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Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 57 Drink: Schlenkerla Helles

Brauerei Heller-Trum's Schlenkerla is best known for its smoke infused rauchbier. But not every beer made by the brewery, which dates back to 1678, is smoky. A case in point is Schlenkerla Helles, which is brewed at the same facility and uses the same yeast, but is quite a different drink.

Schlenkerla Helles is a 4.3 percent alcohol by volume lager that has a nice bright straw color and fluffy white foam. The firm malt mellows out the hop in this beer and creates a great level of drinkability. Some say they can taste a hint of smoke in this beer, but my feeling is that the malt might pick up a bit of caramelization from the brew kettles. If anything, the grain is slightly more pronounced than you would find in some other German lagers.

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