Schlenkerla Fastenbier (in cans!!)

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  1. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,377) Jan 6, 2014 New York


    Ummm, excited would be an understatement.
     
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  2. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,316) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    what is a fastenbier?
     
  3. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,377) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    2nd picture (label on the back of the can) in the IG post explains it all. It’s a stunning beer, my favorite they make. Which is saying something.
     
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  4. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,316) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    nice that does sound delightful. I will have to grab some to appease my long passed catholic grandmother. She will be pleased with my devotion im sure
     
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  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,786) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    It goes on at the start of Lent IIRC.
     
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  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,496) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    For those interested in reading more about Fastenbier I discussed it in a past New Beer Sunday thread (see link below). A snippet from that post:

    Overall:

    In my opinion all of the flavors and qualities of this beer work so well together in this beer. In music terms this is a masterful symphony!!

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/new-beer-sunday-week-526.271134/#post-3442852

    Cheers!

    P.S. Hopefully these cans will be just as good as the bottles of the past.
     
  7. tmalt

    tmalt Initiate (65) Dec 17, 2015 Florida

    Searching now! Not available yet. Hope it arrives soon or will have to buy Korbinian.
     
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  8. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,163) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Seems like they've renamed this beer too... at least depending on if you're looking at the front vs the back of the can. I guess B. United feels like it's worth the confusion.
     
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  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,719) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    You've seen the cans?
     
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  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,638) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    From @guinness77 above:
    "2nd picture (label on the back of the can) in the IG post explains it all."

    Working my brain hard to decipher IG post... :wink: Instagram? But I didn't see the Fastenbier cans on their IG (!) page.*

    *D'oh! Found it, hit the little carrot arrow on the right side of the glass image, voila! I is a social media nerd. :grin:
     
  11. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,638) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,719) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Okay, got it now, thanks. I initially just looked at their instagram page and didn't see anything.
     
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  13. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,638) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Jus' like me. As I always say to my wife, "We're old." :wink:

    BTW -- the scroll-thru arrows even work on the link directly in the post above. Modern miracles. :grin:
     
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  14. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,293) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    I'll always be partial to the Helles, but Fastenbier is my favorite of their rauchbiers. There is a store by me that still has bottles on the shelf... from 2016. No thanks. Can't wait for fresh cans!
     
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  15. Brian_Lynch

    Brian_Lynch Initiate (121) Nov 18, 2014 New York

    Fastenbier just started popping up around NYC. Release the hounds....
     
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  16. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Defender (603) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Damn, I’m almost two weeks behind! Just put in my order, hopefully BU didn’t ship it all out.
     
  17. Witherby

    Witherby Initiate (114) Jan 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    And back when it was released in bottles or in past years when it was available in kegs it was in summer, way past Lent and months older than I wished it were. I didn't ever track down the Kraeusen but I sure as hell am gonna track down the Fastenbier while it is fresh.
     
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  18. Mkozaka

    Mkozaka Defender (603) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    What a beautiful beer! Haven’t had it since the inaugural bottle release a few years ago. Moderate smoke; toasty, delectable malt. Balanced bitterness and dryness. Tried to savor but two cans went down way too fast. Delicious!
     
  19. mambossa

    mambossa Aspirant (213) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    Wow, just got this beer in NE Ohio. It’s no wonder why it’s a beer for fasting. Definitely hearty in flavor but still so drinkable. A bit hoppy, too. What a stellar combination of lovely flavors! I’m definitely coming back for more.
     
  20. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (2,204) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Reviewed this one today on NBS. Yesterday was the first time I have seen this beer in the wild. It's labeled as Lentbeer instead of Fastenbier and the ABV is higher at 5.9%. Very good rauchbier and worth seeking out IMO. Shocked to see it on the shelves here in southern Indiana with a 2/27/19 can date.
     
  21. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,377) Jan 6, 2014 New York

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    This smells so damned good. Smoky, baked beans, charcoal, campfire...everything I love about this brewery and this style of beer.
    Holy shit, wow. Bready caramel malt upfront that finishes off with that liquid campfire smoke. What a beer!

    Cross post from What Beer Are You Drinking Now. This is just as good as I remembered. This is a top 5 beer, ever, for me. I overpaid for a 4-pack (those Manhattan prices though) and I absolutely do not care.
     
