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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: 707 |  Reviews: 391
Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like grain/bready malt, apples, bananas, smoke, pears, and a bit of herbs. The taste is just like the aroma from what I can tell, I don't notice anything different between them. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and smooth and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good overall beer, although I do prefer their smoked brews. But I'd buy this one again, I liked it.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a very clear golden yellow colour, with a mildly forming head of white film. Some veiny lace forms when tilted. Lots of fine carbonation. Stylistically, it's pretty much spot on.

Nose is grainy and slightly thin, with a faint hint of banana skin and a touch of smoke, but less than I expected, even though they state it's not brewed with the classic rauchmalz. It's more like a slightly tweaked Helles Lager than a beer from Schlenkerla.

Taste is extremely light, with some grainy pilsner malt through the centre leaving a hay-like vegetative or rustic note. It mingles again with a very faint suggestion of smoke, but this leaves a medicinal aspect when mingled with the slightly earthy hop bite on the finish. Feel is light and crisp; quite suitable.

Overall, I found this a little disappointing, even though it's a decent beer overall. It's a reasonable example of a classic style, but there are slight fractures to it which don't really move it off-kilter enough to be interesting.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some nice lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining a dense head. Aromas of big pepper, bread, light smoke, apple, pear, herbal spiciness, floral, and a light metallic off note. Some pretty nice and balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of pear, pepper, apricot, apple, grass, biscuit, floral, cracker, toasted grain, and herbal spiciness. Fairly dry on the finish; with some lingering notes of pear, apricot, grass, toasted grain, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice and well balanced flavors. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is essentially non existent as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a really nice, smooth, and balanced Munich Helles lager. It probably wasn’t very fresh, but it was still very enjoyable.

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

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Stella chalice.

A- Pours a light golden with a 2 finger white head. Minimal lacing remains on the glass.

S- Some smoke like all Schlenkerla beers. Sweet malts with some citrus.

T- Crisp apple followed by sweet malts and smoke.

M- Light body, medium carbonation. Nice warm weather beer.

O- Nice lager with some smoke. Smoke not as prevelant as other Schlenkerla beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow hued with a small, but lasting, white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma is classic Aecht Schlenkerla campfire, albeit a more subtle scent than in other beers from this brewery. In addition to the smokey notes is a pleasant German lager scent.

The beer is light and smooth, with a balance of smoke and German lager flavors. Exactly what I would expect from this brewery.

I could easily drink a liter or more of this. Refreshing and flavorful. Well done.

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Emptied slowly into my Guinness pint. Bright and clear marigold body with a rocky egghell head with great retention. Fills a glass nicely. 4.5

Mild smoke atop clean aromatic grains. Slight suggestion of musty snap could be a Saaz hop character. Bready and toasty. Very pleasing nose. 4.5

There's more beefy smoke pouring through, a perfect complement to this German lager. Grassy hops are more apparent now. However, setting it back is an unmistakable iron taste, like rust or blood. Metallic and off-putting. Love the smoky character, crisp bready grains, and noticeable hop; dislike the metallic middle and subsequent ruined finish. 3.5

Drinks just fine. A little light on carb, perhaps, but smooth at sail. Very sessionable. 4.0

That off-flavor killed it for me. I really wanted to love this beer as much as their rauchbier. Don't get me wrong, I'd drink this again. I enjoy it enough to seek out every once in awhile. I mean, it's still just a helles lager. I love both big and little smoked malt qualities, and this one satisfies that thirst of mine, but it's not without its own big flaw. Have to give it a 3.5

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the beer itself doesn't use any smoked malts, it's brewed using the same yeast and in the same equipment as their other smoked beers. Pretty interesting beer pours a pale light golden delicate biscuit malt character with a nice spritzy carbonation level. Nice fluffy white head leaves intricate banded lacing. Aroma has a subtle smoke character with hints of smoked meats and a light biscuit malt grain character. Flavor has an interesting smoked nuttiness to it adds great complexity to a light classic well executed German helles. Kind of a one note flavor but a very interesting and tasty one note, makes me wish I had another bottle or two. Mouthfeel is evenly carbonated with a light but not watery body. Overall impression this beer rates high with on my likeability skill, would I consider sharing this with other friends into beer? Absolutely a very interesting take on a German Helles a classic style that doesn't get a whole lotta love around these parts.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and slight smoke aromas. Taste is of malt with a slight smoke flavor and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager that retains some of the traditional smoke aromas and flavors without being in your face.

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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming out of the 500 ml format, on to the beer:

This beer has a dark golden hue, head retention that is good, and leaves several rings of lacing around the glass. The nose says helles, but if you sniff a little closer, you can also catch a soft smokiness arising. In addition to the smoke, notes of honey and grassy hops arise.

I enjoy a quality helles lager, and Schlenkerla shows that they can do that. There's a subtle smoke flavor, no surprise that this is coming out off Schlenkerla. Honey, grass/hay flavors, also some bread.The flavors are nicely balanced, which helps make it easy to drink. The body is light, and the carbonation has a bit of a jumpy sensation.

Quality helles lager here. If you enjoy a subtle twist on this traditional Munich style, then grab a bottle of this.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – A light transparent golden color with a beautiful white head.

Smell – Smell is surprisingly nice for a lager. A mild smokiness, malt, and a touch of honey.

Taste – The best lager I’ve had (although I haven’t yet tried the Augustiner Bräu Lagerbier Hell or the Thomas Hooker Munich Style Lager as of this review). It has a pleasant sweet/smokey taste that sticks around a while, but it’s a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Perfectly carbonated for a lager.

Drinkability – Lagers typically go down easy. Since this is the best lager I’ve tried, it goes down that much easier. My local beer store sells this by the keg; this could be a dangerous drink for a big party.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 707 ratings
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