Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 1,027
Hads: 2,034
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
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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.

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.
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Photo of Theheroguy
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hmm I personally find the smoke character of this beer to be somewhat of a disappointment for something which is apparently made from 100% smoked malt. THAT BEING SAID this is a very delicious beer. I could drink this by the liter. (231 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted this guy for quite some time. Finally found it at a price that wouldn't ass rape me, plus it was local

Look - Pours as black as the.night sky, only penetrable if you hold it up to the light. Leaves no lacing.

Smell - A touch of roasted pork with some mahongany wood smoke and dark cherries.

Taste - Bacon. B-A-C-O-N. Period. Bacon. Some sweet cherry on the finish.

Feel - Medium body with a touch of carbonation.

Overall - Do you like bacon? Yes? Drink it. No? Avoid. Fuck it. I love bacon so I'm biased on this one. Great...GREAT Rauchbier if it is a prime example of the style. (599 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue and faint activity. Light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of bacon and smoked salmon on wood. Flavors of smoky meat, tobacco, roasted coffee, caramel, and herbal spices. Feels like bread mixed with wood and bacon. Well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

Full body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with a spicy smoky meaty beef jerky feel, still with a nice balance from the sweet and sour.

Overall this is my first of this style and not really a fan. Incredible experience to try, yes, but is it a beer that I enjoy or would I drink it again, no. Still perfectly drinkable to the last drop with complex and interesting flavors. The smoky meaty bacon taste is overwhelming the other flavors. The body is flat and missing some freshness. Sure I'm a bacon lover but not in my beer! (912 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a 500ml bottle into a stange. Pours with a half singer's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. Very dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Plenty of bubbles (wonder why the head isn't bigger). Lacing is practically absent. Has very strong aromas of.... BACON?! Was not expecting that at all. This smells like hickory smoked bacon. Mild black pepper aromas also included with a hint of maple syrup. Initial taste is strong with hickory smoked bacon and mild black pepper flavors (no surprise there). Mild barley malt flavors enter shortly afterwards along with very subtle maple syrup flavors. As all flavors except for maple syrup persist in their respected magnitudes, a mild copper flavor enters the final symphony of taste (this somewhat ruins the taste as I don't like drinking metal or metal flavored beverages). Full bodied with a mild syrupy feel, mildly carbonated with a slightly dry finish. My first Rauchbier (clearly from my reaction) and definitively not my last. (1,032 characters)

Photo of akdo
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought one 500-ml bottle at a store of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the provincial agency that regulates the sale of wine for off-site consumption in Ontario.

Look: I poured the beer into a Cervoise glass. The body is slightly similar to that of a strong dark ale. The extremities have an amber hue while the rest of the body is pitch black. The head, which is light brown, is a finger long. Unfortunately, the head tends to vanish quickly leaving a creamy ring near the glass's rim. As I drank the beer, I also noticed sediments of an oily-like texture on the surface.

Smell: The beer delivers in this department! Its aromas is close to the smoke of a flame that was slightly perfumed. Think of a BBQ smoke without the smell of a liquid gas used to fan the flame.

Taste: It is very consistent with the smell. What makes this beer stand out from others is the fact that it tastes like smoked hops. As a result of that, you are under the impression you are tasting meat smoked on the grill without marinade or oil. Moreover, because your mouth will salivate upon drinking this beer, you also feel some notes of lemon.

Feel: The carbonation is very low. Hence, the quick disappearance of the head after less than five minutes. However, we trade one trade-off for an advantage. In fact, this puts the emphasis on the hints of meats smoked on the grill. Moreover, the beer slightly warms your tongue, your head and your rib cage upon entering your wind pipe.

Overall: It is a beer that goes quite well with a homemade hamburger. It can also be drank alone. Although I heard that there are other stronger smoke beers, Schlenkerla Marzen is a new favourite of my mine. (1,677 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Schlenkerla, what can we say about them that hasn’t already been said? They are the undisputed kings of the Rauchbier genre... well they may be a little disputed, HaandBryggeriet’s Norwegian Wood for example is a really good Rauch... anyway, it’s time to finally review the Märzen, which was actually the first Rauchbier I tried, lost my Rauch-ginity to Schlenkerla, and TBH I did not like it the first time. Now that I’m a seasoned Rauch drinker Schlenkerla Urbock is my go to glass of liquid bacon, let’s see if this revisit to the Märzen is as good.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Presents a deep slight-hazed Bole brown body with a tight-packed 2cm beige head that settles to half a centimetre. Looks a real dark smoky treat, wunderbar! 8/10.

