Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV may vary slightly year to year.

Bamberg's speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask in the historical brewery tavern.

Added by taez555 on 07-11-2001

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying to rate appropriately here - not a style that I have much experience with or one that I would reach for again, but man! This beer certainly is smokey. Pours real dark with good carbonation giving it a look similar to cola. Aroma and taste is all smoke, big malt, oak, charcoal and...meat? Like you're about to dig into smokey sausage while standing next to the open pit or drinking a malty lager in a chimney. Can't imagine this style being done any better but what do I know.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours like motor oil. It's got a nice dark color to it. The head is fairly frothy. The nose is out of this world. The smoke smell is amazing. It reminds me of a BBQ. The taste is wow! So smoky. So intense. I know some can't handle this beer, but it is world class.

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Photo of eckk_rachel
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look : Dark Amber Mahogany with Light Head

Smell : Smokey, forest - like smell, earthy

Taste: Malty, Smoke, Dried Fruit

Overall, not my favorite, but great for beer drinkers with taste for dark beer

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Photo of waterbuffalo
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark colour with light carbonation. Pours a little head, not lasting long. Distinct smoky smell. Not a bad beer but the smokiness is all I taste. Not great.

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Photo of carlborch
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense, dark, crystal clear, mahogany-red-brown, and forms a 2-inch, tan, heavily-pocketed head. The collar settles in at 1/2 inch. The nose suggests sweet, smoky, extinguished campfires! Medium-light body with evident smoke notes and a slight bitterness on the palate. Malt does also show, albeit restrained by the smoke notes. The beer lingers very nicely, and is rather moreish. Light Belgian lace does form. This Raunchier would be a perfect pour to accompany BBQ foods with a slight char, or Smores for adults, for that matter . . .. Slight, palate-cleansing acidity makes it an excellent food accompaniment, although it will need food that can stand up to the beer's intensity. If BBQ is not available, it will also do well with smoked fatty fish.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very dark amber-mahogany, with a creamy off-white head. Though a bit difficult to tell given how dark it is, the beer is crystal clear. Nice lacing makes this look like everything I want in a hearty German lager, though perhaps they could dial back the specialty malts just a hair to showcase the clarity.

S: Smells like straight suckling pig on a spit. Smoke, forest, some dry earth/clay. There’s a nice bready maltiness at the backend that mixes in very well with the phenols.

T: More approachable than the nose would let on, with a nice savory phenolic character. The smoke is still there, but it gives way to a relatively clean bock-like maltiness. Cutting through the woody smoke is lots of dried fruits – figs, dates, apricots.

F: Medium body, medium-light carbonation and a ashiness mixed with a creamy mouthfeel.

Thoughts: Very cool beer with really interesting savory BBQ-like flavors and aromas. Never cloying or astringent, this was quite drinkable and almost seems the perfect beer to pair with grilled or smoked meat. I'd certainly buy this again.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a bit of red, small head, and little lacing. Nose is obviously smoky...hard to get much past that...but it to s a nice smokehouse smell and not fake. Flavor has a touch of malty sweetness, which is balanced by the smokiness like good BBQ. Overall, a very good beer. The only negative being the smoke forces it to be a little one dimensional.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
2.37/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Caramel, amber color, thin bodied and transparent
Aroma: spices, beef jerky, cured meat extremely strong
Taste: just like it smells, beef jerky heavy with lingering smoke flavors

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Photo of Burner3
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a pork smokey bbq aroma, taste: beef jerky, smokey malt, wood. Medium body not to heavy. Overall a great smoke beer has a lot of history behind it as well.

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Photo of taylorzeee
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell reminds me of a summer campfire; a smokey, almost "beef jerky" like scent. Not as dark as other stouts with an amber, light brown color. When tasted, it tastes like I have inhaled a campfire. This beer would definitely go well with any type of smoked, food, BBQ, fish. Overall I was not a fan of the taste, it lingered too long and was not appealing to me. A very interesting beer indeed!

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Photo of Viaduck
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent brown with nice white head. Smells like smoke. Taste?, it's make me think I'm eating beef jerky. The smoke flavor is pretty intense but nice. Very good

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep ruby red, heavily laced tan head
S: nothing but ham
T: cured meats, some malt
F: light body, dry finish
O: I guess this is what a good smoked beer tastes like, but definitely not my style

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first thing you notice in the glass is the amazing retention of the head that sits atop the very deep brown colored body. The head is literally around forever and laces like a dream. The body of the beer is very dark and is almost a deep mud in color. The nose of the beer is straight smoke as expected, with classic, beechwood flavor and just a touch of smoked meat scents in there.

The smoke directly translates to the taste of the beer at the very beginning of the first sip. From start to finish, the smoke dominates the drink with just a touch of the caramel brown malts making a brief appearance in the middle-end of the drink. Smoke is the lingering flavor left on the tongue. Just like most German lagers, this one is incredibly drinkable. It is smooth, rather light across the palate, and crisp at the end, even with the smoke-laden flavors.

