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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: 104
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
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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 jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown but when you look at it at an angle or in the light there is definete red tinge. The head is white doesn't rise much or have much retention. The lacing is light to non-existant.

The aroma, like most rauches is very strong with lots of smoke a little sweetness.

The taste is light for a rauch. Its smokey and porky but there are some definite malts there with a little sweetness. The sweetness to some might make it more drinkable but to me its distracting from what I really want, which is hardcore smokiness.

jrallen34, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chestnut brown/coppery color. Low aroma-slight smokey quality. Trace of a caramel/nutty note. Malty flavor with a nice, moderate level of smoke. Touch of hop bitterness to go with it. Good body for a maerzen. Very drinkable beer. My German friend tries to scare me off of the smoke beers as he hates them. I find this quite enjoyable.

lackenhauser, Nov 06, 2009
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 armock
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Champ103 for giving this to me in a trade.

A - Poured a brown with a amber tint color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of that wonderful Bamberg smoked malt and a hint of spice

T - Follows the nose lots of smoked malt upfront its like drinking a slightly spiced campfire

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think I really need to move to Bamberg Germany Rauchbiers are one of my favorite beers and Aecht Schlenkerla is the brewery that all other Rauchbiers should be judged by I could seriously drink this stuff all day and all night a must try

armock, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled pint mug.

A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color forming a medium beige head. Medium to low retention and some few lacings left

S: Very particular. Very smoky as expected. Bacon. Roasted malts, honey. Delicious

T: As the nose, very roasted and smoky. Bacon, honey, roasted malts, smoked wood. Very mild sweet brown sugar in the beginning but, in overall, a dry beer. End is roasted bitterness

M: A light body after all. Watery. Good carbonation. Roasted bitter aftertaste but not too bitter

O: Excellent beer, excellent drinkability. That's what you can expect from an Aecht Schlenkerla

eduardolinhalis, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown color with a 2 inch thick creamy tan head that took a while to go down; smells like smoked bacon, charcoal, sweet roasted malt, chocolate and smoked hickory - a very unique odor which reminds me more of brunch than a beer. Could be one of the best smelling beers I've encountered if for nothing else it's pleasant aroma and my association with having a nice meal at an outdoor event with a massive fire pit.

Tastes just like it smells: sweet roasted malt, chocolate or coffee, smoked hickory, caramel, smoked bacon, toast, charcoal...it's a campfire flavored beer in a very good way. The beer is surprisingly light and crisp considering the smoky nose, and it actually finishes dry with some malt and hop flavors.

I want to thank my friend Jim for giving me this beer as this was a great and unique brew that I could enjoy once or twice a year. This beer is not for everyone, but for the adventurous beer drinker this is a must try beer as it was so aromatic that it almost overwhelms the senses, but the flavor is very good and not nearly as dramatic as the smell. A very good beer which is a nice one to sip and savor. I can imagine this going quite well with some bread and cheese.

CHickman, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown color with a full three-finger head that slowly diminishes, leaving only faint traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Well, this is my first rauchbier and, even though I knew what to expect, I was still a little taken aback. Smells like beautiful bonfire, smoke, wood, crisp bacon, sausage, you name it. Very impressive nose.

Taste: Does not disappoint. Tastes like roasted malts, smoke, wood and something off the grill.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a little bit thinner than the smell and taste would call for, but still pretty creamy and medium-bodied.

Drinkabillity: I gave this a 4.5 because I could drink this all day long in the fall. It's got a low ABV and is so tasty and appropriate for the season I could definitely knock back a few of these and enjoy the leaves.

Overall, this is an excellent beer, especially for drinking in the fall and cooler months. I'm gonna run down to the store first thing tomorrow and a grab a few more of these. Highly recommend.

zoso493, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, no freshness dating.

Pours a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick mountain of dense, off-white head. Very inviting.
Smells strongly of smoked jerky and wood-fire, prototypical to the style.
Flavor is similar to the aroma: heavy, wooded peat-smoke with a sweet malty edge, which I suppose is what puts this in the marzen category. Juicy, medium-bodied, with a dry, pine-hop finish.
The best rauchbier I've tasted. You certainly have to be in the mood for one of these, but when that time comes, this is the most delicious, not to mention drinkable, of the lot. Perfect for the autumn season.

