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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,754
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 104
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
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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Photo of therica
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting experience.

A= Poured a nice dark caramel-brown, small head without much foam but yet still somehow mustered to grow a modest foamy creamy head that left some mild lacing.

S= Smoke, at first. A touch of liquor-smell but not the potent kind which melts nostril-hair. Some mild florals scents, and reminiscences of being in an old furniture store with wooden floors and a lingering odor of furniture polish. More smoky wood.

T= At first, it's just pure smoke. My wife says mesquite-smoke and nearly choked on her obligatory test-sip. She said she'd rather go lick out our barbeque grill. Me-- I thought it was great, although a bit too much carbonation at the start, which only seemed to accentuate the smoky taste. After the beer settles for a few minutes, the other nice qualities of caramel and florals begin to appear. Not much hoppiness or bite. After it sat for half an hour or more, it was actually at its best-- very nicely blended, no carbonation in the way of the flavor, and the smokiness gently blended into the overall experience.

M= After it sat for a while, a delightful mouthfeel of mild sweetness but not syrupy, very nice caramel and its own uniqueness.

D= Depending on one's desire to let this go a bit flat for a while and then drink it slightly warmed down, it's super and could even be a nice session-beer if one could afford it.

therica, May 17, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear mahogany with deep amber flashes along the edges. A finger of soft off-white head sinks away to little if anything at all. And yet, filigrees of lacing adorn the inside of the glass. Go figure.

The aroma is every bit what is expected, and that's the edgy, wood-fire bite of well and duly smoked malt. Like a burned building, it keeps on giving off that aura. But in no way is it bothersome or overdone, because a touch of maltiness keeps it grounded and centered.

Upon tasting, that smoke plumes forth yet again with a tongue-engulfing, salty earthiness, like that of cured meet, but underneath is a sweet, charred caramel notion. A quick mention of hops gives a light spice coating to the continuing sugary barbecue tang. The finish is a lingering melding of the woodsy smoke and a general dry crispness. If this is your thing, as it is mine, this is a very tasty and artful specimen.

Light bodied, it fills the mouth as though it's bigger, with a round creaminess that keeps the smokey earthful malt on the palate some time.

I've had smoked beers, not even rauchbiers, that smell all too much of spent wood or ashcans. Not here though, as the smoke is deep, rich, and woody, delivering the notable edge of controlled combustion. On it's own, it's fairly drinkable, but with virtually any assertively savory food, it becomes a luscious companion. So I'll split the difference and say it's plenty good. And the whole time, it's like you're drinking a pint of brewing history.

Foxman, May 10, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I believe this brew is true to its style.

The aroma is of course smokey. Kind of camp fire-ish. Reminds me of summer BBQ's with smoked meat.

It looks ok. Head was ok size. Head retention was average compared to other smoked Beers that I've had. Colour was darkish brown.

Flavour was just like smoked ham! I thought I tasted a bit of hickory, but my friends disagree.

Mouthfeel was nothing special. If anything the carbonation was too strong, or crisp.

Overall, I like it, I think it would go well with some game meat. Stronger flavoured cheeses like an aged white chedar too. Or with kielbasa.

BrewSomerville, May 04, 2007
Photo of jp62099
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: gorgeous deep scarlet, nice head and lacing.

Smell: Wow! that's different, is your first thought, very pronounced smokiness. Salmon, cured meat smell, some charred wet wood also.

Taste: at first sip you're cautious given the intense smell, but it is very smooth. The taste is very much like the smell, but with a nice malt sweetness. Slight hop bitterness makes for a balanced finish.

My first German rauchbier, and I'm hooked. As for drinkability, you feel like you have gotten your protein for the day with just one, but it goes down very easy. Would drink lots if I could afford it.

jp62099, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this is my second rauchbier(I haven't typed the first ones notes out), but I instantly have more respect for them than the american smoke beers....with those I am always left wondering where is the smoke...but with these it is easily tasted and smelled....

