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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
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1,791 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 106
Gots: 101 | 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 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.


JohnW
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
Photo of Hammarby
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown / copper with a light tan head.
S: smoke, bacon, malt.
T: Hickory smoke, bacon, bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the after taste, but not as much as one would suspect. Body not as full as I would hope for. Light bubbles of carboration.
A nice beer to drink in front of a fireplace or just to get in a "rustic" mood.

Hammarby, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear ruby red color. The head is three finger in height, and recedes very slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is like a camp fire, all smokey and warm. The taste isn't nearly as smokey as the aroma, but is still heavily so. The smoke, however, is balanced out nicely my malt. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine rauchbier that I will certainly have again.

KarlHungus, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of travise
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a nice head that hung around for a minute or two.
nice dark mahogany color...the aroma reminds me of my dad's venison bologna...awesome. it tastes like it smells with a nice balanced malt profile, it'd be a nice marzen without the smoke. not much in the hop dept.
i'll have another.

travise, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby red, almost brown, with about a quarter inch of dense off-white head.

aroma is interesting. very smokey. the smoke is fairly overpowering, but i can smell a slightly sweet maltyness behind it.

taste is good. lots of smoke, but a nice maltyness too. mild bitterness. reminds me of the pulled pork sandwich i had for lunch today.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and good moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. i think the smoke beer is a bit of an acquired taste, and probably not for everyone, but i'm enjoying it.

grub, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark ruby with slight reddish tint. Nice

No head at all can be conceived, but a slight lacing appears as warming.

Aroma of smoke, with beef, malt, fruit, and citrus

Flavors of smoke, malt, roast beef, slight hint of wheat that is overwhelmed with smoke, also with some fruit and citrus in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is some what weak, light on the carbonation, low body.

Overall this would go good with some smoke cheese and some beef. Unless you like smoke beers, this is a try beer.

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of wavz
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that was looking for a normal Marzen when I bought this one. I had no idea it is a smoked beer.

A- Good deep chocolate hue with a bit of straw to back it up.

S- First thing you notice is the smoky smell. Almost like sitting in your dads backyard while a BBQ is going on.

T- Smoke and a bit more smoke then you realize there is a beer under all that smoke.

M- light lacing with a good amount of carbination.

D- If you are into smoked beers this one is for you. Other then that it is a good beer if you have never had a smoked beer.

Wavz

wavz, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of theopholis
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit, I bought this beer not knowing it was a smoked beer. I was looking for something different, and the dude at BevMo suggested this one. Fact of the matter is, I'm not big on smoked beers. This one rocks tho.

Appearance: Deep ruby red, with a very prominent, but loose head that doesn't last.

Smell: Smoke, ash , the smell of your clothes after a camp-out, smoked meat. If you've ever been around a smokehouse, you know what I'm talking about. Better yet, your nose never gets over-loaded, and you can still smell the smoke after 15 minutes. Normally, your nose forgets.

Taste: Uhhhh....smoke. Imagine drinking carbonated smoke. Oddly, it's not overpowering like smoked salmon or some smoked meats. Unlike your nose, your taste-buds DO get used to the smoke taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good balance of body and carbonation.

Drinkablity: It's awesome. Not the most drinkable beer, but well worth a try.

theopholis, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of jdoolin
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9oz bottle with a wicked looking font, poured into a mug.

Appearance: Clear, orange/amber with a frothy white head that disippates to a ring of lace.

Aroma: Has the smell of caramel, light chocolate and malt and some light hops, but the highlight is the smoke. It's not as strong as I was expecting. In fact, it blends very nicely with the malt to produce a very nice flavor. It was a bit odd at the very first, but by the end of the first sip, I was ready for more. Has a very nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: At the time of this review, it was my first rauchbier. I didn't know what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying this beer. I'm looking forward to more.

This also paired very nicely with homemade, smoked barbeque ribs.

jdoolin, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of brdc
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown, with a tan head that dissipates fast living some lacing.

S: Trully unique and spectacular: woodburning fireplace, smoked meats, hints of bacon.

T: Very impressive as well: roasted malts, with pronounced smoked sausage, smoked meats. It has a somewhat dry finish, drier than their other rauchbiers.

M: Medium-bodied, pleasant.

D: Easy to drink, perfect pairing with smoked meats, I love it with sausage like all other Heller-Trum rauchbiers.

brdc, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of BBM
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wow. Being a fan of American smoked porters, I was excited to try a rauchbier. I don't think anything could have prepared me for this one, save a bottle of KC Masterpiece. The beer pours a transparent dark brown/red color with a thin white head. Good retention and lacing. The smell is pure smoked hickory, jerky, and anything else you would find at a barbecue pit.

Unfortunately the taste is the same. It is straight-up smoked meat, hickory, and barbecue sauce. I tried very hard to decipher "beer" qualities (like hops or malt) and just couldn't find them. I'm sorry to say I had a very difficult time even finishing this beer. The taste is that pungent. But I do understand what this beer is trying to accomplish, and appreciate its uniqueness, which is why I didn't slam its score. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

If you know what you're getting into, love barbecued food (enough to drink it), or want a completely new beer experience, try this rauchbier. Personally it was a little too much for me to handle, and has probably made me gun shy toward other rauchbiers out there. I'll stick to the American smoked.

BBM, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this has been something I've been meaning to explore for quite sometime. The rauchbier style has intrigued me for awhile but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to taste. This pours a clear dark chestnut brown in color with a tan, bubbly head. Attractive lacing down the side of my pint. Aroma of smoked malt with a touch of fruitiness. The nose is also somewhat medicinal. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is very smooth. Unbelievable smoked malt taste that gets even stronger in the finish. I know there's an underlying marzen beer underneath but the smokiness of the beer just dominates throughout. Way, way in the back you can start to pull out some of the caramel and a hop bitterness that attempts to keep things in check.

This is a beer that begs to be consumed with food. It's a most unique style. This would obviously pair well with smoked foods like salmon, BBQ ribs and grilled sausage. The style is probably an acquired taste and I think it takes a few times to "get it". But once you do... wow, it's amazing.

Winter, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: darker brown , not opaque , with a thin off white head and a decent lace.

Smell: Very pleasant smokeiness , ash , the smell of a campfire the next morning , smoked meat.

Taste: smoke smoke smoke! The smoke is infused into this brew more than one could imagine , and it's delicious! Smoked meats , bit of medium bodied maltiness , just a bit of balancing bitter hop , jerky , smoked anything!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly silky.

Drinkablity: This is one unique brew , and a superior example of the Rouchbier marzen style. This beer would pair great with smoked fish like mullet or grilled shark steaks , as well as any smoked or meats grilled over wood coals.

Byeast, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this really does smell like smoked pork, which is pretty cool. Yes, this is my first rauchbier, in case you were wondering. Nose is pure smoke and spice, if blindfolded you would swear you were smelling jerky or something.. Color is a dark caramel with a cap of head and not much else. Lacing is thick and everywhere.

Malty taste, with strong undertones of smoked meat that stays with the aftertaste and beyond. Spice is also dominant but the mouthfeel is surprisingly clean and smooth, considering you're drinking a sausage.

The clerk at Grapes and Hops where I picked this up said (of this beer) that "you either love it or hate it. I'm kind of ambivilant about it." I think I'm more in the like category. This is amazingly different and tasty, but not really for everyday consumption. I also feel a coronary coming on from just tasting this brew. Only for the adventurous (and carnivorous), but they shall be rewarded.

daliandragon, Nov 05, 2006
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.