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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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90
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1,741 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,741
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 103
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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 jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish amber with a thick off-white head. Lacing sticks to the glass.

A strong smokiness, like smoked pork is the first obvious aroma. A hint of caramel sweetness lies underneath.

The taste is very smoky. Smoked, lightly salted, pork with a woody touch, remains firm throughout the drink. It mixes with sweet caramel. Just enough earthy hops keep it in balance. It finishes clean, and the smokiness lasts in a long aftertaste.

It's very smooth. Medium-bodied. Has a nice texture to it.

This is a great accompaniment to a smoked sausage or other meats. A nice fall barbecue beer. I've had it alone, and it's good for what it is - can be a bit much, but to complement the right food, it's very good.

jwc215, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a small white head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Thie beer smells extremely smoky. It smells exactly like the pit barbeque place where I frequently eat lunch. It's making me hungry for a pit beef sandwich....

Rich smoky flavor upfront that lessens and shows just a hint of malt befor the finish. It finishes surprisingly clean and leaves very little smoky aftertaste. By far the smokiest beer I've tasted.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

While not a session beer, this will certainly make a regular appearance in my cellar. It's very drinkable, even with such a robust smokiness. This would be beautiful to drink while eating some rare beef...

MaltyGoodness, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my quasi-stange (a 14-ounce ex-plum jam jar). My bottle is labeled as containing 5.1% abv, a negligible difference from the 5.4% stated on this website. Clear dark russet with a lumpy cloud of khaki foam. Smells unmistakably like a toasted sandwich with shaved smoked ham and melty smoked gouda (God, I bet that sandwich would pair superbly with this beer). Deeper whiffs reveal a bit of a worty malt scent, but really the only aroma that matters here is the smell of meaty smoke. This smoked pork flavor powerfully introduces the taste and lingers throughout the middle of the sip, at which point the faint hops and bready malt flavor of the Maerzen beer comes through briefly. Then a rather strong mineral taste seeps in, lasts through the finish, and then disappears in a cloudy, smoky aftertaste that lasts about half a minute. Sticky webs of lacing hang about. After a bit, the smoke flavor takes on more of a "been breathing through my mouth at a campfire" character. Medium body, slightly chewy, overall dry mouthfeel. This is really unlike any other beer I've ever tasted. I've had smoked porters before, but they ain't got nothin' on the smokiness of this specimen. It's truly fascinating. It strikes me as something I'd only crave from time to time, and only on certain occasions. Nevertheless, I could see this beer really growing on some folks' palates and becoming a regular choice for everyday drinking. Simply put, a fascinating beer.

orfeu, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark amber/brown with a thick tan head. It definitely smelled of sweet smoke and slightly malty. The taste is malty and sweet with a heavy smoke flavor. The mouthfeel is full but not chewy. This is far more drinkable than I was expecting in a smoked beer and I’d consider it highly drinkable.

barefootbrewer, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby color with tan head that is on the small side but retains well. Thick lacing covers the sides of the glass.
Smells like a brush fire. I love that smell.
Taste is like smoke sausage. An incredible beer for a cook out or to pair with a good steak.
Mouthfeel is good. It feels lighter than the taste though.
It a very tasty beer, but I think it would be best to save this one for the right occasions. Not really a session beer.

wcudwight, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is fairly dark and there was a thin head. The smell features the smoke flavor prominatly as does the taste. The style profile states this type of beer may taste like smoked meat and this is evident as well. This beer tastes like smoked salmon. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and the drinkability is good. A very different type of beer.

Enola, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of BitteBier
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, dark copper pour with some crimson highlights makes for a unique color. Fine, off-white head persists rather nicely. The dominant smell is of smoke--the real sort of wood smoke that evokes an open fire or heavily smoked bacon. Sweet malts peek through a bit as well. Taste starts out with a sweet maltiness that quickly bows to a smokiness that is full and rich but not overly assertive, especially for this style. Dry in the finish, with a pleasant crispness. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced for such an "unbalanced" beer--not too chewy or clingy but not too crisp to betray the malty foundation of the style. More drinkable than I would have expected, even when compared to beers outside the style.

