Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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3.41/5 rDev -13.7%
(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...
02-24-2014 23:45:17 | More by Bouleboubier
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Clear yellow with a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Grainy, a little woody, lots of grain, dried flowers, a touch of smoke.
T - Slightly sweet malt, a little hop bite underneath, then the smoke comes in mid way, and doesnt overpower, its light touch but very nice.
M - Clean, crisp and light bodied. Very refreshing.
O - Good Lager with just a touch of smoke, I think it could use more, but its quite refreshing.
01-11-2014 04:31:32 | More by Omnium
1.53/5 rDev -61.3%
Smoked Helles Lager? This beer sucks. Smoke a porter. Smoke a stout. But a helles? Fuck outta here with that.
Look, i love german beer. I love Munich Helles Lager. I've been to Munich many times. Helles is a delicate beer that is often misrepresented and under appreciated.
That said, this beer sucks. The smoke over powers the already soft flavor of the helles. This was a drain pour for me
12-24-2013 04:17:35 | More by JMD
3.96/5 rDev +0.3%
Very interesting stuff. A clear, light Bavarian Helles with fine and firm head. The subtle smoke aroma makes this a unique beer. Much more drinkable than the Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Malty and satisfying finish, considering it’s relatively low alcohol level.
12-14-2013 07:22:49 | More by Westler
3.64/5 rDev -7.8%
Light golden color with a thin head.
Mildly smokey aroma with floral and herbal notes.
Flavor of slightly smoked malt with its sweetness, nevertheless it is quite clean as a Lager should be. Notes of grassy hops and bread. Hints of minerals.
Light body with good carbonation.
Decent helles with an elegant smokey touch. But don’t expect bacon or any heavy ash smokness, and you will be fine.
11-29-2013 17:51:53 | More by FLima
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
A- pale hazy gold with a thin white head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.
S- floral, smokey, fresh cut timber. Very inviting.
T- hardwood smoke, biscuit, very subtle and elegant.
M- crisp, clean, refreshing. Slightly watery finish.
O- very nice.
10-24-2013 02:34:40 | More by silverking
3.96/5 rDev +0.3%
500 ml bottle poured into wine glass.
A - A very pale yellow with a bit of haze. A fair amount of carbonation, seemed alive. ~ 1" head formed which stuck around. A bit of lacing left behind on the glass. Good looking lager.
S - Very, very unique. Up front, there's a sweet smell, almost like cinnamon. Not exactly what I search for in my favorite style of beer. Noble hops poke through slightly at the end, as does some mild malt.
T - I was apprehensive after the aroma, but thankfully none of that "cinnamony" aroma could be noted in the taste. Mild, slightly sweet malts up front, along with a slightly fruity, almost pear-like taste. Unique and enjoyable. As with the aroma, noble hops can be noted in the aftertaset. And as a good lager should be, very crisp and clean tasting. Slight bit of breadiness, too.
F - Good as Helles lagers should be. Enough carbonation for your fizz fix, and it's easy on the throat and tongue. Absolutely positively a session beer. It would be one in the future for me, but this stuff is expensive in my neck of the woods.
O - A solid Helles, and a good representation of the style. I still think there are better Helles', but this is absolutely worth a try. Crisp and clean with a mild fruity and hoppy taste, could be an excellent session beer. Highly recommended to lager fans.
10-23-2013 18:20:13 | More by stella77artois
3.46/5 rDev -12.4%
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!
10-13-2013 03:33:11 | More by johnnnniee
3.71/5 rDev -6.1%
Appearance: A massive, cotton candy ball of a head sits atop a very clear, pale gold brew. Light lacing is left on he glass, and the creamy foam is very long lasting.
Smell: Pils malt is apparent, with its yeasty, bready smell and faint background of DMS. Light floral hops are also detected. In all, very appropriate for the style.
Taste: Light and clean--this is definitely a lager. Bready malt dominates, but a very mild hop bitterness exists to balance things out. All these aspects are very true to style, but even for a light lager, the flavor seems a bit lacking. A slight metallic taste that I would expect in a Dortmunder export, but never this, pops out from time to time.
Mouthfeel: Too light and watery. Should be medium-bodied. The carbonation is also less than medium, which is the standard.
Overall: A traditional, well done Munich Helles in many ways, but with a watered-down character that keeps it from making a truly positive impression.
10-05-2013 18:25:50 | More by BethanyB
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
89 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.