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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 115
Gots: 137 | 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.
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel-brown in color, with a thick head of off-white bubbles. Alas, the only lace is a thin line above the ring.

Nose is spectacular! Deeply woody, like a campfire embers and cured meat. Some say bacon, and that's not too far off.

Taste is definitely woody-smoky, with a tinge of sweet malts underneath, just enough around the edges to add some balance. This is a tasty, drinkable, and positively a unique experience that any serious beer advocate needs to try.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Kinsman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with an inviting dark and rich brown color and a noticeable but thin white head on top. Greets you with that wonderful Schlenkerla smoke. Savory smoked meats and campfire dominate and leave little room for anything else to come through.

The only other Schlenkerla beer I've had is the Urbock and as expected, this one is incredibly similar. First sip is smokey but not as overpowering as the aroma is. It plays the leading role but the sweetness of the malts plays a nice secondary role. Hints of brown sugar and caramel before the inevitableness that is the Schlenkerla savory smoked meat finish. The biggest difference between Märzen and Urbock would be in the body, with the lighter alcohol of the Märzen being noticeable in the mouthfeel.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mgironta
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a really dark brown with a one finger white head. The carbonation on the brew was moderate. The nose was exactly what I wanted from a rauchbier…lots of smoke and bacon. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with smoke and bacon. This was a really pungent nose, but one I enjoyed. The taste again is filled with smoke and bacon. There was also a hint of malt in this brew. The one thing that really shocked me on the beer was how thin it was and how mild the carbonation was. A beer with big flavors likes this should really be a little thicker, in my opinion. But, that’s my only complaint. This was also a nice session brew that was really drinkable and unique. I would definitely have this again, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from bottle and got 1 inch head, then decreased to about 1/2 inch and is very steady. Head is off white (cream) in colour with good carbonation. Beer is clear with a ruby colour.

Smell: Smokiness is present with a slight metallic undertone in the back.

Taste: smokiness is present but not overpowering. Sweetness is low to medium with bitterness balancing it. A small metallic taste is present but malt/bitterness overpowers it after a few seconds. The flavour is medium lasting and a dry finish that is quick.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated. This beer would pair well with a strong cheese and would clean the palate very well. Body is light but not thin.

Overall: I am pleased with the beer. It's great for food pairing and it's a great introduction to smoke beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby, clear, white head has good retention and good lacing.

S/T - From hearing about this beer, I expected a lot more smoke. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while it is strong, the smoke taste and smell do not overpower the rest of the beer. Instead, it allows the bready malt sweetness to come through mid palate, finishing again with charred bbq meat, and some more smoke. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

O - Fabulous, especially compared to what rauchbiers I've had so far. Smoke is strong, but nicely compliments other malt flavors in the beer. Most smoked beers I can barely have one of, but I could drink a few of these. Fabulous.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, amber-brown in color with an off-white, bubbly, fizzy head that fades quickly and leaves behind no lace or retention.

S: Huge smoke, roasted malt, earth, and peat. Beef jerky (in a good way) and bbq stand out. As expected, it kinda smells like a fire pit the day after.

T: The flavor is more balanced than the nose indicates. It's not the salty, smoky, roasty malt-bomb that I expected. Quite delicious, actually. That being said, it's definitely has plenty of smoke, earth, peat, charcoal, and heavily roasted/smoked malt.

M: Crazy smooth and flavorful with the right amount of carbonation. I can only imagine how perfectly this would pair with a pulled pork sandwich!

O: Pleasantly surprised but ze Germans do all of their beer right. A joy to drink. This style may not be for everybody but it's most likely one of the best offerings.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.