Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 1,027
Hads: 2,034
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 140
Gots: 189 | 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.

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 woemad
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt. 9oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.07(this place has the funkiest prices). Was surprised to see it. I had always been curious about German smoked lagers. My only smoked beers previously had been smoked porters from U.S. micros.

This poured a dark reddish brown. Medium sized off-white head that dropped fast, after a fairly vigorous pour. Slight, thin sheets of lace.

This smells like smoked sausages. I got a hankering for German cuisine just by sniffing the opened bottle. I like the smell of smoked sausage, but it's a bit odd coming from a beer. There was nothing else that I could pick out, the smoked odor was pretty overwhelming.

The taste was good, if you like smoked sausage. Like the smell, the taste was totally dominated by the smoked malts. This is a good thing if you like that kind of flavor, very bad if it puts you off. There's a very slight hop note at the finish, but it's doing all it can just to be noticed. This doesn't seem to balanced, but it may be on purpose.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick, though not to the point of a good doppelbock. For a marzen, it's probably about right.

This is a tasty beer if it's your cup of tea. I don't think it is something many people would like to consume in any quantity. It's rather filling, like a plate of good smoked German sausages. This would probably complement grilled meat. Time to fire up the grill! (1,411 characters)

Photo of abents
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with small white head and good lacing.

Smell: Wow, smells like smoked sausage most definitly. Along with a slight sweet smell makes this smell delicious.

Taste: It's like drinking summer sausage. The smoky flavour carries this brew and adds great enjoyment to my drinking. I have never had any beer like this before and I like it. Leave it to the Germans to make a beer that tastes like sausage I guess. Small citrus taste in the finish, but lingering smokiness fills your mouth. Incredible.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very robust and quenching. Small ammount of carbonation if any.

Drinkability: Ummm... Drinkable if you like sausage. I do, but it's hard to finish the whole thing. Share with friends or drink with food.

Interesting beer to say the least. Try again with a German dinner to ensure a great evening. (861 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice foamy head on a mahogany color. The smell is wonderful: as soon as your nose gets close to the glass, you smell this incredible smoked bacon aroma. That was great. The taste was exactly what I expected from the smell: a great smoked bacon flavor, with a nice carbonation, and a slightly citric aftertaste that gives the beer a high drinkability and a very refreshing aspect. It's amazing to see what you can do with malts once they get smoked. A very good surprize for me. I definitely want to have this one again. (521 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown ( it was hard to tell as the beer was poured into a krug) with a nice foamy tan head.. The nose is of sweet smoked meat. In the words of Homer Simpson mmmm bacon beer. Taste is quite nice with a bit of sweet malt at the beginning, then the wonderfully done smoked malt charging to the fore, it ends with just enough hops to dry out and cut the smoke. This went wonderfuly with the schnitzel I had, but to have it with some grilled meats or nice sausages would be heavenly. Mouthfeel was almost oily, but the carbonation provided enough so that the smoke didnt linger like a dirty ash tray. Drinkability is good. I wouldnt pound these all night, but a couple with food is a no-brainer. I will definately seek this out and order it again. (757 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some people like this style some people hate it. I think I fall into the former catagory. On tap at the Toad, whcih was a pleasent surprise. Poured a hazy muddy brown color with a little bit of a grey head. Smelled of nothing but smoke. The kind of smoke that clings to your clothes after sitting around a campfire for a couple nights. Deep woody flavors and a bit of smoked salmos as well. Taste had more of that huge herby smokiness, but the finish was almost cracker like in its toastiness. very interesting blend of tastes. I would say that you should definitely try this beer even if you don't like smoked anything. it will be worth it. (641 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smoked salmon. Smoked kippers. Smoked sardines. Smoke any seafood, I would guess, and you've got the aroma of this deep chestnut brown ale that arrived from the tap with virtually no head at all. The taste matched the smell; it started off with a tart, vinegar-like initial blast, heavily salted, all of which fortunately mellowed as the schlenkurla malts rose up and insinuated themselves towards the finish, at which point I was able to appreciate the underlying complexity of this ale. There's some forest foundation, like an old campfire, but also some subtle sweetness (a sweet and sour seafood dish, heavy on the sour, and cooked outside over an open fire--that's the best I can do) (688 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured an amber cleared type brew with a nice head. Aroma of smoke is extremely present, a bit too much for my liking. Taste is overpowered by smoke, almost like drinking a beer in a salmon smoker. This is not bad beer just very different from what I’m used to drinking on a regular basis. This beer would be wonderful if it was accompanied by some sausages or even smoked salmon. (391 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a rich, creamy, off-white head that dissipates gradually; fair degree of stickiness before sliding back into the beer. Beer is a chestnut brown color with great clarity and a few swift streamers. Transparent and bright when held to light, with slightly orangish highlights. Aroma is of smoke--not tobacco, but food smoke. There's also a subtle salinity, suggesting smoked seafood (especially oysters) and further back, the heat of freshly sawn wood (cedar). Taste is more smoke but stunningly light upon the roof of the mouth, along with what I originally thought was cedar, until I read that the wood for the fire is beechwood--yes, beechwood is more accurate. Beef or venison jerky, liquid smoke, and very salty. I am new to the style, but I just don't see much diversity here and presently I got tired of the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and wet with a minerally finish and really not much aftertaste. As far as drinkability, I'm sure this goes great with smoked food, sharp cheese, etc. but on its own? I don't need another. (1,037 characters)

Photo of dansteino
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoke . . . lots of smoke.

