Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 1,027
Hads: 2,033
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 140
Gots: 189 | 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.

Bamberg's speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask in the historical brewery tavern.
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Photo of loubar
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Big white head on a ruby brown body. Nose of yeast with a hint of smoke. Mellow smoked wood flavor supported by a pleasant caramel malt body. Flavorful. Incredibly smooth and drinkable - no astringency despite the smoke. The almost dry finish is somewhat crisp and leaves a touch of biscuit like sweetness and a lingering smokiness. Excellent! (375 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown color. Thin tan head. Aroma is thick, smoky and rich. A very sincere peaty aroma combined with a campfire and smoked meatiness. The flavor isn't as intense, and I am appreciative. The peat, campfire and smoky bacon give way to some slight malt and general beer flavor. The body feels fuller because of the scent and flavor intensity. Not much of a Rauchbier lover. This one falls right in line with the rest of them for me. Hey, at least this brewery go full bore and christens you with smokey meat and peat. Don't love it but I suppose I respect it. (584 characters)

Photo of Roser
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- nice big frothy (light) mocha colored head that lasted a good bit with (surprisingly) minimal lacing. Medium dark mahogany brown. Fairly clear.

S- holy smoke!!! The nose was overwhelming immediately after pouring. All I can think of is the aromas experienced while waiting to be seated in a BBQ joint.

T- bacon/pork, jerky.

M- medium body. Smooth and creamy.

O- good, different. Would have again but only with the right food/meal. Recommend for no other reason than to experience this unique brew.

Cheers! (515 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/22/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for like $3.50. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "HB-MUNCHEN" thumb-print glass stein.

Pours a pretty deep reddish-mahogany in color with a good 2 finger foamy off-white head. Finally settles down to just along the sides of the glass after a good 30 minutes. Some spotty sticky lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of smoked roasted malts for the most part. The taste is pretty much the same with a very light hint of caramel malts in the mix also. The smoke is not over done though but it is there. Really no bitter or harsh aftertaste to speak of. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall it was different but OK. (746 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, much darker than a standard Märzen for sure, with a dishwater head that collapses slowly and leaves some acceptable lacing.

Smell: Smoke smoke and more smoke. More of a beef jerky kind of smoke than campfire smoke.

Taste: I'm less thrilled about how this one tastes compared to the Urbock. This beer has a much meatier flavor than the Urbock, and it's one that I'm not as keen on. The smoke is like beef jerky or BBQ, and there's just a touch of caramel flavor on the very back end. The smoke is very intense in this one though and dominates much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Big body and medium carbonation makes this one silky smooth.

Overall: Another great beer from Schlenkerla, but not as good as the Urbock in my experience. I really enjoy the more pure campfire smoke in the Urbock than the meaty smoke in this one. (903 characters)

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

May be my favorite beer overall. Surprising since the first time I drank it (at the brewery) I found it, actually, kind of gross. The smoke is delicious, but not overwhelming. It has a nice smooth almost creamy feel with a medium body. This is great paired with German fare, preferably something pork with strong fllavors. Priceless experience if you can enjoy a liter of it at its source. (394 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown with reddish honey highlights. One inch of beige head. Fine carbonation visible at the top. Some lacing with some retention.

Sweet smoke aroma. Oaky and brown sugar.

Surprising sweet taste up front. Smoky oat. Sweet prunes with brown sugar. Wild herby bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

Medium feel.

Delicious. The smoke is well balanced with the sweetness and hops. I was hestitant to try this after other mediocre smoked beers. Back to back with Beau's Rauchstack. (495 characters)

Photo of desint
2.79/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first smokebeer.

L: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Small head,disappeared quickly.

S: Extreme smoke,overwhelming. Bacon?

T: Extremely smokey, hard to taste anything else through the overpowering smoke.

F: Surprisingly nice. Hard to believe the abv is this low.

O: Not what I expected, all smoke and nothing else. Not balanced at all

I like smoked food, but I can't handle this. (386 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, deep dark brown with a thick head that settles to a 1/2" tan cap.
S - The aroma is malty and smoky.
F - The flavor follows the aroma. Not terribly complex, just a nice smoky flavor.
M - Medium mouth feel, mild carbonation.
O - A great place to start for anyone wanting to taste a mildly smoky beer. While this is good, I prefer it's stronger cousin, the Rauchbier Urbock. (390 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

January 1, 2015

500 ml bottle, tulip

A – Very deep amber to brown with a high level of clarity. Less than an inch of off-white to tan head, medium sized foam bubbles.

S – The smoked malts are high in the mix, with an impression of mesquite or pecan, other hardwood. There’s some reminiscence of bacon, but more the smoked aroma of bacon rather than the bacon itself. Some mild caramel malt sweetness. Hop aroma is not discernible, hiding behind the smoke.

T – Smoke flavor is prominent, not as harsh as mesquite but still a hardwood (I know it’s beechwood, but trying to equivocate to something more common.) Some bready/crusty caramel sweetness, perhaps Maillard product. Hops are very light, and I would think say floral, Hallertau-type.

M – Very well-carbonated, moderately-high, and full bodied. Not much dryness, mostly slightly sweet throughout. Only light bitterness in the background.

