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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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hansgruber

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-09-2013 02:48:09 | More by hansgruber
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Pamola

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-28-2012 03:41:23 | More by Pamola
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-18-2012 20:37:35 | More by DRBiser
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-01-2012 05:01:30 | More by duceswild
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 16:43:44 | More by rangerred
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 18:50:25 | More by oriolesfan4
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 04:41:12 | More by WillCarrera
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Lovely85

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-12-2012 01:23:48 | More by Lovely85
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 01:11:22 | More by kylehay2004
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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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-28-2012 21:42:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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BWHD

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-06-2012 01:43:07 | More by BWHD
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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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 00:58:43 | More by liamt07
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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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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-26-2012 13:31:36 | More by pixieskid
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ccozzi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-23-2012 02:20:55 | More by ccozzi
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-11-2012 18:12:51 | More by larbush
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

Serving type: cask

05-06-2012 03:18:26 | More by WastingFreetime
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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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jegross2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:36:56 | More by jegross2
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-27-2012 14:58:36 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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decay_of_mind


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

04-13-2012 11:20:21 | More by decay_of_mind
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-09-2012 15:25:22 | More by nathanjohnson
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 16:41:36 | More by zaphodchak
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.