Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.
A - Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights. Nice three-finger tan creamy looking head. No lacing to speak of.
S - Wow! This beer smells exactly like meat. I know it's supposed to smell smoky, but this smells like a smoked sausage or something. Amazing.
T - Again, wow. Incredibly intense smoke flavor, with a decided mineral saltiness. Like drinking a piece of beef jerky, and I mean that in the best possible way. Base beer underneath seems to offer decent enough support, and there's just enough malt sweetness to balance. Hops are an afterthought, but I'm sure you'd notice if they weren't there. Finishes clean and dry.
M - Light bodied but creamy. Your brain tells you that a creamy feel shouldnt work at all, and yet somehow it does. Medium carbonation.
O - I loved this, but then again, I really like this style. Definitely the best Rauchbier I have ever had. The American attempts don't hold a candle to this German beast. (I'm looking at you Sam Adams) This is the real deal.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2012 05:10:29 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.49/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle poured into a lager glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color; much darker than I remember and much darker than your average marzen these days. Head retention is ungodly. A huge rocky beige head retains at a solid three fingers for as long as there is beer in the glass. Lacing sticks in stubborn clumps.
S: Campfire and jerky waft out of the glass. Hints of carob, chewy dark caramel, brown molasses, and brown bread. Very smoky.
T: Campfire, smoke, and jerky wrap around a core of nutty cocoa and carob. Burnt toast. Chewy brown caramel. Oily and herbal hop bitterness. Clean. Lingering campfire and woody smoke on the drying finish.
M: Medium-thick body. Weighty but very silky. It glides across the tongue. Moderately stiff carbonation. A very substantial and sustaining feel, as 'meal in a glass'.
O: Oh God, what an excellent beer. One of the more full and complex lagers out there. Glad to see that a few of the Bamberg breweries are still cranking out traditional smoked beers, and doing a world-class job of it. This is world-beating stuff. An absolute must-try for any serious beer aficionado.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 00:15:14 | More by ryan1788a5
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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