Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierAecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

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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”.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +9.1%
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 +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Hazy but transparent golden-straw under two fingers of soft, glistening off-white head with some suspended solids throughout the body. Head drops to a lumpy, uneven covering.

Smell is a very crisp grape jelly, a little tea-like, even very slightly minty. Light bread crust pops up. Pretty pilsner-like smell, actually.

Crisp lager taste up front of mildly lemony hops, some biscuity character, then a softly savory smokiness shows up in the finish & turns to a kind of doughy, almost buttery sweetness in the aftertaste. The smoke is subtle, but provides a really nice twist & kind of recedes.

Crisp & tangy mouthfeel at first, then smooth & mellow in the finish, kind of rolls on down the throat. Very nice.

Pretty cool little number here: smooth, velvety lager with some restrained flavors & just a little twist there.

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4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a pilsener. Beautiful clear golden color with a visible effervescence and a half a finger head, which dissipated quickly and left some nice lacing.

Smells definitely of lager yeast with a little bit of smokey overtone, some pale malt sweetness but not too much.

Taste is surprisingly complex for such a clear, bright lager. All the same kind of stuff as the nose, pale malt, lager yeast, a little smoky towards the end. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, a little tingly, very light body and very drinkable. Unfortunately I've already finished the bottle : (. At such a low alcohol content and such high flavor content, you'll want to drink a lot of this brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of avalon07
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An almost undetectable aroma of malt, hops and not much else.

T: Tasted of mild hops, some malt, and a little bit of the smoky quality you get with Aecht beers. Mainly, this is a thin, watery flavor. Even the smokiness wasn't really noticeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an average and forgettable beer. Not very interesting.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Fair head retention and even a bit of lacing.

Very lightly smoky and almost herbal. Sweet malt as well. This really is an interesting approach to the Helles lager with the smoky brewhouse at Schlenkerla adding some really interesting aromas.

Just as in the aroma the sweet malt plays out as in a standard Helles lager but the subtle smokiness continues. It adds just a touch of complexity and depth to the beer which I find delightful.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Excellent.

A truly unique and interesting beer. i could see myself drinking a lot of this if I lived in Bamberg.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Churchkey in Washington, D.C.

Poured a hazy gold with a soapy white head. Aromas of smoke, light, crisp malt, and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the nose, slightly meaty smoke, crisp malt, honey, and toasted grain. Finish is long-lasing and bitter, and smacks nicely of smoke. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very drinkable despite the advertised 6.5% ABV (BA says 4.3%, not sure which is correct). Overall a nice intro to Schlenkerla, but give me the Marzen or Urbock any day!

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3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Gage roads tulip.

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with a white fluffy head that retains well and laces.

S - Some smokeyness on the nose with some sweet grains.

T - Little smokey, with some grassy hay and grains. Very well balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - A solid beer with hint of the classic smoke. Very enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.96 out of 5 based on 691 ratings.
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