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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 114
Gots: 125 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A special bottle. Hope I like this but not sure about it. Haven't tried that many rauchbier. Some stringy, spotty lacing which helps some with appearance.

A- Coca-cola colored. With a thick brown-grey almost ash like mousse of a head.

S- Smokey sweet malt. A little metallic. Soft caramel fruit can be found but don't focus on this, it's minimal.

T- A conservative smokiness. A little vanilla and watery caramel in what I'd describe as a smoky, very lightly hopped pale ale. Almond reminds me of amaretto. Reminds me of root beer a bit.

M- So smooth. Medium, terrific carbonation. Pretty dry.

D- Very good. I just keep wanting another sip. Light and tasty spells drinkable.

Real easy to drink. Would buy this again. Would suggest it to someone to introduce them to Rauchbier.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a brown amber color with an off white, almost khaki colored frothy head.
as soon as i removed the cap, it was like opening the lid of a smoker. this smell of the beer is like the bark of slow smoked pork shoulder, that or some quality jerky. the smoked grain just dominated the aroma, and its an exceptional smell.
the smokiness is in the taste too, but differently. it tastes great. i've had only one other smoked beer before, but it was a smoked porter, and this beer has much much more smokey character to it, which is what i was hoping for.
this mouthfeel is very nice.
overall, i feel like this beer was a brand new experience for me. i loved it.

Photo of PintOHops
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Tulip

A - Dark brown color with a nice ruby/red hue when held to light. Produced a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly. It didn't leave much lacing, a spot here & there.

S - It almost literally smells like smoked sausage! Very meaty with peppery notes and a bit of dryness. Wow, can't get beneath the big smoky characteristic! I get a bit of charcoal with very mild sweetness, as well as tobacco.

T - Deep smokiness upfront with woody & slightly herbal notes in between. Pretty much like the smell, less meaty though. Finishes with hardy, meaty flavors, some charcoal & mild sweetness.

M - Crisp and a bit thin, around lite bodied I suppose.

D - Well I couldn't say that I could toss back a whole lot of this beer, but I would enjoy a pint or two, especially with some BBQ meat! Very good, I'd like to try others of the style but I'd definitely go for more American craft brews before this one.

Photo of JosiahS
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Produced a 1/2 finger head that only stuck around less than a minute, leaving a small white rim at the top. Color is dark brown and looks to be medium to high carbonation. Much like a soda.

The aroma is rich with charcoal, wood and smoke. I can see how some may say this beer smells and tastes of meat but to me it reminds me of leather. No hops to speak of.

The taste is right in-line with the smell. Wood, smoke, charcoal. and oddly enough, pork. The same sort of pork flavor you would smell as burning wood cooks pork on a grill. Hardly any bitterness just a lingering charred meat flavor in the end. Again, no hops to speak of.

A unique style of beer but definitely not my favorite. Mouthfeel is light and medially carbonated. Drinkability is good because of it's light body but i can't help relating the taste and smell to leather. Oh well. Give this beer a try if you have the chance.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from the LCBO, pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of foamy tan head that gently recedes to a collar and leaves some lacing.

A distinctive smoke cured bacon drifts up immediately on the pour, overwhelming everything else. Upon deeper investigation some caramel fruity marzen can be dug up.

The smoke dominates the flavor as well but not to the unbalanced extent of the nose. Smoke cured meat, a bit of an ashy campfire quality to it, as it progresses through the mouth it melds into a caramel, fruity marzen base and a faint hop bite in the finish. Body seems a bit thin, especially noted in the finish.

Pretty smoky but I guess that's the style. Would love to have this next to a nice chili or even in it. Hard to imagine drinking pints of it though, the smokiness would just be too much.

Photo of BDJake
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear, dark brown body topped by a ton of foamy eggshell head

S- at first it seems like a Black Forest ham- aka AWESOME!- but gives way to caramel and toffee notes; overall like a campfire

T- rich smoky malts obviously, but with some notes of caramel, coffee, and a little bit of hop bitterness

M- medium body, lively carbonation, but a somewhat metallic aftertaste

D- went down like water- smoky, thick, delicious water

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

Dark, rich, mahogany in color with a slight haze. Strong firm head that persisted and left a nice lace.

