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


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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Schlenkerla Helles is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. Clear golden amber, with a medium quick dissipating head. Malty aroma, wet hops with honey and apples. I missed the smokiness in the first few sips, its got a bit of honey sweetness to it. After that the smoke takes hold, its more subtle than the other schlenkerla beers, but very noticeable in this more delicate style. When the smoke clears, the body emerges a little bit on the thin side, and hints of plastic linger. I think this has some interesting food and beer pairing potential, more so than their other brews. Being a fan of both smoked and helles styles, I found this justa little less satisfying than other beers of equal quality in each independent style. Regardless, good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saintbase (678) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillemsUrenkel (1786) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irenecus (766) - - MAY 20, 2017
Na zdrowie, Salud, Kampai, Prost, Skaal, Zivjeli, Fenkig, ?? ????????, Na zdravi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerstar88 (585) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2017
Waldhonigfarben im Glas mit gut haltender Schaumkrone. Malzig fruchtiger Antrunk, leichte Rauchnoten und Sure im Krper, schne Hopfenbittere im Abgang. Sehr harmonisches Bier aus Oberfranken.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maits (367) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simontomlinson (289) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Off white head quickly left cover on slowly effervescent, golden body. Sweet floral aroma. Medium bodied, smooth on the tongue & very sharp & prickly on the back. Crisp & clean. Very subtle flavours of wheat, yeast, hops, floral, sweetish, pine & a slight bite on back. This is how a lager should taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thejackpacker (376) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2017
Bottle from getrnkemarkt. Aroma of strong wood fire. Taste is lighter smoke, some light grapefruit. Very passable and would be very nice if ice cold or cold keg. Not my favourite helles though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (2143) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2017
500 ml bottle. Medium gold pour is clear and bright. Topped by a large frothy white head that offers nice clinging lace. Fragrant herbal hops and sweet malt with a very subtle smokiness. Earthy, sweet malt dominates upfront. Notes of sweet nutty grain, spicy hops and sauerkraut make for a refreshing character. Outstanding light grassy hops in finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (1464) - Bled/SF, - APR 12, 2017
Pours golden clear with long lasting creamy white head and with high carbonation. Aroma: pilsner, crisp, bready malt notes, hint of dms, bacon (smoked). Flavor just follows aroma with crisp, corn, white bread like malt notes, gentle diatecyl, low level of DMS, gentle smoked (bacon-like) notes, floral, spicy notes of hops. Finish is dry. Body is moderatebmedium, texture soft, carbonation is high?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maracuja05 (1136) - Mainz, GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
21-03-17 // 500ml bottle. Pours a clear golden beer with a solid white head. Taste is smooth, light malty and grainy, some herbal grassy hop notes, light smokey touch. Overall a really good Helles.

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