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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,637 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 93
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this beer many times and very purchased it. Pours out a dark, reddish-brown color. Very clear with a good size off white head. The smell is exactly as I expected, smoky. Smoky like cured meet or partially burnt wood. The taste is actually very similar to the smell at the beginning and end. Sweet smoked salami with a solid malt background. I also pick up something a bit metalic in the middle.

The taste is actually much smoother than I expected. Drinks very easily and is refreshing. I really expected a beer that I could chew on. Some day I will go to Bamberg and try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 21:57:48 | More by CharlesRiver
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown in appearance with a reddish tint. One finger of white foamy head leaves subtle lacing.

Lots of smokey, roasted malts in the aroma. Almost meaty, with some grains and a hint of sweet port like character. No mistaking that this is a rauchbier.

The flavor follows the aroma with toasted malts, lots of smokey campfire taste and smoked/grilled meat. Graininess comes through a bit, along with hints of chocolate and wood. Most likely the smokiest beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy, yet well carbonated and an ample body. Leaves a woody, smokey presence in your mouth.

Drinkability is also pretty good. Quite smokey, so you probably wouldn't want more than a pint or a bottle, but if you're in the mood for this style then you won't be disappointed. I just paired this beer with some well marinated ribs and the combo was excellent.

Overall, this rauchbier delivers. If you're looking for a smoked marzen, then look no further. This brewery hits the nail on the head in terms of staying true to the style. Definitely give it a try if you're at all interested in this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:35:28 | More by sisuspeed
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Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle.

Pours a clear, dark brown with a nice off-white head of fine bubbles.

Huge smoky bacon aroma.

Smoke is the dominant flavour here. Smoked meat, campfire and charcoal come to mind. Some roasted malt notes come through and the hops pick up towards the middle and lend some bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Pleasant and unusual.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 22:38:35 | More by Tim2000
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown body with a thin, thinning, bubbly white head.

Smell: Bacon, though definitely top-quality bacon. You know me, I'm definitely down with the bacon.

Taste: Sweetish, rich dark caramel maltiness prior to the smoked meat flavor hitting hard and fast. There's some dark fruits present, but, again, you gotta look long and hard past those smoked malts. Thin vein of roastiness and even woody character throughout. Never much in the way of hops or substantial bitterness though. Oh, the ham. Oh, the sweet barbecue flavors. Finishes ultimately smoke with a mouthful of cub scout campfire ashes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer, a smoke-minded treat even, but not one I could down on a daily basis. Such a smokey, bacon-laden flavor and aroma that it might be even more recommended to friends of the Jewish persuasion. Paired well with some chicken pan fried noodles. The driver refused to partake in the beer once he smelled it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:38:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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MrHall

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Mill St. pint glass.

It's difficult to add to what others have already written for this beer I find, but I'll do a quick run down and add personal touches best I can.

A: dark red amber, clear when held up to the light. Nice light tan head that stick around and leaves some spider web lacing.

S: Yep. Smoked pork. Others have written ham, or smoked salmon, but I think double smoked maple bacon.

T: More bacon! This time though the there's a bready taste going on. Sweet in the middle, but ONLY in the middle. The smoke comes back and there is a lingering breadiness.

M: Medium, but like the taste, there a bready yeastiness that takes over the smoke in the middle.

D: Really good, but slow at first I find. You certainly can't crush this beer no matter how familiar you are with smoke beers. The sweetness and the smokiness demand (I think) that you sip it.

I drank this on its own. And I'd like to try it paired with some spicy food.

I was once at a fancy shmantsy Indian restaurant, and ordered a curried lamb shank. The waiter suggested a smoked Shiraz from India to pair it with. At first I was put off (not knowing much about smoked drinks at the time) and it turned out to be perfect. That's something I'd like to try this with. The sweetness of this beer (and I loves me sweet beers!) needs to be balanced with something spicy, I think. Or maybe some intense German food like a good Bratwurst with spicy saurkraut...just thinking...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:50:14 | More by MrHall
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany-brown with frothy grayish-tan head.

Smell: Smoke, ash and grilled meat. Interesting.

