Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
3.96/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Out of the bottle this has a dark raisin brown base color with a dark copper edge. A fluffy white head rises an inch or so up, leaving some lace down the sides of the glass as it fades.
The smokiness is very apparent in the nose. It is different than American beers that simply use smoked malts. This has a cured nature to it, almost like a spicy cured meat. At first it smells like there is something wrong with it, but the smell is beginning to grow on me. There are some light sweet malt notes underneath the smoke.
There is a moment where the flavor on the tongue is more malt than smoke, but that flavor does not last long. There is a soft bready sweetness with a gentle suggestion of dark fruits. Throughout the rest of the sip, however, the smoke really dominates, washing over the malt and controlling the flavor. It reminds me of a well-smoked meat.
The body of this beer is rather light, as it does only have a 5.4% ABV. The carbonation is appropriately smooth while still slightly crisp. There is not much in the way of residual stickiness or flavor.
This is one of my first forays into rauchbiers, and I have to say I enjoyed it. I would not drink this all of the time, but I appreciate just how different it is compared to some traditional styles.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2013 06:23:57 | More by KickInTheChalice
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 1,524 ratings.