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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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90
outstanding

1,897 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 115
Gots: 138 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Sathanas
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyS
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roser
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- nice big frothy (light) mocha colored head that lasted a good bit with (surprisingly) minimal lacing. Medium dark mahogany brown. Fairly clear.

S- holy smoke!!! The nose was overwhelming immediately after pouring. All I can think of is the aromas experienced while waiting to be seated in a BBQ joint.

T- bacon/pork, jerky.

M- medium body. Smooth and creamy.

O- good, different. Would have again but only with the right food/meal. Recommend for no other reason than to experience this unique brew.

Cheers!

Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/22/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for like $3.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "HB-MUNCHEN" thumb-print glass stein.

Pours a pretty deep reddish-mahogany in color with a good 2 finger foamy off-white head. Finally settles down to just along the sides of the glass after a good 30 minutes. Some spotty sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of smoked roasted malts for the most part. The taste is pretty much the same with a very light hint of caramel malts in the mix also. The smoke is not over done though but it is there. Really no bitter or harsh aftertaste to speak of. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall it was different but OK.

Photo of Beric
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, much darker than a standard Märzen for sure, with a dishwater head that collapses slowly and leaves some acceptable lacing.

Smell: Smoke smoke and more smoke. More of a beef jerky kind of smoke than campfire smoke.

Taste: I'm less thrilled about how this one tastes compared to the Urbock. This beer has a much meatier flavor than the Urbock, and it's one that I'm not as keen on. The smoke is like beef jerky or BBQ, and there's just a touch of caramel flavor on the very back end. The smoke is very intense in this one though and dominates much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Big body and medium carbonation makes this one silky smooth.

Overall: Another great beer from Schlenkerla, but not as good as the Urbock in my experience. I really enjoy the more pure campfire smoke in the Urbock than the meaty smoke in this one.

Photo of MellowDia
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PTRAINOR
4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

May be my favorite beer overall. Surprising since the first time I drank it (at the brewery) I found it overwhelming. Rauchbier is definitely an acquired taste.

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSpitz
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssmack
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown with reddish honey highlights. One inch of beige head. Fine carbonation visible at the top. Some lacing with some retention.

Sweet smoke aroma. Oaky and brown sugar.

Surprising sweet taste up front. Smoky oat. Sweet prunes with brown sugar. Wild herby bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

Medium feel.

Delicious. The smoke is well balanced with the sweetness and hops. I was hestitant to try this after other mediocre smoked beers. Back to back with Beau's Rauchstack.

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of desint
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first smokebeer.

L: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Small head,disappeared quickly.

S: Extreme smoke,overwhelming. Bacon?

T: Extremely smokey, hard to taste anything else through the overpowering smoke.

F: Surprisingly nice. Hard to believe the abv is this low.

O: Not what I expected, all smoke and nothing else. Not balanced at all

I like smoked food, but I can't handle this.

Photo of Socialiste
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Didn't care for the aroma of smoked meats.

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, deep dark brown with a thick head that settles to a 1/2" tan cap.
S - The aroma is malty and smoky.
F - The flavor follows the aroma. Not terribly complex, just a nice smoky flavor.
M - Medium mouth feel, mild carbonation.
O - A great place to start for anyone wanting to taste a mildly smoky beer. While this is good, I prefer it's stronger cousin, the Rauchbier Urbock.

Photo of altmer
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emergency_beef
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

January 1, 2015

500 ml bottle, tulip

A – Very deep amber to brown with a high level of clarity. Less than an inch of off-white to tan head, medium sized foam bubbles.

S – The smoked malts are high in the mix, with an impression of mesquite or pecan, other hardwood. There’s some reminiscence of bacon, but more the smoked aroma of bacon rather than the bacon itself. Some mild caramel malt sweetness. Hop aroma is not discernible, hiding behind the smoke.

T – Smoke flavor is prominent, not as harsh as mesquite but still a hardwood (I know it’s beechwood, but trying to equivocate to something more common.) Some bready/crusty caramel sweetness, perhaps Maillard product. Hops are very light, and I would think say floral, Hallertau-type.

M – Very well-carbonated, moderately-high, and full bodied. Not much dryness, mostly slightly sweet throughout. Only light bitterness in the background.

O – I have a very hard time with smoked beers / rauchbiers, usually because the smoke component is way too strong and in your face. However, this actually is very balanced, and you can still tell there was a base beer in there somewhere with the caramel sweetness of the marzen. An excellent version of rauchbier.

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

Photo of Buzz3d
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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