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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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500-mL bottle, purchased in the US.

This lagerbier poured a clear, golden color with white foam that persisted a while then dissipated almost completely, though clinging a bit on the glass. There was a good stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was lightly malty with a touch of sweetness. There was perhaps the faintest touch of smoke, but perhaps it was my imagination? The taste was nicely mildly malty with a slight "lager tanginess". The hoppiness was very mild but well balanced with the malt. As with the aroma, there was perhaps the faintest touch of smoke in the flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and modest carbonation. There was a mildly hoppy finish. This was a very nice, mild helles lager.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a pilfy white head that recedes quickly to nothing. No lace.
The aroma is of smoked brats. No kidding. It really smells of grilled brats.
The beer has a very unique flavor profile. The expected malt, bready and toasty. The unexpected oh so obvious smoked flavor and nice bitter spiciness at the end.
Thin and watery in the mouth.
This is a drinkable summertime beer that offers something different in the smoked flavor.
Recommended.

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Photo of Westler
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting stuff. A clear, light Bavarian Helles with fine and firm head. The subtle smoke aroma makes this a unique beer. Much more drinkable than the Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Malty and satisfying finish, considering it’s relatively low alcohol level.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alucard
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TastyIsBeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good intro rauchbier, I'd think. The bottleshop owner told me that the way this one gets its smoke is they re-pitch the yeast from one of their other beers and don't actually have smoked malt in this one -- makes sense given the color.

If you are looking for a meaty smoke you'll have to go elsewhere, this is more of a good campfire smoke. Not overpowering, but definitely present. As with most decent beer, let it warm a bit if you are pulling it out of a typically cold fridge.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BubbleBobble
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with almost no head

S: Lager yeast, some wheat, light fruitiness and grains, along with a smooth smokiness throughout

T: Follows the nose. Light fruitiness and grains, some wheat presence, and the smoke throughout. The smoke is nowhere near overpowering. Crisp

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing

O: A solid helles lager with a nice smokiness to it. The smoke is more of a supporting role than anything else (especially compared to their other beers) and keeps things interesting. Very easy to drink and easy to find. Worth a purchase

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Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with hints of breadiness. Also present are mild amounts of sulfur and earthy hops. As it warms the sulfur aromas fade and good amounts of smokiness waft out.

Tastes good. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of bready flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of muted smoked malt flavors and hints of earthy hops that temper the smokiness. The combination of the aforementioned flavors carries through to a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I wasn't expecting a whole lot after getting a whiff of this beer but the complexity added in the flavor profile more than made up for it. A very interesting and subtle beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: nice clarity bright amber burnished gold body. head was a nice white creamy looking and fairly big it laces the glass well.

S: light smoke campfire with a nice underlying doughiness

T: lots of the camp fire taste it's so layered like waves of smoke on the tongue but then you get a nice light breadiness.

M: medium to lighter body decent carbonation.

O: this beer is pretty good but you better like smoked beers. It's layered and once you get used to it it's a nice Helles.

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Photo of smurfyou
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I was attracted by the simple, Bavarian label. I thought it was probably either a really good small-batch German beer or a really bad German macro trying to look the part....I took a chance, and really liked this beer.

Pours a very pale-clear, almost scary color. Reminded me of a domestic light beer. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma is smoky, which was very unexpected until I noticed it was the Aecht Schlenkerla brewery. Didn't connect the name until then.

Taste is classic Helles, with a very slight smoke undertone. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. I'll be buying more of this. Good "summer" beer, if you believe in such a thing.

Edit: Found some more of this finally. Still love it. I could drink this all day, and plan on buying a case to keep around.

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Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-grassy,floral,spicy,honey,very faint smoke
T:
-spicy,grassy,metallic,faint smoke,zesty
-too hoppy for a Helles
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light body
O:
Fantastic Malt Base.
The smoke is very faint,so non-Rauchbier Fans don't have to be scared about trying this.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight yeasty haze... White head poured pretty tight, thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to light wispy covering... good steady stream of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Slighty sweet grainy malts with the slightest hint of smokiness, peppery and grassy hop notes, some almond nuttiness, floral honey, bready, some yeastiness, light caramel, stewed fruits (apples, apricots), tobacco traces... nowhere near the smokiness of Schlenkerla's other brews...

