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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,899
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 115
Gots: 140 | 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 BeenJammin
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a redish brown with an beige colored head. There was good lacing on the glass. The aroma had a great smoky, earthy smell to it. The taste was again smoky and almost tastes like some variation of smoked bacon with a sweet malt background to it. The mouthfeel was just what it should be. The strong smokey flavor would make it difficult for me to drink very many of these in one sitting.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a dark brownish mahogany color with a one inch off-white head.

Aroma is straight up smoked ham. Maybe a little beef jerky in there as well. Camp fire smokiness is right there with the meat.

Taste is not as intense in the meat department as the aroma but it's still there for sure. It starts off with a mild sweetness with a bit of toast and then the smoked meat flavor comes more as an aftertaste alongside the caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and surprisingly it still has the clean lager character despite the crazy meat flavor. Surprisingly drinkable as well after that smell.

This is my first of the style and I am rating it as best I can but damn this stuff is different. Really interesting style and I think I might have to get another of their offerings.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.- Pours a dark, reddish-brown with aggressive carbonation and a thin off-white head.

S.- Aroma at first is all smoke, almost like campfire. Malty smell lingers in the backround.

T. In the front, doughy malt is present, and on the back of the tongue, wood smoke is present. A lot less smoky taste than present in the aroma. Finishes clean with slight hop bitterness.

M.- Medium-bodied, this beer coats the tongue and flavor is intense.

D.- Very approachable for this style of beer. Not a session brew, but rather a sipper on a cold night or with barbecue. For those who have not tried a smoke beer, I highly reccommend they try this one.

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a dark brown color with a large creamy cascading off-white head that was mostly lasting and good lacing. Heavy roasted malt smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy smoke and light bitter flavor with the same long finish.

Great spicy food or cigar brew.

Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Wine And Spirits Shoppe At Bradley Park in Columbus, Georgia. Beer is dark amber in color. It smells very smoky with a little malt in the nose. Wow it tastes very good. The taste is less smoky than the aroma. It is well balanced and fine tasting. A surprise to say the least. I would never have believed a smoke beer could be so fun to drink. Very diverse.

Photo of markaberrant
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark red with amber highlights, brilliantly clear, beige creamy head, good retention, leaves some chunky lace behind.

S - smoke mixed with sweet bready malt. The malt is not easy to pick out, but it's there, kind of a layered aroma thing.

T - taste is pretty neat, leave it at the front of your mouth, and all you get is bready malt, move it to the back, swish it around, and you pick up the smoke. Aftertaste is smooth smoke.

M - Not overly rich, lean and smooth, well attenuated, med high carbonation, keeps the smoke from bogging things down.

D - not offensive at all, a tasty specialty offering

It is pretty amazing how the smoked malt carries over from the mash, boil, fermentation and lagering period into the finished beer. It is a very pleasing smoke character, and it's not like you can't pick up the character of the base beer. I've been waiting a long time to try this beer, it was well worth the wait.

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

Photo of nick76
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very smokey and covers any other smells that might be there save a hint of malt. The appearance is dark brown and the head is persistent. The flavor is also very smokey and not unlike beef jerky. The palate was not as thick as I wanted but still its not thin. A very unique beer that's a must try, like it or not.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice chocolate brown, with a sparkling bubble structure. Head forms to a little peak of sudsy foam.

S + T: Lighter smokiness than the Urbock. More of a modest addition to the toasted malt profile, which is not overpowered in the least. Flavour is very similar... a bit of meatiness, ham-like, with a soft and warm malt.

M + D: The lighter side of a medium body... finishes very smooth and refreshing. This makes for a wonderful session choice on a chillier fall day (granted, today was NOT one, but it would have been all that much better had it been!)

Photo of Reanimator
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like your average dark lager, minimal head, nothing too spec....whoa! Yep, definitely smells like the bottle is filled with bacon grease, with some Marzen undertones of course. Definitely tastes smoked, but not in the bacon-grease way that the nose let on, and not as overpowering as I was expecting. It's actually quite a pleasant smokiness, lending a sweetness to the already unique malt character. All of this is built on the solid Marzen base, which is surprisingly bitter on the finish.

As a big fan of dark German-style lagers I found the mouthfeel to be maybe a bit light for my taste. But overall this is a brilliant rauchbier; an enjoyable sipper!

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

A: Deep, rich brown, clear with little head

S / T: Amazingly smoky aroma, reminiscent of bacon, bbq, or wood-fires.

