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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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90
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1,902 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 116
Gots: 141 | 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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Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoke almost takes over the 10 foot radius around the opened beer. It really hit me when I popped the cap. Its a full hickory, almost oaky smoke. Like BBQ type smoke. The taste is dominated by the smoke. very oaky, and dominated by the wood. Its the tale of an unbalanced rauchbier.

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

this beer is an excepitionally deep, dark and clear brown with a thin off white head that is quite foamy and effervescent, which leaves a lot of gobby lacing.

the smell is very heavy of smoke and a faint malt presence, semi sweet, close to a brown ale. no real hop scent can be detected.

the taste is equally similar while having a fairly clean quality to it. the only real discernible downside is that it really has no bitterness to it whatsoever making it a bit of an odd duck. super crisp, too.

the mouthfeel is especially bubbly and effervescent, slightly prickly too. light bodied and definitely a sweet finish.

the drinkability is super high on this, complex enough to be interesting while not being overpowering and very light bodied. though the carbonation might be a bit high for my taste.

all in all another smoke beer to fall in love with, though this one may be for those with a more delicate taste.

Photo of PunkFloyd
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Deep hazy, ruby red with a one finger, long lasting head. Smoky sweet malt aroma. Smoky with a light bitter malt start, somewhat dry light malt middle and smoky with a hint of hop finish. Light to medium bodied. Side-by-side with the urboch. The marzen does not show much of its malt body, smokiness is dominant throughout. I like the urbock better because it is more complex. This is a decent, light flavored rauchbier if the urbock is not available.

Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a very deep amber-brown with a small, bubbly, off white head.

Smell. Smells like freshly smoked bacon ...in the best possible way, with a little toasty malt.

Taste. First sip has plenty of nice woody smoke, but not too overpowering. The smoke becomes a little more mellow as I continue drinking. There's a bit of caramel and malt in there and even a little bit of earthy hops. Small amount of bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. This is quite a mild and refreshing beer. Not what I was expecting based on previous smoked beer experiences. Everything seems so ballanced and besides the smoke, other sublte flavours come through. Best of the style so far for this guy.

Photo of CSFerrier
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of DSlim71
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of sdj5
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a large wine glass.

A - Dark brown with a medium amount of white head.

S - It smells like pulled pork without sauce on it. Bacon. Smoked cheese.

T - Minor taste of smoked meat in comparison to the smell, but it actually has marzen taste beyond the light smoke

M - It wasn't particularly carbonated. Easy to drink for such a weird beer.

O - Something done very well that I really enjoyed. Totally unique and I would love to try more. It is not something you'd likely session, but it tastes delicious.

Photo of DavidGross
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jsboates
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tone77
2.21/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of smoked meats. Taste is unlike anything I have had before. Smoke, bacon, meaty, I can see where it would appeal to some but I was unable to finish it. Feels medium bodied and unpleasant in the mouth and overall I did not enjoy it at all.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark walnut brown, with a tacky, creamy head that only rises half an inch, but lasts a long time, leaving a coating of lace.

Similar to other beers from this brewery, the aroma bears a strong resemblance to summer sausage up front. As one acclimates to the smoky aromas, there are subtle, fruity undertones to be discovered.

The flavor is very smoky with pleasant, malty flavors. A secondary sweetness is well checked by a dry following and light bitter finish. Warmth brings out a slight charred malt flavor.

A woolly texture with full body and no alcohol. The finish is dry.

Consumed from an Aecht Schlenkerla pint glass, this makes an excellent choice for relaxing with friends while eating grilled hot dogs on a hot day. Would be awesome while camping or fishing.

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with deep red hues and good clarity. Pours with a thick, light beige froth that dissipates to a wispy cap but leaves plenty of sticky lacings on the glass. Smells like smoked ham in a glass. Smoke malt aroma dominates throughout. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a silky smooth feel. Smokey flavor throughout but mostly upfront. Bitter hop flavors are introduced thru the middle that transition to a brief toasty, marzen-like maltiness. If smoked is your thing, you'll like this. However, it's not mine.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of off white head

S: Smoke and salty/bacon aromas dominate. Not much going on behind the scenes because of the intensity of great smoke smell. Really don't see how a rauchbier could smell any better than this

T: Follows the nose, but the intensity of the smoke gets mellowed out just enough for the marzen properties to come through and make a great co-mingling appearance. Think of a 5% Islay single malt minus the peat and with campfire smoke instead

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that smoothes things out nicely

O:This is the perfect beer for a single-malt scotch lover. Highly recommended and a must for rauchbier fans

Photo of duracell
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a copper color with an off-white creamy head. Nice lacing and medium head retention.

S - Smell is very smoky, like burned salmon on the barbecue! Very surprising at first. Malt and hop are also present at back.

T - The smoke is so dominant in the smell that I was expecting a strong taste. In fact, it's very gentle. Smoke it still there but makes a good balance with the hops and the malt.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Without knowing if it fits the style, I'd like to find a fuller body.

O - For the first Rauchbier I try, this beer is really interesting. Flavours are nicely blended, making a very drinkable brew which would pair perfectly with a grilled meet.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mrfreakybig
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of beerme626
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, with beautiful foamy 2-finger head.
S: Unbelievable bacon smell. Yummy.
T: A little bit of a let-down after the smell, but still amazing. Smoked, bacony, delicious
M: Flat, but full, foamy, and delicious
O: Absolutely delicious. What can I say? This would be perfect with eggs, sausage, and pancakes.

Photo of vr6corrado
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of hays99
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.