Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 587
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 42
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003

“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”.
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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God.

Nice aromas of strong smoked meat, pepperoni, pork, beef jerky and had a refried bean aroma. The tastes were thin and almost non-existent with tastes of light smoke and a generic light sweetness. The tastes did not live up to the aromas.

Notes from 9/2/06 (302 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a very clear golden yellow colour, with a mildly forming head of white film. Some veiny lace forms when tilted. Lots of fine carbonation. Stylistically, it's pretty much spot on.

Nose is grainy and slightly thin, with a faint hint of banana skin and a touch of smoke, but less than I expected, even though they state it's not brewed with the classic rauchmalz. It's more like a slightly tweaked Helles Lager than a beer from Schlenkerla.

Taste is extremely light, with some grainy pilsner malt through the centre leaving a hay-like vegetative or rustic note. It mingles again with a very faint suggestion of smoke, but this leaves a medicinal aspect when mingled with the slightly earthy hop bite on the finish. Feel is light and crisp; quite suitable.

Overall, I found this a little disappointing, even though it's a decent beer overall. It's a reasonable example of a classic style, but there are slight fractures to it which don't really move it off-kilter enough to be interesting. (1,042 characters)

Photo of RomanW70
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very pale gold with a frothy white head. Aroma of yeast, smoke, and spice. Light, highly carbonated body. Initial taste is crisp and clean, pilsner like hops...lagerlike. Finish is nicely (and not overwhlelmingly) smoked which definitely elevates this otherwise unexciting beer. Not my favorite of the Aecht Schlenkerla line, but a clean, crisp, refreshing beer. (368 characters)

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle and had no idea what it was before I cracked the cap.

Poured like a pils, with a thin layer of foam. Clear, light yellow. The first aroma that hit me was the smell I get when I start my charcoal grill. This would be an awesome beer to drink in the winter to remind me of warmer times.

Definite smoky aroma, but much less than a rauchbier. Taste is like an adulterated pils. The smoke flavor is more prominent in the beginning and fades to a manageable level.

Mouthfeel and drinkability is what you'd expect; a bit thin and refreshing.

A nice gateway beer to rauchbiers or when you might want a bit of a complement to smokey foods without being overpowering. (685 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantive creamy head. Medium body, with cream and grain, smokey and hops in finish as well as metallic. Drinkable, but I thought the smoke was more than I would want next time. suitable carbonation. Surprisingly decent find , Court Liquor, near the New Jersey ocean. (269 characters)

Photo of ShrLSU
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight out of the bottle to a pilsner glass

Appearence: Golden yellow color and almost no head except a slight whitefoam in the middle of the glass

Smell: Smokey grains. This is a very earthy beer. It smells like your traditional german lager but with a great tinge of smokiness to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A very smooth taste for a lager. Very crisp and refreshing. The smoke taste is the most dominant. It has a great earthy grain taste. A great blend of a rauchbier and a lager.

Drinkability: This was quite an interesting beer. I'm usually not a lager fan but this one was pretty intriguing. The smokiness added a lot to the beer. More complex than your normal lager. I could see drinking this with some bbq on a summer day. (734 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly - poured into a flared pils flute)

A: yellow gold, curious mild haze.... thinnish, fizzy head (unclean lines/faucet here?) - no lace

S: mild, blandish malt... light amount of phenolic smoke coming through... not particularly hoppy (just as an observation).... smells like a Helles, alright, just with subtle, flat aromas

T: vague clove phenolics.... only a light presence of smoke - was kinda curiously hoping for much more... not one particular element stands out.... blurry, flat malt and bready yeast flavors - seems "washed out"

M: quite light and clean.... not particularly effervescent... fine for what it's bringing flavor-wise which, if it were to have more flavor, it would need more body

O: was hoping for a bit more out of this, considering how wonderfully flavorful some of their other beers are.... the low level of smoke flavor wasn't necessarily a bad thing.... come to think of it, the last time I had a bland Schlenkerla on tap (the Lent beer) it was at Brauhaus, hmmm... (1,029 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle with no freshness date.

Very light yellow color with a good stream of bubbles leading to a dusting of a white head.

The aroma is yeasty and dough-bready, with a very small hint of smoke. Overall, it doesn't seem "clean", and the yeast profile didn't pick up much from the smoke beer.

