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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

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
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
335
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.97%
 
 
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22
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Photo of drmeto
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear copper with a big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,coffee,smoked bacon,bready,milky
T:
-bready,smoked bacon,woody,caramel
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Compared to the Märzen (it's closest contemporary) the Fastenbier is more hoppy and less smokey.
Very good overall

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky copper brown colored body with tan head

Smell - smoke, ham, smoked meat, burnt firewood, hint of cinnamon

Taste - similar notes to the aroma, smoke, ham, smoked meat, burnt firewood, caramel, hint of cinnamon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied,medium carbonation, smoked meat/burnt firewood upfront, slight caramel sweetness in the back end

Overall - not a style that I drink frequently, but this wasnt a bad beer. The smoke takes a lot of getting used to, but at the same time, the smoke isn't overwhelming.

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes of tar, burnt crust, and smoke in aroma, with nutty malt sweetness providing contrast. Reminds me of smoked salmon, due to the saline character. Notes of raisins emerge late.

Flavor reveals a lightly sweet caramel malt backbone, with a fairly dry, nutty, surprisingly bitter finish. Smoke waves throughout, combining with hops to create a sensation of char. Fairly complex, this seems to be less smoky than their other beers, from what I recall...in flavor, anyway. A little more bitter than I'd prefer. Becomes herbal as it warms.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited to get this on tap at Churchkey the other night. #1 Rauchbier, how could I resist. This also means I have had all the beers from this brewery that are currently indexed on this site or on the brewery's website. That's a little exciting.

Beer is served in a snifter, beer is cloudy and reddish brown and forms a huge, obnoxious head that falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is like bacon, definite smoke character. Not as strong as their other offerings but it smells like salty, roasty, wood and meat.

Beer is a little thin on the palate, much thinner than their other offerings. Its surprisingly smooth. The flavors are as the smells were, bacon, roast, smoke, wood, it tastes pretty good. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation carries it well and there really isn't an aftertaste. Its not dry and pretty well balanced. All that said, its OK for drinkability but I don't think I'd drink much of it in a sitting. Would likely zap my palate.

I have to say that I've come around on these rauchbiers in the last year a lot. Its been a rough road but I understand them now and semi-look forward to trying additional examples.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Schlenkerla brewpub in Bamberg, April 2011. From notes.

Pours a rich, "Bernstein" hue, with a modest but creamy one-finger head.

The aroma is excellent and typical Schlenkerla. Like being outside someone's house in the winter and smelling the smoke coming out of the chimney.

The flavor is rich, malty and meaty. Like most of the Rauchbiere from this brewery, it is intensely smokey. Notes of smoked pork, ham, fireplace smoke and (maybe) bacon. Sweet, toasted malts are an afterthought, but there. Mouthfeel is medium-full and barely carbonated, as this beer is served from a gravity cask.

Flavorful stuff, though I don't see how remarkable this Fastenbier is compared to the rest of Schlenkerla's lineup. Basically like a slightly stronger version of the Rauch-Märzen.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.79/500 mL bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 45 degrees into stange
Aroma of light smoke
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to variable ring 2 - 4 mm
Lacing fair - rare small island and partial curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body brown with reddish cast, clear
Flavor – slightly sweet and smoky, likes an aftertaste like ashes; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber color. Relatively clear. Appropriate head with spotty lace.

This is one helluva smoky beer. If you like, you'll love. If you don't, avoid.

Smoke is the predominate flavor but it's more mellow than the smell suggests. Still, this beer is about experiencing the smoke. Good body. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
This beer arrives from the tap with a huge head (at least for a tap beer), it is two-fingers in height, quite structurally solid looking, leaves lots of lacing as it subsides and is a light tan color. Big smoke aromatics are noticeable from the get go. The beer itself is an almost brilliantly clear when held up to the light where it shows a deep red-amber color; as it sits on the table it is a dark plum color. Rich smoke aromatics that leans towards almost salty / brine-like in character, while some of the malt character seems to soften the smokiness in the finish.

All the carbonation seems to have been knocked out of this beer during its service from the tap, so it is quite smooth feeling, but it still has some viscous heft to it. The smoke flavors are more subtle than the aroma would have suggested, but it is still the dominant note (especially in the finish). Up front there is a nice, sweet maltiness that helps to balance the smoke. There are almost some berry like flavors to this beer; perhaps from the maillard maltiness that is not really caramel, but definitely rich. Flavors of umami and peat-smoke (even though this is beechwood smoked malt) are also noticeable here. This is definitely a beer that has a big smoke character to it, but I am a sucker for beers like this so it definitely hits the spot.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L pour at The Map Room.

