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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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89
very good

550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 35
Gots: 20 | 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: BeerBeing on 03-20-2006

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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%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jrmurph
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hootie159
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jtosch
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GianlucaB
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Light straw gold with a small off-white head. Fantastic lacing.
S: Hard to make anything out. Makes more sense once I’ve started drinking it.
T: Particularly smokey, as in smokey bacon. Otherwise lemony and soft tasting with a light grainy flavour. Soft on the tongue and medium sweet.
O: Can not wait to vist Bamberg!

Photo of jcruelty
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
89 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.