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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
89
very good

517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 31
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-20-2006)
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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with 1+ finger of eggshell white head. Stays effervescent throughout, above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Breadyness, hay, & a whisper of smokeyness

T: Grassy notes, some bready notes & then a bit of smokey ham up front. Crackery, plus lemon hop notes as this warms. Finishes with honey sweetness, a little bit of grainyness, lemony notes & laid back smokeyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, with lively carbonation & super balance

Drinks very easy, I was really impressed at how low the abv was, but this didn't show any thinness & still packed flavor. One I could easily pound through a football double-header or drink one or 2 & just enjoy its subtleties

russpowell, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Downeast Beverage in Portland ME, poured chilled in a pils glass shared with brew partner Tim Diener.

A - A very clear straw golden w/ visible carbonation and tiny beading. The lager creates spotty laced and the retention is very good

S - A slight smokiness is noted which is sweet w/ light hints of malt aroma

M- A light grainy feel w/ subtle smokey accent. The lager is mildly sweet with a moderatly low level of carbonation and mild spice. The lager finishe w/ a light toasted note

T - A subtle pilsner taste w/ slight sweet grainy flavor and mild cereal note and toasted flavor. The lager has a mild slight smoke but is married well and lets the malt stand on its own - no need to overwhelm with smoke as it still has a gental touch of herbal hop flavor in the finish

D - I love the complexity of the lager and the smoke compliments in every way and really addss to the Helles - Excellent drinkability!

Slatetank, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot entsprechend gebrautes" Say it, over and over again. Don't know what it means, though. Maybe "Mmm, mmm, good"?

Crystal clear pale yellow appearance, under a generous dollop of snowy white froth, slowly dwindling down, and leaving lace. Nice, classic look for the style.

Aroma is empty at first, with slight suggestions of pepper and grain. Dry, smoky malt. Well, this is Schlenkerla.

Taste: smokey from the start, then crisp, clean malty flavor. Easy-going down the throat, light-bodied, meager, but appreciated fruity, malt character, and ever-present smoke.

So easy to drink, and so refreshing. Classic lager, with the hit of smoke an extra treat. Yum, I'm liking it better as I go.

A unique offering, a terrific treat.

feloniousmonk, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this beer on draft at a local beer bar and couldn't resist. I am not a rauchbier fan and I have tried the other beers from this brewery. I was excited that they made a non-Rauch beer but in hindsight, what exactly was I expecting?

Beer is yellowish and has a slight haze to it. White head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this beer put me off of it almost immediately. It smelled acidic and terrible. Like spoilage. I swirled the beer and smelled it again and this time it was greatly improved. Could pick up on some sweetness and the malt. I'm still penalizing it for the first whiff.

This beer has (SURPRISE!) a slight aftertaste of smoke. Seriously, what did I expect? The brewery responsible for making 5 beers, 4 of them are the world's best Rauchbiers and this one, they couldn't escape it. I wonder if the smoke flavor is intentional or just ingrained in everything they produce. Like they will never be able to make a beer without a slight bit of smoke in it, just because their equipment is coated with it.

Overall the beer was smooth and kind fo bland. The smokey aftertaste was unnecessary and abbreviated my pleasure of this beer. Sorry Schlenkerla. Not interested.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

oline73, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with some grassy hops. A nice, clean smelling German lager. The flavor is mainly bready and biscuit malt with some grassy hops mixed in. I also get a little bit of light grape notes but they are pretty faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from a great brewery.

Mora2000, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

jwc215, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

smcolw, May 01, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with a medium white head, great retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, grassy hops, no real smoke here.

T: Great bready malt flavour with a hint of smoke. Some good minerality, complex and interesting flavour. Has a keller sensibility.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. Smooth, soft but biting carbonation.

O: A fantastic lagerbier. The smoke is definitely toned down from the regular Marzen, but this is just as fantastic in its own right, a definite pick up.

Halcyondays, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head. The head falls slowly to a surface foam.

Smell: light smokiness and grass are easily detectable and is enjoyable.

