Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 114
Gots: 127 | FT: 3
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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 Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. The beer poured a dark brown with a tan head. You can smell it from 3 feet away, wood smoke, bacon slightly charred malts.

The beer is great. Lots of wood (Beachwood per the label) smoke upfront followed by semi sweet malts, raisins and bacon. Yummy!

The mouth is thinner than expected but seems to be just thick enough.

This is a good beer, session beer no, tasty beer yes!! May have the strongest smoke taste of any smoked beer I have ever had.

Photo of Lars3
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Rauchbiers are one of my favorite styles so I may be biased with my scoring of this beer, but I love this beer.

The smell greats you as soon as you open the bottle. It is smokey, without being smoke like. It is more akin to smoked salmon or meats than sitting next to a bonfire. If you keep your face planted in the beer the whole time you'll loose the scent, but step away for a minute or two and it greets you all over again.

The flavor is what keeps me coming back. There is no style of beer that goes as well with spicy food as a Rauchbier. Be it Indian, Buffalo Wings, Thai or BBQ, the combo of spice and smoke is only natural. I would caution you to not eat something too spicy, you'll lose the flavor of the beer.

50cL bottle into a half maß.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Maxs yesterday. As good as this beer is, the Urbock is a touch better.

Dark brown with a thin beige head with good retention and nice lace. On the nose, it's deep and roasty, meaty and savory, almost sausage-like. Mild caramel sweetness is present. The palate opens smoky in a way that reminds me of smoking wet wood, with an earthy hop character. The hops work very well with the smoke, enhancing the experience. Smoky and meaty, this stuff is great. Light in body, and the carbonation is a touch higher than it needs to be. The finish is solid - dry and smoky - but could use a little bit more character. Thoroughly enjoyable, this beer is pretty excellent

Photo of abuliarose
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this to bake with some ribs, a bottle to try. Poured into a snifter, revealing ashen white head and a chestnut brown body. Smells like campfire smoke and very strong at that. Some sweet malts come through underneath, but for the most part this is exactly what I'd want a rauchbier to smell like.

Tastes like liquid smoke with a soft malt backbone, slightly sweet and watery smooth. Hints of bitterness come through at the end with burnt smoked tinges. The carbonation is small and pointed at first, but with the light body dies quickly. Decent mouthfeel which also smacks of liquid smoke. Because of the overwhelming smokiness which kills your taste buds, I can't drink more than one. I will, however, enjoy the one I drink.

Overall, this brew is a contender for best in class. Plus, it goes great with/in BBQ.

Photo of Sam21
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into dimple mug. No bottle date.

Appearance- Ruby brown body with a creamy tan cap of foam.
Excellent retention and beautiful lacing.
Smell- Intense wood smoke makes itself known as soon as the cap comes off. It is the most prominent characteristic, but is not overwhelming. A solid malt sweetness is present but definitely a bottom player to the smoke.

Taste- Initial sweetness with thick layers of smoke that carry through to the finish. The sweetness is eclipsed by the smoke in the finish with a subtle graininess that is accompanied by a subtly bitter hop presence.

Mouth Feel- This beer sports a medium body with creamy and full carbonation. Finish is slightly drying, which I find accents the beer's smoky character.

Drinkability- Smoky, woody, with a balancing malt foundation. This beer has great character and balance and is an incredibly easy drinking beer. The perfect pint for a cold New England fall night.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby and brown color with a sticky thick velvety head.

Smell: Smoked smell is immediate and most prominant throughout. Reminds me of smoked Gouda cheese and extinguished campfires. There is a sweetness burried in there too.

Taste: This is really fantastic in flavor...very bold and full. The smokey, wood flavors have a richness that reminds me of meat and cheese. Its very filling in this way - your tongue can only handle so much. The aftertaste is brief - especially considering how much flavor is in the there.

Mouthfeel: The body is very nice - smooth, thick with a few peppered bubbles here and there.

Drinkability: This is not a beer. It is a snack. Treat it with caution and enjoy.

Photo of CraftFan5
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of hmf05
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber/ruby, clear, slightly with a beautiful 3 finger head that really sticks

S: Smoked ham is most dominant but i also get other smoked meats like bacon. There is some nice bready malts also in the mix but the aroma is mostly smoked ham

T: Delicious smoked ham and pork. Some caramel, but mostly smoked ham.

