Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by MrSeth:
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
[first a brief story about why i had to try this one]
I bumped into a beer buddy on the 39 bus one night after work and he was pleased to show me that this was his choice of brews for the evening, and many evenings prior.. He cradled the bottle and spoke passionately about how thoroughly enjoyable it is. So here we go:
It turns out to be much darker than I expected, an almost opaque walnut color. It started with a full head but has thinned out alot. Carbonation can still be seen rising up to the surface. The smoke is noticeable before going up to the glass. It is a pleasant smell though, deep and rich reminding me of those Islay whiskies such as Lagavulin and Laphroaig and all those wonderfully peaty drams.
(Really, I can't get over how good it smells. Not every beer has an aroma that you can just sit there and enjoy.)
First taste: Overwhelmingly rich flavor takes over the palate. This beer is huge on taste.. Besides being smokey there is a bitterness like walnuts which ends with a big grain flavor. In a way I wish there was more to say about this beer but the simplicity and notable balance in it's character speak for itself.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2007 01:11:23 | More by MrSeth
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3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aecht Schlenkerla (although, I swear that k looks like an f!) Rauchbier. 5.1% ABV.
A: About a finger and a half of head. Deep red/dark plum in color. Some slight lacing; most slides off.
S: Oh, wow! I can smell the smokiness right away! It's akin to that of the smoked Gouda (Holland) I got from my work. Meaty/bacon. Black pepper.
T/MF: Fairly smooth on the palate. Has an off peppered bologna/sausage flavor, with a light rye taste on the back. Again, reminiscent of the skin on smoked Gouda.
This is quite weird, to me. The aroma is quite nice, but the taste is not something I would want in a beer. Very likely needs a food pairing. Maybe some heavy German breads...
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 05:43:11 | More by TruePerception
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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