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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 98
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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)
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Photo of bennetj17


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color, almost brown, with some transparency. Creamy foam head, off-white, long-lasting. The aroma is a wonderfully smokey bouquet. It's like charred meat of the grill, or burnt bacon. Rich and inviting.

The flavor is relatively unsweetened and is dominated by the smoke. The smoke is nice, and actually you get used to it after a few sips, allowing you to taste some of the other character of the beer. The toasty, bread-like malt begins to come through and does have a mild sweetness. Ah yes, this is like Octoberfest. The mouthfeel holds up nicely, good carbonation, smooth, not thin.

Don't know what took me so long to try this beer. I think other smoke beers I have tried were not nearly this good, so I wasn't interested. I highly recommend this one, and I will be having it again soon...

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 16:59:37 | More by bennetj17
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Squatty 500mL bottle for $4.79 at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT. Label gives the ABV at 5.1%. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear dark umber brew gives a thin creamy beige head. The smell is really thick with leather and smoke, like a tobacconist shop. The bulk of the flavor (leather, tobacco, and smoke) comes right from the smell, but it adds a faint vanilla creaminess that's balanced by a slightly acidic bite of smoke and hop. The feel is mostly dry and somewhat astringent, but there's a touch of sweetness left over, like burnt molasses hiding amongst the smoke and leather. The body is moderately thick, carbo is appropriate, alcohol not detected. The finish is nice and long with lingering leather and smoke, and the astringency has faded so it's very smooth and almost a little sweet. Awesome finish.

Very very tasty, like Highland Park scotch in beer form.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:09:49 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Skidz


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light brown and sits a dark, reddish brown in the glass with a good sized off-white head on top.

Smells of smoked fish/sausage, with a hickory/maple base. A bit of caramel and malt lie underneath the incredibly smoky aroma.

Tastes initially sweet with dark sugars and a light apply flavor. Quickly moves on into smoke country where a billow of rich flavors move across your mouth. Maple, caramel and that hickory smoked flavor run all over; a good combination of sweet and salty. A very tasty smoked beer, the first I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with great carbonation levels, nothing overpowering. Leaves a slightly oily feel behind that reminds me of eating smoked salmon. Great hearty beer, perfect for a meal with burgers.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 02:46:36 | More by Skidz
Photo of Offa


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice rauchbier to me, with a smokey taste and aroma reminiscent of Lapsang Souchong tea or Islay Malt Scotch, yet with a lot of other elements to round out the character.

Very dark brown, almost black, it has a small, creamy tan head that shrinks very slowly to a thick, foamy ring and leaves some weak lace.

The aroma is smoke with hints of toasted grain, bread.

The taste is more complex, with smokey grain, Lapsang Souchong tea, up front, soon mellowing and joined by light toasted grain, hay, cola, general toasty-herbal-spice dunkel qualities. The smokeiness lingers, though lightly, after the finish. It's light in body, but tatsy, interesting, and drinkable, with the smoke just tame enough and just balanced enough so as not to be overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 18:33:52 | More by Offa
Photo of akokandy


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown with a small head which left minimal lacing.

S-Smelled of burnt wood, reminiscent of mesquite barbecue.

T-More smoky barbecue flavor. Like smoked sausage. Aftertaste is pleasant, but due to the strength of the smoke flavor, it's hard to detect nuances in the finish.

M-Average medium body with light carbonation.

D-Not too alcoholic, and very light on the palate. After the first couple, smoke taste stops being so overwhelming and the taste is not quite as enjoyable, but still definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:09:56 | More by akokandy
Photo of slammo

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A true smoky beer experience as billed. Bacon,sausage and meaty favors come to mind. A mild slight caramel as well. The amber -black hue imparts a final touch of campfire goodness. I really enjoy this style and want to revisit the offerings from Schlenkerla.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 22:54:24 | More by slammo
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this will be my very first review, so bear with me.

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, ruby body with a nice two fingered tan head. Bits of lace cling to the glass with each sip.

Smell: Beef jerky and hints of blue diamond smoked almonds.

Taste: Smokey, caramel with a slightly bitter finish. I'm reminded of a smokey Guinness Extra Stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy with a bite at the end.

