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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 598
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 48
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003

“Schlenkerla Helles” is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nürnberg. It's lagered in century old caves underneath the historic Schlenkerla brewery and maltings. Schlenkerla Helles is boiled in the same copper kettles and bottom fermented by the same yeast as the historic Schlenkerla Smokebeer. Its subtle smokiness without using smoke malt makes “Helles Schlenkerla Lager” a unique representative of the classic lager beer style “Bavarian Helles”.
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus and a small smoke presence. In the taste, a light lager with notes of lemon citrus and a nice smoke. A small smoke bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry smoke in the aftertaste. A bit thin and the smokiness is a bit faint.

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Photo of avalon07
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An almost undetectable aroma of malt, hops and not much else.

T: Tasted of mild hops, some malt, and a little bit of the smoky quality you get with Aecht beers. Mainly, this is a thin, watery flavor. Even the smokiness wasn't really noticeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an average and forgettable beer. Not very interesting.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Fair head retention and even a bit of lacing.

Very lightly smoky and almost herbal. Sweet malt as well. This really is an interesting approach to the Helles lager with the smoky brewhouse at Schlenkerla adding some really interesting aromas.

Just as in the aroma the sweet malt plays out as in a standard Helles lager but the subtle smokiness continues. It adds just a touch of complexity and depth to the beer which I find delightful.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Excellent.

A truly unique and interesting beer. i could see myself drinking a lot of this if I lived in Bamberg.

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Churchkey in Washington, D.C.

Poured a hazy gold with a soapy white head. Aromas of smoke, light, crisp malt, and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the nose, slightly meaty smoke, crisp malt, honey, and toasted grain. Finish is long-lasing and bitter, and smacks nicely of smoke. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very drinkable despite the advertised 6.5% ABV (BA says 4.3%, not sure which is correct). Overall a nice intro to Schlenkerla, but give me the Marzen or Urbock any day!

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Gage roads tulip.

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a white fluffy head that retains well and laces.

S - Some smokeyness on the nose with some sweet grains.

T - Little smokey, with some grassy hay and grains. Very well balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - A solid beer with hint of the classic smoke. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of curasowa
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden color with one finger of white head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Typical dry, mildly husky German malt aroma with notes of rye bread, faint chocolate and smoked meat.

Taste: Dry, crisp malt upfront, then pretty astringent with some smokiness and a little chalk. Some faint herbal hops finish things off before a pretty fast finish with some lingering graininess.

The Rest: Medium bodied; A pretty tasty Helles with some additional character from the smokiness.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold brew with a ton of carbonation and a small, but continually replenishing, head. Thin streaks of lacing on the glass.

S - Hay and a bit of well cooked corn.

T - Slightly smoky, hay, a bit peppery, hint of paraffin, lots light malt and a hint of corn. After taste is a bit of corn, smoke, but mostly a grassy bitterness.

M - Carbonation extremely high, watery, thin, pretty refreshing.

D - Piecewise, I'm not impressed, but all together this beer is pretty nice.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a first for me and it pours a slightly hazy honey hue which leaves a two finger head that stays and a nice rim of lacing,the smell is honeydew,the slightest tinge of smoke but its there and cold meats,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied,dry and thirst satisfying the taste has the honeydew and slight smoked malts along with a touch of rockmelon and a everpresent herbal hop grassiness without the bitterness and overall its no standout beer but a bloody great session beer and could see this as one of my session staple beers for the Summer cheers.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beers Of The World in Rochester, NY

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of pale malt with a bit of that good old smoked malt

T - Is slightly sweet upfront then the smoked malt comes through to give that wonderful smoke flavor

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

O - While this is a decent Rauchbier this is like the Bud Light of Schlenkerla's lineup definitely a gateway to the bolder Rauchbiers out there so I think just about anyone could drink this worth picking up to try if you see it around

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 oz. bottle

Poured a clear golden color with a thick but light white head, 2+ finger pour with good head retention that settled into a thin cap that lasted through the beer. Carbonation was noticeably constantly rising to the top.

Very nice malted barley aroma with a hint of smoke.

The taste follows the nose, but perhaps a bit more smokey.

