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:
357
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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Ratings: 357 |  Reviews: 151
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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Photo of Foley67
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tzieser
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500ml Boggs into a mug. Dark brown in color with a fair amount of haze. Good head retention. Lots of smoked malt in the nose with a fair amount of malt sweetness. Flavor is spectacular; lots of smoked malt but it's more layered than some the other Schlenkerla beers. Has the hoppy flavor that their helles has and a bit of that sweet malty flavor that their marzen offers. It's almost like a smoked pilsner. Really excellent stuff...not surprising from a brewery that clearly knows what it's doing. Recommends

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the perfect rauchbier!

Dark, heady, with a lingering crown. Hazy brow, but not at all cloudy

Aromas of smoke a strong, but not overpowering. The lager aromas are there, too and are beautifully framed, even enhanced, by the smoke, the way good barbeque is! Malts and grains present for sure, with very slight caramel tones, toast, and cracker. Pulled pork on a toasted bun, but without the pork and spices.

The flavors follow the nose, dead on. Lots of olfaction on the pallette. The smoke is no so much in front, souch as deeply integrated and all embracing. It's like a warm hug of smokiness that surrounds a deep, but subtle lager character. A kind of umami throughout. Meaty almost. The smoke lingers in the mouth for a long finish. Drink a great lager, perhaps a marine, beside a vampire and that is pretty much the experience.

Mouth feel is at once light, but chewy. Like a smokey soft pretzel, crunchy on the outside and warm and doughy in the middle, this is a balance that comes from a contradiction in terms. Just beautiful.

I could throw quite a few of these back and that's saying a lot considering the style and how prevalent and unapologetic the smoke is. But this is a truly great beer nd easily my new favorite rauchbier.

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