  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,496) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Would you mind sharing with us what you paid? Is it really a "Manhattan" thing vs. a B. United issue?

    Cheers!
     
  23. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,505) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    And you didn't even have to wait in line!
     
  24. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,377) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    They were selling $6 a can at a shop in the Chelsea section of Manhattan and a buddy picked me up 4 and asked me for $25. I’m sure if I bought a pre-made 4-pack it would probably be cheaper and there’s no slam dunk this will make it to Long Island. The Krausen didn’t.

    Haha, it was actually brought to me. Can’t beat that!
     
  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,719) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    The Krausen 4-packs I can get are $16, but this store might not want to carry both at the same time and still have a few Krausens left in the fridge. I guess I'll see in a week or so.
     
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  26. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,377) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    Good luck my friend. The store is Milk and Hops, but I’m assuming you already guessed that, haha
     
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  27. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (471) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Where at? I never saw the Kräusen cans anywhere, assuming we wouldn't get this one either. I did find the Urbock though this past weekend and picked up a few bottles. I look forward to picking this up though! Appreciate it ahead of time...
     
  28. mambossa

    mambossa Aspirant (213) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    The Wine Spot got a case in. It’s moving pretty slowly from what I’ve seen.
     
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  29. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (214) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    I love the Aecht cans!
     
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  30. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (3,715) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    I wish I could find these out here (SF) and on the regular.
     
  31. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (157) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    just saw this on Beermenus. 22 dollars a 4 pack. I will bite.
     
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  32. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,431) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Cant find this in denver as per my usual German import gripes.
     
  33. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (565) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Nice seeing some excitement over a non-NEIPA four pack.

    The bottle shops in my area are carrying less and less of these type beers and outside of the cases of old Bavarian beer on top of the racks languishing at the Total Wine (if they were babies, they would be walking by now)--these beers are very hard to come by. Oktoberfests might be the seasonal/regular exception.
     
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  34. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (157) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    Bought two 4-packs for whopping 50 dollars after tax. I'm a Schlenkerla fanboy, but I'm not enjoying this one as much as the Krausen one - but it's still a delight and I'm quite happy to have 4 more left.
     
  35. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,147) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I had a can of the krausen last night and it was dreadful. Packed with a strange green apple tartness with some smoke. I had another can after work today and it was fantastic; it really was a nice blend of their Helles with just a touch more caramel malt sweetness/smokiness from the marzen. The cans were at room temp when I purchased them so perhaps I just got unlucky with a bad can.

    I'm also loving their lentbier as well. It's really packed with that bready malt flavor along with that signature beechwood smoked flavor...it just might be my favorite rauchbier ever (don't tell urbock or marzen!:smile:)

    Look for your friendly local B. United supplier (if you haven't already). Typically those same shops that carry those tough-to-find Belgians also carry these canned Schlenkerla offerings. Best of luck!

    EDIT: I'd try contacting the local B. United rep in CO, they're typically very helpful (I did this for tracking down a minikeg of Schlenkerla marzenbier). According to their website (http://www.bunitedint.com/company/contact_us/) your local rep is Jon Lundbom and his email is j-lundbom@bunitedint.com ....hope this helps
     
  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,505) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Yikes, that price!

    You sure you didn't pick up the DDH Fastenbier by mistake?
     
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  37. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (157) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    It seems to be the going rate in NYC - but yes, is expensive. BUT, when you're seemingly one of two brewers in the world doing this style and making it available in stores, you must bend to the laws of demand and expertise.
     
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  38. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,505) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Well, at least there was no line.
     
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  39. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,377) Jan 6, 2014 New York

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    I know this isn’t Fastenbier but this is canned from 4/29....8 days ago, and it is as smoky as ever. I must have smelled this for at least a minute before I drank it. Burnt ember, smoky fire, baked beans and a nice, clean malty, bit of bread, finish. Get it.
     
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  40. Brugesman

    Brugesman Initiate (46) Apr 22, 2020 California
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    Excellent! First time you see this in cans? I've only tried two Schlenkerla beers. First one (don't remember the base beer style, but made with beechwood-smoked malt) was, as I feared, way too smoky for my palate. The other (again I don't recall the style) was made with oak-smoked malt. That one was mind-blowingly scrumptious! Would love to find that again, but I haven't seen any.