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: 721 |  Reviews: 398
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of banjofred101
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bbeane
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the freshness of this one... gonna give it a try anyways

A- Poured into my DFH chalice... Pours a mostly crisp (has a bit of sediment in it which is why I'm questioning the freshness) golden color with a nice fluffy white head and decent retention

S- Aroma is a bit disappointing compared to the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers I've tried. Not much smoked notes, just some light floral hops

T- Starts with some floral hop flavor with some smokey notes. Finishes with a bitter bread flavor

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

O- Eh... this one was just ok IMO. Not on the same level as their Marzen


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Photo of rangerred
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

Appearance is a hazy light gold. There is a healthy 1.5 finger head that hangs around.

The smell is of a typical german lager. Noble hops and a crisp maltiness. There is a very small hint of smoke.

The taste starts off like numerous other german lagers: crisp and clean with nice hop bitterness. The smoke only kicks in once the hop flavor has faded. The smoke takes a backseat in this beer to the malt and hops.

I do like this beer but I feel it falls somewhat short of the other offerings from this brewery. It is not a whole lot different than many other german lagers.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into tulip

A: brilliantly clear. white head sits on top of the bright golden body. decent retention and some nice lacing too.

S: a real rich grainy aroma. oh so lightly toasted munich malts interact with a spicy, floral german hop aroma.

T: starts with just a touch of smoke. rich graininess underneath gives this lager a little bit of meat. a hint of vanilla sweetness in there. bitterness is a little lacking, and that is my only real complaint. however, the addition of the smoke really makes this helles unique.

M: zesty carbonation on a light body.

D: im definitely a sucker for smoke, but i think all would agree this is a very well made beer. highly quaffable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a small head.
Nose shows grassy/spicy hops, soft smoke, hay, bready malt and faint caramel. Also a weird savoury note, possibly part of the smoke.
More hay and grainy, bready malt as flavours, along with spicy hops and some just noticeable woody smoke. Finishes with an assertive bitterness that then settles down to reveal some caramel.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from K&L. Pours a clear light gold with a mountainous white head that lasts forever. Aroma is smokey - not like roasting a pig over a campfire, a la the other Schlenkerla beers - but definitely reminiscent thereof. Subtle notes of Christmas ham along with the more typical melanoidin character. Flavor isn't as smokey as the smell. Bigger emphasis on the base beer character, with Cheerios-esque malts and a lightly sweet, grainy finish. There is a vague note of woody smoke throughout but it's never at the fore. Lovely heft to the body, not too watery nor too sweet and fatiguing. Really hits the spot.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark straw color with a nice white head and lace. The aroma is a little milder than their other beers. The smoke is the dominant flavor and scent but there are hay and citrus esters. The body is heavier than most traditional lagers. It has a light body but a rough finish due to the smokiness.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden straw color. A frothy tall foamy white head is produced on the pour that bright white.
Small bubbles dominate the well carbonated brew.

Aroma smells of malts but is dominated by the rich smokiness of this beer.

Well balanced in taste not to much malts not too much hops and not to much smoke. Malts are light and pale, perfect for carrying the rich smokiness from the beechwood, Hops typically and true to this case are light and simple, simply here to add some balance.

Mouthfeel is thin and I notice a touch of graininess.

Overall, a good beer not to heavy in smokiness so it's perfect for some looking to try his/her first smoke beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A thin skin of head fades to a ring in seconds. A pale, golden yellow colour. Clear and boats a busy hive of carbonation.

S - Fresh, floral and clean. A distant, smoky character is tucked away but present.

T - Citrusy hops, floral flavours with a subtle green apple. Honestly, I expected more smokiness from these guys.

M - Light to moderate in body. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - Highly sessionable lager. Very suitable for a hot day out in the sun, but there are more affordable options available.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Sclenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Appearance: Pours a semi clear unfiltered straw with some small particles of yeast sediment. Soapy white head forms and recedes in time.