Taste: Very, very smoky with char-grilled meat, burnt toast, molasses and some semi-sweet fruitiness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, lighter body than expected (but fits the beer), very smooth.

Drinkability: Strangely alluring. Wasn't completely sure about this beer for the first half, but then I just wanted more and more.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:25:16 | More by bsp77
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Copper color, almost opaque. Nice inch and half of dirty-white head.

S - Well, as I poured it I could smell the smoke. It is like being at a campfire as only the embers are glowing with no flames. Amazing.

T - Smoky grain taste, light hop bitterness at the end. Very smooth flavor.

M - Soft, medium body, moderate carbonation. A little less carbonation would be nicer for me, but it does not hold the beer back at all.

D - Excellent. Easy to drink and hits the Rauchbier notes perfectly (it is the original apparently).

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:23:08 | More by Fatehunter
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Sneevel

Norway

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark red brown with a thin but persistent head.

S: A summer campfire. Hot dogs. Ham.

T: A surprisingly dry, focused, smoky malt. The smokiness really kicks in on the aftertaste with a wallop of bacon and campfire spiciness.

M: Pleasant, crisp enough, but a little light bodied for all that smoke. It manages to be intense and refreshing at the same time.

I have little experience with Rauchbier, but this was definitely interesting. More refreshing than I would have thought. I really got the summer weekend-hotdog association with this beer. Im going to take one of these camping this summer!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 19:49:50 | More by Sneevel
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cocojoe

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber brown color, little head

S: sweet, floral, smokey caramel

T: the smokey notes are much stronger in the aroma than they are in the flavor. Flavor is ver clean, crisp, darker malt qualities. Toasty, nutty, light, refreshing.

M: light body, clean and crisp.

O: very much enjoyed this beer. Truly hit the spot. Sets a high bar for smoked beer. Satisfies a want for a savory quality yet balances itself out with that clean, refreshing quality.

Highly suggest this.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 08:35:10 | More by cocojoe
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FloppyDog

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The appearance is a crystal clear deep amber with glimmers of brown. A half inch head comprised of tiny bubbles has lingered since I poured it a few minutes ago.

Smoked meat in the aroma along with a hint of chocolate. Nothing in terms of hops that I can tell. A slight woodiness intermingled with the smoked meat as well.

Upfront in the taste, I get chocolate malt that then mingles with the smoke in the middle and finishes all smoky on the way down. The smoke even lingers after the sip is done. I am also getting some caramel sweetish notes in the middle, but much more of an after thought in comparison to the chocolate and smoke.

Very light bodied and smooth. The smoke decreases drinkability for me, but I understand that this is the style, so I won't let it affect my scoring too much.

Overall, an interesting and complex beer that I think every beer fan should try at least once to see if they like it. I would drink another if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:19:54 | More by FloppyDog
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours chestnut with a big, fluffy, off-white, long lasting head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is rich smoked (lox) malt with hints of piny hops. Medium, smooth body. The flavor is initially a sweet smoky malt, brown sugar balanced by earthy, piny hops. Long lasting, balanced finish. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 20:53:14 | More by mikeg67
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Andreji

Colombia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! definetly one of the best beers I've tried lately, a pleasant surprise for being such a special brew.

Tried it in Kifisias, Greece, at Zythos (Beer Society), and, due to the candlelight and gross greek smoking habits, I refrain to describe much of the appearance or the smell-granting each a 3.5 in relative fairness with the rest of the review.

Dark toned, tending to a reddish, with no head or only a small trace of it. The smell, overwhelmed by the cigar seemed sort-of smokey (is it the cigar? is it the rauch?).

The taste. mmm. unlike the rauchbier weizen, which I could not find a word to describe it other than perhaps a beer with a piece of meat stuck into it, this one I can only describe as a beer with a piece of ham stuck into it. With some maltyness and perhaps a hint of bitterness at the end, no carbonation at all, the biggest trait of this beer is, actually, its meaty (hammy in this case) sort of taste, very strongly perceivable and pleasant to the palate. Definetly could drink packs of these. Hope I'll find them here in paris.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 11:57:56 | More by Andreji
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currysage1

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a lot lighter than expected, chestnut brown with some darker red highlights.

