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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Style: German 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).

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Photo of Eychung
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1mrbeer
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bacon, smoked meat, sweet dark smoky toasted malts

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Photo of TheGent
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 2/27/19 (11 days ago!) in Connecticut poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 5.9% ABV per label. The beer pours mostly bright red tinted amber with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a single layer of bubbles and leaves fairly heavy lacing. The aroma is mild campfire smoke and ham. The taste follows with semisweet bready malt laced with smoke. The finish is gently bitter and amazingly dry for the body. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation. Overall, very good to excellent. This beer sits between the Helles and the other Schlenkerla beers in terms of smokiness. Fantastic body and depth for 5.9%.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: murky, dark ruby red color with some hints of light brown in there. 2 finger rocky & think tan head. real nice looking beer

s: a nice mix of smoke right in your nose. it's a meaty/bacon smoke upfront, which gives way to a nice aroma of charred wood. deep, sweet malt & caramel behind that, with a touch of floral earthy hops which give some balance at the end of the aroma

t: sweet caramel malts immediately followed by smoked bacon, which gives way to a beautiful flavor of charred wood & burnt meat. behind that is a subtle herbal hop kick of bitterness which, as in the aroma, gives some counterbalance to the sweet & smokey. behind all that is a huge bready malt backbone. like a meal in a grass

m: solid, medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. it's like liquid bread

o: fantastic Rauchbier. the smoke is definitely the protagonist in here, but it's well balance and very well-harmonized with the malts, hops, and smoke

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Photo of serapheus
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleKDrinksTheBeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle, "MMXVI" on the label - so I'm guessing this beer is from 2016. Served in a Samuel Smith tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Dark amber to brown with a persistent light tan head. A bit translucent. Plenty of sheets and strands of lacing.

Smell: Smoky with a bit of underlying malt sweetness. Some bacony and meaty/smoky notes.

Taste: Lightly smoky up front, then some malt sweetness in middle - bready, and then smoked tea-like finish. Some occasional smoked meat flavors, but I'm finding them a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. A bit chewy and quite sticky on the teeth. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: I found this a bit disappointing vs. the other ones I've had, but I'm going chalk that up to an old bottle. It certainly looses some of its charm as it ages.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a medium light tanned head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Light smoky notes - bacon/frazzle crisps, meaty feel, light dark berry notes - rasins. Taste - As per aroma, light smoke, dark fruits - plum, roasty feel, smoke notes remain in the finish. Not as smoky as other rauchbiers from this brewery. Great lightly smoked beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooray! Another brew from Doc’s favourite Bamberg brewery (well probably everyone's favourite Bamberg brewery – Bamberg isn’t a big place): Schlenkerla! I’m surprised I hadn’t crossed this one off of my list earlier as anything from Schlenkerla is a must buy for me. For the uninitiated Schlenkerla almost solely produces Smoke Beer, or ‘Rauchbier’ as it is known in German. They smoke barley in their Bamberg based brewhouse, which I’ve been told makes everything (including your clothes) smell of smoked beechwood. This brewery has been perfecting their Rauchbiers now since 1405 when they used to be known as “Zum Blauen Löwen”. Their Rauchbiers are without a doubt in my mind the best in the world [Saturn makes a better Smoke Beer but it’s a hassle to catch a rocket there on a Friday night].

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my trusty Löwenbräu stein.

A: Hazed light caramel-brown body with a proud 2 centimetre tan head that retains rather well and leaves lattice-work lace inside the glass as it goes down. Another great looking beer from Bamberg’s best! Bit lighter than Doc’s fav: the Urbock. 8/10.

S: Liquid bacon, my old friend! From the off this nose is heavy with smoke, as with most of the Schlenkerla brews – they don’t hold back on anything. Apart from the obvious and foreboding smoke there’s a touch of earthiness and a hint of bread-like tones, this is a dark Lager that promises much on the nose [good!]. 8/10.

