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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 37
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003

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Ratings: 562 | Reviews: 347
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured clear golden yellow color lager with a medium white foamy head with average retention and limited lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some sweetness also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with some sweet notes but I could not distinguish any some at all. Body is quite full and slightly oily with some medium carbonation. Interesting but not really smokey.

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

Pours golden and extremely clear. Nice white two finger head that does not linger. Nose is subtle with hints of yeast, spice and fruit. The taste is bright and sharp, with apple and pear flavors. Clean spicy finish, that leaves a bit of a funky taste on the roof of the mouth. A great beer for a hot summer day or a cold rainy night like this while waiting for dinner.

Photo of phisig137
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slight hazy thin gold color, with a 1/2 finger head. Lacing is minimal, but there is a thin cap of foam left on top of the glass.

S- Surprisingly light smoke aroma, most of the smell is of clean raw grains, with a hint of pear like fruit aroma

F- Great bready and biscuit like notes, backed by only a hint of smoke. Oddly mild flavor considering their other beers, but well made and balanced.

M- On the thin side, light, well carbonated.

D- quite good.

Overall, pretty good, but a little on the boring side honestly. It may be a good beer to introduce new advocates into the world of smoke, seeing as how it is MUCH more tame than their other beers. Its definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't lose any sleep searching for it.

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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

A: Pours a transparent, pale golden hue, producing three fingers of bubbly head that actually sticks around for a while leaving some lace behind on its way down (which is quite the opposite of the American/Euro macro lager category). This beer looks damn good.

S: A clean and grainy smell, the pale malt and subtle hopping is very enticing. Even though the style is known to have a much more subdued bouquet, this one is still quite assertive.

T: Starts off with a smooth pale malt introduction, semisweet and a good base for the hops that enter the picture. Very well-hopped, as it straddles the line between too much and not enough... perfectly in the middle for a great bittering flavor. At first, I didn't actually notice the smokiness, as its quite subtle, but I definitely picked up on it in the aftertaste after a few sips.

M: Carbonation is great, and the beer has a wee bit of a heavier body to it than expected, but keeping in mind this is in reference to the helles lager style. I actually enjoy that fact, and furthermore, the hops provide a bit of slickness with a slightly creamy aspect from the carbonation. Great in this category as well.

D: Overall, an insanely drinkable beer. With only 4.3% abv, a light (but not ultra-light) body, and enough hops to keep the palate interested, this would make a great session beer. Fans of German lagers, especially the Helles style, will definitely appreciate this one. Very well done.

Photo of Domingo
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this for a long time. I'm not a big rauchbier fan, but Schlenkerla makes some high quality brews regardless of style. I *am* a big helles fan, so I had to grab this one.

Pours a standard light yellow color with a large fluffy white head. Nothing new, but a spot on perfect helles visually.
Smell is of grain and hops. It's a little sweeter smelling than some, but it's typical. No smoke scent at all...which is unusual for this brewer.
Tastes starts off like a sweet helles. Along the line of an expert in terms of flavor, but without the alcohol. Hops come into the middle...and then there's the Schlenkerla smoke flavor on the back end. It's mild, but great! I really like this. It's mild and just one element of a larger flavor profile. This isn't a rauchbier, or a helles, but it's a blend of both. It's like 8/10 helles and 2/10 rauchbier.
I only had one bottle, but I want more...now!
It's not a helles in the traditional sense, but it's cool to see a German brewer playing with styles a little. Excellent brew!
Highly recommended.

Photo of xthemystic
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle.

A: Very clear orange-tinged yellow. No real head to speak of. Strong carbonation activity.

S: Effervescent, light. A sweet grain aroma.

T: Sweet, light. Ghostly hint of smoke in the middle, strengthens on the palate as one progresses.

M: Smooth. Round. Light. Tongue-scrubbing.

D: Very easy to drink. Could easily find myself through a bottle without really thinking about it if i wasn't paying attention.

A good summer beer on a hot day. When foolish people open their cans of Budweiser swill, this would be a tasty, respectable alternative. Very light, but with some nice smoky flavor. Perfect for late summer as airy taste and smell fit with the season, but the underlying smoke lingers as if to remind the palate and the person that cool autumn will soon be on its way.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw hued body has a small and fleeting white head. Aroma has some subtle smokiness but mostly sweetish malt and spicy hop. Crisp medium body supports a light body and medium carbonation. Clean feel. Taste has some sweet gariny malt that is expertly balanced by a clean spicy hoppiness. The smoked malt is present but not obtrusive, most noticeable as an aftertaste. Very sessionable. The brewery's most accessible smoked bier that I've sampled. This one doesn't come across like liquid smoke.

Photo of Irrigate
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Colored golden like a typical lager, and the head dissipates quickly. The smell is crisp and slightly smoky. This would be a great "gateway beer" into rauchbier like the Schlenkerla Marzen. Personally, I think the smokiness is so slight that it teases rather than fulfills. But then again, this isn't labeled a "rauchbier". Still very interesting.

