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:
362
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8%
 
 
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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

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

The beer pours clear, copper with an huge, three finger high, beige headthat leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Smoke, campfire, sausage, leather, meat, bread, bacon, cured meats and wood. Absolutely wonderful!
Taste: Caramel malt, ash, smoke, wood, burnt firewood, sweetness, bacon, sausage and ham.
Mouthfeel: Smooth! Madium body and light to medium carbonation. Did I say smooth?

Wow! This is so beautiful! I'm just sad I haven't started my Kamado Joe with a big Sirloin Steak that would pair perfectly!
It's smokey, tasty, smooth... Well you just GOT to try this!
In Sweden it sells at a great price: 28:90 SEK (3.4 USD, 3.05 EUR) for 500 ml (16.9 oz)

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

The colour is red-brown (60 EBC), the liquid is somewhat hazy. The four finger beige head is compact; it sinks very slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is fresh and smoky with lots of delicatessen and some forest fire. Tar and asphalt in the background. Sweet bread a touch of floral hops and iron.

The first taste is bitterer than the Märzen of the same brewery, it is also dryer and a bit lighter. The smoke isn’t as fat and overwhelming as that beer. This makes the Fastenbier more drinkable and refreshing. It is, of course, mostly about the well-integrated smoked malt but also about the floral-grassy hops. Some brown bread and rye crispbread. Medium to light body. The aftertaste got semi-sweet notes of brown sugar and molasses, smoked salami (with a pitch of salt) and sticky golden syrup sweetness. The surprisingly smooth finish is caramel-sweet and a bit smoked.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many mid-sized bubbles are fresh and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit sticky.

Compared to the Märzen Rauchbier, this one got more hops and a lighter smoke flavour making it booth more accessible and drinkable. Very pleasant.

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

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a dimpled mug

This beer pours a deep rust color with copper highlights. It is topped with about four inches of tan head that subsides and leaves some lacing.

It has a great smoky nose. The sweetness of the malt compliments the smokiness. I even get a little floral hops. At times I swear I can smell bacon or ham.

It begins sweet and smoky. Through the middle and into the finish creeps a mild hops bitterness which scrubs the sweetness leaving a smoky, candied bacon finish.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

I have yet to dislike a beer from Schlenkerla. It's like barbecue in a bottle.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.25 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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