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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 35
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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 msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz/500ml bottle, poured to a tall pilsner glass. First tried this beer on draught at the 2008 Portland International Beerfest. Picked one up at By the Bottle (Vancouver, WA).

Generic blue-on-white label, straightforward. "Dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot entsprechend gebrautes...Helles Lagerbier...Seit 1678...Brauerei Heller...Bamberg". Jawohl.

A: Golden yellow with a trace of haziness; good carbonation rises steadily. Tight, fizzy head builds to two fingers, drops to a thin covering within a couple minutes with spotty bumps where bubble streams rise.

S: Love the bold smokiness in the Schlenkerla beers; this one is much more subtle, the result (I've read) of latent smoke that permeates the brewery. The result is sweet, a little like an artisan nut bread.

T: Malty, a husky bread dough with a gentle smokiness - really you could miss it is you're not seeking it out. Some roasted nut, a mild earthy tang that seems a little like sesame and soy sauce. Even becomes a little salty? Seems simple at first, but worth mulling over and finding those subtleties.

M: Expectedly crisp, yet fairly smooth (not prickly). Light and airy. A slight gummy stickiness on the lips and lingering on the front of the tongue.

D: Remarkably drinkable, this came very close to a '5' for me. Light 'sessionable' ABV (only 4.3%), nice aroma, intriguing flavor. One I'll definitely seek out again.

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

A: Fairly clear golden color that poured with a finger of white head that quickly dissipated.

S: Awesome biscuit malt up front with a hint of smoke. I love this breweries Rauchbiers so maybe I am smelling what I want to. It as that lager smell behind it all but it is muted.

T: Sweetness and some smoke up front. Finishes very clean. Not insanely complex but for a beer of 4.3 abv they packed a ton of flavor in.

M: Medium body. Very nice mouthfeel.

D: Awesome beer. Would love to have a keg of this at home. Tons of flavor without the hammer.

Photo of wschumac
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a flute

A - Straw coloring very clear with almost three fingered head. No lacing and very quick dissipation

S - Light on the fragrance corn comes to mind

T - Nothing which stands out, very light on flavoring. Low levels of hops and malt present, excellent balance

M - Smotth as can be

D - Can drink them all afternoon

Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull orangy amber into my Corsendonk tulip, white head tries to appear, but disappears quickly. The low alcohol brew still tries to stick to the sides.

Surprising whiff of a light smoked peat, crisp with some lingering summer spices. Yep, the dash of smoke moves into the quaff gingerly, and nicely. A very nice treat that drinks easily in the summer heat - a good session brew with the 4.3% and only a bit over $3 for a 500ml bottle.

Photo of dmamiano
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very crispand clean looking golden yellow with ample carbonaton and a nice white head. Nice looking beer.
Smelled a bit spicy and sweet with hints of bannana and bazooka bubble come coming to mind.
Taste was very pleasing with ripe fruitiness more than likely from the yeast dominating.
Very nice on the palate with a pretty god feel and a nice tingle of carbonation. Nice balance of the hops made this a pretty pleasing beer.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - lite straw colored gold with a soft puffy marsh mellow looking head. Bubbles shoot straight up the center of this brew all the way to the top, where a fine thin white hallo floats around the glass.

Smell - Not much of one to speak of, but there is a smoke presence with a touch of sweet malts behind it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very lite, crisp and clean, very easy to sip on. Smoke is the dominant presence in this one, but not overly harsh, just a nice wrap around the tongue to coat the palate. Smooth malt and a peppery spice help turn it into something more. Some lite fruits help to subtly give it a feel as well.

Drinkability - Great example of the style! Getting better and better as it warms. So easily drinkable it would make a great paring with any kind of smoked food.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Map Room and served in a Spaten glass.

A: Pours a clear and deep rich looking golden color with an inch of pure white head that melts into a quarter of an inch thick cap that lasts the entire glass but for some reason cant seem to leave much lacing at all, pretty standard looking helles.

S: This is where things get interesting. Not nearly as smokey as some of this brewery's other beers and that's not a bad thing. Crisp and clean with a slight smokey twang mixed with fresh baked bread. My only complaint is that the smoke becomes just the tiniest bit arcrid smelling the more and more I drink this.

T/MF: Like all of the beer from this brewery the mouthfeel stands head and shoulders above anything else. Its just clean and snappy, feels like its latching itself onto your tongue and does not want to let go. Full bodied mouthfeel but not in a thick or sticky way, fresh and crispy almost soda like mouthfeel. The taste is much the same as the aroma with a good balance struck between malts and bitter hops but that mild and salty smoke flavor really stands out and in a good way. My only complaint and what keeps it from scoring higher is a slight soapy taste that becomes more prevalent about halfway through this beer.

D: Again could have scored higher if it were not for that soapy kind of taste near the end. This beer is quite refreshing for a slightly smoked beer and the mouthfeel will always bring me back for more.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at chef paul's served in it's own glassware and i couldn't stop drinking it. appearance is your typical helles lager, very light straw in color with perfect clarity and a nice creamy white head and lacing that coats throughout. aroma is nice-some sweet doughy/bready malts, light grassy and spicy hops, and just a hint of light smoke providing an interesting twist. taste is nicely balanced with the sweet malts finishing clean with a light, smooth bitterness. creamy, frothy mouthfeel that feels a bit bigger than it's abv would suggest. very drinkable and a really nice session beer-interesting and with a low abv.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Deep Ellum, served in a pilsner glass (why?). I loved this beer, it makes me feel like I'm in a Munich beer hall, with smoke. The beer was clear and straw colored, with a good amount of foam. The smell is malty with a hint of smoke (not near as much as the other Brauerei Heller-Trum beers, but just enough of a hint to make it meaningful). I know "German" isn't a good decription of aroma or flavor but it really comes to mind when drinking this beer, it has the feel of authenticity. The taste is nearly perfect for a Helles Lager, malty and sweet but not overly flavored, and spiced up by a touch of smoked wood. Absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is medium as the style should be, and this is very easy to drink quickly. I want a liter instead of the pilsner glass Deep Ellum gave me.

