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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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90
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1,757 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 105
Gots: 94 | 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)
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Dark with an amber hue, nice off-white head. The common appearance belies a furious interior

S – Smoked mullet. I grew up in Coastal Florida, I know 547812469 mullet fisherman. This is grade A smoked mullet. Not smoked Salmon, mind you. Not smoked Mackerel, mind you. Not smoked Amberjack, mind you. Ted Peters Smoked Fish House has nothing on this.

T – Overall, this beer is among the most strictly savory. Like smoked mullet; if you like it, you'll love this. Mullet is a mild, grainy white fish, and this beer is ridiculously similar. In other words, this beer has heavy smoke, light grain, and a great smooth body and finish.

M – Medium-thin, and very complimentary to the flavor. If it had more viscosity it would be less palatable.

D – Very complementary to certain foods, and extremely delicious as a stand-alone.

ktrillionaire, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of tatoodkelt
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the Urbock before but this is the first time for the Marzen.

Consumed 11/2/2009- from notes.

Brown 500ml bottle poured into a glass mug.

A- A dark, clear amber with about a three finger tan head that hung around for aloooong time. Pretty good lacing as well.

S/T- Putting these together for this one because they were identical as far as I could tell. Like a campfire in a bottle! Smoked meat, and charred wood. If I closed my eyes I'd think I was camping.

M- Medium bodied and very smooth. The carbination is not very evident.

D- This was the perfect beer for sitting out on my deck watching the leaves fall. Awesome beer for this time of year and I'll definitely pick some up the next time I'm going camping.

tatoodkelt, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark, cola colored body with a quickly vanishing head.

s: Smoked ham. Seriously, I'm hungry now.

t: Smoked meat overwhelms this beer, so avoid it if you're a veg-head. I can pick up on a bit of caramel malt and a little hop bitterness, but this beer is all about the smoke. Would go GREAT with barbecue or any smoked meats.

m: Medium body and carbonation.

d: Good drinkabilty if you don't mind a palate full of ham. If this isn't a problem for you, you will like this beer. If you are picky about your smoked beers and only like smoke in small doses, steer clear.

This is the best Rauchbier I have had. If you like the style, you'll like this brew.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color with a big tan foamy head.
Little or no carbonation that I can see.
Smokey aroma dominates everything else here aroma wise. There is a sutle roasted malt aroma.
Very smokey with some roasted malt flavors.
The smoked malt doesn't overpower the beer but instead inhances the flavor.
Medium body beer with a dry finish.
The flavor also reminds me of smoked cheese if you ever had it.
A good drinkable beer but in limited amounts.
Drink well my friends.

micromaniac129, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle

Poured a very small but fine white head. The body was a reddish brown with very tiny bubbles. Surprisingly transparent which when held up to the light gave off a beautiful ruby color.

The smell of this beer is a work of art. Smoke, ham, meat, wood, charcoal, sweet malts, little to no hop at all. This beer smells like a backwoods camp fire.

The initial taste, although medium bodied, is actually very light and easy drinking. It starts off with a shot of up front bitterness, then mellows very quickly. You can taste the roasted malts, caramel, sugar and burnt molases flavors mellow in the forground but with this lovely wofting smoke and meat flavor on a sepperate plane. It almost tastes like the burnt ends of a ham. The earthy hops compliment this beer so well you almost forget there are even hops in it. A perfect balance of earthy hops and smoked malts create an impressive woodsy natural flavor to this beer.

It finishes very clean and mellow with only slight hints of the smoke flavor. Although a good burp or two minutes or hours later is guaranteed to bring hints of this beer back to you.

