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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 30
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlenkerla- Helles

A- Light clear golden yellow with a good thick white head. No lacing but heavy carbonation.
S- Buttery sweet corn, liquid smoke, and a doughy bready malt.
T Sweet corn, butter, and smokey doughy biscuity bread. Slight peppery spiciness with light grainy malt and an even lighter dry straw/ hay hop finish.
M- Sweet and buttery with a dry smoke and earthy grassy feel.

Overall- Wasn't too impressed with the corn smell but drank easy with a crisp smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:07:57 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall German mug.

Poured a golden color with a foamy white head dissipating to a thin cap and lasting lacing. Smells of smoke with some hops. Tastes of smoke malt and hops in a nice combination. Mouthfeel is creamy smoth and carbonated. Drinkability is great I could drink these all night, although I like the smoked ham on wheat taste of their "Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer - Wheat" a little better, this has a nice clean finish that would be easy to drink in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:55:31 | More by richago1
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pale straw-gold with two fingers of soft, pillowy white head.

S - Dry, cracker-like malt with the faintest hint of smoke, with freshly cut grass and floral hop aroma.

T - Light and bready, with slight vinous and woody qualities. Dry, with moderate hop bitterness. White pepper spiciness lingers on the tongue, with just a bit of smoke in the aftertaste.

M - Very light body, good carbonation.

D - A good beer - probably the closest I've come to being wowed by a helles. Smoke was much less than I was expecting. I think this would be overwhelmed by ribs, but something like pulled chicken could make a pretty good pairing. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 02:20:30 | More by trbergman
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting find on tap at The Other Side Cafe in Boston. Pours pale golden with off-white head. Aroma has some fruit and a perfumy quality, along with smoke. On the palate the perfume quality is present and the beer is overall very crisp and refreshing. Good accompaniment to the pub fare.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 16:12:55 | More by yemenmocha
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow with a thin white head fades rapidly.

S - Bready, grainy malts with light smoke and a touch of spicy hops.

T - A decent amount of smoke, more than the version I had on tap, spicy hops, slightly mineral flavor, bready with some lemon.

M - Light body and refreshing. The carbonation seems a tad low. A dry lingering mineral finish.

D - I really don't remember this much smoke when I had it on tap but it is still a refreshing, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 20:07:57 | More by brewcrew76
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow with a nice stark white head that retains well for the style leaving ok lacing.

Nose has slight smoke, and mostly german lager malt profile, with some slight euro hop grassiness.

Mmm. Despite being a lager, this still has that classic Aecht rauch smoke. Its not as intense as the other, darker selections, but a beautiful rauch kiss on the end of this one.

Mouthfeel is ideal, maybe a tiny touch thick. Carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is good, but after one the smoke would get in the way with sessionability.

Overall a very nice smoked lager. Quite tasty and very accurate to the style. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:53:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2009 00:04:36 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bamberg is known for its smoked beers, and Schlenkerla has been keeping that tradition going for over five-hundred years.

There are five styles now (a new "oak" beer is coming in December 2009). The Fastenbier is a seasonal, and less well-known. And although the Ur-bock is also a seasonal, along with the Weizen and Maerzen, it's better known. All get a fair amount of play - although the Maerzen is probably their best known. But what of the Helles? It seems to get passed by? (At least here in America). Is it that it's just a basic style? Or is it that the smokiness is just too much within such a simple malt base?

Based on my experience, that answer may never be known. I've had people tell me, "Oh, and it's not smoky like the others", while others have pushed it back across the bar.

I find it malty, and hoppy, and smoky, with the smoke building on the palate, as does the solid bitterness. It may be a helles, but it's not a helles for those with an inexperienced palate.

