Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,909
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Friday at 08:55 PM
Mar 25, 2005
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)
Notes: 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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4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Canned: 04/20/22

L: The beer pours a medium to deep amber color with good clarity. The pour results in two fingers of off-white head with ok retention. As the beer goes down it leaves light a spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The initial impression is smoked meats, but after the beer has had a chance to sit in the glass this fades almost completely. Further investigation reveals smoked malts with a roasted grain character coming through the smokiness, caramel malt, a touch of honey bread crust, and a very light earthy herbal character.

T: I get smoked malts (fairly restrained compared to the nose), caramel sweetness, a nice bready malt character, notes of dark fruits, a bit of brown sugar, and an earthy herbal presence on the backend and finish presenting notes of black tea and fresh cut hay. On the finish there is a nice light bitterness and a minimal hint of noble hop spice. As the beer warms it sweetens up and the dark fruits come out more in the form of fig and raisin notes.

F: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth on the front end but quickly turns a bit sticky coating the palate as it goes down. The finish has a delightful light dryness that keeps me coming back for another drink.

O: This is a world class Rauchbier. Definitely malt forward, but the hops come in on the backend and finish keeping the sweetness in check and lending a nice earthy bitterness that keeps this one from being too cloy. As it warms it edges up to cloyness but never steps over the line. For some reason I only get smoked meats on the initial pour of the first can but after a minute or two it's completely gone. The mouthfeel is amazing and keeps me coming back to the glass...highly drinkable and highly recommended!

Friday at 08:55 PM
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4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

16 oz can
Glass: 0.5L Mug
Temp at Pour: mid-40s F

Dark burnished copper that is slightly opaque and hazy. Initial 3-finger beige head that dissipates to a .25" consistent cover. Excellent lacing along the sides of the mug.

Smokey and sweet (in a good way) with hints of salt. Some campfire. No discernable hops. Reminds me of sweet Lebanon-style deer bologna. (Lebanon as in Lebanon, PA)

Follows the nose with more campfire. Bready malts and some toasted salted caramel. Some brown sugar notes. A light earthy hop bite presents itself. Smoke and earthy hops linger for some time as the malts slowly fade. Dries out at the end, making you want another sip. Nice.

Slick and mouth-coating. Medium body that shades to the fuller side.

A fantastic Rauchbier. Nicely balanced between the smoke, sweet/caramelly malts, and light hops. Very easy to drink for a Rauchbier. This one definitely lives up to its #1 ranking. This is one that I will try to keep on hand when possible.

Apr 15, 2022
4.36 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jan 19, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a clear dark caramel color. A large frothy head retains well and displays plenty of lacing.
The nose is delightfully smoky with notes of hickory, bbq meats and sweet honey. Aromas of bready toasted malt, biscuit and a touch of nutty roasted malts.
Sweet and bready with notes of toast, biscuit and bold yet restrained smoked malts. Notes of honey, caramel, grass, tea leaves and a touch of chocolate and lightly roasted malts. A gentle kiss of bitterness adds some balance along with the smoke malts.
Medium bodied and smooth, almost chewy. The finish is smooth and semi dry. Carbonation is moderate.
Wonderful Rauchbier. I wouldn’t expect anything less from this fantastic brewery.

Dec 29, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

No canning date, but I was told if was canned “about a week ago”

This is one of my coolest (of many) finds at OEC today in Connecticut. I made the trip out there for just a few of their beers, but ended up walking out with much more than expected from them and other international breweries. I’ve wanted to try this one for a long time now, the highest rated Rauchbier. Pretty cool that OEC cans this themselves. Let’s dive into it

Pours a clear reddish brown with 3 fingers of soapy tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

This one is exceptionally smoky in the aroma, and there’s an odd but very strong overtone of olive. I’m picking up on aromas of black and green olive, beechwood smoke, brown bread, ham, floral hops, and caramel

That olive vibe is still quite present in taste, just not as forward. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting beechwood smoke, toast, charred oak, bready malt, light pepper, and toffee. The swallow brings notes of black olive, smoked malt, red apple, toffee, herbal hops, and toast

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a crisp but slightly thin beer. Finishes mostly dry with a decent sweetness

Well this definitely isn’t my favorite Rauchbier, but it’s still pretty damn good. This olive flavor might be because it’s so young so I wonder if that will fade with time

Dec 24, 2021
4.35 by DDiFran from Ohio on Dec 12, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

$4.50 USD at Beermongers, Portland, OR. 16 fl oz pull-tab can.

