KansaiBeerLvrs (5147) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2015
Made mashed potatoes and pork chops for dinner so I figured Aecht Schlenkerla’s Fastenbier made for Easter would pair well. I served it in a glass mug and it poured out a reddish brown with a thick beige head. It’s got a fantastic nose: peppery, mesquite, bready, approachable light smokiness. Medium bodied, the taste is woodsy smoked oak, soot & caramel. It tastes like a campfire BBQ in a glass. AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2015
500 ml Bottle credit going to Willrunforbeer, im NOT thanking you for this. Color is dirty brown, thin lasting white head. The aroma is cured meat, (like walking into a butcher shop, with meat hanging from the ceiling) also mild ash. WillRunForBeer (2652) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2015
The base has a ashy chalky texture with Munich malt perhaps. The flavor shows the exact same profile as the aroma. Well it is what this brewery is known for I just simply haven’t acquired the taste for anything smoked, I mean nothing. So take this with a grain of salt. It is a flawless brew for the style.
500mL bottle from Julio’s. Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is charred wood, heavy smoke. Flavor is caramel, fruity esters, smoked sausage, charred wood. willisread (3341) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2015
500 ml bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into an shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a head that lasts fairly long (just covering the top of the beer). Nose is all campfire and smoked salmon. There’s a slight touch of fruitiness that comes out as it warms up. Average carbonation with the malts taking center stage giving it a full-bodied mouthfeel. Reminds me of the body of a porter: kinda silky and smooth. Taste is smoked everything with some fruit and a nice bitterness rolls in at the last minute. Finish is smokey with a nice bitter taste that lingers. Garrold (5265) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Dram Shop, Sheffield. Clear, amber colour. Thick, bubbly, lasting, glossy topped, cream coloured head. Aroma is mellow, fishy, quality tobacco, smokiness. Fruity malts. Taste is smoky sweet. Hint of bitter. Palate feels a bit thin, under all of that. Finishes short, light bitter, and light dry.
BillWyce (1086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Pours hazy red-amber with a 2-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of smoke with a touch of butter. Body is medium and lightly oily, with a long, lightly dry finish. Flavor of biscuit malt and butter, with a touch of citrus. This gives way to the smoke in the finish. islay (2734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2015
16.9 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-3-15. Clear in initial pour, hazy in later pours. Brown to very dark amber with a brass hue. Large amount of fluffy, taupe head. Good and extensive lacing. Looks really good, especially in color. Smoky, meaty aroma. Pomegranate scent. Quite likable, standard Rauchbier aroma; I wish it were stronger. Smoky, campfire flavor matches the aroma. Baked apple. Mineral, malty lager underneath the smoke. Bacon-like, umami, sweet, and dry finish. Smoky effect gets weaker upon multiple sips, and I want it to be stronger. Light body. Watery, excessively aqueous palate effects. Some fizziness but lacks the crispness that a lager should have. Overall, subpar for a Schlenkerla (and, to be clear, I love rauchbiers), but well above average overall. The aroma and flavor are good but could be better by being stronger, and the insubstantial palate is a drag. This is a good beer, but I was hoping for better still. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours brown with a creamy oof-white head. Marvelous smoky aroma. Very nice. Med body or so. Flavor is smoky, reveals a little malt, moves back to smoky. Definitely not a "bacon" smoke. Exquisite, finishing not quite dry and a little bitter. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a smoky aroma. There is a smoky dark malt flavor with a moderately bitter finish. Strangely enough, this beer is actually pretty well-balanced, with the smoke being jusy another element. ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of Yngwie, thanks so much my man! :-) Pours a beautiful deep coppery amber body with a large creamy off-white head. Nose is smoke, cured meat, grains, caramel, bready malts and hints of leather and faint licorice. Taste is mellow smoky tones, caramel, cured meat, salty minerals, bread crust, grains, straw and hints of licorice, peat and faint bitter herbs in the back. Medium crisp body, medium to high carbonation. Lovely smooth smoked lager from Schlenkerla once again, what a treat. The amount of flavor packed into this 5,5 % ABV beer is amazing, and the balance is superb. I could drink this all day!