Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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3.95/5
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728 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierAecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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”.

Added by rastaman on 09-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,100
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
728
pDev:
11.9%
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Ratings: 728 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLewis
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer smells and tastes just like a Country Ham. I love country ham but this beer is just gross. If you want to try it for the novelty, great, but it is simply hard to drink.

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Photo of grover37
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Brau w Stein, pint can (wtf)

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can.
Canned 4/16/18.
Moderate pour yields an almost two inch white head over a bright body with scant lacing. Nose of slight smoke and toast. Flavors mirror aromas exactly, but that slight smoke is what gets me. With no smoked malt used in this brew (as others think), it is amazingly smoky. I need to visit! Nice lager feel and overall a fantastic brew right here. Cheers to Bamberg!

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Photo of ajdemma
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chaz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Final drink of the evening at Ginger Man, NYC. An excellent and appropriate nightcap.
Pours a golden copper color, somewhat hazy, with a light sudsy film and lacing, good retention throughout.
For me the aroma is all about the smoked malts. They evoke Gouda cheese and barbecue. Yet, they don’t overpower the base Pilsner malts. Interestingly enough, I’m picking up a fruity aroma I can’t put my finger on.
The taste, like the aroma, has a moderate layer of smoke malts, interplaying with the silky and subtle sweetness of the pilsner malts; sublime and wonderful. A modest but present clean hops bitterness and grassy flavor put it over the top.
Light and easy drinking but full of character. Smoky, crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry.
Fantastic brew!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-The beer pours golden with a slight haze. The head is a full two fingers of fluffy whiteness. This recedes to a thin film leaving spotty lacing behind.
S- I'm reminded of a delicious smoked ham, which is appropriate with Easter a week away. That's all I'm getting though.
T- The nose had me prepared to be overwhelmed with smoke on the palate, but that isn't the case. I'm very nicely getting the malt flavor up front which is a pleasant surprise. There is a touch of smoke here, stronger on the first sip than subsequent ones, but it is in the backround for the most part.
F- Mouthfeel overall is on the lighter side. Carbonation is light. There is a bit of slickness which is enhanced by the lighter carbonation.
O- I only purchased a single of this for fear of the smoke factor. That appears was a mistake. This beer is a really pleasing helles with a light smoke element which gives it a bit of personality. Recommended.

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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cleat straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. The nose has that classic smokehouse smell. The flavor is lightly smokey with a dry finish.

This beer is tasty but the body is a touch too light to sustain the smoke.

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Photo of NextBestThing
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is something. Is it really a helles? These guys would know but it's a truly unique take on the style.

Looks like a helles. Light, straw colored beer with a nice rocky head which dissipates quickly. Rarely does the nose on a 4.3% abv beer jump out of the bottle like this one does but it's Schlenkerla, and everyone knows what that means. I actually like the more subdued smokiness that we find in the rest of their lineup but in a helles this is off the charts. Very nice. Taste follows the nose - malty malty malty followed by the identical, pleasant smoke found on the nose. Nice.

Thin mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation.

Very good. Recommend although pricey. A ton of flavor when one considers the abv.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heftklammer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 12/21/17 in Connecticut poured into a willibecher glass at fridge temp 4.3% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a quickly fading off white head. The aroma is light campfire smoke and a hint of ham. The taste is light malt before the smoke takes front stage. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. I find no trace of hops or bitterness and the slight bite and smoke do the balancing of the malt. Overall, excellent. I don't know that this beer is truly a Helles, but it is delicious. The best choice from this brewery to see if you enjoy what they do.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rachel82
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing to find a beer that's so different and original: it earns high marks on the first go.
A) pours a clear, dark pale golden body, with a thin cap that films and laces a few dots.
S) Pleasant fall damp air tinged with campfire smoke. Plus pale malt, honey lathered on crackers, and floral hops.
T) Follows smell, with MORE smoke, as in smoked salmon or bacon, honey, on malt and white crackers, and landing in a fall flower bed mixed with fallen, earthy damp leaves and forest floor. Delicious and complex, perfect with raw oysters.
F) Feel is soft, medium weight, smooth, finishing off-dry, and with lingering resonance.
O) My first experience of a great smoke in beer. Must try. Must try them all now!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 728 ratings