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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,742
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 103
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
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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 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
Photo of deereless
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Acorn brown, spots of cottony foam around the edges - 4.25, T: Holy geez is this smoky, lots of smoke and strong scents of the smoky sausage from some good gumbo, earthy woods - 4.50, T: Though smoke is still the dominating factor, it is less noticeable on the tongue than the nose, the caramel malt manages to find a way through all the smoke, lots of wood, mildly dry -4.25, M: Silky 4.00, D: Overall, a very enjoyable beer, intensely smoky - 4.25

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A medium pour fills the mug with a burly tan head and a roiling, murky reddish brown brew. The froth proudly stakes the summit and sits for awhile before the descent.

Aroma is made of wheat, a complexity of dark fruits (plum, raisin, grape), and a whiff of smouldering char.

More notes of wheat make their way prominently onto the palate, followed by a hint of dark fruits, more wet woodiness, some floral esters, damp hay and a dash of sweetness.

Light to medium in body and airy.

This is a perfectly balanced, flavorful beer that makes no apologies for being the cream of the crop. I can't imagine anything making it better, except for possibly getting it fresh at the source, which would be something worth striving for.

stephens101, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one and the Urbock are my two favorite from Schlenkerla. I might have to go with this one though. I might be being bias too. I love Marzen and this is an interesting twist. On the other hand the smokiness sort of drowns out some of the traditional Marzen traits. It has a dark brown body with a bit of orange hue. The aroma is not as Marzen like; this is the main thing that takes a backseat to the smokiness in the beer. It has that old smokehouse scent just like all their beers. The taste is meaty and there is subtle sweet roasted malt flavor before the smoke sets in. The body is medium and this is a great heavy meal beer.

MTNboy, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish amber with a thick off-white head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

A strong smokiness, like smoked pork is the first obvious aroma. A hint of caramel sweetness lies underneath.

The taste is very smoky. Smoked, lightly salted, pork with a woody touch, remains firm throughout the drink. It mixes with sweet caramel. Just enough earthy hops keep it in balance. It finishes clean, and the smokiness lasts in a long aftertaste.

It's very smooth. Medium-bodied. Has a nice texture to it.

This is a great accompaniment to a smoked sausage or other meats. A nice fall barbecue beer. I've had it alone, and it's good for what it is - can be a bit much, but to complement the right food, it's very good.

jwc215, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third Schlenkerla and I'm finding myself really drawn to the rauchbier style.

The marzen pours a dark, chocolate brown with a huge, tan head. The head retains very well throughout, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The marzen is the best smelling of the Schlenkerla rauchbiers, due in part to the big malt profile. With the marzen, I can easily pick up a strong malt and chocolate aroma underneath the heavy layers of smoke. As with the other Schlenkerla offerings, there is a big aroma of doused campfire and freshly charred wood.

There is a nice, chewy malt presence with sweet, roasted and chocolate malt flavors. This is balanced by an acidic; smoke presence that really takes over the taste. There are also hints of caramel, oak and molasses. Hickory, charred wood and fire pit flavors make an exceptional tasting brew.

This is a full-bodied brew that has been well carbonated for a pleasing mouthfeel.

This is the most drinkable Schlenkerla that I've tried so far and my favorite rauchbier to date. This paired very well with some pepperjack cheese but I'm really looking forward to bringing it along to a BBQ.

Estarrio, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a drak brown color with a 2" off-white colored head. Some mild lace develops.

Smell: loads of smokey goodness and caramel are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, some ripe dark fruits, and a moderate and well balanced smokey flavor. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable beer that goes perfectly with BBQ. Easy to quaff this beer.

Gavage, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of bmacaskill
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK. I've had smoked sausage. I've had beer.

Now I can have both in a single swallow. This beer's smoky aroma has to be experienced to be believed. While I know it has been around for a while ;-), this has been my first smoked-malt beer, and it's about time!

The quaff was smooth, dry... and then very smoky. If you've never had a smoked-malt beer, you have to try this one. Very long finish that leaves you hungering for a sausage. And I mean that very positively!

bmacaskill, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber with 2 finger head of barely off-white foam. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. As soon as you crack this beast open you know you are dealing with something a little different. You don't even have to breath through your nose and you can easily pick up on the smokiness in the nose. I can't fight my way through it, all I smell is delicious smokey... nay very smokey bacon. Taking a sip, I am immediately thinking of a delicous roast beef dinner with gravy. What the hell is this, dinner in a bottle? Finish is a little bitter but the smoke remains in your mouth long after you have taken a sip. Another noticable feature is a bit of a metallic taste. The bottle is labled as a marzen but you could easily lie to me and tell me it is something else. I guess if you took away the smokey flavor it might taste like a marzen but I am too caught up in the beefy taste to tell what it is. About all this beer has to offer that is like a marzen is the color, and even that looks like it has been set on fire and burnt a little.

stakem, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of travise
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a nice head that hung around for a minute or two.
nice dark mahogany color...the aroma reminds me of my dad's venison bologna...awesome. it tastes like it smells with a nice balanced malt profile, it'd be a nice marzen without the smoke. not much in the hop dept.
i'll have another.

travise, Dec 03, 2006
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,742 ratings.