S: Bacon, yes you’ve been expected, probably the biggest difference between this and the Urbock is this one trends towards sweetness in the aroma with an almost icing sugar/cake frosting sweetness lingering in the background. Apart from that it is Beechwood FTW. 8/10.

T: Not as bold as the Urbock... actually I’m surprised by how shocked I recall being when I first tried this many moons ago - yes it is smoky, but not quite as smoky as the Urbock, and this is well balanced with notes of Bacon, sweet honey malt and a twist of lemon. This is the Märzen cousin of Urbock (remember that Märzens are bottom-fermented, in other words; a Lager, even though they don’t often come across as Lagers). Finish is Dry Munich Helles dry with a touch of yeast sourness. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied (a bit watery compared to the Urbock) with a light but dense carbonation - fits the Märzen bill well, not great. 7/10.

D: Overall this is wunderbar compared to the Urbock’s ehrfürchtige. A class act of a Rauch that is overshadowed by THE best Rauchbier in the world (Schlenkerla’s own Urbock). If I had to pick a cured meat to compare this Märzen to (as is my tradition for all Schlenkerla beer reviews) I would say this is: Smoked honey ham. If you like smoked honey ham you will like this offering from Bamberg (the unofficial home of sexual relations). Bam. 9/10.

Food match: Who needs food when you have a glass of this glorious smoked honey ham delight? Seriously though: Bavarian pork knuckle with fried potato and onions and sauerkraut... damn I’m hungry now. (2,350 characters)

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

This is an unbelievable beer experience. I thought this would taste like smoked salami or jerky but this is in a category of its own. Wow! A must try. It is a must to serve at cellar temp 40 degrees to 45. (208 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Overall an amazing beer that is pure meaty smoke. Like bacon. The problem is that it is so flavorful and aggressive that the big bottle is simply too much. Other than that, everyone needs to try this beer at least once. (219 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, unknown date, limited review:
Pours cola brown, lots of carbonation sustaining head at the edges (not self-sustaining, it appears).
Nose is as expected, smokey wood in a smokehouse sense. Downside, little else in this pour.
Feel is a little thinner than I recall the other beers from this brewer. The malts don't add a lot to the brew, a dark bread like flavor is about all I get, maybe a light toffee sweetness. Of course, the smoke is there, and it's far from overpowering as expected. However, the lack of other components to the flavor lead me to think this seems more smokey.
Might have to give this one more try to be certain, but otherwise I'll favor the Urbock when fancying a rauchbier. (707 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown color. Pale head, very fine foam, light.

Smell is kind of awesome actually. Malt, smoke, bacon. Happiness.

Taste is lighter than the smell suggests. Easy to drink. Malt, smoke. Not sweet. Not much bitterness. Almost sessionable, really, if not for the smoke.

Feels fine, consistent with the taste.

Overall this is just kind of compelling and awesome. I don't think I'd want it daily, maybe not weekly, but I think I'll stock at least one or two of these. (472 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tankard.

Appearance: It's a fairly clear dark copper with a two-finger off-white head that dissipates to film fairly quickly.

Aroma: Smoke! Smells like all manner of smoked meat, with maybe a little smoked mozzarella, too. Some wood chips and bonfire-type smells, too.

Taste: Big, smokey, earthy flavor here. Tastes almost like a smoked ham paired with some roasted nuts. Lots of malt flavor, too. Those wood chip-type aromas from the nose are noticeable, too.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Surprisingly easy to drink for having such a pronounced flavor profile.

Overall: Terrific smoked beer. Perfect for a cool day; will be revisiting this when fall rolls around for sure. (703 characters)

Photo of aidman
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Coming from a man completely estranged from the "smokebeer" category, I find this undrinkable. I'm hoping there's a more approachable beer in the category, because this simply tasted like smoke (193 characters)

Photo of Magno48
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic rauchbier. The smell is so intense that capture you. You can feel the smell of burning wood. If you know italian kitchen tradition you can feel "scamorza affumicata" smell. The taste mantain the same characteristics and explodes in tour mouth. This beer is zone of my favourite. (288 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer displays a body that isn't heavy, shining a light-medium brown with a bit of orange and not heavier than translucent. The head is a tan one, small but tight and creamy. Lacing sticks nicely to the glass as the beer recedes.
This fantastic rauch smells like smoked meats without being heavy or overly meaty, emphasizing the smoke with no char or acridity. It just has a strong but even smell that doesn't overpower the nose but balances well, displaying what it should and making me want to both smell it longer and drink it immediately. The malty base is built upon very nicely, and there's a definite savory note.
The taste follows suit, beautifully and deliciously. There's a very gentle spiciness to the smoke, which is the main component but followed through with some very light fruity and extremely gentle acidity that complements almost perfectly and a sort of dark cocoa / nutty taste underlying. Smoke, though. Smooth, peaty, delicious smoke from beginning to end, combined with all its elements and balanced so well, makes this one of the best Rauchbiers in the world.
Appropriately, the body doesn't verge past medium, if even very far into it. It's smooth, slightly mineral, and a touch tangy with a twang in the back but building up no harshness at all. It ends dry as it picks up a bit of ash into the end. (1,341 characters)

