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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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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Photo of crnipeter
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours relatively thin yet well formed creamy white head that sets to a firm cloth atop of effervescent yellow body with good clarity. The nose is dominated by Pils malt sweetness while smoke is virtually nonexistent. Flavor is pils malt sweetness with woody smokiness and towards the dry finish mild spicy noble hops and hop bitterness show up. Light bodied with moderate carbonation and somewhat creamy sensation.

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Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Bamberg

Pours light yellow with half finger white soft head, downsliding lacing. Aroma is light malt, bits of honey and faint notes of smoke.

Taste is crisp light smoked malt with spicy hops and sweetish citrus (mostly lemon) in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with less than moderate carbonation.

Overall, the beer is simple, unassuming and very refreshing, but I have to admit I was expecting something better.

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Photo of drseamus
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at monks cafe.

A: Hazy straw body topped with a one finger thick white head. Good visible carbonation.

S: Quite impressive that no smoked malt was used to make this beer because the nose is all smoke and malt.

T: Crisp malt, but with that smokiness overlaying everything. Even with all the smokiness it still manages to be a light and crisp beer.

M: Nice and light visits with just a bit of thickness from the smoke. Very classic german lager feel.

D: Very good summer drinker. The smoke adds a perfect amount of punch to differentiate out from an ordinary lager.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a decent head. Quite appetizing.

S- Sour malt and grassy hops. A little honey sweetness comes through as the beer warms.

T- Sweet, bready malt and, there it is... the smokiness. I don't think this beer uses smoked malt, but it's there for sure, just a subtle hint of that distinctive Schlenkerla smoke. The hops add add a nice herbal bite. The finish has a little residual sweetness and a moderate bitterness.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied with a moderate dose of carbonation. Slightly slick on the palate.

This is a very good lager that is kicked up a notch by that hint of smoke. I really enjoyed that, and the combination of the interesting taste with the light body and the low ABV make this a very drinkable beer. I'd definitely get it again. Recommended.

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Photo of aaron12
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

love it! beautiful pale hazy yellow, with a white head. the smell is of honey almonds, and a bit of wet grass. the taste is dry, and lightly smokey. crisp, with the sweetness in the mid-pallet, which then fads nicely and ends with a pipe tobacco finish. this beer's the shit! this might be what happens to lagers when they die and go to heaven.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet. For no rauch, pretty damned rauchy.

A: The lager is a golden yellow color, hazed a bit but still translucent. A white head, right in line with the lightness of the ale, leaves a few strands of lace behind.

S: The lagerbier has a sturdy smokiness ingrained in it, even if it doesn't include the normal Bamberger smoked malts. The helles lager drips of the Bamberger scent, even with no smoked malts included. A tribute to subtlety.

T: The lager is a light, chewy beer, one that picks up more smokiness by accident that most can muster up intentionally. The biscuity grains are bready; hops are an afterthought. Between the start and finish, the lager's smoked body takes hold. That smoke, meaty as it is, is significantly lighter than Schlenkerla's other offerings. That reduced flavor makes the lager much more palatable, more enjoyable to sip through.

M: The smoke makes the beer, a full flavor that doesn't scorch the earth. A beer that paired nicely with several of the cheeses throughout the night.

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

Dirty Truth.

A- Gold body with a small foamy white head. Good retention. Sticky suds but a lack of lace.

S- Smoky light malt with a noble hop backdrop, floral and earthy.

T- Nice and smoky but the malt is nice and light, allowing a good drinkable smoked beer. Some hop notes and spice.

MF- Light body with a nice creamy feel.

Light body and smoke makes for a refreshing beer, not usually what I get in smoked beers.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear golden yellow. It has a nice fluffy 2-finger white head on it. The head had good retention, and it left a nice sheet of lacing behind.

S - It smells of Pilsner malts and some sweetness up front. There is an earthiness aroma to it, and some hop character as well. Also, I am getting a tad bit of smokiness.

T - The taste is very malty, and there is some sweetness and a bit of smoke. There is an earthiness to it, as well as some notes of caramel, hops, and bread. The finish is pretty clean, it just leaves a bit of lingering bitterness behind.

M - It has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. Good feel for the style.

O - This beer has pretty good drinkability. It has a nice flavor and goes down easy. I think this would be a nice beer to have while sitting outside on a hot day. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I would pick it up again.

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Photo of lionchow
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale straw yellow. with a nice white head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is richly malty with a hint of smoke. Some sweetness and straw as well.

Flavor is beautiful sweet munich malt, and again dry straw flavor. Smokiness is subtle and comes across as a slightly meaty flavor. There is a mellow but well balanced and clean hop bitterness that follows the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is nice, with a slight weight from the malt and slight brightness from the carbonation.

Overall very good. Easy drinking but still with enough unique points of interest to make me want another some time.

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Photo of foogerd
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- Light golden yellow clear body with a small white head.

S- Light grainy smoke, hay , light grassy hops.

T- Very drinkable tasty lightly toasted and smoked malts with a light touch of hops that lend a touch of spice.

M- Nice tickling carbonation light body.

O- Very quaffable brew.

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Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
A-this has a crystal clear gold color to it. Good head and real bubbles.
s-smells like a crisp pilsner, no bacon scent.
t-despite lack of a Smokey scent it, it has a Smokey taste. Crisp and refreshing. Kind of a mix between bitberger and schlenkerla smokey.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with a medium white head, great retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, grassy hops, no real smoke here.

T: Great bready malt flavour with a hint of smoke. Some good minerality, complex and interesting flavour. Has a keller sensibility.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. Smooth, soft but biting carbonation.

O: A fantastic lagerbier. The smoke is definitely toned down from the regular Marzen, but this is just as fantastic in its own right, a definite pick up.

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Photo of ksimons
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-clear golden with about an inch of white head that disappears quickly and leaves some lacing around the top

S-slightly sweet and malty, subtle smoke,

T-picking up more hops than anything, lightly malted, spicy finish, picking up a little smoke towards the end but not much. Tastes more like a pilsner than anything else

M-light to medium body, very light and refreshing, moderate carbonation

A nice light beer, but I was expecting more, more taste, more smoke, something to make the taste different from a pilsner.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 708 ratings
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