I felt like I was heating smoked sausage.

I guess this is a good beer . . . if you like smoked beers and cheeses . . . which I really do not.

Still . . . strangely . . . I found this beer very drinkable. I think this is a testament to the craftmanship. (289 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color, almost black at some angles, with three fingers of off-white head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is nothing but smoke, very intense. Smells almost like burnt wood. Based on the smell, I thought the taste would be WAY too smokey, but suprisingly, it's not. It's got an absolutely perfect amount of smoked malt. It's not too subtle, but definately not overpowering. A hint of caramel in there, and just the slightest touch of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is superb for a smoked beer. A really good offering. I'm looking forward to the other Schlenkerla brews. (715 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had to give one of the original smoked beers a try, seeing how much I like smoked porters. This brew turned out to be no exception. Released from its bottle, this brew had a uniform dark brown hue I could almost see through. A large light tan head flared and quickly collapsed to a thin ring, leaving no lace.
The nose was quite complex and compelling; a potent meaty smoke aroma dominated with a light malty sweetness and hint of caramel. There was a meatiness to the nose and taste, like a smoked sausage or ham, that kept me coming back for more. I finally had to find out what wood was used to impart the smokiness into the malt. Turns out it's beechwood. While the smokiness is easily the most noticeable, it's the blending in of the sweetness of a marzen that really made this a taste treat. The sweet caramel-laced malts on the palate melded perfectly with the smokiness for a medium feel that was smooth and dry.
This beer is awesome! So easy to drink, it's like a meal in and of itself. I can't wait to get hold of their Urbock and Weizen. Delicious! (1,063 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to give a benefit of the doubt by taking into account its type. And by the way, the bottle says 5.1%. Its smoke. Thought it would go well with smoked fish. b Maybe for cooking, for barbecue..hmm! the possibilities. There is a decent ale there and then there is the smoke taste. Worth trying once. (303 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours reddish copper in a Don de Dieu glass. Nice foamy head, it diminishes pretty fast though, but holds the glass fairly well. Surprising aroma, definitely a new class for me, meaty with bacon and ham, salty sausages. The flavors developments are quite unrivaled. Let me explain.. first that intense smokiness (long dry smoky/bitter finish)is kind of a guardian over the journey that tasting this beer is. It's also one of the not so typical beers that holds the 4 basic flavors. Mouth entrance is very malty and moderatly sweet with the body being medium to full. Then, those smoked malts develop into a salty (bacon is salty after all) taste. Slightly tart at the same time. The finish is intense and bitter, woody, earthy, peaty. I wouldn't drink this everyday, but I can see this doing wonders paired with multiple meals (pancakes, poultry, pepper beef etc.) (873 characters)

Photo of hollicetales
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i really enjoyed the aecht schlenkerla rauchbier urboch so i decided to try out the marzen, it poured a nice medium brown with a medium tan foamy wasn't as pungent as the urboch but the camp fire smell was definietly there as was the wonderful tasted of smokey meat...we paired this with a mild white cheddar on a cold night and it was excellent...i could drink it straight...but sip it slowly it's a savoring beer not a chugging beer. Nice balance of flavors just enough hoppinees and malt to balance the smokiness and definitely alot milder than the marzen. Definitely reommend pairing it with a mild to sharp cheddar or perhaps some gouda. (652 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, pepsi-looking brown amber colour with a moderate head that fades rather quickly and is mildly sticky. smells terrific: smoked and burnt ham/pulled pork/bacon type smell. some earth here as well. a bit of malt detected in the back. awesome. taste is just like the smell, but more subdued. smokiness up front and at the dry finish, but the middle of this medium bodied brew is more of a sweet malt flavour. the taste is truly exceptional. the smoke is not overpowering yet still quite assertive, thus allowing this brew to reamin smooth and quite drinkable. i don;t know if i could enjoy this all night as a session brew, but a couple at the beginning or end of the night would be absolute heaven. (710 characters)

Photo of Ardon
1.32/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Well, what can I say. This is definantly the most unique beer I have ever tried. However in this case it is not a good thing. This beer would make a wonderful cooking beer but for drinking it is possibly one of the worst I have ever tasted. The smell and flavour are just not something I want to drink. Very hickory smoked ham. Used to flavour a chili it would be wonderful, but like I said, as a drink the nastiest thing in the world. Literally like drinking smoked ham. (471 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark chestnut brown with a tan foamy head. Smell is unremarkable with just a hint of noble hops. Taste is quite different than anything else out there. Clearly smoky with an assault of woodsy flavors on the palette that is reminiscent of food char grilled to the point of burning on a wood fired stove. Hint of citrusy sourness rounds out the taste a bit. Medium body and tangy mouthfeel. Lingering smoky aftertaste. Has to be enjoyed slowly like a fine cigar. (474 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! This one was a lot of fun. Very distinctive and quite enjoyable. Works best if you're having a meal, because the aroma can't help but get the tastebuds working.