M: Medium viscosity with some creaminess

D: One of these is all you need. Too intense for more

O: Probably my favorite from the brewery.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Einbecker Ur-bock glass on the day before my first day of work at a new job.

Pours a transparent coca-cola brown with a fluffy cream head.

Massive aroma of hickory and smoke. Perhaps a bit meaty as well.

The aroma was a bit strong, but the taste is a bit softer making for a bit more drinkable brew. The flavors of wood and smoke really do come together nicely. A nice bready malt backbone is apparent, but is second fiddle to the smoke.

Light bodied and mildly carbonated.

A fine beer, and unique to me. The flavor is not overpowering by any means, but I can only do so much smoke.

Photo of giblet
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow. i feel like i just got back from a BBQ. this is my first "smoke beer". poured very dark in the glass. you can just barely see some light through it. good carbonation and about one half inch head. aroma is of smoke and rich roasted malt. taste is surprisingly smooth and lighter finish than what the smell suggested. excellent lacing down the glass. this beer is lighter than expected but i dont think that this is a good style for me.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of wchesak
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip glass

A - like some Barq's rootbeer, off white head, bit of splotchy head

S - immediately think of smoked ribs, good charred logs of wood

T - some dark malt flavor but not a lot, wood comes towards the end, is never overpowering but does linger on the palette

M - medium bodied, about normal carbonation, a bit thinner than I thought, however still coats the mouth well

D - first time I had this beer about 3 years ago i couldnt finish it, palette has luckily changed for the better, will be trying their other versions

Photo of trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. I got this via a trade, but I can't remember with who!

Dark, mostly opaque with some brownish-red highlights. Big 1 1/2 inch head off a vigorous pour. Medium-low carbonation from what I can tell, and lots of lace with good retention. Aroma is as advertised, smoky. My immediate thought is "meaty", because the only thing I've smelled this smoked is sausage. There's some background earth notes, some subtle floweriness, but it's all obscured by the smoky goodness.

Taste is wildly earthy and untamed, like the outdoors. Campfire smoke, and more smoke, sausage, some sweet malty caramel notes to balance, heathery sweetness as well. Some cocoa bitterness and lots of woody flavour as well with a good crackery malt base. Mouthfeel is awesome with a smooth, soft water feel, mellow, carbonation is just spot on, very mild and subtle. Light sticky driness in the finish, but creamy in the mouth. Well done, and I wish I had access to this beer in MB, it's just a natural pairing for so much good Eastern European food!

Photo of Reanimator
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like your average dark lager, minimal head, nothing too spec....whoa! Yep, definitely smells like the bottle is filled with bacon grease, with some Marzen undertones of course. Definitely tastes smoked, but not in the bacon-grease way that the nose let on, and not as overpowering as I was expecting. It's actually quite a pleasant smokiness, lending a sweetness to the already unique malt character. All of this is built on the solid Marzen base, which is surprisingly bitter on the finish.

As a big fan of dark German-style lagers I found the mouthfeel to be maybe a bit light for my taste. But overall this is a brilliant rauchbier; an enjoyable sipper!

Photo of bierschmecktgut
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a heavy dark cherry brown and left a tall beige head. The lacing was good while it lasted, thinning to a strip. Absolutely clear against artificial light, minimal rising carbonation

So my first smoked beer and evaluating on the style its aroma absolutely lives up to the name. A strong yet pleasant burnt wood/bread crust odor is immediate, much like a fire just put out with water. After a short wait i can now smell the malt still mixed behind the smokiness. Absolutely nothing on hop side for me.

Much subtler on taste than smell. The smoky flavor is soft and sweet malty character is evident on the swallow, same sweetness I see in dopplebocks. A fair balance. A super slight astringency on the back of tongue, not sure if its hop oil or tannins. The smoke wins in the aftertaste in the back of nose and throat.

Much like a Dopplebock to me its medium body and not carbonated too heavily. A very light palette coating remains half way through the bottle but is not taking away from enjoyment.

Very impressed with my first smoked beer and did not allow personal tastes to shy me away. Not very thirst quenching nor crisp in the least bit but agree that this should be paired with fatty foods, maybe meats but i enjoyed half of it before some crispy chicken artichoke pizza made it all the better. I will buy this again as a treat or to break someone else into smoke beers.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Deep dark mahogany with a slightly mocha head that rises to a fair height on pour and drops down to a relatively above-average stable height. The foam looks thick and pretty sturdy - looks which are confirmed by the very fine amount of lacing left behind.

