To introduce this beer I could try my best to explain why this beer is a unique one that I just could not pass up, but it probably makes more sense to just link to the appropriate pages on the B. United site. They explain it much better anyway and my description would really just be paraphrasing what is written there. So with that, here is an explanation of their Zymatore Collection and here is a more specific description of this particular beer in that collection. In summary there was not much of this beer made available, so I could simply not pass up the opportunity to take a moment to enjoy it.
A good one to mark the middle of the week . . .
Brewery: Schlenkerla / Brauerei Heller (Bamberg, Germany)
Name: Schlenkerla Helles Zymatore
Style: Munich Helles
Location: Redlight Redlight (Orlando, FL)
- Some fruit on the nose (grapes and apples) with an underlying sweetness and with a slight sharpness to it.
- One finger white head that holds pretty well and leaves really nice lacing on the glass. A straw, honey-like color that is a bit hazy/cloudy.
- Mild fruitiness up front that fades into a light smokiness that holds through the finish. Nice bitterness in the middle that helps the transition. Nice dryness to the finish with the flavors barely lingering.
- Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation that consists of really fine bubbles which lend a little bite.
- I am generally not much of a rauchbier drinker (granted the Helles does not use smoked malt and isn’t truly a rauchbier) but this treatment to the Helles is really nice.
- It is amazing how the smoke in the aroma has been covered in this one, but the smoke does come out a bit more as it warms.