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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,935 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 121
Gots: 152 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 07-11-2001

ABV may vary slightly year to year.
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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of interzen
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head, slightly soapy looking with big bubbles. Decent retention with some lacing, but nothing major.

Smell: Smoked meats, barbeque and peat. Imagine something like an Islay single malt whisky without the alcohol and you may not be too far off the mark - amazingly, it manages not to smell burnt, just very, very smoky. If there's anything else hiding in there it isn't able to get its way past the smoke. The smell could be divisive to some - personally, I love it.

Taste: Like it smells, but with added dark fruits - the fruit smells don't make it past the smoke but you can definitely pick them up in the taste. There's a stewed plum or raisin taste backed up with a malty sweetness. This isn't a beer for hop-heads - sure, there's a bit of hop character there but it's overwhelmed by the malt and smoke. Quite simply, delicious.

Feel: So very smooth - there's not a massive amount of carbonation to begin with, and left for a while it looks pretty flat. That said, the combination of sweet malt, smoke and fruit flavours makes this easy to drink without being excessively heavy.

Overall: This could be a 'Marmite' beer - you either love it or hate it. Me? I love it - I like smoky things, and whilst I have beers with smoky elements to the flavour profile (think stouts and so forth) none are as 'complete' as this. It's very much malt (and smoke) driven, so there's nothing much for the hop-heads but even so, it's different enough to be worth a try for anyone.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcm75
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of konisko
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of curlybird
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Was better than I expected - some sweetness in with the smoke. Just not my favorite style.

Photo of Furlinator
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes and smells like barbeque char. Chocolate malt flavor comes through as well. Good stuff.

Photo of AndreyKo
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer with very good smell and taste

Photo of JoelAK
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bret717
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dryndantheman
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jensen83
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lic217
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of david_b
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: dark ... this is no marzen ... dark brown with burnt-orange/dark-amber highlights around edges up to light; it's clear ... hard to tell it's so dark, but light is passing all the way through; very lackluster head -- off a hard pour only 1/2-inch of tan, soapy foam pops up then disappears quickly; some decent stick off the top of the head, no major lacing

S: barbecue pit ... wow ... there's no mistaken this is smoked; the smoke aroma is a bit peaty, but i've smelled this aroma growing up around Texas barbecue pits hundreds of times -- oak smoke, mesquite smoke, pecan smoke ... it's all there; hard to pick up anything else around the smokiness

T: holy crap! that's wild, man -- it's like a smoked-out dark-fruit bonanza ... just a pinch of fig/date sweetness in there among a ton of smoke flavor; it's surprisingly not overly burnt like so many American browns/stouts/porters -- it is peaty, but the smoke again follows oak/mesquite/pecan/wood-burning notes, only it doesn't taste like the burnt wood: it literally tastes like the smoke, which is more peaty, less burnt and more of toasted flavor

F: very solid ... it looks and pours a bit flat, but there's just enough leftover carbonation in there to help it go down; a softer pour makes sense here for the drinker who prefers more carbonation because this one doesn't have a ton

O: again -- wild. it's got some of that peaty scotch ale thing happening, and the smoke is ever-present, but there's nothing over the top here, either. the malt offers just enough sweetness to keep it from tasting like a burnt oak log. a different experience but one worth having.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of derkfromwi
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loubar
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Big white head on a ruby brown body. Nose of yeast with a hint of smoke. Mellow smoked wood flavor supported by a pleasant caramel malt body. Flavorful. Incredibly smooth and drinkable - no astringency despite the smoke. The almost dry finish is somewhat crisp and leaves a touch of biscuit like sweetness and a lingering smokiness. Excellent!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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