Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
I have to give a benefit of the doubt by taking into account its type. And by the way, the bottle says 5.1%. Its smoke. Thought it would go well with smoked fish. b Maybe for cooking, for barbecue..hmm! the possibilities. There is a decent ale there and then there is the smoke taste. Worth trying once.
02-22-2004 01:37:01 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
5.1% ABV per label on the bottle.
Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace and random splotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked meats, campfire, and band-aids. Taste is of smoked sausages, liquid smoke, band-aids, and roasted malts on the finish. The bitter smoke flavors fade quickly after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. This is the first of the style that I have had and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I would try other rauchbiers in the future.
06-25-2011 04:26:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderately dark copper color with an off white head. The nose brings smoke, smoke, and smoke. Smoked wood chips and a bit of char; almost meaty. The taste confirms this latter scent, as this really starts to taste like bacon that's been a tad bit overdone. Mouthfeel is nice and smoky with a pleasant finish. Considering what it is, this drinks really well.
10-19-2010 00:09:12 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) into a glass mug. It doesn't have good head retention but a moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: A distinct smoky aroma is evident in the nose--the kind of smell you might associate with smoked sausages.
T: The taste pretty much follows the smell and is smoky with roasted malts and caramel notes in the background.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth.
D: This beer was very easy to drink. The aroma and taste are intriguing by themselves, but I could definitely see paring this up with German food (landjäger immediately comes to mind) or barbeque.
04-30-2010 04:12:14 | More by metter98
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Dark reddish copper with fine suspended particles that are only visible when the glass is backlit. The ecru-colored head is average in size, is semi-soft and is slightly sticky. It disappears a bit too quickly and doesn't leave much lace.
Rauchbier Marzen smells overwhelmingly of smoke and, in fact, reminds me of smoke-cured meat. It's a pleasant aroma, it's just that it's an odd one coming from a pint of beer. I can still tell that I'm smelling beer though because I do appreciate the malt that's underlying the smoke.
This is my first smoked beer (Stone Smoked Porter doesn't count) and I'll have to say that it's an interesting cocoction. I'm glad that the brewers didn't go overboard with the smokiness. They were *just* judicious enough with the flavor intensity in my opinion. In less subtle hands, this could have turned into a glass of Liquid Smoke and been ruined.
There's a nicely charred, sweetly malty base line and a pleasant, 'just-right' smokiness that comprises the middle and top notes. Again though, I can't escape the scent memory of smoke-cured meat. That's not a bad thing since I like smoke-cured meat. And now I like 'smoke-cured meat in a glass'.
I'm not sure how well ASRM would match up with really smoky BBQ. It seems to me that the powerful flavor of the food would render the somewhat more fragile flavor of the beer moot. Best to enjoy this one without accompaniment, as I'm doing now. I don't know yet if anyone makes a more impressive rauchbier, but I'm plenty satisfied with this one.
07-12-2004 20:44:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle Poured an amber cleared type brew with a nice head. Aroma of smoke is extremely present, a bit too much for my liking. Taste is overpowered by smoke, almost like drinking a beer in a salmon smoker. This is not bad beer just very different from what Im used to drinking on a regular basis. This beer would be wonderful if it was accompanied by some sausages or even smoked salmon.
03-15-2004 15:50:56 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Very enjoyable--more so that Aecht's other smoked beers. The Marzen displays a solid but subtle base for displaying the aromas and flavors of the smoked malt without competing with them. Smells like beef jerky. Tastes like beef jerky (when chased with a Marzen beer). Aftertase is basically the same. All characteristics show a moderate level of sweetness and smoothness that makes it incredibly easy to drink. Low alcohols keep this beer from becoming harsh or too soy sauce-like. Nice campfire aura about it. I do recommend, even though I'm not terribly fond of the style.
09-29-2005 12:40:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
A: The pour is very dark brown in color with an off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: This is one damn smokey beer. Intense char, smoke, and burnt wood. There's a definite salty and meaty character to the nose. Sort of sweet underneath with a little bit of toffee.
T: More of the same smoke on the palate. Intensely smokey with lots of char, salt, and meat flavors. A bit like campfire. Luckily there is a bit of sweetness of bread and toffee hiding in the background.
M: Medium in body with a somewhat low level of carbonation.
O: This wasn't as bad as I had remembered it being, but I still wouldn't drink more than a few ounces of it.
04-20-2011 18:07:01 | More by womencantsail
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown body with a thin, thinning, bubbly white head.
Smell: Bacon, though definitely top-quality bacon. You know me, I'm definitely down with the bacon.