Natural510, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of dvb
1.2/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I hate to slam a beer, but this was amazingly bad. I've had a smoked porter before and didn't like that either, but this was far worse. My wife said it "smells like Band-Aids" and she has a point. This beer smells smoky (obviously) and at the same time medicinal. For me, it was like someone scooped up the coals of a burned down building and made a tea out of them by steeping them in beer. Truly awful.

dvb, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one before - such a unique experience I had to give it a second go.

Bottle, poured into a chalice glass.

A = very dark ruby, almost hitting dunkel levels. Thin white-tan head encircling the glass with a bit of lacing.

S = One of the most intriguing noses of any beer I've had to date. I was told about rauchbiers, but nothing really prepares you for the complex blend of smoked sausage, gouda, hickory and ash which can be found this brew. Truly exciting.

T = Still get loads of unique smoky flavour, but it doesn't dominate the beer to the point where it becomes undrinkable. Surprisingly smooth.

M = Not overly carbonated, nor too thin. Bit of meat to it.

D = Despite all its merits, I simply don't see myself drinking this beer more than once a season. It's a terrific flavour to be sure, but rarely one I'm looking for in my glass. Well worth the experience, however, and certainly one I'd recommend for one up to the challenge.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from LCBO. I've had this one a few times.

Pours a clear ruby red, almost appears brown out of the light, pretty brilliant colour, very thick light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, good lacing everywhere.

Smell is neat, bacon, earthy, wood, caramel, quite smokey, kind of smells like a campfire, light fruity underneath, raisins and plums, a bit grapey, blackberries, peat, hickory, pretty nice.

Taste is nice, quite sweet up front, caramel and honey, biscuity, nice smokiness, bacon and hickory, campfire, peat, raisin, berries, grapes, very earthy, nice smokey beef jerky finish, quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Perfect body, glad I've started to like Rauchs again because they are great.

Viggo, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass
Dark tea/cola in color with a big off-white, tannish head of foam
Aroma-Wow! You get the aroma as soon as you open the bottle. Wonderful smell of hickory smoked bacon and burnt malt
Taste-Another wow! Woodmoked malts and smoked bacon/ham and subtle sweetness throughout, without being overpowering. Clean, smooth finish.
This beer begs for a food pairing: Sausage, smoked ham, smoked turkey, even a BLT or a landjager would be a fine match.
Truly a unique, delicious, must-try beer experience!

hosehead83, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle on numerous occasions

A - Dark deep amber in color with minimal, subtle tan head.

S - This beer smells amazing. If you enjoy the smell of smoke and/or smoked things you will find this aroma exciting.

T - The smokiness is most prominant, with some swet maltiness underlying.

M - This beer is medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated, it's pretty smooth on the palate.

D - This one isn't for thirst quenching. It can be enjoyed very well with a nice meal and gives a satisfying experience in terms of beer and the lovable food flavors it posesses.

Notes - Give smoked beer a shot at least once. It's very unique and if you are looking for something different this is a great place to look. This beer has evoked words such as meat, wood, jerky etc. Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen is an earthy and hearty beer and probably the best of the Rauchbiers. This one is worth it.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of batty
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with bright white head. minimal head fades quickly, leaving some lace, but not enough, bah..

S: bbq. seriously, the touch of sweet, slightly smoky maltiness reminds me of a mix between bbq chicken and a nicely done pot roast. my first rauchbier so tough to judge much, but approximately what i was expecting, and pretty good.

T: again little experience to go on, but wish i had more.. well balanced, nice maltiness up front, touch of caramel and breadiness balancing the middle-finish touch of smoky bbq, finishing dry and fairly crisp really, with some touch of hoppy bitter just on the after-taste. leaves the bit of sweet bbq in the mouth just a bit, while staying crisp.

M: pretty chewy, thick and smooth. good amount of carbonation just to make it crisp enough

D: again, i know i'll have to come back to this once i've tried more rauchs, but definitely tasty and sessionable. going great with my extra sharp cheddar mac and cheese.

batty, Oct 08, 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 magine
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a oversized pint glass.