O – I have a very hard time with smoked beers / rauchbiers, usually because the smoke component is way too strong and in your face. However, this actually is very balanced, and you can still tell there was a base beer in there somewhere with the caramel sweetness of the marzen. An excellent version of rauchbier. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured a nice clear dark liquid with a dime sized tan head. The nose is smoke, bbq ribs smoke with a hint of malt. The taste is surprisingly less smoky with an earthy quality to it. There is a bit of sweetness that comes through as you let the beer linger. The carbonation also lingers a bit on back of the tongue helping to balance the beverage out. I was expecting a little more smoke but am I happily surprised with how balanced and tasty it is. (453 characters)

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

They weren't kidding when they classify this as a "smoked beer". Drank straight from the bottle, reminded me of smoke kielbasa around a campfire. Pleasant beer to drink. Very crisp and easy to drink beer. (204 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

50 cl bottle (bb 11/2014) into a tulip glass. Clear ruby brown body, medium tan head that settles down quickly, little lacing. The smell is subtle smoke and sweet malt. The taste starts off with smooth toasted malt, followed by gentle smoke with a hint of coffee, finishing dry with a grassy hop bitterness, leaving an aftertaste of coffee-like bitterness and pleasant smoke. Medium body and carbonation. Overall a pleasant beer specialty, just the right amount of smoke in the taste. Easily drinkable, would have this one again. (530 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Not your typical Marzen, but it's from Schlenkerla, so you knew that.

Bottle poured into a seidel.

Deep ruby-brown body with lively off-white head. Smell is more restrained then some other Schlenkerla beers but the campfire notes are still unmistakable. It's a welcoming, homey smell of hearth and brown sugar, more wood than bacon. The taste is smoke, breadcrusts, caramel, and root beer. Superbly smooth and drinkable - no astrigency whatsoever despite the smoke; a light tickle of carbonation is all that remains when it's gone.

Superb. (544 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Very big, white head, beer pours very dark, nearly black.

Has rich smoked flavors, reminding me of smoked ham and fire.

Tastes of smoked wood and ham, carbonation supports the intense taste very well, piney wood tastes get stronger while the beer warms up. A sweet, crunchy roastiness defines this beer for me. Gets supported by a throughout pleasant malt body, which lets the smoke flavor stand out, both go together very well. Enjoyable, warming finish, whith some salts in it. (483 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast. Very good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note. Light medium body with a somewhat slick texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with campfire bacon like smoke over a slightly sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note. The almost dry finish is somewhat crisp and leaves you with a touch of biscuit like sweetness and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. World Class. (846 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Rheinblick in Canandaigua, NY.

Pours a clear dark-ish brown, with a quarter inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like warm liquid smoke, with caramel and toffee underneath.

This is probably the best, most pleasant rauchbier I've ever had. The smoke is definitely pleasant, but it's warm, slightly nutty, and gives off the impression of a nice campfire. The Marzen underneath is still present, I get some sweet caramel malt like flavors. I don't really get the smoked meat feel from this, it's more of a smoked wood/liquid smoke feel for me.

This is medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

There's a reason this is the classic smoked beer. Utterly delicious. (738 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5 L tall Paulaner glass.

Ruby colored with great clarity and a solid 1-finger head. If you're looking for complexity, look elsewhere. This is about one thing and one thing only, the smoke. It's not subtle but it's not overpowering either. Actually quite drinkable and highly enjoyable. Drink this one with some smoked meats or while sitting around a campfire. A really well crafted brew that harnesses the smoke flavor instead of letting it go wild. Do not fear the rauchbier. Embrace the rauchbier. (516 characters)

Photo of coder
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Definitely worth a try. Smells like the inside of my Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. Smoke smell and flavor is NOT subtle at all. I should be drinking it while eating smoked ribs, a pulled pork sandwich or a bbq chicken pizza. Note to self: this needs to be the liquid added in 3 2 1 ribs (291 characters)

Photo of chaunur
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into a pint glass, A dark brown clear beer with a slight reddish tint. Not a frothy beer only developing a small 1 finger head. Not much lacing but I finished it off fairly quickly. A lovely beer to the eye.

A nice smokey aroma, like a campfire in the fall.

Great flavor, smokey yet light on the palate, nice balance, has an almost peaty flavor.Very smooth lightly carbonation. Just enough bitterness on the end to prevent sweetness.

I had never seen a smoked marzen before finding this. I brew my own smoked marzen on that account. I would highly recommend this beer. I will still beer my own-having one right now to compare the flavor-as it is more cost effective. (691 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a deep brown with a frothy light tan head that laces quite well.

S: Salty smokey bacon and roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt sweetness (really comes out as it warms) followed by a nice hit of smokey bacon, a little light citrus, and some coffee like bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body, almost creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very different and quite tasty. Layers of flavor come out as it warms. (444 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours dark clear brown with a minimal beige head. Has a pleasant barbeque pit smokiness on the nose with some toasted malt and grains underlying on the taste. A medium body on the palate with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a toasted malt, earthy grains with a gentle smoked campfire flavor. A very good drinking and enjoyable brew. (350 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A much darker pour than the Doppelbock, it pours a deep reddish brown with about an inch of foam. It shrinks quickly and leaves better lacing.

Almost as smokey on the nose as the DB with less secondary aromas. Served cold, so maybe that explains it.

Smoother taste though still quite smokey. So smooth, I can't seem to pull any other flavours out of this Marzen so I'll give up trying.

Close to perfection for the mouth feel.

This one, I reckon I could possibly drink another bottle of, back to back. Delightful it is. (523 characters)

Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Great beer! Brown color, mid-sized off-white head. Aroma of smoked ham and malt. Taste is similar to aroma with smoked wood notes. Medium body and carbonation. Moderate bitterness in smoked and roasted aftertaste (212 characters)

Photo of smbslt
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

A compelling, cool sepia brown color with little warm red and gold highlights. Off-white head that gave way a little too soon and left little lacing.

Ever-present, smooth, smoky bbq aroma accentuated every sip. Hops are in the backseat, coming along just to enjoy the ride.

Well crafted beer. (296 characters)

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