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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 287
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 75
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2005

The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smokey aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the drink the fullbodied, highly drinkable lentbeer shows its strong malty flavour, rounded up with the smokey taste and a light bitterness. Due to the nourishing yeast, the Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer has the "Brotzeit already included" (German word for afternoon snack).
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Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe because of my unfamiliarity with these smoky beers but the ones I've had just seem like hot dog flavored lagers. Which sounds disgusting on the surface. However, I have enjoyed the smoked beers I've had and this may be the best so far. Again, I'm not familiar with these enough to give a substantial review. This one has a nice candied sweetness on the finish I liked. Not a style I would go to regularly but I like them well enough to revisit from time to time.

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Photo of DemoniChris
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Effervescent, lightly amber. Nice head. Brilliant spectacle.


T - Nice and smokey. The bacon delivers in full force but is not cloying or overbearingly sweet. Such a fucking phenomenal balance with the malt bill here. WOW.

M - Smooth like butter. Drinks so easy. Very appropriate for the style.

O - WOW. This is easily the best rauchbier I've had. Their Urbock is so close, yet so far from the level of this brew. I wish this was more easily accessible; I'd buy it all the time!

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky copper brown colored body with tan head

Smell - smoke, ham, smoked meat, burnt firewood, hint of cinnamon

Taste - similar notes to the aroma, smoke, ham, smoked meat, burnt firewood, caramel, hint of cinnamon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied,medium carbonation, smoked meat/burnt firewood upfront, slight caramel sweetness in the back end

Overall - not a style that I drink frequently, but this wasnt a bad beer. The smoke takes a lot of getting used to, but at the same time, the smoke isn't overwhelming.

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of ordybill
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass.
This is a nice smoky beer that pours a muddy brown color with a medium sized off-white head
The flavor is really enjoyable with a fruity / smoke flavor.

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Photo of Chaz
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown in color. Adequate carbonation and is topped with a big, billowing pale-tan head. Good duration and good lacing. Hazey...

Nose is smoke and "band-aids", if you can dig that. Iodine.

Pretty easy-drinking on the first sip. Smoke an ioditic compounds, a fairly baletic interplay of very light, bready malt and much stronger smoked malt characters. It's not at all for the faint of heart, I suppose, but is a very hearty "food beer'.

Mouthfeel is almost light and refreshing all things considered, but it is in the "medium bodied" range as far as most styles are concerned.

It is a flavor profile (and treatment overall) which may be off-putting to many who reach for a beer as a simple thirst-quencher, but for what it is this one is a complex but also very easy-drinking lagerbier, and a GREAT 'food beer' for those who have developed a taste for smoked beer styles. It is definitely recommended for those with a taste for the unusual.

This is probably a tough one to rate whether it is fresh or aged a bit (as this one is), but it is very good, and perhaps even approachable to those with novice palate (for such a style) of those who find the stronger and more assertive (Eiche!) brands too overbearing.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is somewhat hazy dark amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a inger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of iodine are present in the nose along with notes of smoked malts. The smell is somewhat reminiscent of Band-Aids.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has strong flavors of iodine along with notes of smoked malts. Little if any bitterness is present, but there are enough underlying hops to prevent any malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as smoky compared the original Schlenkerla and has a lot more iodine in the smell and taste. It's also quite drinkable considering the fuller body mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing amber tan with film of beige. 3.75
Campfire nose. 4
Pomegranate and caramel, some sweet BBS sauce, delicate toffee and the smoke comes in late. 4.25
Smooth, round, crisp. 4

Sweet and smoke, but with hints of applely brightness. The fruitiness of theirs I’ve had, and wrapped in lagery lightness. Delicate and expert. 4.25

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeper brown, with billowing head on an aggressive pour. Head retention is awesome.
Nose is mostly smoke, burnt wood, with just a feel of malty sweetness.

Taste is like the nose, burnt wood providing the backbone for some earthiness, a bit of spice bite, and a light caramel sweetness. Some dark fruit comes out really late into the pour. The feel is surprisingly a bit flat, but not distracting my so.

Need to do a side-by-side(-by side?) of this brewery's beers at some point.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 0.5L bottle into a pint glass, dark red brown with a short tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: smells like smoked ham hocks, country ham, bacon

T: tastes like liquid smoked meat, think deep south collard greens with way too much smoked pork added in for flavor, in essence delicious

M: lighter with low carbonation

O: barbecue a beer with a huge amount of hickory smoke

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Relatively clear. Appropriate head with spotty lace.

This is one helluva smoky beer. If you like, you'll love. If you don't, avoid.

Smoke is the predominate flavor but it's more mellow than the smell suggests. Still, this beer is about experiencing the smoke. Good body. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a muddy amber brown in the glass, with light foaming.
It’s lightly smoked, with a gentle wisp of burnt wood. The beer itself is pleasantly approachable, with a faint smoke note atop a light caramel malt body. I found this wonderfully enjoyable. Loved every sip.