And with that said, unless you go to Bamberg to sample the wares, there's not a lot of other examples to try in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 20:23:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's for their second German beer fest

The pour is light yellow with brilliant clarity. The thin, white head doesn't hang around too long, receding to a ring. On the nose, there's a light smoky character, with a touch of butter and a crisp, biscuit/cracker character. Clean. On the palate, it opens crisp and mildly bitter with a firm earthy hop bite and a touch of lemon. Mild smoky character, woody in nature. Dry and bitter on the finish. The body's light, and the crisp, refreshing finish and great carbonation make for a truly drinkable beer

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 11:50:12 | More by DefenCorps
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with one inch of white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacin is left on the glass. I can smell some sweet malt with noticable noble hops. A touch of smoke is also detected. A different flavor than the typical Helles. A little smoke up front before the sweet malt takes over. The hops are a little weak but noticable in the finish. Cereal grains in the aftertaste. Bitterness is low. Light body with abundant carbonation that stops short of being harsh. Low ABV and the unusual flavor component makes this one an interesting drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 22:11:34 | More by morimech
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice bright, white rocky head. The foam is long lasting produces some nice lace. The carbonation is correct for style. Overall, a pretty beer.

The aroma is composed of citrus and yeast. I detect the slight prenence of hops in the aroma.

The flavor is slight on the front of the tongue, but the hops are prevelent on the back of the tongue. Both the malts and hopes shine through in the aftertaste. In short, great taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:49:13 | More by cudmud
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Helles from Schlenkerla. Pours a golden amber color and there was no notice of the "bacon" smell I have experienced with other similar beers. Drank out of my Augustiner Edelstoff lager glass.

A true gem. Still searching for the Augustiner Helles, but very enjoyable this one..


Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 22:58:24 | More by Bice4
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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando. Poured into a .5L mug. Pours a golden yellow color with a large off-white head.

S- The aroma like all beers from this brewery has a very pleasant smoked malt smell. I can't get enough of this aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma features delicious pale smoked malts with a finish that leaves you craving more.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is the definition of a session beer for me, very tasty and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 23:41:36 | More by cjgator3
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4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having the Rauchbier and thinking it was ok but not something I would buy again, this one intrigued me, perhaps it would be the right balance of smokiness, here it goes.

Poured into a 0.4 liter mug/Stange hybrid for export lager, it will do until I get a good Bavarian crystal mug. It has a nice white one finger head. The color is amazing, it is nice darker helles color with a tiny bit of haze, almost like a Dortmunder, with a nice amount of bubbles. Very nice lacing as well.

Alot of people got bacon scent in the original Rauchbier Maerzen, but all I smelt was burnt wood, this one smells a bit more like bacon, especially when I popped it open and i got a huge bacon whiff. After the pour the smokiness/bacon dies down and it is a nice malty sweet smell with some breadiness. I am also getting a slight bit of hops that blends with the smoke scent.

Wow great taste woweee. Starts off quite sweet with the malts, and they last quite a bit, its a long flavor. Hops come in with a smoky bite, some spice, and some citrus flavors. The lingering flavor is smoke and hops, it has a slightly dry finish. A very complex and satisfying taste. The carbonation is perfect, has a nice bite on the tongue. This almost reminds me of a Dortumunder Export with smokiness and some Bavarian Helles charm, I guess I picked the right glass too then hah.

As it warms the smokiness on the palate intensifies but it never gets to the slightly offensive levels the Maerzen got too. The drinkablity is pretty high but I probably couldn't down more than 2 of these big bottles. The 4.30% abv make's me think a couple of liters of this would be feasible, if only this were in the mini-kegs they sell here and not the Maerzen.

This was a lovely surprise, this beer is just packed with flavor, but it isn't a big, bulky brew just light and flavorful. They ave succeed in creating a whopper of a low abv beer that I would stack up against many big beers. If you want a reprieve from your everyday Bavarian Helles this is the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:45:41 | More by crossovert
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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 22:41:48 | More by beertunes
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type-bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A-Golden body, white foamy head with decent retention, very good lacing.

S-Sweet and grainy malt, bready with some hops, grassy, strong lager yeasts.

T-Sweet and grainy malt just like in the nose, bready. Then the hops hits hard and crisp. There is a woodsy smokiness here in the middle but the finish is a backed-off hops with a good, balanced malt. Smoke lingers for a while and becomes an aftertaste that isn't altogether pleasant.

M-Light and clean, crisp, yet still quite smooth. Low carbonation on the palate.

