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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,638 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 94
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-11-2001)
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Brown bottle with German style writing on it labeled Marzen.

Appearance - A medium brown color, in volume this fades to dark brownish, several shades from black. Fluffy tan head rises to a finger then retreats to a small cap. Heavy lacing up the sides of my stein.

Smell - Wow! I got a big ass waft of smoked cheese smell! It smelled so familiar I went and got my hickory smoked gouda, my apple smoked gruyere, and for a good measure a sharp chedder infused with English porter. There's a faint malt smell as well, a lighter, sweet sort of aroma.

Taste - First gulp and there's nothing but smoke, smoke like smoked cheese or smoked meat. However, on subsequent sips, there are several other flavors that come through. There's a malt character, semi-sweet and a bit roasty. There's also a distinct hop bitterness, overlayed with the smoke. But the smoke is delicate now, just a finishing note on top of a lovely tasting german beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with medium carbonation and a substantial feel, like you could take a bite out of it.

Drinkability - Actually pretty high. I wouldn't want to pound five of them but I could certainly have another pint of the stuff. Goes marvelous with smoked cheese.

All together very pleasing. I was worried I wouldn't appreciate the flavor, but like everything else smoked, I seem to love this beer. I'm now glad I got their wheat rauchbier too.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 23:59:31 | More by BacklitAvenger
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. No freshness date.

A - A fantastic cherry red hue with a nice pearl head. Slightly frothy and lacy. Beautiful.

S - I smell a campfire on the beach. A sun sets... the air has a cool breeze... oh! The scent is pungent, but not over bearing. It is quite welcoming to say the least. There is a hint of roasted twig tea, and the mild aroma of something sweet from the malts.

T - A nice slick texture that feels clean and smooth. The smoke flavor opens the sinuses instantly. The smokey flavoring hits you right up front, followed nicely with a mild sweetness that trails behind. I taste a nice maple flavor and balanced with the hops that give it zip. The more I drink this the more I taste some walnut flavor.

M - Smooth, a medium body that is silky, not too carbonated.

D - I will be buying more of this. It was more than a pleasure to drink. This would go very well with a veggie burger grilled on an old coal bbq topped with caramelized onions.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:51:05 | More by bartle
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown with reddish tinges along the side of the glass. Has a persistent, off-white head with nice lacing.
Smell - Smoke and caramel malts.
Taste - Very smokey, so much so that it becomes overpowering.
Mouthfeel - A light to medium body with light carbonation and a smooth finish gives this a pleasing mouthfeel, though it seemed somewhat flat since there wasn't much of a bite at the finish.
Drinkability - An easy beer to drink, but not one I particularly wanted to drink a full bottle of.
An interesting change of pace, but one that didn't deliver as hoped. It didn't complement the sausage I had with it as well as most other beers I've had in the past. Specifically, there wasn't much of an interplay of flavors, just an overpowering smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 03:33:44 | More by Aenema
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Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, brown clear beer with minimal head that dissipates without any lacing.

S: Wonderful malt character intermixing with a smokey-sweet nose.

T: Has a very malt-forward initial taste (from the Marzen) that slowly fades into the smokey flavor that rides out the rest of the taste. Minimal hop flavor. Finished dry with a considerably clean edge. Minimal carbonation with a mid-body feel to it.

O: I am very preferrential to this beer. While Marzens are probably my favorite style, the addition of the Rauch malt to this makes it even better. Smokey, but not over the top. Take the chance - give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:44:49 | More by Reiksguard
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay glass at 13.3°C

A: Very dark red. Almost like red wine around the edges. Looks very elegant! Tan head, doesn't last for long - fine lacing though.

S: Coffee and tobacco. Smoked malt (no shit), smoked ham and dark meat dishes. A bit salty nose.

T: Woah! I'm usually not a big fan of smoked beers (my Nils Oscar Rökporter review, for example, were among my worst reviews), but this one is...just wow. Once again coffee and smoked ham. Salty roastiness and very subtle bittering hops. Outstanding to say the least

M: Thick, but mild despite the saltiness. Usually I think the smoke flavor takes too much space in rauchbiers, but it never does with this beer imho.