A- This beer poured a very dark amber brown with hints of orange coming in with the light...the head was about an inch tall and left a sticky lace all around the glass.
S- I'm a vegetarian so this(and the urbock) taste and smell like meat(to me at least.) Thick rich malts, smokey, meaty bacony beefjerky like smell...spicy and savory...light caramel malts, but not in a sweet way.
T/M/D- This a really unique mouth feel....big round and smooth malts....the beer is extremely easy to drink, medium bodied and filling...smokey and meaty almost a liquid beef jerky feel...It is really unique and wonderful....if you don't like it on first taste you will appreciate it when you finish the bottle. Not something for everyday, but definitively something I will return too.

jameaterblues, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz (500ml) bottle to a wine goblet - a $3 bottle from Stumptown in Portland, OR. Listed ABV on the bottle is 5.1%.

A: Rather mundane mahogany-brown. Deep and dark but lacking in carbonation and head - just a thin and soapy film covering less than half the glass.

S: So smoky. Reminiscent of a campfire, roasting hot dogs over charred embers. On-dimensional (all smoke), but it's a good smell...

T: Wow, tastes even more intense than the smell. This is not a beer that will please most people but I find it pretty wonderful. Sweet smokiness, hints of BBQ meat, molasses, charcoal. Intrinsic woody-flavor, charred malts.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, but lacks carbonation. Smoke is ever-present, but clings lightly to the palate, on the back of the tongue and down the throat.

D: If I want a smoky-tasting beer, i'm going for this one. Really, it's like no other beer I've had; even smoked malt porters come nowhere near this. I wouldn't have this all the time, but would definite recommend it for a try (under the premise that it's S-M-O-K-Y).

msubulldog25, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was the smokiest rauchbier I've ever had, and that isn't necessarily a good thing! It is very substantial, and has a flavor remiscent of eating fresh bacon inside a smokehouse, but not enough beer character for me. Not very drinkable, but very interesting.

It boured a sparkling red color with a medium amount of head from a mini-keg. It had a salty, smokey, meaty smell. It was downright bacon-like in flavor, but I wish had more beer character. I felt the beer-flavor in this beer was totally overwhelmed by this bacon flavor. It had a salty mouthfeel, like a mouthful of seawater. Not very drinkable.

BeerBelcher, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle and poured into a stemmed Pilsner glass.

Appearance: brown and clear with hints of red. Head formed and laced as it settled.

Aroma: briny smoke dominates, reminds of hickory smoke (brewery actually smokes its malt with beechwood).

Taste: exceptional, again a briny smoked flavor which reminds me quite a bit of smoked salmon. The smoke dominates the palate and overwhelms the marzen character, but a fantastic pairing with smoked foods or barbecue.

Mouthfeel: on par with a marzen, not heavy or light.

Overall drinkability: this is one of my favorite beers. Most people either love it or hate it. If you enjoy smoked foods and don't mind this flavor in your beer then this is one to try. Typically I will have no more than one in an evening as any more seems like too much of a good thing...

joeysmokedporter, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark red colour, rather clear. Head is relatively dense and foamy -- not too big, but a nice tan colour that laces the glass.

Aroma: Has a truly unusual smokey -- yet somewhat sweet -- aroma. Like a smoked ham with a sugar glaze -- not something I would ask for in a beer, but it smells really appetizing.

Taste: Initially tastes quite malty, and that separates into the smoked ham flavor, with a quite noticable sweeter malt undertone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise no problem. Flavor-wise this can become a bit too much too soon.

The smell is very interesting and unique, but it doesn't translate as well into the flavor. Still nice and enjoyable, but a bit excessive at times. (I'd rather be eating that smoked ham right now!) Nevertheless, I still think that this is definitely a beer worth trying. And I'd consider having it again, especially when I had some discerning friends over.

mithrascruor, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of MerkinMan
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rauchbier is a love-it-or-hate-it drink. Don't be discouraged by bad reviews since this is not for everyone. For the adventurous awaits a truly unique beer.

The Marzen is my favorite, but the Urbock is quite good too.

Even someone who is turned off at the smokey smell or first taste is encouraged to keep at it. This beer gets better as you drink it.

This is coming from someone who loves black licorice, so take that as you will. If you don't like Schlenkerla, that just means more for ME!

