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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 62
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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: 246 | Reviews: 115
Photo of Beric
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Cannybrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of Rusty5657
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good color and smell. A little too smokey, but perfect amount of malt

Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 mmmbirra
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fuller mouthfeel than the maerzen. Rounder, softer, and a touch sweeter. The smoke isn't nearly as intense, and the lighter malts come through, with a good a little hop flavor in the aftertaste.
Great beer, and a great change of pace from the standard maerzen.

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

Bought fresh from the brewery on Ash Wednesday. Served in a handled mug, unlike their normal beers which are served in a glass. Slightly cloudy, slightly less smoky and slightly stronger than their regular offerings, this is a beer to try and enjoy!! Note: available only during Lent!!

Photo of HipCzech
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Serving: on tap at The Hay Merchant, poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber brown. Fine, off-white foam heat with good lacing.

Smell: Meaty, wood smoke aroma.

Taste: Moderate smokiness interlaces caramel and sweet, fruity malt. Slight tartness and bitterness emerge before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Very flavorful and complex while still extremely drinkable. Although the smoke is present throughout, it never dominates, only complements a solid malty base.

Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of rangerred
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  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!

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.