Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier

How could I resist going to the Bavarian Lodge for the tapping of the gravity-fed wooden keg of Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier?  I’m only human.  Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier is only human as well, and I was a tad disappointed.  A tad, only a tad.  Fastenbier (or Lent Beer) is a lovely garnet, with a head that collapses to a thin collar surrounding a thin layer of fine bubbles.There is a deep sweetness in the bouquet, maybe more interesting than the more obvious smoke.  The taste is lightly smoky at first, but then pleasant with a laid-back sweetness.  Dryness lingers in the back of the throat.  The hop flavor comes through in the belch.  Sorry, it’s true.  I’m surprised to say that it is a fairly subdued smoke beer.  I’ll give it a 75/100.

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