D-One or two of these would be all I'd need mainly because the smoke becomes the dominating flavor after a while. It would seem like a good, easy beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:05:07 | More by Shango42
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/3/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of grain and lager yeast. The malt character is hearty but not heavy at all. There's a good hops presence for the style that brings a nice balance. There's a touch of spice in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a really nice simple beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 01:25:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at the Maproom in Chicago. pours a crystal clear golden color with a sizable pillowy white head that has great retention and leaves moderate lacings. the head could be whipped cream and it would not look very different.

aroma is of light breaded malts and a touch of earthy smoke with a light note of lager yeast. overall fresh and pleasant in the nose with a simple profile.

taste follows the nose with a bit more smoke and a nice crisp finish. not much on the palate after the fact. a bit of lager yeast shows up after a bit of warming, and helps to balance the overall character.

mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit dry on the finish with a smooth texture and a light bite from the smoke.

drinkability is good. the smoke is pretty subtle, allowing the munich helles part of the beer to show well, but the smoke ends up a bit too light to be fully appreciated. the overall chracter is quite nice, but ends up a bit less than it could be. still a solid beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 16:46:19 | More by botham
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear pale gold in color with about a finger of white head that quickly settles to just a thin cap. Aroma is quite nice, slightly grainy but generally clean pils malt and a low slightly spicy noble hop aroma. Taste is pretty darn good as well. A bit grainy at first but that gives way to a good pil-malt character. A low-medium hop bitterness with low noble hop flavor. Good mouthfeel with medium-light body and medium carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. This is a great example of a helles lager. Its perfect for a warm summer's day and was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 18:38:02 | More by mnj21655
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3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/yellow, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pork, smoke, and grass

Taste: grass, bigger than expected hops, somewhat smoky finish

Mouthfeel: I can feel the moderate carbonation. This beer has a weakish semi-sweet start with a moderately bitter finish and medium body.

Drinkability: This is the least smoky of the Scherlenkerla offerings and only has a touch of smoke on the aftertaste. A decent lager, I could have two but would no desire for a third.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 13:17:10 | More by tigg924
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight yeasty haze... White head poured pretty tight, thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to light wispy covering... good steady stream of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Slighty sweet grainy malts with the slightest hint of smokiness, peppery and grassy hop notes, some almond nuttiness, floral honey, bready, some yeastiness, light caramel, stewed fruits (apples, apricots), tobacco traces... nowhere near the smokiness of Schlenkerla's other brews...

Taste - Sweet biscuity malts backed by some light smokiness, honey and light caramel, light grassy hop bitterness, grainy, juicy fruits (lemons, peach, pear), slight chalkiness, peppery notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Light body... An extremely quaffable and sessionable lager...

Overall - A nice mellow quaffable lager which doesn't overdo the smokiness... recommended..

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 07:45:13 | More by mdagnew
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blond color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Nice presentation.

Aroma is light and grainy with a decent hop bite in the nose. Seems sweet as well.

Taste is full of hop bitterness followed by sweet, grainy malt. Inoffensive flavors that make it easy to drink and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is a just a bit harsh but the hop bitterness lingers along with the grainy malt.

A decent example of the style from the land that bore it. I can't say that it's the best I've had but it has more hop character than some other examples I've had. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 15:42:21 | More by Brad007
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great easy-drinking smoked beer. Clean like a normal Helles with a touch of smoke, so they must be using a relatively small percentage of smoked malt.

Nice white head. Golden, but that smoked malt seems to give it a touch of brown.

Very drinkable. If you like smoke. But it has the drinkability of a Helles and the right amount of smoke only increases its drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 15:37:18 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

great lacing. otherwise very similar to the bottled version, with fresher aromas and flavors all around. plus just that tiny hint of smoke as well.

very smooth, with tiny trace of astringency. crisp, sometimes creamy carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 14:52:47 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Pours a crystal clear golden color with lovely carbonation flowing upwards forming a one and a half inch white head with three distinct circular impressions in the shape of a triangle. Artsy. Lots of lacing left behind.

Aroma is lightly smoky with that great campfire, bacony smoke scent. A bit of malty sweetness, and a hint of bread as well.

Taste is even lighter on the smoke flavor than the aroma. It begins with a malty sweetness with a bit of toasty breadiness then some noble hop character in the finish along with slight smoky characteristics.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, nice creamy feel that is also crisp and easy drinking.

An interesting Helles Lager indeed. It is nowhere near the smoke character of their other beers but it is there in a subtle way which makes it slightly more complex. If it were cheaper I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 04:51:09 | More by roadhouse
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.