The beer had a light feel to it, exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Overall, this is a simple beer that is exceptionally well done. This one will be in my beer fridge more often.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunny yellow corn color. Hazy body. Slight natural carbonation.

Light smokiness similar to this brewery's rauchbier. Esters. Clean Pilsner hops. Noble character. Floral and grainy. Corn.

Light smoke. Crisp and clean with a sweet malt base. Corn and light fruits. Spice. chamomile. Dry finish.

Light and sweet. Good malt base with a very slight hop bitterness.

This is a nice beer. It goes well with my hamburger and fires. The flavor profile is simple but it does have that nice Aecht Shlenkarla smokey flavor. I would drink this again.

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Photo of CASK1
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle.

Slightly hazy pale gold, with a white head that fades quickly. Continuous streams of bubbles, but I would like a better head retention.

Aroma is malt balanced, with a slight DMS cooked corn coming through - unexpected but not unpleasant. There is some smoke if you know to look for it, but very subtle. No hops, no esters, very clean aroma.

Smoke is a bit more prominent in the flavor, and very enjoyable. Clean grainy pils malt flavor, with a medium hop bitterness to balance. Low spicy noble hop flavor. The cooked corn DMS is much more subdued in the flavor than in the aroma.

Medium-light body with a clean dry finish. Mouthfeel begs for another sip.

Overall an interesting, unique, and enjoyable German lager. The aroma is a bit underwhelming, but the interesting balance of flavors makes up for it.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 500mL bottle

S: Bright lemon, hay, and hints of mineral and herbs. Smoke is light but very nice.

T: Light, sweet straw and lemon fruitiness up front. Light herbal hops and a bit of biscuit in the middle with a light, smooth, bitterness. Not quite crisp enough for me, though, but OK for style. Slight minerally which continues to the finish. Nice ham-like smoke character shows up a touch in the finish and there is bacon residue lingering note.

Notes: Easy drinking with a nice, light smoke angle to set it apart. The more you drink it the more you'll appreciate the subtleties. As it says on the bottle its not made with smoke malt, so be warned its not a typical Schlenkerla brew.

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Photo of bbeane
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the freshness of this one... gonna give it a try anyways

A- Poured into my DFH chalice... Pours a mostly crisp (has a bit of sediment in it which is why I'm questioning the freshness) golden color with a nice fluffy white head and decent retention

S- Aroma is a bit disappointing compared to the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers I've tried. Not much smoked notes, just some light floral hops

T- Starts with some floral hop flavor with some smokey notes. Finishes with a bitter bread flavor

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

O- Eh... this one was just ok IMO. Not on the same level as their Marzen


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Photo of rangerred
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

Appearance is a hazy light gold. There is a healthy 1.5 finger head that hangs around.

The smell is of a typical german lager. Noble hops and a crisp maltiness. There is a very small hint of smoke.

The taste starts off like numerous other german lagers: crisp and clean with nice hop bitterness. The smoke only kicks in once the hop flavor has faded. The smoke takes a backseat in this beer to the malt and hops.

I do like this beer but I feel it falls somewhat short of the other offerings from this brewery. It is not a whole lot different than many other german lagers.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into tulip

A: brilliantly clear. white head sits on top of the bright golden body. decent retention and some nice lacing too.

S: a real rich grainy aroma. oh so lightly toasted munich malts interact with a spicy, floral german hop aroma.

T: starts with just a touch of smoke. rich graininess underneath gives this lager a little bit of meat. a hint of vanilla sweetness in there. bitterness is a little lacking, and that is my only real complaint. however, the addition of the smoke really makes this helles unique.

M: zesty carbonation on a light body.

