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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,897
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 115
Gots: 138 | FT: 3
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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.
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Photo of kellyst
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer is exceptionally beautiful to pour. It's a dark mahogany with ruby tints and a pillowy off-white head which lasts throughout most of the beer. The smell is fantastic, predominated by smoke-cured meats, caramel and a faint hint of graininess. The taste is very good. Smoke-cured meats predominates but is not overpowering. Also present are caramel and toasted grains with a hint of sweet maltiness. This is a very well crafted rauchbier. The mouthfeel is spot-on, but drinkability, well, it "is what it is". I prefer this beer solo without food and when I drink it, one is enough.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color with a big tan foamy head.
Little or no carbonation that I can see.
Smokey aroma dominates everything else here aroma wise. There is a sutle roasted malt aroma.
Very smokey with some roasted malt flavors.
The smoked malt doesn't overpower the beer but instead inhances the flavor.
Medium body beer with a dry finish.
The flavor also reminds me of smoked cheese if you ever had it.
A good drinkable beer but in limited amounts.
Drink well my friends.

Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 fluid ounce bottle into a mug.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a lingering beige head that produces some nice lacing.

Boy does this smell different than your average beer and a good way. The wood smoke smell wafts from the glass and reminds me of sitting next to a bbq pit or campfire. Pleasing memories abound.

The taste is smokey too like a smoked meat. I feel like this beer should have a pink smoke ring in it like barbecued meat. I taste the malty backbone once the initial smoke flavor passes. However, the smoke is pervasive and the taste lasts on your tongue.

The mouthfeel was smooth, but not overly carbonated. As for drinkability, I can't see myself having more than one at the moment. The smoke seems to be a touch overpowering, but I would definitely try this beer and again other rauchbiers for that matter.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, smokey, woody, and a mixture of beef and pork. In the taste, light smokey wood, like a nice dry campfire. A smooth ad medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, faint campfire aftertaste. It is like drinking next to a campfire with a small fruit hint.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Thick, substantial 2-finger beige head that lasts. Dark brown and clear. Very nice first impression.

S - Subtly smoked wet leather with undertones of well-toasted malts.

T - Here's where the smoke really shows up. Smoked and burnt caramel sugars (think an over-charred top of a creme brulee). Smoke dominates throughout and lingers on the finish. Unbalanced - difficult to find anything else in the taste, especially hops.

M - Good carbonation gives it a nicely defined structure that's papered with smoke. Smooth to start with a clean palate on the finish.

D - Smoke really dominates every aspect of this beer. While I enjoy a well-balanced smoked porter like Alaskan, I felt that the malts are too smoked and burnt for a Marzen.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Squatty 500mL bottle for $4.79 at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT. Label gives the ABV at 5.1%. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear dark umber brew gives a thin creamy beige head. The smell is really thick with leather and smoke, like a tobacconist shop. The bulk of the flavor (leather, tobacco, and smoke) comes right from the smell, but it adds a faint vanilla creaminess that's balanced by a slightly acidic bite of smoke and hop. The feel is mostly dry and somewhat astringent, but there's a touch of sweetness left over, like burnt molasses hiding amongst the smoke and leather. The body is moderately thick, carbo is appropriate, alcohol not detected. The finish is nice and long with lingering leather and smoke, and the astringency has faded so it's very smooth and almost a little sweet. Awesome finish.

Very very tasty, like Highland Park scotch in beer form.

Photo of BierFan
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short 16.9 ounce bottle poured into a small mug.

Appearance: Light khaki colored head and a brown body. Head retention and lacing is very nice.

Smell: It really reminds me of my dad's smoked chicken. Except the smoke is more intense. Lovin' it.

Taste: A little smoke caramel malts and hops at first. The malt and hops subside and the smoke really shines in the aftertaste.

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not very familiar with this style, but I'm looking forward to this one.

A: Dark brown in the center of the storm, but crystal clear around on all sides of the chewy center. Nothing hazy or foggy about this brew, and the head is about an inch or so and ain't going anywhere!

S: Smells like a smoked turkey sandwich - kaiser roll and all.

T: Wonderful smoked flavor, with no sweet or syrupy character whatsoever. Pure wood-fired goodness.

M: This is very clean on the palate, nice bubbly carbonation, with no residue whatsoever left behind, and no alcohol of any type detected.

