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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1561
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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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3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look, this is the my first of the style, and if this beer is supposedly as good as others say it is, it will be my last. It pours a nice color with a medium head and very good lacing. The smell is all smoke--so much so that I can barely taste the "bacon" and "meat" that others rave about. But then again, if I wanted to smell meat, I would buy meat. The taste, in my [maybe naïve and unsophisticated}opinion is drowned out by smokiness. Some reviewers have congratulated this beer for its complexity and for the smoke flavor for being nuanced, but what I find is smokiness that has gotten out of control. I love a beer with some character, and there's nothing more attractive than a beer that compliments both a campfire and a steak at the same time. But this just seems to go too far and in the process loses the complexity that some are convinced that it has.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 06:05:33 | More by DeFaz
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 500ml bottle

A: A deep amber/brown color topped with a finger and a half of slightly off white khaki head. Clarity is very good.

S: Smokey malts reminiscent of a smoked ham or even bacon.

T: Very smokey but not overly so. Very malt forward as a marzen should be but the smokiness remains king and is the dominant flavor. The hops provide a nice balance and come into play keeping the beer nicely balanced. The smokiness brings memories of a smoky flavored ham, bacon, or even smoked salmon all of which I am very partial to.

M: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Really not overbearing and heavy which is great for a lager.

O: Amazing beer. My first Rauchbier and I absolutely loved the style. One of the few really great beers I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:21:25 | More by Haydn-Juby
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 4.25
Dark brown semi-opaque body with white-brown head 1-2'.

Smell: 4.25
Rich campfire smoke with background of toffee and roasted malt and slightly earth Noble hops.

Taste: 4
Initially, a dry, nutty malt with slight sweetness later in taste. Smooth smokiness with notes almost akin hickey smokiness of bacon. Mid to late, increasing mild to moderate bitterness becomes detectable via hops. Finishes with a slight mild malt presence and a thin coating of roast/smoke on palate.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Slight thinness to body with mild carbonation. Almost English ale'ish in mouthfell.

Overall: 4.25
Great dynamic beer with strong smoke notes, but manages to still be balanced and drinkable. Pairs well with food, esp BBQ.
Recommend to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:04:19 | More by EnemyWithin
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New Mexico

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange.

A- Deep dark brown in color. Pours with a beautiful, thick frothy cream colored head.

S- Smoked ham!

T- The smokiness remains at the beginning of the palate, then gives way to sweet caramelly malt flavor.

M- Smooth, low carbonation, slightly thick on the tongue.

O- A truly unique beer, yet it manages to be more than just a great aroma. The sweeter aspects of the beer are completely unexpected after the intense smoky nose and ham and bacon hints and this makes the beer all the more impressive. Easily could become a regular beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:23:38 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a thick khaki head that lingers.

Beechwood, smoke, and toasted malt form the initial aroma. Smoke is dominant, rich, and reminiscent of bbq meat. Nuttiness surfaces.

Flavor is unexpectedly sweet and malty, overly toasted and smoky, with woody notes. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter, with rubbery phenolic notes and ash.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation.

Smoke dominant, but with enough malty sweetness to counter. Very intriguing flavor profile. Would go great with bbq.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 19:27:41 | More by barczar
Photo of stephens101


4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A medium pour fills the mug with a burly tan head and a roiling, murky reddish brown brew. The froth proudly stakes the summit and sits for awhile before the descent.

Aroma is made of wheat, a complexity of dark fruits (plum, raisin, grape), and a whiff of smouldering char.

More notes of wheat make their way prominently onto the palate, followed by a hint of dark fruits, more wet woodiness, some floral esters, damp hay and a dash of sweetness.

Light to medium in body and airy.

This is a perfectly balanced, flavorful beer that makes no apologies for being the cream of the crop. I can't imagine anything making it better, except for possibly getting it fresh at the source, which would be something worth striving for.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:22:30 | More by stephens101
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3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A smoked Marzen beer is always an interesting choice, I had to try this one. This pours a medium brown color with a thin head. The aroma has that classic smoked grain smell which always reminds me of bacon. The texture is smooth due to low carbonation. Very unusual flavor not quite sure what to make of this one other than interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:32:29 | More by Lemke10
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Foam gushing out of the top of the bottle. Cola brown. Frothy off-white head.

