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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

181 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 49
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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2005)
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Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pahn, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Heissman, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of CoolBear
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

CoolBear, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -6.1%

bonkers, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of KohlbeckM
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KohlbeckM, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Beertracker, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -6.1%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of pperez38
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

pperez38, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of banjofred101
5/5  rDev +17.4%

banjofred101, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BeerMe42
3/5  rDev -29.6%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
4.33/5  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.

MTNboy, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  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.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Urbancaver, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

BieresDesMoines, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 10, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wooden cask tapped at the Malt House in Madison. Pours a deep amber to red/brown color, develops a huge, pillowy, mesa-like, light brown colored head that remains on the beer through the entire glass.

Aroma starts out with the expected smokiness, but the grainy-like malt aromatics are not lost. The aroma really brings to mind that old world, mashed/brewed over a wood fire, character.

The flavor has a nice up-front typical German lager malt presence with some nice grainy bread/cracker flavors that jumps right into a smooth smokey character. Very well balanced with pilsner malt and rauchmalt flavors. And quite delicious! Despite being pulled from a cask the carbonation is pretty decent, lending an overall creamy mouthfeel to the beer.

Man I'm I happy to have tried this one. One of the best rauchbiers to ever touch my lips. I do enjoy the intense bacony-smoke flavors of the likes of Urbock and Marzen, but this beer really brings all that intense smokiness down a level making it incredibly well balanced and easily the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had.

Soneast, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

htomsirveaux, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of atis
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear reddish dark amber with slightly off white head with good retention, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is smoked ham and sausage with hints of caramel malt; it is interesting that this beer I bought in Latvia has much more intense aroma than the beer I had in Schlenkerla Tavern in Bamberg a few months ago.

Taste is rich with intricate combination of rich smoked malt that clearly dominates, but is not overpowering other flavours, ham and oak with semi-dry finish and faint smoky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with less than moderate carbonation and subtle alcohol warming.

Amazing beer with excellent drinkability.

atis, Jun 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. Excited to finally try this famed brew.

A - It pours a clear pumpernickel brown and is capped with a scant smattering of off-white bubbles; looks potent. Given the total package, the menacing appearance is quite appropriate.

S/T - The taste and aroma are strongly flavored with hardwood smoke, and complemented by notes of smoked meat, forest-fire, and dark rye bread. It is really hearty, and has complexity beyond the smoke in the form of a slight charred molasses sweetness which is underlying, as well as some (non-smoky) woody bitterness. I enjoy.

M - The feel is just about medium, silky, softly carbonated and quite enhancing.

O - Really good; this is probably my new favorite Schlenkerla.

ktrillionaire, May 31, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a cylinder glass, Fastenbier is a deep, purely clear maple syrup brown in color, with a low bone-white head

s: aromas of fantastic pure hardwood smoke, heavily aromatic without any "meaty" notes, backed by a supportive malt spine that provides some toasted sugar and dark fruit while staying mostly out of the way

m: carbonation around low-moderate, body medium

t: genuine hardwood smoke, strong but sinking into a balanced state with a body of lightly toasty malts, some dark fruit sugars - but hardly sweet with plenty of cleaner lager malts present to thin things out, leather, totally drying with a very mild, grassy hop flavor

o: maybe there were some external factors, but this one didn't really stand out in relation to other Aecht rauchbiers I've had - a superb example just the same, but not more special than any other from the brewery

draft at ChurchKey, DC

blackie, May 21, 2011
Photo of philosobeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

philosobeer, May 20, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a cask at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL, on 5/5/11.

Aroma:There's just smoke in the aroma, with maybe a little malt hiding.

Appearance:Deep amber with very nice white head. Head has tiny bubbles and is long lasting. Moderate lasting.

Taste:On the foretaste, there is a little smokey flavor with a great malt sweetness, but in the midtaste it changes to a much more mature smokey deeper smokey flavor. On the aftertaste there's a small alcohol bite and a great nutty malt flavor.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall:This is a wonderfully balanced rauchbeer with a lot of complexity.

fear025, May 13, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

largadeer, May 13, 2011
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.