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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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90
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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 124
Gots: 155 | FT: 3
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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

Drinkability - On a could winter night? Maybe 2 or 3. In the summer? Only around a fire on a cool night. None-the-less, a great beer.

Appearance - Dark copper brown and a good head to start that recedes to a thin creamy layer with uniform lacing. A good looking meal.

Smell - sweet smoky meat and bread. The smoke is not overwhelming and the aroma is actually quite clean.

Taste - just like what you smell. This is a great and interesting drink. Being my first smoky Rauchbier, I imagine that this is probably the standard for the style. The flavour thins midway and there is a medium-light bitter finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel - really smooth and lightly creamy with low carbonation that suits the style. Feels great going down. I don't think a highly carbonated smoke beer would work.

Photo of katan
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml of rauchbier. Into a pint.

A - Dark brown to black in the center, amber on the edges. A fairly dark roasted beer. Carbonation appears fairly strong, evidenced by the bubbling. Head formation is light and mocha colored.

S - Obviously one of the strongest attributes of the style. Very smoked, very burnt smell. Something akin to a hard charcoal. What my clothes smell like after hanging out around the campfire.

T - Starts with a fairly light flavor of bitter and spiced edginess. The smoky flavors are very muted right now. Mid-stream is fairly undefined. The smoke/burnt flavors don't come into play until the finish and the aftertaste. Interesting way that it plays out. Aftertaste is unusual, with a off sweetness combined with the liquid smoke flavors.

M - Not as crisp as I would have found for the style. Very watery and thin. Aftertaste is very coating however.

D - One at a time is all I can say. ABV is manageable, but the
beer feels more like an interesting change of pace than a session beer. The more I drink it, the more I'm not sure the smoky flavors are all that desirable in a beer.

Photo of Stunner97
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Darker brown though still transparent enough to see through, thin quickly disappearing white head, light carbonation

Smell- Lots of smoke and faint smells of malts trying to kick through as best they can

Taste- Smoked campfire taste matching the smell, slight maltiness, as smoke fades you pick up bit of malts and even tad of hops on the finish, THIS IS A LONG FINISHING BEER,

Mouthfeel- Smooth lingering feeling

Drinkability- I imagine this could be a good sipping beer paired with the proper foods, not something personal I could see drinking often or alot but definitely and interesting try

Photo of Madigan
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting one - it looks, smells, and tastes like a standard Dunkel, say König Ludwig, but it has a really powerful, and enjoyable, smokey aftertaste, for all the world like decent Hessian Ahle Wurst. I tried the bottled version but I'm sure the smoke-bomb is even stronger on tap (and Bamberg looks like a great spot for a beer holiday). I'm still not sure whether to view this as a novelty beer or a precious classic, but if you're a fan of cured meat and good beer and you'd like to see the two combined, then Schlenkerla Rauchbier is for you!

Photo of jim102864
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this gem into my nonic. Dark brown, no head, active carbonation but, ooh, the smoke!

Nice aggressive smokey nose like pea soup with chunks of ham bubbling on the stove.

The taste mirrors the nose. Smokey notes like coooking ham over an open fire. Silky smooth.

The mouthfeel is malty, kind of thin, but smoky and delicious.

If you're not among the initiated, you won't want to come near this. Not a session brew but this BA wouldn't have a problme enjoying more than one in one sitting. A wonderful treat.

Photo of vancurly
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a) Mostly clear, burnished copper/chestnut. 1cm off-white head, good bubbling

s) Ham hocks, touch of chocolate, and grain husks.

f) Wow...outstanding. Every smoked thing I've consumed... from ham to lapsang souchong.... makes an appearance here. Slight chocolatey sweetness as well, hint of ash.

m) Quite light, crisply finishing, with room for smokey characters to play.

d) Lovely drink.... I haven't consumed more than one at a time, so not sure of the long-term effects of smokiness.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Deep brown with little to no head small ring around the edge of the glass that lingers the entire time

S-Wow smoke it literal smells like smoked meat/pork more than anything, deep smells can pull out a small amount of hops

T-Exact same as the nose as you get used to the smoke flavor you can start to get some small alchol notes and hops

M-Thin body but it fits the beer extremly well, very complex smoke flavors

D-This is not somethin I could drink very often but it is a very unique brew.

Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a dokel, deep brown with a reddish hue, little head. exactly what I expected it to look like.

smell is so rich in smoked pork, the best way to describe is to say it smells like liquid bacon.

taste is rich smoke, salty pork or bacon. rich malt is the backbone for the smokey presence. no hops to speak of in the taste. Absolutely remarkable.

mouth is suprisingly clean, maybe slightly dry. Drinks really really slow. It might take me a while to finish this one. but Damn it's a good beer. I'm thinking it would be good to make a chili or Ham and Beans with.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 1pt. 09FL. OZ. bottle

A-Deep murky dark brown body with tons of bubbles. Pillowy tan head and great lacing

S-Like a smoldering campfire. Slight beef broth with a herbal twing.

T-Deep sourness balances with the malt backbone. The smoke takes jusrt a second before it really hits. Nice deep smoked wood flavor with a crisp and dry finish

M-Dense, slight Co2 burn somewhat powdery merlot like mouth

D-I must say I am not a huge smoked beer fan so while I greatly appreciate the history and tradition of this style I do sruggle to get a whole pint down.

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

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, nice head with spotty lacing.

Smells like a barbeque. Barbequed meats, smokey bacon, some sweetness, and a slight metallic edge.

Nice caramel and smoke duo throughout. The smoke increases towards the end. Finish is quite long. Meaty and bacon like as well.

Nice medium body with good carbonation.

Very tasty stuff. Went down real easy. This was my first rauchbier and will definitely not be my last. Pretty well balanced and great drinkability. You gotta try this stuff if you have not already. Yum.

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

Reviewed from notes as I drank this close to 3 months ago now when I was at the Publick House while visiting my twin sister in Boston. Poured into a tall glass, a unique looking glass that I have never seen quite anything like before. The glass sort of curves. Anyways, this beer was a clear, dark amber color with a white head 1/3 inch thick when poured. This beer is a clear dark amber color. Good lace. Has a nice roasted caramel malt and spice aroma. Also has a nice caramel malt flavor along with a bit of spice, like sweet barbecued meat being cooked over a wood fire. Has a nice smooth and frothy, slightly crisp mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A good beer here from what I remember.

Eric

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

Reviewed on 11/1/08. Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown with a small ring off off-white head. Aroma of smoke, smoked ham and smoked sausage. Flavor is more smokey and less meaty. Super tasty though! Just the right amount of smoke. Nice and drinkable. Yum!
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of akokandy
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown with a small head which left minimal lacing.

S-Smelled of burnt wood, reminiscent of mesquite barbecue.

T-More smoky barbecue flavor. Like smoked sausage. Aftertaste is pleasant, but due to the strength of the smoke flavor, it's hard to detect nuances in the finish.

M-Average medium body with light carbonation.

D-Not too alcoholic, and very light on the palate. After the first couple, smoke taste stops being so overwhelming and the taste is not quite as enjoyable, but still definitely drinkable.

Photo of schellsbeer
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just Because of Greggy...He "FORCED" (not really) into reviewing this beer.

A - Dark Straw to brown color. Nice. No head to speak of but that is ok. Can see through. Not important.

S - As far as Raughbiers go, this is the best. Reminds me of northern Minnesota around a campfire during spring. Fanstastic. Smoke, meat, fish, nature...what isn't there to love. Excellent

T - Graded only on Rauchbier qualities, this beer is top notch. Fantastic smoke and nature qualities. Perfect in my opinion. Woods....Nature....Old life...not modern...A perfect picture of wilderness. Brats on the grill...not a gas grill but a "real" grill.

M - Light to medium. Not too thick and not too thin. Very nice. I will drink many of these in the future.