D: Very good for this style, but you can't drink too many in one sitting

Conclusion: Great rauchbier! It's beers like Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier that make beer tasting so exciting, inspiring and fascinating! Dark red liquid with tan lacing and coffee and tobacco smell. Smokey overall smell/aroma/flavor, but not overwhelming compared to other brews in the style. Smoked ham, salty meat dishes and coffee are the greatest characteristics of the taste. Would work great with (obviously) smoked dishes, pork and fish (smoked mackerel comes to mind) or even ye ole' BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 21:26:14 | More by krunchie
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2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very pretty, clear, deep amber/red with a small white head. The nose has lots of bacon and smoke and that's about it.

The tastes starts off with lots of bacon and/or country ham. There is a bit of hop flavor afterwards and some bitterness, followed by some smokiness in the back of your nostrils afterwards. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick with medium/high carbonation.

Overall, I really couldn't stomach much of this beer. It felt like drinking bacon grease or something. It was interesting, and fun to try, but not a beer I can drink much of.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:14:33 | More by Spidey13
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, molassas color with a very small head that simmers into almost nothing. I was happily suprised by the dark color.

smells amazing. smoked malts dominate the nose with nice subtle notes of spices...

tastes incredible. rich delicious malts up front with a nice smokey aftertaste. the smoke flavor is strong enough for it to be noticable, but subtle enough for it to keep your palate clean. the aftertaste is plesant. barley any hops noticable on this one. i everything about it (marzens are one of my favorite styles, rauchbiers are also one of my favorites...you get the idea)

drinkability is great. if i could find enough of these id drink em like crazy

overall- when i saw this at the local corner store i almost screamed with excitement. I only found out about these recently. My girlfriend said it best: "It's like two of your favorite beers got together and had a baby". If you like marzens and/or rauchbiers be sure to get as many of these as you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 21:56:28 | More by tzieser
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 1 pint .09 fl. Oz Bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms a low head that forms a light lace across the top of a clear dark tea brown brew with some bubble action.

Smell is smoke with some savory bacon notes. Taste is quite smokey (which I like) with again, bacon. A little yeast and malt, almost like a good southern breakfast. If they could engineer a side of grits and some gravy into this monster, I'd never drink another brew. This hints of black peppery spice really boost this brew.

But seriously, finish is nice with a little smokey aftertaste. I have had other marzens and this one by far is one of the best, although it is more of a Rauchbier. Drink slow unless you want your burps to smell like the Pit's at Cooper's B-B-Q in Llano, Texas (I miss that place)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 07:04:18 | More by mattster
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: very small head, low carb, clear, leather brown

Smell: pepper, malt, and beef jerky

Taste: pepper, malt, and beef jerky

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, sharp middle, and sour finish

Drinkability: I love rauchbier and this is one of the kings...Not quite as good as their urbock, but an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 05:34:39 | More by tigg924
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New York

1.83/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

After a good review from a friend and seeing a story on the brewery on tv i was excited to try this beer. I could not have imagined that after 350 reviews that this would be my first drain pour. Maybe I have weird taste buts but this almost made me sick.

This poured a beautiful dark ruby with a thin white head. The smell was of super strong wood smoke. It smelled liek burning rubber and at times it smelled like burnt BBQ. THe flavor was of burnt BBQ ribs. While the taste was not quite as bad as the smell it was still nasty. Tasted like rubber that was burnt to shit.
Feel was thin and carbonated.

This isn't working for me.

Again, maybe my tastebuds were weird that night or maybe it was a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 06:45:11 | More by kbnooshay
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2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a really dark ruby red. Pretty much no head just a few bubbles. Same goes for lacing.

S- Smoke everywhere here and can't pick up much else.

T- Again smoke everywhere on this one and that's all I taste.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Read about the style and it says acquired taste, well isn't that the truth.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 23:59:09 | More by nrbw23
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. I had this beer following the Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock and the Weissbier.

