Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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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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#9,963
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
749
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 749 |  Reviews: 407
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger of head. Clear, medium straw colored body.
Smells like bread, grain and smoke in that order.
Nice sweet taste, mild bitterness. Smoke in the background throughout. A really nice balance of flavors.
Crisp and light body, moderate carbonation. Short finish.
Enjoyable. A lager with some gentle smoke to it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Givemebeer
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear golden yellow with a huge frothy head with sticky lacing. Pretty beautiful.

S: grainy and grassy with a hint of smoke.

T: Biscuity, bready, grassy, grainy. Taste starts with the biscuity grass then switches to being a touch smokey before going back to a bready grainy grassy taste. complex and wonderful.

M: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing.

O: Its amazing that this beer isn't talked about more. It has great balance, it's refreshing, crisp, packed with flavor, and 4.3% abv. Doesn't get much better.

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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 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 Roguer
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, beautiful beer: big, fluffy white head from a fairly modestly paced pour; great retention and tons of nice lacing; perfectly clear and vibrantly golden-hued straw body; transparent with tons of action.

There is, perhaps, a touch of smoke in the aroma, but the dominant scent is that of a floral, spicy bread. Peppery, sweet. Really phenomenal aroma for a Helles: bright, deep, complex, and perfectly balanced.

Quite sweet on the palate, with just a bit of herbal hoppy bite to keep it fairly balanced. Malt driven but very drinkable. Very nice hit of smoke on the back-end, just enough to remind you who brewed this beer, but not enough to overwhelm or change the quality of the brew from a Helles.

Slight smoke character is more woody (and less meaty), on both the nose and palate. Flavor is just a touch too sweet, being slightly less balanced than the aroma, which is near perfect.

Smooth, lively, incredibly easy drinking, slick.

This is a fantastic overall brew. It's not going to be a huge hit with many of the IPA-and-stout-obsessed craft segment, but its near-perfect balance and true depth of character are superb.

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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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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a dull lemon yellow with a bit of chill haze a very thin wispy head atop,lighter aromas I picked up faint smoke and toasted grain with light iron/mineral.Taste is sweeter than expected some defienent honey malt and a touch of spice with the smoke coming thru but not overbearing not much hop presence.A light to medium mouthfeel and a low ABV makes it very drinkable but its a little dull on the palate and a little sweeter than expected.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beauty poured a gorgeous, clear, almost shiny yellow in color with just the smallest hint of orange. The head came up huge and was white as the driven snow. It looked light and floaty like a cloud in the sky.

Smell – Well, it doesn’t say “Rauchbier” on the label, but the folks at Heller-Trum brewery just couldn’t resist. It’s not a big smoky aroma, but there is definitely some pork roast going on in here. Otherwise there is a nice German grainy smell and pretty much nothing else.

Taste – The flavorful grain takes on a larger presence at the taste. The porky smoke is still there but not as big. The bier ends with a light, classy tange of corny sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and very crisp in the mouth with some excellent carbonation.

Drinkability – If you don’t like the Rauchbier style I would stay away from this one, even though the smoke here is quite subdued. If you like or even don’t mind some good smoke in your Helles Lager then be sure to pick up a few bottles of this.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at the beer store purchasing a dimpled German beer mug when I thought it would only be fitting to buy a German lager to dump into it for its first usage. I picked up a Schlenkerla Helles Lager based on a few suggestions and the fact that I generally enjoy their rauchbiers; I figured I'd try one of their non-smoked malt beers.

This one pours a color halfway between yellow and straw with a mild chill haze that settles in the middle and eventually fades once the beer approaches slightly warmer temps to reveal a decent amount of clarity. A puffy and cloudy white head pillows up and shows excellent retention, not to mention the huge amounts of chunky lace it leaves behind. Very nice looking beer, especially in this dimpled German mug. All I need now is a warm pretzel.

Schlenkerla Helles Lager has one of the best aromas in lager-town. Humongous bread and grain filled framework upon which an excellently fresh, crisp, and pure display of aromas is laid out. Barley, thick yeast, mildly musky hops, and an uplifting dose of smokiness. The smoke in this is more akin to a sweet, subtle, liquid smoke aroma as opposed to the heavier, full-force meatiness provided by Schlenkerla's rauchbiers. This beer does not actually use smoked malt, however due to the use of the same brewing equipment between this and the rauchbiers, some of the residual smokiness makes it's way into the helles lager.

The taste follows right along with the aroma as a nice wave a bread-like malts and softly toasted grains wash over my palate. The smokiness is perhaps even a bit lighter on the palate, but still very much an integral part of what makes this beer so great; a nice, light sweet smoke flavor that sets this lager apart from others. Light citrus zest in the finish along with heavy grains and fresh, lager-type yeast. Each sip that goes down leaves your mouth begging for more. Lighter bodied with a tight and crisp mouth feel thanks to a plentiful amount of carbonation.

This beer is so fundamentally simple yet executed so admirably. Drinkability is insanely high - I couldn't get enough of this beer. You can bet that I'll be picking this one up from now on, every time I'm looking for something to sit back and relax with. Definitely one of the best lagers I've had to date, especially considering the helles style. It opened my eyes to what helles lagers could taste like.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw hued body has a small and fleeting white head. Aroma has some subtle smokiness but mostly sweetish malt and spicy hop. Crisp medium body supports a light body and medium carbonation. Clean feel. Taste has some sweet gariny malt that is expertly balanced by a clean spicy hoppiness. The smoked malt is present but not obtrusive, most noticeable as an aftertaste. Very sessionable. The brewery's most accessible smoked bier that I've sampled. This one doesn't come across like liquid smoke.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at the always worth a visit DeCicco martket in Pelham, NY. Squat German style bottle, w/o freshness indication (seems the Germans are slow to embrace this consumer friendly innovation) this one pour, clear, dull, yellowy, with an initially loose white fluffy head, evolving into a thick loose film and leaving pleanty of scattered drying lacing. Nose here is softly of grass and a hint of smoke. Pleanty of crisp, dry and snappy hops cary the freight here, also more hints of smoke, lime and then the expected bone dry spicy hop finish. Nice, refreshing lager, bring on the smoked meats, creamy cheese and bread.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange/yellow, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pork, smoke, and grass

Taste: grass, bigger than expected hops, somewhat smoky finish

Mouthfeel: I can feel the moderate carbonation. This beer has a weakish semi-sweet start with a moderately bitter finish and medium body.

Drinkability: This is the least smoky of the Scherlenkerla offerings and only has a touch of smoke on the aftertaste. A decent lager, I could have two but would no desire for a third.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with some grassy hops. A nice, clean smelling German lager. The flavor is mainly bready and biscuit malt with some grassy hops mixed in. I also get a little bit of light grape notes but they are pretty faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of OompaMentor
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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

Photo of richago1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall German mug.

Poured a golden color with a foamy white head dissipating to a thin cap and lasting lacing. Smells of smoke with some hops. Tastes of smoke malt and hops in a nice combination. Mouthfeel is creamy smoth and carbonated. Drinkability is great I could drink these all night, although I like the smoked ham on wheat taste of their "Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer - Wheat" a little better, this has a nice clean finish that would be easy to drink in quantity.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 749 ratings