D - HIGH. At less than 6%, very nice. For a person that grew up in the wilderness, very good beer. Right at home. For the baby, forget it. This is a man's beer. Better go find a Miller Lite.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a big feast earlier tonight which includes 'lil smokies and bacon from a local German deli. There's a faint juicy smoke flavor on my tongue as I prepare myself for a match with this famous rauchbier. Well, on to it:

The whole bottle has filled my stange glass. A ruby brown color, hues of orange a the edges. Maybe it's more of a cola-brown. Good white head on top, solid retention. Smell: it's bacon! and...sausages! There's even a hint of chocolate underneath it, but compliments the smoke flavor well. My mouth is watering and I think my new kitten wants some.

Not even close to the intensity of the urbock, but certainly more easier going down. Perfumy smoked bacon flavor mostly, there is some marzen-like sweetness which goes with the smoke. Unsweetened chocolate emergres. I liked the taste before, but now I'm liking it more.

Who needs coffee stouts for breakfast when you can drink this instead? Or have this with a coffee stout for breakfast without having any food? Downright yummy....now I want more 'lil smokies and German deli bacon.

Photo of freeeekyyy
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most unique beer I've ever had. It definitely belongs with bbq pork.

a=4 Average in appearance. Brown. Not a whole lot of head.

s=5 Smells like smoke. Imagine being in a burned down building. It smells like that. Very unique and actually a very nice smell, in my humble opinion.

t=3 The smoke wasn't quite as overpowering in the taste category. But that's pretty much what it tasted like.

m=4.5
d=3.5

Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark orange-red-brown beer with a complex aroma. It is wood and smoke. Reminds me of a pirate ship. It has a smooth medium body with a clean finish. The flavor is smokey and resiny-- a solid taste that lingers lightly. A great smoke beer!
(rated 5/17/2007)

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

This beer is bottled bacon. Everything about it is smokey. Pours dark mahogany with a decent tan head. Aroma is...smoked bacon. The taste is...smoked bacon. There is some decent malt flavor and it does drink very smoothly. I might have this again if I'm having meat and cheese for dinner. It is pretty good, but I can't really see drinking this on a regular basis.

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

Pours a brown-red--rather surprising, I assumed it would be black--with a thick off-white head that lasts. After eventually fading to a film, it leaves behind decent lace.

Smells of smoke, obviously, but with some sweeter malt in the background. Almost a bit like teriyaki jerky. The smoke continues on in the taste, but not nearly as overpowering as one would think. A nice bit of earthiness to it, as well as roasted malt to balance.

Mouthfeel is quite decent; far from watery and with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry thanks to the smoke. Overall a very nice beer from a style that I wasn't sure I would like.

Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving at the GBBF BSF bar for a few years has given me the immense pleasure of tasting this legendary beer when it is fresh and served on gravity straight from the cask~~ Maybe this privilege has pitched me a bit biased, preventing me from trying the bottled version more often than I can get hold of it. Unfortunately, this bottle is consumed past its expiry date again, by two months only this time! BB 09/2008, served chilled in a straight glass.

A: pours an elegant, deeply-infused-black-tea colour with a bright mahogany glows; the dark beige fluffy head dissipates slowly, on top of a moderately carbonated body.
S: salty-sweet smokiness like kipper, smoked black prunes, and a light touch of brown malts all come in one sniff, leaving a mild touch of leafy-herbs lingering in the air.
T: the foretaste comes smoky but not terribly rich, more like a smoked longan-fruit tea sprinkled with some chopped tobacco leaves; turning lightly peppery, spicy, tobacco-ish, before the almost tea-ish chewy bitterness as well as smoked malts expand and take over the aftertaste. A decent level of floral hop bitterness manages to outlive almost all other elements, adding to the drinkability considerably. The finish is clean, slightly bitter-ashy, tea-leafy as well as slightly sour-fruity.
M&D: lightly carbonated, light-bodied, easy-to-drink... All in all, like a diluted Rauch Urbock with an attenuated smoked profile but retaining a good level of hop bitterness as a balancer. Despite being not as great as the cask version served on gravity, this bottle has proved itself to be a thirst-quencher for sure~~

