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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,733 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 975
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 jreitman
4/5  rDev -1%

Smoked bacon and other meat in the aroma... seriously, how can you go wrong with bacon? Ruby colored with a white head that fades faast. Smoked ham comes though in the flavor with the marzen characteristics coming through on the front of the tongue and initially in the profile. Very nice overall and something I would definitely consider buying again.

jreitman, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

16.9 ounce bottle

Poured a very small but fine white head. The body was a reddish brown with very tiny bubbles. Surprisingly transparent which when held up to the light gave off a beautiful ruby color.

The smell of this beer is a work of art. Smoke, ham, meat, wood, charcoal, sweet malts, little to no hop at all. This beer smells like a backwoods camp fire.

The initial taste, although medium bodied, is actually very light and easy drinking. It starts off with a shot of up front bitterness, then mellows very quickly. You can taste the roasted malts, caramel, sugar and burnt molases flavors mellow in the forground but with this lovely wofting smoke and meat flavor on a sepperate plane. It almost tastes like the burnt ends of a ham. The earthy hops compliment this beer so well you almost forget there are even hops in it. A perfect balance of earthy hops and smoked malts create an impressive woodsy natural flavor to this beer.

It finishes very clean and mellow with only slight hints of the smoke flavor. Although a good burp or two minutes or hours later is guaranteed to bring hints of this beer back to you.

Overall a very unique and delicious beer. Not a beer for every occasion or every pallet. It's deffinately an aquired taste. But a beer you shouldn't miss.

taez555, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Ok this is going to be a challenge,,this style seems to drivde beer drinkers.
Comes in old fashioned brown pint bottle with parchment style label.
Wow this is one beautiful looking beer ,dark brown with deep ruby accents, toppedby a massive frothy off white head..the head shrinks but persists wonderfully.
MM lovelly smokey aroma like lightly smoked Scottish salmon..or venison..very appetizing.
Wonderful taste..i like the dry smokiness it leaves on the back of my mouth..i can taste some nicely roasted malts beneath..but no hops to speak of, maybe the smokiness covers them..but this is good stuff.
Very smooth for a start on the tongue then the great rough smokieness takes over..great.
WEll I am happy to say I am in the ranks oif those that like Smoked beer..this was a great.will try more of this style.

Reidrover, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of goz
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a clear reddish/brown, large tan head that slowly recedes to leave thick lacing. Aroms is strong with smoke, bacon, and some saltiness. Flavor starts of a bit sweet, middle comes the smoke, end is long and lingering with a smoked bacon flavor. Body is medium, fairly slick, minimal carbonation present.

goz, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Poured a red brown with little head. Strong aroma of smoke and little else.As for taste, this is my first try of a smoked beer. I can't decide if this is good or not, because the smokiness is overpowering! There just doesn't seem to be anything else there. The smell reminds me of a campfire that has been doused with water, and the smell of the hot steaming coals. Not something I think I'd try again.

Indybeer, May 29, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

I could smell the embers immediately upon opening. Wow! Super smoky and much more than the Weizen I tried recently. Dark and brown reminds me of a glass of coke with the ice melted. Same exact color. Short fluffy head but dissapears quickly. Taste is smoky, malty and sweet. I can't find any hops in this one. Again, aroma is real smoky like a smoked bacon or beef. I like this beer but I also am a fan of smoked foods. You'll most likely have to be in order to appreciate this style.

BierReise, May 29, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

I had the rauchbier weizen and was less than impressed. The smoke seemed stale and overpowered the rest of the beer. Here however, the smoke seemed to complement the beer more. I was reminded of grilled meat (of course not with a gas grill, those wastes of grills) and campfires. I could see this going well with a nice grilled steak or some fat grilled hamburgers, but I'm not so sure I could handle a lot of it.

aracauna, May 10, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.83/5  rDev -30%

This brew poured a quick dissolving head and left virtually no lacing on the sides of my mug. It has a strong smoky aroma which absolutely turned me off. It had an aftertaste to it. It poured a dark amber color. It has too smoky of a taste for my personal enjoyment. I just could not acquire a taste for this brew.

hotstuff, May 04, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours to a brown/ruby color with a tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is smoky like a nice smoked fish or cheese. It just smells so delicious. It is like my cousin, STUBOB’s grill when his is smoking up some good grub for us to eat during a tasting session. The flavor is smoky and malt. It is super smooth and relatively light in body. I wish I had some smoked cheeses, meats and fish to try with this beer.

BeerBuilder, May 01, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Brewed soley from smoked malt! It pours a clear, reddish-copper body topped by a creamy ivory head which holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of intense Beechwood smoke over a gentle maltiness. The body is medium; and combines with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation to give it a lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is drenched in Beechwood smokiness throughout, but starts malty upfront with a touch of toastiness/toffee, followed by a good dose of bitterness as it heads towards the swallow. It finishes long and dry with a solid bitterness and a lingering smoke character. Although its smokiness will surely build on the palate after a few servings (diminishing its drinkability), it's still satisfying from start to finish within the first glass. Very nice! A classic example of Bamberg-style rauchbier that's absolutely worth trying; although their Weizen version might make a better first-step for the uninitiated.

