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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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94
outstanding

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 49
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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BeerForMuscle, Mar 29, 2014
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 25 cl Aecht Fastenbier glass (looks like a mini imperial pint glass) on tap at Maduro in Madison, WI. Medium dirty orange brown body. Hazy with frothy head the color of aged white wallpaper in a smoker’s home. Sweet smoky aroma with a subtle bitter hoppness. Very mellow and light bodied, and yet it tasted like a mesquite grilled steak. Really, after one gets past the initial blast of prairie fire smoke, this beer tastes just like a nice hunk of beef. Finishes with a nice caramel sweetness. Very easy to drink. Overall, I’m not really sure if this is my thing. I don’t know a lot about rauchbiers but this one seems pretty damn great for the style to me. It’s less intimidating then some of the others out there, smoke wise, but the chewy meatiness is just great. What a unique mouthfeel!

DaPeculierDane, Mar 31, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

tectactoe, Apr 23, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge served in a 16oz tumbler glass

It poured a clear dark cola color with a nice 3 finger head that lasted several minutes.

I've had a nice handfull of smoked beers in my life and this one smelled the most like how I would want my smoked beers. Notes of bacon and baked beans hit me first. It was a great aroma without much bitterness, roastiness, or astringency that some other had. I knew I had found a winner.

The taste really delivered on that promise. Right away a smooth smokiness overwhelmed me and memories of grilling meats came to my head. A touch of bitterness then came forward but was really dominated by the malt. A little sweet malt flavor matched the smoke to bring back those baked bean flavors. I really enjoyed this beer as the flavor put the smoke first and foremost and didn't leave much of anything else.

The mouthfeel was crisp and on the thin side but I think it complimented the beer well and enhanced drinkability. As with other smoke beers I've had if they are too dominating and full bodied the pint seems to be a challenge about halfway through. This beer was light on the tougne and the smoke didn't leave a harsh aftertaste. My first smoke beer from this well known brewery and I will be seeking out their other offerings.

weatherdog, Mar 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jason, Apr 06, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: tan, with a big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: pork, light spice, smoke, and small malt

Taste: same as the smell, with the smoke being more pronounced, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: on the sweet side due to the malt, medium bodied, with a hoppy finish

Drinkability: This is my second favorite offering from the brewery and well worth a try. The smoke is not overpowering and the flavor is incredible. While I will not drive the hour to taste this again this year, I will happily order this again come next Lent.

tigg924, Mar 16, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bullfrog brewery, the guest tap. This smoked lager/helles had a yellow body,w hisp of white head, and some lace lines. Bit of smoke, light mouthfeel. Smoked flavour was decent. Minerally, balanced with a bit of malt for drinkability, hits the mark.

Sammy, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of zaphodchak
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

zaphodchak, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

pastramionrye7, Oct 03, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

tempest, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bconsidine, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of kenito799
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour at Memphis Tap Room, Fishington, Philly.

Medium brown with small head. Fantastic rauchbier aroma of sweet smoked meat and bacon. The thrid I have had from this brewery adn I have never been disappointed. The flavor is full on smokiness but surprisingly light. By memory I can't detect a lot of differemce from their Marzen. As with other rauchbiers from this brewery, amazingly drinkable...I don't get tired of this intense, wonderful smoky flavor. More!

kenito799, Apr 28, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Ralphs66, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ThisMoonlife, Mar 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Beertracker, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JeffreyJDavis, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Map Room...

PInt served in a curvy Schlenkerla glass, rings of webby lace, a hazy deep unfiltered brown-amber.

Mild smoke in the nose, even and not too heavy.

Taste is a mixture of the robust smoky malt, and a bock-like lager. Beefy but not over the top. Easy enough to session, i'm eating my words about the sessionable Brazilian Rauchbier that was reviewed yesterday. Earthy malt and a very mild hop define the middle and end of the brew, with the ever present smoke.

Balanced with a good level of carbonation, this is second only to the Helles for sessionability.

emerge077, Mar 24, 2007
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.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ArtZan, May 27, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso DC.

In appearance a light off cream white head is present that slowly falls. A real gorgeous red cherry wood like body that is clear as well. Some small lacing while drinking. Love the color on this real nice.

Nose is good but more subdued than other Aecht smoke offerings. Mild smell of classic Rauchbier smoke, but there is a hint of bitterness smelling almost behind this as well.

Taste is at first very malty and less smokey than what seems on the nose. There is a real nice mellow hop finish it seems but also a bit of carbonation too. Almost herbal tea like.

Overall pretty solid, glad I had it and would have again at the drop of a hat.

smakawhat, Apr 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

jegross2, May 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

mattsmith413, Oct 24, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of EriktheRed. I had been in search of this one for a while so needless to say I was thrilled to finally land it. Served chilled and poured into a 24 ounce pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 05/16/2009.

The pour was dark brown, caramel in color with a minimal head on top of it. Smooth look with a nice bit of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Rich aroma, shit this was the most intense smelling smoked beer I had ever run across. Rich smoked malts, like smoked beef just overtake everything. Like a campfire in my living room, insane. As it warms some nice touches of peat are all over. Carries over well into the flavor as every taste is rich, smokier, and more pronounced then the one before. Huge flavor here as the smooth, light, and even body of it made it soo damn sessionable I threw down my first glass and was turning around looking for more.

Overall outstanding. This was the definition of the smoked beer I was looking for. Super drinkable and a near perfect example of the style.

mikesgroove, May 16, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Bierguy5, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

campfirebrew, Apr 23, 2014
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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.