* Tasting Date: 17/04/2005
This is my first time to try German smoked beer, so I placed great expectation on it. Had it at home on 16 April 2005 but the Best Before Date is September 2004...
3.5 A: dark-brown colour, with a thin but lasting head.
4 S: smoky (apparently!), "black-prune juice" (as in Chinese refreshing summer drink!) and a hint of mellow "longan-fruit tea" (again, as in Chinese drink...) smell...
3.5 T: nothing special to write home about... round, soft, but quite thin in terms of depth... The aftertaste shows surprisingly lingering smokiness (or is it the way Rauchbier should be anyway?), slightly sweet and felt like chewing beech-wood chips in the mouth!
4 M&3.5 D: a very pleasant drink overall, but I must say that if drinking it alone, it could become boring after just one pint... Or, is it because the beer has expired after all when I tasted it?? Gotta revisit this bottle version.

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dar brown with white head. Aroma of roasted malts but dmoinated by a smokey charcoal bbq scent. This beer has a very complex taste that is dominated by a smoked charcoal taste. Burnt malt accompanied by hickory bbq. Very unique and original but not for everyone.

Photo of drnknmnky
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark ruby color and a thick head that settled a little later.

S - SMOKEY, SMOKED everything, meats, cheese, gouda

TM - smokey, coats the tongue, and overwhelms most other flavors

D - too much for me, would only want one of these at a time. goes good with a contrasting sharp aged cheddar but would probably compliment a quality smoked meat at a bbq but worth trying. Look forward to a Rauchbier in bbq season.

Photo of kenito799
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500cc bottle poured into a chalice.

My first beer of this style...wow, immediately intense smoky aroma leaves no doubt about what you are in for. The pleasingly dark chestnut brown brew has very little head or lacing. That aroma immediately is all wood smoke...pretty much overwhelms the fresh maltiness underneath, but the malt aroma is there. Burning wood smoke is the initial nose, but after drinking some beer, the smokiness recalls those smoked almonds from a can more than anything else...a sweet smoky nuttiness.

The smoky flavor at this initial sip recalls sweet smoked meats like bacon or hamhocks. Fresh lively savory malt flavor comes to the front in the middle of the sip, and then smokiness returns in force in the finish. A sweet smokiness lingers on the palate and lips for many minutes.

Somehow this seeming novelty really works as a delicious and drinkable beer...quite a surprise. The smoke is strong but not overwhelming or ashy. Great fun and well worth seeking out. Definitely appropriate for sipping by a roaring fire, and would be interesting to pair with smoked or sweet foods.

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

a: Dark, cola colored body with a quickly vanishing head.

s: Smoked ham. Seriously, I'm hungry now.

t: Smoked meat overwhelms this beer, so avoid it if you're a veg-head. I can pick up on a bit of caramel malt and a little hop bitterness, but this beer is all about the smoke. Would go GREAT with barbecue or any smoked meats.

m: Medium body and carbonation.

d: Good drinkabilty if you don't mind a palate full of ham. If this isn't a problem for you, you will like this beer. If you are picky about your smoked beers and only like smoke in small doses, steer clear.

This is the best Rauchbier I have had. If you like the style, you'll like this brew.

Photo of Rayek
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep tarnished copper with a fizzy beige head. A lot of very fine particulates were floating around alongside the tiny carbonation bubbles. The head only has average retention. Rather than leaving lace, the beer left behind a thin trail of the particulates.

S: Complex beer. The smoked malts provide strong aromas of smoke, molasses, hickory and maple. Hops add a bit of pepper and grass to the festivities.

T: The complexity from the aromas find their way into the flavor. A combination of molasses, maple and honey make for a fairly sweet beer overall. Burnt and smoked wood flavors compensate for the sweetness. Bitterness provides a sharp pepper bite. The smoke flavors linger into the finish, and stay on the palate for hours after the beer is gone. I don't think I've ever had a beer with a finish this long.

M: Medium body is dry and feels almost ashen. The carbonation level felt a little high.

D: This beer was a definite change of pace for me. Drinkability is tough for me to judge, as I'd have to be in just the right mood to drink another one of these. However, the beer seems an excellent example of the style. I enjoyed the beer best when I started drinking it alongside heavy cheeses.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.