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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 124
Gots: 158 | 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 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.

Photo of germanbeer1
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I studied in Bamberg, Germany for a year and this was by far the best and most distinct beer to come out of that famous brewing town. Many brews in Europe and abroad have tried to replicate this recipe, but it's quite exceptional. The color is mostly brown with some reddish-brown elements and a rather large head. The smell is immediately the first thing to truly reach your senses and smells like bacon or pork. It goes down smooth and has exceptional taste, but beware it definitely leaves a strong reminder in your mouth long after consumption. I highly recommend drinking this beer with a traditional German pork dish, such as Schweinebraten, Wuerstchen or Haxe. The beer can also be used to flavor foods when cooking. This beer is truly one of a kind.

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

A cellar-cool 500 ml bottle poured into a large dimpled seidel yields a dark reddish copper body capped with two fingers of stained-ivory foam. The creamy cap recedes slowly and deposits hefty lacy webbing all over the interior of the glass.

The brew presents itself for olfactory inspection reeking of mildly acrid and predictably pungent smoke. The smell is bold and reaches out right across the room to grab me by the nose. A succulent underlayment of mildly toasty malt prevents a smoky jailbreak from dominating the entire profile, but only barely. The perfume of beechwood smoked malts evolves into succulent roasting whole hog barbecue, twists into salty country ham and then masquerades as Applewood bacon, leaving me, a pig meat, campfire, and obvious beer lover over-the-moon, cruising at an altitude somewhere near 'aroma heaven'.

The flavor is rich and malty with multiple layers of sweet and smoky caramels working in concert with a mildly earthy, dryly bitter hop bite. The smoke starts off mildy, and comes on stronger in both aroma and flavor as the brew warms a bit.

It's easy to see why this is regarded by many as the prototype of smokebeer. Pleasantly coincidental is the fact that under all the smokescreen, this savory treat is also a pretty damned fine Marzen. Aecht Schlenkerla's smoky brew is fullish in body with a creamy feel, mild carbonation, and great drinkability.

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.

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