1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Not Rated.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,744 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 104
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV may vary slightly year to year.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-11-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,744 | Reviews: 981 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, shared with my father-in-law, a fan of everything Germany.
The beer is deep brown with some amber hues, foamy tan head sticks around for a bit. Smoky aroma, sweet caramel malt, bready reminiscent of brown bread crust. Tastes are initially sweet, caramel, bready, followed by a strong dose of smoke. Nice medium body, creamy & smooth with pleasant carbonation.

When I first started trying new beers, I picked this one up not knowing what it was. I saw a guy walk in to the liquor store, make a bee-line to this beer, grab 4 and leave. I presumed it was good and bought one as well. When I got around to trying it, I hated it! I have definitely matured my palate, because this is an excellent beer, especially for what it is.

barnzy78, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of sbart518
4/5  rDev -1%

sbart518, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev -1%

aoampm, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Ragnarok88
4/5  rDev -1%

Ragnarok88, May 31, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: lots of smokey aromas. Smoked meats and campfires come to mind. There are some sweeter bread notes underneath.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of smoke notes. Jerky, campfire, char, and smoked gouda come to mind. The finish has some bready and bitter notes.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is creamy and drinkable.

O: a good beer, overall. I'm not too familiar with the style, but the super smokey aspects are tasty.

n2185, May 03, 2012
Photo of rrski198
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown to ruby red. Big time head with large sticky bubbles and lacing. Looks great.

S: I can smell the smoke from a few feet away. Sweet burnt campfire.

T: Sweetness hits right up front with a creamy smokey flavor. Some spicyness on the back end and a slight bitterness that lingers ever so slightly.

M: Big roasted campfire bite. Average to below average carbonation and the mouthfeel is a little thin in comparison to the scent.

O: Really nice beer. This is the first true Rauchbier i've had and it was really good. T He only thing I can say is that the mouthfeel is a little thin after that huge campfire scent. Its not bad, just thought I would get something bigger. However, I can't really judge as I am new to the style.

rrski198, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this really does smell like smoked pork, which is pretty cool. Yes, this is my first rauchbier, in case you were wondering. Nose is pure smoke and spice, if blindfolded you would swear you were smelling jerky or something.. Color is a dark caramel with a cap of head and not much else. Lacing is thick and everywhere.

Malty taste, with strong undertones of smoked meat that stays with the aftertaste and beyond. Spice is also dominant but the mouthfeel is surprisingly clean and smooth, considering you're drinking a sausage.

The clerk at Grapes and Hops where I picked this up said (of this beer) that "you either love it or hate it. I'm kind of ambivilant about it." I think I'm more in the like category. This is amazingly different and tasty, but not really for everyday consumption. I also feel a coronary coming on from just tasting this brew. Only for the adventurous (and carnivorous), but they shall be rewarded.

daliandragon, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first ever smoked beer, and I'm not really sure what to say... I have nothing to compare it to, so this review is a little more different than usual... Appearance-wise, this strongly resembles a stout, although not entirely as dark... A brownish-cocoa color that pours with a nice head... Smell is very smoky, as would be expected from what is called a "smoked beer"... This definitely does taste very smoky, with a distinct smoked flavor dominating the palate... Tastes somewhat liked smoked fish... and is very different from anything I've ever sampled... An interesting brew that certainly deserves recognition for its unique aroma and flavor... This is a good brew, but not sure if I'd want to drink more than the 1.09 fl. oz. that the bottle provided, as the taste can be somewhat overpowering at times... All in all, definitely worth a try and very unique...

dsa7783, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a very dark crimson but looks almost brown if not held up to light. Little head with slight lacing.

Hard to pull much out of the nose besides the enormous smoke aroma. You can get some meaty, earthy aromas in the background.

Just tried the Ur-Bock last week and this Marzen is much bigger and bolder both in smell and taste. This Marzen is much more complex in the mouth altough I liked the nose of the ur-bock more.
Big smokey grilled meet flavors, with great carbonation. Very smooth and esay going for such a different brew. You can get some slight flavors in the background of burnt caramel, and gamey flavors.