Pours up dark with hints of red, just a short head that quickly settles to a film and gives up only spotty lace.

The smoke from this beer is quite pleasant and will remind you of delicious smoked meats, a barbecue, an evening campfire – quite a treat. The taste is meaty, malty and delightfully smoky.

This is a working beer – make sure you've got a ham sandwich, a decent burger or some sausage to go with it. Not for quaffing I would think, just a one off for a treat or special occasion. (667 characters)

Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! definetly one of the best beers I've tried lately, a pleasant surprise for being such a special brew.

Tried it in Kifisias, Greece, at Zythos (Beer Society), and, due to the candlelight and gross greek smoking habits, I refrain to describe much of the appearance or the smell-granting each a 3.5 in relative fairness with the rest of the review.

Dark toned, tending to a reddish, with no head or only a small trace of it. The smell, overwhelmed by the cigar seemed sort-of smokey (is it the cigar? is it the rauch?).

The taste. mmm. unlike the rauchbier weizen, which I could not find a word to describe it other than perhaps a beer with a piece of meat stuck into it, this one I can only describe as a beer with a piece of ham stuck into it. With some maltyness and perhaps a hint of bitterness at the end, no carbonation at all, the biggest trait of this beer is, actually, its meaty (hammy in this case) sort of taste, very strongly perceivable and pleasant to the palate. Definetly could drink packs of these. Hope I'll find them here in paris. (1,062 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant copper with red hues. Thick, foamy beige head that hung around a while. Left some ok lace. Wood smoked meats and malt in the aroma.
Wood smoked spiced meat flavor with some sweet malt. A subtler sweet smokiness and a bit of coffee grounds in the finish. Morning campfire in a glass. Nicely done, without the charred bitterness that some smoked beers have.
Light and thin mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. As with most smoked beers, I think one or two is plenty to my taste. (506 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery from a wooden cask.

This beer poured a clear, dark, coffee brown color with creamy, tan foam that persisted and clung to the insides of the glass. The smell was nicely smokey and malty. The taste was smokey and malty with hints of coffee and cocoa. Some hops came out in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation feel. It was relatively dry and clean with a lingering light smokey flavor. This was quite good, and the smoke was not overpowering. Very nice for breakfast. (546 characters)

Photo of jlervine
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep reddish brown with an off-white head. Smell reminded me of hickory. Very woody, absolutely lovely. Close your eyes, and you expect a sausage in the glass when you open them. The taste starts off very malty, but before the sweetness crescendos, the smoke kicks in and dries out your mouth. Has a very dry finish, not quite astringent, just very very dry. This is a definite barbecue beer. Give me a smoker, a couple pounds of red meat, and a keg of this stuff! (473 characters)

Photo of byrd
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this along with a mild smoked sausage for dinner. What a great pairing! Although I made sure to write my review before the dinner.

Pours out of the bottle with quit a bit of sweet malt aroma. Once in the glass, the distinctive smokiness is very apparent and backed by malt undertones. Clear dark brown in color with a nice full, light tan head the recedes to a long lasting lace. The mouthfeel is medium-full and is incredibly smooth. After reading about Rauchbiers, I thought that the smokiness would be too overwhelming for me, but I was wrong. The smoke flavors meld wonderfully with the malt sweetness of this brew making it go down so much more easily then I would have imagined. And to balance out the smoke and malt flavors, there’s a nice mild hop bitterness in the finish to close things out. The hops linger along with a lot of the smokiness in the aftertaste.

What a pleasant surprise this brew was. Very drinkable brew. Probably not a session beer, but a great change of pace that I’ll definitely look for again in the future. With this review, I've now made it half way through the BA list of official beer styles. (1,142 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a thick creamy very dark brown with no foam and lace. The smell of smoky roasted malts fill the nose, with spices that I couldn't place. The taste was of a thick. creamy and smoky bacon flavor that was very different than any other Rauchbier that I have ever had. Another pleasant surprise for my palate! (314 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown and thin/clear in the body with a nice, working head that laced the glass.

Smell – When I lived in Germany I knew a pig farmer, and one day we slow roasted a pig on a spicket for nine hours for a family reunion. That’s about the only time I’ve ever smelled anything as smoky and meaty as this ale.

This stuff embedded itself in my walls. Don’t dip your nose into it; smell it from a distance. It smells like fried bacon.

Taste – Light malts and with a little bit of sweetness, almost like a good Oktoberfest ale, with smoke for days. Think beef jerky or fried bacon.

Mouthfeel - This one’s a lightweight, as expected, and very flat.

Drinkability – I doubt most people could finish this bottle, but if you’re a fan of the smoke (rauch) flavor, this is a must try. (810 characters)

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