M: The smoky taste lingered on my palate for quite some time

D: I don't think I could have more than one bottle on its own; perhaps i'd make it into my second with some fine bbq to go along with it

Photo of clayrock81
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a leather brown body with two-finger tan head with minimal lacings. One of the strongest smells ever from a beer; incredible smokiness. I took a few big whiffs and ended up with stuff like smoked meat (think Slim Jims), mints, roasted malts mixed with spices, just a beer you have to smell to believe. So is the taste, to be honest. It is real smooth and creamy, almost full-bodied, yet there is this smokey, dry, almost processed meat taste to it (and I mean that in a good way). THere are hints of sweet and roasted malts and dark fruits, but the smokiness really comes through on this beer but it is reasonable; the backbite is dry but not overly dry and your pallete is killed like this is a DIPA or anything. I wouldn't mind this beer again, but one is enough for me. It took a little getting used to.

Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark copper/burgandy color with a creamy, tan, bubbly, three-finger head. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of smoked meats, bacon and maybe the aroma of good German brats.

T - It tasted very smokey, like good bacon. Also, like food cooked over a campfire flame. Some caramel maltiness comes through underneath the smoked flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - My second true Rauchbier. I liked this much more than their weizen, probably because I had it with food (a sirloin steak), and my palate for smoked beers is evolving.

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

I didn't think that a smoked flavor would mix well with beer but I am somewhat surprised here. This beer does an excellent job of being what it's supposed to be.Poured a nice dark reddish/gold appearance with thick off-white/dark yellow head and lots of lacing. The hints of smoked meat, ham??? are very present but not over powering. Unique is the word and thats goood.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown body with a thin, thinning, bubbly white head.

Smell: Bacon, though definitely top-quality bacon. You know me, I'm definitely down with the bacon.

Taste: Sweetish, rich dark caramel maltiness prior to the smoked meat flavor hitting hard and fast. There's some dark fruits present, but, again, you gotta look long and hard past those smoked malts. Thin vein of roastiness and even woody character throughout. Never much in the way of hops or substantial bitterness though. Oh, the ham. Oh, the sweet barbecue flavors. Finishes ultimately smoke with a mouthful of cub scout campfire ashes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer, a smoke-minded treat even, but not one I could down on a daily basis. Such a smokey, bacon-laden flavor and aroma that it might be even more recommended to friends of the Jewish persuasion. Paired well with some chicken pan fried noodles. The driver refused to partake in the beer once he smelled it.

Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice rauchbier to me, with a smokey taste and aroma reminiscent of Lapsang Souchong tea or Islay Malt Scotch, yet with a lot of other elements to round out the character.

Very dark brown, almost black, it has a small, creamy tan head that shrinks very slowly to a thick, foamy ring and leaves some weak lace.

The aroma is smoke with hints of toasted grain, bread.

The taste is more complex, with smokey grain, Lapsang Souchong tea, up front, soon mellowing and joined by light toasted grain, hay, cola, general toasty-herbal-spice dunkel qualities. The smokeiness lingers, though lightly, after the finish. It's light in body, but tatsy, interesting, and drinkable, with the smoke just tame enough and just balanced enough so as not to be overpowering.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber brown color with a medium sized an dmedium bodied tan colored head that laced the glass somewhat on the way down.
S: Smells of a fire actually, someone that I had this with said beef jerky, but I would put it as more of a bonfire smell. Very woody.
T: Tastes some like a good smoked meat with a very heavy wood taste that is actually really good. It has some malt in there as well but the smokey flavor over-rides everything.
M: Very warming and spicy with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable smokey flavored beer. This would go very well with a good meat dinner.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It poured dark brown and clear with no activity. It had a three finger head that was foamy. It slowly retreated down the side of the glass leaving no lacing.

It had a delicious scent of beechwood. The mixture of the malt and beechwood with spicey undertones smelled like a freshly opened piece of beef jerky.

It had a much more mild flavor of roasted malt. The beechwood gave less character to the flavor than the scent. It was slightly watery with a weird woody finish. I expected more body from such a robust scent and taste filled beer.

It is strangely drinkable. I highly recommend trying it.

Photo of ccrida
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen is very dark amber with a khahki head that leaves very little lace and dissipates fairly quickly. Very dark for a Märzen.

Smell is very smokey, cured ham, woody with a touch solvents, almost like refinished hardwood.

