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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 116
Gots: 141 | 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 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.

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

Pours a deep chestnut brown, really dark. A nice head forms, but it doesn't stick around. Intense aroma of smoke, smoked malts, meats and overall deliciousness.

Taste is, well, unusual: this is definitely not a beer for the faint of heart. This beer tastes like smoked meat-- liquid bacon, as I like to call it. Some sweet malts come through, as well as a touch of bitterness, but this beer imparts such a strong smoky and woody flavor that trying to taste and evaluate a beer afterwards would prove futile. Silky smooth mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation. Intense flavors, but still very smooth to drink.

Could not think of a more appropriate beer to enjoy with an authentic German meal, preferably with lots of meat that matches the smokiness of the beer.

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

A: Acorn brown, spots of cottony foam around the edges - 4.25, T: Holy geez is this smoky, lots of smoke and strong scents of the smoky sausage from some good gumbo, earthy woods - 4.50, T: Though smoke is still the dominating factor, it is less noticeable on the tongue than the nose, the caramel malt manages to find a way through all the smoke, lots of wood, mildly dry -4.25, M: Silky 4.00, D: Overall, a very enjoyable beer, intensely smoky - 4.25

Photo of cameraman
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep, dark amber color, with a three finger thick, cream colored head forms on top. The head laces slowly down the glass. The smokiness is an incredible scent, it blends itself with a malty sweetness and doughiness. There is no real hop aroma in this beer. The malt hits the palate with a mild sweetness and the smoky flavor, that dominates and envelopes around every taste bud. Then a surprisingly mild citrus bitterness finishes the taste out. A very smooth feel, with a mild crispness, and is very silky along the palate. This is an incredible beer, there are styles that you have to taste from the source, this beer is it. Throw this at some smoked ribs or a pulled pork sandwhich. Plus, why doesn't barbaque places have this beer on tap or bottle.

Photo of Albinoh
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoke all the way, from the moment you open the bottle you can really feel the smoke hit you. The beer guy at whole foods that recommended this beet said, "some people said it tasted like drinking an ashtray but i disagree". By just smelling the beer I thought of smoked bacon, dunno I even felt weird about drinking something that smelled like bacon. The looks are ok, thin lace over a ruby colored body. Taste is good, it definitely does not taste like meat or an ashtray, it does taste like an oktoberfest covered in smoke. Some sweet malts. Medium body. Good overall, not my favorite style but fits the style perfectly.

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

pours into my liter mug with a deep chestnut brown color and a relatively tight cream head. as I poured I picked up the melanoidin malt that is what a marzen is all about. Upon further investigation the malt aroma starts out fully as a smooth smoke and then gives way, though lightly, to malt. Flavor is all malt up from with medium body and and more smoke at swallow. After it's warmed I'm not sure if I've found a bit of hops in the finish of it it's just the smoke. it's has a medium intensity and I notice it more as I breath out. Nowhere near as rich as i expected (this is my first Schlenkerla) but so far is rather drinkable. Nice brew!

Photo of JDK
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark amber, almost chocolate color
1 finger off white head that lasted pretty long leaving a nice lace
Smells of smoke and dark malt and tastes the same.
The first sip seemed pretty strong smoke but after that my palette got used to it and it really wasn't that bad.
Glad I tried it but once will be enough

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

Unusual bottle from Blue Dog in Lansdale, poured into a dimple mug. Crystal clear deep amber liquid, light cream colored head that settles to a thin layer, leaving some sparse lacing. Really nice color. I guess this one isn't bottle conditioned.

Smell is smoky, really hard for me to place anything beyond that. It doesn't smell like smoke meat or something of that sort (at least not to me) but smoky like other smoke beers I have had, which i find very difficult to actually describe.

Taste is similar, it has a bite to it from the smoke, tastes earthy, there is some malt to keep everything afloat.

Mouthfeel was medium light, medium carbonation. No complaints.

Drinkability is high if you like beers like this. Not really my cup of tea but it is nice to try something different every once in a while.

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

Appearance: Dark amber with excellent clarity and a solid creamy off-white head. Appetizing.