BitteBier, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woody mahogany color with a soapy tan head. Retention holds a nice thick looking ring . Nose is loaded with smokey wood. Reminds me of hickory meat seasoning. This would go great with a good steak. Yummy meaty aromas include ham, bacon, and pork (the whole pig it seems). Just the right malts mesh tightly with the smokey meat scents. Delightfully robust in nose and taste too. Flavors match the nose and leave the palate drooling for german meats. Mouthfeel is rather smooth and softly creamy in texture. Very drinkable, and probably even more so with the right meal.

A good choice and certainly worth getting again. Not to mention this would make a premium marinade.

tastybeer, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark reddened amber color with a slight creamy head. Smells deeply of smoked meats...bacon or ham comes to mind. The taste lessens up on the smoke and actually lets more of a malt sweetness through to compliment with a pinch of tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium and approaches creamy - finishes clean.

This is my first ever Rauchbier and I have to say its a very unique style. It would most likely be an exellent choice to pair with a hearty, meaty meal.

wedge, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25oz bottle that was served too cold by the bar that charged me WAY too much for this beer [triple what I could buy it for down the street]. Anyway, just felt like trying it.

Poured a very nice reddish-brown. Small light brown head [perhaps due to it being served too cold] which dissipated quickly. LIght carbonation see rising.

Aroma is delicious! Lots of smoke from a fire and some roasted malts. Sort of like vaporized ham.

Taste is of smoked malts that leads to sweetness. Finish is more smokiness. Somewhat medicinal tasting...not sure where that came from.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and smooth. Much lighter than I was expecting.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I wouldn't call it drinkable. Just too much smoke taste to drink too many. Also, very important to match with the right food. Certainly some BBQ or a good hamburger would work.

atigerlife, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with superb clarity, the head soon collapses to a small scattering of foam, with thin patchy lacing, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly smoky aroma, somewhat like smoked cheese, with toasted malt notes as well.

Taste: Mildly smoky at the open, with an underlying caramel malt, which carries through the taste, along the the smoke notes and a mild hop presence. Finishes with a mild smoky, earthy note.

Mouth feel: Rich, soft, and very pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Excellent and very drinkable, the smoke notes are somewhat restrained, quite distinctive.

Pegasus, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutley delicious. I have had quite a lot of the Ur-Bock, but this is by first Baptising in Märzen. I feel this smoke flavour profile is much, much stronger in this than the Ur-Bock. It poured about the same colour, a brownish - red bronze with a slight chill haze and off white head that dissolved in a few seconds leaving a lovely looking blanket of frost about the surface. Smell was camp fire smoke, bacon, and sweet malts such as one would expect from a good Oktoberfest bier such as Paulaner. Taste was more smoke and a bit drier than the Ur-Bock, with less sweet of a finish than the Ur-Bock, as well. I think I prefer this to the Ur-Bock, which unfortunately, I have easier access to than this. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a great weight to be a Märzen, even with the smoke. Rauchbier would easily be in my top five favourite styles, and I believe I just found my favourite rauchbier. Wunderbar!

SilentSabre, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first rauchbier experience poured a brownish red with a thin head.

Boy, when they said this really smelled like smoked meat, they wasn't kiddin'! Think salami, people, or the smell of a roaring yule log (or perhaps a delicious summer sausage). Damn. It's almost hard to find any hint of a marzen underneath it all, but it's there, that I am sure of.

Now I'm not usually a fan of marzens, but when it's coupled with this bombastic smoked flavor, it's much better (to me). The sweet, smooth, crisp marzen flavor definitely is there, but it's overshadowed by the smokiness which enhances it, I think. I'll definitely be trying more of these Rauchbiers in the very near future.

