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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
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94
outstanding

161 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2005)
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in .5l willibecker at Track 84. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose is smokey with some caramel notes - definitely a smoked meat quality, but not as apparent as in some of the other Schlenkerla beers that I've had. Taste expresses smoked pork, some earthy char at the back and some caramel which is a bit more toasty than sweet in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation and a touch of dryness at the finish. Overall, a bit more subdued than the Marzen and drinks easier, somewhat akin to a smokey brown ale; however, I have to say that if I'm going for a Rauchbier, I'd have to go with the Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 23:01:34 | More by Jwale73
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap: Poured a clear light maple color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma consists of smoked malt with light woody notes and floral undertones. Taste is dominated by easy drinking notes of smoked malt with light wood notes and floral undertones. Body is full with somewhat of a fat mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Great mix between complexity and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:56:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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dar482

New York

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It pours in a dark brown color with a light white head.

It smells of a rauchbier, but has a lighter flavor. It has a great carbonation and has a lighter and easier to drink smokey flavor than Schlenkerla Rauchbier. It has bacon, breadiness, a good roasted malt, and wonderful smokiness.

This beer continues to prove how good Schlenkerla's smoke beer line up is. None of them have failed me and this is possibly their best.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 02:56:07 | More by dar482
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. Served in a pint glass.

Cloudy dark brown body with a wonderful rocky head and excellent head retention.

Aroma has tons of smoke, bacon, along with some dark fruit. Smells a lot like a campfire.

Lots of smoke on the taste with cooked meat. There is also a pleasant fruityness reminiscent of figs and raisins. Definitely some bacon. There is a little tartness but it is not over the top. Mouthfeel is full with a slightly sticky finish.

Probably the best rauchbier I have every had. The smoke is extremely intense and over the top but yet there are numerous other subtle flavors that manage to come through. I'm extremely fortunate to have tasted this beer and I really hope I find it again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 16:43:44 | More by rangerred
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend pick out my last beer of the night at Max's and was presented with this. Smells like a straight up campfire.. the smokiness in the aroma was as pungent as I've ever smelt in a beer. Was a bit worried about how the taste would be, but man was I blown away... it tastes like a campfire, but it's also delicious. Smoked meat and bacon flavors come through and it's flavorful and incredibly well balanced. Goes down smoothly with a great finish. By far one of the best smoked beers I've had and would order another one the next chance I get, worth seeking out for sure!

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 18:50:25 | More by marlinsfan4
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, poured into a pokal glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy ruddy brown color with a finger of off-white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is excellent, it has a really delicious smoked meat / bacon aroma, as well as smoky burnt beechwood and some light hops. For me the aroma is always the best part of rauchbiers, and this one does it very, very well.

T- Retains a lot of the great meatiness and smoke from the aroma, although slightly toned down. The malt really steps forward, with a bit of caramel and fruitiness and is accented by a light hoppiness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A really nice rauchbier, the aroma is amazing, and as usual Schlenkerla has done an awesome job, although I think I slightly prefer both the regular Urbock and Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 04:41:12 | More by WillCarrera
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick 2 finger head with excellent retention on a clear deep amber body. Aroma is like a meat dominated breakfast with ham and bacon combined with mesquite and BBQ aromas. Flavor is mild which is good for the style with a very smooth toasted malt and mesquite flavor finishing smokey with BBQ notes. Medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation. This is a very highly drinkable smoked beer with an excellent chocolate and caramel sweetness. Definitely the most drinkable rauchbeir and one of the best tasting of the style I have had. Very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 01:11:22 | More by kylehay2004
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds, of all places. Served in a stein.

Dark brown, chestnut at the edges. Light retention with a tan head that falls to a collar, minimal lacing. Nose has a characteristic Schlenkerla smoke, burnt and toasted wood, smoked meats,toasted dark bread and sweet malt notes. Caramel too. Sweet smoke on the palate, campfire-y intially and quite woody. More toasty bread and caramel flavour. Smoke carries well into the finish, hefty body with great balance. Exceptional flavour and another winner (as always) from Bamberg. Wish I had ordered this earlier in the evening to enjoy with the FFF pulled pork.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 00:58:43 | More by liamt07
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

A. Semi-murky mahogany color with two fingers of sand colored head that surprised me with its persistence given the room temperature of the cask. Only minimal lacing, however.

S. Smokey bacon and assorted coldcuts served on a wooden plank with a splash of mineral sparkling water tartness and garnish level faint vinous aroma characteristics.

T. Much less smokey than the nose, strong wooden and toasted malt aspect gets joined up by the smoke aspects at mid sip. Noticeably lighter on smoke flavor than most other offerings by the same brewery, so it could serve as an intro to the style for your friend.

