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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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94
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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 59
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2005

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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 106
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidHume
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a small contrasting white head that lingers for a while, soon to become just a bit of froth.
Awesome smokey smell, my mind going straight to fresh smoked sausage, pastrami, wow, like getting into an Italian smokehouse. Rich, really salty, meaty-sweet, faint caramel and a light burnt wood note.
Everything on the nose shows up in the taste, and how! Rich meaty smokiness, pork sausages and pastrami, bacon, sweet-ish, sprinkled with burnt sugar, but also salty, and a great roasted edge. Creamy malts, with lots of smoked woody notes showing up. A rougher roast towards the finish, some spiciness and even a tiny bit of hop, if you really look for it.
Smokey, meaty aftertaste, a bit of roasted malt, a bit of burnt bread crust and some burnt sugar (still). Medium body, creamy, with a smooth carbonation.
Probably the most bacony rauchbier i ever had, deep, balanced (sweet-salty-slightly bitter), intense. I'm not even hungry anymore.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neurobot01
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle into a tulip. Doesn't stand up to comparison with Urbock. The mouthfeel is much thinner, with lots of large bubbles. The flavor is also a bit weaker, and is missing that great rich malt element.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steveh
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on some of this new (to us) beer and I'm itching to review it. Half liter brown bottle with no clear dating on the bottle.

A -- Pours a lightly hazy, deep copper-brown color with a dense, light tan head that lasts through the duration of the beer and leaves good lacing.

S -- Fireplace smoky with some light phenols. Light DMS becomes apparent with warming.

T -- Flavor is smokiness up front with the phenols holding the backbone of some lightly grainy malts. A spicy hoppiness appears toward the finish of a drink and lingers with some malt sweetness and light smokiness through the finish and into the aftertaste, with a crisp hop bitterness dominating the end of the aftertaste.

M -- Body is light-medium to medium with a soft to almost syrupy mouthfeel.

O -- A very nice, lighter-bodied, but possibly smokier beer from Heller-Trum -- when comparing this to the Märzen or Ur-Bock. A must-try for any Rauchbier lovers and a good example for those interested in the Bamberg style.

Photo of justintcoons
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a stange.

Appearance
Deep copper with 1 finger of creamy tan head. Decent clarity with sediment dancing around. Light carbonation.

Nose
Smoke, cherrywood, bacon, mineral water, and caramel.

Taste
Smoked beechwood, cherrywood, and crispy bacon. Mineral water qualities with notes of caramel. A light kiss of floral hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, balanced, and refreshing.

Overall
Damn good Rauchbier and quite quaffable. Only second to the Urbock IMHO.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pine glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy Rauchbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of heerboth
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McMatt7
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle.

Deep ruby-brown color with a huge tan head. I roused the yeast from the bottom of the bottle, giving it a cloudy appearance. Strong smoked meat aroma and flavor and nothing else. Like biting into a smoked sausage. Lighter bodied than the Märzen and incredibly easy to drink. Full flavored yet clean and smooth.

So fortunate to find a bottle of this. Brewed especially for Lent, I wouldn't mind drinking this any time of the year. Another beautifully crafted, outstanding beer from Aecht Schlenkerla. Highly recommended.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.79/500 mL bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 45 degrees into stange
Aroma of light smoke
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to variable ring 2 - 4 mm
Lacing fair - rare small island and partial curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body brown with reddish cast, clear
Flavor – slightly sweet and smoky, likes an aftertaste like ashes; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of allenson21
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfcaa193
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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