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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,709
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 100
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV may vary slightly year to year.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-11-2001)
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.

A: Clear, deep amber-brown body with a solid cap of fine tan foam. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Pure, authentic campfire, and nothing more needs to be said. I love it.

T: Smoke dominates, with some lightly sweet malt also contributing. Ashy, dry, charred wood finish. Tasty, but a bit much.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Lively + pleasant.

O: The quintessential Rauchbier, I can never get over how perfectly, authentically woodsmoky the Schlenkerla beers are. I think I like this one the least out of it, the Urbock, and the Eiche, only because the background malt doesn't do as much to lend complexity here as it does in the stronger, darker variants. As much as I love these beers (especially the aromas), though, I really find them challenging to drink after a while. Who wants a whole pint of liquid smoke?



06-28-2011 00:36:26 | More by woosterbill
Photo of leeaa01


4.7/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours dark brown (little turbidity) with about one inch of light tan head.
Smells of wonderful woodsy smoke with a little malt behind the smoke.
Tastes of full smoke like smoked ham or bacon. The taste is actually reminiscent of cured meat. The malty but fully attenuated character supports the full flavored wood smoke. While smoke is the predominant character here, however, there is a ton of depth behind the smoke.
The mouth feel is full and malty with out a lot of sweetness.
People seem to love or hate this style. I happen to love it. This beer one of (if not) the best in its style. This is the quintessential rauch beer. If you haven't had it, try it.
One quick note on pairing. I would NOT pair this beer with smoked foods (i.e., pulled pork, briscut or cheese)! It is impossible to appreciate the smoke character when paired with smoked foods. I was at the American Royal in KC last year and decided to bring both the Aecht Urbock and Marzen to taste with some smoked pork shoulder a buddy of mine was entering. The shoulder ran roughshod over the beer. The beers both tasted like above average dark German lagers. Just my two cents.

06-27-2011 02:00:59 | More by leeaa01
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

5.1% ABV per label on the bottle.

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace and random splotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked meats, campfire, and band-aids. Taste is of smoked sausages, liquid smoke, band-aids, and roasted malts on the finish. The bitter smoke flavors fade quickly after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. This is the first of the style that I have had and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I would try other rauchbiers in the future.

06-25-2011 04:26:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. A dark brown brew with a sizable head and some lace sticking to the glass. Aroma of most delicious bbq meat and smoke, obviously from the beechwood smoked malts. A lush caramel underbody is a great palate for the smoke to dance on. Malty, roasty, smokey, fantastic. Kind of tastes like how a dying fire smells. There is a subtle malt sweetness that works with the smoke. Malt comes off roasted, a seperate flavor from the smoke. Hops are lightly bitter, but barely percievable until the finish. There is a lingering smoked meat flavor that sticks with you as it sticks to the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is about right, moderate. Overall, a great Rauch, epitomizes the style. Went well with grilled steak quesadillas and smoked poblano salsa.

06-21-2011 07:13:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Maybe the most consistently drinkable and enjoyable of the Schlenkerla rauchs. With their unmistakable, incomparable ember-y, barbecued-caramel delicious char atop a puffy, medium-bodied Munich-esque malt foundation - the major elements here are most fortunately balanced.

Poured in the proper glass (as usual at Brauhaus Schmitz) with thick, spongy head rising up into a hill above the top of the glass, long decay, light tan above a coffee-crimson semi-opaque liquid.

Aforementioned charred fireplace aroma, some malt sugars detected, giving some background - a canvas - for the smoke smear to stick on.

A lot more of the crispy meat fat essence of the malt supports that lovely rauch on the palate. Where the smoke overpowers (but hardly in a bad way, maybe coming across as one-dimensional at times) in some of their other beers, you do get great malt presence, taste and feel. Feel - enough body to say hello, but superbly clean and refreshing, as it should be. Really, their beers would be better off marinade with any thickness.

The "Marzen" nuances may very well get lost here, but so what.

06-19-2011 04:23:38 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Florida9


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Served from an oakwood barrel @ the Bav Lodge

A: Served in a straight sided glass with an appreciable, fluffy, whipped meringue head floating above the sides of the glass. Beer itself is a darker, red-tinted brown. Quite cloudy.

S: Not surprisingly, lots of smoke and some roasted malts. Reminiscent of bacon.

T: Roasted malts, peat and smoke. Slightly sweet. Bacon, Pumpernickel bread. Very mild bitterness. Long lingering flavor of smoke on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, with more carbonation than I would have expected for a cask beer.

