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:
693
Reviews:
387
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is grass and grains with some smokey notes. The taste is grass, grains and some bread. An average beer.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reidrover
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml traditional bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a darker golden colour with a lovely frothy/bubbly 3/4 inch off white head. Aromas of slight smoked cheese/ meats..some hops discernable .and crackerish malting. Very smooth creamy drinking beer..with that hint of smoked meat in the back ground but forever present. Slight bitter hop/smoke end. Great. Excellent smooth mouth feel..great stuff. Just a wonderful example of a Helles lager..and the hunts of smoke only add to the pleasure for me.

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

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know what to expect from this one but it turns out that it's a great beer, not just because of the smoky aroma flavors, but also with regard to everything else. The smoky aroma and flavor were very faint at first (when the beer was cold) but as they became more and more prominent (without ever becoming overwhelming) the more you drank it.

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

Photo of theskjoung
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a golden orange color and with a firm, latte-like top.
The taste is dry, and has a little bitterness from smokiness.
It smells skunky and smoky. I would say the carbonation is between low and medium.

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

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

I finally tried a beer from the smoke brewery out of Germany, and it was a great, clean, crisp, smoky lager. Golden, clear color, but the smokiness really comes through nicely in the flavor. It paired well with BBQ. You have to like smoky flavors to really enjoy beers from Schlenkerla.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint sized bottle into a tall thin cylindrical glass. Pours clear gold with a finger and a half of head that dissipates slowly and leaves ample lacing. Smell caught me off guard! The first thing you get is the smokey aroma, followed by a crisp noble, earthy hop aroma. A bouquet of smells that is immediately inviting. Taste is bold, but balanced and everything is kept in check. Flavor starts with a light malt character, transitioning to earthy noble hops, and then the smoke creeps up and gives you a soft and loving punch, and it lingers on the palate for ages! Stellar flavor that I didn't expect at all, but I'm absolutely adoring and goes perfectly with a November evening! Feel is light and drinkable, but not restrained. Overall, a very well balanced and layered beer that for the price (around 3 bucks for the pint), I find unparalleled. For me, a rare perfect pint!

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

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a white head.

Aromas of smoke, charcuterie, hops, bread and grain.
Herbal taste with smoke in the background. Malt and grain.

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Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Grogsky
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer to introduce those unfamiliar with smokey flavours. Not too potent, yet not too subtle as to be non-existant. A fragrant treat for all.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssato27
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ghwolf
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.96 out of 5 based on 693 ratings.
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