Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla FastenbierAecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier

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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).

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Photo of klewis
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH - 7/14/08

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a thick, creamy head. Light lacing.

S: Not as intense as other Schlenkerla rauchbiers. A light aroma with a smell burnt biscuits.

T: A very pleasant roasted almond with a bit of mesquite smoke. A noticeable but non-obtrusive hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. Again, not quite as intense as other offerings from this brewery.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and a soft texture. Very nice.

D: Outstanding. Plenty of smoked character, but with a kind of balance that makes this one endlessly drinkable.

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Photo of gford217
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickstore recently in appropriate Aecht glass (of course).

Pours dark brown with mahogany tints with very little head and a little lacing. Wowzers, this one smells like smoked sausage up front with the roasted malts in the background. The taste follows the aroma with a huge smoked bacon and sausage flavor but the sweet malt base comes through a little more in the taste and balance the brew very well. The body is medium with the smoky malt lingering on the palate for ages. I've only had a few rauchbiers, but this one is the best by a mile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I got a pint and slowly immersed myself in the smoky goodness that is this beer. It was dark reddish copper colored, mostly clear, with a thick off-white foam. The aroma is nearly intoxicating in smokiness, possibly the most appetizing rauchbier presence I've yet smelled. The taste was sublime, sweet and malty with a perfect smoky wood flavor, I think this is my favorite rauchbier (out of the maybe 8 I've tried...). If you see this give it a chance. It's a treat.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Brick Store a bit ago, served in the appropriate Aecht glass. This is awonderful beer, and especially good on tap. IMO, this is definitely the best of their rauchbiers. It's the most balanced and there is a whole lot more than just smoke going on here.

A perfect pour for this style. Great head that leaves excellent lacing throughout the session and sticks around. Slightly hazy chestnut in color. Balanced malt and smoke aromas- this doesn't seem like ham in a glass, but much more subtle and interesting than that. There is quite abit of bitterness in the mix as well that adds to the intrigue, the bitterness especially makes this far from one dimensional. The taste is similar with a great herbal bitterness that nicely balances the smoke. Very complex with all sorts of things changing moment by moment- bitter, sweet, smokey, herbal, woody. Mouthfeel is a bit woody and tannic which also plays well with the smoke and cuts through the big flavors. Extremely enjoyable. I must have had six of these over the week it was on. Very special- don't make a final judgement about Rauchbier until you try this one.

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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 sleazo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schlenkerla lent

A_Pours a dark brown with hints of red, slightly murky. Smallish off white head and virtually no lacing though this seems to be from the glass

S_woodsy campfire and not much else. This is what a rauch should smell like

T_applewood smoked bacon mixed with a caramel malt. Nice smoke aftertaste that really lingers like a properly smoked piece of meat. Touch of acidity in the middle and a pleasant spice near the end. Mild grassy hoppiness.

M_medium lager like in body with a good carbonation to spread the smoke about.

D_This is a rauchbier for true smoke lovers. Really fantastic with no holds barred.

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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 GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a .5l Aecht Schlenkerla glass at Map Room 3/8/08

A: Served the color of a tarnished old penny with a very creamy, light tan, two-finger head.

S: I could immediately smell a mixture of smoke, lightly toasted malt, lemon-y hops, and smoked ham.

T: Bold flavors of smoke, charred campfire, dirty ashtray, smoked ham, and burnt coffee. I love how all of that burnt smokiness tastes so right!

M: Prickly on the tongue yet quite creamy and full.

D: A blend of delicious smokiness and low abv make for a very drinkable experience. An excellent beer!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprized to find this on tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend (they've had some excellent stuff lately though). Poured into a glass with the brewery's name on it. Looked good...tawny brown, short tan head disappeared after a minute or two. Smelled smokey and clean, hint of hops. Taste starts out a little smokey, with solid malts and an unidentifiable bitterness. Hops and smoke flavors become more pronounced as i drink, resting on a firm, but light, malt backbone. Finish is like a good cigar, with leafy, spicy hops and a ghostly smoke presence. Extremely satisfying, and very tasty. I'd have had a few more, but it was lunchtime.

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Photo of JToad
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fidler's Hearth. Was $8 for a 20 oz glass, served in a Aecht Schlenkerla glass. Was very dark copper in color. At first smell, it feels like youve been at a bonfire for hours. Rediculous smoke. Tastes alot milder than anticipated. You def. can tell its a rauchbier, but its alot hoppier than I expected. 20oz was alot, however the more I drank, the better it was. Very drinkable, given its flavor.

I can def. imagine drinking this with a smoked ham, or smoked gouda. Simply awesome brew that has to be enjoyed slowly. Its my first Rauchbier, but it was fantastic.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’d heard that Schlenkerla is legendary for their Rauchbiers – now I know why. I’ve always liked the style, but this beer took it to the next level. Cloudy red-brown in the pint glass with an off-white head and good retention. The smell absolutely blew me away – like hickory barbecue, like a bonfire, it made me feel I was in a cabin on a snowy night. Thank you Blind Tiger and Schlenkerla!

