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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 286
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 75
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought fresh from the brewery on Ash Wednesday. Served in a handled mug, unlike their normal beers which are served in a glass. Slightly cloudy, slightly less smoky and slightly stronger than their regular offerings, this is a beer to try and enjoy!! Note: available only during Lent!!

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky copper brown colored body with tan head

Smell - smoke, ham, smoked meat, burnt firewood, hint of cinnamon

Taste - similar notes to the aroma, smoke, ham, smoked meat, burnt firewood, caramel, hint of cinnamon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied,medium carbonation, smoked meat/burnt firewood upfront, slight caramel sweetness in the back end

Overall - not a style that I drink frequently, but this wasnt a bad beer. The smoke takes a lot of getting used to, but at the same time, the smoke isn't overwhelming.

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes of tar, burnt crust, and smoke in aroma, with nutty malt sweetness providing contrast. Reminds me of smoked salmon, due to the saline character. Notes of raisins emerge late.

Flavor reveals a lightly sweet caramel malt backbone, with a fairly dry, nutty, surprisingly bitter finish. Smoke waves throughout, combining with hops to create a sensation of char. Fairly complex, this seems to be less smoky than their other beers, from what I recall...in flavor, anyway. A little more bitter than I'd prefer. Becomes herbal as it warms.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.79/500 mL bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 45 degrees into stange
Aroma of light smoke
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to variable ring 2 - 4 mm
Lacing fair - rare small island and partial curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body brown with reddish cast, clear
Flavor – slightly sweet and smoky, likes an aftertaste like ashes; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Relatively clear. Appropriate head with spotty lace.

This is one helluva smoky beer. If you like, you'll love. If you don't, avoid.

Smoke is the predominate flavor but it's more mellow than the smell suggests. Still, this beer is about experiencing the smoke. Good body. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this brew in a trade with goodbyohio. I poured from the growler into a glass.

A: It poured a light mahogany (almost cola) colored body with a modes, soft, tan head. The head receded fast to a steady ring around the collar. There were clumps of lacing that held to the side of the glass before disappearing.

S: The aroma was dominated by the smell of smoke. There where whiffs of toasted malts cirtrusy hops, and a woody, earthy aroma.

T: It had a well balanced flavor of smoked malts up front followed by lemony citrusy hop flavors and a back end that reminded me of black pepper and tobacco. As the beer rested that carbonation decreased and the low ABV resulted in an aftertaste of smoky oak. The flavors were well balanced and the alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was light bodied with a smoky front, tangy middle and tobacco back . There was a lingering smoky after taste that did not go away until long after I was done with the beer.

D: It was a well blended brew that was unique and well worth sampling. The light body and low ABV make it very drinkable but the bite of spices and bold smoky flavor make it a beer I could enjoy occasionally but not in a session.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is smoky with some charred wood, smoked meat, and a mild maltiness... mostly it smells of sweet aromatic smoke and that’s just fine. The flavor is surprisingly dry and bitter while maintaining that strong smoky character I hate to say smoked meat again as this does not actually taste like meat, but rather a bit like the smoke flavor you get with a very high quality smoked meat. The beer has a nice chocolate note to it as well, and this is perhaps one of the most complex of the Schlenkerla lineup. A real treat, I can’t wait till it comes around next year.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed a glass on tap at Track 84 in RI. nice roasty brown with a cream-colored head/lacing. aroma is pure rauchbier: campfire, bacon, charcoal. this is one of those beers that tastes exactly as it smells. like drinking a liquid campfire, but somehow it works. having this alongside a Stone Smoked Porter really highlights the strong flavors. this smoky beast makes the Stone taste like a run of the mill porter. not sure that i would have more than one, but the experience was well worth it. truly a unique beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in .5l willibecker at Track 84. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose is smokey with some caramel notes - definitely a smoked meat quality, but not as apparent as in some of the other Schlenkerla beers that I've had. Taste expresses smoked pork, some earthy char at the back and some caramel which is a bit more toasty than sweet in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation and a touch of dryness at the finish. Overall, a bit more subdued than the Marzen and drinks easier, somewhat akin to a smokey brown ale; however, I have to say that if I'm going for a Rauchbier, I'd have to go with the Marzen.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap recently at BSP

A - a lovely white head with a nice amber for body

S - smoked malt...and smoked gouda honestly, what a smell!

T - very similar to the smell, but a bit of hop bitterness which eluded my nose comes through delightfully. A serious aftertaste!