Litterbean, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours crystal clear mahogany with half inch of creamy head that slowly recedes to film and medium lace. Smells fragrantly smoky, a bit greasy, grainy. Light malt sweetness on the front of the tongue. Slightly chewy grains in the center. Finishes with very clean and appetizing smokiness that isn't overwhelming. The dichotomy between the smoke and cool clean finish is shocking at first, but quite mouth-watering after a few sips. Taste light and well-balanced between cream and carbonation. My favorite of the Heller-Trum beers so far. Delicious and easy-drinking.

dgallina, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/7/2005 $3.79 1 pint 9 oz 5.10% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a deep brown with intense highlights of amber and ruby red. Tight carbonation leads to an inch plus of creamy tan head that settles slowly leaving behind a nice lacing.

Aroma:

Smoked ham, camp fire pits, sweet malt in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth with a nicely sweet malt backbone that is surrounded by the sensation of smoked ham bits that appear in Cambell's soup (Bean w/ Bacon comes to mind). I tried this about two years ago, and poured the bottle down the drain, considering it undrinkable. Fast forward to today, and I find it amazing. One of the smoothest beers I've encountered, while the smoke and malt sweetness pair nicely.

cbl2, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of BAbaracus
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium-to-dark brown wtih about 3/4-finger head. Only two apparent smells are dark roasted malt and smoked pork. You may think you don’t want your beer smelling like meat but this one’s kosher, believe me. Thin and watery on the tongue, moderate carbonation - the smoke flavor picks up immediately before you’ve even had a chance to swallow. Tastes almost entirely of smoky, roasted malt - almost no hop presence whatsoever (nor any trace of meat flavoring, thank Whomever). Altogether extremely smoky, but not in a "burnt" sort of way. I could probably drink a number of these in one sitting. Maybe not quite a session beer, but something that I can imagine myself jonesing for in the future.

BAbaracus, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, with frothy one finger head that recedes slowly to a spotty cap and thick ring, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; this smell's strongly of smoked pork. I also get some caramel malts, with a little sweetness in there.

Taste; interesting smokey flavors that I associate with homemade smoked pork. There's those sweet caramel, and toffee malts that mingles very nicely with the smoked flavors, with just some hints of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but the drinkability is higher than I was expecting. This is only the second true Rauchbier that I've had, and I can't believe how good it is. I have a couple more different ones to sample, and now i can't wait to try them.

RedHaze, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Steve's on University. Bottle enjoyed in succession between the Aecht Urbock and New Glarus Smoked Rye Bock.

Pours a dark, rusty amber under several fingers of soapy khaki cream and some decent lacing.

Nose is very light with the faintest hints of smoke over fruit cocktail.

Just as light on the palate a very light smokiness over sweet, caramel Oktober-malt and a bit of fruit.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, borderline watery.

Overall a fairly drinkable beer, quite drinkable for a rauch, and entirely inoffensive. Marzen, the Workingman's Rauchbier.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Earthy brown with medium clarity, and not as red as the Schlenkerla bock. Thin head with a few suds. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Smoky toffee and soybean aroma, with metallic lager finish. Brown sugar notes linger in the nose, though the beers aroma more or less dissipated in 5-10 minutes.

Taste: Nice light body, punctuated by smoky front palate. Refreshing raisin finish. Very little bitterness, despite a nice lager finish. Light the whole way through.

Mouthfeel: Goes down remarkably easily. Medium carbonation is not particularly aggressive.

Drinkable: Not as complex in development as the Schlenkerla bock, but this is definitely a drinkable and sessionable rauchbier. Lighter flavors showcase the smoke, but facilitate easy consumption. I prefer the flavor of the Urbock, but admire the easy-drinking agreeableness of this beer.

expatsteve, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this stuff was amazing; all other rauchbiers are unfortunate for me having sampled this as my first example of the style

it's a black lager (so i wouldn't go with "märzen") with a creamy stoutish-colored head. good lacing

big smoke...everywhere. the aroma is hops and campfire. the flavor is liquid bacon (that sounds so gross, but it's so delicious) with a smooth medium+ body. bitterness is more of a balancing element, but it works well with the smoke, giving it something to stand on

a damn fine brew...worth a trip to bamberg on its own

bruachan, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown/mahogany with a nice full creamy tan head; nice carbonation and lace. Very pronounced burnt wood smoked aroma; much stronger than the Spezial. A taste comparable to licking a stick out of a campfire or eating a burnt marshmallow (and who doesn't love those ? :-). Maybe a bit ove rhe top but nicely unique. Medium bodied and creamy smooth with a dry smoky burnt finish and aftertaste.

