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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 285
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 75
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle.

Deep ruby-brown color with a huge tan head. I roused the yeast from the bottom of the bottle, giving it a cloudy appearance. Strong smoked meat aroma and flavor and nothing else. Like biting into a smoked sausage. Lighter bodied than the Märzen and incredibly easy to drink. Full flavored yet clean and smooth.

So fortunate to find a bottle of this. Brewed especially for Lent, I wouldn't mind drinking this any time of the year. Another beautifully crafted, outstanding beer from Aecht Schlenkerla. Highly recommended.

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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 mmmbirra
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller mouthfeel than the maerzen. Rounder, softer, and a touch sweeter. The smoke isn't nearly as intense, and the lighter malts come through, with a good a little hop flavor in the aftertaste.
Great beer, and a great change of pace from the standard maerzen.

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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 HipCzech
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Serving: on tap at The Hay Merchant, poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber brown. Fine, off-white foam heat with good lacing.

Smell: Meaty, wood smoke aroma.

Taste: Moderate smokiness interlaces caramel and sweet, fruity malt. Slight tartness and bitterness emerge before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Very flavorful and complex while still extremely drinkable. Although the smoke is present throughout, it never dominates, only complements a solid malty base.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of rangerred
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a friend pick out my last beer of the night at Max's and was presented with this. Smells like a straight up campfire.. the smokiness in the aroma was as pungent as I've ever smelt in a beer. Was a bit worried about how the taste would be, but man was I blown away... it tastes like a campfire, but it's also delicious. Smoked meat and bacon flavors come through and it's flavorful and incredibly well balanced. Goes down smoothly with a great finish. By far one of the best smoked beers I've had and would order another one the next chance I get, worth seeking out for sure!

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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 kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick 2 finger head with excellent retention on a clear deep amber body. Aroma is like a meat dominated breakfast with ham and bacon combined with mesquite and BBQ aromas. Flavor is mild which is good for the style with a very smooth toasted malt and mesquite flavor finishing smokey with BBQ notes. Medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation. This is a very highly drinkable smoked beer with an excellent chocolate and caramel sweetness. Definitely the most drinkable rauchbeir and one of the best tasting of the style I have had. Very well balanced.

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Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds, of all places. Served in a stein.

Dark brown, chestnut at the edges. Light retention with a tan head that falls to a collar, minimal lacing. Nose has a characteristic Schlenkerla smoke, burnt and toasted wood, smoked meats,toasted dark bread and sweet malt notes. Caramel too. Sweet smoke on the palate, campfire-y intially and quite woody. More toasty bread and caramel flavour. Smoke carries well into the finish, hefty body with great balance. Exceptional flavour and another winner (as always) from Bamberg. Wish I had ordered this earlier in the evening to enjoy with the FFF pulled pork.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

A. Semi-murky mahogany color with two fingers of sand colored head that surprised me with its persistence given the room temperature of the cask. Only minimal lacing, however.

S. Smokey bacon and assorted coldcuts served on a wooden plank with a splash of mineral sparkling water tartness and garnish level faint vinous aroma characteristics.

T. Much less smokey than the nose, strong wooden and toasted malt aspect gets joined up by the smoke aspects at mid sip. Noticeably lighter on smoke flavor than most other offerings by the same brewery, so it could serve as an intro to the style for your friend.

M. Unusually clean finish on the medium bodied beer, clean in the sense that it is unusually stubby in length for a rauchbier. Usually smoked beers linger on the palate for much longer than this. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon your personal preferences...

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Photo of jonb5
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

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost no head, ruby brown body, very dark.

Nose is full of rich, oaky smoke.

The rich malt of a brown ale (though I think this is a lager, right?), almost sweet. Dripping with smoke, and with enough body to back it up. Excellent.

Rich mouthfeel but not super thick.

An outstanding rauch. Worth the hype/limited availability? Maybe. Worth a try? Definitely.

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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 Damayor
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. An incredible smoked beer available for a very short tIme during lent. If you are a smoked beer fan this is a must try. This is so drinkable that even if you are just thinking of trying a smoked beer this is the one to try, you will be hooked as this version is a "gateway" smoked beer. Don't fear the smoke and enjoy!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Clear amber color. Thin white head disappears quickly, but leaves a nice patch of lace.

Great smoky, meaty aroma typical of some of the Schlenkerla beers. Hard to pick up much else, perhaps a bready note, with just a dash of wood and caramel.

Bready malt character, which is clean. Smoke comes in and doesn't dominate, but rather adds a nice wood and meaty feel. Dry finish.

Lighter body, soft carbonation. The base of this beer is nice, but when the smoke comes in it really adds another dimension. Fantastic.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of CoolBear
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure if I had this on tap or cask. I am assuming since I had it at the keller it was on cask. The body is light amber brown with a red hue. It had a creamy head with good follow through lace. The aroma is a deep smoke and wood scent. The flavor was like eating meat and drinking a beer it the same time with some subtle hop tones. It was light bodied and went down easy.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.