Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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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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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.

RJT

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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

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jbertsch
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

5/5/16

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Photo of Nunya
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As smoky as it gets. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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 unclekeith
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 500 ml into a german stein

A: Deep honey hue with a dense 1-finger head, nice lacing
S: Smoke - like bacon on a campfire
T:

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Photo of sjccmd
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ham, bacon, and campfire. Seems a touch salty/minerally. Aroma is smoke heavy but with some rich bready malts as well. A touch of fruitiness, somewhat berry-like. Outdoorsy aroma. Fresh grassy hops.

Pours deep amber, dark brown. Ruby highlights and a large frothy light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of flavors mingle together on the palate. Salty ham, wood, berries, rye bread, and a surprising amount of hops. Firmly bitter and spicy/grassy. As it warms the smoke leans more towards campfire than ham, with increasing bready notes as well.

Rich, medium full body with medium carbonation. Finish lingers with raspberries, smoke, and hop bitterness.

A much more hop-forward rauchbier. Really neat. Plenty of smoke and rich malts but with a pleasant spicy hop addition.

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into tulip.

A: Ruby tined brown with gigantic 4 finger frothy white head with great retention and lacing. I should have definitely picked a bigger glass and a slower pour. This thing has head for days.

s: Big time smokey notes hit you almost immediately - bacon, smoked pork, and campfires come to mind. Aggressive for some, but I think very well done.

T: Caramel, biscuit malts, and a very nice level of smoke. Not as in your face as the aroma, but just the right level.

M: Full bodied with a soft creamy mouth feel.

O: Excellent smoked beer. Very well crafted and executed. Highly recommended if this is a style you enjoy!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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 sjjn
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 Murphious
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this! I have had the Urbock beer of theirs and loved it too. This is only slightly different, maybe a little less dry?
This pours with easy building foam, root beer color all around. Aroma is fabulous! Like smoked ham or bacon---hickory? Gets the mouth watering right away! Some hoppiness but hard to tell, malty, maybe some dates. Tastes like the malty smokey sweet with some hop spice but quickly fades to leave smokey hickory. If someone doesn't like dark beers, give them a sip of this...they'll probably like it so long as they aren't vegetarian.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a seidel.

Okay, I probably shouldn't have given it the vigorous straight pour that I often do with other beers when using an oversized tulip. Bad idea here. Haha. This thing's got head on it. Tons. Sudsy like a kitchen sink with half a bottle of dish sap and frothy like a root beer float. Deep caramel body with lighter brown hues at the base of the glass. 5

Schlenkerla does an aroma like no other. If you take a whiff of their brews and don't think smoked ham, bacon and campfire, then you're probably a vegan that's never left the city and that's still no excuse. This fastenbier is no exception. All types of smoked sensations reach the nostrils. It's aggressive and I'm always a fan. Love it. One thing I note here aside from the smoky characteristics is an earthy, lightly floral hop aroma. Love that too. 4.5

The flavor is a departure of sorts from the nose in that it's not as unapologetically smoky as the nose. Caramel malt flavor, sweet bread and even some dark fruit notes and hints of ark chocolate. The finish lingers with smoke and bitter earthy and grassy hop notes. A little warmth really opens up the malt flavors. 4.25

As I've found with all of the Schlenkerla beers I drink, the feel is full, rich, creamy and yet still very satisfying and refreshing. Where some might be taken aback by the smoky feel on this that is slightly accentuated by the bitter hops, this is the appeal for me. But don't be mistaken, the smokiness isn't overwhelming or egregious, it's as measured and thoughtful as one can expect from German beers. 4.5

This beer just does it on all levels. Rich, full, dare I say aggressive flavors that would and should satisfy the current American palate. But as I drink this, it occurs to me that while this beer is everything an outstanding, distinct, memorable and highly sought after beer should be, it lacks in one department and that's the rarity/hard-to-obtain area. That's fine with me.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.25 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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