Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)
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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)
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Style:
German Rauchbier
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,200
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
427
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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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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Apr 23, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 27, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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

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.

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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania, Mar 15, 2020
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Mar 13, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Dec 12, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Brewers Haven. What a find! Dark, clear brown with one finger off white head. Smoky, woody aroma. Taste brings more smoky notes, nutty, peat, roast. Super smooth with a nice lasting bitterness. Perfect all around.

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stevoj from Idaho, Nov 05, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a goblet, dated 2016.

Look - A dark murky cloudy brown with some little chunkies floating in it. Short and short lived sandy tan head that collapses into some hearty lacing.

Smell - The normal chocolate and toasted marshmallow s'more scent I get from these smoky beers. Some hints of leather buried in there.

Taste - Very slight and nuanced sweet caramel flavor off the bat that turns into a leather belt type of flavor. The aftertaste evolves into a dirty earthy bitterness that is quite pleasant to linger on. Simultaneously mellow and deeply complex.

Feel - Medium bodied with a fine creamy carbonation. The texture really lends itself to the s'more-like qualities, almost a chewiness like a marshmallow.

Overall - Exquisite and interesting, deeper and more complex than the other Aecht Schlenkerla offerings that I've had. A fine point in the Rauchbier catalog.

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cardfan212 from Minnesota, Aug 29, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, no dating that I could find on it. Label says 5.9% ABV. Served in an ATG mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy burnt orange/brown color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like smoked malt, smoked meats, caramel, grainy malt and earthy hops. Really just pick up the same flavors in the beer too, with the smoky ones being the strongest and then the graininess kicks in. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, too. If you're into smoked beers then I definitely recommend this one! $4.99 a can.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a half liter stein a deep rich bronze with a half finger lighter khaki colored head atop.As to be expected hardwood smoke over top of brown sugar and mild nutty malts.A nice almost creamy feel in the mouth,is coating and glides down.Not alot of sweetness upfront on the palate,smokey and somewhat earthy,there is a sweet brown sugar, and pizza dough-like quality in the finish.The top notch Rauchbier brewers of the world there in Bamberg really are great at getting different nuances from their different wares,great job here.

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oberon from North Carolina, May 12, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pure BBQ smoke and wood. The flavor is smoked malts, caramel, slight leather, fruit/dark fruit and a long and mild bubblegum/sweetish finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Apr 27, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so cool to find this one on tap, really pretty special stuff, not something anyone else is doing at even close to this level of quality. its got richer amber color and look to it, a ton of head on the initial pour, several inches high, three inches maybe and lasting, airy and robust over the liquid. the aroma is awesome, i know they say lent time for this one, but to me its very autumnal, smoke but not as heavy as some of their others, woody and natural like a slow hickory barbecue or something, nutty and about as earthy as grain can be, way less sugar than expected, and a doughy german lager yeast complexion thats still very much in the mix here, not filtered out or anything, drying the beer right out, but leaving a ton of flavor, defines this as much as the smoke does in the flavor, majorly complex and truly one of a kind. like a dark bagel, sort of baked or something, woody and with some cool tones of red apple, molasses, almond, and hearty bread. the smoke has some bitterness but its one of many flavors in here, not dominant at all. it feels fluffy, well carbonated, and crazy dry for what it is. really special beer, one of a kind, and as good as any of the others ive had from these guys. i love this, and it was a great compliment to some wood fired mushroom tacos!

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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright mahogany color. Completely clear with a thick pillowy tan head that displays incredible head retention. About a 1/2 inch of head is retained at all times. Lovely looking beer.

Aroma has notes of smoked malts, light notes of smoked Virginia hams, caramel malts, and some light earthy hops. Unlike many of the other Schlenkerla beers I've had, this one is verifiably fresh and its probably the most balanced in terms of the smokiness of the beer.

Taste has notes of smoked malts obviously - however there are also notes of brown sugar, wood, smoke, Virginia ham, and a surprisingly bitter hop character on the back end, but in no way unpleasant. the smoke in this is nicely balanced - certainly prominent, but it doesn't suppress any other character from the beer.

Feel is smooth, pretty light and drinkable. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slightly drier finish.

Overall this is my favorite of the Schlenkerla beers that make their way over to the US. A lovely rauchbier and the first I can honestly say I really enjoyed and drank multiples of.

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FBarber from Illinois, Apr 20, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into straight pint.

Somewhere between medium brown and deep orange, two fingers khaki head, no lacing.

Smells of smoke, meat, caramel malts. I don't get an exact pork or bacon quality, but I certainly see where that comes from. Very impressive development as beer warms, a bit of the hops character comes out and the smoke remains strong.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, only slight sweetness with no syrupy quality, but still a robust mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, but enough to keep the beer from becoming cloying on the palate or lingering too long.

Flavors are impressively complex. There's an immediate smoky hit and roasted malt notes, and the malt flavor rounds out nicely into the background, accompanied by caramel and bready notes; the sweetness is there, but barely noticeable, more of a molasses character. The malt is robust on the palate, accompanied by a very slight yeasty note. The smoke flavor develops in the finish, and that's where I get more of a meaty flavor - still more subtle than in other Schlenkerla brews. Finish is clean with a light hops note, the hops are definitely there earlier but don't become apparaent over the malt; the hops flavor is mostly herbal.

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Exec_Crawfish from California, Apr 07, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a fine, light khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale and lightly caramel malt and smokehouse smoke, fairly savory and appealing. Flavor is mildly caramel and bready malt, almost peaty smokiness and a hint of iodine. Excellent, silky medium creaminess, excellent mouth feel. Lucky monks. A new (to our market) rauchbier from these smoked beer masters is a treat and this one delivers. The malt body is a bit lighter in taste than the urbock or marzen, but fully supports the rich smokiness. As with most top tier smoked beers, there is a strange smoked meat element to the flavor that really begs for repeated sipping (and that from a vegetarian!). The body is really smooth and creamy, adding to the overall appeal of of the beer. I might lean a little to the urbock due to the more flavorful malt, but this has risen to the top two beers from this brewery for me, and that is high praise. This is one of the world's master breweries with a specialty they excel at. Delicious; looks, smells and tastes great. Labeled as "lentenbier" for the U.S. canning, for some reason.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Apr 07, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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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jkblr from Indiana, Mar 10, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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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hopsputin from New Jersey, Feb 17, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -0.5%
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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DJ-Hophead from United Kingdom (England), Oct 27, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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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doktorhops from Australia, Sep 20, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.
Review# 6,237

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Sep 17, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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, slightly grainy malt, with a distinct, but not too strong, smokey note that evokes honey-glazed barbecue. There is very little hoppiness to this, except for light herbal accents and a distinct bitterness. Finishes quite bittersweet, with a medium bitterness and some grainy, caramel amlt and smoke lingering in the aftertaste. Full 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. Compared to the classic Märzen, it's a lot sweeter and less hoppy, while the smokiness has more of a honey-glazed barbecue quality to it, rather than the smoked bacon of the Märzen.

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4.57/5  rDev +7%
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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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Mar 30, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
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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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a stunning clear, dark copper, with beautiful, thick foam. Gorgeus beer.

Smell is smoky with notes of ham, malt, rye bread and a hint of tar.

Taste follows the nose, if a little bit sweeter. Nicely integrated bitterness but there is a raw note in the background that puts me off a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a stunning beer to look at and very nice to drink, but something in the aftertaste makes me want to chug it rather than savor it.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Feb 20, 2018
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer) from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 427 ratings