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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla FastenbierAecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2005

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Photo of Jimmys
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost completing my quest to sample all schlenkerla offerings.

A: pours a hazy dark red. Spotty lacing.

S: acrid smoke. Inviting. Wouldn't hate a touch more smoke.

T: at first highly smokey and potent,but on second sip it really mellows out. In my opinion this is delicious.

D: medium bodied rauch and another stud from these guys. Those that like smoke should seek this out.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - a bit late for Lent this year, but whatevs - more new stuff from this brewery is always an interesting prospect, at the very least.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a near tower's worth of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves some broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of smoked pork, wet campfire, obfuscated grainy caramel malt, a faint black orchard fruitiness, hard minerals, and subtle earthy, leafy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is much more rounded - gritty and grainy caramel/toffee malt, a softer, not so aggressive smoked meat acridity, smooth hickory-like wood, some berry-forward fruity notes, faint dry cocoa, and a growing (as the smoke recedes) earthy, spicy, and resinous green grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back in their very understated frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and actually smooth, with a heavy dose of cognitive dissonance necessarily riding shotgun. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding tough, while the meaty smoke starts a very measured wafting retreat.

I'm not sure I could tell the difference among Schlenkerla's various Rauchbiers, without a direct, sit-down comparison. This one has all of the hallmarks - a huge smoky, nose-twitching intro, followed by a sudden switch to the sweet side in the flavour, and then a mixed trailing off into the hazy sunset together. Overall, it's very, very good, and yeah, I'm drinking it as an afternoon snack, of a kind.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
A - thin ivory head caps a copper colored ale
S - smoke, caramel, grain, spicy hops
T - intense smoke, nutty grain, caramel, bread crust, earthy & spicy noble hops
M - medium body, ample carbonation, very modestly bitter on the finish
O - as expected, another excellent smoked bier from this brewery! They're all good.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ham, bacon, and campfire. Seems a touch salty/minerally. Aroma is smoke heavy but with some rich bready malts as well. A touch of fruitiness, somewhat berry-like. Outdoorsy aroma. Fresh grassy hops.

Pours deep amber, dark brown. Ruby highlights and a large frothy light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of flavors mingle together on the palate. Salty ham, wood, berries, rye bread, and a surprising amount of hops. Firmly bitter and spicy/grassy. As it warms the smoke leans more towards campfire than ham, with increasing bready notes as well.

Rich, medium full body with medium carbonation. Finish lingers with raspberries, smoke, and hop bitterness.

A much more hop-forward rauchbier. Really neat. Plenty of smoke and rich malts but with a pleasant spicy hop addition.

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into tulip.

A: Ruby tined brown with gigantic 4 finger frothy white head with great retention and lacing. I should have definitely picked a bigger glass and a slower pour. This thing has head for days.

s: Big time smokey notes hit you almost immediately - bacon, smoked pork, and campfires come to mind. Aggressive for some, but I think very well done.

T: Caramel, biscuit malts, and a very nice level of smoke. Not as in your face as the aroma, but just the right level.

M: Full bodied with a soft creamy mouth feel.

O: Excellent smoked beer. Very well crafted and executed. Highly recommended if this is a style you enjoy!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a stange.

A: Ruby red color with brown hues. Good clarity. Head formation and retention are good. Small spots of lacing.

S: Plenty of campfire and jerky, as expected. Sturdy malt base of toasted bread crust, brown molasses, and dark caramel. Some fig and prune-like malt fruitiness too. Clean. Surprisingly sprightly hop character contributes green, oily, and spicy notes.

T: Very sweet malt base of caramel and molasses is balanced by intense beechwood smoked malt flavor. Lots of campfire. Nuanced fruity malt undertones of fig and prune. Green, oily, and spicy hops introduce a further layer to contemplate. Long sweet and smokey finish.

M: Plenty of residuals here as the body has a slick and slightly coating texture. Full and weighty. Fine-bubbled carbonation has a firm scrubbing action.

O: "Due to the nourishing yeast Schlenkerla Lentbier has the 'Brotzeit' already included (German word for an afternoon snack)." Afternoon snack indeed. This is a substantive and filling beer. You'll really need to have a taste for smoked beer to enjoy it, as it gets pretty intense. The hop character is also surprisingly noticeable beneath it all. It's a special sort of beer.

