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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
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94
outstanding

161 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%


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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david18

New York

3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm really not a fan of Rauchbier but this one is a little more standable than most. Someone told me it was like bacon beer and although I agree that bacon makes everything better that doesn't mean that being bacon like makes something better. Basically, if you take a number of gulps, the smokiness starts to fade and the maltiness, which is quite impressive, comes through and you see why some people like this beer.

If you like Rauchbier, I think this might be a very good one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 22:40:51 | More by david18
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a mini wine glass (no other way to describe it).

Dirty soot brown with a creamy tan head that lasted about a minute. Their website describes it as "reddish brown" and I'm wondering if, given the petite serving, that that would explain why it was darker than the picture.

Smelled of the unmistakable, incomparable Schlenkerla char - medium-gage acidic pungency. Mineral rich.

Moderately malty, hints of chocolate and noble hops. Not as smoky as I anticipated from the aroma. Real biting bitterness.

Medium-light body. The bitterness stings a bit on the tongue, and, with each sip, my mouth increasingly dry. The smokiness lingered in the back. The crazy amount of carbonation probably redirected attention away from the flavors.

I don't know... It started off alright, but was a little work trying to finish. Not the best Aecht has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 02:57:51 | More by Bouleboubier
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 21:46:57 | More by Sammy
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a reddish brown body with a small but thick off-white head.

Nose had distinct burnt, smoky, smoked gouda, meat and caramel notes.

Taste was light to medium bodied. A nice smooth traditional caramel malt with that classic lager taste. Of course it had layers of meat, bacon, smoke, smoked gouda cheese and roasted malts. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness other than to give it balance. Finished very smooth with an interesting lingering smoked bitterness.

I honestly don’t understand what the big deal about this beer is. Basically it’s a mellower session version of the big 3. Don’t get me wrong, killer beer, I could drink it all day, but compared to the other rauchbier’s from the same brewery it’s mediocre. Sort of the Aecht Shlenkerla baby rauch.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 21:57:40 | More by taez555
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/13/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked ham, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very smoky with a strong meaty flavor to it. There's a mild caramel sweetness in the background and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for this type of beer. As you continue do drink the beer the ham-like flavor fades but the smokiness remains. The after-taste is likewise smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, the smokiness was a little too strong for me but it's a good beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 21:46:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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y2j2280

New York

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A fairly dark inviting amber hue with a thick foamy head

S - Upon initial nosing one can easily be confused by what can only be described as what would be the result of smoking fish wrapped in bacon in a fireplace.. and then attempting to eat the bacon-fat soaked embers

T - Every year in Memphis there is an international barbeque festival in which hundreds of lucky pigs are bless to be a party to, which for a pig would be tantamount to nirvana. The oversized smokers employed by the pitmasters accrue a healthy amount of grease in the traps underneath which are not much more than residue of charred wood and rendered flesh of some of the luckiest pigs in the world. If you were to empty the collective contents of every smoker at the festival into a single vat, and then decant a single portion into a pint glass, the result would be indistinguishable from Schlenkerla Fastenbier.

M - Medium feel, well-carbonated. I find that this works rather well with the taste and profile of this beverage.

D - Though this is a highly interesting style and expression of a rauchbier, it is not something that I would want to partake in more than once or so in a given month, and only in the winter months at that.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 05:20:02 | More by y2j2280
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a soft cloudy white head, average retention, light lace.

S: Smoke all the way, wood, nice smell, if a bit one-dimensional.

T: Very much a smoke dominated flavour, if not as robust as the classic Marzen. Full malt flavour, well made, not very complex, but a fan of this style will be pleased.

M: Fairly light-boided, soft carbonation with a thin finish.

O: Certainly an enjoyable beer that would go great with some BBQ. Think of this as Schlenkerla Light and enjoy it for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 21:52:53 | More by Halcyondays
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the cask at the Schlenkerla. 0.5 litre served in Schlenkerla glass. Had a copper colour, very hazy, two finger thick head, oily on top. Strong meaty smell over powered the malt and hops that might have been there. Tasted less smoke than the Märzen, earthy with hints of clove and sweetness. Very smooth almost silky mouthfull. Went down so well, a must try Bamberg beer

Serving type: cask

05-01-2012 11:16:46 | More by jonb5
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Mild head atop a ruby/ruddy brown body. Lacing is sticky and almost leaves sand like bubbles on the glass, then leaves a creamy swirl in the body of the liquid. Aroma is certainly smoky and toasted. Campfire and beef jerky, both peppered and kippered come to mind. Taste is backed by a bit of malt sweetness but the smoked flavor dominates. No my favorite style, really hard to review a beer in a style I don't love but I can't imagine drinking more than one of these in a sitting even if this style is your favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 02:45:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Geeks, 14 Jun 2011. Served in a stemmed glass.