O: A very nice rauchbeir, though I was done about half through the glass. As I drank on, the smoke seemed develop a more chemical-like aspect to it which hindered the drinkability a bit.

06-18-2011 18:54:19 | More by Florida9
Photo of crnipeter


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours clear, dark brown body with reddish highlights when held to the light, capped by mid-sized tan head that quickly shrinks to a soapy film. The beechwood smoke imparts pronounced bacon-like aroma that doesn't leave much room for anything else apart from the subdued malt-sweetness in the background.
Medium body with medium carbonation has clean lager character and a good balance between the bacon-like smokiness without any harsh, burnt or charred flavors, Vienna-like type of malt-sweetness with toasty qualities and moderate hop-bitterness leading into the medium-dry finish. I prefer smoked malts with woody, campfire character over the bacon/ham-like, hence the low score for overall impression. (500 ml with freshness date June 2011, into mug.)

In short: a sweet, Vienna-type malt based beer with bacon-like smoke character.

06-13-2011 22:54:49 | More by crnipeter
Photo of EgadBananas


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Big ups to JM03 for the smoke out!

Pours very dark amber/red with a fluffy 2.5 fingers of tannish head. Lace was ample. Out the gate theres a huge smoke presence; open camp fire, cooking a whole sh*t load of bacon. It's smoky like that. There's a subtle nutty, malt aroma in the back. That smokiness carries over abundantly into the taste. There's a bit of a spicy, bready note in there, and after the smoke clears, theres a rich maltiness in the back fighting for stage presence. The lesser side of this is the feel...bit to far on the light end of things. Overall though, solid Rauchbier, though probably my least favorite so far of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauch's.

06-12-2011 01:34:59 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Deep brown, ruby tones in the light, 2 fingers of off white head, some lacing on the glass. Smell is of BBQ, campfire smoke, bacon, smoked malt, lots of smoke here bottom line. Taste is smokey, wood, campfire like, bacon/ham, lightly bitter in the aftertaste. Light to medium weight, nice light carbonation, good feel. Great brew, awesome with bbq meat and cheese or any type of food really

06-07-2011 20:58:12 | More by peensteen
Photo of Knapp85


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%

This brew poured out as a brown color, there was a decent head at first but went away quickly. The smell of the beer is a super smokey, It was like being near a fire or something. The taste brought the same smoked strength onto the tongue for a salty bacon-like experience. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth though and was drinkable enough to finish my glass. The beer overall isn't really my favorite style. I think sometimes the smoke is too much and it hinders the brew. I try to give each of these a fair chance.

06-06-2011 03:45:12 | More by Knapp85
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

A Christmas gift from my Girlfriend I'd been sitting on for a bit. From notes.

A - Poured a really dark brown with no visible carbonation. One finger beige sorta head with soapy retention and no lace.

S - Smoke, wood, bacon. Smells like a burnt bbq or something. Cool.

T - Less smoke and more wood. Very different. Finishes smokey. Charred chicken breasts on the BBQ come to mind.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body. Well suited.

O/D - Smoother than you'd think. Not exactly a warm summer patio beer but it has its place and for such a rare style, it seems well put together.

06-02-2011 16:49:39 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a deep, ruby brown; slightly opaque, though not cloudy. About a finger of reddish-tan, foamy head which soon dissipates to a thin ring and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Loads of beech smoke in the nose, but with lots of subtleties: scents of bonfires, bacon, smoked ham, and general undertones of charcuterie. Understated Helles and Munich malts come through, with some roasted malt notes.

T: More or less follows the nose. Beech smoke and bacon up front, mingling with slightly sweet, slightly bready Helles and toasted malts; although rich as expected from a Maerzen, the malt definitely follows and complements the predominant smoke flavours. Hints of noble hops come through in the finish, actually doing quite a bit to round out the taste profile.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation; initially crisp followed by smoothness. The finish is fairly clean, leaving a gentle but persistent, bitter aftertaste of ash, black coffee, and floral hops.

D: It's hard to gauge how easy this is to drink. On one hand, it's a bit of an acquired taste as is usual for the style; on the other, it's superbly balanced with a nuanced flavour profile. With that said, it's unquestionably worth buying if only for the experience, and an excellent Rauchbier altogether.

05-29-2011 19:53:51 | More by Kartoffeln
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

a- ruby red with thin off white head

a- smokehouse campfire, bacon bits primarily smells of bacon bits

t-full bodied with medium dry finish lots of smoke in the aftertaste begs for food pairing

overall quite fine, an excellent beer with interesting and delicious smoke flavor

05-24-2011 22:54:05 | More by paxkey
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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a very nice-sized head. Color is quite dark and opaque. Smell is almost bacon-like in just how roasty it comes off as.

