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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 121
Gots: 152 | FT: 4
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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 JohnnyP3
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle with a best before date of April 2010 into an imperial pint glass. The appearance is primarily dark brown with a feint redish hue. Head has a nice 2-finger with creamy top. This one really sticks to the glass as the head starts to go down. The smell is mouth-watering. Smoke and more smoke. Smoked sausage. Hickory smoked bacon. A wet, delicious smoke aroma. Did I mention smoke?

The taste certainly measures up to the smell. Delicious smoked malt flavor coats the mouth as the beer swirls across the tongue. Some caramel malt flavors are present in this beer as well. The smoke flavor does not by any means overwhelm, but rather provides a solid overall foundation to the beer. As I drink, conjures up images of smoked breakfast meats. Probably would be a great way to wash down a hearty weekend breakfast. Some other smoked meat flavors in there as well--beef jerkey, for example.

Mouthfeel is nice, although the brew is not quite as thick as the smell might lead one to believe. Nice overall combination of carbonation and smoothness. Drinkability is excellent. A great late morning/early afternoon hearty smoke bomb!

Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark beer, black with a hint of brown, seems clear. The head is light beige and leaves rather much lacing.

The smell is mostly burnt moist wood, some dark roasted coffee and a hint of stable and earth.

A sweet tone at first, from dark syrup and dark bread. A hint of coffee and smoked sausage.

The liquid is soft, mild carbonation and overall smoth.

Something to drink by the fire!

Photo of Long813
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: N/A
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Dark opaque red body with one finger of off white head. Head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

S: Strong aromas of hickory, raw bacon and burnt wood. This is not something you'd want to smell everyday in a drink, but it doesn't scream breakfast.

T: Follows the aromas quite well but not as strong. Smoked hickory and bacon dominate this brew. I get some sweet maltiness in the back too. I was expecting it to taste strong, but I'm glad it didn't because that would be overkill.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Silky smooth in the mouth and leaves a dry-smoky aftertaste.

D: I wouldn't be able to drink this unless I'm in the mood for it. As a breakfast beer paired with the obvious bacon I could see this being even better. All in all, it tastes good and if you like or want to try out a smoked beer this is the one.

Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I quite eager to pop open my first Rauchbier...

A - Two fingers of perfectly level tightly compact tan head with just a brief moment of retention before fizzing away leaving a full veil of lacing which is thinner in the center with a fuller ring around the edge of the glass... A deep dark brown color... Minimal carbonation with sporadic moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - No joke here... There is a strong smoked meat aroma... Bacon, Ham, and Lox all come to mind... It's kind of of surprising an overwhelming at first, but quite appealing and less daunting once you get used to it...

T - No surprise, but the hickory smoke dominates the palette... It's kind of hard to detect much else, but deep down there is a layer of typical marzen sweet maltiness... A hint of seltzer...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with almost no discernible carbonation... The smokiness permeates and lingers...

D - This one really challenges the senses... It's an enjoying offering and one that I'm happy I tried, but I'm not sure it's repeatable or one that I would seek out purposefully seek out in the future...

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8 at Lord Hobo, Somerville MA. 2/3/10. Served in a Radenburger nonic.

Looks like a beautiful marzen: dark amber color and a large white head. The head quickly collars and dies. Smells like a hickory tree campfire. Tastes like a rich and malty marzen with mesquite BBQ flavors. I love this beer.

Photo of bob3701
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat type glass. Dark mahogany with light tan head the hangs around very slowly disapates. Laces somewhat. That great smokey aroma masks any others that might be present. This was the best of the three rauchbiers Aecht offers here. As much as I loved the bock, I thought this was a better melding of smoke and flavors. If you are only going to sample one of these make sure it is this one.

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

pour is a deep brown with a touch of red hues, bubbly egg-shell head, more than average carbonation.

smell is definite smokey, beef jerky, hickory, just a bit of something sweet in the background, toffee or caramel.

taste is of smoke, smoke, smoke, malt, wood, oily feel, each taste is a little better than the last, it is shocking at first and then as your taste-buds form to the unique taste it mellows out and is quite pleasant.