Smell: Smoke, meat and wood with faint malty sweetness to balance the savory/earthy qualities. I can't help but think of bacon when I smell this, which is strangely appetizing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very smoky up front, but not as dominant as the aroma suggests. Malt provides a good balance, though it's not overly sweet. A nice bold hop bitterness melds pleasantly with the smoke in the finish. The light body and crisp carbonation make this one surprisingly drinkable.

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

This beer pours a semi dark amber with a 1 fingered head with no lacing. The smell! WOW it smells like bacon, like hickory smoked bacon, very original to my palate for a beer but intriguing. The taste is of bacon and malts with hardly any hops flavor. The mouthfeel is pleasant and the carbonation level is nice. Its a nice novelty beer/gag joke (that actually tastes good) but not something I would drink alot of. I got one of these for my brothers wife who puts mayo and bacon on everything she eats! :D

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

Poured from a cool looking brown bottle with a tan label into a pint glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that slowly dissipates.

As soon as I opened the cap the heavy smoke scent hit me. Reminded me of smoked turkey or ham. Theres also chocolate and roasted malt, and dark coffee.

The smoke brings everything together on the palate quite nicely. First taste is smoke mingling with the roasted malt and chocolate then it finishes with the smoky flavor riding out with a small hop bitterness.

This one was interesting. I'd never had anything like it before. Very tasty and a perfect pairing with sweet BBQ or a smoked turkey sandwich.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a coppery orange throughout. No head, just a slight ring.
Smell is smoke, like liquid beef jerky (low sodium), hint of malt and yeast.
Taste is smoked meat, light malt, yeast hops, peat.
Slightly warming in the throat. Smooth medium bodied brew. Very light effervescence. I really like this style but the other offerings from this brewer are better, the Weizen somewhat, the Urbock much more so.

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

Poured into my Einbecker Ur-bock glass on the day before my first day of work at a new job.

Pours a transparent coca-cola brown with a fluffy cream head.

Massive aroma of hickory and smoke. Perhaps a bit meaty as well.

The aroma was a bit strong, but the taste is a bit softer making for a bit more drinkable brew. The flavors of wood and smoke really do come together nicely. A nice bready malt backbone is apparent, but is second fiddle to the smoke.

Light bodied and mildly carbonated.

A fine beer, and unique to me. The flavor is not overpowering by any means, but I can only do so much smoke.

Photo of TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review: orig was shipped from Indy. This was one driving back during Xmas. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a reddish caramel color and had a tall light beige head. It slowly settled into a broken foam with a collar. Excellent carbonation and some lacing.

The aroma was bam in your face smoke. Just pouring filled that part of the room with campfire smoke smell. I love rauchbiers and have been dying to try this one for awhile. The aroma is one of my favorite parts of the style and this one doesn't disappoint. I saw the Thirsty Traveler on German beers that featured this one. Good story on the beech wood smoking. Campfire in a bottle. The taste was excellent (glad I got another bottle as this one was much better in the taste dept. I think the summer heat affected the original). Great smoky flavor but the base beer was very good as well. Starts off smooth and then the smokiness hits about halfway thru the drink. Not overpowering but with a great balance. This would go great with BBQ or smoked meat/fish. Can't want to try their other varieties as well. Mouthfeel was good.

Overall, an excellent that I highly recommend. Great example of the style. Only wish it was available here. Would be part of the semi regular rotation if here. Since it's not it's a definite pickup every time I go to Indy. Look forward to others by them.

Photo of Greggy
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark amber color, no sediment, great head and sticky lacing.

S- This smells like walking into my local meat market, bacon, venison and campfire.

T- big meat smokiness, venison, very dark dry chocolate maltiness.

M- Very low carb but great taste and finish.

D- What an amazing beer. Easily drinkable and will pair amazingly with meats. I intend to always have a couple of these in my fridge. Wow...