MerkinMan, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of edmedina
1.27/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Oh god...what was I thinking. This is a smokebeer. I don't know I didn't catch that before. I smelled and tasted like bacon. I am not a fan of bacon. The pour was ok. It was a light brown really. However, the hint of smoke or as I call it bacon was just over powering. After my first sip I was tempted to pour it out. However, I stuck it out and was left with the same feeling. It wasn't that good.

edmedina, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy head which lasts a long time, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, smoked big time, toffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, smokey, with nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, the taste reminds me of sardines, so because of this I would not buy again.

Wasatch, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a clear, medium brown with no head and a bit of carbonation. Aroma reminiscent of a smoky fireplace. Taste is of malts, quickly replaced by a smoky aftertaste, which is not as dominating as I was fearing. The beer went down pretty nicely in the end, and I must admit I was a bit terrified about drinking this one based on some of the reviews I read. On the other hand, my wife just told me that I smell like cigarettes. Not my cup of tea (or pack of smokes), but interesting to try. Would love to see what their smoky weizen is like.

sstackho, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of JohnW
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Nuremberg Germany, and also from imported bottles at a UK Beer Festivals. Looks dark bronze colour, with good head to start, though did not last the whole length of the glass. Smell is roasted, slightly malty and sweet, but dominated by the smoked aroma, which comes as a shock unless you were expecting it. The taste follows the aroma well, fairly rich and hints of malted sweetness, with a smoky taste (wood burning, NOT cigarettes!!) similar to that you expect with smoked ham, fish or cheeses. Some hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, but not much. I thought that on tap was smoother, less smokey in character and slightly richer in texture than that from the bottle, but guess there could be slight variations anyhow. I enjoyed it more on tap than from the bottle. It is an easy to drink beer, though not necessarily a thirst quencher for a hot day, as it should be served "cellar" temp, not ice cold! I would say this is definately an acquired taste, with the smoked character dividing opinion as to something you would like or maybe hate! If you do not enjoy smoked foods, then probably worth avoiding. I enjoy this beer, but would not want more than a couple of glasses at one time.

B'ham UK

JohnW, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of uberabr
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a unique bottle into a pint, fills the glass well with a one finger head up top that settles, leaving excellent lace. Color is off-black: very dark with hints of red and brown. I don't think I've ever quite smelled a beer like this. To say the roasted quality is coming through in high definition would be an understatement. It smells like charcoal- a true Rauchbier. Subtle hints of lemon come through, but mostly a deep burnt quality. Cool.

Taste follows through with the nose, although there is a rich porter-like quality of mild hops, barley, and molasses. Mouthfeel is excellent. Full, creamy without being cloying, and smooth without being watery. Drinkability is high, although this style might not agree with everyone, and I think about 1 beer will do it for me because of the intensity. For the style, though, this is a very good 'bier.'

uberabr, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany/red with a loose ring of a head on it. Jerky and smoke odor is weaker than expected. Taste is spicy, meaty beef and smoked gouda. A little bitter. Kind of like drinking water that several cigars have been extinguished in (if you can imagine that in a good way). Drinkable because its interesting enough to keep drinking it but not too weird to make you want to stop.

aforbes10, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark cloudy brown pour, small bubbly head. Aromas dominated by a citrusy hickory smokiness- some malt present but fleeting. Taste was surprisingly fruity- great malt flavor in the background while the smoke wasnt overdone. No unpleasant aftertaste, though I would have liked some more hop flavor to balance the malt. Almost like a stout in its mouthfeel- smooth, silky and slightly carbonated- very easy going down but like most most smoked beers the palate suffers from overload after a few of these.

kernalklink, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but translucent, with nice red and brown hues. Slight head. Nose is smoky, oily malts. Taste is pleasant, like nice roasted coffee beans and toasted smoky malts. Mouthfeel is good, and so is drinkability. Good beer for the style. I'd like to marinate some fish in this stuff.

shivtim, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa! This is a rauchbier? At least it definitely smells like smoke. This is my first rauchbier, so bottoms up!

This brew pours with a vast amount of carbonation and produces a beautiful sticky and light tan head. The body is dark ruby in color, but is actually quite haze free.