A= This beer poured a clear amber-brown color with a 1/2" beige head that eventually settled to a thin ring. Only minor lacing to speak of.

S= Underneath the smoky exterior, I noted a moderately sweet carmelly malt aroma that even had a faint whiff of lager-sulfur. Not a wide range of aromas, but somehow complex nonetheless.

T= I had this beer after I had the same brewery's Urbock and this beer just seemed like a slightly "smaller" version of the same beer. The caramel malt flavor was there but not quite as intense, while the wood smoke raged in all its pungent glory. The finish was dry and smoky with a nice long but mild aftertaste.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp dry mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D= Very smoky but also very drinkable. I have to be in the mood for this stuff, but when I am, this is the real deal for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:47:13 | More by spointon
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability - On a could winter night? Maybe 2 or 3. In the summer? Only around a fire on a cool night. None-the-less, a great beer.

Appearance - Dark copper brown and a good head to start that recedes to a thin creamy layer with uniform lacing. A good looking meal.

Smell - sweet smoky meat and bread. The smoke is not overwhelming and the aroma is actually quite clean.

Taste - just like what you smell. This is a great and interesting drink. Being my first smoky Rauchbier, I imagine that this is probably the standard for the style. The flavour thins midway and there is a medium-light bitter finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel - really smooth and lightly creamy with low carbonation that suits the style. Feels great going down. I don't think a highly carbonated smoke beer would work.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:26:45 | More by ecoastman
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3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml of rauchbier. Into a pint.

A - Dark brown to black in the center, amber on the edges. A fairly dark roasted beer. Carbonation appears fairly strong, evidenced by the bubbling. Head formation is light and mocha colored.

S - Obviously one of the strongest attributes of the style. Very smoked, very burnt smell. Something akin to a hard charcoal. What my clothes smell like after hanging out around the campfire.

T - Starts with a fairly light flavor of bitter and spiced edginess. The smoky flavors are very muted right now. Mid-stream is fairly undefined. The smoke/burnt flavors don't come into play until the finish and the aftertaste. Interesting way that it plays out. Aftertaste is unusual, with a off sweetness combined with the liquid smoke flavors.

M - Not as crisp as I would have found for the style. Very watery and thin. Aftertaste is very coating however.

D - One at a time is all I can say. ABV is manageable, but the
beer feels more like an interesting change of pace than a session beer. The more I drink it, the more I'm not sure the smoky flavors are all that desirable in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 05:01:50 | More by katan
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Darker brown though still transparent enough to see through, thin quickly disappearing white head, light carbonation

Smell- Lots of smoke and faint smells of malts trying to kick through as best they can

Taste- Smoked campfire taste matching the smell, slight maltiness, as smoke fades you pick up bit of malts and even tad of hops on the finish, THIS IS A LONG FINISHING BEER,

Mouthfeel- Smooth lingering feeling

Drinkability- I imagine this could be a good sipping beer paired with the proper foods, not something personal I could see drinking often or alot but definitely and interesting try

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:49:22 | More by Stunner97
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3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting one - it looks, smells, and tastes like a standard Dunkel, say König Ludwig, but it has a really powerful, and enjoyable, smokey aftertaste, for all the world like decent Hessian Ahle Wurst. I tried the bottled version but I'm sure the smoke-bomb is even stronger on tap (and Bamberg looks like a great spot for a beer holiday). I'm still not sure whether to view this as a novelty beer or a precious classic, but if you're a fan of cured meat and good beer and you'd like to see the two combined, then Schlenkerla Rauchbier is for you!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 17:15:02 | More by Madigan
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this gem into my nonic. Dark brown, no head, active carbonation but, ooh, the smoke!

Nice aggressive smokey nose like pea soup with chunks of ham bubbling on the stove.

The taste mirrors the nose. Smokey notes like coooking ham over an open fire. Silky smooth.

The mouthfeel is malty, kind of thin, but smoky and delicious.