Smokey, smokey, smokey (surprise, right?). Hints of pork and hickory. The smoke doesn't let any other aromas threw in the smell.

Smoke hits your first, but with a bite, and a thick nice toasted coffee follows. Hints of nuts. Bready finish. Smoke persist throughout, but accent the other flavors very well.

Thick and full bodied, high carbonation. Spreads very nicely around the mouth. Thick like a porter.

Smoky as anything could imagine, but the other flavors really balance well with it and make it very drinkable. So good, I just had to order another.

Best smoky beer, and smokiest, I've ever had and I'm sad being an ocean away from having it on tap.

Photo of Cs1987
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark red, but clear and looks quite impressive when held up to light. 2 fingers of head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell - Heaps of smoke, with beef and a hint of chocolate mudcake.

Taste - While this is a VERY smoky beer, the smoke doesn't really hit you until you swallow it. Upfront there are assorted flavours, including bacon, coffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good texture.

Drinkability - Big smoke presence makes this a challenge.

Overall - Outstanding - this is the classic rauchbier. This is especially enjoyable after trying a good bock or doppelbock to put the difference into perspective, or paired with bacon or beef.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark copper with a big very light tan head
S-a nice smokyness with a bit of a smoked meat qualitty wih a nice bonfireness about it very interesting
T-the smoked meat becomes much more prevalant along with some malt (which i thought was lacking in itsbrother weizen)but styill has a nice strong smokeyness that still isn't over the top
M-medium body with no carbonation which gives it a smooth smokeyness to it
D-a good beer but the style is not among may favorite and while it good to enjoy one on occasion there no way i could drink this all night

Photo of ufotofuturo
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, this beer has the most impressive bottle I've ever seen. All beer bottles should be in German.

Second, this beer smells absolutely phenomenal. After opening the bottle and taking my first, surprised sniff, I ran around the entire house, forcing everyone to take a whiff of this smoky, meaty, charred-smelling brew. Hands down, the best-smelling beer I've ever had.

I'm a big of fan of darker-looking beers, and this beer is almost perfect in that respect. Leaves a nice thick head, too. Unfortunately, the flavor wasn't quite as thick and rich as I was expecting- I don't think anything on earth could live up to that smell. It's still pretty delicious and hearty, though. I'll probably buy a few other Aecht beers, if only to smell them.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into a goblet.

A: Dark, like ground chicory. No head, no lacing.

S: RIDICULOUS. This may be the first 5.0 I've ever given for smell. Smoked meats, barbeque, campfire, bacon. This smokebeer smells like smoke! I can smell it from across the room.

T: Unfortunately, rather unlike the smell. Creamy smooth and not as heavy as expected. Smoky malt is strongly present, but so are other flavours...a subtle sweetness and mild hoppy bitterness round out the taste. A slight metallic tinge mars an otherwise great beer. The aftertaste is smoky and dry.

M: Pleasant, somewhat bitter. Well-rounded and smooth.

D: Surprisingly good for such a distinctive beer. If you ever get past the smell, the flavour is not nearly as forceful. That said, the smell of smoked meat is my favourite quality. Vegetarians beware. Otherwise, pick up a bottle at all costs. It is an experience not to be missed.

I paired this with an aged gouda. I think it worked well.

Photo of seanyfo
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle bb AUG 2010 poured into a shaker pint glass

A- Held up to the light, a dark ruby burgundy body with a tan creamy 3 finger head with excellent retention and good lacing

S- Smoked bacon up front with bready malts underlying

T- Smoke up front, smoked bacon, malt marzen sweetness coming through in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation, creamy, full mouthfeel

D- Certainly a beer for a barbeque/meat dish. I remember having this beer a few years ago and being completely overwhelmed by the smoke. This time around i can appreciate the smoke while noting the underlying marzen malt flavours making the beer much more accessible and not all about one flavour. Lovely stuff!!

Photo of loren01
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish color small head and slight lace down the glass.
S: Smell is very strong smokey scent. Smoked cheese/sausages and campfire
T: Taste is very much the same smoked cheddar cheese, a little bit of malty sweetness to balance things out a bit.
M: Medium bodies creamy finish going down...very nice.
D: I wasnt too excited about drinking this as its not really my favorite style however this really grew on me the more I drank of it...a very drinkable beer.