Photo of becktone
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1-12-09

Eye: Crystal clear body, nut brown in color with ruby hightlights. Creamy-frothy tan head that could use better retention but still looks nice enough. Nice lacing, sheets of lace with rings where the beer used to be.

Nose: Definitely smoke...unmistakeable. General wood smokiness, reminds me of smoked meat, but not a specific smoked meat. Kinda like the perfect campfire smoke, like the aroma of clothing after a campfire. You don't like the smoke blowing in your face but you like the way it smells from a distance and the way that your jacket and jeans smell the next day after campfire songs and cooking.

Tongue: Implications of smoked mean...kinda like the smokiness and idea of beef jerky. Just smoke, smoke is big, but it doesn't taste like liquid smoke. Sweet malt underneath supports it all. Some roasted grain bitterness right on the back...works well with the smokiness. Smoke lingers on in the aftertaste, but not like cigarette or cigar smoke, this is pleasant and I'm not anxious to get it out of my mouth or off my palate. Very easy drinking.

Feel and Drinkability: Light leaning towards medium-light in body. Much lighter than what the color would leave you to believe. Spritzy carbonation for something that you'd not thing to have higher and spritzy carbonation. Feels great in the mouth. Levels of the carbonation are in agreement with the weight of the body. It all works. Very nice. Definitely something to check out.

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

500ml bottle poured into a Mill St. pint glass.

It's difficult to add to what others have already written for this beer I find, but I'll do a quick run down and add personal touches best I can.

A: dark red amber, clear when held up to the light. Nice light tan head that stick around and leaves some spider web lacing.

S: Yep. Smoked pork. Others have written ham, or smoked salmon, but I think double smoked maple bacon.

T: More bacon! This time though the there's a bready taste going on. Sweet in the middle, but ONLY in the middle. The smoke comes back and there is a lingering breadiness.

M: Medium, but like the taste, there a bready yeastiness that takes over the smoke in the middle.

D: Really good, but slow at first I find. You certainly can't crush this beer no matter how familiar you are with smoke beers. The sweetness and the smokiness demand (I think) that you sip it.

I drank this on its own. And I'd like to try it paired with some spicy food.

I was once at a fancy shmantsy Indian restaurant, and ordered a curried lamb shank. The waiter suggested a smoked Shiraz from India to pair it with. At first I was put off (not knowing much about smoked drinks at the time) and it turned out to be perfect. That's something I'd like to try this with. The sweetness of this beer (and I loves me sweet beers!) needs to be balanced with something spicy, I think. Or maybe some intense German food like a good Bratwurst with spicy saurkraut...just thinking...

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very smoky and also contains caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very smoky as you would expect and it's a smoky flavor that is done quite well unlike many smoked beers. There is also some mild sweetness in the background. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating a good balance. The after-taste is also smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, to me this style is something you have to really be in the mood for or have a good food pairing to go with it, but this beer is the one that you'd want to go for at that time.

Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the brewery in Bamberg. Served out of barrel into glass, cool.

A-black walnut body with an off white head.

S-smells like mesquite smoke.

T-smoke front, malt with some nice hop flavor at the end.


D-GREAT beer. This is a classic smoked beer. Not overly smoky at all. I would have this beer again.

Photo of cudmud
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one has a deep red mahogany color with little head. The remaining foam produces light lacing.

Smell: Exceptional smoke and malt aromas.

Tastse: A delightful mixture of smoke, malt, spice and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and spicy.

Drinkability: Enjoyable. I will be drinking more of these.

Photo of DoppleJock
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 0.9 oz bottle poured into 0.3L stange.

A: Poured slowly into the stange and a good deal of frothy head still rushed to the top. Pours a rich, clear copper. Really nice color.

S: Smoked pork and spices, but it's not so overpowering that your nostrils go haywire.

T: The smell is a pretty good indicator of how this beer tastes, but unlike the Weizen version, this is really pleasant. Definitely more complex, since you can actually pick up on the barley malts after the first wave of smoke dissipates.

M: A little thinner than I expected, but the smokiness doesn't stick to your tongue for very long, which is a plus.

D: Not too big a fan of drinking rachbiers on their own, but this is one I actually like without food. Will try again.

