1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Not Rated.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,935 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 121
Gots: 152 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,935 | Reviews: 1,018 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of PiecefulToker
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, deep red and clear when held up to light, poured with a thick foamy head that receded to a thick layer of sticky head, leaving substantial lace.

S: Smoke. Sweet, but definite smoked-meat type smoke. Some peat. Very appealing to me as a BBQ lover.

T: Smooth and gentle, sweet subtle smokiness. Don't get me wrong, this beer has a substantial amount of smoke, but it is not overpowering at all, very pleasant and appealing. The smokiness hits first and sustains, but there is a great caramel malt flavor that joins in the middle to balance out the bitter smoky flavors. Awesome.

M: Very smooth, carbonation perfect, medium/thick bodied, excellent.

D: I can't wait to have a few of these with ribs or pulled pork. I wouldn't want more than a few, but hard to stop once you start.

Photo of choyhosoi
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A- Coca-cola brown with a nice creamy head that settled to a 1/4 inch

S-Smoke scent is very dominant in this one but I thought I picked up a sweeter scent perhaps a maple or plum scent.

T-Not too much here just an overwhelming smoke smell when you drink this.

M/D-This has a bite on the front and after that it goes down smooth. The smoke scent is something that for me is too overwhelming. I would like to try the other brands before giving up on this one.

Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .09 fl oz. bottle into a dimpled Lowenbrau mug.

A slightly aggressive pour produces a billowing, custard head that retains well and slowly recedes to a thick cap of foam. Excellent carbonation bubbles up through the clear, darkened amber body. Per style, I can't imagine Aecht Schlenkerla smelling any better. Wafts of hickory-cured ham, campfire smoke, beef jerkey, and some toasted chocolate malts combine to make for a unique nose.

I concede that Rauchbier isn't my style of choice, but the flavor is intriguing to say the least. Dusty, earthen malts up front are followed by a blast of beefy smoke. A kiss of green, peppery hops light up the back of the palate on the finish. Body is lighter than I anticipated, but is smooth and semi-creamy, with a perfect carbonation level. This was a good beer experience, and one I look forward to having again. I'd love to see how this Rauchbier pairs with some grilled meat or dark chocolate.

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

My boss took a business trip to Germany and brought us all back different beers. I got this one. Got home, made myself some smoked bratwursts and poured this 1pt 9oz baby into a snifter. Absolutely gorgeous ruby color and lacing up and down the glass. The smell is what my clothes smell like after a great night in front of an outdoor fire. The taste is a sweet smokey flavor that I find absolutely delicious.

I love smoked food and this is just the absolute perfect pairing for a night outside with some friends and a smoker. Wonderful.

Photo of K270
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had a beer like this. I read the other reviews and was scared to try it because of the "smoky" taste. I actually like the smoky taste. The smoke is more of an aftertaste. You taste the smoke more when you breath out after a sip (kind of weird). I'll pick this one up again.

Photo of joshwlt
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first rauchbier. Poured it into a rather wide hefeweizen glass.
A - Deep brown color. Short tan head, don't think I poured this correctly.
S - smokey aged meat. Like beef jerky.
T - Tastes smokey... I even coughed a little after drinking it haha. Well it's more meaty in the smell than the flavor. The malts are well smokey and the hops provide a slight tingly finish.
M - Feels thin in comparison to its flavor and smell.
D - Goes down fairly well... Damn I wish I had some bbq with this. Certainly an experience.

Edit: had to lower my drinkability score; on a more opinionated note I found it harder to drink this as it warmed and the flavors intensified, just a bit too intense for me and not sessionable, turned into a sipper... however, again because this is such an interesting style and more likely a great interpretation of it, it is a decent brew, just not something I would look too hard for, but if I was at a bbq this would be a nice surprise to accompany some well cooked meats...

Photo of irishkyle21
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember the first time I had this beer, I could not believe that it was actually made to taste this way. I had a hard time getting used to it. But that was a few years ago, and I have come to think of this beer as eating something that has been smoked (duh). Aecht Rauchbier Marzen pours with a lightly tanned head, not much retention or lacing. Has a dark nut brown color.

The smell of this beer always reminds me of smoked fish. Their is very little else going on (that I can detect) cause the smoked meat/fish scent is so strong but I love it.

Tastes very similar to smoked meats (bacon comes to mind), some hop bitterness and sweet malts.

Photo of kmo1030
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very dark ruby brown in my mug. i couldn't coax too much of ahead out of it, but the small one i managed was light tan.
the aroma is like smoked sausage on a campfire, with some nutty/toffee smoothness thrown in.
the taste is smokey of course, with a hickory smoked bacon or grilled sausage flavor. beneath is a smooth nuttiness that brings a pleasing sort of balance to this beer. the end is bitter and with a dry lager-like finish. with warmth some more traditional marzen flavors come out, some sweeter caramels and the like.
the body is a little thin on this one in my opinion, with a moderate carbonation in all respects.
drinkability on most rachbiers won't ever be more than a 4 for me, they're too potent, but usually and in the case of this one, it's not in any sort of negative way, it's just stops you from gulping it. keeping this in mind though, the urbock beer by this brewery is better and more potent smoke-wise in my opinion.

Photo of xv43
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Forms a nice enough head, medium sized bubbles that hold together pretty well, the larger bubbles disappate after a little while forming a thin, tight head.

Color is a dark red, edging on brown.

Smells somewhat like smoked ham, delicious!

The smoked ham flavor comes up and fills the mouth, leaving a wonderful aftertaste. Pleasant bitterness, pretty much spot on.

I get the impression of smoke when I exhale, I can only imagine what my breath smells like!

