full flavoured light beer.

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