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: 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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: First off, not much in the way of head. At all. One finger, off white. Rapidly dissipating. Ample carbonation with large bubbles racing up the glass. Hazy golden hue. Bottle conditioned. Did not know that as I poured. Now I have floaties in my beer.

S: Spicy metallic hop presence. Noble, definitely. Sweet malts, heather honey and some caramel. Malt dominant aroma.

T: Lemon rind, metallic, bit of sulfur. The malt is fairly cracker like. Hops are much more prevalent on the tongue. Metallic mid taste leads to a slight smoky flavor. Almost like worchestire. No shit. Unexpected, to say the least. Finishes dry with the nuttiness of the yeast coming into play.

M: Ample carbonation, but a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Bottle conditioning makes such a difference. I love it.

O: I probably won't seek this out again. A little different than your standard Munich Helles. The smoked flavor really threw me for a loop. Maybe an off bottle.

Edit: So apparently this beer is known for having a smoky flavor. I had no idea. Still, pretty nice brew.

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Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smells vaguely of Caribbean lagers which was offputting. However tastes like a campfire and had fantastic mouthfeel. For something with such smoky qualities I was surprised not to see that on the label. (Although my translation skills are nonexistent or very close to it.) Greatly enjoyed this beer and although I don't look for lagers, would buy this beer again when in the mood. Great work peeps across the pond!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is a clear pale yellow, and produced very little white bubbly head. It dissipates fast leaving little lacing.
The smell is not very strong, some malt and citrus .
Tasting the beer, mild fruity hop flavors build the front. The middle balances the fruitiness with notes of malt, bread and grain. In the finish, there is a subtle smokiness noticeable, just a hint.
A very nice medium to light bodied Lager, very drinkable and a fine specimen of its category!

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of seanyfo
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of acevenom
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale golden with a white head. I can see a few tiny streaming bubbles. The aroma is of smoky and pale roasted malts. The taste follows the nose. The good malt profile has the right balance of smokiness to make the taste. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer. I just wish the bottle caps weren't on so tight because this destroyed my bottle opener.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.17/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a foggy, darkish yellow with a white head atop. Retention is pretty good holding at a thick film for quite a long time.
Smell is a faint smoked meat note overridden by a musty hop and malt mix. Not what I was expecting or hoping for. I really like the rauchbiers and hope the flavor is better than the nose.
Taste is malt, hops and a light mustiness, all in decent balance. None of the smokiness sadly.
Almost medium bodied with a tart, sharp carbonation up front. Dry, clean finish. Sadly, I've got nothing to recommend in this beer. That's disappointing considering how much I've liked the other four Schlenkerla brews I've had prior.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal-clear golden-yellow with a fizzy, active, white head that builds and fades quickly leaving behind very little lace and retention.

S: Honey, lightly roasted malt, barn/grass, bread/yeast. Very nice.

T: Incredible. What every beer of this style should taste like. Bready, yeasty, grassy, and honey, all with a touch of hops in the finish. Slightly sweet and fully delicious. The quintessential lager. Great straight from the fridge but even better when it is allowed to warm over time.

M: Super smooth, the flavor and body are fantastic, and it's so easy to drink. "Refreshing" is selling it short.

O: When I bought this beer, I built up hopes of what it would taste like. After drinking two other of the brewery's smoke beers (both very good), this is a welcomed departure and a pleasant drinking experience. Highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good helles lager.

Broght gold, it has a medium white head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top with a little foamy lace.

Aroma is strong helles aroma, grain, strong herbs, lemon, hint of smoke (even though it's not supposed to be a smoked/rauchbier).

Taste is Nice helles with grain, bread, herb, apple, lemon, mineral with light smokiness again coming on before the finish. It has aftertaste of light grain, herb, apple.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's nice to try a smoked lager, but eh, I don't see the appeal in buying more than one bottle ever. Whereas the brewery's smoked Marzen and Weizen are a little thicker and can stand up to the smoke, I think in some ways the smoke gets in the way of the lager properties. I usually go for a lager as a lighter, more refreshing option. The smoke kills that. I'm trying to be objective with my scores, because I appreciate the uniqueness.

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied and very clear bright gold in color with a two finger bright white head. The nose is trademarked pale German malt with a touch of smoke. Hey oh! I've had all of Aecht Schlemkerlas other beers but didn't expect any smoke from their Helles for some reason. The touch of smoke is a nice surprise. The flavors are crisp and clean. It features typical pale Munich malt and again has that touch f smoked malt. It definitely makes this one unique. It drinks light in body and is very easy to sit down and drink. I like it a lot. For anyone who is a fan of German lagers this s a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.96 out of 5 based on 693 ratings.
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