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

wow. i feel like i just got back from a BBQ. this is my first "smoke beer". poured very dark in the glass. you can just barely see some light through it. good carbonation and about one half inch head. aroma is of smoke and rich roasted malt. taste is surprisingly smooth and lighter finish than what the smell suggested. excellent lacing down the glass. this beer is lighter than expected but i dont think that this is a good style for me.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of roblowther
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the old bierhall in Bamberg. The beer is clear dark copper with interesting highlights. The head is thin & tan and slightly rocky. The smell is smoke, burnt caramel, pepper, and hops. And smoke. And more smoke. It tastes of warm scotch, caramel, a touch of mint, and a smoky but not overpoweringly so finish. Plus more smoke. The mouthfeel is slick & very smooth but just a bit watery. Very little carbonation. It is drinkable beer, with a good balance of sweetness & smoke. After a while, the smoke builds up & its just too much for me. Rauchbiers are interesting but they are for someone else. If you like them, go to Bamberg. You won't be dissappointed.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Nice mahogany brown color, somewhat bright. Pours with a one-inch layer of very light brown head with some frothy bubbles.
S: Warm and sweet, plenty of caramel malts with some smoky scents, too.
T: Soft malt flavors, somewhat sweet, kinda earthy at first. Then the bitterer smoky flavors take over and lead into a finish that has some sugary, leafy and faintly hoppy. Not a bad taste, but I expected the malts to be a little more prevalent and the smokiness a little smoother.
M: Okay, mostly wet and satisfyingly quaffable, but with a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish.
D: Pretty good, barring the alcohol tingle.

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

500ml bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Deep orange hue, ranging toward mahogany, with organe hightlights at the bottom of the mug. A one finger tan head slowly settles to a thin cap.

A light smokey aroma with a distinct smell of bacon. A tiny bit of grain sneaks through.

The grain makes a little bigger appearance in the flavor. The smokiness in there as full, also giving a little bit of bacon flavor. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the smoke flavor, which in the end, tastes more like smoke.

I only have only had one other Rauchbier, which was from the same brewery, and I prefer that one. The other one tasting more like beef jerky rather than bacon. This one isn't bad, seems to be balanced without having overpowering smoke flavor. I think the smokiness goes better with the thickness of the "bockier" beer. Recommended.

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

I did not expect anything good, because I bought it rather cheap in Coop in Switzerland. Glad I was wrong, the beer is magnificent.

Pours dark brown, almost non-existant tan head, maybe I poured it too carefully. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky - the real smoke is in the aftertaste. Mildly carbonated.

Although the beer is excellent, that smoky taste is too much for more than one beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle date unknown. poured into shaped pint glass.

dark brownish amber, ruby clear under the light. decent head soon fades to sudsy layer. lacing minimal.

smokiness is fainter than expected, like a smoked ham. not much else.

flavor is sweet and malty with mild smoke flavor, again savory like ham. mild bitterness fades w finish which is also faintly smoky.

not thick, but pretty smooth. moderate carb.

not as flavorful and complex as i had imagined in my mind. oh well.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights with a dense off-white head the quickly dissipates into a light ring. The aroma is of liquid smoke, charred soy marinated meat, wet burnt wood. Big smoke flavors, charred malt, roasted meat, a touch of soy sauce; the total campfire experience. The feel is fairly light for such a heavy flavored beer. I would like to have a little more malt body to help handle the intense smoke flavors. Great smoke flavors in this brew. It pretty much emcompasses the whole beer. I would like to see a heavier (non-smoked) malt to balance the smoke and add some additional flavor.

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

Had this at Novare Res in Portland. Served in a seidel, it was a dark brown color with red highlights. The head was off-white and thick, and left some great lacing. The aroma was definitely smoky, in a good way, as well as some caramel. The taste echoed the aroma. There was a little mild hop taste later. A smooth, enjoyable beer.

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

16.9 oz brown bottle. The beer poured a dark brown with a tan head. You can smell it from 3 feet away, wood smoke, bacon slightly charred malts.

The beer is great. Lots of wood (Beachwood per the label) smoke upfront followed by semi sweet malts, raisins and bacon. Yummy!

The mouth is thinner than expected but seems to be just thick enough.

This is a good beer, session beer no, tasty beer yes!! May have the strongest smoke taste of any smoked beer I have ever had.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.