M - meduim bodied with good carbonation

D - wow this beer is something else and it really is quite unique. My gf and I both enjoyed a bit, and I'd certainly do another sometime if it were available

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Photo of morebeergood
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Deep Ellum. Served in a 0.5L mug. Dark brown color. Huge white head. The smell was like sticking your nose in a campfire. Smoke! Very nice outdoorsy smell. Taste was a bit more subdued, but the smoke flavor was there. Body was light enough to allow one to drink this in larger quantities. Not overpowering, so this beer remained drinkable even in a larger serving like the one I received. if you like rauchbiers, you can go wrong with the gold standard that is Aecht Schlenkerla.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Local Option (Chicago)

A \\ Nice stained wood brown with a generous cream head. Clarity is where it should be and obscured somewhat by the darker color.

S \\ Beechwood smoked delicious. A little roastiness in there, but it is behind the screen of smoke, so to speak.

T \\ Nice bit of caramel, maybe even toffee, in just enough opening sweetness. Has some nice clean German lager yeast flavor that offers depth without off flavors. Very drinkable. There is pork and fireplace heavily at the finish.

M \\ Nice fairly hefty body without being too thick as the doppelbock perhaps was. This was carbonated perhaps more than needed to or perhaps more than was proper on this tap, but that's an adjustment it bore well.

Schlenkerla just isn't going to disappoint me.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing amber tan with film of beige. 3.75
Campfire nose. 4
Pomegranate and caramel, some sweet BBS sauce, delicate toffee and the smoke comes in late. 4.25
Smooth, round, crisp. 4

Sweet and smoke, but with hints of applely brightness. The fruitiness of theirs I’ve had, and wrapped in lagery lightness. Delicate and expert. 4.25

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe because of my unfamiliarity with these smoky beers but the ones I've had just seem like hot dog flavored lagers. Which sounds disgusting on the surface. However, I have enjoyed the smoked beers I've had and this may be the best so far. Again, I'm not familiar with these enough to give a substantial review. This one has a nice candied sweetness on the finish I liked. Not a style I would go to regularly but I like them well enough to revisit from time to time.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, poured into a pokal glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy ruddy brown color with a finger of off-white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is excellent, it has a really delicious smoked meat / bacon aroma, as well as smoky burnt beechwood and some light hops. For me the aroma is always the best part of rauchbiers, and this one does it very, very well.

T- Retains a lot of the great meatiness and smoke from the aroma, although slightly toned down. The malt really steps forward, with a bit of caramel and fruitiness and is accented by a light hoppiness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A really nice rauchbier, the aroma is amazing, and as usual Schlenkerla has done an awesome job, although I think I slightly prefer both the regular Urbock and Marzen.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you David for this treat at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach! Been wanting to try this for a long time!

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange/red with a nice white frothy head. Smells smokey and light. Some nice malty sweetness on the backbone. brown sugar notes on the nose. Smells great. Tastes brown sugary and sweet. The smokiness is light and tasty. Finishes very dry. Overall a great light smoky brew that is distinctly better than any other rauchbier I've had

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeper brown, with billowing head on an aggressive pour. Head retention is awesome.
Nose is mostly smoke, burnt wood, with just a feel of malty sweetness.

Taste is like the nose, burnt wood providing the backbone for some earthiness, a bit of spice bite, and a light caramel sweetness. Some dark fruit comes out really late into the pour. The feel is surprisingly a bit flat, but not distracting my so.

Need to do a side-by-side(-by side?) of this brewery's beers at some point.

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark copper color with a small, nicely creamy looking head. Smell is smokey, as expected, with ham, campfire, peppery spice, grassy hops, and a little yeast. Fresh smokey flavor with a balancing caramel sweetness. Tobacco, leather, wood fire, and nuts. On the lighter side of medium and very easy to drink. Despite some sweetness, the finish is dry and light. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Clear mahogany brown with a lasting off-white cap. Smells like a ham sandwich: smoked meat, saltiness and dark crusty bread are all covered. There's a little bit of sweetness, too. Light on the tongue, less sweet than Schlenkerla's marzen or ur-bock, this is sort of like a session rauchbier. Unlike their helles, the meaty, woody smoke character doesn't hold any punches here; it's the dominant flavor, with a bready, toasted malt backbone rounding out the flavor. I really enjoyed this one on the whole, possibly my favorite from this brewery behind their excellent helles.

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Photo of brc
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From the barrel in their taproom. Brown, almost black color with a persistent off white head. A bit of smoke and roasted malt in the aroma, though it was difficult to tell in the bar. Initially sweet taste like a milk stout, some roasted malt flavor and bread flavors. The smoked malt / beef jerky flavor is strong in the finish, and became increasingly noticeable as the beer warmed. Very filling mouthfeel. As it warmed, the smoked malt flavor became a bit overwhelming and the thickness of the beer became quite filling. Still, having this beer on tap at its home was an amazing experience.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.