5.9% ABV. Brewed with non-smoked pale malt and Schlenkerla Smoked Malt." Unfiltered.

Served cold into a stemless wine glass.

APPEARANCE: Darker colored than I thought it would be...a murky dark amber/amber-brown. Head is healthy and robust, lasting ~10 minutes. I don't know that it's obvious it's unfiltered; I don't see any yeast/lees within.

AROMA: Beechwood smoked malt, smokey malt aromatics, faint caramelized sugars, basic malt sweetness.

Promises a smoke-emphatic beer that isn't ashy, bitter, or ashtray-redolent like some harsher smoked beers.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, even refreshing...this isn't a harsh ashtray rauchbier by any stretch. Mellow Beechwood smoked malt mingles with pale malt sweetness and vitaminy yeast to good effect.

Well attenuated and well balanced, though I suppose I expected more depth of flavour and complexity from the smoked malt as is found in other Schlenkerla beers. Still, it's a far more complex lager than most 5.9% lagers brewed with this few ingredients, and it's easily one of the better rauchbiere out there - not that there are many.

Perfectly carbonated. Free of any off-flavour or faults.



Dec 01, 2021
4.25 by brureview from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Very smooth, light smoky balanced taste. My favorite so far.

Oct 07, 2021
2.88 by stephenlee93 from England on Sep 03, 2021
5 by afsdan from Colorado on May 26, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

16 oz can poured into a mug

A- A clear dark amber with a small tan head.

S- Smoky, caramel malts, floral, some sweet bread.

T- Smoky, some campfire, sweet bread, caramel malts, floral, touch earthy.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty and easy drink smoked beer, great balance.

May 01, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjrider from California

Poured from a can - not quite clear copper/mahogany with thick light khaki head leaving significant lacing. Nose is mild smokey malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste follows with more sweet mild smoke. Finishes with a mild hop bite. Delicious with some smoked chicken and red rice.

Apr 28, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

From a can into a small stemmed tulip.

I didn't think I would like a rauchbier and there are definitely some I do not like, but this is a wonderful beer that I try to keep in the "beerfridge" for when the time is right.

A - Pours clear, amber, good carbonation, minimal lacing with a 2-finger off white head. 4.25

S - Smoky, campfire, bready, yeasty, no discernable hops. 4.5

T - Smoke, malt backbone with a faint sweetness, an umami edge, herbal/smoky bitterness in the finish. 4.5

MF - Medium body with a dry clean almost sharp finish. Lasting smoke on the palate but not coating. 4.5

Apr 15, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by camttaylor from New York

Poured some into a glass, had the rest from a 16oz can. My first smoked beer.

Clear dark amber color that forms a rather quick and large head. Recedes and leaves a bit of light skim.

Smell is actually a more mild smoke than I expected but absolutely there. Also get hints of sweet bread.

Comes in sweet (not in a bad way) and smoky with notes of caramel and malt. I get a little bit of salted caramel and smoke in the finish.

Was quite happy with trying something new. Really good.

Mar 26, 2021
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4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Beer for fasting? Then I can stay hungry!

Mar 22, 2021
4.16 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Mar 21, 2021
4.6 by Oscarinl from Netherlands on Mar 21, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber-brown, good head.

Smell: Wood smoke, mild sweetness.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, sweet campfire smoke. Not too heavy.

Overall: Super excited to see this beer in MN and in cans! Nice smoky flavor, seems to be a little more sweet overall than the other Schlenkerla beers. Still very tasty and hopefully their other beers keep coming in cans to MN!

Mar 20, 2021
4.25 by iftcoach from Germany on Mar 19, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by sethmeister from New Hampshire

From 16oz can with no freshness date.

