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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”.

Added by rastaman on 09-29-2003

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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 675
Photo of yelterdow
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Oak Tree Buy Rite in South Plainfield... last one, I couldn't resist.

Served in a nonic at fridge temperature, alongside a nice meatball parmesian. No freshness date.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear straw, the palest of yellows... with a nice three finger soapy head. Craggy lacing is left behind, looks pure.

Smell- Schlenkerla's signature bacony smoke aroma, just a hell of a lot lighter than their other offerings. Great malts and a whiff of hops, becoming richer and bolder as the beer opens up.

Taste- Great, smooth, tasty brew incorporating the smoked malts into an easy drinking lager. Pleasantly different, and refreshing. A sweet, lush hop character unfurls beneath the malts with terrific balance. Mild smoke and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light to medium in the mouth, and effortless to drink. What a great alternative for this summer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

stubby, single-serve bottle with striking blue-on-white label imprinted with gothic lettering.. the r-word figures prominently as a testament to german quality.

pours a familiar lighter shade of school bus yellow and absolutely crystal clear. speedracing fat bubbles rise perfectly vertically. the head is slight and lacing is present. looks drinkable.

and by gosh it is!

smells like salted crackers, slightly meaty with hints of a richer yet subdued marzen style maltiness. clean and not much in the way of dominant aromas.

drinks like a toasty lager. clean finish preceded by a smooth and rich semi-sweet malt peppered with charred rauch smoke. didn't think this element of schenkerla would show up so prominently in this beer but it does.. perhaps its the lightness to the beer that allows it to shine. however, in no way does it dominate like in the yellow-label rauchbiers of this brand. this is drinkable, and would be recommended for those who like lagers but can't take the extreme bacon qualities in other offerings.

drinkable through the roof and like jcalbi said, an awesome session brew. anyone who finds this on tap would benefit karmically from letting me know where they found it.

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Photo of tjd25
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, thick, compact and lasting head, on a transparent pale golden color. Quite desirable.
The smell is essentially malty, with light roasted notes, a bit like roasted corn. Sweet with some burnt caramel. The taste gets quite enjoyable: a good lager, showing a round and smooth maltiness, combined with interesting notes of smoke. Some sweet fruitiness too, citrus, some orange peel, hints of lemon, with a light dry hoppy grapefruity finish. Well balanced, a more than decent brew by Schlenkerla.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a fuzzy head of small bubbles on the top.

Smell: It has a very mild smell - a delicately refreshing blend of yeast/pretzel smells.

Taste: It begins very refreshing and brisk with bitters. Then it turns into a smokey rich flavor at the end. A very smooth transition between the two.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a big body to it - very round in the mouth. The body is not highly carbonated and is very smooth going down.

Drinkability: Although very rich, I could see myself drinking several of these in a row.

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Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nobbad, quite enjoyed it. Lightly smoked, bacon flavour, dry-ish, slightly herbal hops finish, a bit salty aswell. Not as heavily smoky as there other beers, which on one hand makes it easier to drink, but on the other hand its less flavourfull and less complex. I think i prefer the Marzen a lot more.(Draught- GBBF 03')

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.97 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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