I recommend this beer strongly to any lover of Helles Lagers or Rauchbiers. It's not a true rauchbier of course, but has just enough to satisfy for this style.

Photo of RomanW70
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of eberkman
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Deep Ellum in Allston.

Presented in a tall, handled stange. Clear pale gold with a substantial white head that had decent staying power for the style.

A bacon-like smokiness in the nose blended with an otherwise typical lager combination of grassiness, tartness and bitterness.

Taste was very similar -- grassy with a bitter tinge, but with a smoked pork essence at the front and back end. Fairly clean in the middle.

Nice crisp mouthfeel, especially considering that it was coming from a tap.

Drinkability is slightly above average -- at 4.30, you can put away a bunch of these. But the novelty of the smoke gets a little old. Also a little nagging, since they're not going all out like a rauchbier.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the Moan and Dove. Settled with a clear gold appearance and an excellent, frosty head that thinned out. The smells were rich in grassy and toasty hops. While in the flavor category, it had a sour-bitter citrus balance going on wrapped around the grainy and dry, toasty texture. In the mouthfeel department, the beer was light and smooth, probably thanks to the smokiness. Overall, pretty good.

Photo of Bierfreund
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a portion to try while in a bar meeting other beer afficionados for a beer trade.

Light coloured, white head.

I found the taste very surprising: a very slight (really tiny) hint of smoke came with it!

I would like to have a full bottle of this, but I have not figured out where to get this in Pennsylvania. The guy giving me the portion bought it in New York state.

This is very drinkable, feels light. Medium carbonation gives a prickly mouthfeel.

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of marcpal
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into wide pint glass for a good Sunday Yankee game.

A: Cloudy gold with a thin white head- medium lacing.

S: Light aroma with some malty sweetness. Mild smokiness from the malt as well.

T: During the first half of the beer I was really let down by the level of the smokiness I had come to expect. During the later part of this beer (maybe as it warmed), the smoky roastiness came through much more. My expectations were in the wrong place given the style. The hops come through very smoothly and was great alongside some garlic bread and gnocchi.

M: Something of a bitter smoky finish. Definitely clean on the tongue.

D: Good summer drinker and not overpowering on the smoke but was hoping for a bit more of that bacon background Ive come to love from AS beers.

Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw gold in appearance, with a white head that quickly fades to a ring and light film.
the aroma has a honey grain character with a little bit of a plasticy smoke aroma.
the taste is smokier when compared to the aroma, but far less smokey than the other schlenkerla offerings. it's got a crisp grainy sweetness lying beneath the smoke that seems to benefit from some herbal noble hops.
the mouthfeel is thinner side of medium bodies with moderate carbonation.
good drinkability, easy, but keeps yuou interested... this one provides a unique take on a helles the light sweet maltiness, smoke and hops create a nice range of flavors.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is one inch in height, frothy and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of biscuity malt, with a soft spicy hop presence. The taste is like the aroma, but with a very slight hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great helles. I will certainly drink this again.

Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, .09 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison for $3.29...
Sampled all of this brewery's smoked beers, so I was curious to know what their Helles Lager would taste like...
Overall, this was a typical depiction of a light, easily-drinkable style - certainly nothing above and beyond, but a pleasant drink that was crisp and fairly smooth...
Straw-colored, light-blond appearance with a very minimal foamy head that quickly dissipated and left hardly any lacing...
Faint grainy smell apparent with slight florals thrown into the mix...
Light, crisp, clear, refreshing taste - went down like water with not much going on in this department...
Drinkability was fairly good - easy to down because of the very modest 4.3% ABV...
Otherwise, a decent stab at the style...

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is crystal clear and golden in the glass with a nice fluffy cap of white foam. Pale malts and graininess emanate into the nose, perhaps a slight smokiness as well. The beer is light to medium bodied. The taste is similar to the aroma with bready malts and very little indication of bitterness or hops. The finish has a very slight hint of smoke. Subtlety is key here and that should be appreciated.

Photo of psinderson
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a sample glass during a tasting at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Light straw color, mostly clear.

Smell: A bit smokey in the nose with some honey present.

Taste: Smokey almost mossy-like taste. Slight hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Complex taste, but still nicely drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light clear pale orange color.

S: Nice aroma with a slight roasted chocolate nose with a touch of light smokiness sneaking through.

T: Palate is light pale malt, cereal grains with a nice smoked woody character, and earthy hops. Probably one of the better if not best helles style lagers I've had. Theres a light roasted fade of burnt chocolate and a lingering smokiness against the malt to give it a much fuller flavor then others per style along with a decent amount of earthy noble hoppiness. Finishes very nicely making you want more and would go great with a brick oven pizza with sausage.

M: crisp, smoky, and lightly carbonated

D: Drinkability is very good especially within style.

Photo of Rainintheface
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of johanvond
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a crystal clear clean golden lager with a white head, you can see why it's a helles. Theres a good sweet malt aroma and cleansing mouthfeel. This beer has an amazing interplay of malt smoke and hops. You start out with a light smoke that returns in the aftertaste with an amazing dance of smoke and hopppy bitternes that inataly clenses but after half the glass just keeps going. I wish i could have this with some lightly smoke salmon or sushi.

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
89 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.