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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 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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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a light tan foamy head. There's a light lacing after the head dissipated.
The smell has some smoke, wood, light earthiness, and a little bit of peat.
The taste was moderately sweet, hey, I taste some honey in this, I really like how that comes across, damn nice as it blends subtly with the smokiness, wood and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is smooth sweet with a lovely smoky feel rolling about my tongue. I'd say its about medium bodied.
Overall, a rauchbier with honey, hells to the yeah. Leave it to the Germans to perfect the style and then take it and add honey, what's not to love!!!!!

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Photo of 57md
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with honey edges and a finger of off-white head. The smoke is definitively present in the nose. The body is slightly lighter than I expected but it is not too light to properly carry the smokiness. The flavor highlight is the dry and smokey finish with traces of sweet malt.

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Photo of SStein
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown. Smells strongly of smoke. It is not nearly as smokey to taste as it smells. Very balanced. The carbonation is smooth. Would go great with some dark bread and Black Forest ham. I drank half and used half in a smoked michelada, which it paired well with smoked paprika and chipotle.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, with full body head 4 fingers, not leaving much lacing. Smell is heavy smoke, hickry/mesquite wood. Strong smokey wood flavor, long lasting flavor profile, finishes with carmel and smoke tones with hjnts of malt.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/ruby body, light tan frothy head. Smells like a bonfire made with damp wood- smoke, smoke, smoke, combined with earthy peat. Beneath all that is an actual Marzenbier, with toasty caramel malt and slight fruitiness. Flavor is hot with smoke but smooth with malt, faint twang of citrus, or even hops. Mouthfeel is ethereal- fluffy, smooth, even quenching if it weren't for the flavor.
Oops, my bias is showing. I apparently love smoky beers, so this one really hit my G-spot. As heavy and domineering of a flavor that smoke is, this still had nuance. Smoke here, smoke there, smoke out my ass, it was kept in check by almost-sweet caramel malt holding on for dear life. My only gripe is that with such heavy flavor they could up the ABV. This is an instant top 10 beer for me, I just wish it was everyday affordable.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.11/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From elcervecero. In Paulaner glass. Playing Bit Adventure. Smells and tastes like tobacco. Couldnt finish. Like drinking and smoking at same time. Taste improves with nose covered

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Photo of gautch726
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an interesting style of beer I just stumbled on. Made me yearn for October barbeque. Definitely a robust, smoky taste on this one. “Rauch” is right. Dark brown coloring with a good amount of head. This is a beer I’d like to enjoy slowly outdoors with some good friends and a fire.

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Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. Better than I expected. Light smokey smell and flavor yet a Marzen, right amount of malt sweetness, goes well with brats, kraut, mustard, etc

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Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 07/2016.

Aroma is heaven on this one, smoky bacon and aged wood. Flavor has some good smoke and a spicy finish. Campfire images abound with this one. A bit of a metallic taste but it smooths out as it warms.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson, amber color. Slightly lighter smokiness on the nose compared to their other beers. Really nice classy-smoked taste profile accompanied with a noticeable presence of the marzen/oktoberfest variety. Great feel that, from Schlenkerla, always seems to iconosize smoked gouda.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice bubbly head. Poured into a short stemmed tulip glass.

Smell: Bacon, liquid smoke, and some coffee notes

Taste and mouthfeel: Some carbonation. Just a little watery over the palate. Expect to taste bacon, and smoke to linger over the palate. Also, some coffee notes seem to present and stay throughout the tasting experience.

Overall: I really enjoy this brewery although this is not their best beer in my opinion.

Purchased by bottle at the DoG Street Pub in Williamsburg, Va.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

~1 pint bottle, poured into a nonic pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear garnet red, which can but barely be seen through without light on the opposite side of the glass. Forms a couple fingers of slighty-tan head, which dies to a thick ring and cap in short order. Lacing is quite present.

Smell: Heady smoke and ash greet the nose straightaway, redolent with the scent of a campsite in the fall. Greasy, charred meat aromas are also present, as if fresh out of 16+ hours in a low-temperature slow smoker. Beneath the wreath of smoke, a blend of honeyed toast and old leather form a solid malt base.

Taste: Smoked meat, of the pork belly and coldwater fish variety, fills the mouth from the first sip, wrapped in a fluffy, thick layer of campfire ash. Honey-drenched toast manifests more as the beer moves along, from an underlying support to a full partner with the dense, smoky flavor. Leather, polished wood, savory, faint white pepper, and some dark toffee also appear through the middle. The finish is all sweet toast and smoke, leaving the mouth coated and salivating for some proper barbecue.

Mouthfeel: A full-bodied lager indeed.

Overall: You may have heard that Schlenkerla beers have a reputation, as rauchbiers go. It is entirely well-deserved.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pour a rich reddish brown with a fairly impressive head. The aroma is exactly like campfire, complete with marshmallows. The flavor leads with a piquant smoke flavor, followed by by a sweetish malty balance. While the smokes is the primary component here, it is well supported and expanded by the marzen malty goodness. This is a very nice beer, and a great change of from many other oktoberfests.