Overall a very unique and delicious beer. Not a beer for every occasion or every pallet. It's deffinately an aquired taste. But a beer you shouldn't miss.

taez555, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown with a lot of red highlights to it - almost amber in color but too deep to really be amber. A two finger of tan head that recedes to a nice 1/4 cap, nice lacing left behind. Nose is reminiscent of a campfire! OK, campfire and bacon - I was practically salivating at this point. Taste is - if I could bottle a campfire this is exactly what I would think it tasted like. Deeply smoked malts are the basis of this beer - start to finish, with saltiness to the taste. Reminds me of smoked bacons and hams. Nice mouthfeel, rather creamy, mildly carbonated. This is a beer that I could drink for a good session. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's a damn fine beer for me!

Jayli, May 26, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeremy for sharing this...it heals all...F U La Folie 05!

A-pours a transparent dark reddish brown, fluffy creamy yellowish head with a huge lace left behind.

S-the nose has a ton of smoke and campfire to it, smoked ham is quite strong in the nose, caramel malts there to balance that malt profile and a faint grassy hop aroma in the back.

T-tons of smokey campfire in the taste, again smoked meats, lots of smokey glazed ham, sturdy malt base and notes of malt sweetness with caramel and toffee, a light earthy and grassy hop presence in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy feel to it with a medium to light body and clean soft finish, low carbonation but enough to balance.

D-very interesting beer, quite smoked and meaty but enough balance to it that is seems to work very well together and be enjoyable. Plus, after the onslought of acidity and vinegar of La Folie 05 there was a need for malt!

cpetrone84, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Brian700
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to say thanks to mcallister for send me this small collection of smoked beers. This is my first one ever and I'm blown away. This Marzen pours a deep brown with a slightly off-white head. Lovely looking beer.

The aroma is nice and smokey. Reminds me of so many things I love like BBQing and Camping.

The taste is nice and malty with heavy smoke presence. The smoke aroma is intensified after you breathe out after the swallow. Simply amazing. This is a great style of beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer even with the smokiness of it. I can see how others would disagree with me but if this is your style of beer--very drinkable.
The mouthfeel is

Brian700, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.- Pours a dark, reddish-brown with aggressive carbonation and a thin off-white head.

S.- Aroma at first is all smoke, almost like campfire. Malty smell lingers in the backround.

T. In the front, doughy malt is present, and on the back of the tongue, wood smoke is present. A lot less smoky taste than present in the aroma. Finishes clean with slight hop bitterness.

M.- Medium-bodied, this beer coats the tongue and flavor is intense.

D.- Very approachable for this style of beer. Not a session brew, but rather a sipper on a cold night or with barbecue. For those who have not tried a smoke beer, I highly reccommend they try this one.

WYVYRN527, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of afinepilsner
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen was a mahogany in color with an off-white head. The head had decent retention and left some lacing. The aroma was dominated by smoke. The taste was sweet malt with plenty of smoke with some bitterness towards the long, smoky, dry finish. It was medium bodied with fairly mild carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a nice beer with a good smoke flavor. It's definately worth a try.

afinepilsner, May 29, 2007
Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours a dark-caramel-reddish color with a small head
Smell: Full of smoked bacon, other smoked meats, wood, smoke again and some sweet malts.
Taste:Bacon, smoke, sweet caramel malts and some nice wooden hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Smoked beers; you hate them, or you like them. We had a tasting with 4 people, I was the only one that didn’t drain-pour this one. One of the better ones on the market!

rvdoorn, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for bringing this bad boy to Tejas.

A smoked marzen, perhaps the standard-bearer for the style. It pours a rich, dark brown color with a wonderfully smokey aroma. A big bouquet of smokey goodness that surprises on the palate. It’s not as bold tasting as one might expect, rather the smokiness comes across as mellow and well-balanced. It doesn’t drop out nor does it overpower, rather the notes are there and remain present as it warms much like a mild-tasting Scotch. The carbonation holds up and its effervescence helps the smoke come across. I’m a big fan of smoked beers so count me as a fan of this one.

elNopalero, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Molasses-like in color, slightly transparent. There's a thin layer of off-white head that falls into a thin layer and stays. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: I don't know that I could walk into the room without smelling this beer. The smoke aroma is huge, bringing the smells of campfire and smoked bacon. Underneath that there's a sweetness, presumably from the malts.