M. Unusually clean finish on the medium bodied beer, clean in the sense that it is unusually stubby in length for a rauchbier. Usually smoked beers linger on the palate for much longer than this. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon your personal preferences...

Serving type: cask

05-06-2012 03:18:26 | More by WastingFreetime
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the cask at the Schlenkerla. 0.5 litre served in Schlenkerla glass. Had a copper colour, very hazy, two finger thick head, oily on top. Strong meaty smell over powered the malt and hops that might have been there. Tasted less smoke than the Märzen, earthy with hints of clove and sweetness. Very smooth almost silky mouthfull. Went down so well, a must try Bamberg beer

Serving type: cask

05-01-2012 11:16:46 | More by jonb5
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum out of Germany.
Score: 91

Enjoying a 10 oz tap pour at the Brickhouse BBQ during happy hour. Served in a god-knows-what-you-call-it beer glass on 03/29/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The beer is a deep amber/mahogany color depending on how the light hits it. Surprisingly transparent given its dark color. Served with no head save for an off-white ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Barley, bready malt, rye bread, caramel and a modest amount of campfire smoke. Pork chops and hickory wood. 4/5

Taste: Rye spice and black peppercorn upfront quickly turns into a heavy smoked wood and spicy hickory flavor that coats the palate. A lot more smoke in the flavor than in the aroma. Caramel, light bready malt and a non-descript "fatty meat" flavor on the midpalate. Like a campfire in your mouth, the smoked rye and hickory flavors really pop on the midpalate. Finishes with smoke and barley. Very interesting flavors. This beer is growing on me with every sip. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. The smokiness is really prickly on the palate. Smoked and spicy finish. 4/5

Overall: A fantastic smoked beer. Kudos to Brickhouse for getting something so different from the mainstream on tap. I will certainly have another pour of this.

Pairings: A Reuben sandwich or a pastrami sandwch on rye bread with a light amount of hot sauce.

Cost: $4.50 for a 10 oz pour.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:36:56 | More by jegross2
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost no head, ruby brown body, very dark.

Nose is full of rich, oaky smoke.

The rich malt of a brown ale (though I think this is a lager, right?), almost sweet. Dripping with smoke, and with enough body to back it up. Excellent.

Rich mouthfeel but not super thick.

An outstanding rauch. Worth the hype/limited availability? Maybe. Worth a try? Definitely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 16:41:36 | More by zaphodchak
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz sample at Rustico served in a mini snifter.

Pours a clear ruby amber with a finger of creamy tab head that fades to a collar and thick sheets of lace. Bacon and smokey aroma, roast malt and mild sweetness in the finish. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Fairly light body with fine, soft carbonation and a clean finish. Slightly sweet malt presence throughout, much less meaty or abrasive than some rauchs with a pleasant smokiness throughout that gracefully fades out through the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 21:13:35 | More by yourefragile
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Damayor

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. An incredible smoked beer available for a very short tIme during lent. If you are a smoked beer fan this is a must try. This is so drinkable that even if you are just thinking of trying a smoked beer this is the one to try, you will be hooked as this version is a "gateway" smoked beer. Don't fear the smoke and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 18:09:25 | More by Damayor
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Clear amber color. Thin white head disappears quickly, but leaves a nice patch of lace.

Great smoky, meaty aroma typical of some of the Schlenkerla beers. Hard to pick up much else, perhaps a bready note, with just a dash of wood and caramel.

Bready malt character, which is clean. Smoke comes in and doesn't dominate, but rather adds a nice wood and meaty feel. Dry finish.

Lighter body, soft carbonation. The base of this beer is nice, but when the smoke comes in it really adds another dimension. Fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 02:51:38 | More by Bierguy5
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a tulip of fastenbier at Crescent & Vine in Astoria. Honestly, it's pretty similar to the rest of Schlenkerla's rauchbiers. Aside from the dark amber color, it's also a crisper and a touch lighter. The smoked malts are cleaner. As in, this beer doesn't just taste like bacon, it has a dusty flour and bready malt undertone to is. The dark malts are hard to pull out, but there's a slight hit of smooth caramel malt. I think it's my favorite of the brewery's many smoked beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:33:59 | More by tempest
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CoolBear

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been in love with this beer since the moment I tasted it.
A- Color is a beautiful, light red-brown with a brief, fuzzy head that leaves little to no lacing.

S/T- It smells wonderfully smokey and dry to match the taste. And oh what taste- like campfire bacon on a dewy spring morning! Please forgive the melodramatic simile.

