Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierAecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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

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

Photo of Avatar113
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a semi-dark pale gold color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some lace ran here and there, somewhat messy.
The aroma had a nice sweet smoky meatiness to it running into the some smooth soothing bready malts and following through with a light earthiness and a little bit of grassiness.
The flavor was a gentle balance between the smoke and the sweet dipping into each other nicely to ride on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt spot on. Pretty smooth along my tongue and finished with some bready lager smoothness.
Overall, its super awesome as a rauchbier with some mild "Helles Lager" qualities coming out here and there. Definitely would want to have again.

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

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/25/17

A: Medium to pale gold - clear - pours with a medium size white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Smoke is probably the first thing anyone would notice in this aroma, mostly because it's a Helles and smoke shouldn't be here... this being the legendary exception - nice amount of smoke, as if you're smelling a nearby fire pit - some grainy, bready malts underneath - bread dough, bread, biscuits, maybe a touch of toast - light sweetness

T: Delicate Helles base somehow in balance with a very delicate amount of smoke - lightly smoky earth, like a recently smothered campfire - bread dough, freshly baked bread, biscuits, dinner rolls - lightly sweet - some lager yeast, touch of spice, grass - the smoke flavor seems to become less and less prominent as time passes - some light sweetness, lingering grains

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp finish with some bite from the smoke

O: #smokewithoutsmoke

I've reviewed (and drank) a lot of Helles this summer. I've been waiting to drink Schlenkerla Helles. It's such an anomaly. The light sweetness from the base contrasts so nicely with the smoke. I've never really quite understood it until now. It's wonderful.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: nice clarity bright amber burnished gold body. head was a nice white creamy looking and fairly big it laces the glass well.

S: light smoke campfire with a nice underlying doughiness

T: lots of the camp fire taste it's so layered like waves of smoke on the tongue but then you get a nice light breadiness.

M: medium to lighter body decent carbonation.

O: this beer is pretty good but you better like smoked beers. It's layered and once you get used to it it's a nice Helles.

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

Maria's bacon flavored beer!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1pt, 0.9fl bottle, served in a pilsner glass. No date that I could find on the bottle.

Appearance: Mostly clear pale gold with a tiny bit of haze. Thin white head on top, with persistent fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Smoky with a bit of meatiness to it.

Taste: Light smokiness from start to finish. Bready malt - not as crisp as I would have expected. Light bitterness at the finish - hops are muted.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a bit soft and chewy underneath it rather than as crisp as I would have expected for a lager. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Not as flavorful as the Urbock by the same brewer and I wonder if I have an old bottle. It's okay, but not as good as I've heard this beer is. Or perhaps I need to have more malt with smokiness to really enjoy it. In any case, good to try and interesting, but not interesting enough to try again. Maybe it would have paired better with food.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle $4.99. I usually avoid smoked beers but the label description intrigued me. Dark yellow color, great head with a lot of lacing. Aroma is smoky but not overpowering, my wife said "smells like ham". Smoky flavor as well, almost rubber-like but not offensive. Ok beer and if you like smoked beers you'll probably be in heaven.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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