Nose is a little more subdued than their Marzen; it smells more like wood smoke than bacon. The palate is crisper than I'd imagine a rauchbier to be. Still deep and brooding, smokey and woody and mossy, but not heavy. Full flavored but not rich, it maintains a sense of it's lager-ness. The finish is long, but not intrusive. It took me a little longer to drink this than most beers, but not as long as I expected. A nice sipper and I never got bored with it.

Somewhat like a magical cross between their Helles (non-smoked) and the Marzen. A must-try!

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2016 release bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Oiled walnut in color, stunning and vigorous carbonation floats a massive off white cap. Lacing is
everywhere.
S - Roast, Smoke, mild wood, caramelized onion, you know the good kind, the end of the best cigar
had by the most beautiful person you have ever set eyes on. That kind of experience.
T - Malt base is stunning, the smoke element from the nose, transfers gingerly to the palate. Beech, blond tobacco.
a bit of maple and the most wonderful touch of dark caramel,
M - Silky, amazing in the softness, a bit of smoked malts touch the palate then bail out quickly, leaving a generous
malt experience.
O - What a delight, so well executed, to be experienced.
Cheers

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Photo of yourefragile
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz sample at Rustico served in a mini snifter.

Pours a clear ruby amber with a finger of creamy tab head that fades to a collar and thick sheets of lace. Bacon and smokey aroma, roast malt and mild sweetness in the finish. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Fairly light body with fine, soft carbonation and a clean finish. Slightly sweet malt presence throughout, much less meaty or abrasive than some rauchs with a pleasant smokiness throughout that gracefully fades out through the finish.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
A - thin ivory head caps a copper colored ale
S - smoke, caramel, grain, spicy hops
T - intense smoke, nutty grain, caramel, bread crust, earthy & spicy noble hops
M - medium body, ample carbonation, very modestly bitter on the finish
O - as expected, another excellent smoked bier from this brewery! They're all good.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - a bit late for Lent this year, but whatevs - more new stuff from this brewery is always an interesting prospect, at the very least.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with a near tower's worth of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves some broken webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of smoked pork, wet campfire, obfuscated grainy caramel malt, a faint black orchard fruitiness, hard minerals, and subtle earthy, leafy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is much more rounded - gritty and grainy caramel/toffee malt, a softer, not so aggressive smoked meat acridity, smooth hickory-like wood, some berry-forward fruity notes, faint dry cocoa, and a growing (as the smoke recedes) earthy, spicy, and resinous green grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back in their very understated frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and actually smooth, with a heavy dose of cognitive dissonance necessarily riding shotgun. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding tough, while the meaty smoke starts a very measured wafting retreat.

I'm not sure I could tell the difference among Schlenkerla's various Rauchbiers, without a direct, sit-down comparison. This one has all of the hallmarks - a huge smoky, nose-twitching intro, followed by a sudden switch to the sweet side in the flavour, and then a mixed trailing off into the hazy sunset together. Overall, it's very, very good, and yeah, I'm drinking it as an afternoon snack, of a kind.

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Photo of dnichols
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this brew in a trade with goodbyohio. I poured from the growler into a glass.

A: It poured a light mahogany (almost cola) colored body with a modes, soft, tan head. The head receded fast to a steady ring around the collar. There were clumps of lacing that held to the side of the glass before disappearing.

S: The aroma was dominated by the smell of smoke. There where whiffs of toasted malts cirtrusy hops, and a woody, earthy aroma.

T: It had a well balanced flavor of smoked malts up front followed by lemony citrusy hop flavors and a back end that reminded me of black pepper and tobacco. As the beer rested that carbonation decreased and the low ABV resulted in an aftertaste of smoky oak. The flavors were well balanced and the alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was light bodied with a smoky front, tangy middle and tobacco back . There was a lingering smoky after taste that did not go away until long after I was done with the beer.

D: It was a well blended brew that was unique and well worth sampling. The light body and low ABV make it very drinkable but the bite of spices and bold smoky flavor make it a beer I could enjoy occasionally but not in a session.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is smoky with some charred wood, smoked meat, and a mild maltiness... mostly it smells of sweet aromatic smoke and that’s just fine. The flavor is surprisingly dry and bitter while maintaining that strong smoky character I hate to say smoked meat again as this does not actually taste like meat, but rather a bit like the smoke flavor you get with a very high quality smoked meat. The beer has a nice chocolate note to it as well, and this is perhaps one of the most complex of the Schlenkerla lineup. A real treat, I can’t wait till it comes around next year.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a stange.

A: Ruby red color with brown hues. Good clarity. Head formation and retention are good. Small spots of lacing.

S: Plenty of campfire and jerky, as expected. Sturdy malt base of toasted bread crust, brown molasses, and dark caramel. Some fig and prune-like malt fruitiness too. Clean. Surprisingly sprightly hop character contributes green, oily, and spicy notes.