I could drink 1 or 2 of these beasts but would probably want something else after that not sure though. Guess I'm gonna have to try:)

And if you do get some make sure you buy an extra bottle to cook with. The lady friend is making some BBQ sauce as we speak with it that's awesome!!!

mcallister, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of cpanossian
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L glass served from barrel on the bar at Schlenkerla - my first visit to Bamberg.
Smoky bacon aroma from fresh light brown head that leaves light lacing.
Cola brown color.
Deep smoked wood jerky taste but smooth and cool on the pallate.
A amazing challenge that fans of stouts and porters will enjoy.
Thoroughly enjoyed with the Hausgemachte Schlenkerla bratwurste (possibly the best I have ever tasted in Germany yet) und Frankissch Dampfkraut (they season it with bay leaves and cloves!).

I really didin't think I could drink this smoked stuff but when consumed in the context of this ancient restuarant in this really neat medieval town, I was hooked.

cpanossian, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of rkhaze
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant copper with red hues. Thick, foamy beige head that hung around a while. Left some ok lace. Wood smoked meats and malt in the aroma.
Wood smoked spiced meat flavor with some sweet malt. A subtler sweet smokiness and a bit of coffee grounds in the finish. Morning campfire in a glass. Nicely done, without the charred bitterness that some smoked beers have.
Light and thin mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. As with most smoked beers, I think one or two is plenty to my taste.

rkhaze, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of akenethon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks like coca-cola, but with persistent and large head
S: Smells of ham, typical of rauchbier. hint of caramel
T: First unusual and intensely ham-like, but it gets normal after some time. A little bit sweet and malty. not bitter at all.
M: Somewhat light, but not thin and weak
D: First hard to get used to, but then easy to drink on

This is a very special and unique beer. The enjoyment of this beer depends on what you drank before it, what you are eating to accompany it, and what your mood is. I was not in the most adventurous mood, so I could not enjoy it as much as I did before. Still, overall good beer, highly recommended

akenethon, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of blakesell
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear red with a minor head that vanishes quickly leaving a wisp of foam across the head that forms cloudlike perceived shapes when stared at for too long.

Smell- Smoke and malts but no real traces that this is a marzen. Hickory smoked wood and hints of ham. Pork goodness permeates this beer and you have to feel for the vegetarians.

Taste- Liquid smoke right here folks. Rich smokey malts and bacon goodness. This is over the top with smoke and everything else comes second. Light malts linger and it actually does pair well with bacon quite well.

Mouthfeel- Lighter than would be expected with a beer of this level of smoke. Leaves a comforting feel on the palate. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Astoundingly, I could drink lots of this at any barbecue cookoff or any other meat eating activity. But to not be food racist, I'm sure this would pair well with smoked mushrooms as well.

blakesell, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark red with amber highlights, brilliantly clear, beige creamy head, good retention, leaves some chunky lace behind.

S - smoke mixed with sweet bready malt. The malt is not easy to pick out, but it's there, kind of a layered aroma thing.

T - taste is pretty neat, leave it at the front of your mouth, and all you get is bready malt, move it to the back, swish it around, and you pick up the smoke. Aftertaste is smooth smoke.

M - Not overly rich, lean and smooth, well attenuated, med high carbonation, keeps the smoke from bogging things down.

D - not offensive at all, a tasty specialty offering

It is pretty amazing how the smoked malt carries over from the mash, boil, fermentation and lagering period into the finished beer. It is a very pleasing smoke character, and it's not like you can't pick up the character of the base beer. I've been waiting a long time to try this beer, it was well worth the wait.

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

markaberrant, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
5.1%
I tried this beer on January 28, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish-black into the glass with minimal head, and an 'oily' look. The aroma was smoked wood, as well as some roasted malty tones. The mouthfeel was light bodied, almost watery, yet creamy, with little carbonation. The flavour was very much like burnt bacon and burnt coffee.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of kemoarps
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My experience with smoked beers is decidedly very limited. I'd been curious for a while, and since these are supposed to be somewhat definitive of the style, and they are always available for reasonable cost at the liquor store, I thought I'd jump in.

Pours a clear mahogany with about a quarter inch of white head that dissipates leaving just enough of a ring for a "beer was here" reminder to the glass of what its true purpose is.