D: This was my first Rauchbier, and it didn't disappoint!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of decimator
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark amber brown with a 2cm tan head.

S - Barbecue, camp fire, caramel sweetness and roasted malts. Brought mental images of bbq ribs. Smells delicious.

T - Sweet caramel upfront followed by a smoked flavour throughout. Can almost taste bacon and ribs in there.

M - Good carbonation and smooth throughout.

D - It's a delicious high quality beer but I can only drink one in a sitting.

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes next to a campfire, a good pairing?

A- Brown with a huge white creamy top, can scoop pieces out. Good retention and tons of lace immediately.

S- Slightly smoky caramel malts and a dose of dark fruit. Nothing crazy here but good and relaxed.

T- More smoke than the aroma but still at a low-moderate level. Light toasty biscuit, caramel malt under the smoke. Small hints of dark fruit, vanilla, cocoa.

MF- Light body with low carbonation. Allows the flavors to shine but for some reason it is harder to quaff down, gets tiring in a way.

DB- A lighter smoked beer. I would like a bit more smokey malt but still enjoyed it.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep redbrown color with nice even carbonation feeding a off white, almost light brown , creamy head which holds on for a while and leces very nice.
The smell prepares for exceptional smokehouse aromas, yet has still some fruitiness in it.
The taste is phaenomenal. From fruit to smoked ham, nice caramel undertones and a smooth finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth yet has great carbonation in the beginning and finishes smooth in the back.
I want more, fantastic beer which rarely gets better.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the beer that saved smoke beer for me. Instead of smelling just like a lit fireworks punk like the first sample in this case the smoke balances with other smells and flavors. Taste-wise I'm getting bacon and smoked cheeses. Although I wouldn't want this every night I pretty much enjoyed the Marzen. A unique and quality product.

Photo of infi
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Deep and dark mahogany color with generous amounts of carbonation activity. Beautiful frothy tan head with great timing on the retention. Leaves a moderate amount of sudsy-looking lacing. The mental image I get from just smelling this beer is a rotisserie smoker full of cured meats with charcoal burning and some rolling tobacco thrown in. The smokiness is just immense and engulfs your olfactories. One of the most novel smelling beers I've ever experienced, hands down.

Taste is just straight-up smoked pork with some maltiness at the finish. Ham and bacon- WTF, amazing. The smokiness is incredibly profuse in the liquid and gives off just an amazing sensory experience. Much more than I had originally expected, especially with the bad experiences I've had with other smoked beers. This beer is so substantial in flavor, you just can't help but keep drinking this liquid smoke.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and medium-bodied. Basically almost finished with my pint as I complete this review. What an example of the rauchbier style, especially as my first. Officially my new favorite German beer. Gonna keep this beer in mind for any upcoming bbq's- damn.

Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been in a German lager kinda mood lately, always liked smoke in beers, picked this up to try my first real rauchbier. 500ml into a glass boot. Awesome.

Pours see-through dark brown. Nice creamy tan head retains well, strands of lacing up and down the boot.

Great smell! Smoky campfire logs instantly come to mind, completely authentic. Maple and bacon very apparent as well. Reminds me of a big smoky breakfast.

Taste isn't about smoke as much it is grilled meat to me, reminds me of grilled hot dogs and salmon which maintains well throughout. There is a light almost vanilla sweetness and caramel malt that balances things out. The smoke disappears more and more as it goes down which is disappointing.

Body to me seems thin and under-carbonated, more of both would've made a huge difference.

The smell was great, taste was good, I wish it was more smoky, harsh and thick, but it is what it is. I question the freshness coming from the dusty ol import shelves. On the expensive side for a German import, still stoked to try the other ones.

Photo of Strix
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear reddish-brown, big frothy head.

Smoky malt in the smell.

Holy smoked flavor batman. Tastes like, bacon, ham, smoked fish, with a sweet malty finish. Very interesting. Probably an acquired taste.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

I guess this is what rauchbiers are like. I generally like smoked things, but the combination of the smoked meats with the sweetness got to be too much for me quickly. Very interesting, but I didn't find it very drinkable.

Photo of cwc
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watching the Michael Jackson Beer Hunter episode on Germany the other night I immediately became intrigued with smoked beers. The idea was appealing and as it's cooled down a bit here in Tokyo, I thought it was a good time to see if my local specialty shop had one - naturally, they came through!

