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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 115
Gots: 137 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 07-11-2001

ABV may vary slightly year to year.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle. Pours amber brown with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is smokey malts of the liquid smoke variety with some sweet BBQ.

The flavor is sweet plasticky (esp in the finish) caramel malts and smoke (a little BBQ) with charred roast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, lots of smoke, but it's a bit thin with some off notes.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; clear but so dark that it appears opaque or nearly so. Off white head with so so retention and thin, sparse, yet beautiful lacing.

smell; Smokey Westfalian ham is the dominant and very most powerful odour. Some sweet malts but mostly bittered with smoke.

taste; Upfront smoked meats. Malts still come through, can taste that behind the smoke, Oktoberfestbier flavor sneaks around. Pleasant bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel; heavy bodied, very dry and with a mild acridpuckering. Not all that refreshing but very tasty.

overall; A delicious treat well worth the high cost.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Mahogany brown body and a bone-colored head of immense proportions. 4.0

Smoked sausages, rich roasty malts, sweet grain with light toffee, and buttery notes. 4.5

Smoky, but richly smoky, like bbq pork or bacon. Very mildly bitter with a sweet woody flavor. Interestingly sweet, no fruits and only faintly a gooey toffee character. 4.0

Medium body and mild carb. Very drinkable, even with the smokiness. 3.5

Best rauchbier ever. My girlfriend and I pick up a bottle every month or two. 5.0

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

First of all, It's my first time having a beer this 'smoked'. I mean I've had beers with smoked malt (both peat and beechwood smoked), hell I've MADE smoked beers! But still, having said that I've never had something this exuberant in it's singularity.

I had to temporarily halt my review and let the beer sit a bit because it was frankly overpowering my senses but upon resuming my review what i found out was that this brownish, beautifully highlighted brew still reeks of smoked ham, almost cloyingly so, with wood coming through aswell and cocoa and herbs splashed around.

The taste follows up on the nose, but it's much more agreeable in my opinion with the characteristic bacon notes on the front, wood on the back and an almost candyish center.

The palate is right up my alley and what seems to be adequate in complementing the rest of the beer's characteristics: Medium to medium full body, Low bitterness, medium low carbonation, unperceived alcohol.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable but it almost feels like a gimmick beer were one to forget history. It suffers from being this unique and not having many beers (at least commercially accessible) to compare and establish a referential so the fear of underestimating this beer is present. Nonetheless it's something everyone should try.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle, small pour into glass

A: Fairly light in color compared to smell, almost an Amber color to it. Good texture from bottle to glass. Light. creamy white head.

S: Heavy Smoke. Much heavier smell than taste or appearance. Had a wood fire smell to it.

T: Smokey, Delicious, lighter than expected, but in a good way. Was not watered down.

M: Good balance of weight. Smooth going down, no bitter after taste.

O: Really enjoyed this beer, normally I research prior to buying any unknown brew, however with this one I could tell by looking at the bottle (and price) it was a quality beer. My review is semi bias, Smokey style beers are among my favorite. Long time reader, first time reviewer.

I would recommend this brew to a friend.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.