Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by JohnCurran:
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Single finger head that quickly dissolves into a thin skim coat. Rich dark mahogany with the occasional red highlight. Hefty and thick appearance.
Smell - As expected, strongly smoky and malty. Like smelling good barbecue with a hint of caramel.
Taste - Initially a surprisingly subtle smoke flavor and light malty bitterness. The smoke intensifies after swallowing. The smoke is not overpowering and comes through more in the smell than the taste.
Mouthfeel - The unexpected again. Surprisingly, light on the tongue for a beer with not much carbonation.
Drinkability - Much greater than expected. This beer excels because it does not beat you over the head with its smoke. The smoke is a strong highlight but not necessarily the only thing going on with this beer. Despite its relatively-low 5.4% APV it is not an easily drinkable beer on its own. This beer calls out to be paired with food and I felt it would be difficult to get through an entire beer without food to cut some of the smoke and act as a counterpoint. That being said it is magnificently drinkable beer with food.
Pairings - I don't see this beer working with smoked foods. I see this beer shining when paired with hearty food that would provide a contrast to the beechwood smoke. Try - mac 'n' cheese; beef stew; grilled steak; Cobb Salad; pasta carbonara. A sharp cheddar is the perfect accompaniment.
I expected a 2 x 4 of smoke to the head but what this beer gave me was more subtle, clean and light than expected. Sometimes less is more.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2011 02:25:18 | More by JohnCurran
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle in to a snifter.
A- Pours a clear dark brown body with some red around the edges. Head consists of a frothy gray cap which disappears in just seconds.
S- Smokey! Smoked, salty meats. Bacon. Pancetta. Brown sugar ham. A little campfire-like smoke, but it's mostly meat-like.
T- You guessed it... smoked meat all the way. Lighter flavor than the Urbock if I remember correctly. I can easily drink the whole bottle to myself without the flavor raping my taste buds.
M- Light body and medium-light carbonation. I wish it was a little chewier.
O- Pretty tasty overall. I'll definitely be having this and the Urbock sometime in the future.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 06:49:48 | More by tviz33
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,522 ratings.