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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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89
very good

562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 37
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003

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Ratings: 562 | Reviews: 347
Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deep Ellum in Boston, MA.

This one pours a light golden yellow, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot lacing.

This one smells like grassy hops, a bit of biscuity malt, and some light pleasant smoke.

This is a beer that probably could not be duplicated anywhere else in the world, as it gets its smokiness from simply being brewed in the same place as many intensely smoky beers. The lager yeast character is not very noticeable. There's a bit of light honey sweetness, some bready, biscuity malt, and some lightly herbal grassy hop flavor. This is a really cool and interesting beer, and definitely the best Helles I've ever had.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, and slightly smoky mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation. It's so drinkable and so tasty, and goes down really easily.

This is one of the best lagers I've ever had. It's so unique and tasty.

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good intro rauchbier, I'd think. The bottleshop owner told me that the way this one gets its smoke is they re-pitch the yeast from one of their other beers and don't actually have smoked malt in this one -- makes sense given the color.

If you are looking for a meaty smoke you'll have to go elsewhere, this is more of a good campfire smoke. Not overpowering, but definitely present. As with most decent beer, let it warm a bit if you are pulling it out of a typically cold fridge.

Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, slightly darker than golden. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose that is slightly sweet biscuit. Underneath is a subtle smokiness that is more campfire like in nature rather than bacon.

Light medium bodied, barely, with a texture that approaches smooth. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with a mixture of flavors that slowly separate into a mild oak like smokiness over a subtle sweet biscuit. In the middle, it becomes rather crisp and becomes dryer towards the finish. A slightly bitter smokiness lingers.

Photo of leitmotif
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbirra
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as rich and full as the best Munich helles lagers are, but crisp and light.
Not a lot of smoke in the nose, but the smoke and sweet wood come through more on the palate.
Lighter take, with less alcohol, on a helles lager.

Photo of ThreeEcho7
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ian_B
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utopiajane
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber with a slight chill haze than drops off as the beer warms. Fat white head of creamy foam and a a few stray bubbles coming to the top. Good retention and leaves some lace. Nose is subtle but there is a mild scent of grain that is a touch sweet, a faint bit of hop herbal and a lovely little bit of smoke in the background. Taste is pristine, no fruit or off flavors. Light sweet dry malt. Crisp and breaddy. Not very heavy but is the definition of paradox. It envelops the palate softly but not shyly. It is endless and has a breadth that you can barely stand it's so magnificent. No hop bitterness to spoil this truly lovely malt. The smoke enhances the flavor but does not present the palate with meat or bacon flavor. Finishes clean, malty with a touch of sweetness, and a most graceful hops herbal. Gentle, permeating and mild. Only as you are about to finish your pint do you notice a small and mild bitterness that develops over time.

Excellent and I would drink this happily every day. Clean, crisp, lightly sweet and full of enough flavor to keep you interested glass after glass.

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MellowDia
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best of both worlds - a lager with a wonderfully light and smoky flavor. This is the real deal.

Photo of boondogglefob
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dedbeer
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Theheroguy
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

No noticeable aroma

very sulfury flavor. Delicious

low perceivable hop flavor

slight smokey note?

A very good hells

Perfect carbonation

Photo of juicebox
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with nice carbonation streams. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. With an immensely thick and frothy texture, along with excellent retention, it creates an aesthetically pleasing package combined with the streaks of lacing left on the glass. (4.25)

Smell: See, this is seemingly the opposite of the other Schlenkerla rauchbiers, which start off VERY smoky only to turn into their base beer. At first whiff, it smells like a typical helles - notes of cracker, white bread, and slight bubblegum dominate. And then the smoke arrives as a subtle suggestion...and THEN it fully coalesces with the helles base to create something great. (4)

Taste: The smokiness isn't as extreme as other Schlenkerla brews, as expected. It tastes mainly like a good helles lager, balancing notes of lemon, white bread, cracker, and even bubblegum initially. Of course, the finish brings a gentle smokiness in the proper tradition of this brewery. Combined, this becomes pretty much the best helles lager I've ever had. (4)

Mouthfeel: It has a nice fullness for 4.3% - it seems closer to 6%, but without the residual sweetness. That's a fantastic thing. It isn't bone dry, but I don't care. Nor is it spectacularly carbonated - again, don't really care. (4)

Overall: Well here you go, a fantastic way to introduce that special person in your life to the glory of Schlenkerla rauchbiers. Side effects include desiring constant Bamberg vacations, addiction to bacon, weight gain from bacon addiction, creating your own smoker, and burns from the crap job you did making your own smoker. (4)

4.01/5: Yeah, about that Bamberg vacation...

Photo of olradetbalder
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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