T: The taste is really nice. I was a little skeptical after smelling the beer that it would taste like nothing but a campfire, but it's really well balanced. Sweet caramel malts up front, a flavor reminiscent of smoked ham follows, but then it fades fairly quickly and a hop bitterness brings the beer to a close. Leaves the mouth with a slightly smoky aftertaste.

M: Creamy and moderate-heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: This is what a smoked beer should taste like. The smoke is ever-present but not overwhelming. Obviously not for someone who's not a fan of the rauchbier style, it's by far the best that I've ever had.

DaveBlack, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of steinlifter
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this poured clear, almost black, big frothy head, that retained well.
aroma was of smoky bacon, hint of dark fruit as well...intriguing...
taste was smoky up front, hint of light hops, some malt...but the smoked flavor predominates here.
mouthfeel is light, yet full, slight creaminess.
drinability, is for me, limited, the smoked novelty seems to wear off fast, and, I just couldn't make this a session beer, it is unique, and interesting though, and I would certainly recommend tryin it out!....

steinlifter, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not very familiar with this style, but I'm looking forward to this one.

A: Dark brown in the center of the storm, but crystal clear around on all sides of the chewy center. Nothing hazy or foggy about this brew, and the head is about an inch or so and ain't going anywhere!

S: Smells like a smoked turkey sandwich - kaiser roll and all.

T: Wonderful smoked flavor, with no sweet or syrupy character whatsoever. Pure wood-fired goodness.

M: This is very clean on the palate, nice bubbly carbonation, with no residue whatsoever left behind, and no alcohol of any type detected.

D: This was my first Rauchbier, and it didn't disappoint!

Chaney, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of erz316
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 floz bottle into POM stange.

A - dark translucent brown body, with a creamy white head. a dark ruby/copper colour like a cola, but more diaphanous. dead settles down to a very thing coating quickly.

S - smells strongly of smoked wood, almost like smoked jerky or ham. some malt character in the mid ground.

T - initial flavour is a strong malt sensation of dark malt savoriness rather than the the sweetness. the carbonation along with the bold face of the malts gives it the illusion of being chewy, but the body is far to thin to be anything near that. there is a bit of hoppy twang that comes out with the smoke, almost equal at first but then the smoke character is dominant. the finish keeps the hops along for the ride while the smoke does its job. after taste at first is purely smoke flavour, like I just had some really strongly smoked Canadian bacon. the flavour lessens in strength but remains noticeable.

MF&D - a thin body with a big taste, carbonation is good and makes up for any misgivings the body itself would have allowed.

When I first had this beer as a teenager I was utterly horrified that a beer could be smoked, then again I didnt know German at that age, so Rauchbier was inaptly translated as something-or-other-beer. but now, I knew what was coming and I can say that I love it.

erz316, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of xrdsci
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle.

A: Deep brown color with a light tan head.

S: Smells like smoked pork.

T: The strong smokey flavor dominates here, although it's not overwhelming. A fair amount of sweetness up front. It's hard to pick up through the smoke, but I can taste some faint caramel and dark fruits.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, not as thick as expected. Very smooth. Light carbonation

D: Thoroughly enjoyed this, but it isn't something I could drink in any situation.

This is probably the most interesting beer I've ever had. To be honest, I didn't care for it much the first time around (mostly because of poor food-pairing). The second and subsequent tastings have been more rewarding. Give it a chance.

xrdsci, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Citadel82
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After living in Kansas City for about a decade I became a real fan of Barbecue. This is as close to a Barbecued Beer as you can get.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with an ample tan head that leaves lots of lace work, coating the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smells of sweet malt, earth and beechwood smoke. Unbelievably so.

Tastes malty with strong smokiness and some hop bitterness. Finish is short and relatively dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially late at night watching a good movie.

Citadel82, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red almost black looking, with a full white head, great retention and good lacing. Seen this beer out of the olde wooden cask too, looks phenomenal.