Taste: slightly grainy maltiness here with a grass overtone and nice spicy bitterness. Mild smoke tones wrap around the flavor components.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, leaning towards smooth at the finish. Dry throughout. Mild smoke laced flavors lingers briefly into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I did not expect the smoky tones with this beer when I picked it up compared to other beers produced here, but it was a pleasant surprise. Nice overall character - worth seeking out.

Gavage, May 23, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

oriolesfan4, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation and a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by a smokey woodsy maltiness with very slight golden fuit notes. Golden pilsner altiness with a subtle hop character and a very smokey, characoal wood chip flavor. Dry finish.

corby112, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 27, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at the always worth a visit DeCicco martket in Pelham, NY. Squat German style bottle, w/o freshness indication (seems the Germans are slow to embrace this consumer friendly innovation) this one pour, clear, dull, yellowy, with an initially loose white fluffy head, evolving into a thick loose film and leaving pleanty of scattered drying lacing. Nose here is softly of grass and a hint of smoke. Pleanty of crisp, dry and snappy hops cary the freight here, also more hints of smoke, lime and then the expected bone dry spicy hop finish. Nice, refreshing lager, bring on the smoked meats, creamy cheese and bread.

Billolick, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very pale golden, like straw with very little head. I was motivated to try this beer by recent threads on BA about how this beer had picked up some of the smoke characteristics from being made in the same brewery as the Rauchbiers though merely incidental contact with the smoke. Sure enough, there is indeed smoke in the nose and taste. It is relatively subtle, but definitely there and part of the overall flavor profile. Beside that the beer is a light but pleasant Helles with moderate bitterness and is quite clean and a bit of a sweet light malt tang. Smooth and crisp and the smoke really blends beautifully. In this case, you get less of the smoked meat and more subtle woodsmoke (alder?) scent. Nice.

Georgiabeer, May 16, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet. For no rauch, pretty damned rauchy.

A: The lager is a golden yellow color, hazed a bit but still translucent. A white head, right in line with the lightness of the ale, leaves a few strands of lace behind.

S: The lagerbier has a sturdy smokiness ingrained in it, even if it doesn't include the normal Bamberger smoked malts. The helles lager drips of the Bamberger scent, even with no smoked malts included. A tribute to subtlety.

T: The lager is a light, chewy beer, one that picks up more smokiness by accident that most can muster up intentionally. The biscuity grains are bready; hops are an afterthought. Between the start and finish, the lager's smoked body takes hold. That smoke, meaty as it is, is significantly lighter than Schlenkerla's other offerings. That reduced flavor makes the lager much more palatable, more enjoyable to sip through.

M: The smoke makes the beer, a full flavor that doesn't scorch the earth. A beer that paired nicely with several of the cheeses throughout the night.

akorsak, May 19, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a perfectly creamy snow white head that sticks to the glass and last for the full beer. There is a sea of microbubbles supporting the head.

S- The smell of perfumy yeast gives way to a slightly smoky note and a sweet sulfury hint. There is a light buttery note that increases just a bit as the beer warms. The smoke is very pleasant and balance in with the other aromas.

T- This beer starts with a full clean smokey note that has a slight malt sweetness to it followed by a hint of dry pale malt. There is a very faint peat smoke quality that increases as the beer warms. The finish is a nice noble green hop flavor with a faint lemon hint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel due to the everlasting head and a full fizz note at the finish.

D- This beer has a great balance of light smoke noble hops and yeasty malt notes. I never though smoke in a helles would work but this beer really has all the flavors working together.

rhoadsrage, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming out of the 500 ml format, on to the beer:

This beer has a dark golden hue, head retention that is good, and leaves several rings of lacing around the glass. The nose says helles, but if you sniff a little closer, you can also catch a soft smokiness arising. In addition to the smoke, notes of honey and grassy hops arise.

I enjoy a quality helles lager, and Schlenkerla shows that they can do that. There's a subtle smoke flavor, no surprise that this is coming out off Schlenkerla. Honey, grass/hay flavors, also some bread.The flavors are nicely balanced, which helps make it easy to drink. The body is light, and the carbonation has a bit of a jumpy sensation.

Quality helles lager here. If you enjoy a subtle twist on this traditional Munich style, then grab a bottle of this.

DoubleJ, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

jdhilt, May 21, 2007
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

afsdan, May 01, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +1.3%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
89 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.