T: Very sweet malt base of caramel and molasses is balanced by intense beechwood smoked malt flavor. Lots of campfire. Nuanced fruity malt undertones of fig and prune. Green, oily, and spicy hops introduce a further layer to contemplate. Long sweet and smokey finish.

M: Plenty of residuals here as the body has a slick and slightly coating texture. Full and weighty. Fine-bubbled carbonation has a firm scrubbing action.

O: "Due to the nourishing yeast Schlenkerla Lentbier has the 'Brotzeit' already included (German word for an afternoon snack)." Afternoon snack indeed. This is a substantive and filling beer. You'll really need to have a taste for smoked beer to enjoy it, as it gets pretty intense. The hop character is also surprisingly noticeable beneath it all. It's a special sort of beer.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed a glass on tap at Track 84 in RI. nice roasty brown with a cream-colored head/lacing. aroma is pure rauchbier: campfire, bacon, charcoal. this is one of those beers that tastes exactly as it smells. like drinking a liquid campfire, but somehow it works. having this alongside a Stone Smoked Porter really highlights the strong flavors. this smoky beast makes the Stone taste like a run of the mill porter. not sure that i would have more than one, but the experience was well worth it. truly a unique beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in .5l willibecker at Track 84. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose is smokey with some caramel notes - definitely a smoked meat quality, but not as apparent as in some of the other Schlenkerla beers that I've had. Taste expresses smoked pork, some earthy char at the back and some caramel which is a bit more toasty than sweet in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation and a touch of dryness at the finish. Overall, a bit more subdued than the Marzen and drinks easier, somewhat akin to a smokey brown ale; however, I have to say that if I'm going for a Rauchbier, I'd have to go with the Marzen.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap recently at BSP

A - a lovely white head with a nice amber for body

S - smoked malt...and smoked gouda honestly, what a smell!

T - very similar to the smell, but a bit of hop bitterness which eluded my nose comes through delightfully. A serious aftertaste!

M - meduim bodied with good carbonation

D - wow this beer is something else and it really is quite unique. My gf and I both enjoyed a bit, and I'd certainly do another sometime if it were available

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Photo of morebeergood
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Deep Ellum. Served in a 0.5L mug. Dark brown color. Huge white head. The smell was like sticking your nose in a campfire. Smoke! Very nice outdoorsy smell. Taste was a bit more subdued, but the smoke flavor was there. Body was light enough to allow one to drink this in larger quantities. Not overpowering, so this beer remained drinkable even in a larger serving like the one I received. if you like rauchbiers, you can go wrong with the gold standard that is Aecht Schlenkerla.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Local Option (Chicago)

A \\ Nice stained wood brown with a generous cream head. Clarity is where it should be and obscured somewhat by the darker color.

S \\ Beechwood smoked delicious. A little roastiness in there, but it is behind the screen of smoke, so to speak.

T \\ Nice bit of caramel, maybe even toffee, in just enough opening sweetness. Has some nice clean German lager yeast flavor that offers depth without off flavors. Very drinkable. There is pork and fireplace heavily at the finish.

M \\ Nice fairly hefty body without being too thick as the doppelbock perhaps was. This was carbonated perhaps more than needed to or perhaps more than was proper on this tap, but that's an adjustment it bore well.

Schlenkerla just isn't going to disappoint me.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing amber tan with film of beige. 3.75
Campfire nose. 4
Pomegranate and caramel, some sweet BBS sauce, delicate toffee and the smoke comes in late. 4.25
Smooth, round, crisp. 4

Sweet and smoke, but with hints of applely brightness. The fruitiness of theirs I’ve had, and wrapped in lagery lightness. Delicate and expert. 4.25

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe because of my unfamiliarity with these smoky beers but the ones I've had just seem like hot dog flavored lagers. Which sounds disgusting on the surface. However, I have enjoyed the smoked beers I've had and this may be the best so far. Again, I'm not familiar with these enough to give a substantial review. This one has a nice candied sweetness on the finish I liked. Not a style I would go to regularly but I like them well enough to revisit from time to time.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, poured into a pokal glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy ruddy brown color with a finger of off-white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is excellent, it has a really delicious smoked meat / bacon aroma, as well as smoky burnt beechwood and some light hops. For me the aroma is always the best part of rauchbiers, and this one does it very, very well.

T- Retains a lot of the great meatiness and smoke from the aroma, although slightly toned down. The malt really steps forward, with a bit of caramel and fruitiness and is accented by a light hoppiness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel.

O- A really nice rauchbier, the aroma is amazing, and as usual Schlenkerla has done an awesome job, although I think I slightly prefer both the regular Urbock and Marzen.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an off white head.

The smell as you would expect is smoke, bacon, smoked sausage, sweet malts.

The taste is malty, sweet,dark fruits, some smoke, not as strong as some of the other beers from this brewery.

The mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

Not my favourite schlenkerla beer but still good.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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