Photo of FRANKIE65
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured with a beautiful light brown head. Gorgeous beer.
The aroma hits you like a smoker full of salmon.
The taste, amazing smokiness.
Makes me want to fire up my smoker.
Amazing beer!!!! (188 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours, with almost no head, a deep, luscious brown, almost black. One whiff and you know what you're in for - Smoke City, USA...or Germany, rather. Smells like bacon, smoked turkey, with just a hint of bitterness and some sweet malts.

Tastes like liquid smoke, in the best way possible. Less meaty in flavor than scent, but I'm also tasting a lot barley malts, caramel, and still just a hint of hops to counter the rich, sweet flavor. It's also remarkably smooth with only a little bit of fizz and a fairly low ABV content. Yeah, this one is really well balanced, and really good. And not too strong that I couldn't see myself having more than one - well, aside the from the $8 price tag on the bottle. (709 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a good sized light brown head. Recedes quickly, leaving a thin head and a small ring of lacing around the edges, but nothing sticks to the glass.

Aroma is great. Smoked sausage and bacon, fired wood, smoke, and some roasted malts, with the slightest hint of roasted coffee.

Some very sweet, earthy and caramel malts lead it off. A surprising amount of bitterness. Notes of molasses peak through. Followed by some woody flavors (what I imagine a smoked wood chip would taste like, though not in a bad way). The smoked bacon and sausage are still present, leaning a bit more towards bacon. A slight metallic taste. Finishes with a moderate amount of hop bitterness, which pairs nicely with the sweet malts.

Medium bodied. Smooth. Crazy easy to drink. FInished a pint of this in no time.

This was a fantastic beer. FIrst rauchbier. Looking forward to trying more. They totally nailed all the flavors with this beer. (949 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a 2 Gingers stange glass.

Pours a clear, dark brown with a creamy, two-finger head that dissipates to a thin ring, leaving lots of lacing in its passing. The smell is of smoked ham and treacle, roasted malt and caramel. The flavor reflects the aromas in perfect harmony. Moderate carbonation and silken mouth feel round out this classic Marzen based rauchsbier. A very enjoyable experience to be repeated before too long, especially with Surly Smoke now on the shelves. (496 characters)

Photo of founddrama
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whoa. Smokey; a touch of leather? Dark in the glass and aromatic.

LOOK: Poured into a 16 oz. shaker. Dark brown, with reddish hues throughout. Pretty clarified. Nice foamy head, though it doesn't stick around. And/but it almost looks like a cola in the glass?

SMELL: wood smoke and leather.

TASTE: sweet malts at the start, but smoke and leather dominate. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly metallic. (But mostly it's smoke smoke smoke.)

FEEL: medium-bodied, a little chewy. Really coats the mouth. Highly carbonated. Brightens up on the tongue a bit, brings out those smoke flavors.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, semi-transparent. Tan head, very robust, that laces extravagantly all the way down.

S - Malts, in the form of slightly roasted grains, toast, as well as char, and a smokehouse quality that reminds me of smoked sausage.

T - Subdued smoked meat qualities, sweetness in the form of bread and caramel, and a slight bitter bite in the close. As you might expect, not the typical beer, with strong savory notes.

M - Clean, which is remarkable given the heavy smoke notes. Slight rounding in the finish, a slightly oily feel.

O - Not my cup of tea, but an extraordinarily well executed beer, which hits exactly the notes it promises. Surprisingly restrained, all told. Strikes me as having interesting potential for use with a cheese plate or accompanying BBQ. (779 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was Veterans' Day 2013 and my buddy, Justin Chlan had off due to working for a DoD contractor and knew that I take the day off because I feel that I should have it off as a USN veteran. He invited me along on an excursion to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD where I came across this in a 5L mini-keg, or CAN, according to this site, since it is not pressurized. A CAN?!? I was really excited, even when they told me its cost. I put it in my basement, inverted, per the directions on the side and yesterday, SU, 15 March 2015, I brought it over to The Fridge for another of Bro. Woody's Pop-Up B&G episodes.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law"; ""; "Brauhaus for Schlenkerla with Dominifanerflaue [sic?] <1310>"; "During transport and storage, please this side up. (Turn for tapping)"; "For optimal pouring please tap at 40F."; "Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer Specialty since 1678"; "Aecht Original Schenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following the most ancient malting traditions, all its select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla is a truly unique smoky beer experience."