If you're not among the initiated, you won't want to come near this. Not a session brew but this BA wouldn't have a problme enjoying more than one in one sitting. A wonderful treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 11:37:41 | More by jim102864
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a) Mostly clear, burnished copper/chestnut. 1cm off-white head, good bubbling

s) Ham hocks, touch of chocolate, and grain husks.

f) Wow...outstanding. Every smoked thing I've consumed... from ham to lapsang souchong.... makes an appearance here. Slight chocolatey sweetness as well, hint of ash.

m) Quite light, crisply finishing, with room for smokey characters to play.

d) Lovely drink.... I haven't consumed more than one at a time, so not sure of the long-term effects of smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 03:16:06 | More by vancurly
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Deep brown with little to no head small ring around the edge of the glass that lingers the entire time

S-Wow smoke it literal smells like smoked meat/pork more than anything, deep smells can pull out a small amount of hops

T-Exact same as the nose as you get used to the smoke flavor you can start to get some small alchol notes and hops

M-Thin body but it fits the beer extremly well, very complex smoke flavors

D-This is not somethin I could drink very often but it is a very unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:31:30 | More by SpecialK088
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a dokel, deep brown with a reddish hue, little head. exactly what I expected it to look like.

smell is so rich in smoked pork, the best way to describe is to say it smells like liquid bacon.

taste is rich smoke, salty pork or bacon. rich malt is the backbone for the smokey presence. no hops to speak of in the taste. Absolutely remarkable.

mouth is suprisingly clean, maybe slightly dry. Drinks really really slow. It might take me a while to finish this one. but Damn it's a good beer. I'm thinking it would be good to make a chili or Ham and Beans with.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:23:16 | More by naterock
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 1pt. 09FL. OZ. bottle

A-Deep murky dark brown body with tons of bubbles. Pillowy tan head and great lacing

S-Like a smoldering campfire. Slight beef broth with a herbal twing.

T-Deep sourness balances with the malt backbone. The smoke takes jusrt a second before it really hits. Nice deep smoked wood flavor with a crisp and dry finish

M-Dense, slight Co2 burn somewhat powdery merlot like mouth

D-I must say I am not a huge smoked beer fan so while I greatly appreciate the history and tradition of this style I do sruggle to get a whole pint down.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:54:02 | More by MinorThreat
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, nice head with spotty lacing.

Smells like a barbeque. Barbequed meats, smokey bacon, some sweetness, and a slight metallic edge.

Nice caramel and smoke duo throughout. The smoke increases towards the end. Finish is quite long. Meaty and bacon like as well.

Nice medium body with good carbonation.

Very tasty stuff. Went down real easy. This was my first rauchbier and will definitely not be my last. Pretty well balanced and great drinkability. You gotta try this stuff if you have not already. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:23:27 | More by gubbt
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes as I drank this close to 3 months ago now when I was at the Publick House while visiting my twin sister in Boston. Poured into a tall glass, a unique looking glass that I have never seen quite anything like before. The glass sort of curves. Anyways, this beer was a clear, dark amber color with a white head 1/3 inch thick when poured. This beer is a clear dark amber color. Good lace. Has a nice roasted caramel malt and spice aroma. Also has a nice caramel malt flavor along with a bit of spice, like sweet barbecued meat being cooked over a wood fire. Has a nice smooth and frothy, slightly crisp mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A good beer here from what I remember.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:50:09 | More by neenerzig
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/1/08. Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown with a small ring off off-white head. Aroma of smoke, smoked ham and smoked sausage. Flavor is more smokey and less meaty. Super tasty though! Just the right amount of smoke. Nice and drinkable. Yum!
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:05:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown with a small head which left minimal lacing.

S-Smelled of burnt wood, reminiscent of mesquite barbecue.

T-More smoky barbecue flavor. Like smoked sausage. Aftertaste is pleasant, but due to the strength of the smoke flavor, it's hard to detect nuances in the finish.

M-Average medium body with light carbonation.

D-Not too alcoholic, and very light on the palate. After the first couple, smoke taste stops being so overwhelming and the taste is not quite as enjoyable, but still definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:09:56 | More by akokandy
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.