Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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1.18/5 rDev -70.1%
Poured from a bottle. Left a pure white head that quickly receded to surface skim, no lacing. Body was a crystal clear gold with crazy carbonation.
Smell - some pale malts, spicy yeast, and some weird smoky smell.
Taste - doughy malt with a spicy yeast that was unexpected for the style, but that was alright until I got this crazy smoke flavor. Yuck. And I mean smoke like the way a burned down building smells, not like hickory or bbq. Smoke that seems toxic and scary, not a good smoke as related to food. It quite frankly concrened me to be drinking it. Bad, toxic, acrid.
Mouthfeel - full, smooth, highly carbonated.
Drinkabilty - I forced myself to try to finish this bottle, it did not happen.
06-06-2006 20:51:32 | More by ultralarry2006
1.53/5 rDev -61.3%
Smoked Helles Lager? This beer sucks. Smoke a porter. Smoke a stout. But a helles? Fuck outta here with that.
Look, i love german beer. I love Munich Helles Lager. I've been to Munich many times. Helles is a delicate beer that is often misrepresented and under appreciated.
That said, this beer sucks. The smoke over powers the already soft flavor of the helles. This was a drain pour for me
12-24-2013 04:17:35 | More by JMD
2.18/5 rDev -44.8%
Pours a foggy, darkish yellow with a white head atop. Retention is pretty good holding at a thick film for quite a long time.
Smell is a faint smoked meat note overridden by a musty hop and malt mix. Not what I was expecting or hoping for. I really like the rauchbiers and hope the flavor is better than the nose.
Taste is malt, hops and a light mustiness, all in decent balance. None of the smokiness sadly.
Almost medium bodied with a tart, sharp carbonation up front. Dry, clean finish. Sadly, I've got nothing to recommend in this beer. That's disappointing considering how much I've liked the other four Schlenkerla brews I've had prior.
09-07-2012 02:40:10 | More by PorterLambic
2.6/5 rDev -34.2%
Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a pilsener glass.
A - Hazy yellow color with a head of white foam. Decent carbonation and lacing.
S - Smokey and slightly herbal.
T - Tasted like drinking a pilsener with a piece of applewood smoked bacon in the glass.
MF&D - Needless to say this was not my cup of tea, or beer in this case. I guess its a good representation of the Schlenkerla style, but being a Hells lager I didn't expect such a smokey smell/taste.
09-14-2008 19:33:09 | More by nasty15108
2.68/5 rDev -32.2%
Was in the mood for a Helles so I grabbed this last night. Ugh. I regret it. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with a solid one finger head. This beer does not look bad, but I am used to Helles being crystal clear. This was opaque.
S: Very, very light smell. Some honey malts came through in the scent followed by some pale cereal grains. No Saaz or Hallertau or Tettnang whatsoever.
T: Bland. Tastes like a mild honey tea. Very weak with some light cereal graininess and no hops that I love in my helles. Very unfortunate.
Overall, I do not recommend this one. I would try it again from the bottle, but I am not looking forward to it.
04-16-2009 00:04:20 | More by treyrab
2.83/5 rDev -28.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: An almost undetectable aroma of malt, hops and not much else.
T: Tasted of mild hops, some malt, and a little bit of the smoky quality you get with Aecht beers. Mainly, this is a thin, watery flavor. Even the smokiness wasn't really noticeable.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.
O: On the whole, this is an average and forgettable beer. Not very interesting.
02-04-2012 13:08:10 | More by avalon07
2.9/5 rDev -26.6%
Typical appearance of the style, golden yellow with a white, foamy head that dissipates in just about one minute.
Smells like alcohol with some hints of citric fruits and fresh hops.
Taste is clean, dry, hoppy but not really complex.
Mouthfeel is light, would be easy to drink multiple if not for its overall unimpressive taste.
Perhaps it is just because it is not my style, but I found this one to be very unimpressive, and the only Aecht Schlenkerla I will not buy a second one...
