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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 125
Gots: 158 | 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.
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Ratings: 1,953 | Reviews: 1,024
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Waitress is rocking socks with her sandals. Guess I really am in Germany. Holed up in the Bierstube. The märzen is the only thing on tap so I guess I'm drinking that.

The beer is a dark orange/amber that is still transparent. Lightly tanned two finger head that falls down fairly quickly leaving a film on top and lacing down the glass.

Smoky meaty aroma. Kind of weird but the way it should be. There is some slight caramel sweetness underneath.

Tastes smoky and meaty and leaves the same flavor lingering in my mouth. A little malt sweetness hides in there.

It's light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks fairly smooth and easily.

Oh yes this is a beer. No telling how many of these I had in my couple days in Bamberg.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, day 20 of the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar, and 5.1% ABV in this go-round. The first 'well-known' brew so far from this German/Austrian-laden (welcome) daily distraction.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark copper-amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky beige head, which leaves some cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, a tad bready, and a huge dose of smoked meat, a bit of sausage grease, peat, and some soft, almost fresh-seeming tobacco. The taste is quite a lot less smoky, and gamey than the nose, which comes as a not so surprising relief - there is still a roasted character to the grainy, bready malt, and a fading porcine meatiness, but the effect is mostly moderated, letting some of the inherent sweetness come out of the shadows, as well as the latent earthy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, in a low-fi simmering manner, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the lingering puffs of smoke not really detracting from things. It finishes off-dry, the meaty wisps holding steady, and the grainy malt rising from the ashes more or less unscathed.

A neat shape-shifter of a beer, this one is - the initial aromatics are so pungent, that I could see lesser mortals turning away at this point. However, if one persists, a more agreeably smoky, malty offering emerges, one that is actually rather drinkable, and even enjoyable. Also, a bit of an appropriate metaphor for tonight's supposed end of the world theatrics.

Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of sbauer
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber brown, light lacing

S: smoked peat, campfire

T: nutty malt at first with bright bitter hop flavor, some citrus balanced with gain flavor, smoke coming out the long aftertaste

M: medium bodied, crisp

O: not a beer to be taken lightly, definitely pair with a strong flavored food. amazing late night beer with ass-kicking (but well balanced) smoke flavor.

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

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights. Nice three-finger tan creamy looking head. No lacing to speak of.

S - Wow! This beer smells exactly like meat. I know it's supposed to smell smoky, but this smells like a smoked sausage or something. Amazing.

T - Again, wow. Incredibly intense smoke flavor, with a decided mineral saltiness. Like drinking a piece of beef jerky, and I mean that in the best possible way. Base beer underneath seems to offer decent enough support, and there's just enough malt sweetness to balance. Hops are an afterthought, but I'm sure you'd notice if they weren't there. Finishes clean and dry.

M - Light bodied but creamy. Your brain tells you that a creamy feel shouldnt work at all, and yet somehow it does. Medium carbonation.

O - I loved this, but then again, I really like this style. Definitely the best Rauchbier I have ever had. The American attempts don't hold a candle to this German beast. (I'm looking at you Sam Adams) This is the real deal.

Photo of Treb0R
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark maple syrup colored with a thin white head

S-pretty great scent of bon fire smoke and honey. its actually a great scent. i want to make a sauce out of this beer and use it on chicken and pork.

T-comes in tasting like a log cabin fire. its a great taste that lasts. eventually some sweetness, bitterness, and rawness begin to creep in the flavor and make up a decent lasting after-taste. its a high quality flavor.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finsh

O-maybe the best rauchbier i've had. it just has the perfect amount of smoke to it. a lot of rauchbiers i've had were more like novelty beers. you try them when you want to impress your friends with something unique, but not this beer. this is a good beer to sip, or quaff, by the fire on a nice relaxing night. the flavors are complex, but mellow. the smoke is there, not as a punch in the face, but as a nice reminder of all those good times you've had by a nice fire.

Photo of tastymug
4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of socon67
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown pour that is very clear. Hearty light creme foam rises high and retains pretty well. some patches of lacing is present, and no carbonation of note.

S - Smells like smoked pork, bacon grease, and a bit of tabacco. The smoky malta give this a refined and pleasant character. There is a slight amount of brown sugar as well if your nose can find it.

T - Smoky peat malts make this a liquid backyard pig roast. And that's a good thing! The flavors leave a roasty feel on the palate. Smoke is present throughout giving off embers of charred meats. Finish is rather dry.

M - Surprising to me this is a smooth beer. I felt it was on the thinner side, but that could be more to style. In the proper context this could be sessionable, but at the expense of tasting much else.

O - This is the iconic German example of a style that few make, and even fewer do well. When in the mood I would absolutely get another of this. And the price and availability make that very likely.

Photo of Granahan57
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Beautiful dark chestnut brown, head was about a half inch with a rough pour and wuickly dropped to a small lacing

S- burnt wood, sausage? Nuts, leather, no hops, some hints of malt, but not sweet like you would expect from a marzen

T- Mmm, liquid sausage, i sense a slight nuttiness at the end, almost like a brown ale

M- Medium body, nice carbonation

O- I have to admit i just review 3 belgians through out the day and though i was craving any thing but a belgian, i don't think it affected this review. All and all it was a great beer. My only complaint was that it was more like a brown then a marzen. I tasted no sweet malts, as i would expect from a marzen/ocktoberfest. I was very nutty, which taste wise, complemented the smokiness. Style wise forced me to lower the score one this awesome brew.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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