SMELL : First nose is rich malt and rich smoke on a pretty 50-50 equilibrium. No real hop presence at this point. Second nose follows through but adds in a definite floral element - so there's our hops popping up. Very smooth and aromatic - most definitely a noble varietal, as can be expected from a German beer. Third nose has yet more flowery hops coming out and the clearly lager origin of the beer becomes obvious.

TASTE : Sweet-ish malts, smoke, a nice floral hop tinge, lots of fruit that are a bit of a surprise judging from the nose. White flowers and an almost peach side to the fruit profile. Very, very interesting. I'm especially digging the mix of the malt, smoke and peach aromas. Works amazingly well for me.

MOUTHFEEL : This is just what it needs to be, in my opinion. The round feel that the slightly sweet malts bring help support and complement the smoke. A "normal" lager would be much too thin and delicate for that smoke profile. Carbonation is spot on after a few swings around the glass for the sake of smelling the stuff right.

OVERALL : I've known people who felt the smoke in this brew was overwhelming, but to me it's nearly perfectly balanced. Everything works amazingly well. The smoke attack quickly calms down and the fruit profile slowly begins to dominate, although always leaving a healthy amount of room for the smoke. I haven't had many rauchbiers, but I keep coming back to this one. Great stuff.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of this beer is just awesome. It is a deep ruby red color topped with a frothy light tan head. Visible carbonation keeps the head bubbling.

S: Slight smokiness on the nose, though it's subtle behind a sweet malt backbone on this beer. No hops detected on the nose.

T: The smokiness comes through on the palate much more prominently than the nose. It lends a kind of bacon flavor to the beer. It's actually quite pleasant, and once I identified it, it became the dominant flavor, and even lingered quite a bit on the finish. In the background I can taste caramel malts, which are quite subtle, but defiantly there.

M: Good mouthfeel. It is moderate-high on carbonation and medium bodied.

D: While I really like this beer, I would think drinking more than one in a session would be detrimental to my palate and might destroy my ability to taste anything else while enjoying multiples of this beer.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.

Pours a densely-bubbled off-white head that's off-white in color. This fades down over a few minutes, leaving some decent lace that has a bit of staying power. Body itself is a dark reddish brown, translucent, with some visible carbonation.

Scent is overwhelmingly of campfire smoke, smoked meat (primarily bacon). Fairly strong, but somehow warming and very evocative of times past in the cold evenings outdoors. I actually would have liked a little malt in this one's scent; it is a "rauchbier Märzen" after all!

Taste is, as expected, smoked, but not wildly out of proportion. Some malt sweetness becomes present, with mild bitterness from hops in the fade-out. Smoke primarily in the aftertaste, but also some hop bitterness and salt.

On the palate, this is medium-bodied, but still relatively smooth with moderate carbonation. Smoked malts impart a dry finish.

A classic representative of the rauchbier style: warm, tangy, and not overpowering.

Photo of vkv822
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Dark amber red, near black with a foamy, light tan head that dissipates to leave a foamy ring of bubbles around the rim.

Very strong smoked meat aroma upfront, with a lightly sweet finish.

While the smoked meat taste is still there, it is definitely not as robust as in the nose. Blended with cocoa and roasty malt character.

Medium body, not viscous as the nose led me to expect. Average, bubbly carbonation.

The nose was quite impressive, and a bit intimidating, but it did not translate to the taste. Though that is not to say that taste was a let down, as it was still enjoyable and combined with the mouthfeel, made it easy to drink.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a glass

A: Pours a deep copper brown color. There is a very light tan head which fades to a thin cap of foam. Light layered lacing.

S: Smoke is the first flavor I pick up, and far and away the most potent. It smells like sweet burning leaves and hickory. Tangy and salty in a way.

T: The smoke flavor is still the most potent aspect, but not overpowering. It really does taste like a campfire smells. A little bit of sweetness makes the smoke flavor bearable.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: I'm having a pepperoni, bacon and jalapeno pizza with this beer, and the combination is great! Maybe a little one dimensional to have on it's own, but the lingering smoke flavor melds great with the savory, spicy pizza.