10-23-2006 02:19:45 | More by brdc
2.9/5 rDev -26.6%
500ml bottle with a dirt simple blue and white label with the name of the beer and some German in blue old fashioned letters. The back label only contains the mandatory US information. The cap is the most interesting thing on the bottle. It shows a wobbling man with a mug of beer in one hand and a cane in the other. He could be wobbly over the leg injury or it's because he had too much to drink.
I poured this German beer into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass. What came out of the bottle was a beer that was clear, bubbly, slightly hazy, and almost straw yellow in color.I did a slow pour on this beer and all I got was a tiny skim of white foam. This tiny skim of foam quickly dissipated into a handful of white rings and no lace whatsoever.
The aroma of this beer was lightly smoky and sweet with yeast, a splash of lemon peel, a faint whiff of toasted malts, and then this aroma ends with a mixture of butter and caramel popcorn. I like popcorn as much as the next person, but not when it's coming off of my beer.
The taste was lightly crispy and smoky with toasted malts, a splash of lemon peel, a hint of sweet yeast, and then finishes up on a light bitter note with a pinch of crispy citrus hops. I enjoyed how the taste was crispy and smoky at the same time and that it didn't contain any popcorn in it.
This was a light bodied beer with crispy carbonation and with a slight toasted aftertaste of malts, citrus fruits, and a hint of citrus hops.
Not the best light beer I've had and not my favorite beer from Schlenkerla. It you like crispy pale Lagers with a touch of smoke added to it, then I could see this as some kind of session beer. For me, one of these was good enough.
10-17-2008 17:27:46 | More by AltBock
2.93/5 rDev -25.8%
A-clear golden with about an inch of white head that disappears quickly and leaves some lacing around the top
S-slightly sweet and malty, subtle smoke,
T-picking up more hops than anything, lightly malted, spicy finish, picking up a little smoke towards the end but not much. Tastes more like a pilsner than anything else
M-light to medium body, very light and refreshing, moderate carbonation
A nice light beer, but I was expecting more, more taste, more smoke, something to make the taste different from a pilsner.
04-09-2011 20:42:40 | More by ksimons
3/5 rDev -24.1%
Golden clear body, single finger white head. Minimal lacing.
Honey on the nose, not much else.
Dryish honey lager... trace of smoke. (Schlenkerla, go figure)
Standard mouthfeel, not over-carbed.
Decent lager, but pales in comparison to the rauchs.
07-16-2011 01:49:54 | More by zaphodchak
3/5 rDev -24.1%
this is a nice yellow gold, but it is definitely not crystal clear, as others have experienced. it's not at all the haze you might find in a double IPA, but there are some fine particulates suspended throughout. i'm not entirely sure that they're supposed to be there, but let's keep moving.
there is a hint of smoke in the nose, but obviously much less than the rest Schlenkerla's offerings. otherwise it's all malt and no hops - cereal grains mostly. taste is equally malty. the style description for Helles Lager talks about more subdued spicy hop notes than Pils, and in this case i would say "absent" rather than "subdued" when it comes to spicy hop notes.
lately i've been all about lagers, but this one just doesn't do it for me. there's nothing wrong with it, but at the same time, i can't pick out anything about it that i love.
03-27-2010 19:45:59 | More by coachdonovan
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.08/5 rDev -22%
50cl bottle poured into my Spaten Krug
BBE Aug 2012
A- Medium gold body with excellent clarity. Very poor head retention and lacing, reducing very quickly to leave nothing whatsoever after a few minutes.
S- Lots of sweet malt, no smokiness imparted at all as suggested there might be.
T- Lots of sweet malt character, no hop balance really coming through at all. Finish is clean and refreshing
M - Medium body and carbonation.
D- Didnt look appetizing at all after a few minutes. Aroma and taste left little to be desired. No smoke character as hoped for. Just a standard helles on the sweeter side of the malt spectrum, even for Franconia. Disappointed.
10-14-2012 20:45:01 | More by seanyfo
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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