S: Smoke, maple syrup and bacon.

T: Munich malt, very much marzen like of course with is the main backbone, has some sweetness. Smoke is prominent, but not as over the top as I remember when I first had it, perhaps it was just so new back then. Smoky tasty lager, not much more to say, quite good.

M: Not as robust maybe as I would like, could make the beer extraordinary, medium-bodied, smoky aftertaste, you'll taste the beer for a long time.

D: The classic of the style and the beer to have if you want to now what rauchbier is all about. A throwback to the early lagers and one of the most traditional flavours you're going to get.

Halcyondays, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of greg202stewart
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First smokebeer. Pours a deep red. Smells much like a camp fire and smoked sausage. The taste is actually much more subtle, you can taste the malts and the smoke taste is much more mild on the palate. It leaves a pretty great taste in your mouth like chewing on a beef jerky. Great for certain occasions and probably only have one of these each time.

greg202stewart, May 14, 2009
Photo of AlexJ
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a few of these to go with a BBQ, to accompany some ribs specifically. It is a dark, chestnut colored brown with an unexpectedly rich and foamy head of light brown.

The aroma is as smoky as you would expect, but in no way unappetising. It definately has an oily, cured meat thing going on, very meaty smelling. There's just enough malty aromas to balance the smoke a bit. I smell a bit of tasty chocolate caramel as well.

A very tasty blend of sweet smokey flavors , charred dark malts, and a nice hop addition to remind you that you're drinking beer. There's an unexpected appearance of chocolatey flavors that remind me of a good porter, weird. It's simply wonderful with the BBQ meal we're having.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a medium body. I would like to try this beer on it's own, without food to see if it still tastes as good. I really enjoyed this one.

AlexJ, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of WorldWideStout
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a rich, dark brown.

Smell was smoky, of course. Smoked peat, smoked bacon, and all the best parts of what a campfire smell like. Lovely.

Taste was similar, though I didn't get the peat as much.

Good level of carbonation, beer was somewhat thin, but I wouldn't have wanted it to be thicker.

The flavor is so intense, I can't give it too high a mark. This was the last beer in a tasting I held, so I didn't drink a whole pint of it. I think one would have been enough though.

Only had one or two other rauchbiers, but this one was great, and really makes me want to explore this category more.

WorldWideStout, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of jdoolin
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9oz bottle with a wicked looking font, poured into a mug.

Appearance: Clear, orange/amber with a frothy white head that disippates to a ring of lace.

Aroma: Has the smell of caramel, light chocolate and malt and some light hops, but the highlight is the smoke. It's not as strong as I was expecting. In fact, it blends very nicely with the malt to produce a very nice flavor. It was a bit odd at the very first, but by the end of the first sip, I was ready for more. Has a very nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: At the time of this review, it was my first rauchbier. I didn't know what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying this beer. I'm looking forward to more.

This also paired very nicely with homemade, smoked barbeque ribs.

jdoolin, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color with a small tan head, some lacing. Smell is smoked ham or bacon, some sweet malt is also present. The flavor is just like smoked ham or bacon with a little bit of sweetness at the end. Quite good.

This is a very smooth beer to drink. Not too much carbonation, medium bodied. The sweetness of this beer comes through more as it warms. I would buy this again.

hardy008, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a slightly hazy, deep copper colour with a thin, tight off-white head. Okay head retention with the head dissipating to a patchy film over the beer.

Meaty smoke aromas with hints of iodine, roast and malt coming through.

This is very good with a nice balance between the beer and the smoke. Camp fire like smoke hits the palate first in the attack with a follow through of lighter smoke combined with a roasty, lightly tart mid-palate. The finish is slightly burnt.

A nice, below average body and medium carbonation hold this beer together without overwhelming the drinker.

A very good rauchbier. This style isn't for everyone but the well controlled smoke character in this example make it a quite drinkable version.

dgilks, Oct 04, 2009
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,757 ratings.