Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Lager - Helles
Ranked #33
Ranked #13,250
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
May 17, 2022
Sep 29, 2003
Very Good
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Notes: “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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4 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2022
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3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

I wanted to like this a heck of a lot more than I ended up enjoying. The hop profile is just not for me and I'm guessing whatever smoke notes come through don't complement the style for my taste buds.

May 11, 2022
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

500 ml bottle

Pours a bright clear yellow golden color, thick foamy white head. Great head retention. Pleasant mild smokey aroma. Similar flavor, the pale malt lets the subtle woody smoke flavor shine. Thin to medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Jan 02, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

L: beautiful rich gold with a very large white head.
S: faint hints of malt, hops, cooked meat, and burnt wood.
T: creamy, a little bit of smoke, and banana.
F: very good, fine carbonation and smooth.

A much less intense smoked beer in comparison to the other Schlenkerla beers I've had. Quite delicious, however.

Nov 14, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

500ml bottle at ITap. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass. It smelled of smoke, toffee, toasted bread and mild spices. Subtle smokey notes with caramel, toffee and a mild bitterness.

Nov 08, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

16oz can. From the "Tank Container Canning Process", canned in Connecticut.
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body. Free pour yields three fingers of white head, which settle back to a thick cap. Leaves scattered patterns of lacing.
Aroma of campfire smoke/smoked meat. Toasted malts. Fruity hops.
Taste has the influence of smoked malt, but the flavor is more from the malts and floral hops. Ends with the smoke tinged malts.
Medium mouth feel. Slight mineral effect. Lower alcohol expression. Excellent carbonation.
Clean and crisp lager, with the smoked malts.

Oct 23, 2021
3.85 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 21, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Looks like a pale lager; tastes slightly smoked & bittered throughout; medium body & carbonation. Very good helles smoked lager.

Oct 21, 2021
4.12 by o29 from Texas on Oct 18, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

This is my first non-Rauchbier brew from Schlenkerla, though it’s fermented in the second use vessels of their world famous Rauchbiers. I’m wondering how much that will really translate in flavor. I’m not expecting it to be much more than a subtle note of smoke, but let’s crack it open and find out

Pours a cloudy pale gold with 3 fingers of tightly packed white head that slowly fades to a cap and leavss decent lacing

I’ll be damned, there’s actually a decent amount of smoke in the nose! I’m picking up on aromas of doughy malt, toasted grain, charred wood, beechwood smoke, white pepper, and a touch of honey

Wow, the smoke aspect in this one is really nuanced. It’s not the dominant flavor like the others, but it’s well integrated into the base. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting toated grain, apple skin, bready malt, beechwood smoke, and earthy hops. The swallow brings notes of creamy doughy malt, charred wood, noble hops, toasted grain, and a touch of pear

A medium body pairs with moderate scrubbing carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet brisk beer. Finishes semi dry with a lingering smoky note

Just like the rest, this is awesome stuff. The nuance is second to none, and it’s infinitely drinkable

Oct 11, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Cloudy amber appearance.
Medium carbonation with a slightly thin body.
Aroma is smoke, grain,bread, cereal, and malt.
Taste is smokey wood foremost, otherwise its very similar to aroma.
Overall its really flavorful, well made, and I would certainly look for it again

Sep 08, 2021
3.68 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Aug 30, 2021
3.63 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Aug 24, 2021
4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia on Aug 22, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BJB13 from Maryland

500ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Pale and brilliantly clear, capped with two fingers of persistent white foam, leaves good lace. Strong nose, bread and grain malt, herbal hops, slight mineral aroma. Taste is full and malty but only mildly sweet, bread/toast with floral hops in the back. Hop bitterness is restrained, the light smoke flavor works well. Finish is clean, semi-dry and lightly bitter. The body is medium-light and soft with moderate carbonation adding some crispness at the finish. Easy drinking flavorful Helles. Very enjoyable.

Aug 13, 2021
4.53 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jul 29, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by brureview from Massachusetts

Light golden color with a 4F head in a Brooklyn Oktoberfest glass.
Light smoke aroma.
The body is very light.
Both the aroma and taste broaden with warming. The beer is best starting at about 46°. At 48° the flavors are fuller.
With warming, lots of smoke in the aroma and taste.
I greatly enjoy beers from Schlenkerla.

Jul 26, 2021
4.24 by Rhetion from Florida on Jul 12, 2021
4 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jul 01, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Despite being a Schlenkerla, appearance is a classic helles: clear, lightly sparkling golden with a moderate off-white foam head that retains well as a lumpy blanket leaving some coral lacing.

The most mildly smoked Schlenkerla yet, this helles deftly delivers cornbread and light wheat notes accented by touches of white grape skins--more in the form of tannins than sweetness--and even a hint of smoothly mild white oak, or even an almond extract sort of flavor. The flavor profile is excellent, as the smoke provides only a very faint accent,

The medium round body has a firm fizz and finishes semi-dry. Overall this is super easy drinking.

