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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 278
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 5.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 278
Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn.

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an all encompassing and clean hardwood smokiness.

The taste was upfront hardwood smoke with some caramel. Again, the delicious smokiness dominated.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a delicious and highly drinkable smokey delight. (423 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (261 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tappity tap at Maxs in B'Mo. Marzeny amber/bock with a nice aroma of SMOKY malts and a bit of the ole' German hops in the background. Taste is smoky and the smoke/rauch notes mix well with the big bolshy bread malts, and the faint spicy floral hops in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is good for this smoky treat. One of the best from Heller-Trum. I wish we saw this one out in SF more often. I've only seen it at Toronado once or twice and maybe that German place in Hayes Valley once or twice as well. (531 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz counter-pressure filled growler from Bierkraft. Sitting in the fridge unmoved since purchase a couple of months ago; let's see how we've fared. Served at 50 degrees or so and up.

Pour is dark chocolaty brown with a dense, pillowy off-white head and stickage that comes in solid sheets.

Nose is pure smoke - sausagey campfire, that signature Schlenkerla nose.

Taste is superb. Instead of being steamrolled by the smoke like I expected, up front you get (obviously) smoke complemented by some great caramel and even chocolate notes. Oh yeah, more smoke. But more of a peaty, dry smoke rather than the thick sausage of the nose - perfect. Finish is clean-ish, some lingering notes of smoke and even cocoa.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, lush, with a crisp but light underlying carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability is phenomenal for what it is. This is one of the first true rauchbiers I've had a whole serving of, and drinking this one is much, much easier than I expected. So much balance for such an intense smokebomb. (1,026 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickstore recently in appropriate Aecht glass (of course).

Pours dark brown with mahogany tints with very little head and a little lacing. Wowzers, this one smells like smoked sausage up front with the roasted malts in the background. The taste follows the aroma with a huge smoked bacon and sausage flavor but the sweet malt base comes through a little more in the taste and balance the brew very well. The body is medium with the smoky malt lingering on the palate for ages. I've only had a few rauchbiers, but this one is the best by a mile. Highly recommended. (580 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a becher Aecht Schlenkerla pint glass. Vintage 2015.

Fluffy booming but easily controlled head top, three fingers on the punch with creamy and fluffy big retention and a cream dark brown color to almost dark vanilla white. Body color is deep copper up to the light, chestnut brown overall with deep red notes in the center of the glass. Still a classic looker.

Aroma can't be beat. Sweet malts, moderate smoke, and salivating salty sausage and meat jerky with a great balance. Soft bacon, campfires and greatness.

Palate hits all the right notes. SLight creamy character, but not as big as on tap, and even some very playful prickly carbonation, but doesn't take away from the feel. Chewy malt density and softness with light smoke character and even a touch of sweet brown sugar but oh so slightly. Sweet leaf tobacco finish just ever so slightly as well.

Looks like Schlenkerla can do no wrong.

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Old previous review April 2011

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.

Look 4.5 | Smell 4 | Taste 4.5 | Feel 4 | Overall 4 (1,735 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. On tap at Beer Engine in Lakewood. Poured into clean, clear glass.

A Great fluffy head spills over the top of the glass over a brown with yellow edges body which looks very good indeed. Excellent lacing brings this to the point of not being able to improve it. 5.0

S That great smoked ham, cookout smell that I simply love from this brewery, it is one of my favorite beer smells. 4.5

T Great smoky taste (this is one of the best smoked ale tastes that you will find) with a nice malt background and then a kick of bitterness, possibly from hops, possibly from a big barley presence. A classic, woodsy taste that lingers, welcomly, well into the aftertaste. 4.5

M Nice and thick with a long aftertaste, this feel matches the greatness of the beer nicely. 4.0

D Really good for me with a welcoming ABV at 5.5% according to the display board at the Beer Engine but also a great, interesting, full taste. 4.5

Notes: The final beer listed here on BA from this brewery, all of them are excellent. (1,010 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (619 characters)

