Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer)
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Lager - Rauchbier
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4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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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larryi86 from Delaware

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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sjrider from California

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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camttaylor from New York

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

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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Mdog from Minnesota

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

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
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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mactrail from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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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Reidrover from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Apr 23, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 27, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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!

Mar 22, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 15, 2020
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bubseymour from Maryland

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.

Mar 13, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

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!

Dec 12, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Nov 05, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

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.

Aug 29, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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.

May 25, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

May 12, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

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.

Apr 27, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Apr 21, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

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.

Apr 20, 2019
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Exec_Crawfish from California

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.

Apr 07, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Apr 07, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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%.

Mar 10, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

Feb 17, 2019
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier (Lentbeer) from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 442 ratings