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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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4.25/5
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370 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,050
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
370
pDev:
8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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97
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 154
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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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of baklo
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 shelby415
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave1999
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Heeenrik
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer to fast with !
I saved this one for Lent and, frankly, it might be a good thing if Lent came twice a year.
This is now my fifth of Schlenkerla's smoked beers. This may the best and the ratings support that.

All five seem similar. But if I really studied them (as I hope to), the differences will become more apparent.

I find it interesting that so many brewers have tried to copy/improve Schlenkerla's process; particularly the smoking of the malts... and that none of the ratings come close to the masters of the style.

Much I have read about this one-of-a-kind, another-planet brew. But the most interesting comes from Garrett Oliver's "Brewmasters' Table": "Once you get over the initial shock of the flavor of smoked beer, you may find the strangest thing happening. Suddenly, almost everything seems to go with smoked beer. I'm not kidding. I've had smoked beer with Chinese food.. and with Thai food... I've even had this beer with Mexican food..."

Tonight, I am glad to add to the list. My wife made a Middle Eastern lentil soup with cumin. It is beyond my understanding how all these different spices are drawn out by a brew that basically twists the German lager process by smoking the malt.

In answering my limited understanding, Garrett's brilliance comes to the rescue: ""it may be a stretch, but we almost have a prehistoric memory from when much of our food came into direct contact with fire... But I decided to stop trying to explain. I bought a case of Schlenkerla."

Good advice !

Had again on 5/1/16, Orthodox Easter.
I didn't change a word after reading through my review.
Nailed that one... and more important, so did Schlenkerla.

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

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