D: im definitely a sucker for smoke, but i think all would agree this is a very well made beer. highly quaffable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a small head.
Nose shows grassy/spicy hops, soft smoke, hay, bready malt and faint caramel. Also a weird savoury note, possibly part of the smoke.
More hay and grainy, bready malt as flavours, along with spicy hops and some just noticeable woody smoke. Finishes with an assertive bitterness that then settles down to reveal some caramel.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from K&L. Pours a clear light gold with a mountainous white head that lasts forever. Aroma is smokey - not like roasting a pig over a campfire, a la the other Schlenkerla beers - but definitely reminiscent thereof. Subtle notes of Christmas ham along with the more typical melanoidin character. Flavor isn't as smokey as the smell. Bigger emphasis on the base beer character, with Cheerios-esque malts and a lightly sweet, grainy finish. There is a vague note of woody smoke throughout but it's never at the fore. Lovely heft to the body, not too watery nor too sweet and fatiguing. Really hits the spot.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark straw color with a nice white head and lace. The aroma is a little milder than their other beers. The smoke is the dominant flavor and scent but there are hay and citrus esters. The body is heavier than most traditional lagers. It has a light body but a rough finish due to the smokiness.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden straw color. A frothy tall foamy white head is produced on the pour that bright white.
Small bubbles dominate the well carbonated brew.

Aroma smells of malts but is dominated by the rich smokiness of this beer.

Well balanced in taste not to much malts not too much hops and not to much smoke. Malts are light and pale, perfect for carrying the rich smokiness from the beechwood, Hops typically and true to this case are light and simple, simply here to add some balance.

Mouthfeel is thin and I notice a touch of graininess.

Overall, a good beer not to heavy in smokiness so it's perfect for some looking to try his/her first smoke beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A thin skin of head fades to a ring in seconds. A pale, golden yellow colour. Clear and boats a busy hive of carbonation.

S - Fresh, floral and clean. A distant, smoky character is tucked away but present.

T - Citrusy hops, floral flavours with a subtle green apple. Honestly, I expected more smokiness from these guys.

M - Light to moderate in body. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - Highly sessionable lager. Very suitable for a hot day out in the sun, but there are more affordable options available.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Sclenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Appearance: Pours a semi clear unfiltered straw with some small particles of yeast sediment. Soapy white head forms and recedes in time.

Smell: Upfront the aroma is ashy and smokey. Some euro hops and bready malts are there as well. Meaty smoke.

Taste: The base is euro pale malt, laced with a smoke flavor. Mellow tea like hops, grassy, earth tones, smokey and bready. Like drinking a german lager after eating a crispy piece of applewood smoked bacon.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, smooth, almost creamy texture. Not the cleanest of beers, chalky yeast and a lingering smoke flavor on the palate, but is enjoyable and well suited.

Overall: Though not containing any smoked malts, the tanks holding this beer also are used to ferment all of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauch line. Being a smoked beer fan, I find this a very fine lighter option, with a more delicate, but still prominent smoke flavor.

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Photo of adam42381
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Peg's Cantina on 9/10/11.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured clear light gold with a 2 finger snow white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Lager yeast and malt with a nice smoky background.

Taste: Typical German lager with a nice portion of smokiness. The smoke has a bacon-like quality to it. There is a touch of herbal hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This would be perfect on a cool autumn day. You could drink several without any trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. The smoke enhances the flavor instead of dominating it. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Pale golden, perfectly transparent. One finger white head that disappears pretty quickly. Very active carbonation. No lacing on the glass

S- Crisp grainy malts, with a herbal/wet grass feel from the hops. Smoke? I think i can detect a faint hint

T- Crisp cracker-like malts, quite on the sweet side but still a bit less than you would expect from a Helles. A nice herbal feel from the hops is to be felt on the tongue. What is really distinctive with this beer, though, is it's fruitiness (lemon, peach), which develops on the palate if you leave it in your mouth for a couple of seconds; this is by far the fruitiest lager beer i've ever tried. A slight hint of smokiness is to be felt on the back of the palate while swallowing and remains in the aftertaste

M- Medium body (a bit stronger than you would expect given style and low ABV). Very active carbonation on the tongue, with a pleasant crisp feel. Suprisingly, no carbonation at all is to be felt on the palate, where an oily/syrup-like feel serves as the base for fruity flavours to spread out

O- A quite complex lager, with a rich amount of perfectly balanced flavours and an amazing drinkability. Maybe just a little less refreshing than other bavarian Helles

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Really pale yellow-straw color with a small white head that leaves a film.

The aroma is smoky with a little sweet malt and grain, a little hay.

Nice base helles lager, with pale malt and grain, slight hops. A nice restrained bacony smokiness.

Fairly light-bodied with average carbonation and a pretty good mouthfeel.

One of the more interesting helles lagers I’ve tried.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
89 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.