Poured into my pilsener glass this beer is a clear golden brown with an oatmeal colored foamy cap. Head eventually falls to a ring and a skim leaving some soapy lace on the glass.

Scent is light smoke, brown bread, and a kiss of leafy hops.

Taste is sweet and hearty with bread, caramel and soft wood smoke in the background. There is a refreshing green leafy and grassy hop note in the finish. Nuts and fruit emerge as the beer warms. Almonds. Figs and other dark fruit. Hints of vanilla. The brown bread noted in the scent also begin to come through in the flavor. Brown sugar. Hint of treacle. Roasted and lightly charred notes. Complex, hearty, satisfying.

Mouth is on the fuller side of medium and very creamy.

I'm a big fan of rauchbiers and this is a fantastic one and probably a good choice for those wishing to acquaint themselves with the style as the smoke character here is relatively subtle and won't overwhelm.

Feb 09, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Very dark amber with a billowing beige head that forms quickly and pillows up well, leaving great lacing as it recedes
Aroma: Woody smoke, rich breadiness, campfire cookout, and charcoaled wood
Taste: Freshly smoked meat, wood-smoke-kissed bread, and rich maltiness is evident as it peeks through the smoky haze from time to time. Some nice dark malt flavor leads to a finish with…wait for it…more smoke
Mouthfeel: Full but a lighter feel than the look or style would lead me to believe, medium-high carbonation, and a clean, smoky finish
Overall: This is a damn good Rauchbier. This style has to be the most fascinatingly odd yet awesome of them all as every time I have one, I can’t tell if I’m drinking beer or eating good barbeque and it messes with my head, in a good way. These folks set the standard and glad to have tried one that I had never seen from them. If you like smoked beer – give this a go

Nov 03, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by mactrail from Washington

Clear brownish red with abundant foam in the New Belgium snifter. Delightful creamy and sudsy mouthfeel. Pleasant perfumey smoke scent with an endless nose of smoke, like where they're curing hams. Quite tangy with a bitter finish. Quite malty with a good dose of sweetness, which works well with the you know what.

Tastes of apples, caramel, roasted malt and a surprising bitterness. This is powerfully flavored and not all of it due to the smoke. It gets kind of strong for more than a short glass, but it's a beer experience not to be missed. From the 16 oz can brewed in Bamberg and canned in Oxford, Conn.

Sep 27, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Reidrover from Oregon

500 ml can purchased from Capital Market in Salem OR
Pours a beautiful dark clear amber with a lovely thick and creamy light beige head.
Aroma fruity and smokey..not as smokey as the marzen but its right there. Its like a a great sweet/smoke bbq sauce aroma.
Taste is very balanced between the sweetish malts, the light smoke and there is a mice touch of grassy hop in the end. Beautiful.
Mouth feel is just right on ..its actually medium light with medium carbonation..finishes with some bitterness.
A great beer..very balanced especially if your a rauchbier lover.

Aug 29, 2020
4.5 by shigg85 from Japan on Jul 23, 2020
4.35 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Jul 06, 2020
4.09 by Dazka from Italy on May 26, 2020
4.25 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on May 20, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 2/26/20

Pours a clear dark mahogany body capped with a finger and a head of creamy, thick, dark beige head; great retention leaves a sizable frothy cap and collar while a tightly composed and uniform walking of lace clings to the glass with a fair longevity.

Aroma presents heavy beef jerky notes upfront, slowly accented with deep salted oak and wisps of medicine cabinet; burning beechwood, smoked gouda rind and hoppy cedar tones progress over the middle as a soft, flowing bacon grease contributes a savory component in the backdrop and through the close.

Taste brings a semi-sweet, almost oily beechwood smoke alongside slight toffee and caramel malt before smoked ham and pure, dirty hops, both woody with tones of wet incense and a touch herbal, lie within the smoke that courses throughout the profile.

Mouthfeel features a firm yet airy medium body overcome with a filling, robust carbonation carrying it along the palate; tightens with a somewhat oily texture along the mid-palate for a crisper overall tone as it ultimately dries quickly on the back end, with a subtle yet staunch bittering into the finish.

