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:
361
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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 oglmcdgl
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown color with a two-finger head that died quickly and left some lace. Mostly a meaty smell with that hint of pils-like malt and grassiness I always get from Aecht biers. This one isn't as smoky/meaty as the others; they've turned down the smoke/charrness to let the hops peek through as this beer is light, smooth, and there's a touch of sticky sweetness all in there - but yes, mainly a smoky beer with a dry finish. Prickly due to carbonation, this beer is crisp and bitter and a real sipper; I find that I like this but not as much as other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with very little head.
Smell is very prominent smokey malt.
Taste is sweet caramel malt ...lot's of smoke , but not over the top...and some mild bitterness toward the end. Less smokey than their other beers.
Mouthfeel was on the low end of medium and the carbonation was pretty good.
This was a nice drinkable smoked ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a tulip of fastenbier at Crescent & Vine in Astoria. Honestly, it's pretty similar to the rest of Schlenkerla's rauchbiers. Aside from the dark amber color, it's also a crisper and a touch lighter. The smoked malts are cleaner. As in, this beer doesn't just taste like bacon, it has a dusty flour and bready malt undertone to is. The dark malts are hard to pull out, but there's a slight hit of smooth caramel malt. I think it's my favorite of the brewery's many smoked beers.

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Photo of baklo
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chaz
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown in color. Adequate carbonation and is topped with a big, billowing pale-tan head. Good duration and good lacing. Hazey...

Nose is smoke and "band-aids", if you can dig that. Iodine.

Pretty easy-drinking on the first sip. Smoke an ioditic compounds, a fairly baletic interplay of very light, bready malt and much stronger smoked malt characters. It's not at all for the faint of heart, I suppose, but is a very hearty "food beer'.

Mouthfeel is almost light and refreshing all things considered, but it is in the "medium bodied" range as far as most styles are concerned.

It is a flavor profile (and treatment overall) which may be off-putting to many who reach for a beer as a simple thirst-quencher, but for what it is this one is a complex but also very easy-drinking lagerbier, and a GREAT 'food beer' for those who have developed a taste for smoked beer styles. It is definitely recommended for those with a taste for the unusual.

This is probably a tough one to rate whether it is fresh or aged a bit (as this one is), but it is very good, and perhaps even approachable to those with novice palate (for such a style) -or- those individuals who find the stronger and more assertive (Eiche!) brand too overbearing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a reddish looking brown color with a very thin white colored head on top. The head settles quickly and leaves no lacing... The smell of the beer is smoked, there is no doubt about it. The aroma of this beer though it not quite as smokey as some of the other brews from this brewery. The taste of thee beer was pretty good, mostly smokey malts with a light saltiness and a bit of toasted flavors in there too. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. Overall this brew was pretty good, I liked it as it was but can't say that I thought it was the best out of all of them.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kyle424
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ommegoose
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a .5L Schlenkerla willibecher at the Map Room. Dense head, delicate sheets of lacing. Brown amber color, with varying shades due to the willi glass.

Smoke aroma recalls canned sardines somehow. Oddly appropriate for Lent. Smells rather bright and fresh, unlike danker, meatier scent of the Urbock, perhaps. Something sweeter comes through. This is an incredibly fun beer to smell.

Refreshing. Definite trademark smoke flavor, but not super huge. Sweetness is more upfront. Malt profile like a Helles almost. Finishes malty with the lingering salty smoke, and mild bitterness.

Medium body and light carbonation give it a creamy feel.

I never find Schlenkerla beers to be super quaffable. The flavor is so bold to start with that I take small sips, and before I know it, I've had about a tenth of the glass after 10 minutes. Does start to go down easier after getting used to the flavor. Really could use a meal with this. All in all, no regrets in trying this, but I wouldn't lose sleep over missing it. Fans of the brewery won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft.

Poured a clear dark amber color with small tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma was strong pleasent smokey. The flavor had a medium smoke taste with a malty long finish of moderate to long duration.

As a cigar smoker, I found this brew very refreshing.

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Photo of safaricook
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty amber with a finger of white head. Smoked meat (bacon slabs, ham) dominates the aroma. Thin mouthfeel, not a lot of malt, but tons of smoke. Rauchbiers are not my thing. Somehow the label sucked me in to trying it anyhow. High ratings based on comparison to the few others I've had of this style.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle into a tulip. Doesn't stand up to comparison with Urbock. The mouthfeel is much thinner, with lots of large bubbles. The flavor is also a bit weaker, and is missing that great rich malt element.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fmontana93
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thequeen711
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This smoked lager from Germany poured amber brown into the pint glass, leaving a beige thick head. Nose of smokey goodness!!! Just an exquisite smokey brew, not bacon smokey, but oaky smokey, easy drinking brew! The smokieness combines well with the lager flavours, making for a great drink. The low alcohol content makes the beer more easy to drink and enjoy!

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Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA
Served in a mug

The beer poured a deep, dark, chestnut-mahogany color with a two-finger, foamy, off-white head that faded to a clingy film. Copious amounts of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was all smoke. Beechwood smoke, to be precise. Possibly some beef jerky too. A touch of sweetness appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was quite smoky as well. Some caramel malt sweetness appeared up front before the woody, smoky flavor took over. A smooth, buttery, lager-ish quality appeared in the center. Slightly fruity. The lingering finish was again dominated by smoke. Super dry and woody. A touch of hops came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy and slick on the palate.

Drinkability was rather good. Although this beer had an intense flavor profile, it was not as overwhelmingly smoky as the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers I have tried.

I was really glad to have had the opportunity to try this remarkably flavorful and rare Lenten beer. Although no one aspect really stood out as being remarkable, the beer was quite interesting nevertheless. This would pair perfectly with some German smoked sausages.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.25 out of 5 based on 361 ratings.
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