If you don't like smoke, you will probably not like the aroma this beer provides. It is not overbearing and saturated so much as it is simply at the forefront. Beechwood and smoked ham are the prominent characteristics I am picking up. A minor roasty malt in the background, but this is all about those first two flavours I listed. Again, though; while dominant, they are not overwhelming. This is not some hipster blowing their cigarette into your face, this is more a humidor being opened and inviting you to its depths.

The taste starts off with that same beechwood note, before giving room for some of the german malts. The third act opens with more of the smoke, giving way to a sharp caramel sweet note before tapering into a mildly bitter finish.

I was somewhat apprehensive about the smoke in this, as I am fairly new to the whole rauchbier thing, but those fears were allayed as the masters from Bamberg crafted a ride that welcomes you with subtlety and nuance instead of bashing your face in. The background of a stellar märzen (a style I'm not usually that big on), combined with a gently dominant smoke makes this a very good beer and an excellent introduction to the style. I suppose they're the benchmark for a reason

kemoarps, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a thick khaki head that lingers.

Beechwood, smoke, and toasted malt form the initial aroma. Smoke is dominant, rich, and reminiscent of bbq meat. Nuttiness surfaces.

Flavor is unexpectedly sweet and malty, overly toasted and smoky, with woody notes. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter, with rubbery phenolic notes and ash.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation.

Smoke dominant, but with enough malty sweetness to counter. Very intriguing flavor profile. Would go great with bbq.

barczar, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of 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.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is bottled bacon. Everything about it is smokey. Pours dark mahogany with a decent tan head. Aroma is...smoked bacon. The taste is...smoked bacon. There is some decent malt flavor and it does drink very smoothly. I might have this again if I'm having meat and cheese for dinner. It is pretty good, but I can't really see drinking this on a regular basis.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep and dark brown, rich tan head

smell: smoke, and lots of it. smoked meats, your clothes after a campfire

taste: smoked meat...that pretty much sums it up. one of the more pleasant smoked beers i have had though

mouthfeel: quite dry, smooth

drinkability: certainly easier than some other smoky brews

dirtylou, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of uberabr
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a unique bottle into a pint, fills the glass well with a one finger head up top that settles, leaving excellent lace. Color is off-black: very dark with hints of red and brown. I don't think I've ever quite smelled a beer like this. To say the roasted quality is coming through in high definition would be an understatement. It smells like charcoal- a true Rauchbier. Subtle hints of lemon come through, but mostly a deep burnt quality. Cool.

Taste follows through with the nose, although there is a rich porter-like quality of mild hops, barley, and molasses. Mouthfeel is excellent. Full, creamy without being cloying, and smooth without being watery. Drinkability is high, although this style might not agree with everyone, and I think about 1 beer will do it for me because of the intensity. For the style, though, this is a very good 'bier.'

uberabr, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Deep hazy, ruby red with a one finger, long lasting head. Smoky sweet malt aroma. Smoky with a light bitter malt start, somewhat dry light malt middle and smoky with a hint of hop finish. Light to medium bodied. Side-by-side with the urboch. The marzen does not show much of its malt body, smokiness is dominant throughout. I like the urbock better because it is more complex. This is a decent, light flavored rauchbier if the urbock is not available.

LiquidAmber, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some people like this style some people hate it. I think I fall into the former catagory. On tap at the Toad, whcih was a pleasent surprise. Poured a hazy muddy brown color with a little bit of a grey head. Smelled of nothing but smoke. The kind of smoke that clings to your clothes after sitting around a campfire for a couple nights. Deep woody flavors and a bit of smoked salmos as well. Taste had more of that huge herby smokiness, but the finish was almost cracker like in its toastiness. very interesting blend of tastes. I would say that you should definitely try this beer even if you don't like smoked anything. it will be worth it.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very smoky and also contains caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very smoky as you would expect and it's a smoky flavor that is done quite well unlike many smoked beers. There is also some mild sweetness in the background. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating a good balance. The after-taste is also smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, to me this style is something you have to really be in the mood for or have a good food pairing to go with it, but this beer is the one that you'd want to go for at that time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 21, 2010
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.