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

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen. 5.10% ABV

Comes in a 16.9 oz. fat brown bottle with a label graphic depicting a piece of weathered parchment and a red wax seal. "Specialty since 1678".

On the back label:
"Aecht Original Schlenkerla 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 Rauchbier is a truly unique smoky beer experience."

Reddish-brown with visible carbonation. The head pours a creamy off-white 2" mound that settles to a dense 0.25" pillow. Lacing is very sticky -- a sheet of foam on the circumference of the glass.

Beef Jerky and smoked sausages! No really! It has an extremely strong dried meat aroma, backed by woody base notes.

Taste a lot like it smells -- smoky and almost meaty. The sweet malt is well attenuated. It has an earthy base and a hickory smoke presence. Some chocolatey characteristics might peek through towards the end, but mostly it's smoky! It could be a meal on its own, but I suspect it would be fantastic with a meaty dish and some sour cream. Aftertaste is smoky.

Creamy and thick. The carbonation is never a major player, but it holds its own, peeking through at various points. It's chewy at the onset, but ends dry. Quick finish.

It could certainly be considered a session beer. None of the flavors are ever overwhelmingly strong so it's really a pleasure to drink. That said, you've gotta like the taste of smoked meats to get into this.

Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla pours a substantial initial head, fading to a misty cover of cream-white and a ring around the glass. The body is very dark brown, opaque unless held up to light where it reveals ruby/blood-red highlights. The head is surprisingly light in colour when compared to the body. Retention and lacing could be better.

I read the reviews here before I tried it and honestly didn't believe that a beer could actually smell like smoked sausage. Well, it does. Smells of smoked sausage, hickory, campfire, wheat, molasses, minerals and dark earthy malt with the slightest trace of noble hops. I don't know how a beer that literally smells like sausage can smell good, but they pulled it off. I've had this a few times now and am always amazed by the smell (and so is everyone else I show it to). At the bar where I've had this before they refer to this one as "the sausage beer".

I've tried smoked beers less smoky than this which I thought were too smoky, but somehow this one works. I think some other smoked beers tend to focus too much on the smoke aspect and don't end up rounding out the beer enough. This one is expertly-balanced: tons of campfire smokiness up front, lots of dark malt along with some molasses, wheat, spring water minerals and maybe tiniest bit of spice. The finish presents a solid dose of grassy German hops, though doesn't leave a drying feeling. I love the balance created between the smoke and the hops. It's amazing what brewers can do within the limitations of the Bavarian Purity Law.

Silky medium body and lightly carbonated. Good feel but nothing special, really.

Cheers to the LCBO for actually importing something interesting. I can't see too many people enjoying this one, but I'm loving it. I don't know if I'd ever want to session this but I'd be happy to drink it regularly.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkeria Rauchbier Marzen into imperial pint glass

Pours a dark cola brown that is deep red and very clear when held to
light. A small sand colored head of mainly tiny bubbles sits atop for
a decent length.

Aroma is charcoal, fire pit, smoked sausages, black pepper. Smells
like summertime BBQ, oh yes.

I feel like I'm drinking smoked sausage. Lots of similarity to the
nose, charcoal, burnt woodchips, ground black pepper, a soft malt
sweetness, grilled sausages, honey glazed ham. This shit is crazy.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a fairly aggressive carbonation which gives
it a feel similar to a soda.

This is actually pretty easy drinking stuff. I was a little reluctant
to try this, just because I've never tried a Rauch before, but I dig
it. I would love to pair this up with some grilled brats and burgers.

Photo of BayerischBier
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had it at the brewery as on-tap, had in Finland, and in the States as bottles.

In short, think of liquid smoked bacon!
Or you would experience a smoke chamber/ cold campfire on your taste buds.

The smoke smell is just slighty and gives away that something new to your taste will happen. Freshly tap'ed the smoke strikes much better than in the bottle but it is dominant in the background.

Touch of maltiness is on top of the dark smoked beer.