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 4.25
Dark brown semi-opaque body with white-brown head 1-2'.

Smell: 4.25
Rich campfire smoke with background of toffee and roasted malt and slightly earth Noble hops.

Taste: 4
Initially, a dry, nutty malt with slight sweetness later in taste. Smooth smokiness with notes almost akin hickey smokiness of bacon. Mid to late, increasing mild to moderate bitterness becomes detectable via hops. Finishes with a slight mild malt presence and a thin coating of roast/smoke on palate.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Slight thinness to body with mild carbonation. Almost English ale'ish in mouthfell.

Overall: 4.25
Great dynamic beer with strong smoke notes, but manages to still be balanced and drinkable. Pairs well with food, esp BBQ.
Recommend to try.

Photo of harkjohnny
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours into my liter mug with a deep chestnut brown color and a relatively tight cream head. as I poured I picked up the melanoidin malt that is what a marzen is all about. Upon further investigation the malt aroma starts out fully as a smooth smoke and then gives way, though lightly, to malt. Flavor is all malt up from with medium body and and more smoke at swallow. After it's warmed I'm not sure if I've found a bit of hops in the finish of it it's just the smoke. it's has a medium intensity and I notice it more as I breath out. Nowhere near as rich as i expected (this is my first Schlenkerla) but so far is rather drinkable. Nice brew!

Photo of Stubbie1
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rauchbier pours a deep mahogany color, hints of red shine through the glass. A thick white head is on top of this brew, fades slow to a lace but never really fades.
The aroma is one of a kind. It reminds me of living in Germany (87-99). I would wake up in the morning to go and get fresh brochen from the baker for breakfast and the near by butcher would have his smokehouse going. A deep smokey tone, like in a smokehouse come to mind. A mild hint of malt is present but is quickly covered by the smoke.

Taste is the smoke, not too overwhelming but present. There is a malt presents midway through with a slight bitter finish and a smoky aftertaste. The finish is smooth on the palette. Drinkability is fare and hard to judge. I may get a bit burnt out (no pun) on the smoky flavor. I’m sure this beer goes great when paired up with the proper meal.

Had the chance to go to the brewery while stationed in Germany….man I whish I didn’t pass up that opportunity.
Cant wait to try the others from Aecht.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer originally about a year ago when visiting Bamberg, Germany. It came straight out of the wooden barrel. It was just superb. I'm sure part of it was the experience of it all -- a cold, cloudy afternoon outside a busy exciting place inside.

This one came out of a brown bottle. It was quite enjoyable, but couldn't match the original draft.

The beer poured a clear dark amber with a tan head. The smokiness was very apparent and even assertive, but not overwhelming. Enough to remind you of beef jerky or smoked sausage. The flavor follows along with the aroma. Smokiness throughout, yet it is not harsh and remains an easy drinking rauchbier.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5.1% ABV, no date.

A - Clear dark mahogany brown, almost black in the glass with a tall light tan head. Low retention but good lace left over on the glass.

S - Smokey campfire and cooked apple wood bacon comes from the peet-smoked malts that are powerful but don't overwhelm the nose. It's really one-dimensional but still fantastic smelling.

T - The smoke is nowhere near as potent as the aroma lets on but would you even want it stronger? Probably not. I really like the smoke accent to the Märzen malts.

M - Medium-light bodied and smokey obviously, with a dry finish and moderate carbonation level.

D - Really not that hard to drink, it makes for a great marinade as well as pairing with grilled food. I like it a lot for what it is but again, it's pretty one-dimensional.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into oversized wine glass, 2 fingers of tan head which quickly drop down into a thin film of head. Quite dark brown, just a little light getting through.

Nose is pretty much just smoke, which is fine by me

Taste: Wow, so much smoke. I connect the smoke so strongly with meat I can't help but feel like I am drinking bacon, smoked salmon, and smoked venison. The smoke is followed by just a little alcohol heat. As it warms some of the malt caramel notes start to show. Just a tiny hint of bitter hops, and thats a bout it. Just a little dissapointing complexity wise because the smoke seems one dimmensional, and it dominates

Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation, slightly dry finish

Overall Im glad I was able to find this at a local store, but I won't seek it out again for myself, but probably to share with others.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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