Okay, the Phils were seriously giving me a heart attack. Blanton, how do you blow a 7-0 lead? Are you kidding? I did start watching the game on mute about halfway through and put on music. It’s definitely much more enjoyable than the announcers. Once it was the 9th inning, I put Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom” on repeat. Anyways, this is a beer that I have really been wanting to try. I tend to really enjoy rauchbiers and was craving something different. Needless to say, this ended up being the second beer of the night to celebrate the Phils win.
Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Schlenkerla roughly translates as ‘Dangling.’ Schlenkern is a German verb meaning to swing or to dangle. The -la suffix is typical of the Franconian dialect. The name reportedly originated with a previous owner of the brewery who possessed a hobbling gait. An image of this hobbling brewer can be seen in the designs on the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier bottle.”
Random: I loved seeing Elton John in concert last year. It was amazing. I would definitely see him again if I got the chance.
This brew poured a really dark brown with a one finger white head. The carbonation on the brew was moderate. The nose was exactly what I wanted from a rauchbier…lots of smoke and bacon. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with smoke and bacon. This was a really pungent nose, but one I enjoyed. The taste again is filled with smoke and bacon. There was also a hint of malt in this brew. The one thing that really shocked me on the beer was how thin it was and how mild the carbonation was. A beer with big flavors likes this should really be a little thicker, in my opinion. But, that’s my only complaint. This was also a nice session brew that was really drinkable and unique. I would definitely have this again, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0