Smell: Upfront the aroma is ashy and smokey. Some euro hops and bready malts are there as well. Meaty smoke.

Taste: The base is euro pale malt, laced with a smoke flavor. Mellow tea like hops, grassy, earth tones, smokey and bready. Like drinking a german lager after eating a crispy piece of applewood smoked bacon.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, smooth, almost creamy texture. Not the cleanest of beers, chalky yeast and a lingering smoke flavor on the palate, but is enjoyable and well suited.

Overall: Though not containing any smoked malts, the tanks holding this beer also are used to ferment all of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauch line. Being a smoked beer fan, I find this a very fine lighter option, with a more delicate, but still prominent smoke flavor.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Peg's Cantina on 9/10/11.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured clear light gold with a 2 finger snow white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Lager yeast and malt with a nice smoky background.

Taste: Typical German lager with a nice portion of smokiness. The smoke has a bacon-like quality to it. There is a touch of herbal hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This would be perfect on a cool autumn day. You could drink several without any trouble.

Overall: Very good beer overall. The smoke enhances the flavor instead of dominating it. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Pale golden, perfectly transparent. One finger white head that disappears pretty quickly. Very active carbonation. No lacing on the glass

S- Crisp grainy malts, with a herbal/wet grass feel from the hops. Smoke? I think i can detect a faint hint

T- Crisp cracker-like malts, quite on the sweet side but still a bit less than you would expect from a Helles. A nice herbal feel from the hops is to be felt on the tongue. What is really distinctive with this beer, though, is it's fruitiness (lemon, peach), which develops on the palate if you leave it in your mouth for a couple of seconds; this is by far the fruitiest lager beer i've ever tried. A slight hint of smokiness is to be felt on the back of the palate while swallowing and remains in the aftertaste

M- Medium body (a bit stronger than you would expect given style and low ABV). Very active carbonation on the tongue, with a pleasant crisp feel. Suprisingly, no carbonation at all is to be felt on the palate, where an oily/syrup-like feel serves as the base for fruity flavours to spread out

O- A quite complex lager, with a rich amount of perfectly balanced flavours and an amazing drinkability. Maybe just a little less refreshing than other bavarian Helles

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Really pale yellow-straw color with a small white head that leaves a film.

The aroma is smoky with a little sweet malt and grain, a little hay.

Nice base helles lager, with pale malt and grain, slight hops. A nice restrained bacony smokiness.

Fairly light-bodied with average carbonation and a pretty good mouthfeel.

One of the more interesting helles lagers I’ve tried.

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

500mL bottle (no dates or codes, but purchased recently at a good beer store) poured into a weizen glass. Makes the most beautiful crackling sound as I pour - what is this, Rice Krispies? Standard crystal clear golden lager color with a wonderful 1-finger white head and effervescent carbonation typical of German beers. Bubbles start out microscopic at the bottom of the glass and grow larger as they rise. Head subsides to a thin film of bubbles, sustained by the continuous carbonation from below.

Aroma is that crisp, dry lager smell - so different from the ales I've been drinking lately, with none of the fruit notes. Actually just a very faint beechwood smoke aroma, I expected more smoke. But then this isn't a rauchbier.

Taste is dry, fruity, with just a hint of smoke. Not overwhelming at all. Really light, drinkable. The smokiness hits on the back end, just a little twist that sets this apart from other pale lagers.

I like this beer. Like everything I've had from Brauerei Heller Bamberg, it's well-crafted and solid. Nothing exciting or flashy here, but if you want a good, crisp beer look no further.

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Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 500ml bottle into pint glass

A- pours a straw yellow color with a smallish white head and minimal lacing with a fresh white collar

S- light smoke with sweet malts and wet grass

T- was a light smoke taste with nice sweet malts,with baked bread and a touch of noble hops

M- was crisp and creamy smooth finish,medium carbonation

O- very tasty and refreshing,just a touch of smoke with milod hops and sweet malts

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Photo of msfoster77
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a white head. My beer was pretty cold when I poured it so not much head. The smell was of malt and some yeastiness in there, also a slight hint of grass and smoke. The taste is backed my big malts that provide a lot of character. The malts are distinct and give rise to a slight smokiness that goes mixes well with the rest of the beer. There is great carbonation in this beer which provides a crisp mouthfeel and an overall great experience.

