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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla FastenbierAecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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

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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 154
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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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yet very dark colored copper body; dense, creamy, light tan head. Heady aroma of smoke and charred wood; roasted grains and charred sugars. Rich, sweet, smoked malt grain flavors; cola nuts; faint suggestions of dark, dried fruits; solid hop bitterness makes its presence known at the finish. Heavy mouthfeel, almost syrupy.

At long last I get to try another fine Aecht Schlenkerla beer. If you like their urbock or märzen offerings, this beer should satisfy you as well (and I highly recommend their lager and doppelbock, too - and I wouldn't mind their smoked weizen again, either). Anyway, it is supposedly an unfiltered beer yet my initial pour hasn't produced any yeast cloudiness, and even if it did, I don't see why I would change any of my ratings. The smokey smell and taste are certainly upfront and really are the high point for this style of beer. A go-to representation of what a rauchbier/smoked beer should be...

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Photo of thoglund
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardPW
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier has a thick, creamy, beige head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, with lots of powdery sediment, throughout, some splotchy lacing left on the glass, and visible bubble streams. Aroma is of smoked turkey or pork with a Busch Signature Copper Lager, under-note. Taste is of sweet, white bread, smoke, smoke, smoke, malt, low-level hop bitterness, and smoke. Mouthfeel is high-light (just like Busch Signature Copper Lager), and Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier finishes surprisingly crisp and not surprisingly smoky.


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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

This pours a clear dark brown, with a towering white head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like sweet rich smoke, surprisingly heavy grassy hops, sausage, indeterminate spicing, and bread.

This is yet another stupidly delicious beer from this brewery. The smoke is sweet and authentic, like a good spiced sausage, with some grassy hop bitterness, and caramelized breadiness. This is super drinkable and goes down very easily.

This is medium bodied, with a good level of carbonation, and a rich fill mouthfeel.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while and it does not disappoint.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmys
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost completing my quest to sample all schlenkerla offerings.

A: pours a hazy dark red. Spotty lacing.

S: acrid smoke. Inviting. Wouldn't hate a touch more smoke.

T: at first highly smokey and potent,but on second sip it really mellows out. In my opinion this is delicious.

D: medium bodied rauch and another stud from these guys. Those that like smoke should seek this out.

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 370 ratings
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