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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 125
Gots: 158 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,953 | Reviews: 1,024
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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a 2 Gingers stange glass.

Pours a clear, dark brown with a creamy, two-finger head that dissipates to a thin ring, leaving lots of lacing in its passing. The smell is of smoked ham and treacle, roasted malt and caramel. The flavor reflects the aromas in perfect harmony. Moderate carbonation and silken mouth feel round out this classic Marzen based rauchsbier. A very enjoyable experience to be repeated before too long, especially with Surly Smoke now on the shelves.

Photo of founddrama
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whoa. Smokey; a touch of leather? Dark in the glass and aromatic.

LOOK: Poured into a 16 oz. shaker. Dark brown, with reddish hues throughout. Pretty clarified. Nice foamy head, though it doesn't stick around. And/but it almost looks like a cola in the glass?

SMELL: wood smoke and leather.

TASTE: sweet malts at the start, but smoke and leather dominate. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly metallic. (But mostly it's smoke smoke smoke.)

FEEL: medium-bodied, a little chewy. Really coats the mouth. Highly carbonated. Brightens up on the tongue a bit, brings out those smoke flavors.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, semi-transparent. Tan head, very robust, that laces extravagantly all the way down.

S - Malts, in the form of slightly roasted grains, toast, as well as char, and a smokehouse quality that reminds me of smoked sausage.

T - Subdued smoked meat qualities, sweetness in the form of bread and caramel, and a slight bitter bite in the close. As you might expect, not the typical beer, with strong savory notes.

M - Clean, which is remarkable given the heavy smoke notes. Slight rounding in the finish, a slightly oily feel.

O - Not my cup of tea, but an extraordinarily well executed beer, which hits exactly the notes it promises. Surprisingly restrained, all told. Strikes me as having interesting potential for use with a cheese plate or accompanying BBQ.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was Veterans' Day 2013 and my buddy, Justin Chlan had off due to working for a DoD contractor and knew that I take the day off because I feel that I should have it off as a USN veteran. He invited me along on an excursion to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD where I came across this in a 5L mini-keg, or CAN, according to this site, since it is not pressurized. A CAN?!? I was really excited, even when they told me its cost. I put it in my basement, inverted, per the directions on the side and yesterday, SU, 15 March 2015, I brought it over to The Fridge for another of Bro. Woody's Pop-Up B&G episodes.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law"; ""; "Brauhaus for Schlenkerla with Dominifanerflaue [sic?] <1310>"; "During transport and storage, please this side up. (Turn for tapping)"; "For optimal pouring please tap at 40F."; "Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer Specialty since 1678"; "Aecht Original Schenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following the most ancient malting traditions, all its select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla is a truly unique smoky beer experience."

Once I had it vented and the tap pulled out and ready to engage, I tried to hold the glasses three-to-four inches away to try and create some head. We were seeing about a finger of soapy, light-tan head that pretty quickly fell to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with a dense cloudiness that made it look like a cup of mess decks mud (coffee). Clarity? None. Zero. Zilch. Nose had a sweet, smoky scent like cured bacon or sweet Lebanon bologna, if that means anything to people outside of my hometown area in central PA. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light, given the turbidity that was visible. Light as in medium, but not what I was expecting. As to the taste, it was smoky, but not as smoky as their Ur-Bock or some other famous commercial examples, like Alaskan Smoked Porter. It was really kind of cool to go around and turn people onto this style and get their reactions. Most people were pleasantly surprised and wanted to try other iterations of either Aecht Shlenkerla's Rauchbiers or other rauchbiers in general. The finish had a smoky sweetness that was very evocative of sweet Lebanon bologna, which if you have never tried it, you should because it is hard to explain otherwise. I am glad that I CAN add it to The CANQuest (tm), but I prefer a bit more smokiness, thank you.

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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, clear beer with a heavy smoky aroma. It’s taste is malty with a light hoppy bitterness. The smoke dominates the aroma. Light brown and long lasting head. Light bitter flavor with a long smoky finish. Texture and mouthful is OK and not too watery.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say? I have enjoyed this in the summer, winter and fall. Smokey and enjoyable. I recommend at least three half liter servings before condeming the nasty smokiness.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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