Once I had it vented and the tap pulled out and ready to engage, I tried to hold the glasses three-to-four inches away to try and create some head. We were seeing about a finger of soapy, light-tan head that pretty quickly fell to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with a dense cloudiness that made it look like a cup of mess decks mud (coffee). Clarity? None. Zero. Zilch. Nose had a sweet, smoky scent like cured bacon or sweet Lebanon bologna, if that means anything to people outside of my hometown area in central PA. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light, given the turbidity that was visible. Light as in medium, but not what I was expecting. As to the taste, it was smoky, but not as smoky as their Ur-Bock or some other famous commercial examples, like Alaskan Smoked Porter. It was really kind of cool to go around and turn people onto this style and get their reactions. Most people were pleasantly surprised and wanted to try other iterations of either Aecht Shlenkerla's Rauchbiers or other rauchbiers in general. The finish had a smoky sweetness that was very evocative of sweet Lebanon bologna, which if you have never tried it, you should because it is hard to explain otherwise. I am glad that I CAN add it to The CANQuest (tm), but I prefer a bit more smokiness, thank you. (2,689 characters)

Photo of Kampfar
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, clear beer with a heavy smoky aroma. It’s taste is malty with a light hoppy bitterness. The smoke dominates the aroma. Light brown and long lasting head. Light bitter flavor with a long smoky finish. Texture and mouthful is OK and not too watery. (260 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say? I have enjoyed this in the summer, winter and fall. Smokey and enjoyable. I recommend at least three half liter servings before condeming the nasty smokiness. (177 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head, slightly soapy looking with big bubbles. Decent retention with some lacing, but nothing major.

Smell: Smoked meats, barbeque and peat. Imagine something like an Islay single malt whisky without the alcohol and you may not be too far off the mark - amazingly, it manages not to smell burnt, just very, very smoky. If there's anything else hiding in there it isn't able to get its way past the smoke. The smell could be divisive to some - personally, I love it.

Taste: Like it smells, but with added dark fruits - the fruit smells don't make it past the smoke but you can definitely pick them up in the taste. There's a stewed plum or raisin taste backed up with a malty sweetness. This isn't a beer for hop-heads - sure, there's a bit of hop character there but it's overwhelmed by the malt and smoke. Quite simply, delicious.

Feel: So very smooth - there's not a massive amount of carbonation to begin with, and left for a while it looks pretty flat. That said, the combination of sweet malt, smoke and fruit flavours makes this easy to drink without being excessively heavy.

Overall: This could be a 'Marmite' beer - you either love it or hate it. Me? I love it - I like smoky things, and whilst I have beers with smoky elements to the flavour profile (think stouts and so forth) none are as 'complete' as this. It's very much malt (and smoke) driven, so there's nothing much for the hop-heads but even so, it's different enough to be worth a try for anyone. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: dark ... this is no marzen ... dark brown with burnt-orange/dark-amber highlights around edges up to light; it's clear ... hard to tell it's so dark, but light is passing all the way through; very lackluster head -- off a hard pour only 1/2-inch of tan, soapy foam pops up then disappears quickly; some decent stick off the top of the head, no major lacing

S: barbecue pit ... wow ... there's no mistaken this is smoked; the smoke aroma is a bit peaty, but i've smelled this aroma growing up around Texas barbecue pits hundreds of times -- oak smoke, mesquite smoke, pecan smoke ... it's all there; hard to pick up anything else around the smokiness

T: holy crap! that's wild, man -- it's like a smoked-out dark-fruit bonanza ... just a pinch of fig/date sweetness in there among a ton of smoke flavor; it's surprisingly not overly burnt like so many American browns/stouts/porters -- it is peaty, but the smoke again follows oak/mesquite/pecan/wood-burning notes, only it doesn't taste like the burnt wood: it literally tastes like the smoke, which is more peaty, less burnt and more of toasted flavor

F: very solid ... it looks and pours a bit flat, but there's just enough leftover carbonation in there to help it go down; a softer pour makes sense here for the drinker who prefers more carbonation because this one doesn't have a ton

O: again -- wild. it's got some of that peaty scotch ale thing happening, and the smoke is ever-present, but there's nothing over the top here, either. the malt offers just enough sweetness to keep it from tasting like a burnt oak log. a different experience but one worth having. (1,703 characters)

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