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100
style
Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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

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4.2
Nuffield (4202) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2007
This was delicious. Not a remarkable beer by appearance, but it struck the balance as well as any smoked beer: deliciously like bacon or salami but so smooth, balanced, sweet...as the description I read said, a dopplebock with smoke--perfect idea! (on tap, Town Hall, Minneapolis)

3.3
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
call me crazy, but i like the developments since 1516. this beer is a little much, smoke dominates every part of this beer. i could taste it an hour or so after drinking it. the best description i’ve heard yet of it was that it tasted like drinking "liquid bacon." not for me, but worth trying because everything is.

4.2
inanity (1) - pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2007 does not count
On tap at the Olde Forge. The limited availability suckered me in, and thank the beer gods for it! My first experience with smoked beers left me quite impressed. Thick, creamy head and amazing smoky aroma started this off well. Tastes like you’re drinking a well-aged, smoked Gouda with bacon. Perfect levels of carbonation made this a pleasure to drink. Just sweet enough to go down smoothly, with a well balanced hoppiness to match. Great beer.

3.9
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2007
On tap at Minneapolis Town Hall. Amber so dark I thought it was brown at first with a decent amount of off-white head. Excellent smoked flavor but without the bite of the wheat offerings.

4.7
JoeMcPhee (9577) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Tap at Ginger Man. Deep brown beer with a touch of ruby colour and a light yeasty haze topped by a 1/2” of creamy white head. Really gorgeous looking pint. Nose is amazing, soft beechwood smoke over soft bready/doughy malts. Light toasted wheat and a chewy breadiness. A hint of sulfur and light munich malt as well. Smells amazing. Flavour is great as well, soft texture shows off the lightly kilned malts to their utmost, with the smoke serving to accent the inherent sweetness. Minerally bitterness on the back with a touch of sulfury flavour adds an interesting note to the malts. Warming brings up a hint of berryish fruits. So good, it’s almost sinful. My favourite Schlenkerla. Another lucky find for me.

4.3
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Enjoyed a pint at Ginger Man. Pours a nice deep rusty orange topped by a consistent creamy tan head. The aroma is rich malts, open fire, and of course smoked sausage. The flavor is not quite as smokey as the other Schlenkerla offerings, but it’s presence is perfect. A nice malty body which gives it a toasted potato bread chewyness. There’s also that classic smokey bacon flavor, yet it’s surprisingly clean and crisp. Between the less pronounced smokeyness, and the surprising crisp hop dryness in the finish, this is the most quaffable of the Schlenkerla offerings, and is an outstanding smoked beer!

3.8
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
Tap at Ginger Man. First whiff of the aroma is just as rich and smoky as I was hoping it’d be, though still not as much so as their Marzen or Urbock. Mouthfeel is perfect going down, a balanced level of carbonation to cover the bacon and ham smoke flavor that just glides across the tongue. Awesome stuff, I could drink this every day.

3.9
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
On tap at Rich O’s. clear dark brown with a nice lasting white head. good lacing. nice smoked bacon aroma with light pilsner malt and hop notes. slightly sweet pilsner malt flavor with a light hop bitterness and nice strong smokey bacon undertones. bitter pilsner hop finish with nice malt notes and light smoked bacon notes. very nice beer. the smoke is strong......it definitely makes its presence known... it still tastes and smells of bacon but it doesnt have the normal feel of drinking liquid bacon that the other beers that i have had from this brewery. very well done. if you are introducing someone to the world of smoked beers i would recommend this.

4.3
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
On tap at the Maproom! Helluva find! Poured a lovely garnet-tinted brown with a medium cap of creamy beige head.. thorough lacing followed it down. Caramelly-smoked malts first grace the nose... soft and alluring with a campfire-like draw to it.. English toffee follows. Absolutely decadent in the flavor department... sweet caramel, toffee, and nutty base with toasted embers, dried earth, and wonderfully-integrated smoked malts eminating outward... perfect balance and sweet, smoky, and satisfying finish. Medium-bodied with a sweet, smooth middle and mild earthy bitterness.. loved the smoked malts.. somewhat sticky caramel finish. Fantastic brew!

4
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Pours light brown with a tan head. Smells smoky and caramelly. Tastes sweet and smoky with a nice dry finish. Draught sample at the Gingerman Norwalk.


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