Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by jdense:
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shared with beer colleague in The Big, 1.5.11, poured into wine tumblers.
One finger light tan head in one glass, minimal head in the other, quick dissipation in both, broken layer of head on former and a small ring around edge of glass in latter. Medium brown clear body, a few streams of bubbles visible rising around the edge of the glass. Holy Smokes (or in the words of John Michaelsen, Good Grief!), smoke bomb on the nose, fairly sweet malts for balance, floral hops absolutely subsumed by the smoky aromas, one of the most unique smelling beers on planet earth. The smoky profile continues taste-wise, more smoky wood than ashtray, fairly sweet in the middle, typical Marzen profile except for the smoke, faint floral hops on backend. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence. Not something I could drink all the time, nor finish the entire bottle by myself.Only downside is this beer absolutely trashes your palate, tried to refresh with a DIPA and I still tasted the smoke until halfway through that beer! An absolute must for lovers of smoky beers, the benchmark that all Rauchbiers (along with the Urbock) must be measured against.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2012 15:51:34 | More by jdense
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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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