Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier Unfiltriert
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Lager - Helles
Ranked #67
Ranked #13,508
4.02 | pDev: 12.44%
Jun 22, 2022
Mar 08, 2021
Very Good
Notes: This specially unfiltered edition retains the natural haziness and the yeast with its fresh and smoky character. A rare and special treat, not only for smokebeer lovers.

30 IBU
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4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by aleigator from Germany

Schlenkerla Helles Spezial

Pours a slightly unfiltered golden color with an enormous, pillowy head.

Smells of flowery garden herbs, lighter, strawy horse blanket and spicy bread dough among matured noble hops and a note of caramel.

Mouthfeel on this is surprisingly smooth, defined by a lower Initial carbonation level, slowly ramping up and resulting into a refreshing effervescence.

Tastes of sugary white bread rind, old grass and bitter, spicy, leafy noble hops with a rustic, subtle malt balance. Offers an intriguing candle wax and toffee malts interplay among a coumarin hoppiness. Finishes with rich straw, additional rock sugar and dominating, dry hops with an utmost rustic, slightly salty and smoky flavor profile, leading to a crisp, bitter finish.

This is a fantastic Helles with not much smoke to speak of but an insanely well put composition of flavors.

Jun 22, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours an almost clear light yellow color with a nice white head that soono reduces to a ring and leaves lacing. The nose gets a light malt scent with possibly a touch of smoke. The mouth definitely gets a touch of smoke, along with a nice helles flavor.

Jun 18, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

16 ounce can, no dating on it that I noticed. Served in a dimpled mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy gold color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head that stayed around for a while. Head retention is pretty good too. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, apple, banana, honey, herbal hops, pears and a bit of smoke. Taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's a hint of lemon noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, worth a try if you like Helles lagers but I have to say I prefer their smoked beers.

Apr 17, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

From pint can with no visible date.

Poured into my pilsener glass this beer is a clear straw gold with a bright white cap which falls quickly leaving traces of soapy lace.

Scent is light crisp floral and grassy/herbal hops and a very subtle note that reminds me of smoked meats.

Taste is very lightly smoked malt and crisp hops. Lightly bready notes. Apple. Pear. Hay. The smoke contribution here is very subtle. I don't actually taste anything "smoky" but the flavor is slightly thickened and intensified over that of a non smoked Helles. There's something that suggests a meaty note like smoked ham. It's a sort of savory note.

Mouth is a crisp medium with a fine carbonation.

Subtle and very drinkable. Overall a delightful lager and and an intriguing departure from the traditional Helles. An ideal introduction to smoked beers for the neophyte.

Aug 15, 2021
2.71 by stephenlee93 from England on Jun 12, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by bark from Sweden

The colour is yellow, the liquid clear. The three-finger head is white and airy, and it sinks slowly dowl leaving massive amounts of thick lacing on the glass. Lots of bubbles are visible in the liquid.

The smell got distinct delicatessen smoke flavours, although on a lower level than the proper smoke beers from this brewery. It is quite sweet with some bread and herbal hops. Hints of metal and fresh flowers.

The taste is balanced with French loaf, creamy malt flavours and slowly growing hay hops. There is a smooth delicatessen smokiness, too. It is quite dry. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is rather light and dry with some salty smoked sausages, floral hops, low to medium clean bitterness and a hint of butter. The finish is fresh with bread and smoke.

The carbonation is medium strong, lots of small smooth bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

Not as in-your-face smoky as most of the Schenkerla beers. Highly balanced and quaffable.

May 08, 2021
4.13 by alexsergio from New York on Apr 30, 2021
4.1 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire on Apr 07, 2021
4.02 by desint from Belgium on Mar 27, 2021
4.37 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Mar 11, 2021
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier Unfiltriert from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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