The flavor is moderatley malty and sweet, with more yeast flavor than I'd prefer. It reminded me of the beer version of taffy candy. Again, not clean, and not very smokey.

The mouthfeel is a standout in this beer, with a gentle carbonation and a sweet finish. Overall, the "smoke yeast" both took away from the cleaness of the lager, and didn't add enough of a twist to make it great. (687 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a dull lemon yellow with a bit of chill haze a very thin wispy head atop,lighter aromas I picked up faint smoke and toasted grain with light iron/mineral.Taste is sweeter than expected some defienent honey malt and a touch of spice with the smoke coming thru but not overbearing not much hop presence.A light to medium mouthfeel and a low ABV makes it very drinkable but its a little dull on the palate and a little sweeter than expected. (467 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nobbad, quite enjoyed it. Lightly smoked, bacon flavour, dry-ish, slightly herbal hops finish, a bit salty aswell. Not as heavily smoky as there other beers, which on one hand makes it easier to drink, but on the other hand its less flavourfull and less complex. I think i prefer the Marzen a lot more.(Draught- GBBF 03') (321 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a small head.
Nose shows grassy/spicy hops, soft smoke, hay, bready malt and faint caramel. Also a weird savoury note, possibly part of the smoke.
More hay and grainy, bready malt as flavours, along with spicy hops and some just noticeable woody smoke. Finishes with an assertive bitterness that then settles down to reveal some caramel. (358 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/21/08. Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with hardly any head. Aroma is a bit skunky (which faded only slightly as the beer warmed) with some sweet malt notes. Flavor of more sweet malts (bready), some light fruits as the beer warms. I was surprised to learn this is classified as a "smoked", I guess I would say there are some smoky notes in this beer, but only if you look hard enough for them. Just ok.
5/4/7/4/13 (3.3/5) (440 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's nice to try a smoked lager, but eh, I don't see the appeal in buying more than one bottle ever. Whereas the brewery's smoked Marzen and Weizen are a little thicker and can stand up to the smoke, I think in some ways the smoke gets in the way of the lager properties. I usually go for a lager as a lighter, more refreshing option. The smoke kills that. I'm trying to be objective with my scores, because I appreciate the uniqueness. (436 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great start to the head--nearly pure white. Some spotty lace. Pale gold color and nearly clear (slight haze). The head does settle to nearly nothing.

Slightly skunked...otherwise a grainy, malty aroma. There's a mild touch of hop in the background.

Slightly sour from the skunkiness. Mostly malty with a mild hop spot in the swallow. Creamy finish. Good body for the style. Not the best light malted lager, but it holds its own. (430 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of sweet grain and some smoke.

The taste is of sweet grain and smoke. Other than a slight metallic tinge, not much else is going on here.

Light-bodied, pretty smooth with lingering smokiness.

Easy to drink for a smoky beer. Still, if I wanted a smoky beer, I would choose something else from this brewery. This is pretty much a run-of-the-mill Munich Helles Lager with this brewery's Rauchbier characteristic. (475 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Smoky nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is smoky sausage, way more than "a hint of smokiness". Clean finish. $3.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (312 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my last trip through Ohio. I had not seen it around before so I figured I would grab one to try it out. Been sitting in the fridge and grabbed it tonight to compliment some nice chicken. Served chilled in a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was decent with a very clear, and highly carbonated light golden amber lager shaping up before my eyes. A small, maybe a half an inch of white head came up over the top and settled down quickly into a light veil across the top.

The aroma was light. Some small amount of smoked in it, with lots of grain and bready malts, though I have to admit, not much here to really pick up on. The flavor was a bit better. Lots of campfire like smokiness in it, with a subtle, yet easily definable bready malt base. Some sweetness, caramel maybe and a light peach flavor when cold that quickly gets burnt out by the smoked and roasted malts. Way too light of a feel, almost makes the flavor get lost as it comes across a bit watered down. Easy to session though as it goes down pretty much like water.