S: Smoked bacon.

T: Very chocolaty. Smokey bacon. Half sweet. Vinous chocolaty aftertaste.

M: Very lively.

O: Not as bacon tasting as other Rauchbiers I've had. Pretty good but not something I'd have without food.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:38:10 | More by Hoppsbabo
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is smokey barbeque malts with a good amount of earthy hops.
Taste is smokey bitter hops and a good amount of dark malt.
Mouthfeel is full with a minimal amount of carbonation.
Overall a very tasty beer. The smoke flavor is just enough not overpowering. A very tasty brew although an occasional one for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 05:51:16 | More by Spikester
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle at 5.1%. Into a tulip pours a dark burnt brown colour with a creamy tan film and a good lacing on it.

S - smoky beechwood chips emanate from the glass, a rich bbq roast meat that is really caramelized, some black pepper, a touch of earthy spices. It is reminiscent of the best and richest bbq-ed meat in the best possible way - salivate.

T - a creamy smokiness, bacon, then lighter woodier aspects, a bit of a salty tang to it. A full waft of sweet woodsmoke, and some dry citrus lemon, burning pine/cedar, and a restrained caramel sweetness that is there throughout but not at the forefront, meaty and rich. Drying out to a dry finish, leather. So flavourful.

M - creamy and full start. Moderate body with a full refreshing feel. A prickle of carbonation balances the rich smoke flavour and provides a full coating feel to the beer. Waves of rich smoked malt that gently caress the palate before it dries out on the finish. Balance is excellent, with a pleasant meaty malt sweetness that backs up the smoke, little bitterness.

This beer still impresses me. Rich meaty smokiness that to me palate never gets overwhelming. The only thing I could hope for would be a bit more bitterness on the finish. But otherwise this is a standout, waves of flavour and still really good drinkability, probably not for everyone. I'm a fan of smoked things in general, but the offerings by Schlenkerla take it to a new level. Excellent Rauchbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:55:45 | More by mick303
Photo of PicoPapa


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle with an abv of 5.1%. Pours a dark brownish black with over an inch of frothy light tan head. Some lacing. The aroma is nice and smoky. Smells like smoked meat with some smoky malts and burnt wood. Earthy. The taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma. Smoked meat with some burnt wood and beechwood chips. Burnt wood and roasted malts. Earthy and woody but with a good sized amount of malts. Slightly sweet at times. Light but creamy mouthfeel. This is a style I love but can't find a whole lot of. Overall, solid Rauchbier I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 17:54:20 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of janubio


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle, red - amber colour, with a small off white head with not much retention and a small ring of lace. Smell of smoked salmon domintaing it all in the beginning, with some notes of malts, caramel and toffee later. Light creamy body, taste of smoked salmon, but malts are more noticeable here: toffee, caramel. It will be great of course with a smoked salmon of some other smoked fish, but great too with sausages. Not for everyone's palate (maybe even for mine), but a good beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:20:12 | More by janubio
Photo of kemoarps


3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My experience with smoked beers is decidedly very limited. I'd been curious for a while, and since these are supposed to be somewhat definitive of the style, and they are always available for reasonable cost at the liquor store, I thought I'd jump in.

Pours a clear mahogany with about a quarter inch of white head that dissipates leaving just enough of a ring for a "beer was here" reminder to the glass of what its true purpose is.

If you don't like smoke, you will probably not like the aroma this beer provides. It is not overbearing and saturated so much as it is simply at the forefront. Beechwood and smoked ham are the prominent characteristics I am picking up. A minor roasty malt in the background, but this is all about those first two flavours I listed. Again, though; while dominant, they are not overwhelming. This is not some hipster blowing their cigarette into your face, this is more a humidor being opened and inviting you to its depths.

The taste starts off with that same beechwood note, before giving room for some of the german malts. The third act opens with more of the smoke, giving way to a sharp caramel sweet note before tapering into a mildly bitter finish.

