Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 348   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2009
Draught at ØLbaren - 1,5 liter. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Nice smokey aroma. Amber malts, caramel, sweetness, sausage, salami, bacon, lovely malty, high smokey, dryness, nice bitterness. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2009
Draft. A chestnut amber beer with a huge creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet and very smokey giving it notes of bacon, tar, and wood. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of smoke again giving it notes of bacon, wood, tar, but also caramel notes from the malt, leading to a dry smokey finish with a light bitterness. The flavor overpowers the aroma once you dig into the beer.Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (33244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2009
From tap at Ølbaren. Pours dark clear and golden amber with a huge and light tan head. Leathery smoked and roasted breadish malt aroma. Smoked bacon and salami flavoured with a subdued malty note. Dry and smoked solid base flavour with a light sweetness appearing towards the finish. Ends mild meaty and dry. Dry and bitter into the far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2009
On tap (at Rich O’s). Light garnet brown with a fine offwhite tan head, very slightly hazed. Campfire smoke, creamy with a light peppery hop profile. Light cherry maybe? Full creamy mouth while not overcarbonated at all. Some real substance. Sweet malty full bodied lager. Big campfire smoke, fruity with lightly cherry hinted overtones. Very creamy for a lager! Light cherry and a tiny bit of astringency in the finish leaves a very very clean flavor. What a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2429) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Draft at Waterfront Manhattan. Pours a cloudy brown with medium head. That classic Schlenkerla smoky aroma. Taste is same with malts. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1840) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Amber colored with minimal head. Aroma is phenolic and sweet. Tastes like bacon with light caramel curing, and a solid malt undertone. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2956) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Awesome aroma of a campfire, smoke, cherrywood, some brown sugar sweetness. The color is a beautiful ruby red, white head, medium carbonation. the flavor is full of smoke as well, with a small amount of malty sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, and the tiniest hint of grassiness, such as observed in a pilsener. The finish starts as smoke, as if you were too closee to a fire, but the segues into a mild but nice hop bitterness. Excellent beer. Unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (1932) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Growler from Bierkraft in Schlenkerla glass. Reddish brown with lasting beige head. Very smoky woodsmoke and toasted caramel aroma. Smoky toasted caramel brown sugar with lager grassiness and lingering mild bitterness. Medium body and medium carbo. Very clean and very smoky, but still the toasted caramel of the malts and the hop bitterness come through beautiful. Ok, I’ve been waiting a couple of years to try this one, and it is awesome. I thought it would be my first 5, but I’m not sure it’s actually better than the marzen, which has less lingering bitterness. I will have to decide whether this or the marzen will be my first 5. Anyhow, I think I need to move to Bamberg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4250) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 (draught, at the Schlenkerla Gaststätte, Bamberg) pours a lightly murky brown-amber colour with a smooth off-white head. aroma of delicately smoked ham, grilled sausage and multi-grain bread, with some light herbal notes. flavour is the same, the emphasis being on the smoke with some notes of burnt charcoal and a wonderfully long, smooth smokey and bitter finish. medium body and carbonation, this is just a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Draft. Aroma: Lots of earthy smokiness, caramel, and some bready malt. Appearance: Reddish-brown in color and hazy with small coppery highlights. Off-white head was small and fleeting with very little lacing. Flavor: Big campfire-like woody smokiness with notes of bread, caramel, and cinnamon. Some nice hoppiness in the midtaste with a noticeable piney/herbal taste. Finishes with light bitterness and a lingering smokiness. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Great beer. The smoke was front and center, but didn’t overwhelm the other flavors.

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