Large foamy beige head is long lasting. Clear reddish brown in color. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is of smoked ham or bacon. Starts with some malty sweetness, quickly moving to a moderate smokiness, but less than the aroma would suggest. Slight bit of bitterness in the middle. Moderate bittersweet smoky finish. Med creamy body, light alcohol.

Decent but didn't like this as much as their other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 00:28:38 | More by htomsirveaux
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown color with a two-finger head that died quickly and left some lace. Mostly a meaty smell with that hint of pils-like malt and grassiness I always get from Aecht biers. This one isn't as smoky/meaty as the others; they've turned down the smoke/charrness to let the hops peek through as this beer is light, smooth, and there's a touch of sticky sweetness all in there - but yes, mainly a smoky beer with a dry finish. Prickly due to carbonation, this beer is crisp and bitter and a real sipper; I find that I like this but not as much as other beers from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 11:53:20 | More by clayrock81
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with very little head.
Smell is very prominent smokey malt.
Taste is sweet caramel malt ...lot's of smoke , but not over the top...and some mild bitterness toward the end. Less smokey than their other beers.
Mouthfeel was on the low end of medium and the carbonation was pretty good.
This was a nice drinkable smoked ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2007 01:19:24 | More by Hautacam
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:33:59 | More by tempest
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish looking brown color with a very thin white colored head on top. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing... The smell of the beer is smoked, there is no doubt about it. The aroma of this beer though it not quite as smokey as some of the other brews from this brewery. The taste of thee beer was pretty good, mostly smokey malts with a light saltiness and a bit of toasted flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. Overall this brew was pretty good, I liked it as it was but can't say that I thought it was the best out of all of them.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 05:13:34 | More by Knapp85
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft.

Poured a clear dark amber color with small tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma was strong pleasent smokey. The flavor had a medium smoke taste with a malty long finish of moderate to long duration.

As a cigar smoker, I found this brew very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 23:41:33 | More by tmoneyba
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ommegoose

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a .5L Schlenkerla willibecher at the Map Room. Dense head, delicate sheets of lacing. Brown amber color, with varying shades due to the willi glass.

Smoke aroma recalls canned sardines somehow. Oddly appropriate for Lent. Smells rather bright and fresh, unlike danker, meatier scent of the Urbock, perhaps. Something sweeter comes through. This is an incredibly fun beer to smell.

Refreshing. Definite trademark smoke flavor, but not super huge. Sweetness is more upfront. Malt profile like a Helles almost. Finishes malty with the lingering salty smoke, and mild bitterness.

Medium body and light carbonation give it a creamy feel.

I never find Schlenkerla beers to be super quaffable. The flavor is so bold to start with that I take small sips, and before I know it, I've had about a tenth of the glass after 10 minutes. Does start to go down easier after getting used to the flavor. Really could use a meal with this. All in all, no regrets in trying this, but I wouldn't lose sleep over missing it. Fans of the brewery won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 20:16:41 | More by ommegoose
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA
Served in a mug

The beer poured a deep, dark, chestnut-mahogany color with a two-finger, foamy, off-white head that faded to a clingy film. Copious amounts of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was all smoke. Beechwood smoke, to be precise. Possibly some beef jerky too. A touch of sweetness appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was quite smoky as well. Some caramel malt sweetness appeared up front before the woody, smoky flavor took over. A smooth, buttery, lager-ish quality appeared in the center. Slightly fruity. The lingering finish was again dominated by smoke. Super dry and woody. A touch of hops came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy and slick on the palate.

Drinkability was rather good. Although this beer had an intense flavor profile, it was not as overwhelmingly smoky as the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers I have tried.

