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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 7 | 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 RedBrewer83


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sierra N. Pint glass....

A: Crisp clear golden yellow with a very nice two finger frothy creamy head. Decent lacing and beautiful bubbles rising from the middle of the glass.

S: Light dry, slightly fruity as in faint white grape with just a hint of smokiness...

T: Follows the nose....a little more fruit and a little more smoke, almost reminiscent of smoked salmon but ever so faint.

M: Light body with crisp carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: Smooth and drinkable, at this low abv it goes down easy...Overall this is a great helles lager. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 03:18:28 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston MA.

Clear, pale straw color. Fluffy white head with decent retention and lace for a Helles. Smells like smoked salmon and dry, light grain. Taste is again, smoked salmon, with mild fruit and light grain. Well attenuated. Good camping beer.

A helles for smoked salmon lovers?

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 19:27:55 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weisse glass. Has a big beautiful white head and clear very light straw color. Great lacing. Nice clean yeasty aroma. And a great light but flavorful taste. I enjoyed this alot. Was not expecting to like it as much as I did. I could drink this all day if it was not so expensive. A wonderful helles style brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 00:41:44 | More by bob3701
Photo of drabmuh


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this beer on draft at a local beer bar and couldn't resist. I am not a rauchbier fan and I have tried the other beers from this brewery. I was excited that they made a non-Rauch beer but in hindsight, what exactly was I expecting?

Beer is yellowish and has a slight haze to it. White head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this beer put me off of it almost immediately. It smelled acidic and terrible. Like spoilage. I swirled the beer and smelled it again and this time it was greatly improved. Could pick up on some sweetness and the malt. I'm still penalizing it for the first whiff.

This beer has (SURPRISE!) a slight aftertaste of smoke. Seriously, what did I expect? The brewery responsible for making 5 beers, 4 of them are the world's best Rauchbiers and this one, they couldn't escape it. I wonder if the smoke flavor is intentional or just ingrained in everything they produce. Like they will never be able to make a beer without a slight bit of smoke in it, just because their equipment is coated with it.

Overall the beer was smooth and kind fo bland. The smokey aftertaste was unnecessary and abbreviated my pleasure of this beer. Sorry Schlenkerla. Not interested.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 21:14:53 | More by drabmuh
Photo of nicnut45


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark straw color, minimal foam, nice tiny bright white head.

S-Smells like a smokehouse. Smoked corn beef, bacon, charred wood. In the background I get the unmistakable pilsner scent that blends nicely with the smokiness.

T-Nice, clean, and smokey. But not too smokey. Just the right amount to compliment this beer. Im not too familiar with the helles style but I dont think this smokiness is a normal characteristic. But it is pleasing nonetheless.

M-This beer is not watered down. Great carbonation.

D-I would drink this all the time if it came in 12 packs. The price is kind of high too for a 16 ounce. But I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 19:35:57 | More by nicnut45
Photo of albern


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Helles Lager is unique, and it isn't often that the words unique and lager are put together. This has a very interesting, and I think quite nice, smoky flavor that is typical in their Rauchbiers, but in a lager? That's definitely new. The beer pours a straw pale color, clear as crystal, and very light looking. The beer does lace fairly well, and if you dump the bottle over you can get a pretty nice white creamy head, with a touch of foam. The nose is very typical for the style, although there are some interesting grassy notes, some lemon, some fruit flavors not often found in a lager. The fruitiness, if that is what it is, is very hard to pin down, but it is oddly unique for a lager. It could also be an aromatic left over from the smokiness. This beer is already in a class by itself.

The taste is quite smooth, slightly lemony, with that undefined fruitiness emerging in the taste as well. The real definitive element in the beer is the smoked flavors. This is really good. A smoked lager, that's a first. The beer is very light, moderately refreshing, with just a touch of dry tartness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty undefined and light. This is a must try for its uniqueness. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 22:26:09 | More by albern
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright, clear, golden yellow color with a 1/3" white head that recedes soon, leaving a small ring of foam around the glass. Sipping leaves sparse lacing for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and bready from the malt. There are traces of smoke and some light caramel, but the smoky character is clearly there even though not overpoweringly so.

Taste: The flavors are fresh and crisp with the bready light sweet malt and some lightly smokiness from the beechwood smoke used by the brewery in malting their other beers. There is also a nice crisp bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and soft with moderate carbonation. The finish begins with light caramel sweetness and trails off into a light dry bitterness with the smoky character pervasive throughout.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and nicely drinkable beer that I enjoyed a great deal. I could easily have several in an evening and I won't hesitate to have this one again and I certainly will look for it in the future. Even thought the malts in this one are not smoked it is amazing just how much smoke this beer picks up just from being brewed in the same brewery on the same equipment. This smoky character definitely sets it apart from the field of Helles lagers and does so in a good way, to my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 02:56:30 | More by drtth
Photo of HeroJH


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really great way to do a smoked beer. According to the label, the yeast used from a previous batch of a fully smoked beer, is used on this lager, which would probably be great on it's own anyway.

A - Rich yellow. Bits of flavor floating around

S - hint of apple, clean. Touch malt, barely a hint of smoke, but I might not have noticed it if I wasn't looking for it.

T - Full and delicious lager start. Hint of apple, dry malt. Then, a full surprising smokiness that tastes like it came from a very dry beach wood or something. Very pleasant.

M - Dry, smoke, clean

D - Great. Would really love to try this with some smoked seafood. Like smoked fish, muscles, cheeses... A nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 20:34:51 | More by HeroJH
Photo of alexgash


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

500 ml bottle.

Bright, clean, light golden body with a big, fluffy, frothy, off-white head. Biscuity malt aroma with light touches of honey and grain. Big funky, Euro wall of hops. Light smokiness. Slightly soapy, toasted biscuit malt up front. Snappy Euro-hop bitterness provides some nice funk and herbal goodness. Subtle smokiness beneath it all lends that Schlenkerla signature. I wouldn't mind more smoke though... Light honey sweetness lingers in the finish. Moderate body with a crisp, lively mouthfeel. A nice session lager, with a hint of smoke makes for a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:12:38 | More by alexgash
Photo of NJpadreFan

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
Photo of richago1


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
Photo of trbergman


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
Photo of yemenmocha


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
Photo of brewcrew76


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
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


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
Photo of Jwale73

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
Photo of DefenCorps


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
Photo of morimech


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
Photo of cudmud


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
Photo of Bice4


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
Photo of cjgator3


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
Photo of crossovert


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
Photo of beertunes


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
Photo of Shango42


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
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.