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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Ratings: 708 |  Reviews: 391
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 PhineasMcClintock
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color. The head is white, frothy, 1 finger. Noce carbonation in the beer. The nose is got a nice smoke aroma, but it isn't overpowering. The taste is smoke, then a bit of sweetness, then more smoke. Somewhat watery feeling. Overall, ok, but of all I've had from them, the weakest of the bunch.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 500ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a mug.

Look: Golden yellow with a white 2.5 finger head. Head is maintained about 0.5 finger by a continuous cascade of rising bubbles.

Smell: Mostly malts, almost reminiscent of an adjunct lager, with a very faint trail of smoke hiding in the background.

Taste: Smoke flavor is almost entirely obscured by a thick veil of malts.

Feel: Medium body with ample carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This robust, full flavored Helles lager is an excellent beer.

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Photo of AnyaS
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Premo88
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: clear yellow, slight haziness to it but just enough to keep it from being "crystal clear" ... it's otherwise quite clear and easy to see through; color is light with only a hint of gold to it; pushes up small one-finger head of white foam that sticks only a little; keeps thin but noticeable collar of white foam and thin skin; no lacing (and the little bit that wanted to stick is gone)

S: bacon, smoked ham, bready malt sweetness underneath; grain, sour grain

T: earthy and smokey at first, almost off-putting, but then the palate adjusts and it's a mix of light malt flavors (bread, biscuits, lightly sweet) and some smoked deer sausage or lightly smoked wood ... like eating the air off a good barbecue pit

F: very ale-like to start off with, soft, medium weight with a slight slickness; as the palate adjusts, it gets a bit crisper, but if I had to blindly guess "ale" or "lager" based off the mouthfeel, I might guess ale; overall pleasant and easy to handle ... there's more carbonation to it than it first seems

O: very different from most of the smoked beers I've tried and almost awkward as it tries to mix notes that don't seem to want to play together; the light malt aroma and flavor of a good helles is trying hard to shine, and those notes don't marry perfectly with the smoked aromas and flavors -- like it's a smoked dessert, a cheesecake put on the BBQ pit or smoked ice cream; still, the awkwardness is not unpleasant ... nothing here is offensive or unsavory ... in fact, as it warms a little and I get into the glass, the good bit of smoked flavor is really taking on a baconlike quality that is quite tasty, and with a relatively light body and 4.3% ABV, I'm able to take a decent-sized gulp and enjoy it without experiencing alcohol burn; it's interesting and tasty in the end and I wouldn't mind trying it more often -- I could see this being a fantastic summer-weather brew, and if nothing else, it's a cool twist by our leaders in the smoked beer world

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Started with half pour into a conical pint glass to get the aroma, then full. Rather dark, almost brown yellow. Nose full of bacon and honey notes; taste of pepperoni with a mildly avocado/kiwi finish. Light bodied and very refreshing given the flavor characteristics. I am not typically a fan of the rauchbier style, but this beer's lightness complemented the flavor nicely.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super cool bottle. 0.5 Euro bottle. Nice Logo!classIc.... golden colour in the glass. GooD Filtration. Smells smokey and malty. Some grilled Salmon in there. The smoke is very descent and light. Yeah cool! Its drinkable compared to other smoke beers (even some of them are from this brewery!!!)The beer tastes Malty and full bodied with a rusty flavour. nice floral hops in the aftertaste..... real good beer!

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is grass and grains with some smokey notes. The taste is grass, grains and some bread. An average beer.

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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 Reidrover
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml traditional bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a darker golden colour with a lovely frothy/bubbly 3/4 inch off white head. Aromas of slight smoked cheese/ meats..some hops discernable .and crackerish malting. Very smooth creamy drinking beer..with that hint of smoked meat in the back ground but forever present. Slight bitter hop/smoke end. Great. Excellent smooth mouth feel..great stuff. Just a wonderful example of a Helles lager..and the hunts of smoke only add to the pleasure for me.

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Photo of Ukrfan
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know what to expect from this one but it turns out that it's a great beer, not just because of the smoky aroma flavors, but also with regard to everything else. The smoky aroma and flavor were very faint at first (when the beer was cold) but as they became more and more prominent (without ever becoming overwhelming) the more you drank it.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

It has a golden orange color and with a firm, latte-like top.
The taste is dry, and has a little bitterness from smokiness.
It smells skunky and smoky. I would say the carbonation is between low and medium.

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

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I finally tried a beer from the smoke brewery out of Germany, and it was a great, clean, crisp, smoky lager. Golden, clear color, but the smokiness really comes through nicely in the flavor. It paired well with BBQ. You have to like smoky flavors to really enjoy beers from Schlenkerla.

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

Poured from a pint sized bottle into a tall thin cylindrical glass. Pours clear gold with a finger and a half of head that dissipates slowly and leaves ample lacing. Smell caught me off guard! The first thing you get is the smokey aroma, followed by a crisp noble, earthy hop aroma. A bouquet of smells that is immediately inviting. Taste is bold, but balanced and everything is kept in check. Flavor starts with a light malt character, transitioning to earthy noble hops, and then the smoke creeps up and gives you a soft and loving punch, and it lingers on the palate for ages! Stellar flavor that I didn't expect at all, but I'm absolutely adoring and goes perfectly with a November evening! Feel is light and drinkable, but not restrained. Overall, a very well balanced and layered beer that for the price (around 3 bucks for the pint), I find unparalleled. For me, a rare perfect pint!

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Clear golden with a white head.

Aromas of smoke, charcuterie, hops, bread and grain.
Herbal taste with smoke in the background. Malt and grain.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 708 ratings
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