Smell is a campfire with some dark figs smoldering, I am instantly drawn to this beer.

Taste is the same as the smell, but with a little hop, goes from the middle back of my tongue and then slides to the sides for the finish. Some grain flavors can be detected as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, nothing special, a little thin, and not much carbonation.

Drinkability is decent for me, I could have one more but then I would be done with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 13:55:24 | More by currysage1
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper appearance with a firm white foam cap. Haze free and great retention.

Smells like your clothes after a night by the campfire. Strong but tastefully done.

Wild smoke flavors that dominate over all else. Even a bit salty and fishy like smoked salmon. Also soft water.

Light to moderate body that is refreshing to drink, but I wouldn't want it on a hot summer day. Lightly carbonated.

A joy to drink but not all the time.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 01:18:23 | More by rayjay
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ggilman

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this on tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor, Maine. A giant pour arrived in a tall glass handled mug as big as my head, and perfect for this October afternoon.

Rich dark chestnut brown, but not totally opaque. An off-white loose two finger head settled quickly. Lots of smoke and wood in the nose. Smells like bacon & smoked meats. The taste is more smoke and bacon. Liquid barbecue. This tastes delicious, but is just a little too watery for me. Something doesn't seem quite right. It might just be that I'm not used to the style. I love the nose, and the flavor, but it's not 100% satisfying.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with a decent medium carbonation.

Could be my senses aren't ready for these flavors in a beverage. But in reviewing the style, I think it's a top notch representation. Lots of Smoke & Wood, and not much else.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 17:11:04 | More by ggilman
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bfields4

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel brown color. With a very subtle head that fades quickly.

can def smell the beachwood smokiness. Reminds me of a nice smoked meat smell also a little sweetness.

The smokiness follows through to the taste. It is present from front to back in this guy hanging around in front with the very light malty sweetness, and finishing with a spicy smoke.

Very unique beer. Would love to have one of these next time I'm having pastrami or some good smoked barbecue

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:00:04 | More by bfields4
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putnam

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown

Aromas of liquid smoke, campfire smoke, shirt-from-the-night-before-while-standing-around-a-campfire... also smoked cheese and smoked meats. Smoke.
There are clean, elfen, slatey flavors, fresh-scone-textured, whisperingly light, mildly sweet, even dry, that return to fairly mild smoke notes. The balance is really nice.
I strongly urge you to explore your connoisseurship of prepared mustards in the presence of this beer. Rake thick layers of any mustard over deli rye bread and place anything else upon it you want to. Eat. Drink.
See what I mean?

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 01:28:23 | More by putnam
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability - On a could winter night? Maybe 2 or 3. In the summer? Only around a fire on a cool night. None-the-less, a great beer.

Appearance - Dark copper brown and a good head to start that recedes to a thin creamy layer with uniform lacing. A good looking meal.

Smell - sweet smoky meat and bread. The smoke is not overwhelming and the aroma is actually quite clean.

Taste - just like what you smell. This is a great and interesting drink. Being my first smoky Rauchbier, I imagine that this is probably the standard for the style. The flavour thins midway and there is a medium-light bitter finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel - really smooth and lightly creamy with low carbonation that suits the style. Feels great going down. I don't think a highly carbonated smoke beer would work.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:26:45 | More by ecoastman
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark molasses brown color with some moderate tan head that fades rapidly. Bubbles a little... seems carbonated like a soda. Smell is huge as soon the bottle is opened. At first it's almost all smoke, like smoked pork or bacon. Rolls into some darker malts, but still big smoke. Taste follows with some smokeiness and chocolate malt, very interesting. I've never really had anything like this, and I really like it. The smoke is big, though not overpowering. The rye toast/roasted malts come come through as it warms. Big flavors, really good. MF is a bit thin, though not overcarbonated as I expected. Great drinkability, very smooth and interesting. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 04:20:39 | More by LordAdmNelson
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dar brown with white head. Aroma of roasted malts but dmoinated by a smokey charcoal bbq scent. This beer has a very complex taste that is dominated by a smoked charcoal taste. Burnt malt accompanied by hickory bbq. Very unique and original but not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 09:05:57 | More by corby112
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish - copper color with a two finger billowy beige head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is smacked with tons of big smokiness with some aromas of char. It smells of a fire and with hints of a salty aroma as well as a little bit of grass it gives an almost smoked meat like smell overall.