Very little in the way of mouthfeel, leaves a residual smokiness, but very ethereal. Probably a good thing - you get a nice dose of smoke and then it fades away. After the initial tasting, one is pretty much inured against the smoke and gets mostly the impression of it.

This is surprisingly drinkable. I thought would have trouble choking it down, but the way the smoke presents itself is extremely approachable. I doubt I'd drink it often, but it was well worth the price of admission.

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

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a clear deep garnet/brown color with garnet highlights. a half finger of tan head tops it off after a hard pour. no lacings.

aroma is distinctly smoked, and is reminiscent of barbacue sauce in character. a note of hickory and black pepper give the brew a tangy profile, while a distant malt note is the nly evidence that this is a beer.

taste is smoked and of caramel malt up front, while the finish is lightly tangy and spicy from the hickory and pepper notes. like a summer BBQ in a bottle. the smoke adds a wonderful feel to the profile, while the caramel malts give it a base. nicely proportioned, with just enough smoke.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and semi dry from the smoke, with a smooth and silky texture. finishes semi dry with residual smoke and spice.

drinkability is great. this is a very distinct and unique brew. the smoked flavors give it a meaty profile, while the malts balance out the spice from the smoke. the aftertaste is reminiscent of beef jerky. this could very well be a polarizing brew because of the flavors present, but the proportioning and profile are excellent nonetheless. cheers!

Photo of marcpal
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz poured into mug from tap, price was only thing that hurt this beautiful beer. Poured perfectly into a goblet.

A: Dark dark brown with tremendous lacing that was non-stop sticky.

N: BBQ ribs with a background of smoky malts. Nothing short of a memorial day grill with smoked bacon, would go great with eggs. The smoke is delectable.

T: Sublime. Smoked bacon over and over again- no more no less. This is one outstanding piece off work when done well. There are many rauchbiers out there but noone can pull it off like this one. What a treat. Beautfiful with sauerkraut and a German meal.

M: Creamy and malty. Coating to the mouth with the smoothest of malt flavors building through the beer.

D: Sure its a bit like a meal but it is incredibly smooth and surely hit or miss to most. You either love it or hate it and I love it. An all time favorite.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium sized light brown head with good lace. The body is clear and reddish brown.

S - Meaty and smoky, reminicent of smoked sausage.

T - Strong smoke flavor up front with some roasted malt peaking out from behind. Somewhat peppery with notes of charcoal.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - This is an unusual and very savory beer. It is an excellent example of the style, and while it may be a difficult taste to aquire, it's a great beer when you're in the right mood.

Photo of ewright
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass yields a small amount of head that disappears rapidly. The beer is dark brown with hints of mahogany along the edges.

S: If I had my eyes closed, I'd swear I was smelling smoked sausages! One of the most mouthwatering beers I've ever smelled.

T: Smoke dominates the taste, with decent hop balance showing up late. There's a bit of burnt sugar hiding in the smoke and some persistent bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin on the tongue with low-moderate carbonation. The bitterness in the aftertaste is just a bit metallic.

D: An interesting beer for something different. Not something I'd drink every day, but I'd love to have another with some smoked sausage and German potato salad.

Photo of willjansen
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the wooden casks at the Heller-Trum Wirtshaus Zum Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany.

Appearance: Big, fluffy whitish-head, dark amber color, without strong carbonation obvious. Even has a hazy, smoky look, if you will.

Smell: Smoked meats, savory, porky smell. Much like a smoked ham hock... almost salty. Fresh smell.

Tastes: Smoked malt kick to the face... though smokiness becomes less pronounced as you drink (presumably through numbing of the tastebuds. Cleaner and fresher than the bottle, with an aftertaste of ashy wood. Similar smoked, salted, spiced meaty flavor throughout from beginning to end. Finish is not dry, but slightly warming and certainly smoky.

Mouthfeel: From the wooden cask, so the carbonation is rather restrained. Smooth, silky-bodied with somewhat watery mouthfeel... akin to a nice, fresh lager.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, with somewhate less smokiness than the bottled version, and a great balance of smoke with the hops. Beautiful beer fresh from the casks and a world class experience at Heller Trum in Bamberg...

Photo of number1bum
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this some time ago and am reviewing from very, very distinct memory.

Dark reddish brown color, smells of liquid smoke and more smoke. In the nose that's not so bad, but man the smokiness is just too much on the palate. Smells of liquid smoke = nice. Tastes like liquid smoke = not so nice. There is some caramel malt sweetness to it, too, but the smokiness was too much for me.

This is not a style I care to delve much more deeply into. Some beers are an acquired taste. This is not one I think I care to acqure.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Rauchbier, hey Josh, you have some serious catching up to do.

1 pt. 09 fl. oz poured into a stange.

Pours a dark ruby hue with a one finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a fluffy layer of bubbles. Spotty lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Smell is beef jerky and campfire smoke with a hint of sweet molasses. Lots of roasted grains and a bit of caramel malt in the nose as well. I have never smelled anything like this before, let's see how this one tastes. Taste begins with a smoked kielbasa that was cooked while tailgating truthfully in the parking lot of Ralph Wilson stadium. Midway a bit of brown sugar sweetness tickles the tongue, ending with a charred oak like aftertaste that's on the dry side. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth feel. Carbonation is fairly low, but fits the beer very well. This beer really improves as it warms, the flavors seem to be more pronounced. To be honest, before I even opened this bottle I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish this beer. I would be in heaven if Dinosaur BBQ downtown had this on hand. Drunken Spicy Shrimp, Tres Hombre, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen may just be the perfect combination...I may have to get another bottle of this and some Dinosaur take out VERY soon.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.