Is it possible that it tasted even better than it smelled? This is what I wrote down last night before I put my notebook away: “Awesome. Heavy malts balanced by big smoke and slight hop bitterness. Dry finish. Spectacular.”

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Town Hall for this guest tap...

Clear mahogany body. Nice one finger sized head. Nicotine stained white. Very creamy. The aroma is everything a rauchbier should be: Bacony, greasy, smoked sausage.... This is the real deal. The flavor is not quite as greasy as the aroma leads you to believe. There is some of that good smokiness to the flavor, but also some nice caramel and toffee malt tones. This beer is light bodied, maybe medium-light. It seems to be very well attenuated. Very easy to drink.

The one thing that surprises me a little bit is that this is apparantly a rauchbier based on a "dopplebock" recipe. As for the dopplebock part, I'd expect more thick maltiness in the flavor, more heft in the body and a higher alcohol percent. But in any case, this is a damn good rauchbier.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap over at Max's on Broadway the other evening. I've had this beer previously in bottle format, but this was the first time I'd ever seen it on draft.

The beer pours a very nice looking amber color into the Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier glass. There is impresive foam retention, albeit without much lacing. Not surprisingly, there is an intense aroma of smoke and bacon, with some roasty malt underneath. On the palate, again there is a very pungent flavor of smoke and bacon, with considerable underlying hops. The beer is fairly dry, but with a hint of sweetness from the malt. The beer finishes very well, albeit again with a lot of smoke and a hint of malt.

Very interesting beer to drink, though I can see where it might not be for everyone. While I quite liked it, I can't see myself putting down more then one or two of these at a sitting.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall Brewery, $5 for 10 oz....never even seen it in bottles, so I had to try it out!

Clear, reddish/amber-y hue, firm cushion of cottony, off-white head holds court above.

Aroma: sausage, pepporoni, ham sammiches...smo-KEY! Boisterous smoked malt aroma, meaty, beaty, big, & bouncy, with light noble hops accompanying.

Taste: smooth & malty, but fully flavorful, juicy malt entertains the tastebuds, fruity flavors bump in for a bit, hops are light, body is medium, and the finish is long and malty.

Smokey feel persists, but remains mellow in the mouth. Long lasting, malt has a marzen feel to it...not sure what style "fastenbier" is supposed to be...a Lenten fasting beer? It would suit me, if were ever inclined towards self-discipline. I thought a bock, which they already do, would cover that category for those who aren't so severe in their austerity.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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 emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Map Room...

PInt served in a curvy Schlenkerla glass, rings of webby lace, a hazy deep unfiltered brown-amber.

Mild smoke in the nose, even and not too heavy.

Taste is a mixture of the robust smoky malt, and a bock-like lager. Beefy but not over the top. Easy enough to session, i'm eating my words about the sessionable Brazilian Rauchbier that was reviewed yesterday. Earthy malt and a very mild hop define the middle and end of the brew, with the ever present smoke.

Balanced with a good level of carbonation, this is second only to the Helles for sessionability.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Longstaff's house.

This rauchbier poured a hazy, amber color with creamy, tall, fluffy, off-white foam that clung to the glass a bit. the smell was a very nice smoke aroma with good, moderate maltiness. The taste was mildly smokey (smoked meat) with sweet-ish malt beneath the smoke and mild hoppiness throughout. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The smoke and malt lingered pleasantly on the palate. This was a very nice beer, not overly smoked (somewhat less smokey than other Schlenkerla rauchbiers, and more reminiscent of Spezial's rauchbier). It was just as good from a growler a day or two later. The memory of this beer makes me long for Lent.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 10 ounce sample at Maduro's in Madison WI, served in an Aecht Schlenkerla glass. This beer has a hazy brown color topped with a small head. As the beer was set in front of me, I immediately smelled smoked malt, fruit, and a hoppy aroma that I didn't expect from this beer. The hoppiness worked quite well, however. The flavor is a meaty smokiness with caramel, fruit, and hops. Malty, but not too sweet. The fruitiness and hoppiness made this beer quite different from the other beers made by this brewery. Mouthfeel is not too heavy. Drinkability is superb. My glass was finished much too quickly. This is mighty tasty stuff.

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Photo of Derek
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a wooden cask at the brewery on March 23, 2006. This fastenbier is similar to a doppelbock... the alcohol content must be higher than indicated.

A: Mohoganny, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Smokey and spicey like a sausage!

T: Dark bread, caramel, spice, raisin, warming alcohol. It starts sweet, bitterness comes through the middle, finishes with a somewhat spicey aftertaste. Truly exceptional!

M: Moderate to full body is creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Easier (more well-rounded) than their other Rauchbiers (and even some doppelbocks!).