The appearance is nice - a solid dark color, but slightly transparent.

The smell is what blows you away. I took a quick spin through some of the other reviews and have to agree: a wonderful smoky wood fire smell with hints of bacon. This powerful smell, as others suggest, might not be conducive to drinking more than a couple of these in a sitting.

The taste is good - a bit sweet with hints of that woodsy smell, but definitely not overwhelming.

A very intriguing beer and one I'd like to try again, and/or other examples of this unique style. I think I'll be revisiting this beer as the colder months approach.

Photo of cpanossian
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L glass served from barrel on the bar at Schlenkerla - my first visit to Bamberg.
Smoky bacon aroma from fresh light brown head that leaves light lacing.
Cola brown color.
Deep smoked wood jerky taste but smooth and cool on the pallate.
A amazing challenge that fans of stouts and porters will enjoy.
Thoroughly enjoyed with the Hausgemachte Schlenkerla bratwurste (possibly the best I have ever tasted in Germany yet) und Frankissch Dampfkraut (they season it with bay leaves and cloves!).

I really didin't think I could drink this smoked stuff but when consumed in the context of this ancient restuarant in this really neat medieval town, I was hooked.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Pint Bottle into a german pint glass.

Pours mahogany and brown with a light one finger head that fades quickly. Sticky puzzle piece lacing.

Smell is of rich smoky wet wood, "beech wood" is the claim, and the smell supports it.

The taste at first is an attack of smoked beech wood and smoked ham. Gives a Marzen malts caramel ride later on. The smoke backs away the further you get into this beer as dark un-sweet currants appear.

Perfect carbonation on the tongue, light and creamy and smoothe. Yes a dry finish.

Yes it is drinkable, but the excitement would be gone as the flavors disappear the further you get into it as it is difficult for the palate to keep up the characteristic identification of your initial sips. I would recommend 1 at a time.

Photo of Swill5786
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red with one finger head, quickly fading. Aroma is malty with overtone of smoked meats. Opens with sweet, caramel maltiness; spicy hops bitterness at the back; smoke on the edges of the aftertaste. Medium body, decent carbonation. Easy to drink.

Photo of irishking1977
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper/amber hue with a pretty ample head that recedes, leaving decent lacing.

S: Hints of smoked wood, and charred malt. What one would expect.

T: Mildly malty, surprisingly light with a smoky, burnt wood finish. I think I expected this to be a bit more robust, but it's still solid nonetheless.

M: Good carbonation; it's right where it should be. Thicker and creamier than I would have expected, but that's a good thing, of course.

D: Good drinkability, though I might personally be worn out by the burnt malt/wood finish after a few. Still, a solid, well made beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a slowly fading off-white head.
Nose shows smoked almonds, charcoal and smoked pork. Hard to pick up much underneath, unlike the urbock which had lots of malt. Still, quite nice.
Flavours are less smoky at first, with some soft caramel malt and mild bitterness, before that smoked almonds/ham note come back in force for a lingering finish.
Creamy carbonation could be upped a little.

Photo of cooch69
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours into the mini Schlenkerla glass a medium semi transparent brown. It pours with a nice compact fluffy off white head that slowly fades as it clings to the glass.
This beers smoke is pretty aparent in the nose. It is unmistakably smoky without risking being overly smoky. I also detect a bit a caramel notes in the nose.
The taste is predominantly smoke but I also taste the hops kick in. Just a little but they're there. Could'nt really tell it was an Octoberfest at first because of the other flavours covering the base beer. I think the easiest one to detect the style is the Weizen.
I must say that if your in the mood for smoke nothing hits the spot like a Schlenkerla.

Photo of charliedvrs
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark copper amber with a small, bubbling white head.

S - Smells not just of smoked malts, but of smoked meat. Think smoked bacon or salmon.

T - Comes pretty close to drinking a nice, well done strip of bacon. A bit of a charred taste, almost like the burnt skin of a ham roast. There's an oak element, as well as some caramel flavor coming through in a more traditional marzen sense.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth drinking. A dry finish which goes well the the flavor.

D - Goes down pretty easy, but the flavor is so overpowering and strong that I can't see myself wanting a second. Not a bad thing, just don't let the 5% ABV make you think you're going to session this. A great example of the style and an enjoyable beer all around.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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