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Photo of Murphious
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this! I have had the Urbock beer of theirs and loved it too. This is only slightly different, maybe a little less dry?
This pours with easy building foam, root beer color all around. Aroma is fabulous! Like smoked ham or bacon---hickory? Gets the mouth watering right away! Some hoppiness but hard to tell, malty, maybe some dates. Tastes like the malty smokey sweet with some hop spice but quickly fades to leave smokey hickory. If someone doesn't like dark beers, give them a sip of this...they'll probably like it so long as they aren't vegetarian.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a seidel.

Okay, I probably shouldn't have given it the vigorous straight pour that I often do with other beers when using an oversized tulip. Bad idea here. Haha. This thing's got head on it. Tons. Sudsy like a kitchen sink with half a bottle of dish sap and frothy like a root beer float. Deep caramel body with lighter brown hues at the base of the glass. 5

Schlenkerla does an aroma like no other. If you take a whiff of their brews and don't think smoked ham, bacon and campfire, then you're probably a vegan that's never left the city and that's still no excuse. This fastenbier is no exception. All types of smoked sensations reach the nostrils. It's aggressive and I'm always a fan. Love it. One thing I note here aside from the smoky characteristics is an earthy, lightly floral hop aroma. Love that too. 4.5

The flavor is a departure of sorts from the nose in that it's not as unapologetically smoky as the nose. Caramel malt flavor, sweet bread and even some dark fruit notes and hints of ark chocolate. The finish lingers with smoke and bitter earthy and grassy hop notes. A little warmth really opens up the malt flavors. 4.25

As I've found with all of the Schlenkerla beers I drink, the feel is full, rich, creamy and yet still very satisfying and refreshing. Where some might be taken aback by the smoky feel on this that is slightly accentuated by the bitter hops, this is the appeal for me. But don't be mistaken, the smokiness isn't overwhelming or egregious, it's as measured and thoughtful as one can expect from German beers. 4.5

This beer just does it on all levels. Rich, full, dare I say aggressive flavors that would and should satisfy the current American palate. But as I drink this, it occurs to me that while this beer is everything an outstanding, distinct, memorable and highly sought after beer should be, it lacks in one department and that's the rarity/hard-to-obtain area. That's fine with me.

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Photo of drmeto
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear copper with a big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,coffee,smoked bacon,bready,milky
T:
-bready,smoked bacon,woody,caramel
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Compared to the Märzen (it's closest contemporary) the Fastenbier is more hoppy and less smokey.
Very good overall

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Photo of Dave1999
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an off white head.

The smell as you would expect is smoke, bacon, smoked sausage, sweet malts.

The taste is malty, sweet,dark fruits, some smoke, not as strong as some of the other beers from this brewery.

The mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

Not my favourite schlenkerla beer but still good.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer to fast with !
I saved this one for Lent and, frankly, it might be a good thing if Lent ca twice a year.
This is now my fifth of Schlenkerla's smoked beers. This may the best and the ratings support that.

All five seem similar. But if I really studied them (as I hope to), the differences will become more apparent.

I find it interesting that so many brewers have tried to copy/improve Schlenkerla's process; particularly the smoking of the malts... and that none of the ratings come close to the masters of the style.

Much I have read about this one-of-a-kind, another-planet brew. But the most interesting comes from Garrett Oliver's "Brewmasters' Table": "Once you get over the initial shock of the flavor of smoked beer, you may find the strangest thing happening. Suddenly, almost everything seems to go with smoked beer. I'm not kidding. I've had smoked beer with Chinese food.. and with Thai food... I've even had this beer with Mexican food..."

Tonight, I am glad to add to the list. My wife made a Middle Eastern lentil soup with cumin. It is beyond my understanding how all these different spices are drawn out by a brew that basically twists the German lager process by smoking the malt.

In answering my limited understanding, Garrett's brilliance comes to the rescue: ""it may be a stretch, but we almost have a prehistoric memory from when much of our food came into direct contact with fire... But I decided to stop trying to explain. I bought a case of Schlenkerla."

Good advice !

Had again on 5/1/16, Orthodox Easter.
I didn't change a word after reading through my review.
Nailed that one... and more important, so did Schlenkerla.

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

The beer pours clear, copper with an huge, three finger high, beige headthat leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Smoke, campfire, sausage, leather, meat, bread, bacon, cured meats and wood. Absolutely wonderful!
Taste: Caramel malt, ash, smoke, wood, burnt firewood, sweetness, bacon, sausage and ham.
Mouthfeel: Smooth! Madium body and light to medium carbonation. Did I say smooth?