One of the most incredible tasting beers I've tasted!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 25 cl Aecht Fastenbier glass (looks like a mini imperial pint glass) on tap at Maduro in Madison, WI. Medium dirty orange brown body. Hazy with frothy head the color of aged white wallpaper in a smoker’s home. Sweet smoky aroma with a subtle bitter hoppness. Very mellow and light bodied, and yet it tasted like a mesquite grilled steak. Really, after one gets past the initial blast of prairie fire smoke, this beer tastes just like a nice hunk of beef. Finishes with a nice caramel sweetness. Very easy to drink. Overall, I’m not really sure if this is my thing. I don’t know a lot about rauchbiers but this one seems pretty damn great for the style to me. It’s less intimidating then some of the others out there, smoke wise, but the chewy meatiness is just great. What a unique mouthfeel!

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Photo of taez555
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a reddish brown body with a small but thick off-white head.

Nose had distinct burnt, smoky, smoked gouda, meat and caramel notes.

Taste was light to medium bodied. A nice smooth traditional caramel malt with that classic lager taste. Of course it had layers of meat, bacon, smoke, smoked gouda cheese and roasted malts. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness other than to give it balance. Finished very smooth with an interesting lingering smoked bitterness.

I honestly don’t understand what the big deal about this beer is. Basically it’s a mellower session version of the big 3. Don’t get me wrong, killer beer, I could drink it all day, but compared to the other rauchbier’s from the same brewery it’s mediocre. Sort of the Aecht Shlenkerla baby rauch.

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Photo of charlieg
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed this brewer's other products from the bottle, and had heard about this variant, but never dreamed of trying it until it shocked me by its appearance on tap at The Publick House in Brookline, appropriately enough on a Saturday during Lent.

Poured in a big wine glass, it had a strong aroma of sweet smoke. Not bitter smoke, or woody smoke, but sweet. One of the best smelling beers I have ever encountered. The head was moderate and somewhat grayish in color, the beer fairly dark in the glass. A milder taste than other rauchbiers I've had, sweeter, hoppier, gentler, but still undeniably smoky and strong. Another poster mentioned being reminded of toasting marshmallows by the fire and that is the perfect way of describing the blend of flavors. Very drinkable and not too strong, it would have been easy to down the whole glass, but it was worth a slow drink.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a $130 ticket traveling down to Atlantic City just to try this beer. Ahh, the memories I will have with this beer.

Dark with a thick head. Small due to the pour, although still dense with a nice lacing.

Smell: typical smoked beer bacon/smoke.

Taste is a strong smoke taste but toned down relative to this brewery's other offerings. One dimensional like all rauchbiers I've tried. Hey, smoked malt drowns out all flavors, esp. when you use enough. Very nice. Dare I say it. Triumph's Rauchbier tastes better. Had this at Firewaters in AC though and Lord knows how old this one is. Don't really trust the freshness of all those taps. Seems fresh, but who knows?

Wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sample from a growler that was procured from Max's in Baltimore by one fantastic BA. Growler was filled to the rim on Easter Sunday and carefully driven up the east coast during a driving rain storm, carefully packed on ice, sealed with electrical tape, and enjoyed on Easter Monday.

Poured out with a creamy dark tan head that sat ontop of a dark garnet, fading to black body. Initial aromas of classic Schlenkerla beechwood smoke. When it warmed, I dectected slightly fruity aromas peeking through with earthy/spicy hops trying helplessly to be noticed through the cloud of smoke. Creamy mouthfeel exploded with smoke flavors reminiscent of sitting around the campfire roasting marshmellows which lead to sweet caramel and pils malt flavors. Clean middle quickly turns bitter and clean, almost flavorless hop resins coat the tounge, throat, and lips. Each sip loads your mouth with smoke, sugary sweet malt, and squeeky clean hop bitterness in succession that keeps you begging for another sip.

An unbelievable smoked session beer that could replace any food and leave you satisfied. Although it goes great with smoked ham and radishes. I was deeply dissapointed when the growler was finished. Guess I'll have to wait until next year - or brew my own.

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Photo of jimspivey8
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Dilly Deli in Mariemont, OH.

Appearance: Deep clear amber, tending towards reddish, with a light tan, creamy, short-lived head.

Smell: Dominated by a most delicious smoky aroma. Seemed mellower and more restrained than most rauchbiers. Sweet caramelized malt notes underneath. Hops subdued.

Taste: This was a shocker! Having tried their Marzen and Urbock before, I was expecting a beer dominated by smoky flavors. This is not the case at all though. The hops are huge in this beer, both in bitterness and flavor. The aroma does not prepare you for it at all. The spicy taste of the hops blends beautifully with the mildly sweet maltiness and the smoky undertones. This is a beautifully balanced beer, which I never thought was possible for a Rauchbier.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. The hops and smoke leave a tingly feeling that is wonderful, like fresh ground pepper.

Drinkability: This is by far the most drinkable Rauchbier I've ever tasted. Usually the smoke gets old halfway through a pint, but after two 12 oz glasses with dinner (a cheddar cheeseburger with onions), I still would have gladly drank more.

Many thanks to the Dilly Deli for procuring one of only 2 kegs brought into Ohio. This was a rare treat that really exceeded my expectations.

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