As it stands, I'm cooking pulled-pork sandwiches tonight, so I'm adding some of this to the cooking pot to spice it up.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red almost black looking, with a full white head, great retention and good lacing. Seen this beer out of the olde wooden cask too, looks phenomenal.

S: Smoke, maple syrup and bacon.

T: Munich malt, very much marzen like of course with is the main backbone, has some sweetness. Smoke is prominent, but not as over the top as I remember when I first had it, perhaps it was just so new back then. Smoky tasty lager, not much more to say, quite good.

M: Not as robust maybe as I would like, could make the beer extraordinary, medium-bodied, smoky aftertaste, you'll taste the beer for a long time.

D: The classic of the style and the beer to have if you want to now what rauchbier is all about. A throwback to the early lagers and one of the most traditional flavours you're going to get.

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

I had a bottle at Aufsturz in Berlin, and the man who asked for a sip at my table said it was like drinking smoked salmon, which is as good of a description I think I'm likely to hit upon.

It smells like smokey sweet caramel malt, and the taste is similar, the märzen is a familiar taste and the smoke brings it to a new level of complexity. Although you might think the smoke would "dry out" the palate, it's actually very juicy and smooth and a hell of a drinker. I had it without accompaniment--I suspect smoked meats would be too much, but I can imagine some nice cheese pairings.

Will definitely be buying again.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

there is nowhere to hide from this beer. it assaults you from the moment you open the bottle, letting you know, that yes, it is underage, and it was smoking in there. one of the few places you can still smoke indoors in washington. this ominous blitzkrieg today crashed into my heart. the same way that good bacon does. in fact, all i want to do with this beer is put a pork chop in it, sautee it in a skillet with tart green apples, ginger, and a touch of garlic. liberal use of salt is encouraged.
the color of a persian sunset over the elburz mountains, the smell of that alder smoked grain punishing the room like my kitchen at 8 with the best bacon around. i want this beer for breakfast. i guess i just want this beer not to be gone.

Photo of czfreeman
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Around three years ago, I tried my first Rauchbier with a friend, at the time I only bought it because of the label, and no real appreciation for fine brew-- thought it was god-awful--it was a drain pour. The thought of Rauchbier has lingered all this time, and after subjecting myself to becoming a beer geek i.e, the hoppier, the darker, the thicker, the higher ABV, bring it, I'm open to all..so a traditional smoked German Ale isn't so scary....
A light hiss from the cap begins the experience, pours out a deep burnished brown color, held up to the light reveals beautiful ruby light tones around the edges, light bubbles rising in the glass. an absolute perfect head caps this brew. Light tan, fluffy, foamy and thick, a bit like a wispy cloud of smoke if you will. Spot-on appearance.
Chilled to around 40 degrees, on first smell yields smoky leather, smoked jerky meat, spices akin to pepper, carbon, reminiscent of walking in the cold and catching a wisp of a fireplace. Digging beyond the smoke, I find a bit of sweet malts, caramel, bitter mineral notes, finishes with another wisp of smoke and touch of sweet maltiness.
Flavor is amazingly delicious. All of the worry I had about hating this beer has quickly dissipated like a wisp of smoke( pun intended). First sip, drank a bit under-serving temp, I find lightly sweet malt, biting carbonation, caramel, oak, then ending with the light, lingering smoke flavor. As it warms, sip after sip yields a light, delicate German dunkel with accents of smoke. The malt, bitterness, and carbonation all work together, and the smoke seemingly accents, begins and finishes without dominating as I had expected.
Mouth feel is medium, bright, well carbonated and lively. A light sweetness is ended by the light smoky finish. I really cannot comment enough about the balance of this beer. I don't think I would want glass after glass of this brew, but in food pairings, or just the simple enjoyment of 1 bottle, it really is perfect.
If you are worried about drinking liquid BBQ sauce---fear not, this brew is an amazing balance of perfect execution. Malt, carbonation, yeast, and smoke all play a dominant role yet all work together. What an amazing and traditional brew. I now must find the Ur-bock!

Photo of kegger22
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen is a dark brown color with a beige, one inch head that reduces to a thick collar.

