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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier

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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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). 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1190) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2014
Tap: Finally able to try this one after a long time spent tracking it down. Beautiful copper-y, red-tinted body with only mild clarity; a thick, foamy, ecru cap sits softly on top, almost showing the same light red tint as the beer below it. Aroma is lovely, lovely smoke! Mild meat-y, bacon-like smoke with undertones of charred campfire wood, toasted nuts, & a hint of sweet liquid smoke. Time opens up some more modest malt notes; caramely & woodsy. Smooth, smoked sausage over a campfire on the palate, the smoke transfers excellently to the taste. Both sweet & smoked with very nice balance. Successive sips reveal more malt complexity; toasted nuts, caramel, wood chips, hickory. Notable earthy, slender hop bite on the back of each sip. A masterful smoked beer, there’s a reason these guys are "the ones who do the smoked beers". Delicious in every sense of the word.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4027) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2014
Tap @ The Beer Mongers for 4:20 Smoke and Dank Beer Fest... Poured deep brownish/mohagony with a thin, retaining, khaki head. Aroma of campfire smoke, and charred sugars. Nice smokiness and ashy grains with a mild mouthfeel. Charred wood and toasted sugars. Clean and smokey from start to finish. Cream of the crop when it comes to Rauchbiers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homer321 (1003) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Huge whale on draft. Cloudy reddish in color with a small white head. Large smokey lovely note that leaves my manhood longing for deep love. Moderate bacon and pulled pork with some salty notes. Moderate for a schlenkerla in terms of smoke but definitely a star and definitely a smoke forward beer, even compared to other rauchbiers

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (484) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a hazy amber color, thin off white head. Huge smoke bomb aroma, pure liquid smoke extra...holy crap. Flavor is just pure smoke flavor, woody, sweet, vanilla, and just a shit ton more smoke. Campfire.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5720) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pour out of growler, thanks a ton Aaron! Clear dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of bacon, cherry wood, earth, nice dark fruit notes, some bitter grain, nice oaky tones, smells nice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, oak, smoke, hints of bacon, woody notes with some meaty notes into a bit of grain, finishing bitter, smoky, dry. Very tasty, much more balanced than the other schlenkerla brews.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2014
Growler to my Schwarzer Hahn ("Black Cock") glass @ home, sent by alexsdad06. Growler was filled in Cincinnati and consumed immediately upon arrival. Big thanks to Brad to going out of his way to get me this filled. I’ve been in Bamberg on four occasions but never around Lent, so this is my first opportunity to try this bad boy. Re-rate coming when I eventually get to try it fresher vom fass in Bamberg sometime in the future.

Slightly hazy dark copper appearance with a soft tan head. Aroma is very thick. Some meatiness (bacon / pork) but not like their Märzen. A bit of ash present. What’s really crazy is how full of thick, bready malts are in the nose. Some burnt toffee / caramel. I also get a bit of white fruit (apple/pear/apricot) in the aroma. Very thick and porridge-like flavor / mouth feel. Nicely dry without a ton of residual sugars. Very doughy / bready flavor. Hints of fruity notes. Some black pepper spiciness, especially on the finish. Definitely some caramel and ash, but again, not all that sweet. Super smooth finish. Slightly chalky. Aftertaste kind of reminds me of after eating gravy drenched dumplings in the Czech Republic. Surprisingly vibrant and fresh for the distance that this one has traveled. Definitely will re-examine next time I’m in Franconia in the early Spring, but this was a treat tonight. LeninCat ticked this @ 4/5 ticks.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1842) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
Draft; Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoked meat, & campfire; Flavor of slight smoked sweet malt, caramel, hops, and some fruit notes; Nicely balanced; Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6371) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
2 hearty half liter draft pours. Darker amber colored lager, plenty of smoke all around, lighter and easy finish with lingering meatiness. Nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2014
How to rate yet another Schlenkerla? From the tap on site, ruby red brown color with just a lovely off white to tan colored head. Aroma of meaty smoke and slight grass. Flavor follows with lovely bready malts under it all and faint caramel, all finishing with a touch of hop bitterness which I’ve never noticed before in beers from this brewer. Mouthfeel was so lovely, full, smooth too. A great experience.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thellgren (230) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2014
0.5 l draught @ Schlenkerla, Bamberg. This is similar to the more common rauchbiers from the same brewery, but with almost twice as much smoke aroma. Even the smell but also the taste has almost tar like smokiness. This heavy stuff, even with not so much of alcohol as you would think.


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