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Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:19 am
by Bryan R
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Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:44 pm
by Bilsch
First impression was faint smoky aroma mingled with the smell of the best Helles IT. One would think these two scents to be incompatible but in this beer it seems to work. Behind the subtle smoke flavor was bready malt with faint caramel and citrus. I don’t typically care for rauchbiers but this one is quite delicious and would make a great starter beer for people scared of smoke.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:30 pm
by ajk
Remarkably, this beer doesn't use Rauchmalt. It just picks up ambient smoke from the brew house.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:45 pm
by Bilsch
That's a serious hotbox contact high then because this beer was only slightly less smoky then a commercial grodziskie I tasted.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:02 pm
by Brandon
ajk wrote:Remarkably, this beer doesn't use Rauchmalt. It just picks up ambient smoke from the brew house.


I thought I read somewhere that they ferment the Helles using yeast repitched from a full on (e.g. Marzen) batch. I tried it once in a Helles I brewed and it added a nice complexity to the beer without being overly smokey. I've never tried the real Schlenkerla Helles so I don't know what it's supposed to taste like.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:20 pm
by ajk
It definitely tastes smoky. I would believe the repitch story (I've gotten intense smoke from just a repitch before). But also, they use all the same equipment, hoses, etc.

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:35 pm
by Ancient Abbey
Second the repitch story.

For those favoring the bold, I highly recommend replacing 100% of the Pima with rauchmalt. It's fantastic.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:20 am
by Ancient Abbey
Having tried both Weyermann and Best rauchmalt with lodo, I can tell you that if you are chasing Schlenkerla, then you want the Best rauchmalt.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:28 pm
by Cavpilot2000
Ancient Abbey wrote:Having tried both Weyermann and Best rauchmalt with lodo, I can tell you that if you are chasing Schlenkerla, then you want the Best rauchmalt.


Good to know.
I too enjoyed the Helles. A very unexpected offering from Schlekerla. And I've only seen it in the States, not at the tasting room either time I've been there (a May and a December).
What I did find the last time I was there (this past December) was Schlenkerla Eiche, their holiday Doppelbock (8% abv).
It was...glorious.

Re: Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:50 am
by ajk
Cavpilot2000 wrote:What I did find the last time I was there (this past December) was Schlenkerla Eiche, their holiday Doppelbock (8% abv).
It was...glorious.

Ah, the oak-smoked Doppelbock! I'd really like to have that fresh at the brewery. You can find it in the States, though — I had some a couple of months ago, and it was in pretty good shape.