I was supprised at how good this beer tasted. Not only was this my first BA review, this was my first Rauchbier and I'll admit to being a bit intimidated by the "smokebeer" label. The smokey characteristics are quite subtle, and lend themselves to a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:35:42 | More by mickeyrocs
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Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours reddish copper in a Don de Dieu glass. Nice foamy head, it diminishes pretty fast though, but holds the glass fairly well. Surprising aroma, definitely a new class for me, meaty with bacon and ham, salty sausages. The flavors developments are quite unrivaled. Let me explain.. first that intense smokiness (long dry smoky/bitter finish)is kind of a guardian over the journey that tasting this beer is. It's also one of the not so typical beers that holds the 4 basic flavors. Mouth entrance is very malty and moderatly sweet with the body being medium to full. Then, those smoked malts develop into a salty (bacon is salty after all) taste. Slightly tart at the same time. The finish is intense and bitter, woody, earthy, peaty. I wouldn't drink this everyday, but I can see this doing wonders paired with multiple meals (pancakes, poultry, pepper beef etc.)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 23:03:19 | More by Rastacouere
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got up the nerve to buy a rauchbier after hearing it referred to as “liquid bacon.” Who would say no to that?

A: Ruby-amber body with a fizzy tan head. As the bubbles pop, it looks like it’s about to recede; this time, though, it just slowly condenses, forming a creamy finger of head. Sticky lacing all around.

S: Hickory, smoke, and salty aromas abound: yep, that’s bacon. Incredibly enjoyable. Lager breadiness still manages to be noticeable underneath such powerful smokiness, along with slight fruit tones – it’s like toast with strawberry jam. Toffee malts, toasted bread crust, and grain husk back up the big smoke.

T: These grains are deliciously roasted to the point of smoke satisfaction, but never overbearing; if German brewers can do anything, it’s make a beer of balance. Wood is much bigger here than in the nose, making the beginning flavors a strong campfire taste of burnt wood chips. Some hops give a touch of fruits to a dark palate, with lemon rind, apple skin, and grape jam – not a bad addition. Salted ham, chicory, peat, Brazil nut, and a bit of tea tastes develop when you dig deeper into the grains; it’s complex roastiness with a good bit of caramel Märzen backbone. Finishes with lingering smoke on the tongue.

M: Its palate is sippable, but its texture demands big gulps. The bottle is gone in no time (which is really a bittersweet feature).

O: My first venture into rauchbiers was truly unforgettable; what an outstanding beer. I’m not sure how wide the interpretations of this style go, but anything that can beat this in complexity, aroma, and drinkability would be nothing short of superb.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 23:06:17 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, smokey, woody, and a mixture of beef and pork. In the taste, light smokey wood, like a nice dry campfire. A smooth ad medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, faint campfire aftertaste. It is like drinking next to a campfire with a small fruit hint.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 11:40:43 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bearrunner44


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark and brown, with shade of burnt crimson. Good clarity. Generous, clingy, cream-colored foam.

Smell: Smoky hickory aroma, salty. Bacon. Rich toffee backbone, with subdued sweetness.

Taste: The strong bacon aroma doesn't fully translate to the tastebuds. It doesn't taste dramatically different than a standard marzen at first. The malt provides a gentle, chewy caramel foundation. The smoke flavor emerges in the middle, combining with the malt to produce a sweet and smoky flavor similar to that of honey barbeque. A lingering, subtle salty taste hangs around in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Awesome mouthfeel. Creamy, full-bodied, and very smooth. The carbonation could use a slight bump upwards, but the mouthfeel is excellent as is.

Verdict: A very tasty example of a unique style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 01:30:03 | More by bearrunner44
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Brown bottle with German style writing on it labeled Marzen.

Appearance - A medium brown color, in volume this fades to dark brownish, several shades from black. Fluffy tan head rises to a finger then retreats to a small cap. Heavy lacing up the sides of my stein.

Smell - Wow! I got a big ass waft of smoked cheese smell! It smelled so familiar I went and got my hickory smoked gouda, my apple smoked gruyere, and for a good measure a sharp chedder infused with English porter. There's a faint malt smell as well, a lighter, sweet sort of aroma.

Taste - First gulp and there's nothing but smoke, smoke like smoked cheese or smoked meat. However, on subsequent sips, there are several other flavors that come through. There's a malt character, semi-sweet and a bit roasty. There's also a distinct hop bitterness, overlayed with the smoke. But the smoke is delicate now, just a finishing note on top of a lovely tasting german beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with medium carbonation and a substantial feel, like you could take a bite out of it.

Drinkability - Actually pretty high. I wouldn't want to pound five of them but I could certainly have another pint of the stuff. Goes marvelous with smoked cheese.