Jun 11, 2021
4 by iftcoach from Germany on Jun 10, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

From a can purchased at OEC brewing which says it is from the "Tank Container Canning Project" which is a collaboration between Heller-Trum and B. United International. This beer was brewed in Bamberg, Germany and canned in Connecticut on 01/12/21.

L: Pours a pale gold color with good clarity. A gentle pour results in two fingers of creamy, white head with great retention. As the beer goes down is leaves a fine webbed and ringed lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by smoke with a touch of woody aromatics and grainy malt character playing a supporting role.

T: On the palate I get bready malt sweetness, fresh cut grass, a touch of citrus, and a smoke.

F: This one has a medium-light body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and slippery with a nice drying finish.

O: Not your typical helles but I like it. The nose presents a lot of smokiness, but on the palate the smoke is fairly restrained and balanced nicely with the bready malts and noble hops. As I drink it this one grows on me and by the bottom of the glass I am eagerly anticipating another can. Highly recommended!

May 01, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

500 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A clear golden straw with a small white head.

S- Sweet biscuits, touch of honey, smoky, some peat, earthy, slightly floral.

T- Sweet biscuits, smoky (very campfire like), touch of honey sweetness, earth, floral.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A wonderful balance between a well made Helles and some smokiness.

May 01, 2021
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3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Quality & Sophisticated European Helles Lager, just can't get past the dominant smoke flavor undertone which taints this smooth and mature brew for me.

Apr 27, 2021
4.12 by Cashbail from New Hampshire on Apr 01, 2021
3.91 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Mar 05, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name/style and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Bright/clear mid-gold. Pours with 3mm creamy looking head. ps 10mins later, holds well, forms lacing on the way down.
S- Interesting! It's mild but my thinking went: 'Grainy malts > is that a leather-note? > or hang on is it mild smoke (in a Helles!?)'.
T- Quite dry on the front. I DO taste that mild leather/smoke note! Some malts come through in the middle and hops are back into the finish.
F- It has both a decent richness and hopping, they seem to balance each other well. I took a look at the ABV%, 4.3%, and that surprises me, it feels more, like maybe 4.8%
O- The smoke note that I'm getting right through writing this is mysterious, never had that in a Helles before. I like it, it's sessionable too, though perhaps only at local/German prices. I don't think it's doing enough for me at £3.15/bottle to repeat buy.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ===> Haha! smoke seemed left-field to me but it seems it's correct. Lable refers to 'subtle smokiness' and says this beer is unique in being a Helles with a smoke note to it.
500ml bottle BB: 07/2021 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Mar 03, 2021
4.64 by Dimpi from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by laquebrada from California

Hazy orange color, small, tight, white head, smokey but subtle aroma, lots of smoke in the flavor, but quite pleasant. Silky, viscous mouthfeel, bit for such a smallish beer. Finish is long, with bitter and smoke.

Feb 08, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by argock from Virginia

No canned on date. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Brilliantly clear light gold with 1-2 finger off-white frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smoky ham right off the bat that dissipates to a degree to more of a woody character. The rest of the aroma is overwhelmed by the smoke.

T: The flavor is also dominated by the smoke character but there is a little more complexity there which includes herbal hop character and a woody, light aspirin aftertaste. Low bitterness and clean form ester standpoint.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation and crisp dry finish.

O: A unique beer that is a good one to try for the novelty but I probably won’t go for again in the future. I would much rather go all-in on the smoke if I am going in that direction rather than this very light smoke character.

Jan 25, 2021
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3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml bottle, from MENY Grønland Torg, Oslo. ABV is 4.3%. Pale yellow colour, large white head. Moderate aroma of smoked sausage. Ordinary helles flavour with a little smoke added. Moderate hops in the finish. Nice enough to drink, but did not blow my socks off.

Jan 20, 2021
3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by vladn from England

I dont like smokiness

Dec 25, 2020
3.75 by BeerWasp from Germany on Dec 06, 2020
4.26 by TwoTrees from Washington on Dec 04, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no date on the bottle that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with less than one-finger, off-white head, the head quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, light carbonation, no lacing on the glass.

SMELL: a very unique smoke smell, it really dominates the nose in a pleasantly interesting way.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, it's like drinking smoke, never had anything like this, very interesting, the smoke really dominates so there is nothing else that comes through for me.

PALATE: full body and lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: this is a vey unique beer, never had anything like it before, not something I would seek out but glad I tried it, it's a one dimensional beer as the smoke flavor overpowers everything else and it was under carbonated for my taste, but you have to try this once.

Nov 24, 2020
2.5 by koolkitty from England on Nov 14, 2020
4.29 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Nov 14, 2020
4.17 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Nov 13, 2020
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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