Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by jimspivey8:
4.83/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Sampled on tap at Dilly Deli in Mariemont, OH.
Appearance: Deep clear amber, tending towards reddish, with a light tan, creamy, short-lived head.
Smell: Dominated by a most delicious smoky aroma. Seemed mellower and more restrained than most rauchbiers. Sweet caramelized malt notes underneath. Hops subdued.
Taste: This was a shocker! Having tried their Marzen and Urbock before, I was expecting a beer dominated by smoky flavors. This is not the case at all though. The hops are huge in this beer, both in bitterness and flavor. The aroma does not prepare you for it at all. The spicy taste of the hops blends beautifully with the mildly sweet maltiness and the smoky undertones. This is a beautifully balanced beer, which I never thought was possible for a Rauchbier.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. The hops and smoke leave a tingly feeling that is wonderful, like fresh ground pepper.
Drinkability: This is by far the most drinkable Rauchbier I've ever tasted. Usually the smoke gets old halfway through a pint, but after two 12 oz glasses with dinner (a cheddar cheeseburger with onions), I still would have gladly drank more.
Many thanks to the Dilly Deli for procuring one of only 2 kegs brought into Ohio. This was a rare treat that really exceeded my expectations.
Serving type: on-tap
03-25-2005 00:46:01 | More by jimspivey8
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