I was really glad to have had the opportunity to try this remarkably flavorful and rare Lenten beer. Although no one aspect really stood out as being remarkable, the beer was quite interesting nevertheless. This would pair perfectly with some German smoked sausages.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 04:21:18 | More by Damian
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This smoked lager from Germany poured amber brown into the pint glass, leaving a beige thick head. Nose of smokey goodness!!! Just an exquisite smokey brew, not bacon smokey, but oaky smokey, easy drinking brew! The smokieness combines well with the lager flavours, making for a great drink. The low alcohol content makes the beer more easy to drink and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 00:18:09 | More by thequeen711
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:56:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to get this on tap at Churchkey the other night. #1 Rauchbier, how could I resist. This also means I have had all the beers from this brewery that are currently indexed on this site or on the brewery's website. That's a little exciting.

Beer is served in a snifter, beer is cloudy and reddish brown and forms a huge, obnoxious head that falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is like bacon, definite smoke character. Not as strong as their other offerings but it smells like salty, roasty, wood and meat.

Beer is a little thin on the palate, much thinner than their other offerings. Its surprisingly smooth. The flavors are as the smells were, bacon, roast, smoke, wood, it tastes pretty good. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation carries it well and there really isn't an aftertaste. Its not dry and pretty well balanced. All that said, its OK for drinkability but I don't think I'd drink much of it in a sitting. Would likely zap my palate.

I have to say that I've come around on these rauchbiers in the last year a lot. Its been a rough road but I understand them now and semi-look forward to trying additional examples.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 16:27:41 | More by drabmuh
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dasenebler

Maine

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Schlenkerla brewpub in Bamberg, April 2011. From notes.

Pours a rich, "Bernstein" hue, with a modest but creamy one-finger head.

The aroma is excellent and typical Schlenkerla. Like being outside someone's house in the winter and smelling the smoke coming out of the chimney.

The flavor is rich, malty and meaty. Like most of the Rauchbiere from this brewery, it is intensely smokey. Notes of smoked pork, ham, fireplace smoke and (maybe) bacon. Sweet, toasted malts are an afterthought, but there. Mouthfeel is medium-full and barely carbonated, as this beer is served from a gravity cask.

Flavorful stuff, though I don't see how remarkable this Fastenbier is compared to the rest of Schlenkerla's lineup. Basically like a slightly stronger version of the Rauch-Märzen.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 21:53:37 | More by dasenebler
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:36:56 | More by jegross2
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L pour at The Map Room.

Nose is a little more subdued than their Marzen; it smells more like wood smoke than bacon. The palate is crisper than I'd imagine a rauchbier to be. Still deep and brooding, smokey and woody and mossy, but not heavy. Full flavored but not rich, it maintains a sense of it's lager-ness. The finish is long, but not intrusive. It took me a little longer to drink this than most beers, but not as long as I expected. A nice sipper and I never got bored with it.

Somewhat like a magical cross between their Helles (non-smoked) and the Marzen. A must-try!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 08:13:00 | More by SFLpunk
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
This beer arrives from the tap with a huge head (at least for a tap beer), it is two-fingers in height, quite structurally solid looking, leaves lots of lacing as it subsides and is a light tan color. Big smoke aromatics are noticeable from the get go. The beer itself is an almost brilliantly clear when held up to the light where it shows a deep red-amber color; as it sits on the table it is a dark plum color. Rich smoke aromatics that leans towards almost salty / brine-like in character, while some of the malt character seems to soften the smokiness in the finish.

All the carbonation seems to have been knocked out of this beer during its service from the tap, so it is quite smooth feeling, but it still has some viscous heft to it. The smoke flavors are more subtle than the aroma would have suggested, but it is still the dominant note (especially in the finish). Up front there is a nice, sweet maltiness that helps to balance the smoke. There are almost some berry like flavors to this beer; perhaps from the maillard maltiness that is not really caramel, but definitely rich. Flavors of umami and peat-smoke (even though this is beechwood smoked malt) are also noticeable here. This is definitely a beer that has a big smoke character to it, but I am a sucker for beers like this so it definitely hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 03:44:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz sample at Rustico served in a mini snifter.

Pours a clear ruby amber with a finger of creamy tab head that fades to a collar and thick sheets of lace. Bacon and smokey aroma, roast malt and mild sweetness in the finish. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Fairly light body with fine, soft carbonation and a clean finish. Slightly sweet malt presence throughout, much less meaty or abrasive than some rauchs with a pleasant smokiness throughout that gracefully fades out through the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 21:13:35 | More by yourefragile
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