Overall I would have to give this one an average. Definitly not the best thing I have ever had by a long shot, but nowhere near the worst. I would try it again if nothing else were around, but not at the 2.99 I paid for it. (1,310 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Redstone
Pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Rich sweet caramelized pilsner malt dominates the aroma. Rich dried fruit, prunes and raisins come to mind. Non existent hop aroma. Lightly spicy and almost smokey component shows up in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich with lots of caramelized sugary maltiness and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is a hint of herbal hop flavor and a bit of sweet cardboard. Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Love the aroma here, but the flavor suggests this bottle my be less than fresh. One day I will make it over the ocean to try some great lagers the way they were meant to be drunk! (783 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Schlenkerla's Helles lager manages to evoke slight traces of their other rauchbiers, despite not using smoked malts in this brew. How they manage to do this, I'm not sure, but it makes a marginally interesting contribution to the style (though I preferred their 'Krausen' lager) that was enjoyable enough, though nothing particularly stand-out or exciting. Interesting to have tried, but would I pay $5 for a bottle of this again? Probably not.

Pours a 1cm head of fairly clean, white foam made up of medium-sized bubbles, that has little retentive capability, dissipating with a few moments after the pour. Lacing is minimal, a few spots here and there along the sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange color, light turning the hues paler and bringing out the yellow. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, not substantial or particularly interesting.

Aroma is like that of a typical helles lager: sweet, bread-like, slight dried lemon peel, but mixes things up by adding smoked malt from the middle through the end of the inhalation.

Tasting opens with sweet, bread-like malts and a bit of pale graininess. Mid-palate is of smooth, sweet, bread-like flavors tempered with mildly bittering hops and modest smoked malt. Back of palate picks up European hop bitterness, a bit of malt graininess, slight dried lemon peel. The subtle smokiness of the malts appears further in the close and aftertaste. Aftertaste is of light, bready malts, lingering bitterness, and more noticeable smokiness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with moderate to moderate-low levels of carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is generally smooth and passes gracefully along the palate, with a light fizziness and foaminess due to the carbonation. Closes quite dry, the feel being rather astringent, actually. (1,886 characters)

Photo of Rainintheface
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an SA glass

A: clear, straw in color with minimal head

S: faint smoke, sweet malty aroma, grains and kind of grassy. The subtle smoke is most attention grabbing.

T: mild hops blend well with the smokey taste. grains are noticeable

M: light in body. refreshing crispness and spot on carbonation make this a very drinkable offering. Also highly sessionable. (371 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint. Poured a bright, translucent yellow with a half inch foamy, bright white head that eventually dissipates into a solid skim. Some strands of delicate lacing exposed during the session. Nose was very mild - some cereal grains. Taste not at all consistent with nose - smokey, jerky, some sweetness at the back (corn syrup?). Reminds me of a rauchbier. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a consistent background carbonation from sip to swallow. Drinkability is decent - not what I expected. Good complexity, but not as refreshing as I anticipated. (566 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a first for me and it pours a slightly hazy honey hue which leaves a two finger head that stays and a nice rim of lacing,the smell is honeydew,the slightest tinge of smoke but its there and cold meats,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied,dry and thirst satisfying the taste has the honeydew and slight smoked malts along with a touch of rockmelon and a everpresent herbal hop grassiness without the bitterness and overall its no standout beer but a bloody great session beer and could see this as one of my session staple beers for the Summer cheers. (565 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in 12oz pilsner glass. Poured a bright, clear yellow with over an inch of clean white head that quickly dissipated and left just more than slight lacing.

The smokey aroma of this beer is, obviously, the first thing to hit the nose. But underneath that smoke is a pleasant grassiness that shows a solid foundation. The flavors are similar, once you get past the smoke, there is a solid beer here.

The body is light and crisp, it flows nicely across the tongue. The only reason drinkability suffers is that the smoke gets tiresome. I could have 1 a day, but probably not 2. Overall, a very good beer, try it when you get the chance. (639 characters)

Photo of atpben
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the El Bait Shop in Des Moines. Poured a nice golden lager color. I am not a big fan of smoked beer so I was surprised to find that the smkoked aroma was very subtle. Mostly biscuity aroma. Same in the taste with hints of caramel. The smokey taste always lingers all the way to the end. I rather enjoyed this beer. The smokiness didn't overpower the beer. Good beer. (385 characters)

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods Market NYC. Poured into a Pilsner glass - golden yellow. Nice solid head which dissapates rather quickly. Good lacing and lasting carbonation. Have to agree with previous reviewers in the doughy odor to it. Heavy malt taste initially, mouthfeel is unremarkable. Finishes with a smoked flavor, slightly bitter, not bad. A fairly drinkable beer, would probably make an excellent acoompanying beer for brats or smoked sausages. (449 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
89 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.