The aroma is one smokey delight. Smells just like a heavily salted, smoked salmon, and don't think for a minute that this aroma is incompatible with beer.

You can definitely taste the smokiness, in addition there is some sweet malt and a bit of sourness. The after taste is on the dry side.

The mouth feel light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is great with a 5.40 ABV and the awesome taste.

I love this beer! All those sharp flavors combine in an enjoyable assault on the taste buds. And the nose kicks ass!

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Belmont Station poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a clear ruby brown with a fluffy, slightly off-white head that leaves a heavy residual head that allows heavy lacing down the glass. Aroma is smoke, roast, salty bacon. Flavor is sweet, toasty malt forward with smoke and salt and a sweet finish. Slightly bready. Medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Considering the smoke character, this beer is highly drinkable and well engineered. Well done Smoked, and not as over-the-top as a fresh Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Photo of Samichlaus
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt poured into stein.

A: Pours a clear honey brown with a thick two finger tan head.

S: Hickory and maple smoke. A touch of mint. Grassy, spicy hops.

T: Malty sweetness. Smoky jerky like taste. Bready. Grassy hop bitterness.

M: Smooth crisp and clean with a light body and mild carbonation.

D: Good drinkability if you can handle the strong smokey smell and flavor.

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

A – Dark with an amber hue, nice off-white head. The common appearance belies a furious interior

S – Smoked mullet. I grew up in Coastal Florida, I know 547812469 mullet fisherman. This is grade A smoked mullet. Not smoked Salmon, mind you. Not smoked Mackerel, mind you. Not smoked Amberjack, mind you. Ted Peters Smoked Fish House has nothing on this.

T – Overall, this beer is among the most strictly savory. Like smoked mullet; if you like it, you'll love this. Mullet is a mild, grainy white fish, and this beer is ridiculously similar. In other words, this beer has heavy smoke, light grain, and a great smooth body and finish.

M – Medium-thin, and very complimentary to the flavor. If it had more viscosity it would be less palatable.

D – Very complementary to certain foods, and extremely delicious as a stand-alone.

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

Can't really say too much about this beer other than it is tasty.
The appearance is a dark brown color. The head was a cream color but dissapated very quickly.
Very strong smokey smell as if you just opened up some smoked cheddar. Almost a meaty smell like sausage or bacon.
Very strong overpowering but good smoke flavor.
Light and dry mouthfeel. Almost like chanpagne. Not what you would expect.
I only gave the drinkablilty a 3.5 considering I couldnt drink much of it. One bottle was just about right but I would definately drink it again.

Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle picked up on sale for $2.99. drank out of a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with ruby red around the edges when held up to the light. a small cream colored head sits on which leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this beer has an extremely strong odor. lots of smoke/campfire can be detected even a few feet away. very meaty smelling.

T- the taste yields just as much smoke as the smell did. it also reminds me of smoked sausage. very odd for a beer.

M- not as heavily bodied as i was expecting. leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- definitely a smoked beer. almost so over the top that it becomes a novelty. something id come back to sometime down the road but not for a while.

Photo of realbama
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really looking forward to this one after reading the reviews. In short, a must try. But, I couldn't drink more than one. It poured a beautiful dark amber with a 2 inch creamy head. It smelled of smoke. Like others have said, imagine the smell of a BBQ. The taste was OK. VERY unique. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't incredible either. The aftertaste is what turned me off. It really left a taste of smoke in my mouth that I couldn't help but associate with a tailgate. Hours later, I still tasted it. Overall, this is a "must try at least once" beer.

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

I could smell the smoke from two feet away.

Pours a clear rich dark brown. Thick 1-inch white foamy head that dissipates quickly to ¼ inch. Some lacing.

Smells of smoked sausage, a strong smell. Some malt.

A smooth smoky taste, some hop bitterness, but not overpowering. A hint of creaminess up front, lightly toasted malt behind the smoke. Finish is smoke and hops, with a bitter hop aftertaste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is creaminess, medium body even though it looks rich. Some carbonation hits the back of my throat.

I remember this beer being awesome from the gravity feed barrels at the brewery in Bamberg. I still enjoy it, but needs to be paired with some robust food.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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