All together very pleasing. I was worried I wouldn't appreciate the flavor, but like everything else smoked, I seem to love this beer. I'm now glad I got their wheat rauchbier too.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 23:59:31 | More by BacklitAvenger
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

I had this beer before, however I had no idea which brew it was from Schlenkerla at the time.

All I can say is: wow!

Appearance, jet black to dark brown, tan fast reducing head, high carbonation at first.

Smell: sausage, smoke, herb, oak, very herbal smell like a porter or stout

Taste: smoked sausage, light on oak at the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick, this is a sipper, yet not quite an elixir.

Overall, this is my first review for a rauchbier. I can't wait to explore the style more, and more. Almost time to restock the fridge.


Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 05:59:44 | More by BierStein711
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having had this on tap, I had to pick up a bottle. Enjoyed with breakfast: eggs, bacon and toast.

A: Translucent brown pour with a small white head. Lacing is wonderful.

S: Light roasted malts start the smell off before BAM bacon. Roasted hints, meat and wood mostly.

T: Much like the smell, slight caramel malts start the taste off before the roasted rauchbier taste hits you. Honestly the most powerfully flavored rauchbier I've ever encountered.

MF: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is good.

O: I was blown away by this when I had it almost 10 months ago, but now that I've had it a few more times and delved into the style a bit, I'm sure this is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 10:42:19 | More by russwbeck
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark for a marzen, with low head retention.

Aroma: Very strong smoky aroma, with a touch of toasty malt.

Flavor: A little sweet malt followed by strong smokiness that just fills the mouth, but doesn't completely overwhelm the tastebuds. Decent body, though slightly watery, medium-low carbonation, and a very smooth texture/mouthfeel. Smoke hangs around long after the finish.

By far my favorite of the Schlenkerla line. The Urbock is overwhelmingly smoky, and the Weizen is just light smoke with few hefeweizen notes. This is the most balanced of the beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 04:39:14 | More by allengarvin
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen:

Deep garnet pour with virtually no head…not what I expected. Sweet smoky nose. A mild smoky flavor hovers over a nice malty sweetness. I really like this, and I think it would be a good introduction for anyone new to the style (unlike it’s big brother Urbock). No lacing but who cares…very drinkable and I find myself just staring into it’s smoky abyss and contemplating it’s layers of flavor. This brew is a nice surprise and I suspect I will find it in my cellar on a regular basis. Highly recommended.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 01:53:27 | More by markman
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Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in nonic at Track 84

App: reddish brown, two finger foam, almost nitro-like

Smell: amazing aroma of peaty roasted husk, hickory beef jerky, smoked bacon or pulled pork bbq

Taste: smoked meat, subtle hop undertones, caramel malt twang, not too buttery, good balance overall

Mouthfeel: medium carb level, somewhat syrupy malt, not as clean as ales, not bad though

Overall: Though the friend I'm with doesn't like this beer, since his palate cannot wrap itself around this bold style, I really like it. I will admit that I've only tried Sam Adams' version but as a beer, on itself, it holds up very well

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 21:29:20 | More by chimaylvr
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear chestnut color; ruby edges. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Even, heavy lacing.

S: Big, resiny woodsmooke predominates the smell. Malt is well in the background.

T: Smoked cheese is the first thing that comes in. After several drinks more malt character comes through; bitter roasted nuts and semi-sweet caramel. Sharp bitter in the finish for a nice balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

D: Changed by mind the more I drank as I got more familiar with the smokey flavor. This would be a great beer to drink if you're munching on a snack tray.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:28:15 | More by Haybeerman
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby, clear, white head has good retention and good lacing.

S/T - From hearing about this beer, I expected a lot more smoke. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while it is strong, the smoke taste and smell do not overpower the rest of the beer. Instead, it allows the bready malt sweetness to come through mid palate, finishing again with charred bbq meat, and some more smoke. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

O - Fabulous, especially compared to what rauchbiers I've had so far. Smoke is strong, but nicely compliments other malt flavors in the beer. Most smoked beers I can barely have one of, but I could drink a few of these. Fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:23:37 | More by garuda
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany colored body. Fairly clear with some carbonation and fine particulate floating around. Head is just off white and finished with small pockets of bubbles on top.

Aroma is strong with smoke, oak and campfire. A bit of caramel and dark fruity sweetness blend in with some toasted notes. Nicely smoked overall and a fairly strong aroma. It really opened up my sinuses.