This beer is great. Period.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear pale gold color. Poured a 2 finger fulfy white head with good retention to a thick skim. Decanted continually. Laced the glas in wide rings.

S: Sweet malts with a hint of smoke. A litle dry grass and faint spice.

T: Smokey and sweet with a nice balance between the two. Wet grain and bready malt just ahead of a mild bitter with a little smokiness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active. Crips and refreshing. A little ligering smoke, but not overbearing.

D: Very drinkable. Crisp, refreshing and fairly light with good malt character. Mils smokiness is really nice.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow colored brew which produced a very mild head. Retention was decent, but the bottle itself, although properly stored, was a foamer.

S - Sweet malts touch the nose first, followed quickly by maple bacon, smoke, and fresh roast. Take it in slowly and enjoy.

T - Nice and refreshingly balanced. Smoky, but also sweet. Some grains and and barley shine through near the end.

M - Light bodied and mildly carbonated. Aftertaste is of smoke, but the finish is fairly clean, as is the body.

D - Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla. Remember the name. Every beer I've had from them has been nothing shy of delicious. Add this one to the list of great beers they brew.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed out of a proper Schlenkerla glass from a bottle purchased fresh at the brewery while I was in Bamberg last week.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline and bright straw gold, absolutely transparent, and replete with some of the most vivacious effervescence you've ever seen. It's lively, bright, and vivid, but not overly mercurial, suggesting this beer has definite substance and body. The bubbles - mostly average sized - stream slowly upwards towards a pure white head, fluffy, about one finger and change high, with remarkable clarity, retention, and structure. It's rocky, alabaster-like, perched atop the surface of this beer like a snowy crown. Creamy, slippery dots and blots of lacing hang lazily along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very faint. Indiscriminately crisp, sweet, in that corny, pilsener-y sort of way. Not this beer's best quality - faint bitterness and just the memory of a kiss of smoke exist at the edge.

Taste: A soft and subtle blend of soft and smoky, bitter and bright, earthy and heavy and airy and wholesome. A faintly sweet but largely balanced malt backbone provides pure malt notes, nothing fancy, almost bracing in its simplicity. A faint hoppiness compliments the wholesome gritty earth of the malt backbone, adding hints of grass and leafyness, and, ah yes, the smoke. I didn't think I'd really be able to detect it - maybe it's all those years of vegetarianism that makes me oddly in tune to hints of smoke - but it's here, and it's nice. Crisp earth, like after a late spring snowfall, dirty but not rugged, the balance here is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. An incredibly light and airy body augments both the soft, subtle, smooth sweetness of the malt body as well as the sweet, woody, smokiness that lingers just around the corners of this beer.

Drinkability: A light, pleasant, flavorful beer, one of the more interesting hells I had the opportunity of sampling while in Germany. A definite standout.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Engine company 15 in Jax Beach. – It was served in a 10 oz. snifter. Beer is gold with just a light chill haze. It has an off-white head.

I get smoke, malts and a bit of spice in the aroma.

The smoke flavor does not overpower the base beer. It is slightly sweet with a bit of band aid at the finish. I like the subtle grain and spice notes.

The mouth is sharp with active carbonation.

I thought this was pretty solid.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with some grassy hops. A nice, clean smelling German lager. The flavor is mainly bready and biscuit malt with some grassy hops mixed in. I also get a little bit of light grape notes but they are pretty faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden clear body, single finger white head. Minimal lacing.

Honey on the nose, not much else.

Dryish honey lager... trace of smoke. (Schlenkerla, go figure)

Standard mouthfeel, not over-carbed.

Decent lager, but pales in comparison to the rauchs.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 721 ratings