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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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91
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1,036 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 2,055
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 202 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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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Reviews: 1,036 | Hads: 2,055
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)

Photo of titvs
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 22A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch LTK. AROMA: very present smoked aroma reminiscent of burnt wood. Very faint malt aroma with no esters and no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color and translucid. rich and creamy tanned head with medium-low retention. TASTE: smoky flavour balanced with a slight sweet malty background. clean lager profile. very low bitterness. finishes medium-dry. PALATE: medium-low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a nice example of a Bamberg speciality. (519 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

The bacon-like beechwood smoke comes right through in the aroma; some bready sweetness is present just beneath the surface, complemented by a touch of prune-like fruitiness. The body is a brilliantly clear deep copper; the head is light tan and bubbly; plenty of lacing sticks around. The flavor, particularly at first, is intense and complex—the smoke is not quite as prominent as in the nose, but it does add depth to the sweet, bready malt. The intensity of the flavors soon subsides, as the taste becomes more sweet and spicy with a touch of hop bitterness and alcohol. Some savory smoke lingers in the finish. The body seems to be in the mid-range, and the carbonation provides a nice, crisp bite.

Overall, very delicious, characterful, and refreshing. The aroma is especially intriguing, though the flavor is more subtle, particularly after a few sips. On the whole however, I must say that this is a very satisfying and memorable beverage. (950 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Cold bomber into tulip, 5.1% ABV

Appearance - Opaque dark brown, but shows good clarity towards the bottom of the glass, head is only 1 finger worth, but sticks around a long time and leaves epic lacing

Aroma - As expected, very smoky, but not overly so. Pleasant and lightly sweet malts in the background

Feel/Taste - Very gentle, smooth, minimal carb, lighter body than expected, crisp, comes off as medium-light. Taste is nice and smoky up front: smoked salmon without the fishiness, smoked bacon without the porkiness! Smoke prevalent, but pleasantly light and woodsy. Mid palate the smoke comes together nicely with lightly sweet, faintly fruity malts. Faint grassy/spicy hop notes in the finish with little bitterness.

Overall - Really pleasantly surprised with this one. I wouldn't say it's "sessionable" unless you really love smoke, as swigging a smoked liquid is pretty odd to me. One was good, maybe I'd do 2, but I don't think I'd want to knock 3-4 of these back. However, it's actually quite light feeling and the smoke never gets overwhelming. This is a masterfully crafted, delicious beer; I truly enjoyed it. (1,128 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Tasted On: 09-06-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

A: Dark amber/brown clear beer, with a big tan head. Lacing is good and head retention is very nice.

S: Aromas are what I expected from having other Rauchbiers -- smoke and wood smells dominate. A campfire in a bottle!

T: I get some initial malty sweetness, followed by an explosion of smokiness. The taste reminds me of eating smoked meats. Other flavors are of earthy hops.

M: Meaty in body, with average carbonation. The finish is a mix of sweet malts and smoked flavors.

O: A real gem among Rauchbiers! (679 characters)

Photo of Bear1964
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Poured a great deep reddish brown into a Pint glass, half finger white head and nice lace. Aroma showed the smoked hops right away with a somewhat malted background, taste was malty sweetness followed by a flow of smokey rich bitterness with each sip. Mouthfeel is medium/light and makes for an easy drink, the smokey waves mellow as it warms and some hops begin to show through with a slight bitterness. Overall this is a very solid beer and one that I'm very glad I picked up! (478 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - what a beer! Like drinking an artisanal smoky cheese - delicious.

aroma: rich smoked creamy cheese with slight seafood

taste: rich smoked creamy cheese with caramel, seafood and bacon with slight smoked wood

beautiful flavours, great and lingering mouthfeel and a tradition that I hope stays for good. The definition of craft/artisanal beer (349 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of BA's new-ish features is allowing you to see if you have rated any beers in a particular style. I noticed that I didn't have anything in this style and decided to give it a try. I didn't have a short mug or a strange so I did the best I could and put it in a slender packers mug I have. Bought at Little Wine and Liquor. About 5 bucks.

A&S: Extremely big head even when poured slowly down the side. The head is fizzy and tan colored, it retains pretty well for being so big and fizzy. The beer is a dark brown color lively with carbonation and translucent. Well it is as it is advertised. Smells like smoked salami. Smoky but not ash-tray smokey like some beer that have smokey qualities, it is more of a camp fire.

T&M: Not a super complex beer, similar to the aroma lots of smoked meat taste I getting more of a beef jerky and salami mix instead of the just salami in the aroma. A little spicy in the finish, a little on the bitter side but not much. The faintest bit of dryness in the finish. On the thin side of body, pretty smooth and not that sharp from all the carbonation like the look would suggest.

Overall: For sure one of the most unique beers I have ever tasted, not a huge fan of the style, but from reading the description it really seems to nails it. I think the rating are all over the place for this beer because the style is pretty different and maybe not the most palatable for everyone. I could see this being a very good cheese paring beer though. (1,481 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aecht Schlenkerla (although, I swear that k looks like an f!) Rauchbier. 5.1% ABV.

