Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 426   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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
On tap at Birreria Paradiso. Pours a clear amber with a thin but healthy white head that leaves great lace. Aroma is apple wood smoked bacon. Really insanely rich barbecue and bacon. Taste is greasy bacon, roast pork- really hilarious. Velvety mouthfeel. There are some baked apples, caramel notes, creaminess trying to break through the intense smokiness. Really nice light to medium body. Easy to drink. Very yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14663) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
Draught at Birreria Paradiso. Clear multicolored brown with tan head. Aroma of campfire, bacon and ashtray (but in a good way). Taste starts sweet and progresses quickly to a burnt caramel. Tasty. Not sure how it complies with the reinheitsgebot, however, since the smoke enters the beer, and obviously not all of it leaves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7501) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2010
Draught. Medium high creamy and lasting light brown head. Clear dark brown body. Malty smoky smooth aroma and flavor with low carbonation and a long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 9, 2010
(Draft @ Novare Res) Darkish amber with two fingers of solid, creamy light khaki head. Aroma of smoky bacon/meat with some caramel underneath. Nice, smooth, beefy mouthfeel but has sort of a light chalkiness. Flavor is big and smooth and smoky. Smoked meat and woodsmoke. Very light, sweet caramel underneath. Smoke is beautifully integrated. This was excellent but I think I’d give a slight edge to the Urbock which is perhaps less sweet (but it’s been awhile since I’ve had it) but both are outstanding. Big lingering smoky aftertaste. This is one of those I thought I’d never get to try. Thanks Novare Res for being Schlenkerla devotees!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
Clear dark red-orange, tight beige head. Smoky, meaty aroma. Taste is rich, almost creamy, bacon, smoked gouda, bit of a bite on the finish. The body is what makes this one special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (5328) - GERMANY - APR 5, 2010
Huge thanks to spacecoyote for that 22oz counter-pressure-filled bomber. The beer in the glass looks great. Brown-copper colored, very zippy. Wonderful smoky aroma. Starts a bit washy, but shows then wonderful smoky notes, a little bit bacon, but not too much, soft-malty. Finish is also very well balanced with notes of hops and gras, a bit bready, still wonderful smoky without being too intense. Very, very drinkable. A great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2010
10 oz draft. Pours a very deep and lightly hazy burnt red with a small off white head. Aroma is very balanced (I had just drank the Urbock) and this had a much more pronounced dark overripe fruit character, along with the nice mellow smoked wood note. Flavor is even more balanced, the malty fruitiness provides a smooth start before picking up some light earthy spiciness and of course, a warming and perfectly placed smoked woodiness in a lightly bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Enjoyed the night before easter, really tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a medium amber with off-white head and nice lace. This one has a bright wood smokiness to the nose. Not as intense as some of the others, but as always very enticing. Light and dry. Very refreshing for such a dramatic flavor. The hops come out just a little bit more here than they do in some of Schlenkerla’s others. Another great beer from one of the world’s best breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a clear brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is smoke, bacon and some caramel. The flavor is smoke and bacon. The palate is some bitterness and smoke. Overall a good beer with a good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On tap at Church Key DC: Transparent deep mahogany pour with ruby hues and a large, frothy, stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a huge smoky nose with some peppery notes and doughy malt. Starts with rich dark toasty caramel malty sweetness and great complex smoky flavor before a smooth slightly more bitter and dry finish. A very enjoyable and true to style rauchbier.

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