Taste – While the nose was massive in smoke the taste was a little tuned down, although still nice and smoky. The taste starts out with some smoky and malty flavors mixed with a bit of a lighter fruit taste. The smoke as well as the fruit grow a bit stronger in nature and mix with some lighter grassy flavors. Bit of a almost salty meat flavor develop more toward the middle to the end and when mixed with the smoky flavors produce a smoked ham sandwich like taste with a little bit of fruit flavor. Odd, but interesting.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium to slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the style with the slightly chewier body very nicely complimenting the smoked flavors, while the moderate carbonation was great for the overall drinkability.

Overall – Quite a tasty Rachbier with a huge smoky nose but yet rather palatable and pleasing blend of flavors beyond just smoke.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 19:05:55 | More by Darkmagus82
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine who introduced me to smoked beers hinted that I should get him a bottle of this while I was in Ontario. Taking the hint, I got one for myself as well.

Initial pour is about 66% ruby red beer, 33% creamy tan head. Head sloooowly evaporates, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Fantastic smoky scent. Like bacon with a little bit of fat.

Taste isn't quite as smoky as I was expecting. A more smooth smoky flavor to go along with some light roasted malts. Slightly sweet flavor rounds it out a bit.

All around really good. I think this is going on my list of things to pick up again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 23:36:19 | More by Seanstoppable
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Rauchbier, hey Josh, you have some serious catching up to do.

1 pt. 09 fl. oz poured into a stange.

Pours a dark ruby hue with a one finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a fluffy layer of bubbles. Spotty lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Smell is beef jerky and campfire smoke with a hint of sweet molasses. Lots of roasted grains and a bit of caramel malt in the nose as well. I have never smelled anything like this before, let's see how this one tastes. Taste begins with a smoked kielbasa that was cooked while tailgating truthfully in the parking lot of Ralph Wilson stadium. Midway a bit of brown sugar sweetness tickles the tongue, ending with a charred oak like aftertaste that's on the dry side. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth feel. Carbonation is fairly low, but fits the beer very well. This beer really improves as it warms, the flavors seem to be more pronounced. To be honest, before I even opened this bottle I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish this beer. I would be in heaven if Dinosaur BBQ downtown had this on hand. Drunken Spicy Shrimp, Tres Hombre, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen may just be the perfect combination...I may have to get another bottle of this and some Dinosaur take out VERY soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 00:58:48 | More by BeerTruth
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dasenebler

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown, really dark. A nice head forms, but it doesn't stick around. Intense aroma of smoke, smoked malts, meats and overall deliciousness.

Taste is, well, unusual: this is definitely not a beer for the faint of heart. This beer tastes like smoked meat-- liquid bacon, as I like to call it. Some sweet malts come through, as well as a touch of bitterness, but this beer imparts such a strong smoky and woody flavor that trying to taste and evaluate a beer afterwards would prove futile. Silky smooth mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation. Intense flavors, but still very smooth to drink.

Could not think of a more appropriate beer to enjoy with an authentic German meal, preferably with lots of meat that matches the smokiness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 19:43:12 | More by dasenebler
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AleDrinkToThat

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep copper hue under a beige two finger head.

Smell: The smoke is the dominant scent for sure, but there was also an inviting sweet maltiness hidden in there.

Taste: The smoke hits up front, but it really does open up to reveal a delicious, almost chewy caramel malt. The floral bouquet finishes quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: It's really an odd sensation, having a sweet malty mouthfeel while tasting smoke! I liked it, though.

Drinkability: This is my first foray into the realm of the Rauchbier. It was very interesting, and not totally uninviting. I'm glad I chose the malty Marzen version. It's an acquired taste, and I think that (given time) I can get to where I really appreciate it. I paired this with some grilled/smoked Andouille sausage, which was a PERFECT compliment to the Rauchbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 21:10:49 | More by AleDrinkToThat
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.