Very smoky ! A classic example ! Well worth the $ !

Per bottle: 5.1% ABV

Per BH website: OG: 13.2%, Alcohol: 5.1%, Bitterness: 30

($3.59 / 16.9 oz. wider brown Euro style bottle)

RBorsato, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

We were enjoying a fun Friday afternoon at Grand Cru as I stopped inside to pick up a round. I got a few framboise for the ladies and perused the stash for my next. I ended up deciding on Schlenkerla mainly because I had a tasty rauch the week before at ABC.

As I poured the murky blood brown liquid into my plastic serving cup, everyone became interested in the new brew with the interesting labeling. I passed it around for sniffs and potential samples. The first sampler wrinkled her nose with disgust, "Ugh, oh my god, it just smells like hell. This framboise is heaven, I don't know what that is." The second sampler took a whiff, then he took a long drag. "Mmm, like snapping into a slim jim."

I sniffed, thinking that it was alot like smoked salmon, and took a sip. Not bad, like an overly smokey BBQ, with some tobacco and ashy backgrounds. Thought that it would require some more sweetness or complexity in there to make it more drinkable. Nice to sample, don't know if I'll be coming back to it. It would make an excellent backbone to a BBQ sauce.

Dithyramb, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep redish-brown with an inch of light tan head. This sits for a while and is helped along by the low-medium carbonation.

S - Smoked meat and salmon mainly. Some background notes of sweet malts, spice and nuttiness.

T - Malts are in first, but are quickly overtaken by smokiness. Begins to get bitter/dry and finishes this way into a long smokey aftertaste.

M - Medium-full body, smooth, creamy, low-moderate carbonation.

D - Really good stuff. Drank the second half of it with some smoked cheddar, which worked well. I could see how this would be great with bbqed meat.

haz77, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of mwrseeley
1.1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have never tried a beer that I couldn't finish. My brother is the same. Well, yesterday we tried Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen and neither of us could drink it.

What an experience! I must admit I am not a big fan of smoked food and I realize that this beer is probably an acquired taste but I will give Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen credit for initiating a lesson in recognizing excessive hubris on my part. I generally pride myself in my ability to eat or drink things that would make a billygoat sick but this stuff slapped me hard and put me in my place.

We did, however, put the beer to good use as a marinade for our barbecued chicken. Now that I can handle.

mwrseeley, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of BrewMan13
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm...smoke! This beer is a classic example, for me, of how tastes can change. The 1st time, I thought the idea of a beer that had flavors of bacon drippings sounded great, but I didnt like its execution. Fast forward like 1.5-2 years later and I love it. In fact, I wish it was smokier! As it is, its hard to decide my favorite of the Heller-Trum Rauchbiers, likely this one as its probably the smokiest one of the bunch (Urbock is the other contender).
Decent appearance, good clarity. Sort of a dark-orange, but without much head staying power.
Smells like campfire smoke. Tastes the same, but not as "in-your-face" as I remembered. I mean, the smokiness is the only really noticeable aspect (maybe a hint of caramel malt under there), but its not overpowering, to me. Then again I loved smoked meats, smoked peppers, smoked cheeses, etc.
Its light bodied and with a low abv. Definitely highly sessionable, though I dont session much of anything too often.
This is great, I wish there were more smoked beers around. I've been drinking them up lately, but there arent many others. Guess I'll have to buy this whenever I want a smoke fix.

BrewMan13, Jun 05, 2006
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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