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

On tap, 10 ounce sample at Maduro's in Madison WI, served in an Aecht Schlenkerla glass. This beer has a hazy brown color topped with a small head. As the beer was set in front of me, I immediately smelled smoked malt, fruit, and a hoppy aroma that I didn't expect from this beer. The hoppiness worked quite well, however. The flavor is a meaty smokiness with caramel, fruit, and hops. Malty, but not too sweet. The fruitiness and hoppiness made this beer quite different from the other beers made by this brewery. Mouthfeel is not too heavy. Drinkability is superb. My glass was finished much too quickly. This is mighty tasty stuff. (634 characters)

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! (655 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (578 characters)

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

Schlenkerla lent

A_Pours a dark brown with hints of red, slightly murky. Smallish off white head and virtually no lacing though this seems to be from the glass

S_woodsy campfire and not much else. This is what a rauch should smell like

T_applewood smoked bacon mixed with a caramel malt. Nice smoke aftertaste that really lingers like a properly smoked piece of meat. Touch of acidity in the middle and a pleasant spice near the end. Mild grassy hoppiness.

M_medium lager like in body with a good carbonation to spread the smoke about.

D_This is a rauchbier for true smoke lovers. Really fantastic with no holds barred. (625 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, nice smokey aromas

Taste: wow, nice and smokey,and prefectly balanced. This is the best smoked related beer I have had by far

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: awesome and great for pairing with foods (319 characters)

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. (1,499 characters)

Photo of JToad
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fidler's Hearth. Was $8 for a 20 oz glass, served in a Aecht Schlenkerla glass. Was very dark copper in color. At first smell, it feels like youve been at a bonfire for hours. Rediculous smoke. Tastes alot milder than anticipated. You def. can tell its a rauchbier, but its alot hoppier than I expected. 20oz was alot, however the more I drank, the better it was. Very drinkable, given its flavor.

I can def. imagine drinking this with a smoked ham, or smoked gouda. Simply awesome brew that has to be enjoyed slowly. Its my first Rauchbier, but it was fantastic. (583 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

A: Cloudy, reddish orange hues. Small to medium head with little lacing.

S: This is where all Aecht Schlenkerla beers excel. This beer smells like a beautiful late summer campfire. Charred meat, heavy smoke, summer sausage, and burnt malt.

T: The taste falls directly in line with the aroma. This isn't necessarily a complex brew, but it has amazing, unique flavors that make this beer a must try. It has similarities to a fine Islay scotch, like Lagavulin. It's like drinking in a campfire. Really tasty, and pairs very well with strong cheeses and meat.

M: Thin feel, moderately low carbonation.

D: It's really easy to drink this beer. However, one is plenty for me, as the smokiness, while done expertly, and mouthfeel lower the rate of consumption. (799 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (808 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.42/5  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. (361 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. Excited to finally try this famed brew.

A - It pours a clear pumpernickel brown and is capped with a scant smattering of off-white bubbles; looks potent. Given the total package, the menacing appearance is quite appropriate.

S/T - The taste and aroma are strongly flavored with hardwood smoke, and complemented by notes of smoked meat, forest-fire, and dark rye bread. It is really hearty, and has complexity beyond the smoke in the form of a slight charred molasses sweetness which is underlying, as well as some (non-smoky) woody bitterness. I enjoy.

M - The feel is just about medium, silky, softly carbonated and quite enhancing.

O - Really good; this is probably my new favorite Schlenkerla. (724 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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... (935 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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. (516 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was hugely surprised to find this on tap at Max's. So happy, in fact, that I passed on multiple pints of cask Nugget Nectar to drink this beauty

Fastenbier pours a deep amber with good clarity and a gorgeous, fluffy head with excellent retention that leaves some lace as I drink it. On the nose, this beer opens up with a mellow (for Aecht) smoky character with toasted wood, a little bit of smoked meat and wet burning leaves (yeah). On the palate, it's the same, along with a grainy, cereal character. Soft, creamy and a drying smoky finish, this beer really is a treat. And the drinkability? Through the roof. I drank 3 pints of it in a session.

The final word: This is kinda like a cross between the Aecht Helles and Urbock. (732 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.