Taste - Sweet biscuity malts backed by some light smokiness, honey and light caramel, light grassy hop bitterness, grainy, juicy fruits (lemons, peach, pear), slight chalkiness, peppery notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... Light body... An extremely quaffable and sessionable lager...

Overall - A nice mellow quaffable lager which doesn't overdo the smokiness... recommended..

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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 Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blond color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Nice presentation.

Aroma is light and grainy with a decent hop bite in the nose. Seems sweet as well.

Taste is full of hop bitterness followed by sweet, grainy malt. Inoffensive flavors that make it easy to drink and enjoy.

Mouthfeel is a just a bit harsh but the hop bitterness lingers along with the grainy malt.

A decent example of the style from the land that bore it. I can't say that it's the best I've had but it has more hop character than some other examples I've had. Decent.

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Photo of trbergman
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pale straw-gold with two fingers of soft, pillowy white head.

S - Dry, cracker-like malt with the faintest hint of smoke, with freshly cut grass and floral hop aroma.

T - Light and bready, with slight vinous and woody qualities. Dry, with moderate hop bitterness. White pepper spiciness lingers on the tongue, with just a bit of smoke in the aftertaste.

M - Very light body, good carbonation.

D - A good beer - probably the closest I've come to being wowed by a helles. Smoke was much less than I was expecting. I think this would be overwhelmed by ribs, but something like pulled chicken could make a pretty good pairing. I would drink this again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, slightly darker than golden. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose that is slightly sweet biscuit. Underneath is a subtle smokiness that is more campfire like in nature rather than bacon.

Light medium bodied, barely, with a texture that approaches smooth. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with a mixture of flavors that slowly separate into a mild oak like smokiness over a subtle sweet biscuit. In the middle, it becomes rather crisp and becomes dryer towards the finish. A slightly bitter smokiness lingers.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Greggy
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thin bright white head with little lacing. The body is a hazy straw color.

S- Some graininess, light fruity hops and some honey notes, and a tiny suggestion of smokiness.

T- Starts out with a big malty whack with notes of honey, minerals, cereal grains, and some drying hops at the end, with again, a tiny bit of smoke.

M- What a nice full body for a beer of 4.3%. Carbonation is light and almost spritzy.

D- A pretty drinkable brew. I thought this was a smoked beer but from what I understand, it is not. At almost $5 for the bottle, I probably won't buy again.

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

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 StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had no idea it was even possible to do smoke so delicately in a beer, and while the import game is seemingly getting weaker in colorado, these types of beers are all over missouri, and i am sure glad i make it out this way somewhat regularly to gobble them up. the helles, the lightest of these beers, at least that i have seen, and a smoked beer that even folks who dont like the style can get into, at least that was my experience with it tonight, where a couple of smoked beer doubters were converted with this one. not quite blonde on color because of the smoked portion, with a slight iodine nose, but mostly recently extinguished campfire and wet soil, its awesome. light and heavy at the same time, so few beers do that at all, let alone well. the german pils type malt meshing with the smoked element really nicely, and i appreciate it for not being so malty, but also, the smoke is the malt, so its malty by definition, it really is a mindbender, but the effervescence and relative dryness are both key to its drinkability, and the price point is hard to argue. high quality and weird and good at once, which i love more than anything. impressive beer, earthy and night timey, last beer sort of stuff, but i could also drink like five pints of it in the right context. awesome stuff, as good and memorable as any of their others, loosely autumnal, and just really brilliant if you like the style. the smoke in a helles is new to me, and its wonderful!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass
A - Pours a light honey color with a 1/2 inch white head that falls away quickly to a partial skim coating.
S - Lager sweetness with a touch of smokiness.
T - Subtle smoke taste right up front followed by a full lager toasted grain flavor followed by some smoky bitterness at the back end.
MF - A really pleasant mouthfeel. Smooth and rather full feeling even th0ough it's really a light/medium bodied beer.
D - A no brainer as far as a beer that I would like to have a couple of. I will seek out again.

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