Wow! This is so beautiful! I'm just sad I haven't started my Kamado Joe with a big Sirloin Steak that would pair perfectly!
It's smokey, tasty, smooth... Well you just GOT to try this!
In Sweden it sells at a great price: 28:90 SEK (3.4 USD, 3.05 EUR) for 500 ml (16.9 oz)

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Photo of bark
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The colour is red-brown (60 EBC), the liquid is somewhat hazy. The four finger beige head is compact; it sinks very slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is fresh and smoky with lots of delicatessen and some forest fire. Tar and asphalt in the background. Sweet bread a touch of floral hops and iron.

The first taste is bitterer than the Märzen of the same brewery, it is also dryer and a bit lighter. The smoke isn’t as fat and overwhelming as that beer. This makes the Fastenbier more drinkable and refreshing. It is, of course, mostly about the well-integrated smoked malt but also about the floral-grassy hops. Some brown bread and rye crispbread. Medium to light body. The aftertaste got semi-sweet notes of brown sugar and molasses, smoked salami (with a pitch of salt) and sticky golden syrup sweetness. The surprisingly smooth finish is caramel-sweet and a bit smoked.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many mid-sized bubbles are fresh and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit sticky.

Compared to the Märzen Rauchbier, this one got more hops and a lighter smoke flavour making it booth more accessible and drinkable. Very pleasant.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a dimpled mug

This beer pours a deep rust color with copper highlights. It is topped with about four inches of tan head that subsides and leaves some lacing.

It has a great smoky nose. The sweetness of the malt compliments the smokiness. I even get a little floral hops. At times I swear I can smell bacon or ham.

It begins sweet and smoky. Through the middle and into the finish creeps a mild hops bitterness which scrubs the sweetness leaving a smoky, candied bacon finish.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

I have yet to dislike a beer from Schlenkerla. It's like barbecue in a bottle.

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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 DemoniChris
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Effervescent, lightly amber. Nice head. Brilliant spectacle.

S - CANDIED BACON!

T - Nice and smokey. The bacon delivers in full force but is not cloying or overbearingly sweet. Such a fucking phenomenal balance with the malt bill here. WOW.

M - Smooth like butter. Drinks so easy. Very appropriate for the style.

O - WOW. This is easily the best rauchbier I've had. Their Urbock is so close, yet so far from the level of this brew. I wish this was more easily accessible; I'd buy it all the time!

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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 ordybill
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass.
This is a nice smoky beer that pours a muddy brown color with a medium sized off-white head
The flavor is really enjoyable with a fruity / smoke flavor.

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Photo of Chaz
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown in color. Adequate carbonation and is topped with a big, billowing pale-tan head. Good duration and good lacing. Hazey...

Nose is smoke and "band-aids", if you can dig that. Iodine.

Pretty easy-drinking on the first sip. Smoke an ioditic compounds, a fairly baletic interplay of very light, bready malt and much stronger smoked malt characters. It's not at all for the faint of heart, I suppose, but is a very hearty "food beer'.

Mouthfeel is almost light and refreshing all things considered, but it is in the "medium bodied" range as far as most styles are concerned.

It is a flavor profile (and treatment overall) which may be off-putting to many who reach for a beer as a simple thirst-quencher, but for what it is this one is a complex but also very easy-drinking lagerbier, and a GREAT 'food beer' for those who have developed a taste for smoked beer styles. It is definitely recommended for those with a taste for the unusual.

This is probably a tough one to rate whether it is fresh or aged a bit (as this one is), but it is very good, and perhaps even approachable to those with novice palate (for such a style) -or- those individuals who find the stronger and more assertive (Eiche!) brand too overbearing.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is somewhat hazy dark amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a inger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of iodine are present in the nose along with notes of smoked malts. The smell is somewhat reminiscent of Band-Aids.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has strong flavors of iodine along with notes of smoked malts. Little if any bitterness is present, but there are enough underlying hops to prevent any malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as smoky compared the original Schlenkerla and has a lot more iodine in the smell and taste. It's also quite drinkable considering the fuller body mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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

Bottle:
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 M_C_Hampton
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 0.5L bottle into a pint glass, dark red brown with a short tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: smells like smoked ham hocks, country ham, bacon

T: tastes like liquid smoked meat, think deep south collard greens with way too much smoked pork added in for flavor, in essence delicious

M: lighter with low carbonation

O: barbecue a beer with a huge amount of hickory smoke

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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 elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a muddy amber brown in the glass, with light foaming.
It’s lightly smoked, with a gentle wisp of burnt wood. The beer itself is pleasantly approachable, with a faint smoke note atop a light caramel malt body. I found this wonderfully enjoyable. Loved every sip.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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