Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierAecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier
BA SCORE
77.6%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 697 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: Rotating

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:
#4,995
Reviews:
389
Ratings:
697
Liked:
541
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
11.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 697 |  Reviews: 389
Photo of AnyaS
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Golden blonde, small head.

Aroma of smoked ham.

Flavor is mostly bitter Helles with a faint undertone of liquid smoke and mesquite chips. Mostly bitter hop and pale helles flavor. It's ok.

Feel is crisp and clean with a little starch on the finish.

Overall, eh. Least favorite Aecht?

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Photo of seanyfo
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured into my Spaten Krug

BBE Aug 2012

A- Medium gold body with excellent clarity. Very poor head retention and lacing, reducing very quickly to leave nothing whatsoever after a few minutes.

S- Lots of sweet malt, no smokiness imparted at all as suggested there might be.

T- Lots of sweet malt character, no hop balance really coming through at all. Finish is clean and refreshing

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D- Didnt look appetizing at all after a few minutes. Aroma and taste left little to be desired. No smoke character as hoped for. Just a standard helles on the sweeter side of the malt spectrum, even for Franconia. Disappointed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus and a small smoke presence. In the taste, a light lager with notes of lemon citrus and a nice smoke. A small smoke bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry smoke in the aftertaste. A bit thin and the smokiness is a bit faint.

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Photo of froghop
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy pale yellow with a thin white head, and not much lacing.

smell is faint, malt, grain, a touch of smoke, and a little corn.

taste is of corn, malt, a little sweet in back, a little smoke, and well hidden hops, ends dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I would suggest that, contrary to what I've read about this beer, that this beer has more than a hint of smoke, although this is definitely not the smokiest beer I've had (that would be the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen). To my palate, this beer tastes meaty, which is not entirely a bad thing but does make the beer a bit less drinkable than some other styles. This beer tasted a bit like summer sausage, in contrast to the Rauchbier Marzen by this same brewer which tasted very bacon-y. Definitely worth a try, but not something you're going to drink more than one of! Also, if there was ever a thread on this site for "worst lawnmower beer," this might be in contention.

Oddly (at least to me) is that this beer really does look lager-like. it is golden with nice amounts of head. Aroma is very smokey. Mouthfeel is actually fairly pleasant. Recommended.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light golden color with hardly any foam at all, it looks pretty boring really. smell is ok, some light hops and sweet malt flavor are pretty prevalent. taste is pretty similar, has a nice sweet malt flavor as its base, with a light hop flavor to it, mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, its a nice helles, but i really think there are betters out

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Photo of rjervis1888
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmesce2
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I have been trying to diversify my tastes in beer, and sours and smoked beers are on the outskirts of my tolerance. This is quite palatable though. Please try it if you are looking to diversify your beer tastes.

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Photo of gfreed
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As helles lagers go, this was was so-so. The lager character was there, with noticeable honey and lemon somewhat mellowed by a light smoke flavor. But really, the smoke was so distant as to be difficult to detect. So in the end the smokiness was not a factor in either aroma or taste. That leaves the helles part, and I'd say that was pretty distant, too, when compared to something like a Weihenstephan helles. The Schlenkerla was dull yellow in color, with a thin body, light carbonation and a bite that was rather toothless. I love Schlenkerla's rauchbiers, but this particular beer could be a pass.

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Photo of Naugled
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass
A - Light straw color with an unimpressive 1/2 inch white head that falls away quickly to a partial skim coating.
S - Lager sweetness in background with a light scent of smokiness.
T - An overdose of an unpleasant smokey taste right up front followed by a sweet lager flavor followed by even more smokey bitterness at the end.
MF - A pleasant mouthfeel. Smooth and rather full.
D - I did not desire a second. This is a 'specialty' beer to me. Not a drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jayli
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bright golden yellow with a thin but substantial white head that leave wispy lacing behind. The nose is dominated by smoke but not quite like a Marzen, slightly more muted but still HIGHLY present, pale malts can be detected in the nose as well. Taste is a surprise as the smokey flavoring is more of an after thought. Taste is heavier on biscuity malts - too biscuity. Smokiness is in the finish. This was a lighter bodied beer, decent carbonation, not filling at all. The taste lessens the drinkability on this beer. I was really disappointed with the overbiscuity, smoked flavor. It wasn't well balanced for me.

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow. There was a very slight head that quickly dissipated and no lace. There's nothing on the label except the name that indicates the smokey quality of the beer. And I'd forgotten that about the name. Not bad though. Balanced considering the smoke. Of course a smokey finish. Slight smoke in the nose. Be fun to cook with.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of carteravebrew
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of JSchock7
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale, honey color; huge fluffy long-lasting white head

Aroma: Light malt; bready; slight citrus

Taste: Slightly bitter up front, through the mid and finish; juicy and refreshing, but not balanced with sweetness; much like a Pils, which is not my favorite style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of John_Squires
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of d3uce
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of planchito
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Leipziger
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Vestlake
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 77.6% out of 100 with 697 ratings
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