A: About a finger and a half of head. Deep red/dark plum in color. Some slight lacing; most slides off.

S: Oh, wow! I can smell the smokiness right away! It's akin to that of the smoked Gouda (Holland) I got from my work. Meaty/bacon. Black pepper.

T/MF: Fairly smooth on the palate. Has an off peppered bologna/sausage flavor, with a light rye taste on the back. Again, reminiscent of the skin on smoked Gouda.

This is quite weird, to me. The aroma is quite nice, but the taste is not something I would want in a beer. Very likely needs a food pairing. Maybe some heavy German breads...

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (734 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color; much darker than I remember and much darker than your average marzen these days. Head retention is ungodly. A huge rocky beige head retains at a solid three fingers for as long as there is beer in the glass. Lacing sticks in stubborn clumps.

S: Campfire and jerky waft out of the glass. Hints of carob, chewy dark caramel, brown molasses, and brown bread. Very smoky.

T: Campfire, smoke, and jerky wrap around a core of nutty cocoa and carob. Burnt toast. Chewy brown caramel. Oily and herbal hop bitterness. Clean. Lingering campfire and woody smoke on the drying finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Weighty but very silky. It glides across the tongue. Moderately stiff carbonation. A very substantial and sustaining feel, as 'meal in a glass'.

O: Oh God, what an excellent beer. One of the more full and complex lagers out there. Glad to see that a few of the Bamberg breweries are still cranking out traditional smoked beers, and doing a world-class job of it. This is world-beating stuff. An absolute must-try for any serious beer aficionado. (1,118 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stange; dark brown, showing dark ruby in the light.
Smells like sweet smoke and not much else. Hint of sweet malt.
Taste is smokey mixed evenly with lighter sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium light and smooth.
Overall I think I prefer the urbock but this is tasty. (277 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of beige head.

Smell - camp fire smoke, roasted malts, smoked meat, hint of dark fruit, light earthy hop.

Taste - Starts with the roasted malts then goes into a nice balance of smoke, hint of dark fruit, and light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - A well executed Rauchbier with a smoke profile followed by a supporting roasted malt backbone. Would definitely recommend to give this one a go if you are a fan of the style. (536 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brownish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of cola brown and garnet highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoked malts, specifically a smoke that is similar to what I would expect when smoking sausages or bacon.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of roasted and caramel malts with a moderate to strong flavor of smoked malts. Light notes of leather and just a hint of iodine flavors from the smoking of the malts. Light bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very interesting smoke aromas and flavors in this beer without being overwhelming. Very enjoyable, especially for someone that enjoys smoke and pretty easy to drink. Pairs well with smoked sausages. (1,084 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first smoked beer. Chestnut in color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Smokey and meaty in aroma with some freshly tanned leather. Taste is malty with a lingering flavor like bark and grain. Mild bitterness finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is light and watery with medium-low carbonation. An interesting beer. The quality seems fine, but it may take a few of these to develop my palate for them. My first one was not that enjoyable and I have tried most styles. (481 characters)

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

While wandering the aisles of his 'happy place', Bucky spotted a German smokebeer, and never having sampled this style picked up a bottle. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier ("ASR") came in a brown 500 ml bottle with a best before date of October 2013 stamped on the reverse label, and was 5.1% alcohol by volume. ASR is produced by Brauerei Heller in Bamberg, Germany. A little historical beer trivia for you...the roots of the word Schlenkerla in the beer's name lie in the Frankish vernacular, in which "schlenkern" is an expression for walking not straight.

ASR poured an attractive chestnut brown colour with a large, slightly off-white head that lasted for several minutes before fading to a 1/8" cap of foam, leaving some modest lacing and spotting down the glass. Its aroma was strong and made up of wood smoke and back bacon. The beer's flavour was distinct but somewhat more subtle than its aroma, beginning, continuing and ending with wood smoke, with a mild bitterness noticeable at the finish. Both the smokiness and slight bitterness continued as a long lasting aftertaste. I found the carbonation to be quite moderate but well suited to the beer, and would describe ASR as medium bodied. Though I was a bit nervous at the start due to past experience with a couple of overpowering smoky beers, this was a refreshing change of pace. Not a style that I would drink every week, but a bit of a flashback to a bygone age when all malt for brewing in Germany was dried over a wood fire, and quite reasonably priced at $3.15 per bottle. (1,539 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a chestnut brown with a two finger head that breaks quickly but leaves fantastic lacing.

S: beautiful smoke smell along with some malts and a perception of smoked meats.

T: the smoke carries over from the nose but is more subtle. Caramels, light roasts and a slight saltiness.

M: medium carbonation and body.

O: my first experience with the rauchbier style, though not my first smoked beer. That being said, I have had better smoked beers but overall this was an enjoyable drink. More of a winter or early spring beer than any other time I would think. (609 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark brownish red with a decent head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smells smokey of course and the taste is a bit smokey but not nearly as strong it smells. Was a fairly easy beer for me too drink. It's got a lot going on but not so much that it feels too complex. Was a simple beer IMO. I enjoyed it very much but it does take a little getting used to. (368 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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