Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hawky82 (1) - - JUN 27, 2012 does not count
Ein Biergenuss der seines gleichen sucht. Beliebt wegen seines rauch Schinkengeschmacks

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7605) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 26, 2012
On tap at zly Casy in Prague. A reddish shade of brown with a lasting off-white head; aroma with a good whiff of peaty smoke and burnt grass; curious hazelnut liqueur sweetness with a firm but light texture, the smoke quality is mild but intriguing. No surprises that it’s a delicious schlenkerla

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
omikr0n (812) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2012
On tap at Zly casy. Dark unclear brown color. Aroma is smoked meat and taste is even more smoked meat. :) I’ve had quite a few smoked beers recently, but nothing comes even close to Schlenkerla Fastenbier. This is the prototype of smoked beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2012
On tap at Brasserie V - Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose is the smoky, meaty malt I’m looking for, but dialed back just a bit. Not sweet, which is nice. Bready, lightly toasted malt comes through as well. Bready, lightly yeasty, with a nice mellow smoke and a sweetness that isn’t overbearing. Really smooth, with velvety carbonation. Unbelievable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcdoug (31) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Draught at Of Love and Regret (very cool new Baltimore bistro bar). Very dark amber color. Smoky-salty aroma. Very heavy, frothy lacing and nice body. Smoky and malty, and a teeny bit of soapy taste. Long term quite peaty... great for serious scotch lovers like my wifey (says it?s just about perfect!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2012
On tap at Landmark 1800. Deep ruby with a thin white head. Aroma of peat, smoked malts and not much else. Taste is a one trick pony of smoky meat/malts with some sweetness lurking underneath. I couldn’t finish this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
14oz sample at Beer Revolution in Oakland. The aroma on this is suprising--sweet, spicy, and lightly smoked. A bit of a peaty character is also there. Reminiscent of an Islay scotch like Lagavulin. Transparent amber body with a small off-white head, which dissipates fairly rapidly. Starts with the hallmark smoked malty flavors, but it becomes a bit sweet and caramelly. Some chocolate flavors are also present. This beer is full-bodied and very balanced. Not overly smoky, just right. Really enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4384) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Tap. Pours clear amber/ruby with thick, creamy off-white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is smoked bacon, caramel malt, cherries, earthy hops, and woody notes. Flavor is somewhat watery; malt forward with faint supporting hops and fruit esters; smoke undertones throughout with a dry finish. Medium body with low carbonation and warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
Draught, Redlight Redlight. Amber colour. Lots of smoke, in the Heller style. Mild for a Schlenkerla, with brighter biscuity amber malts. Quite dry in the finish. Still quite smokey overall, but for the brewery perhaps less than most beers. A less brash version, but I prefer the brash. Look forward to getting this from the barrel, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6399) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
On tap at Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Very dark red. Easy drinking, smoky, but not very heavy on the bacon. Dryness, a hint of oak, lovely lacing on the glass.Dry pleasant finish. Would be lovely with rustic food.

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