Taste: Sweetish, rich dark caramel maltiness prior to the smoked meat flavor hitting hard and fast. There's some dark fruits present, but, again, you gotta look long and hard past those smoked malts. Thin vein of roastiness and even woody character throughout. Never much in the way of hops or substantial bitterness though. Oh, the ham. Oh, the sweet barbecue flavors. Finishes ultimately smoke with a mouthful of cub scout campfire ashes.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: An enjoyable beer, a smoke-minded treat even, but not one I could down on a daily basis. Such a smokey, bacon-laden flavor and aroma that it might be even more recommended to friends of the Jewish persuasion. Paired well with some chicken pan fried noodles. The driver refused to partake in the beer once he smelled it.
10-28-2008 00:38:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.28/5 rDev -18.8%
This brew poured out as a brown color, there was a decent head at first but went away quickly. The smell of the beer is a super smokey, It was like being near a fire or something. The taste brought the same smoked strength onto the tongue for a salty bacon-like experience. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth though and was drinkable enough to finish my glass. The beer overall isn't really my favorite style. I think sometimes the smoke is too much and it hinders the brew. I try to give each of these a fair chance.
06-06-2011 03:45:12 | More by Knapp85
3.58/5 rDev -11.4%
Well this is not my favorite style of beer for sure but wanted to give this one a try,pours a deep amber with pretty light head.Huge smokey aroma like being next to a bonfire almost,taste is deeply smoked like smoked ham or sausage the beer has decent dry ending.Smokey and slightly sweet harsh on the taste buds for awhile I am sure a classic example but not my thing.Gave it a good rating however knowing this one is about as good as it gets for the style.
05-19-2004 13:55:06 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Served in a Yards shaker pint glass.
Thanks to YaKnowBrady for this bottle (and the glass)!
Gettin' back to my smoky roots with one of the first rauchbiers I tried. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a finger or so of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises rich, woody, almost barbecue-like smoke hanging like a heavy pall over some sweet, creamy caramel. Good times, indeed. The taste brings some even darker smoke, but beyond that keeps things pretty steady. Smoky indeed! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, one of the best rauchbiers out there. 'Nuff said.
12-04-2011 23:45:42 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
A - Poured out a dark copper/burgandy color with a creamy, tan, bubbly, three-finger head. It left some soapy residue on the glass.
S - It smelled of smoked meats, bacon and maybe the aroma of good German brats.
T - It tasted very smokey, like good bacon. Also, like food cooked over a campfire flame. Some caramel maltiness comes through underneath the smoked flavor.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - My second true Rauchbier. I liked this much more than their weizen, probably because I had it with food (a sirloin steak), and my palate for smoked beers is evolving.
11-03-2008 02:15:05 | More by zeff80
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance: Dark amber with excellent clarity and a solid creamy off-white head. Appetizing.
Smell: Smoke, meat and wood with faint malty sweetness to balance the savory/earthy qualities. I can't help but think of bacon when I smell this, which is strangely appetizing.
Taste & mouthfeel: Very smoky up front, but not as dominant as the aroma suggests. Malt provides a good balance, though it's not overly sweet. A nice bold hop bitterness melds pleasantly with the smoke in the finish. The light body and crisp carbonation make this one surprisingly drinkable.
09-08-2008 02:30:08 | More by largadeer
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
500ml bottle, day 20 of the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar, and 5.1% ABV in this go-round. The first 'well-known' brew so far from this German/Austrian-laden (welcome) daily distraction.
This beer pours a crystal clear, dark copper-amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky beige head, which leaves some cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of roasted caramel malt, a tad bready, and a huge dose of smoked meat, a bit of sausage grease, peat, and some soft, almost fresh-seeming tobacco. The taste is quite a lot less smoky, and gamey than the nose, which comes as a not so surprising relief - there is still a roasted character to the grainy, bready malt, and a fading porcine meatiness, but the effect is mostly moderated, letting some of the inherent sweetness come out of the shadows, as well as the latent earthy hops.
The carbonation is a bit peppy, in a low-fi simmering manner, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the lingering puffs of smoke not really detracting from things. It finishes off-dry, the meaty wisps holding steady, and the grainy malt rising from the ashes more or less unscathed.
A neat shape-shifter of a beer, this one is - the initial aromatics are so pungent, that I could see lesser mortals turning away at this point. However, if one persists, a more agreeably smoky, malty offering emerges, one that is actually rather drinkable, and even enjoyable. Also, a bit of an appropriate metaphor for tonight's supposed end of the world theatrics.
12-21-2012 05:08:02 | More by biboergosum
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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