I was somewhat apprehensive about the smoke in this, as I am fairly new to the whole rauchbier thing, but those fears were allayed as the masters from Bamberg crafted a ride that welcomes you with subtlety and nuance instead of bashing your face in. The background of a stellar märzen (a style I'm not usually that big on), combined with a gently dominant smoke makes this a very good beer and an excellent introduction to the style. I suppose they're the benchmark for a reason

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:23:48 | More by kemoarps
Photo of JMad


4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a lofty off white head.

It's aroma reminds me of a campfire, there is lots of wood smoke and barbecue, it's a very nice smell.

The taste is almost like hickory smoked bacon, there is a slight metallic flavor but it's not bad.

Feels very smooth and medium bodied with soft, subtle carbonation.

I don't think making a better rauchbier is possible, the smokiness in this beer is amazing and I would love to pair this with some smoked meats.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:05:13 | More by JMad
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a glass

A: Pours a deep copper brown color. There is a very light tan head which fades to a thin cap of foam. Light layered lacing.

S: Smoke is the first flavor I pick up, and far and away the most potent. It smells like sweet burning leaves and hickory. Tangy and salty in a way.

T: The smoke flavor is still the most potent aspect, but not overpowering. It really does taste like a campfire smells. A little bit of sweetness makes the smoke flavor bearable.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: I'm having a pepperoni, bacon and jalapeno pizza with this beer, and the combination is great! Maybe a little one dimensional to have on it's own, but the lingering smoke flavor melds great with the savory, spicy pizza.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:47:41 | More by WankelEngine
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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Out of the bottle this has a dark raisin brown base color with a dark copper edge. A fluffy white head rises an inch or so up, leaving some lace down the sides of the glass as it fades.

The smokiness is very apparent in the nose. It is different than American beers that simply use smoked malts. This has a cured nature to it, almost like a spicy cured meat. At first it smells like there is something wrong with it, but the smell is beginning to grow on me. There are some light sweet malt notes underneath the smoke.

There is a moment where the flavor on the tongue is more malt than smoke, but that flavor does not last long. There is a soft bready sweetness with a gentle suggestion of dark fruits. Throughout the rest of the sip, however, the smoke really dominates, washing over the malt and controlling the flavor. It reminds me of a well-smoked meat.

The body of this beer is rather light, as it does only have a 5.4% ABV. The carbonation is appropriately smooth while still slightly crisp. There is not much in the way of residual stickiness or flavor.

This is one of my first forays into rauchbiers, and I have to say I enjoyed it. I would not drink this all of the time, but I appreciate just how different it is compared to some traditional styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:23:57 | More by KickInTheChalice
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New York

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and dark copper with a good head of tan foam that fell slowly to a nice layer on top and persistent lace. This is my first taste of the style and I am very surprised that nose smells just like meat! Ham or bacon. Smoky, salty, charred. It's not what I expected in the beer glass. There's a faint underlying malt sweetness and some hop floral. Taste is a blend of smoke and full malt. It's so darn smooth for what is on the nose. The malt is deep and rich and balances the smoke and char. Little toffee, little bread and finishes with a small hop bitter and almost dry. The smoke flavor fades pretty quickly from the aftertaste and the smoke quality adds to the slight dry finish.

I am glad that for my first try I got one of the best examples of the style. I can't say that I would have it again and I can't even finish the bottle. It's strong but not harsh.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 12:18:11 | More by utopiajane
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium Dark

Aroma: Smoky malt

Taste: Smoky, herbal

Remarks: One of my earliest reviews when I started this whole project. Bought at Heinrich's Supergetränkemarkt in Kornwestheim. Also had on tap at the source in Bamberg.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:17:08 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a Weizen Glass.
A - reddish brown with a rapidly fading head of about a fingers height.
S - wow, smoked sausage. Hickory smoke. Forest fire from a distance, it actually reminded me of driving through Yellowstone when they had the massive fire in the late 80's. Incredible barbeque smoke that you can taste in the air.
T - the smoke is slightly subdued in the taste versus the smell. Oh it is there without denial but not as overwhelming as the nose. Smoky, lightly malty, and with a touch of sweetness. It reminds me of sampling powdered smoke aditives when cooking.
M - smooth, light carbonation, moderately oily feel.
O - awesome smell, great taste

I seriously need to grill some sausage to go with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:12:47 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Dark deep red with a not-quite tan head, nice and thick with good retention. Beautiful beer.

