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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 53
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of CoolBear
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been in love with this beer since the moment I tasted it.
A- Color is a beautiful, light red-brown with a brief, fuzzy head that leaves little to no lacing.

S/T- It smells wonderfully smokey and dry to match the taste. And oh what taste- like campfire bacon on a dewy spring morning! Please forgive the melodramatic simile.

M- I must admit, for a fastenbier (which should be thick, as they are 'meal substitutes'), it is a little watery. However this grants it a fairly accessible smoothness.

O- Great beer. You won't find it at a package store because it doesn't come bottled, so if you happen upon it at a bar/growler store, you should take advantage of it.

Photo of klewis
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH - 7/14/08

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a thick, creamy head. Light lacing.

S: Not as intense as other Schlenkerla rauchbiers. A light aroma with a smell burnt biscuits.

T: A very pleasant roasted almond with a bit of mesquite smoke. A noticeable but non-obtrusive hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. Again, not quite as intense as other offerings from this brewery.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and a soft texture. Very nice.

D: Outstanding. Plenty of smoked character, but with a kind of balance that makes this one endlessly drinkable.

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 fear025
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a cask at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL, on 5/5/11.

Aroma:There's just smoke in the aroma, with maybe a little malt hiding.

Appearance:Deep amber with very nice white head. Head has tiny bubbles and is long lasting. Moderate lasting.

Taste:On the foretaste, there is a little smokey flavor with a great malt sweetness, but in the midtaste it changes to a much more mature smokey deeper smokey flavor. On the aftertaste there's a small alcohol bite and a great nutty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall:This is a wonderfully balanced rauchbeer with a lot of complexity.

Photo of JonB1958
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a half pint on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. Sitting at the bar, you'll have lots of opportunities to talk about beer with the people around you, and even the more knowledgeable folks are always a little surprised and impressed with a rauchbier.

Pours with a nice thick, creamy head into the glass. The color is like a porter: Very dark brown, almost black.

The aroma is a little frightening, I'll admit, but also very inviting. Smoky...think of your clothes the morning after a campfire.

The smoke is the first thing you notice on the taste, too, but after the first surprising sip, its very subtle and almost sublime. Smooth yet creamy mouthfeel. It goes down very well.

This is substantial enough to drink slowly and enjoy, and the flavor is remarkably stable as it warms. An extraordinarily nice experience.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a $130 ticket traveling down to Atlantic City just to try this beer. Ahh, the memories I will have with this beer.

Dark with a thick head. Small due to the pour, although still dense with a nice lacing.

Smell: typical smoked beer bacon/smoke.

Taste is a strong smoke taste but toned down relative to this brewery's other offerings. One dimensional like all rauchbiers I've tried. Hey, smoked malt drowns out all flavors, esp. when you use enough. Very nice. Dare I say it. Triumph's Rauchbier tastes better. Had this at Firewaters in AC though and Lord knows how old this one is. Don't really trust the freshness of all those taps. Seems fresh, but who knows?

Wonderfully drinkable.

Photo of atis
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear reddish dark amber with slightly off white head with good retention, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is smoked ham and sausage with hints of caramel malt; it is interesting that this beer I bought in Latvia has much more intense aroma than the beer I had in Schlenkerla Tavern in Bamberg a few months ago.

Taste is rich with intricate combination of rich smoked malt that clearly dominates, but is not overpowering other flavours, ham and oak with semi-dry finish and faint smoky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with less than moderate carbonation and subtle alcohol warming.

Amazing beer with excellent drinkability.

Photo of charlieg
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed this brewer's other products from the bottle, and had heard about this variant, but never dreamed of trying it until it shocked me by its appearance on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, appropriately enough on a Saturday during Lent.

Poured in a big wine glass, it had a strong aroma of sweet smoke. Not bitter smoke, or woody smoke, but sweet. One of the best smelling beers I have ever encountered. The head was moderate and somewhat grayish in color, the beer fairly dark in the glass. A milder taste than other rauchbiers I've had, sweeter, hoppier, gentler, but still undeniably smoky and strong. Another poster mentioned being reminded of toasting marshmallows by the fire and that is the perfect way of describing the blend of flavors. Very drinkable and not too strong, it would have been easy to down the whole glass, but it was worth a slow drink.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I got a pint and slowly immersed myself in the smoky goodness that is this beer. It was dark reddish copper colored, mostly clear, with a thick off-white foam. The aroma is nearly intoxicating in smokiness, possibly the most appetizing rauchbier presence I've yet smelled. The taste was sublime, sweet and malty with a perfect smoky wood flavor, I think this is my favorite rauchbier (out of the maybe 8 I've tried...). If you see this give it a chance. It's a treat.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.