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:
694
Reviews:
388
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
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49
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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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Photo of jpd026
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice finger of white foam greets the drinker upon the initial pour. Brilliant clarity, beautiful gold in appearance making my glass look like a golden chalice. The smell is divine. Big grassy notes and a subtle smokiness are the first things I notice. There's also a bit of some BO here I'm not going to sugar coat things. But that isn't a complaint, for some styles it's appropriate in measured quantities. The flavors are more of that field grass and a definite earthy sort of rye like vegetal thing. I just love the bready qualities of a good lager, and this is a great one. There is a vague spicy quality here, shy of black pepper but headed in that direction. The mouthfeel is quite crisp. I really enjoy how refreshing and thirst quenching this is. Equally adept on a hot day or on a cool day when something more robust than a watery session beer is warranted. I'm hard pressed to name many other sub 5% beers that have this level of clean maltiness and noble hop bite. Fantastic.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent pale straw, minimal head, but it is white. Aroma of beachwood smoke. The smoke isn't as pronounced, it tastes mostly like your typical helles. The smoke is subdued and not overwhelming. I'm getting some cooked sausage in it. It is very drinkable but the smoke lingers and I wonder whether I'd want this to be a little weightier or chewier. Like an actual meal. Regardless, I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of j0hnc2468
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjervis1888
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Roguer
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, beautiful beer: big, fluffy white head from a fairly modestly paced pour; great retention and tons of nice lacing; perfectly clear and vibrantly golden-hued straw body; transparent with tons of action.

There is, perhaps, a touch of smoke in the aroma, but the dominant scent is that of a floral, spicy bread. Peppery, sweet. Really phenomenal aroma for a Helles: bright, deep, complex, and perfectly balanced.

Quite sweet on the palate, with just a bit of herbal hoppy bite to keep it fairly balanced. Malt driven but very drinkable. Very nice hit of smoke on the back-end, just enough to remind you who brewed this beer, but not enough to overwhelm or change the quality of the brew from a Helles.

Slight smoke character is more woody (and less meaty), on both the nose and palate. Flavor is just a touch too sweet, being slightly less balanced than the aroma, which is near perfect.

Smooth, lively, incredibly easy drinking, slick.

This is a fantastic overall brew. It's not going to be a huge hit with many of the IPA-and-stout-obsessed craft segment, but its near-perfect balance and true depth of character are superb.

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

Photo of hdtrice
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PGVG
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of James954
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear golden with carbonation rising from the bottom
S: Small skunk that fades ...not much else
T: light smoke that reminds me of beef jerky, finishes with a taste that hints towards bacon bits!
F: Good carbonation but remains a little watery.


Overall: Just making a beer as unique as this is accomplishment enough. Not a favorite. But if you're looking to get a slightly smokey flavor and some unexpected notes of cured beef or pork, this is your beer!

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.96 out of 5 based on 694 ratings.
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