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


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RATINGS: 1107   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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jcos' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1851) - 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 it’s quite light. Just had to try this one, hope to finish out the brewery at some point.

rodsquad (293) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2017
Bottle from Oddbins Rosemount. Pours a clear gold with an abundance of bubbles finished off with a tall fluffy white head. Lager perfection. I cannot wait to get at this beer. After the initial sniff, I'm blown away by the spicy character. I was fully expecting to have to scratch around for aromas but they're here and correct. A dry sweet malt that doesn't lean into syrupy realms backs up the spicy warmth. Everything clean and tidy. The taste has the light sweet malt followed by the spice which carries a mild earthy bitterness across the tongue. Although nothing here is earth-shattering, this is balanced perfectly as a lager should. The palate is the only thing here I find fault with. It's light and refreshing with a dry gentle to moderate sparkle but the finish softens too quickly for me and I would have liked a crisper sharper finish. Nevertheless, everything is light and pitched straight at refreshment. This is lager. Brilliant.

higgsbison (257) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
A solid Helles. Nicely balanced. Not one I will seek out, but would gladly enjoy it if ever I come across it again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

wlf (679) - DENMARK - SEP 18, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2017 Golden with medium white head; aroma is smokey, woody and sweet malty; taste is sweet and malty, slightly herbal, smoke and wood, herbal and citric hops, medium bitter finish; texture is creamy with medium carbonation

Diabobale (530) - ITALY - SEP 17, 2017
Dorato limpido con cappello di schiuma bianca dalla lunga persistenza. Al naso miele e cereale, lieve erbaceo e affumicato. In bocca crosta di pane e affumicato. Amaro erbaceo molto pronunciato. Corpo medio leggero e carbonazione spinta.

lokis333 (536) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - SEP 12, 2017
clear deep golden colour with medium white foam. Aromas of honey and bacon with sweet malty and sweet rye notes with a touch of sweet flowers. Palate, medium body with smooth milky texture leaving sweet malty finish. Taste, sweet of pale malts and grains with slight sweet honey and vanilla notes with this lingering in the darkness at the back in the deep, strong but sweet, rye and smokey salami touch which does not interfere but it lurks there.

ischas (771) - - SEP 6, 2017
0,5 l Flasche. Goldenes Bier, grobporiger, stabiler Schaum, schöne Gardine. Riecht rauchig. Schmeckt malzig süß, nur leicht rauchig, insbesondere im Abgang.

Piepenhenrich (601) - Steinbach, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2017
From the bottle. Very good quality Helles, full taste, fresh, lives up the expectation on a Franconian beer.

blueruin (151) - - AUG 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours light classic lager yellow. Minimal head. Aroma of subtle beech smoke, nitrates, salami. Taste is lager sweetness with subtle underlying smoke and barnyard. Very good.

GhostS (430) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 27, 2017
Aromă medie, mult și predominant afumată, ceva malț și paie pe fundal. Gust ușor și plăcut afumat, cu puțină duritate și ceva rugină, puțină dulceață de malț, ceva amăreală cu note pământoase și frunze uscate spre final. Bună, un lagar afumat bine făcut, dar cumva dur, cu un aspect foarte curat și transparent.

HomeWaters (23) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2017
Kind of like drinking a Michelob, then sensing the smoky aftertaste. Not bad. Adjectives include: roasty, smoke, golden, frothy, light sweetness, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, lightly bitter, lively, bitter, hay, barnyard,

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