NeroFiddled, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.

Appearance: Dark ruby red amber with a well preserving tan lace, quite inviting to the eye.

Smell: Same smokiness you would get off of a smoked ham or salmon somewhat strong to the nose but not overwhelming, faint malt sweetness also.

Taste: Silky smooth beyond belief, medium to full in body with a mildly chewy malt mouth feel. Smoke character is obviously dominant though some malt sweetness persuades the taste buds. Hop bitterness gives a light bitter twang that keeps everything in perspective. Flavours of smoke malt flex from beginning to end, vague caramel sweetness and a grainy finish wrap this brew up.

Notes: Clean to the taste, smoke everywhere and the quintessential smoked beer that is imported to the US. It’s worth the $3 a bottle, an awesome pairing with a slow cooked Boston Butt a.k.a. pulled pork sandwich on an onion bulky roll. Even a contrast pairing of an aged sharp cheddar cheese would be nice.

Jason, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

Big 16 oz. European bottle. Label depicts an old tyme scroll of faded parchment paper.
Deep brown to mahogoney in color. When held to the light a faint ruby glow emerges. Tan bubbly head, tight. Laces the glass somewhat. Smell is full on wood smokehouse. From first whiff to last drop, smokehouse flavors ease into your nose. Not harsh at all, but very pleasant. Taste is equally striking at first. Reminded me of smoked beef jerkey or perfectly smoked bbq ribs. Creamy sweet malt is also noticed. As you drink, the shock of the smoke wears out a bit, and more full rich malty beer flavors emerge. Toasted toffee sweetness. Nothing really lingers. Medium bodied, rich creamy feel. A striking and unique beer, would get a 5 for originality. Highly suggested, I can see where you either love these or hate these. I will try it again with a smoked bbq ribs or smoked German Sausage and saurkraut. Yea ! Definitley worth a try.

StevieW, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

It starts out well, with a nice brownish-amber color and decent looking head. However, the smell and taste of smoke are just a bit overwhelming. After expecting the malt flavor to catch up with the smoke flavor, disappointment set in about 2/3 of the way through the bottle after realizing it wasn't going to happen. The mouthfeel is decent, but the smokiness detracted from the overall drinkability. Maybe it's an acquired taste.

mickeymac, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

The beer pours a murky "Chill Hazed" brown with a greathearted head that leaves a diaphanous lace to coat the glass. One of the best aromas that I have quaffed in sometime, it’s earthy, hints of smoke, peat, dark malts, caramel, and also light coffee like tones present. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish is pleasantly acidic, merrily hopped, quite dry and the smoky, peat like characteristics carry through to the end. A different beer, and something worth the try, for you "Dark" lovers.

Gusler, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of zerk
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Rauchbier is truely an acquired taste... and I'm not sure that I have, as of yet, acquired the taste. That said, this was a very interesting beer... had it with some Jagerschnitzel at a local German restaurant. Brownish amber with a dense foam. Aroma of smoked meat and just a touch of sweetness (although you have to be looking for it, or you won't find it.) First sip, and whoa... smoked salmon in a bottle... but after a few sips (and as the beer started to warm) the smokiness mellowed and some of the marzen characterisitcs started coming through. The sweetness matched the smoky flavor pretty well. The body and carbonation are in the medium range. If you like smoked beer... you should love this beer... if you haven't had it, you owe it to yourself to try it.

zerk, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Popsinc
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance: 500ml bottle. Dark ruby reddish/brown pour with a generous tan head that fades fast.

Smell: The nose is big up front with smoked malt, sea salt and smoked meats (ham and sausage spring to mind). While the nose is unlike almost anything else out there, i wouldn't call it the most appetizing of aromas.

Taste: Somewhat lighter then the nose would have you believe. Smoked malt is obvious as is big meaty hints of sausage and ham. The flavours mellow out while in my mouth and smooth towards the finish. A suprisingly well rounded beer with complex aromas and flavours as well as excellent balance and body.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and light to a degree. Medium finish.

Drinkability: I couldn't have this everyday but what a treat to have with a good BBQ or smoked sausage and ham.

Popsinc, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of yen157
4.08/5  rDev +1%

Gorgeous looking beer, nice lasting head on top of liquid that could be a fine bourbon. Big smokey nose with a bit of toasted grains and grassy hops. No surprises when it came to the taste. It was smoke all the way at first, followed but bread crusts, malt, and a little bitterness at the end. Delicate carbonation made for a creamy beer and nearly perfect mouthfeel.

Between this beer, their Urbock, and Weizen, I prefer this second to the Weizen. This was a very nicely balanced Marzen underneath the smoke. However, the complexity of the smoke layered on top of the wheat makes the Weizen that much more interesting.

yen157, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of Todd
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Presentation: 1pint 6oz fat brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into the proper German glassware. Let stand to warm before serving.