M- I must admit, for a fastenbier (which should be thick, as they are 'meal substitutes'), it is a little watery. However this grants it a fairly accessible smoothness.

O- Great beer. You won't find it at a package store because it doesn't come bottled, so if you happen upon it at a bar/growler store, you should take advantage of it.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2012 23:11:20 | More by CoolBear
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MTNboy

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure if I had this on tap or cask. I am assuming since I had it at the keller it was on cask. The body is light amber brown with a red hue. It had a creamy head with good follow through lace. The aroma is a deep smoke and wood scent. The flavor was like eating meat and drinking a beer it the same time with some subtle hop tones. It was light bodied and went down easy.

Serving type: cask

10-10-2011 19:33:15 | More by MTNboy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish looking brown color with a very thin white colored head on top. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing... The smell of the beer is smoked, there is no doubt about it. The aroma of this beer though it not quite as smokey as some of the other brews from this brewery. The taste of thee beer was pretty good, mostly smokey malts with a light saltiness and a bit of toasted flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. Overall this brew was pretty good, I liked it as it was but can't say that I thought it was the best out of all of them.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 05:13:34 | More by Knapp85
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you David for this treat at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach! Been wanting to try this for a long time!

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange/red with a nice white frothy head. Smells smokey and light. Some nice malty sweetness on the backbone. brown sugar notes on the nose. Smells great. Tastes brown sugary and sweet. The smokiness is light and tasty. Finishes very dry. Overall a great light smoky brew that is distinctly better than any other rauchbier I've had

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 13:51:12 | More by Urbancaver
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is smoky with some charred wood, smoked meat, and a mild maltiness... mostly it smells of sweet aromatic smoke and that’s just fine. The flavor is surprisingly dry and bitter while maintaining that strong smoky character I hate to say smoked meat again as this does not actually taste like meat, but rather a bit like the smoke flavor you get with a very high quality smoked meat. The beer has a nice chocolate note to it as well, and this is perhaps one of the most complex of the Schlenkerla lineup. A real treat, I can’t wait till it comes around next year.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 16:12:57 | More by BieresDesMoines
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a soft cloudy white head, average retention, light lace.

S: Smoke all the way, wood, nice smell, if a bit one-dimensional.

T: Very much a smoke dominated flavour, if not as robust as the classic Marzen. Full malt flavour, well made, not very complex, but a fan of this style will be pleased.

M: Fairly light-boided, soft carbonation with a thin finish.

O: Certainly an enjoyable beer that would go great with some BBQ. Think of this as Schlenkerla Light and enjoy it for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 21:52:53 | More by Halcyondays
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wooden cask tapped at the Malt House in Madison. Pours a deep amber to red/brown color, develops a huge, pillowy, mesa-like, light brown colored head that remains on the beer through the entire glass.

Aroma starts out with the expected smokiness, but the grainy-like malt aromatics are not lost. The aroma really brings to mind that old world, mashed/brewed over a wood fire, character.

The flavor has a nice up-front typical German lager malt presence with some nice grainy bread/cracker flavors that jumps right into a smooth smokey character. Very well balanced with pilsner malt and rauchmalt flavors. And quite delicious! Despite being pulled from a cask the carbonation is pretty decent, lending an overall creamy mouthfeel to the beer.

Man I'm I happy to have tried this one. One of the best rauchbiers to ever touch my lips. I do enjoy the intense bacony-smoke flavors of the likes of Urbock and Marzen, but this beer really brings all that intense smokiness down a level making it incredibly well balanced and easily the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had.

Serving type: cask

06-25-2011 13:55:05 | More by Soneast
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Geeks, 14 Jun 2011. Served in a stemmed glass.

Large foamy beige head is long lasting. Clear reddish brown in color. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is of smoked ham or bacon. Starts with some malty sweetness, quickly moving to a moderate smokiness, but less than the aroma would suggest. Slight bit of bitterness in the middle. Moderate bittersweet smoky finish. Med creamy body, light alcohol.

Decent but didn't like this as much as their other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 00:28:38 | More by htomsirveaux
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atis

Finland

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear reddish dark amber with slightly off white head with good retention, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is smoked ham and sausage with hints of caramel malt; it is interesting that this beer I bought in Latvia has much more intense aroma than the beer I had in Schlenkerla Tavern in Bamberg a few months ago.

Taste is rich with intricate combination of rich smoked malt that clearly dominates, but is not overpowering other flavours, ham and oak with semi-dry finish and faint smoky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with less than moderate carbonation and subtle alcohol warming.

Amazing beer with excellent drinkability.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 15:24:18 | More by atis
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