Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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

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egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Poured an amber color with a small, creamy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, lots of smoked malts, and some toffee as well. Taste was also very smokey, nuts, caramel malts, with some dry, citrus, hop bitterness in the finish. Awesome smoked.

ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Draft, Max’s on Broadway. Amber body with a white head that fades to a lasting cover. The aroma is campfire, mosquite, beef jerkey. The flavor is much lighter than the nose, smokey, mosquite, very dry. The mouthfeel is light and thin.

Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Draft @ Spuyten Duyvil. Cloudy golden orange with a small head. Aroma is obviously smoky but more subtle than the others. It’s also the hoppiest of them all. Tastes like a bacon on biscuit breakfast sandwich.

DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2006
On draught at Schlenkerla in mid-March, 2006. Beautiful hazy golden/orange color with generous, large-bubble head. Nice aroma of smoke and malt. Nice flavor as the smoke and the slight bit of extra alcohol balance eachother. It’s just a bit sweeter than the Marzen. Delicious. I need to move to Bamberg.

ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2006
On draught at Redbones, 4/1/06. From what I gather, this year’s batch wasn’t quite as enjoyable as last year’s.
A beer of low filtration, but this has settled out to be nearly clear, with a bright orange hue hididng behind deep amber-auburn. Moderate amount of bubbles rising in the liquid creates a small, beige head that is neatly retained at cover, with a touch of lace.
The nose is the most softly understated smokiness I have encountered in a long time. Not in your face like the Urbock, and not even as strong as the marzen, but still just full, lasting and refreshing, filling the nostrils with applewood smoked bacon, smoked almonds, sweet vanilla cream and daintily arousing further curiousity with graceful, yet spicy hop notes on the end, coupled with light candied apples, pinches of cinnamon sprinkled overtop oranges and a fresh unpasteurized yeastiness.
The flavor combines a roasted meat fullness with an almost cheddar cheese-like robustness and deep saltiness. Things never get out of hand nor do they become overdone, as the hops are well apparent, bringing leafy, hay-like spices, tangy as well, but with bright herbal notes emerging on the end, in time. Never too heavy in the mouth, but with just enough unfiltered chewiness and the signature oiliness (which is light here) from the smoked malts. Tending towards the sweeter side of things, but playful, moreso than heavy, with sweet fruit notes adding a livliness I dont remember from the other Schlenkerlas. No alcohol anywhere. Very cohesive, homogenized beer, well-balanced and tastefully done in all aspects. Probaby the most delicate smoked beer I have had, though delicate is quite a relative term when it comes to smoked beers! Kind of like a smoked alt. Hopefully they do a smoked eisbock next.....

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2006
on tap @ the old toad. Copper & gold body with a very thin off-white head. Nose is obviously smoke - bacon and camp fire. There is also some sweet caramel and maybe a hint of fruit. Flavor is smoke, caramel, a hint of apple. Almost a bit of chocolate in the smokey, slightly iodine finish. I prefer the Marzen which has more malt backing it up.

zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Deep copper color with a mound of tan head. The aroma was full of roasted and smokey meat flavors; lots of bacon and hot dog flavors. Moreso than the other smoked beers I’ve had. Flavor is thick, meaty and smokey. It tasted like the water after you boil hot dogs. Meat all throughout with a dry finish. Very interesting and a great example of the style even if I don’t fully appreciate it. I’m definitely glad I sampled this one.

RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
One of the most lightly smoked of their beers. This one has a prominent, but subtle (if that’s possible) smoke profile. Very smooth mouthfeel, with the smoke swirling around in various degrees of subtlety. Some wood and peat notes. Sweet caramel base and a light hop bitterness. This is a fine beer to pair with some robust seasonal foods.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Clear light brown color with a medium white head. Aroma of smoke. Flavor of smoke and salt, almost like bacon.

Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Nice orange-brown body with little head. Smoked salty ham aroma. Thin body with a meaty taste, almost bacon like. Clean ending.

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