Taste is also very smokey, and woody. This tastes a lot like a campfire, particularly with the lingering aftertaste. Think diced bacon on a cheddar wurst. Damn, that sounds like a good idea now that I mention it! The smoke is to sharp for me to pick up much of the base Märzen, this is basically a generic, dark smoked beer. Something about it in fact, so sharp and woody, it almost has a propane taste to it or something, and could be dialed back some.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and slick, medium-heavy bodied. Not to carbonated, but the bacon burps are awesome!

Drinkability is pretty good if you like smokey beers lacking subtlety. If you wanted a Märzen with a hint of smoke, you'll be disappointed. I like the fact that it's so robust and not that strong, only 5.1% ABV on my label. Still, not something I'd want to drink all night, one is enough for me. I wanted to like this more then I did, I've only had their Urbock previously, and preferred the darker malts with the smoke for a more balanced palate. Hey, at least we know there weren't any rats in the grain!

Photo of Dangerous
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding smoked beer. The nose is reminiscent of a Hungarian smokehouse that I used to patronize in Bridgeport, CT (without the paprika of course). It is unbelievable how well-balanced this beer is. Although I was expecting the smoke taste to overwhelmingly prevail, I find that the malt comes right through as well. This is certainly not a session beer, but will nicely compliment any barbecued food you bring to the table!

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brownish color and a fairly clear texture. There was about a quarter inch of long-lasting, creamy head. Good lacing.

S: The smokiness dominates the smell, but there's also a malty presence to be had here.

T: As with the smell, the smoke rules the taste. It almost makes you think you're out grilling steaks or in a ham smokehouse. Very unusual. Also had some mild toasted malt to the mix.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a an odd case. It's not like other beers, but it's complex and drinkable. I haven't had that many rauchbiers, but this one is by far the most interesting.

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

Poured a clear brown color with a small tan head that faded fast. Smelled of steak and meat, a little A1 sauce in there. The taste was the same, I picked up a lot of smoked flavors and a steak or burger merinade. Some smoked wood going on as well. It had a very clean finish, nothing lingered for a bad aftertaste. Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of dbek
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very unique and special beer. It has a dark brown color. Its aroma is pretty strong but not strong enough compared to its taste. It will surprise you the first time you try it: It tastes more like bacon and ham than beer. Trying it a couple will get you addicted as you will often feel the need to have this delicacy. It goes perfectly with meat (it won't change your taste) but you can also drink it alone. If you can handle the strong taste, then there is no limit in how many of these you can have in one drinking session.

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

Pours a deep, clear, brownish copper-amber with a light, fuzzy cap of taupe.

Smells like a sweet, smokey campfire.

Taste's about the same, it's pleasant and enjoyable. Brown sugared caramel sweetness comes in light with roasty-toasty malts, possessing a big smokey campfire overtone throughout. Medium bodied, nice carbonation lightly fuzzy, lightly creamy, lightly sharp.

I'm not sure that beers of this style are really my favorites, but this is definitely a rauch done right, which I could definitely see myself enjoying at the right place. A campfire, barbecue, or smoked cheese complimetary for sure.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a glass mug.

A - deep clear amber color with a nice head that is well retained; leaves a nice lacing

S - strong smoky malt aroma

T - rich smoky malt flavor with a touch of hops on the finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - This is a wonderful rauchbier and lives up to it's 'classic' status. I've had this beer on previous occasions and this tasting is just as good as previous. I would love to travel to Bamberg and have it close to the source.

Photo of adamette
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle purchased at Bier Markt in Cleveland, later found for less money at World Wines and Liquor in Mentor, Ohio.

A Minimal light brown head over translucent dark brown body. Nothing too remarkable with the appearance.

S Now THIS is different. I could not believe it when I brought this close to my nose...it smells like the barbecue ribs I had yesterday...so very different. Sweetness of the barbeque sauce and the smokiness of the open fire..it is all there! It is a very smooth aroma. I smelled again to see if I could detect grains, hops, something but all that I was getting was those barbecue ribs!

T Well not suprisingly the smoky, sweet barbecue taste carries over to the taste, now with a backdrop of some hops and barley. A really unique taste among those that I have tested. There is certainly more sweetness in the smell, more smoke in the taste but some of each exist in the other.

M Full but not extremely so. There is a syrupy clinging far into the aftertaste which is interesting.

D Fairly good but the syrupy aftertaste means that I cannot drink too many of these (like one).

Notes: This is my first real Rauchbier and it really is different. I am not sure that I am a big fan of the style but this seems like this is a good example of the style. Note added later: I have thought about this beer for weeks after tasting it. There have only been a few that stuck in my memory like this one. I am upgrading the taste (I can STILL remember it!) for that reason from 4.5 to 5.0.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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