Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierAecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Helles

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

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#12,242
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
748
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No canning date

Pours a clear golden straw with excellent effervescence and a stalwart finger of pillowy white head; great retention and large amounts of soapy lacing fixed almost relentlessly to the sides.

Aroma of lightly smoked malts (almost a timid type of campfire smell, but still rather potent) to go alongside hints of wet barnyard wood to go alongside vivid but fleeting bits of straw on the finish; a very, very clean and crisp aroma.

Taste brings hefty notes of earthy straw and an incredibly detailed profile of grains, with light hints of bread crust and woody char on the finish; a really well-done flavor profile here, with the evocative grain notes shining through excellently.

Mouthfeel holds a near-perfect body and level of carbonation; it is never thin, but never weighty beyond what suits it. Feels a bit like a meal of a lager, in the best way possible; a beautiful, clean balance of crisp effervescence and hefty malt presence.

Such an impressively well-executed beer; I’m hardly the most partial to smoke, but the refined, balanced nature of this lager is undeniable. Approachable, clean, and touching on many aspects of an earthy flavor spectrum nicely; a lower ABV beer with some high impact.

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

Photo of MattSn
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ATL6245
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier pours a pale, straw yellow with a very slight haze (most Munich Helles Lagers are clear, pale yellow).  It features a massive, white meringue looking head that persists for a good while.  Instantly, the smoked aroma hits you.  Frankly, it pretty much overwhelms all the other aromas, except for maybe those who have a very keen sense of smell.  It has a restrained, but noticeable bitterness at the start and finish.  In between is the expected bready, sweet malts flavor of a Munich Helles.  That being said, the smokey flavor dominates throughout and lingers into the aftertaste.  Another unanticipated characteristic is that it finishes on the sweet side - not dry.

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Photo of worldkrysis
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant yellow under a 3" blanket of white foam with fair to good retention

S: light smokiness in the aroma along with rich malt, cracker, bread crumb and traces of earthy, spicy hops

T: rich and malty and lightly sweet with a subtle smokiness that pokes out most in the finish

F: body is medium and the carbonation is medium minus

O: a flavorful, interesting classic beer with just a light touch of smoke

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I always seem to like smoked beers but never really seek them out. However, when this went on tap I knew I had to have some. It looks like any Munich helles lager but with a very noticeable but restrained smokiness. It's kind of amazing how the smokiness comes entirely from the equipment, not the malt. I wonder whether they have to alternate batches to keep the smokiness consistent or whether it doesn't make a difference how many of which type of beer they make in a row?

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

Photo of MeIquiades
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Skillz
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fisherbray
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was in at Hunger-n-Thirst a little while back to drop off six-pack carriers, something that they CANnot keep in stock, when the counterman, a fellow local homebrew club member, starts showing my all of the new arrivals in CANs for The CANQuest (tm). They had ordered this in bottles, but it arrived in CANs! OMFG. Yes, please!

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law"; "Unfiltered"; "Schlenkerla [-T]he historic smoked beer brewery"; "Helles Schlenkerla Lager is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops and lagered in the 19th century beer cellars underneath the Schlenkerla brewery and maltings. It is boiled in the same copper kettles and bottom fermented by the same yeast as the historic Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Its subtle smokiness hence makes this Schlenkerla style a unique representative of the traditional German lager beer type 'Helles'.”; "Tank Container CANning Project Brewed in Bamburg & CANned fresh in Connecticut".

I was quite anxious to try this from a CAN & since it was marked as "Unfiltered", an inverted Glug following the Crack! of the vent was fair game. Voila! I got two-plus fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with good retention as a result. Color was an oh-so-faintly-hazy Gold (SRM = 5). 8=( Nose was lightly smoky, more like their Hefeweizen, which is the most lightly smoked in their line. Still, it was clearly a Smoked Bier aside from being a simple Munich Helles Lager. Mmm. I LOVE smoked beers! I routinely attend the Yards Smoke 'em If Youse Got 'em fests & I have been known to have like-minded people over for smoked cheese, smoked salmon, smoked oysters & smoked beers. Yum! Drool. Mouthfeel was medium, a little big for the style. The taste was great, as long as you like the taste of hickory (?) smoke. It was not overpowering as I could still taste Noble hops and a biscuity maltiness, but it was definitely smoky. What a find in a CAN! I could drink this with barbecue or with the aforementioned snax, but it might be a bit off-putting to fill a cooler. Finish was smoky, dry & entirely satisfying. Mmm!

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lager that was brewed in a smoked ham's stomach. Thats what it smells like and what it tastes like. Not as pleasant as the marzen or other styles as it doesn't have the body to match the powerful flavor. Worth a try but I think I'll pass next time.

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Photo of EMH73
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a huge, fluffy white head that left little lacing. Smells of sweet malts, hops and TONS of smoke. Tastes like a smoked ham that was marinated in malts and hops. Be very careful what food you pair this beer with as it will overwhelm most dishes. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 748 ratings