T: By far one of Schlenkerla’s most approachable beers, or I’ve really gotten used to smoky flavours, because this beer goes down far too smooth and easily for a Rauch. Flavours include: smoked ham, hint of earthiness and peat, big bread-like malt centre, towards the finish a dash of herbal hop character ending with a mild bitterness that cuts through the smoke. This is definitely the Schlenkerla beer for those who are unsure if they’ll even like a Rauchbier. 9/10.

M: Almost medium-bodied with a carbonation that is less Weizen/more Helles (less creamy/more fizzy). There was a ham sandwich burp or two with Fastenbier. 8/10.

D: More gold from Schlenkerla, and a great point of difference from Urbock. Whereas as Urbock was like a dying star of bacon collapsing on itself, Fastenbier is a jovial relaxing ham sandwich of brown Lager by the pool. Although I do love Urbock with all my heart, I feel like I could drink Fastenbier on a more regular basis (Urbock is just too big at times). In any case Schlenkerla have hit the Rauchbier nail on its smoky head, prost wieder meine freunde! 9/10.

Food match: I think I covered this above with: “relaxing ham sandwich by the pool”.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brauerei Heller-Trum "Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier"
.5 L brown glass bottle without production codes or freshness dating
$4.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a hazy dark russet, maybe chestnut brown colored body beneath a two finger thick head of fluffy off-white foam. The head seems to be holding quite well. In the nose the expected Beechwood smoke is there along with some sweetish and caramelish malt, and a light note of hops. It's bright and fresh, and for me, quite welcoming as I love smoked beers. On to the flavor... the smokiness of course remains, and gives a little bit of a bitter bite in the end, although there's also a fairly solid bitterness there to balance the lightly bready and distinctly caramelish maltiness. It's bittersweet and then dry and smoky in the lingering finish. I wish it was a little more malty like their Urbock but then you'd have two very similar beers wouldn't you? Ahh, maybe not, the malts are different. How strong is this? 5.5% ABV? Well that explains that, the Urbock is a whole degree stronger and therefor must have a higher starting gravity. I won't complain, this is quite pleasant, and satisfying to just sip at. It's medium bodied and smooth across the palate. If there is a fault to it, it's simply that it's a little clunky, lacking the finesse of some of their other beers. Worth trying but not their best.
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Photo of Baviera
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep, dark amber coloration with a huge, lasting, creamy head. Smell is dominated by caramel malt with a strong bready aroma and medium smokiness. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by dark pumpernickel bread and sweet caramel malt, with a distinct, but not too strong, smokey note that evokes honey-glazed barbecue. There is very little hoppiness to this, except for a distinct bitterness. There's also a certain grainy, almost metallic note to this. Finishes quite bittersweet, with a medium bitterness and light metallic note in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. In all honesty, I find this to be Schlenkerla's weakest offering and have no idea why it's rated so highly. It lacks the light hoppy notes and drinkability of the Märzen, the richness of the Urbock and the nuanced smokiness of the Eiche Doppelbock. It also has a somewhat less pronounced smokiness than most of Schlenkerla's other offerings and a somewhat metallic aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The look and smell are so finessed it's criminal. Thickest, frothiest, head I've ever viewed. The taste is slightly more bitter than marzen and the feel is substantially thinner. A top tier rauchbier that few ever will ever rival, but even after this currently #1 rated treat I still recognize the schlenkerla marzen as the quintessential smoked beer/rauchbier.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Labirratorium. 2018 edition. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Khimera. Soft smokyness, nothing excessive. Fails to impress me as I find it too unidimensional, with just the smoky notes in its flavor profile. Very foamy but smooth feel. Avg 3.31.

7 Apr 2018. From Labirratorium. 2015 Edition. In Bavaria glass. At lunch after futsal match, with macaronni bolognesa. Better impression than 2018 version, with a smoother body and bitterness that helps in making it feel better. Also has the soft smokyness of its 2018 counterpart. Not excessive foam

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

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