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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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world-class

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 48
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Eriktheipaman, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

brbrocc, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

dar482, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jason, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

gory4d, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hansgruber, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Pamola, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DRBiser, Dec 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

duceswild, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

rangerred, Oct 11, 2012
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4.48/5  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!

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

WillCarrera, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Lovely85, Sep 12, 2012
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4.43/5  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.

kylehay2004, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BWHD, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

crisis44, Jun 01, 2012
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4.48/5  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.

liamt07, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

WynnO, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

pixieskid, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ccozzi, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

larbush, May 11, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.43/5  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...

WastingFreetime, May 06, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.