The taste is sweet and smoky at the same time. It reminds me of the smoked salmon you get in slices at home. I suppose this would go with a cuisine like that, or to balance out a sweet dessert.

TheSarge, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a little store in Denver, not sure if I've ever seen it before. 1pt 6oz bottle.
Pours a very dark brown, just shy of black. Medium to small brown head, looks a bit thin when compared with the body. Used a Duvel snifter glass, wasn't sure which glass to use with a smoked beer.
Smell is amazing. A huge jerky smell, yet not so dry. That's really about it. Maybe some raisin.
Taste is liquid jerky, a bit of alcohol. Chewy, yet smooth. Is not as thick as it looks or smells. Drank very well. Good for pairing with grilled meats, I'd imagine

Mebuzzard, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen pours a dark copper color with a tan head from a brown 50 cl bottle. The aroma is dominated by smoke. The flavor is also quite smoky, as one of my friends put it, it tastes like the drippings from a barbeque. That may be a bit of an exageration, but it sure is smoky. I think you either like this beer or you don't, there probably isn't a lot of room to be on the fence on this one. I like it, if you like smoke beers, this is definitely one you should try.

Drew966, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark clear coca cola brown beer with a good light brown head.

Well the one defining characteristic of beers of this type is the heavy smokiness and you do not have to get very close to smell the smoke coming of this one. Hardwood smoke and the smell of calamine lotion are the major scents in this one. Having said that this one is quite restrained for a Rauchbier unlike the much stronger Urbock this company makes.

Taste is sweetish and quite smoky from the start tasting like beer bacon. Stoutly bitter aftertaste in this one and the smoke doesn't completely takeover, but it is still smokier than any smoked porter is. There is a little medicine after taste here but it is less than a lot of German Hefeweizens have.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is quite good and this is the one Rauchbier I would suggest for someone new to them or even for a BMC drinker. Probably a perfect Barbecue beer; cook with the Urbock and drink this one.

Zorro, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear brown that turns more rusty when put to the light. Head is far from exceptional, but is made up of a series of fine bubbles. Smell is initially of smoked ham, but underneath it all is malty and clean like a good lager. As with the aroma, with the taste, the flavor is at first a punch of smoke, but there is depth to the malt that holds its own. Bready and nutty with a faint noble hop appearance. Finishes clean with a nice bitter kick. Mouthfeel isn't very heavy and the carbonation is mellow. Great session. I like this way better than the Urbock.

goochpunch, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third Schlenkerla and I'm finding myself really drawn to the rauchbier style.

The marzen pours a dark, chocolate brown with a huge, tan head. The head retains very well throughout, leaving sticky lacings on the glass.

The marzen is the best smelling of the Schlenkerla rauchbiers, due in part to the big malt profile. With the marzen, I can easily pick up a strong malt and chocolate aroma underneath the heavy layers of smoke. As with the other Schlenkerla offerings, there is a big aroma of doused campfire and freshly charred wood.

There is a nice, chewy malt presence with sweet, roasted and chocolate malt flavors. This is balanced by an acidic; smoke presence that really takes over the taste. There are also hints of caramel, oak and molasses. Hickory, charred wood and fire pit flavors make an exceptional tasting brew.

This is a full-bodied brew that has been well carbonated for a pleasing mouthfeel.

This is the most drinkable Schlenkerla that I've tried so far and my favorite rauchbier to date. This paired very well with some pepperjack cheese but I'm really looking forward to bringing it along to a BBQ.

Estarrio, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with ruby red highlights when held to light. The head is a thick white mess that laces extensively though the glass.

S: The aroma reminds me of a nice smokehouse, full of bacon and ham and other wonderful pork products all slowly curing. This aroma is big and delicious with a strong malt base.

T: The flavor is dominated by the smoky deliciousness. Underlying that meaty, thick flavor is a malty sweet marzen base. There is little hop presence, but the malty sweetness really brings out the intensity of the smoke.

M: The mouthfeel is warm and chewy without tasting like liquid smoke.

D: An easy-to-drink beer, the smoke is a nice finish that does not overpower the tastebuds.

akorsak, Dec 10, 2006
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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