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Photo of arkanu
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intense experience of burning wood and smoked sausages, one of the beers you must try in a lifetime!
Get some toast to get along with it and even some spicy food and the experience will be different from other beers.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a deep burnt sienna brown. Some white froth that dissipated quickly
(S)- Big but soft aroma of hickory smoke meets subtle raisin and a toasty bread-like yeast
(T)- Quite similar to the smell. Same hickory smoke meets raisin and a deep bread-like yeast profile
(M)- A nice carbonation level. Good soft; not sharp smoke level without being too overpowering
(O)- I admit, I do not like smoked beers, but this fits the style well and I rated it accordingly

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown cola colour that lights up a rich ruby wine red under the light. Quite clear and typical lager carbonation. A nice bubbly tan head of sizeable hight puffs up quickly and fades to a more modest covering pretty quickly.

Rauchbiers might be the one type of beer where I look forward to the smell even more than the taste. Beautiful woody smoke pours from the glass like a campfire. Roasted pig, smoked bacon, smoked trout, salty leather, sweet honey glaze. This aroma makes you hungry more than thirsty. There is a nice sweetness present thanks to the malts and it rounds out the smokiness nicely. A beast in the nose i just want to keep sniffing at the glass. Scent is highly associated with memory the dejavu phenomenon - smelling Schlenkerla is like immediately being transported to a roaring fire in an 18th century library amongst the dank air, centuries old leather couches and tomes of literature reeking age and character. I swear this aroma is going to influence my dreams tonight!

It gets better when you drink though, as you'd swear this is a marvel of modern gastronomic chemistry where they managed to convert smoked sausage and smoked salmon with honey glaze into alcoholic liquid beer form, too good to be true!!! The smoke is omnipresent but rich and rounded, not ashy or drying, and well complemented by the malt backbone that lends a foundation and sweet balance. Never overpowering, just intoxicating. Drinks like a typical lager with some extra viscosity.

Some beers are "an experience" without being all that enjoyable or something you would go back to again and again. Thats not this. The Aecht Schlenkerla is a peoples beer, a commoner, a local, an old regular, your grandfather with a thousand stories to tell. Its making me damn near poetic its that good!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Best before: Jun-2016

Pours a clear ruddy brown with a tight finger of beige foam that sticks pretty well at a film with a ring. OK retention; specks of lacing. (3.75)

Smoked meat/sausage. Very 'together' smoky aroma camping, bacon, sugar, some hard water and a hint of caramel. (4)

Smooth mineraly smoke flavor. Campfire, sausage with a little even-handed dark bread flavor in the background and the faintest hint of spicy hops. (4)

Little bubbles, full creamy fell, medium body, lingering aromatic finish. (4.25)

Very tasty, interesting beer with a smoky character.
What is most interesting/enjoyable is that the smoke is just about all there is, but is there in such a way as to not be intrusive or unenjoyable in any way. Might not drink a six-pack of them and I can understand why some people wouldn't like it; but it is a damn tasty, well-made beer. Pairs great with a wide variety of foods, too.
Will have again; worth trying. (4.25)

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Photo of Schimms
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a large pilsner glass. Pours a beautiful dark red to brown with thin white head.

S: Smells like liquid camp fire.

T: Smell melts into great flavor. Almost bacony.

F: Silky, oily.

O: Impressed with my first Rauchbier.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Rauchbier/Marzen?? Say it ain't so! Thanks ozzylizzard!

A : Pours a muddy brown earthy color with cranberry hues popping through with direct light. The opacity is about 90%. The head is creamy and tightly knit, frothy, sort of like a Guinness. 3 fingers to start, and then receding to a milky ring leaving hilly lace on the sides.

S : Oh. My. Goodness. Bacon, smoked brisket, and fire pit breaths with a background of roasted chocolate malts and a hint of buttermilk. I keep thinking of an iceberg wedge with bacon ranch. The sharp smoke aromas fade at the end, softening with more malts.

T : Slightly washed out compared to the nose, but with heavy roasted malts at the front (rice and barley), with a backing of smoke, pulled pork, dry short ribs, some molasses, cardamom, and a slight alcohol burn.

F : Slightly watery but still retains density, with a buzzing under current and a dried smokey finish.

O : This was a fantastic, completely original, out-of-the-box beer. Week after week I have beers that are similar, and while most are good, some are not...but this was truly a different experience. I need to find more of this, ASAP. This is beer and ribs in a bottle. Fabulous.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle bought on sale (I couldn't find a date on the bottle, but I assume it was at least a little old). Reasonable carbonation when opening. Poured a dark brown, with a beautiful foamy light-brown head. I could smell smoke in the aroma, and I could taste the smoke in the beer as well. It was a decent tasting German beer, and I liked the smoke in the flavor. I enjoyed drinking it for the first few sips, but then I found myself drinking it simply because it was the only beer in front of me at the moment. It turns out, I decide not to finish it. It tasted a little old, and so my guess is it would taste better fresh. I had the dopplebock version of this beer earlier this summer, and I liked that one much better.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.