Schlenkerla is a beer for food!
Real german leverwurst, or smoked bacon, fresh dark bread (wodden fire), or simply a bretzel and butter.

The on-tap experience is worth to travel to Bamberg!

Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked the Urbock, this Marzen comes hot on its heels.

Poured into a Stella glass an appealing deep red. The off-white foam retains well, eventually settling to a fine layer.

Nose is of smoked sausage, charcoal, the smell of hot dogs cooking over mesquite coals. Has a primal, universal "meat cooking over open fire" aroma.

The smoked malts land on the palate with a surprisingly deft touch. It's biting, crisply woody, dare I say it, refreshing. Very tasty, this is really good.

While great by itself, would be an obvious pairing for all manner of meats, BBQ'd, smoked or otherwise.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schlenkerla RauchBier
Smoked Lager
ABV 5.1%

L= 4.5 Deep mahogany brown with a brown 2 finger foamy head.

S= 4.5 There is a ton of things going on with the nose here. There is BBQ on a hot day, charcoal and even hints of lighter fluid! Amazing

T= 4.0 Malty sweetness like a dobblebock up front that leads into smoke, flame, and charcoal

F= 4.5 Surprising light to medium bodied. From the nose you would think that this beer is going to be huge but thank god the flavors back down from the nose.

D= 4.0 (non-session) I could drink this beer next to a campfire all night. The best of its style thus far along my smoked beer journey. It has everything that a smoked beer should have. A true must try for those who have not tried it before.

Photo of alkemy
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper/brown color with ruby highlighting. Pretty thin light tan head, but it does have some staying power. Lots of smokiness in the aroma. Reminded me of a strong smoked cheese and smoked salmon. Smoke dominates the flavor as well. Has some bitterness in the finish, but I'm really having trouble discerning much beyond the smokiness. This stuff is super smooth and goes down very easy. I wish I'd have drank this with my philly sandwich I had for lunch. I'm generally not much for beer with food, but I think this would be perfect with the right meal.

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

Pours a dark molasses brown color with some moderate tan head that fades rapidly. Bubbles a little... seems carbonated like a soda. Smell is huge as soon the bottle is opened. At first it's almost all smoke, like smoked pork or bacon. Rolls into some darker malts, but still big smoke. Taste follows with some smokeiness and chocolate malt, very interesting. I've never really had anything like this, and I really like it. The smoke is big, though not overpowering. The rye toast/roasted malts come come through as it warms. Big flavors, really good. MF is a bit thin, though not overcarbonated as I expected. Great drinkability, very smooth and interesting. Great beer.

Photo of backfat
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first off, what an interesting beer. been on my mind for days. so different, so odd, so good?
pours a murky, chocolate color with a one finger tan head. BOOM! that smell hits ya. right away, im reminded of my summer quests involving over smoked venison meat. haha. beef jerky, strong hickory? (it says beechwood on the bottle but it smells just like hickory to me), leather, sausage, pepper, tons of spices and clove. oddly appealing to me. like picking up a dirty shirt and smelling it twice. thankfully the taste is not as strong as the aroma. smoke on the water. light, malty, and slightly sweet. BBQ beer for sure. unique and cool. i wouldn't call this one a sipper, more like a sniffer. ha. get this one if you see it.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served with a sticky, fluffy head of two fingers, tanned, over a mahogany body. Not much lace. Nose is strongly bacon-like, with notes of open flame and burned wood. Slight sweetness in the flavor that's not present in the nose, some roasted barley in there. The rest of the flavor is heavily smoked, lightly bitter. Herbal hopping component is also noted. Light body with high carbonation. Not so easy to drink due to the unusual nature of the beer, but a solid drink for when you're in the mood for a super-smoky sip.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light mohagany with a thin white head. Good amount of lacing as it goes down.
Smell is bacon, sausage, barbeque, smoke, and burnt malts. In a perfect world, this beer would accompany an everyday decadent breakfast that includes syrup-drenched sausage and bacon.
Taste is smokey sausage, beef jerky, smokey malts, and BBQ. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a perfect level of carbonation.
Very drinkable--I recommend this one before a meatlover's pizza or some german sausage. Excellent beer.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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