Overall, this is a smokey dream. If you are looking for a beer that is perfect for an early spring or fall night when it is just a little cool, this is your ticket. Just like other smoked beers, this one really reminds me of a bonfire, and it is delicious.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ABV this year (or this edition?) is 5.1%.

Pours a dark burnt red/ruby/caramel colour. Slight head recedes quickly.

Smell is toasted malt and bacon fat. Big smoke. Slightly . . . candied? Big maltiness, and slight noble hopping--bitter, vegetal greens. Taste echoes. Almost robust porter-esque with the big dark malt quotient, and then the smoke/bacon fat backbone. Slight bitter greens, some bitter chocolate. Average body, moderate carbonation.

It's tasty, but I have to admit, I prefer the much more subtle Helles lager from this brewery; I love a good marzen (which this *pretends* to be, despite it actually being a rauchbier), but it's lacking the drinkability, the crispness of a great marzen. The helles, by contrast, maintains the interesting smoke while still having that cleanness, that crispness.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep, deep amber mahogany color that looks black through the center of the glass. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a half finger of irregular lacing is left.

4.25 S: This is intensely smoky. It even seems a lot smokier than this brewery's other offerings. Hugely porcine - barbeque and bacon, but also some woody campfire. Sweet with caramel and a pleasant toastiness. Not a whole helluva lot else can be discerned due to the hefty helping of smoked malt.

4.25 T: No surprises that the taste is super smoky as well. Less porcine and more campfire, but still lots of both. The base beer offers plenty of sweet caramel, toastiness, and grainy malts.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

4.0 D: This is the go-to beer if you want a big smoke bomb. No other beer that I've tried has more powerful smoke.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, pours slightly red dark brown with a light tan foamy small head that lingers and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. Aroma big on smoke, bacon, ham. Taste follows the nose.

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Photo of AJ_S
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy head and a full body make for an exceptionally flavorful mouthfeel. Its smoky aroma and the taste of ham make this beer an excellent companion to any robust meat dish.

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Photo of ordybill
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish-brown body color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is a smoke and malt. The taste is made up of smoke, malt and a little hint of hops.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have had smoked beers but this is my first rauchbier officially. Absolutely love the smokiness. Not overpowering and nicely smooth. Great mouthfeel. Serve it on the warm side around 55+ and it give great smells of smoke and oak woods. I would love to use this for braising my smoked ribs and then put on the grill. It would pair well for drinking with any smoke meats. Overall this is a refreshing surprise and I will seek out again.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delivers on it's promise: a firm marzen base, worthy amongst the best of the style, with a firm, deep, but not-too-overwhelming smokiness. This is not one to quaff down, but to savor. Great to enjoy fireside as the weather changes from warm to crisp, to cool.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Deep brown with red undertones, creamy but thin beige head.
S: Smoked bacon! The smokiest beer I've ever smelled.
T: Also the smokiest beer I've ever tasted. Definitely a ham/bacon flavor. The smokiness lingers for a really long time.
F: On the thinner side, but not bad.
O: I don't think this style is my cup of tea, but it certainly delivers on smokiness.

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Photo of guityler83
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown leather color with great clarity when backlit. Long lasting head with cream to tan colored head made of small fine bubbles.

S: Medium to moderate bacon like smoke phenol. medium low toast and bread crust aroma. Mild earthy hop aroma. Slight sweet caramel like impression. Clean malty fermentation profile.

T: Moderate smoke malt flavor followed by medium bread crust and toast. Low to mild earthy, herbal hop flavor with medium low bitterness. Clean lager fermentation profile. balance is on the smoke malt. Finish is crisp with a bacon, campfire like finish. A mild coffee note comes through in the finish as it warms.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. no alcohol warmth. a low level of astringency in the finish, drying the palette. no creaminess.

O: Great beer. The classic example of the style. There was a slight oxidation / muddled character i picked up from the malts after it warmed but that was minor and probably due to age.

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Photo of inpherno
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into proper glassware

Appearance: Dark body, tan head with a good lace

Aroma is smoky sweet

The flavor is meaty & compliments the smell

Mouthfeel wasn't heavy at all

Overall this is a great beer that pairs well with barbecued/cured meats, or cheese such as gouda

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Photo of jesseejames
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice slightly red dark brown with a light tan foamy small head that lingers and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. It smells wonderful of malts and nuts with a general light hardwood smoke. It tastes even better with a nice blend of smoke malts with nuts and fruits. It has a full mouth with a nice bit of malt aftertase with a hint of smoke. I really liked this beer and would always have another.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Dark brown beer with ruby hues in the light. It pours with a 1/4 finger of off white head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%)

S: [3.75] Unmistakable rauchbier scent of campfire and burning hardwood

T: [3.25] Smoked flavor with some background hints of sweetness. The sweetness is very subdued and really only on the finish.

M: [3.75] Decent mouthfeel with some tingles from the carbonation.

O: [3.50] Ever get a little maple syrup on your bacon? It is sort of like that. I think I prefer a Marzen with a little more malty sweetness. The smoke is really overtaking any of the other flavors in the beer. I guess the Reinheitsgebot laws kind of limit a German brewers ability to add adjuncts - so smoke is kind of the only alternative to add a different flavor outside of water, barley and hops.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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