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: 725 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 -9.1%
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 -14.9%
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 -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had no idea it was even possible to do smoke so delicately in a beer, and while the import game is seemingly getting weaker in colorado, these types of beers are all over missouri, and i am sure glad i make it out this way somewhat regularly to gobble them up. the helles, the lightest of these beers, at least that i have seen, and a smoked beer that even folks who dont like the style can get into, at least that was my experience with it tonight, where a couple of smoked beer doubters were converted with this one. not quite blonde on color because of the smoked portion, with a slight iodine nose, but mostly recently extinguished campfire and wet soil, its awesome. light and heavy at the same time, so few beers do that at all, let alone well. the german pils type malt meshing with the smoked element really nicely, and i appreciate it for not being so malty, but also, the smoke is the malt, so its malty by definition, it really is a mindbender, but the effervescence and relative dryness are both key to its drinkability, and the price point is hard to argue. high quality and weird and good at once, which i love more than anything. impressive beer, earthy and night timey, last beer sort of stuff, but i could also drink like five pints of it in the right context. awesome stuff, as good and memorable as any of their others, loosely autumnal, and just really brilliant if you like the style. the smoke in a helles is new to me, and its wonderful!

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Photo of mikeycibelli
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle or import date listed.

Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy medium shade of gold. It has a medium white head. It leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: There is a light wood smoke aroma.

Taste: Up front there is this light sweet grain flavor with a touch of honey and a moderate smokey flavor. The smoke fades quite a bit as the beer passes over the tongue and the sweetness becomes more apparent. Right at the end there is this light bitterness with a bit of woody and earthy flavor. The beer always stays interesting and it is memorable.

Mouthfeel: It is very drinkable with a light body. It finishes wet and refreshing on the palate with a touch of final sweetness and a bite of bitterness on the tongue.

Overall: What's really great about this beer is that it manages to deliver smoke but it doesn't stomp out the sweet malt flavor. For fans of sweeter beers I would highly recommend this. I really enjoyed it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (4.3%) but I can't find a date. The beer is a golden lager color and has 1 finger of chunky white head.

S: [3.25] Rust, smoke (rauch beer style) and spiciness.

T: [3.25] The flavors are muted versions of the nose. Light rust, rauch/bacon/smoke

M: [3.50] The body is mild and crisp.

O: [3.25] Overall she is disappointing. The smoke is interesting but not helpful. This is just a miss overall. Since there is no date it is possible that age is a factor.

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Photo of cunning_stunt
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.05/5  rDev -23%
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 -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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 +5.8%
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 -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Premo88
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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, the earthy note is almost off-putting, but then the palate adjusts and it becomes 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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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 725 ratings