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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 41
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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david18

New York

3/5  rDev -29.4%
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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BeerMe42

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.4%

11-15-2011 02:59:34 | More by BeerMe42
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -29.4%

06-17-2014 15:56:36 | More by wrightst
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PorterBoy14

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

03-14-2012 16:50:07 | More by PorterBoy14
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -20%
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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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

08-20-2013 11:23:15 | More by MN_Beerticker
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WynnO

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

05-26-2012 22:37:58 | More by WynnO
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-27-2013 22:11:23 | More by Shawnspl
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crisis44

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-01-2012 22:44:18 | More by crisis44
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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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taez555

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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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y2j2280

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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 -14.1%
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 -13.4%
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 -12.9%
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 -12.9%
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

09-01-2012 03:29:04 | More by t0rin0
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

10-07-2013 18:44:15 | More by oglmcdgl
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.4%
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 -8.7%
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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ommegoose

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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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