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark copper color with a small, nicely creamy looking head. Smell is smokey, as expected, with ham, campfire, peppery spice, grassy hops, and a little yeast. Fresh smokey flavor with a balancing caramel sweetness. Tobacco, leather, wood fire, and nuts. On the lighter side of medium and very easy to drink. Despite some sweetness, the finish is dry and light. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of tastybeer
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly reddish brown beer with a white smooth looking head. Aroma is smokey camp fire, burnt wood, meaty seasonings, tobacco, and other things like that. Taste follows with more smokey meat and wood/bark and maybe a little vanilla. Good texture and easy to drink.

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Photo of Beric
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: Holy Saturday 2015

Can't believe I forgot to review this one, but here goes:

Appearance: This beer looks like shit. Massive floaties in the beer moving slowly around like I chewed up a cracker and backwashed a hundred times. The color is brown with a nice amber tint to it when held up to the light. Floaties accumulated on bottom of glass.

Smell: Lots of smoke in the nose as one would suspect. The smoke is a nice in-between from the meatier smoke of the Märzen and the more woodsy smoke of the Eiche- this one is like a campfire with a slab of ribs on it. Through the smoke, a nice dark-bread like sweetness.

Taste: Malts provide notes of dark, whole grain bread, pumpernickel, and dark molasses, while the smoked malt provides similar smoke characteristics as the nose. Substantial hop bitterness compared to other Schlenkerla options, in addition to an herbal hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium carbonation makes this one fuzzy in the mouth. The floaties also increase the body substantially.

Overall: If it weren't for the fact that the floaties in this beer makes it look awful, this would be an absolute gem of a beer. Pour softly if you don't want to floaties, but I believe the yeast adds to the body and character of the beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Finishing the night with a beer I've always had a knack for missing while it's temporarily on tap. Luckily, I found some bottles. It pours a deep topaz topped by plenty of cream foam. The nose comprises slightly muted beech and hickory smoke hanging over some sweet caramel. The taste holds notes of caramel, gauze, light roasted malts, and some dry wood smoke palling the aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a decided disappointment for me. The smoke is overly phenolic, the aftertaste is disconcerting, and the overall atmosphere is just a downer. Not at all up to Schlenkerla's usual standards.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015. Purchased recently from Cotteridge Wines in Birmingham. This is Schlenkerla's Lent bier - a type that might in the past have been consumed by monks for Lent.

A: Poured into a dimpled pint mug. Bottle conditioned. A hazy reddish-brown hue with fine sediment and intense carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam with superb retention; this settles as a thick surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of rich smoky malt with hints of smoked bacon/ham, sweet caramel, mild grain, barley sugar, subtle yeast esters, a touch of kippers and faint stewed leaves. It really does call to mind a smoked ham. Fantastically balanced.

T: Tastes of smoky caramel malt with a restrained bitter finish. Notes of smoky grain, caramel, smoked ham, subtle barley sugar, earthy yeast, stewed leaves and a hint of kippers. Slightly sweet, followed by a subdued leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with well-judged carbonation and excellent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of smoky caramel malt, mild sugar, faint yeast esters and leafy bitterness.

O: Superb - a world-class brew. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour possess a wonderful balance of smokiness and rich caramel malt, underpinned by an understated bitterness. Lovely body. Top-notch; the result of centuries of brewing and refinement. While I appreciate that smoked beers aren't for everyone, this should definitely be on your must-try list.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty amber with a finger of white head. Smoked meat (bacon slabs, ham) dominates the aroma. Thin mouthfeel, not a lot of malt, but tons of smoke. Rauchbiers are not my thing. Somehow the label sucked me in to trying it anyhow. High ratings based on comparison to the few others I've had of this style.

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Photo of Cannybrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first rauchbier and I'm worried that I have started at the top and there is no bettering this delicious brew. Colour is a deep rusty brown with a nice head. Smell is smoke and spice. Taste is smoke and smooth sweetness. I'm in love!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with 2 fingers of head that lasts for a long while and leaves some nice sticky lacing

S: Very smoky up front, with notes of meat, wood, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very much like a campfire

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the smoke and brings in notes of smoked meat, wood, caramel maltiness, and a hint of earthy hops. Almost salty smokey mid-way. Finishes with more smoke and light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An amazing rauchbier that brings together smoke, meat, and wood (campfire!!) with just a touch of sweet maltiness and earthy hops. A must-try if you're a fan of the rauch!

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes of tar, burnt crust, and smoke in aroma, with nutty malt sweetness providing contrast. Reminds me of smoked salmon, due to the saline character. Notes of raisins emerge late.

Flavor reveals a lightly sweet caramel malt backbone, with a fairly dry, nutty, surprisingly bitter finish. Smoke waves throughout, combining with hops to create a sensation of char. Fairly complex, this seems to be less smoky than their other beers, from what I recall...in flavor, anyway. A little more bitter than I'd prefer. Becomes herbal as it warms.

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Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good smoked beer. Poured into an Amstel pint mug. Muddy brown color with a lot of light coming through. Big, antique white head with slightly better than average retention and broken bands of lacing on the mug. Aroma is great. Smoky with some sweet malt underneath. Taste is exceptional as well. The smoke is the dominant flavor but it does not overpower the senses. Behind the smokiness is a fairly light crisp lager that is slightly sweet. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is light like a lager should be and crisp. The smokiness is not overdone, you could drink a few of these. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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 swallow 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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a stange.

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

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

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

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

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

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.