Appearance: Dark caramel beer with a patchy, creamy, off-white foam head. Keeps a respectable lace with some gentle stick.

Smell: Wonderful smoke aroma of meat and spices -- yes, very jerky-like. Aroma isn't overpowering at all, just very unique and pleasant ... and amazing.

Taste: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate. A dry beer, overall, with a low level of malt sweetness, well-attenuated -- it's ample and helps to balance. A nice rounded smoke character allows small amounts of chocolate, light fruit and grain to peak out. Crisp with a snappy carbonation melds nicely with a brief and very thin peaking citrus hop twang and defining smoke twang. Mineral feel and flavour, touch of metallic. Lingering smoke in the dry finish.

Notes: You either like Rauchbiers or you don't. Me? I love them! Can't beat that old-school beer character where all malts were dried over wood fires, and as a result imparted a smoke character to the beer. Wish we had more of this style, but thanks to the Germans for keeping it alive.

In my opinion, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen is probably the better out of the bunch. Pairs nicely with any grilled or cured meats.

Todd, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

Wow, that is a really strong smoked flavour.
The beer pours out a rich brown with a small amount of head. First aroma is overpowering smoke. The first flavour is initially fairly like a Marzen, but the aftertaste is all smoke. Takes a couple minutes to get used to it, but after being acclimatized, this is really good!
Smooth and a little thick going down. An excellent post-dinner drink, I think.

the42ndtourist, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of sinistersteve
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

What a wonderful smokey aroma this beer has. Seems to fit in well in this fall season. I've been yearning for a smoke beer for quite some time now and am very glad this one didn't disappoint me. This beer definatly sets the tone for future Rauchbier tastings in the future.

sinistersteve, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Cystal clear dark ruby-amber. Smallish beige head fades to an edging but sticks around the duration.
Aroma of burning leaves drifting in the country air. Oh my! I love smoked beers. And as far as smoked ones go, this is the Tommy Chong.
Taste is equal parts malty and smoky. The malts show up with somewhat toasty camel notes. A little nutty as well. Smoke is a powerhouse, but not obtrusive in the least. Well integrated, nothing is out of place. Somewhat drying, spicy hops pop up in the finish.
A great marzen mouthfeel. Not heavy at all. Just medium, and just delightful to drink.
This would be all the better paired with a nice, hearty meal. For some reason, rauchbiers always have me scrambling for the food (munchies from the smoke??). A selection of cheeses paired delightfully with this tonight.

cokes, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of inebrius
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%

First sip: a suspicious glance. Second sip: A nod, a smile. Third sip: I'm out the back door scraping last years Salmon off my water smoker so I can brew my very own Rauchbier Marzen.

What a great beer!
Deep amber under nothing; the head was gone in seconds. Nose is smoky-sweet malt and a backyard in Autumn. A draught brings you toasty malts then a beautiful mix of bittering hops and lingering smoke that play off one another and compel another taste. Smooth and absolutely delectable.
What a great beer!

Cheers to VENOM for the sample!

inebrius, Sep 18, 2002
Photo of jackndan
2.45/5  rDev -39.4%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier A very smoked German marzen. I had a small sample of this on tap, and thank god, because there was no way I could have finished a pint. Heavily smoked flavor and aroma. Do not think a roaring fire in your fireplace smoked, think great Chicago fire smoked. Just a hint of molasses taste, but to me it way to much smoke. Not for the faint of heart. I tweaked the numbers up, a little because this is clearly a well made beer, but It reminded me off dgging through my friends apartment after it had been burnt to the ground.

jackndan, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of brakspear
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

I think this is the perfect beer after a long hike or hunt in the Autumn woods. I imagine this is a difficult beer to drink in warm and humid summer climes, but if you have four seasons and are adventurous, this beer is for you.

A nice garnet ruby coloring with a creamy tannish head that forms well and then fades to a lingering collar around the inside of the glass. The aroma is exceptional, reminds me of smoked salmon or smoked pheasant. The taste is an extremely well-balanced blend of the smokey tang, malt sweetness and hop bitterness. You would not think it would work, but it does.

This is a beer that you warm up to...much like an Islay Single-Malt Scotch like Laphroiag: "There is a fine line between love and hate: about halfway through the bottle....."

brakspear, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Dark amber color, good head, delicious smoky aroma. This beer is very refined, with the smoke almost entirely in the attack, and a smooth malty finish. It does not have the animal fat taste in some smoked products, which is good, but also lacks the delectable, peaty, greeny qualities that can be found in scotch whisky, for example. Perhaps best with food, in my case, chicken sausages and Jarlsberg - which I think were a little too delicate since the smoke is quite robust. The smokiness mellows out as it sits in the glass, and also as your palate adjusts to it. It is a fine beer, even if the actual beer lying under the smoke flavors is a bit mild. Some coffee and liquorice hints. Low drinkability but that is symptomatic of the style in my opinion. It really does grow on you.

Thrasher, Jun 09, 2002
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,733 ratings.