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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 2,116
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 160
Gots: 232 | FT: 4
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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 Tsar_Riga
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, semi-transparent. Tan head, very robust, that laces extravagantly all the way down.

S - Malts, in the form of slightly roasted grains, toast, as well as char, and a smokehouse quality that reminds me of smoked sausage.

T - Subdued smoked meat qualities, sweetness in the form of bread and caramel, and a slight bitter bite in the close. As you might expect, not the typical beer, with strong savory notes.

M - Clean, which is remarkable given the heavy smoke notes. Slight rounding in the finish, a slightly oily feel.

O - Not my cup of tea, but an extraordinarily well executed beer, which hits exactly the notes it promises. Surprisingly restrained, all told. Strikes me as having interesting potential for use with a cheese plate or accompanying BBQ.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was Veterans' Day 2013 and my buddy, Justin Chlan had off due to working for a DoD contractor and knew that I take the day off because I feel that I should have it off as a USN veteran. He invited me along on an excursion to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD where I came across this in a 5L mini-keg, or CAN, according to this site, since it is not pressurized. A CAN?!? I was really excited, even when they told me its cost. I put it in my basement, inverted, per the directions on the side and yesterday, SU, 15 March 2015, I brought it over to The Fridge for another of Bro. Woody's Pop-Up B&G episodes.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law"; ""; "Brauhaus for Schlenkerla with Dominifanerflaue [sic?] <1310>"; "During transport and storage, please this side up. (Turn for tapping)"; "For optimal pouring please tap at 40F."; "Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer Specialty since 1678"; "Aecht Original Schenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following the most ancient malting traditions, all its select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla is a truly unique smoky beer experience."

Once I had it vented and the tap pulled out and ready to engage, I tried to hold the glasses three-to-four inches away to try and create some head. We were seeing about a finger of soapy, light-tan head that pretty quickly fell to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with a dense cloudiness that made it look like a cup of mess decks mud (coffee). Clarity? None. Zero. Zilch. Nose had a sweet, smoky scent like cured bacon or sweet Lebanon bologna, if that means anything to people outside of my hometown area in central PA. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light, given the turbidity that was visible. Light as in medium, but not what I was expecting. As to the taste, it was smoky, but not as smoky as their Ur-Bock or some other famous commercial examples, like Alaskan Smoked Porter. It was really kind of cool to go around and turn people onto this style and get their reactions. Most people were pleasantly surprised and wanted to try other iterations of either Aecht Shlenkerla's Rauchbiers or other rauchbiers in general. The finish had a smoky sweetness that was very evocative of sweet Lebanon bologna, which if you have never tried it, you should because it is hard to explain otherwise. I am glad that I CAN add it to The CANQuest (tm), but I prefer a bit more smokiness, thank you.

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Photo of Kampfar
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, clear beer with a heavy smoky aroma. It’s taste is malty with a light hoppy bitterness. The smoke dominates the aroma. Light brown and long lasting head. Light bitter flavor with a long smoky finish. Texture and mouthful is OK and not too watery.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say? I have enjoyed this in the summer, winter and fall. Smokey and enjoyable. I recommend at least three half liter servings before condeming the nasty smokiness.

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Photo of interzen
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head, slightly soapy looking with big bubbles. Decent retention with some lacing, but nothing major.

Smell: Smoked meats, barbeque and peat. Imagine something like an Islay single malt whisky without the alcohol and you may not be too far off the mark - amazingly, it manages not to smell burnt, just very, very smoky. If there's anything else hiding in there it isn't able to get its way past the smoke. The smell could be divisive to some - personally, I love it.

Taste: Like it smells, but with added dark fruits - the fruit smells don't make it past the smoke but you can definitely pick them up in the taste. There's a stewed plum or raisin taste backed up with a malty sweetness. This isn't a beer for hop-heads - sure, there's a bit of hop character there but it's overwhelmed by the malt and smoke. Quite simply, delicious.

Feel: So very smooth - there's not a massive amount of carbonation to begin with, and left for a while it looks pretty flat. That said, the combination of sweet malt, smoke and fruit flavours makes this easy to drink without being excessively heavy.

Overall: This could be a 'Marmite' beer - you either love it or hate it. Me? I love it - I like smoky things, and whilst I have beers with smoky elements to the flavour profile (think stouts and so forth) none are as 'complete' as this. It's very much malt (and smoke) driven, so there's nothing much for the hop-heads but even so, it's different enough to be worth a try for anyone.

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Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: dark ... this is no marzen ... dark brown with burnt-orange/dark-amber highlights around edges up to light; it's clear ... hard to tell it's so dark, but light is passing all the way through; very lackluster head -- off a hard pour only 1/2-inch of tan, soapy foam pops up then disappears quickly; some decent stick off the top of the head, no major lacing

S: barbecue pit ... wow ... there's no mistaken this is smoked; the smoke aroma is a bit peaty, but i've smelled this aroma growing up around Texas barbecue pits hundreds of times -- oak smoke, mesquite smoke, pecan smoke ... it's all there; hard to pick up anything else around the smokiness

T: holy crap! that's wild, man -- it's like a smoked-out dark-fruit bonanza ... just a pinch of fig/date sweetness in there among a ton of smoke flavor; it's surprisingly not overly burnt like so many American browns/stouts/porters -- it is peaty, but the smoke again follows oak/mesquite/pecan/wood-burning notes, only it doesn't taste like the burnt wood: it literally tastes like the smoke, which is more peaty, less burnt and more of toasted flavor

F: very solid ... it looks and pours a bit flat, but there's just enough leftover carbonation in there to help it go down; a softer pour makes sense here for the drinker who prefers more carbonation because this one doesn't have a ton

O: again -- wild. it's got some of that peaty scotch ale thing happening, and the smoke is ever-present, but there's nothing over the top here, either. the malt offers just enough sweetness to keep it from tasting like a burnt oak log. a different experience but one worth having.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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