S- Smells like smoked meat, like a spiced ham. Faint malt in background. Fantastic.

T- Very smooth, spicy smoke flavor, not at all overwhelming. An almost salty finish, makes me want to make another gulp. Malt roast flavor in the finish as well.

M- Nice dry finish makes this very drinkable despite the full flavor

O- This is the best smoke beer I have ever had, it defines the style for a reason. Most smoke beers I drink are way too heavy handed, this is subtle, balanced and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 03:34:05 | More by TWHartman
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

I had this beer before, however I had no idea which brew it was from Schlenkerla at the time.

All I can say is: wow!

Appearance, jet black to dark brown, tan fast reducing head, high carbonation at first.

Smell: sausage, smoke, herb, oak, very herbal smell like a porter or stout

Taste: smoked sausage, light on oak at the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick, this is a sipper, yet not quite an elixir.

Overall, this is my first review for a rauchbier. I can't wait to explore the style more, and more. Almost time to restock the fridge.


Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 05:59:44 | More by BierStein711
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish - copper color with a two finger billowy beige head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose is smacked with tons of big smokiness with some aromas of char. It smells of a fire and with hints of a salty aroma as well as a little bit of grass it gives an almost smoked meat like smell overall.

Taste – While the nose was massive in smoke the taste was a little tuned down, although still nice and smoky. The taste starts out with some smoky and malty flavors mixed with a bit of a lighter fruit taste. The smoke as well as the fruit grow a bit stronger in nature and mix with some lighter grassy flavors. Bit of a almost salty meat flavor develop more toward the middle to the end and when mixed with the smoky flavors produce a smoked ham sandwich like taste with a little bit of fruit flavor. Odd, but interesting.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium to slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the style with the slightly chewier body very nicely complimenting the smoked flavors, while the moderate carbonation was great for the overall drinkability.

Overall – Quite a tasty Rachbier with a huge smoky nose but yet rather palatable and pleasing blend of flavors beyond just smoke.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 19:05:55 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brown ruby color with a two finger thick head with good retention.
Incredible predominant smell of smoked bacon and ham.
Flavor is less smoked than suggested by the nose, but still intense. Delicious taste of smoked and roasted malts with hints of bacon and ham, with pine and earthy notes that makes the impossible, possible, a powerful and still refreshing beer.
Dry and bitter aftertaste with a residual smoked flavor and some burnt wood.
Medium body with good carbonation with small bubbles and a crisp sensation.
I love this flavorful and legendary beer. How can you possibly make a brew that tastes like bacon and still is refreshing and very pleasant to drink? Awesome beer, highly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:50:26 | More by FLima
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a mug.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly, but leaves a little foamy blanket. Fair spotty lacing, mostly retreats back into the brew.

S: Hearty roasty malt, smoke, and bacon.

T: Smoky roasted malt, bitter pecan.

M: Hearty with a slightly bitter finish. A little shallow in the end, though.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, good head, and a little lacing. Roasty and malty and smoky nose. Bacon is prominent. Roasted malt, bitter pecan, all wrapped up in a smoky blanket. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:39:22 | More by bmwats
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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown after the pour, but ruby red when held up to light. A bit flat though.

Smell: Cigar smoke and molasses. Some bacon as well. Incredible.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smoked sausage and a hint of scotch. Some tobacco and molasses as well. I enjoy this a lot, but wish it were stronger. Feels really thin initially, which hurts the flavor a bit by watering it down. Feels better as it warms.

Overall Drinkability: This is a good beer, but is not as good as Schlenkerla Eiche. I do love the overall warming effect this has, which is definitely a good quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:19:48 | More by tjsdomer2
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90 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.