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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
700 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles LagerbierAecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier
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
Ranking:
#5,110
Reviews:
390
Ratings:
700
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
50
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 700 |  Reviews: 390
Photo of ghwolf
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, bright golden color, with a huge, stable white head.

Smells of wet straw, soft hay and a light herbal whiff. A cakey malt profile gets recognizable among the more pronounced garden herb qualities.

Has a light, well nuanced mouthfeel with a medium carbonation, slighly bubbly during the mid palate, with a calmer, malt focussed finish and a herbal dryness prevailing.

Tastes of sun dried straw, gently accompanied by garden herbs and a lingering, subtle dough malt profile. A pleasant leaf dryness comes up during the mid palate, finishing with an aqueous softness, guided by slighty sweeter toffee malts.

Wow, this is masterfully balanced with a very enjoyable, well nuanced hop presence, making this very refreshing. For me, ligher beers' most important quality is their balance, since its got to be clean brewed or it becomes a mess, and this one is a winner.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

How this doesn't have a higher rating is beyond me. This beer is amazing. Rauchbiers are clearly not for the faint of heart, but this could be a perfect gateway for the nay-sayers. Wonderful campfire aroma upon opening, with a well rounded flavor showcasing smoke with the sweetness you'd expect of a classic Helles coming through. Absolutely wonderful. Prost!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoked lager. What more to say? Very balanced and drinkable. The smoke is fine and brings some roundness to the lager crispness. History in a bottle. Classic

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

Photo of Nunya
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnTurano
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chill-hazed, dark amber topped with a strong and craggy off-white froth. Aroma of peat, malt, straw, light fruit and smouldering wood. On the palate fruit and grain are enveloped by a certain smokiness and a slight bitterness. Light in body. An eccentric lager that does what it does unapologetic and does it well.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +1%
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 -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of FBarber
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 700 ratings
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