Photo of Nipitato
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium yellow hue with brilliant clarity. Visibly effervescent. Pours with a creamy white head with sticky lacing.

S: A very full aroma for a light lager. Sweet grainy aroma with a good smattering of smoke - but not overpowering. Besides that very crisp and clean.

T: Sweet and malty. Grainy. Smokey character pervades throughout adding a unique twist. A little hop bitterness on the back end with a malty sweet finish. Quite nice overall.

MF: I can say that I have never been more impressed by a beer's mouthfeel - outstanding. Creamy and full without being cloying or heavy. Medium carbonation.

D: A very good beer. Good nose and flavor and an outstanding mouthfeel. What a light lager can taste like. Supremely drinkable.

Photo of Drew966
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Laberbier pours a golden color with a tinge of orange and a minimal white head from a brown half liter bottle. A little bit of malt and perhaps a bit of smoke are noticeable in the nose. This is a very pleasant tasting lager with a strong tinge of smoke that is more noticeable at some points than others. Very drinkable.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a big mug. The liquid is dark gold with good carbonation. The heat is 2 fingers, very rocky and leaves some lace.

The Smell is sweet and mild smoky like a good BBQ, but no tomato products. LOL

The taste is great, mild smoky flavor rides in after the bready malt makes the first play. This one is clean and fresh. The mild smoke really works well with this style brew.

The mouthfeel is right on, great body good carbonation.

The drinkability is extremely high for a smoked beer. This is a top choice winner for one who wants to try there first smoked beer or a vet that wants to make a night of it.
Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a half-liter bottle into a pint glass.

A: This helles has a substantial looking body, especially considering the style. Would almost be perfect, except for the lack of lacing it left on the glass.

S: Smells just like a very, nice clean helles lager with a good dose of smoke throughout. Ironically, the clean flavors blend very well with the smoke smell.

T & M: Starts off with a classic helles malt sweetness and is quickly blended with the smoke flavor, which is a little too strong in my opinion. Towards the end, the hops kick in and are nearly perfect in terms of bitterness, but the smoke flavor holds on for a bit too long. Mouthfeel is great, as the beer feels like it has plenty of body.

D: During the first several sips, the smokiness is overwhelming. However, as you sip it further, it seems to start to blend more with the beer. That said, this is my first beer from Bamberg (the inventors of "smoke beer"), so I think this is very good for a "smoke flavored helles". Not something I would normally drink, but I think this would be a great beer for any beer geek to try, as it's very interesting.

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I would suggest that, contrary to what I've read about this beer, that this beer has more than a hint of smoke, although this is definitely not the smokiest beer I've had (that would be the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen). To my palate, this beer tastes meaty, which is not entirely a bad thing but does make the beer a bit less drinkable than some other styles. This beer tasted a bit like summer sausage, in contrast to the Rauchbier Marzen by this same brewer which tasted very bacon-y. Definitely worth a try, but not something you're going to drink more than one of! Also, if there was ever a thread on this site for "worst lawnmower beer," this might be in contention.

Oddly (at least to me) is that this beer really does look lager-like. it is golden with nice amounts of head. Aroma is very smokey. Mouthfeel is actually fairly pleasant. Recommended.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying the awesome Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (a smoked beer that supposedly was created for the monks who would perform liquid fasts during Lent, currently the beer with the highest rating I've ever given) the last time I was at the Blind Tiger, I saw this on tap at the same Ale House, and had to give it a try.

It poured like your average Euro lager, fairly clear gold, with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. It smelled of light toasted grains, apple, and grassy hops, but the whole thing was enhanced by the smoky Schlenkerla flavor that I now love. Tastes pretty good -- it would be a typical decent German lager, but for the hints of smoke which make it an intriguing take on the Helles style. I was surprised to read on the website that there is actually no smoked malt in this beer, but it's fermented in the same vessels in which they make their Marzenbiers, which gives it that smoky infusion. Yum. It's decently crisp, and for an extra-tasty 4.3% lager, I'd say an excellent session beer. Man, I've got to make it out to Bamberg sooner than later.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3,08 at Green's on Buford Hwy, Atlanta, Ga. USA. Quite possibly the best German lager I have had in a very long time, perhaps ever. Poured up very average looking with a golden straw colour and snow white head. Foamy top faded away in about 45 seconds. Smell was a little grassy and smelled like 1000's of other German lagers. So far, pretty average, but average ends here. Taste was actually a bit sweet and reminded me a little bit of honey. Very little bit, but honey none the less. An illusion, I'm sure, as I see no mention of honey anywhere on the bottle. Finish was mildly bitter. Drink was very gentle, smooth, and pleasant all the way through. Mouthfeel was very smooth with just the right level of CO2. A very impressive lager, indeed. I wish I had a case.

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