Pours a dark brown brew with a massive tan head that sits in a chunky chaos. Wow mighty impressive looking brew. Huge head remains - great lacing.

Brew smells like smoked meat, like a ham that has been cooked for hours by mom and your coming in late for dinner. Smells like a bon fire - where are the smores?

Brew tastes like a meal in a glass; where is the salad and potato? This is an aquired taste which you must be ready for, but it is very tasty. Rustic, burnt, woody, smoked ham flavors - these malts are put to flames. Wow.

This beer is an aquired tast - but very damn good and tasty. I would drink one of these and move to another, but not for a bad reason. This is a great brew that is meant to be sipped and enjoyed. Nice.

magine, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BJDuty
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you like the Rauchbier style, this is your brew. Very smoky. Hints of smoked ham or bacon found in the aroma, translating into a very smoky flavor that is well balanced with the malts. Not much hoppiness to speak of. Very drinkable since the smoke flavor isn't overbearing. I'm a fan.

BJDuty, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a half-liter bottle with my burger at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. I remembered this beer being super-smokey, and I was not mistaken. It's not like most American smoke beers, however, that drink like liquid bacon (not that that's a bad thing). This flavor is rich with smoked wood flavor more in line with what you get in home-made jerkey - it's a big, but smooth roasted taste that reminds you of a fireplace. The malt provide sweet, crust and caramel background, but mostly just props up the smoked beechwood. The body, despite the strong flavor, is very drinkable. Overall, this is a classic rauchbier.

tempest, Sep 21, 2009
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

DefenCorps, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very dark brown, much darker than I thought. Thick cream colored head with thick lacing.

S - Smells of malt, ham, and bacon.

T - Tasty is malty and smoky at the same time. There is some nice cured meat taste as well.

M - Thick and robust.

D - While I do enjoy this, the taste is a little too strong to take repeatedly.

CMW, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from BevMo in Mountain View, poured into Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a small but lasting creamy off-white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is lots of smoke, hickory-smoked bacon, ham, and roast. Reminds me of a BBQ in a good way.

T - Smoked ham on rye, roasted malt, caramel, some plum and fig, tobacco. Just like a ham sandwich. They really call this a marzen?

M - Palate is smooth with medium body and lingering smoke.

D - Not bad for a smoky, hammy-ass beer. This is a novelty for sure, but overall I like it.

nickd717, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy beige head that recedes to a cap but sticks around forever. Smells like a brisket that's been smoking away for 14 hours. Well actually it smells more like the smoke than the brisket. I strain and maybe think I find some caramel or toffee underneath, but the smoke is powerful and hides anything else that is in there. I now understand why some people say smoked smells like bacon. The taste is rich malty and creamy with a heavy hand of smoke. There are some sweet malts in there; caramel, toffee, and maybe some brown sugar in the taste. Lightly carbonated, medium body. I would have to say this must be an acquired taste. I can appreciate it for what it is, but I can't imagine myself enjoying many of these. I think its very well done, but not for me.

johnnnniee, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of throwthechaff
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the second smoked beer i have had and it was much better than the first (stone smoked porter). Has a rich amber color and smells like a barbeque. Has some serious drinkability, but at the same time could not see myself drinking more than two of these 16 oz'ers. Even though its the 2nd smoked beer I have head, you can just tell that just among the best. I was very surprised by this one and highly recommend this one for curious drinkers.

throwthechaff, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of uno99
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours swampy brown. translucent. head dissapears almost completely.

S: Smells like ham! crazy shit. very smokey, hint of honey. malty and sweet. very intresting!

T: very malty and smokey. Lots of charecter and complex flavour. on the finish... tastes like HAM. hammy aftertaste too.

M: thin. watery. light. strong carbontation

D: not sure id want to pound these back.

This is a beer everyone should try. very peculiar. I'd probably buy one or 2 again in the future just for somthing diffrent, but this is definitly not my favorite style.

uno99, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose has beige head. Nose has big smoke presence over crisp malts, toffee and caramel. Taste also quite smokey yet still well balanced. Clean body is quite refreshing. I'm really starting to enjoy this style and these guys do a great job.

rye726, Sep 11, 2009
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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