Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a regular glass. I'm following herrburrgess' suggestion of having this after multiple beers in a sitting.
A: Pours a dark burgundy color with great translucence in spite of its shade. The head is a two finger light mocha color with lowish retention, but a nice texture. Spotty patches of lacing left on the glass.
S: Holy crap, this is smoky. Admittedly, I'm no bacon fan, but this definitely has a bacon vibe to it. Tons of wood, saltiness, and of course smoke come across strongly on the aroma. Wonderfully augmented by its subtle marzen sweetness from the malt.
T: Initial flavors are, of course, smoky. Lots of beechwood and bacon-y sweetness open the initial sips. Also, it's not as phenolic as I feared, thankfully. The rauch profile calms down as more of the beer is imbibed, allowing its marzen roots to shine through - the way the flavor progresses gradually from rauchbier to marzen is almost masterful, as before long, the flavor profile switches to a caramely, nutty composition where the smoke only augments things. However, it's a slow sipper, if only because it behooves the drinker to find differing subtleties in the flavor from sip to sip. For what it's worth, it's the most complex lager I've ever had, and it's balanced like a champ to boot.
M: Well textured (not too thick or too thin), with a light bittersweet dryness. Carbonation is near perfect.
O: If I didn't follow the suggestions of herrburgess and drink this as my first beer of the night, I likely would have gone "LOL BACON SUX I NO LIEK THIS BEER" and given it something along the lines of a 2.55 overall. Luckily, I took his word seriously, and the beers I had before helped smooth this out brilliantly. It's one of those beers that works better the more you drink it, allowing me to see it for the incredible beer that it is.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2012 21:46:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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
90 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.