Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
687
Reviews:
384
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
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49
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Photo of alucard
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear gold with over a finger of foam.

Smells like a hoppy Lager with a touch of smoke.

Malty and lightly smoked taste up front with a bit of hop bitterness for balance.

Medium body, light carbonation.
The smoke intensifies as the session goes on but never reaches over done. A real joy to drink.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a letdown after being a big fan of their rauchbiers.

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Photo of ronin926
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this beer from the brewery and it is their one beer that I have never seen anywhere else, so I’m looking forward to trying it out even though a smoked hell seems a little weird to me. This hell pours a medium yellow color with a slight orange tint, a quite thin white head, and some large carbonation bubbles that consistently evolve. The smell is fairly mild and is of grains. The flavor is heavily of malts for a light beer. Roasted grains is for sure the dominant flavor with this beer with a subtle smokiness that makes an appearance. The low smokiness sets this beer apart from the other offerings of this brewery, but in this case I think it might be a good thing. I don’t think heavy smokiness would really work with a beer this light. The finish is extremely dry, akin to a kolsch. There is also a little hop bitterness in the finish. The body is medium, which is heavier than you would guess based on the color. This is a nice well rounded light lager beer and more interesting than most I have tried from this category. For me it’s not as life changing as other beers from this brewery, but it might be a good introductory beer for those not used to beers with smoked or roasted flavors.

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Photo of szmnnl99
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of djchrismac
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pors a crisp clear straw yellow. Tons of bubbles race up the beer initially, but eventually subside. Three finger white head dissipates

Smell is initially kind of skunky, but it quickly is overridden by a pungent aroma of smoked malts, smoked wood sort of like a BBQ smoker scent.

Taste is smoky. Everything about this beer is smoky. Its rather unique and kind of odd. There are also flavors of straw, smoked malts, smoked wood.

Feel is crisp, thin, light. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle.

Overall this is a really unique beer. As some people have said, I think is best paired with food. I found it hard to get through.

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Photo of stompilator
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Groenebeor
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright golden, with small white head. Somewhat darker than the southern Bavarian Helles.

The nose is certainly rich smoke, reminds me of BBQ that's been smoked with far too much straight up wood.

The taste is certainly unique. This is a real food beer. Light breadiness with smoke int he finish, it's just dying to be served with some pork or any smoked meat.

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Photo of msscott1973
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KStark
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color with a good sized foamy white head. Head retention is good and there are bands of foamy lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly grassy hops and a very faint smokiness. Taste is mostly grassy hops but there is a malty presence too as the beer seems much more solid than a typical lager. The smoke is light but still noticeable. Mouthfeel is crisp and soft. I describe most helles lagers as "pillowy" softness. More solid and less light than a lot of lagers. A little hops bitterness keeps it interesting. A good lager.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StrobeLite
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a beautiful golden straw color with a thin white head and much carbonation. Great yeast and hop smell with your usuall German twang smell. This may be the best tastin Helles I have ever had. Makes me want to go there and have fresh. Simply awesome!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.96 out of 5 based on 687 ratings.
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