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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-20-2006)
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 06:03:33 | More by ShrLSU
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 23:45:17 | More by Bouleboubier
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nobbad, quite enjoyed it. Lightly smoked, bacon flavour, dry-ish, slightly herbal hops finish, a bit salty aswell. Not as heavily smoky as there other beers, which on one hand makes it easier to drink, but on the other hand its less flavourfull and less complex. I think i prefer the Marzen a lot more.(Draught- GBBF 03')

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2003 01:12:31 | More by rastaman
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 07:24:52 | More by CrazyDavros
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's nice to try a smoked lager, but eh, I don't see the appeal in buying more than one bottle ever. Whereas the brewery's smoked Marzen and Weizen are a little thicker and can stand up to the smoke, I think in some ways the smoke gets in the way of the lager properties. I usually go for a lager as a lighter, more refreshing option. The smoke kills that. I'm trying to be objective with my scores, because I appreciate the uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 18:03:20 | More by TheRealBigC
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:33:11 | More by johnnnniee
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 21:53:10 | More by jwc215
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 22:32:52 | More by jdhilt
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great start to the head--nearly pure white. Some spotty lace. Pale gold color and nearly clear (slight haze). The head does settle to nearly nothing.

Slightly skunked...otherwise a grainy, malty aroma. There's a mild touch of hop in the background.

Slightly sour from the skunkiness. Mostly malty with a mild hop spot in the swallow. Creamy finish. Good body for the style. Not the best light malted lager, but it holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:11:24 | More by smcolw
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/21/08. Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with hardly any head. Aroma is a bit skunky (which faded only slightly as the beer warmed) with some sweet malt notes. Flavor of more sweet malts (bready), some light fruits as the beer warms. I was surprised to learn this is classified as a "smoked", I guess I would say there are some smoky notes in this beer, but only if you look hard enough for them. Just ok.
5/4/7/4/13 (3.3/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 21:02:18 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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innominat

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-31-2014 15:11:44 | More by innominat
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LiquorsInc

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-25-2013 14:30:29 | More by LiquorsInc
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my last trip through Ohio. I had not seen it around before so I figured I would grab one to try it out. Been sitting in the fridge and grabbed it tonight to compliment some nice chicken. Served chilled in a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was decent with a very clear, and highly carbonated light golden amber lager shaping up before my eyes. A small, maybe a half an inch of white head came up over the top and settled down quickly into a light veil across the top.

The aroma was light. Some small amount of smoked in it, with lots of grain and bready malts, though I have to admit, not much here to really pick up on. The flavor was a bit better. Lots of campfire like smokiness in it, with a subtle, yet easily definable bready malt base. Some sweetness, caramel maybe and a light peach flavor when cold that quickly gets burnt out by the smoked and roasted malts. Way too light of a feel, almost makes the flavor get lost as it comes across a bit watered down. Easy to session though as it goes down pretty much like water.

Overall I would have to give this one an average. Definitly not the best thing I have ever had by a long shot, but nowhere near the worst. I would try it again if nothing else were around, but not at the 2.99 I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 23:39:00 | More by mikesgroove
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-12-2013 03:05:32 | More by oline73
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Timmy13T

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-24-2013 17:19:17 | More by Timmy13T
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-12-2012 16:50:50 | More by yossarian14
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-15-2012 02:46:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-20-2014 01:22:51 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-29-2014 18:14:13 | More by DaveJanssen
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 01:12:16 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-14-2012 03:24:57 | More by sparx1100
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-31-2012 01:33:12 | More by doucmehu
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-12-2014 20:08:32 | More by ncstateplaya
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-14-2012 05:51:50 | More by HoistinBrews
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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
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.