A meatier, earthier smoke defines the robust and varied profile of this rauchbier while remaining consistently filling and yet light on the tongue; the Schlenkerla signature is all over this one, as the ever-present beechwood tones create an expression both vivid and wholly palatable.

Apr 23, 2020
3.76 by Chilmer from Iowa on Apr 14, 2020
4.33 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2020
4.45 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Mar 28, 2020
4.5 by mike22ne from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Really cool that these guys are canning now. Not that I need campfire smoke very often, but now and then it's good to have it. NO can date

Pours a huge fluffy dense creamy head with great retention and soapy lacing, bit of foamy lacing, dark but semi clear ruby mahogany color

Nose starts right off with that Aecht smoke, mild campfire, a big smoked meat/cheese component, so much smokey log and smoked cheese kinda thing, behind that mild toasted reddish sweet malt and biscuity bread crust, little caramel

Taste again out front with campfire smoke, almost Lagavulin like peat smoke even, then comes the smoldering log and smoked meat/cheese, hint of iodine smoke, then into mild sweet malt, reddish toasted malt, more bread crust and a little biscuity caramel toffee, touch of bitterness, no alcohol, smooth and drinkable despite the heavy smoke

Mouth is med bod but a bit creamy smooth, med-high creamy carb

Overall smooth delicious rauchbier, a little lighter and smoother than the usual Aecht, as a scotch drinker I would call this the Lagavulin and the normal Aecht is like Ardbeg or Laphroaig. Smokey but smooth and drinkable. A definite nice touch for a night when you're craving campfire but can't.

Mar 27, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Can to glass mug.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown to rugged dark amber with just a small transparency along the sides. A subtle film of an off white foamy head was there. Concaves nicely to leave some small glazes of lace.
The aroma had a beautiful blend of roasted woody sweet bacon and ham sweet meaty tones. Dark toast and bready characters take a drive running through the bacon and ham portions.
The flavor seemed to follow suite in the respect of producing a smokey sweet meaty taste conglomerating all up in there. Mild aftertaste of the same with a touch of grassy hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a small sessionability about it. Good carbonation with some smooth dryness of the malts. Finishes with a roasty sweet smokey meatiness.
Overall, to me this is a wonderful beer to have this time of the year! Yes, I say rauchbier and well worthy of more pours!

Mar 22, 2020
4.04 by desint from Belgium on Mar 22, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

Nice rich reddish brown color with a tan head that fell off. Left a fair lacing behind in the glass. Smell is smoke, but I felt it was a more restrained aroma than their other beers. Got some malt and a bit of earthy hops there too. Not quite the "bacon in a mug" some of the others present. The taste is sweet up front with the smoke character dominating at first. The middle is clean malt, sweet, earthy hops. It finishes with a bit of bitterness that cleans up nicely. The beer is full bodied. Soft carbonation keeps it from being too flabby. Overall this is a highly drinkable beer that didn't seem to me as "aggressive" as other offerings. I like big bold flavors so raunchier are always appreciated. This is one you can drink several of and not feel overwhelmed on the palate.

Mar 15, 2020
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by bubseymour from Maryland

This is by far the most incredible of the Schlenkeria Rauchbier lineup they make. It is one of the best beers in the world of any beer style. Everything about this beer is dialed in to perfection. The smoke, malts, hops, richness, sweetness, carbonation...everything just at a perfection level of craftsmenship. Pefert score for a perfect beer.

Mar 13, 2020
4.49 by ajdemma from New York on Dec 29, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Amazing how well a great not fresh beer holds up.
Dark amber/mahogany pour with creamy tan cap of a head.
Smells of hickory smoked ham, campfire, roasty, slightly nutty caramel malt.
Sweet caramel malt on the palate chased quickly by the smoky leather, ham, and finishing with a delightful earthy hoppy bitterness.
Smooth smoky medium to full mouthfeel on moderate carbonation - a bit of lingering earthy hops.
Treat of a beer!

Dec 12, 2019
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer) from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 453 ratings