Taste is like barbecue smoke and smoked butt, really meaty in the main part of the flavor. Has a touch of sweetness inititally and then the smokiness hits. Finishes smooth with a touch of bitterness. Nicely flavored. Much more smoke that I remember in the Urbock and this hits the spot for what I was looking for in that brew.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Not as heavy as its sister beer. Drinkability is excellent. The lighter mouthfeel and meaty smoke flavor makes this one unique and highly quaffable. I really like this, just don't know how often I'll pick it up. I've been sitting on this one for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 01:39:19 | More by blitz134
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6oz fat brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into the proper German glassware. Let stand to warm before serving.

Appearance: Dark caramel beer with a patchy, creamy, off-white foam head. Keeps a respectable lace with some gentle stick.

Smell: Wonderful smoke aroma of meat and spices -- yes, very jerky-like. Aroma isn't overpowering at all, just very unique and pleasant ... and amazing.

Taste: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate. A dry beer, overall, with a low level of malt sweetness, well-attenuated -- it's ample and helps to balance. A nice rounded smoke character allows small amounts of chocolate, light fruit and grain to peak out. Crisp with a snappy carbonation melds nicely with a brief and very thin peaking citrus hop twang and defining smoke twang. Mineral feel and flavour, touch of metallic. Lingering smoke in the dry finish.

Notes: You either like Rauchbiers or you don't. Me? I love them! Can't beat that old-school beer character where all malts were dried over wood fires, and as a result imparted a smoke character to the beer. Wish we had more of this style, but thanks to the Germans for keeping it alive.

In my opinion, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen is probably the better out of the bunch. Pairs nicely with any grilled or cured meats.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 17:54:29 | More by Todd
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A --- Dark red, mahogany, slight head

S --- Bring on the ribs! Wonderful smoked malts that take me straight to the BBQ

T --- Smooth smokey taste. I'm also picking up a little something at the end that's a hint of sweetness --- fig or maybe brown sugar.

M --- surprisingly light in body, low carbonation, but very smooth.

O -- Excellent! Rauchbiers are my new kick and I look forward to enjoying this one often with spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:33:58 | More by mikechance
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woody mahogany color with a soapy tan head. Retention holds a nice thick looking ring . Nose is loaded with smokey wood. Reminds me of hickory meat seasoning. This would go great with a good steak. Yummy meaty aromas include ham, bacon, and pork (the whole pig it seems). Just the right malts mesh tightly with the smokey meat scents. Delightfully robust in nose and taste too. Flavors match the nose and leave the palate drooling for german meats. Mouthfeel is rather smooth and softly creamy in texture. Very drinkable, and probably even more so with the right meal.

A good choice and certainly worth getting again. Not to mention this would make a premium marinade.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 22:06:25 | More by tastybeer
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed soley from smoked malt! It pours a clear, reddish-copper body topped by a creamy ivory head which holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of intense Beechwood smoke over a gentle maltiness. The body is medium; and combines with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation to give it a lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is drenched in Beechwood smokiness throughout, but starts malty upfront with a touch of toastiness/toffee, followed by a good dose of bitterness as it heads towards the swallow. It finishes long and dry with a solid bitterness and a lingering smoke character. Although its smokiness will surely build on the palate after a few servings (diminishing its drinkability), it's still satisfying from start to finish within the first glass. Very nice! A classic example of Bamberg-style rauchbier that's absolutely worth trying; although their Weizen version might make a better first-step for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 20:39:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review: orig was shipped from Indy. This was one driving back during Xmas. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a reddish caramel color and had a tall light beige head. It slowly settled into a broken foam with a collar. Excellent carbonation and some lacing.

The aroma was bam in your face smoke. Just pouring filled that part of the room with campfire smoke smell. I love rauchbiers and have been dying to try this one for awhile. The aroma is one of my favorite parts of the style and this one doesn't disappoint. I saw the Thirsty Traveler on German beers that featured this one. Good story on the beech wood smoking. Campfire in a bottle. The taste was excellent (glad I got another bottle as this one was much better in the taste dept. I think the summer heat affected the original). Great smoky flavor but the base beer was very good as well. Starts off smooth and then the smokiness hits about halfway thru the drink. Not overpowering but with a great balance. This would go great with BBQ or smoked meat/fish. Can't want to try their other varieties as well. Mouthfeel was good.

Overall, an excellent that I highly recommend. Great example of the style. Only wish it was available here. Would be part of the semi regular rotation if here. Since it's not it's a definite pickup every time I go to Indy. Look forward to others by them.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:06:07 | More by TexIndy
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,664 ratings.