Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: 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).

Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
360
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
23
For Trade:
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Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft

A- pours a deep amber-ruby color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smoked malt, campfire, burnt wood, bandaid, smoked pork

T- smoked malt up front gives flavors of burnt wood, smoked tobacco, smoked pork, bandaids, finishes with a smoked peat-like flavor

M- medium body and carbonation leads to nfosmy mourhfeel and a semi-dry finish

O- the standard bearer of the style, tons of smoke, yet still drinkable

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Photo of festizio
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant ember color with a huge, fluffy big head, which wont receed at all.

Smells of rather light malts, enhancing the bright appearance of the beer, which gets enriched by prominent smoke and burned out camp fire. A hoppy undertone completes the nose by adding just a herbal note to the very inviting aromas.

Has a light, refreshing body with a lively carbonation, effectivly balancing the dominant smoke which becomes immediately apparent on the palate.

Establishes an early hazelnut earthiness with a good amount of roast, soothed by caramel and a touch of toffee. All of this gets amped up by the most prominent smokiness, which is like biting into a honeyed, grilled ham. Then the flavors take another turn, this time heading into a herbal, dry direction, together with an effervescent mineralic quality.

Awesome Rauch, intense and refreshing at the same time with a challenging flavor profile and a surprisingly dry, hop defined ending.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vinylboy20
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mizx
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raime
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this at a random gas station after work.

Pours a nice garnet which is penetrable by light. Head is stacked, and retains throughout the drink.

Super Smokey with that expected bacon essence, though there is just a touch of adjunct and malt aside the point.

I remember about five years ago I had the märzen. It was much more bacon forward than this. The bacon is clearly a key player but there is more to offer which makes you scream lager. Still tasty and I cannot fight it.

Feel is full and thick with a nice creamy factor that would gladly sit until the big rip.

Overall, I expected this beer to turn out this way and it did. Not quite as good as the märzen but still a great brew that I could drink over and over and over and over. I should disclaim that I understand some of the low ranking. If you don't like your meat smoked ( flavor wise, not what your wife does to me ) then you will not like this. If you like smoked meat or even any meat cooked beyond medium, give it a shot. If you can find it.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice slightly frothy beige head, atop a clear caramel body. Head retention is excellent, leaving behind thick clumpy lacing.

Huge smoky aroma. There's a bit of caramel and brown sugar lurking beneath the smoke, but this nose is really all about the wood.

Palate is much more balanced: a bitter hop note, sweet caramel malt, and even a touch of sugar and spice from the yeast. Fruit and bread, nuts, and on the back-end, a very nice, building smokiness.

More bitter than its cousins, albeit perhaps not carrying quite the same depth of character, this brew is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of foundersfan1
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSSG
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, soapy tan head that collapses quickly. Deep, rich, assertive smokiness. A light burnt umber color. Starts with a surprisingly soft smokiness (for a Schlenkerla); acidic and bitter in the front. The smokiness lingers throughout, and the malt starts to show in the middle. Right after, the acidity of the smoke peaks and breaks, leaving a delightful smokiness on top of malt.

This is excellent, as expected. It's not as assertive as other Schlenkerla offerings, but this would make a great gateway into their products for the unfamiliar drinker.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.25 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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