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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier

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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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). Served / Sold: - Only during lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter - Only from the wooden keg at the Schlenkerla Data: Original Gravity: 14.5% Alcohol: 5.5% EBU: 32


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4774) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2015
These Aecht beers are always very smoke but their smoke always has a huge palate. While it’s not exactly my thing, this is very complex. Light bitter smoke finish. Pours maroon. Tap at Churchkey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (3372) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle from Appellation Wines Comely Bank. Appearance - deep amber with a red chink and a nice lacy head. Nose - a mixture of stewed apples and smoke. Taste - more of the same. Complex and balanced. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet dry smoky texture and a long balanced dry finish. Overall - my favourite from Schlenkerla. Plenty of fruitiness which holds the smokiness in balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5124) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2015
smoked aroma,brown, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice smoked finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerheart65 (1084) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2015
Deep mahogany with ruby, light brown big frothy head, sticky lacing. Looks good. Pure delicate smoky aroma, bit tar and salt, malty, lightly bitter, salty licorice, nice. Medium to full body, long smoky finish, dry and medium roasted, not burned, carbonation balances. Excellent smokiness, tasty, looks great, good stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (8007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Keg at the Rake. It pours clear deep brown with a thick light tan head. The nose is rich, woody, juicy, smoke, bacon frazzles, smoked meats, bonfire, dried fruits and honey glaze. The taste is bitter, earthy, rich smoke, pine, maple glazed bacon, leather, resin, honey, toasty brown sugar, raisin, date and a touch of spice with a dry, firm finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Wow. Good depth and great drinkability. Smoke is of course a big part of this, but does not dominate the beer. A smokey masterpiece.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
500 ml bottle into pine glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy Rauchbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andy_ (855) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
500 ml bottle
Clear mahogany to amber colored beer with big blonde head. Aroma has milk chocolate, toffee, smoked wood and smoked ham. Flavor has fruits, grassy bitterness and smoke. Palate is thinner than medium with quite heavy carbonation and some bitterness. Finish has only mild bitterness. Aftertaste is licoricy, fruity, dark bready, herbal and of course smokey. Very smooth, well balanced, very drinkable. My favourite smoked beer so far.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2036) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours dark amber with off-white head. Aroma of smoked meat. Taste is similar with malty sweetness. Pass the brisket!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kustie (273) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown and reddish color with a small light brown head. Aroma has smoke, caramel and syrup. Taste is first a bit sweet but ends with a malty and quite dry aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, roasted malt, smoke, hops and ash.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1674) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma is smoke and roasted. Flavour is smoky, roasted and light to medium bitter.


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