Beer Reviews: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Looking for a Helles to taste, I was offered the chance to buy this here beer. It’s taste was quite unique, so much so that I had to research the beer after tasting it.

The uniqueness of this beer is the smokey taste that is quite prevalent. It’s not as strong as those found in Rauchbiers (smoked beers), but it’s definitely there. As this is atypical of Helles, some people see this as a detriment. Myself, it’s a feature and not a bug.

The reason why this beer has a smokey taste is that it is made by a brewery known for their Rauchbiers. Whether the smokey taste in their Helles is done intentionally or simply through the transfer of the taste on their equipment, the brewery ain’t sayin’.

My review, pre-research, was as follows:

I love the look of this beer, with it’s strong gold and the carbonation sticking to the side of the glass like that of a ginger ale. A nice head of foam that fades away rather quickly, with little lace after 5 minutes.

The smell is a bit smokey, probably from the roasted grains. Good, but a little different from your standard lagers that it will be noticeable.

The same can be said for the taste, which is bolder than the American Lagers, having a stronger malty flavor which balances nicely with the slight bitterness of the hops. A nice long finish helps this out a great deal.

The mouthfeel is good and crisp without being too bold or overwhelming.

A nice overall beer, one I would recommend as a departure from the American Lagers.

Grade: B+