First sip is quite tasty and refreshing. I guess what I meant by refreshing is that the aftertaste almost cleans off your pallet so the flavors never get very old. You can definitely tell that this beer has had some time over some kind of fire, as a big part of the flavor comes from the effects that has on the malt of the beer.

This by far is the best Rauchbeer I've ever had. A true example of brewing finness.

05-19-2011 22:39:50 | More by techfed87
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Brilliant dark amber translucent body with a 2 finger light cream head.

Smells like the air would if you woke up next to a campfire that was still burning since last night and a grill right next to it bunch of bacon.

Tastes of applewood-smoked bacon, lightly smoked oaky firewood, charred homemade bread, and ripe apples.

The mouthfeel and high carbonation tames the taste of this lager in a good way. Instead of being heavy and syrupy, it's thin and highly drinkable.

This is a man's beer.

05-15-2011 21:59:23 | More by aficionado
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Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

( 38/50, 5.1% alc/vol, Home) Beautiful red with a slight hue of brownish orange at the bottom. Deep and somewhat clouded by suspended sediment. Traces of yeast still in the glass. Head is sticky, brown and laces nicely. No carbonation to be seen though. For a beer that has been sitting in my fridge for a year, it smells awesome. No trace of the dreaded cardboard oxydation. Then again, it smells so powerfully of smoked ham, riverbed rocks, some oak and firewood that even age cannot surely harm it. The flavours of firewood last forever. You drink this and immediately remember those camping nights, the hot rock stoves of scandinavian baths and the warm plates of bavarian ham. Smoked flavours, oak, finesse. The age has served this beer extremely well. Taken down a notch, this smoked beer is actually very easy to drink. Not too complex, but still very nuanced. Cold, somewhat inactive drink. Not too sure about this one as a winter beer. Glides very well and does not linger too long. Apart, of course, of the burnt firewood, ashes on rock texture that lingers forever. Medium to thick ashen body. Mostly lifeless though. As far as rauchbier goes, this aged version of schlenkerla's marzen is impossibly beautiful, fine, nuanced and full of rock-smokey firewood. Not too harsh nor lasting, it dies nicely, and timely due to age. Not meant to be this soft, but I love it even more this way.

05-07-2011 19:46:14 | More by iguenard
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a deep reddish brown with a half finger off-white that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, ham, and pork. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, ham, pork, and slight bacon. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Definitely had a great smoked meat flavor aspect going on in this one. I really needed to have BBQ with this brew. It would have made me appreciate it soooo much more. Seems like all of the Rauchbiers I've had lately make me want BBQ. Maybe it is a sign... Great flavor and aroma going on here. A definite must try for any Rauchbier fan or smoked meat fan out there without a doubt!

05-05-2011 11:04:56 | More by thagr81us
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

A- Deep deep copper, maybe brown even. Head is tan, with good retention at a quarter finger and some notes of lacing.
S- The first few smells all I was getting was like a smoke salami aroma. Now I'm picking up more toasted malts, a bit of grassyness, and a bit of a metallic presence.
T- Actually not too smoky at first, pretty much just a toasted malt presence. Smoke is very heavy in the finish though. Really is like a smoked ham type flavor. Slight metallic note here too.
M- Found it a bit underweighted and low carbed, rendering it a bit like smoke water.
O- You know, it's just not my thing, but I've graded this one with style in mind as I feel like this is a pretty good example, if you read up on what the style is about. If rauchbiers are your thing, this one probably ranks up there. Good for the style (other than the mouthfeel was a letdown), and a good enough experience I guess.

05-04-2011 04:34:14 | More by jsprain1
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

A=First off, this is one sweet looking bottle. Pours a pretty dark reddish brown with a one finger head, gobs of lacing as well.
S=Smoked meat, charred wood, and a strong aroma reminiscent of bread when it comes off of a wood grill.
T=Holy barbecue in a bottle, this is great. The smoke smell is very strong and absolutely delicious, but yet it does not overwhelm the palate, it is at the perfect strength.
M=Medium bodied and a little watery
O=This is great, I'm glad it is readily available where I live

05-04-2011 03:34:15 | More by ramseye4
Photo of jerryjeff


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Nice smokiness in the aroma, as expected. I may be getting more used to rauchbier, but I think this is more muted than I remember the first time I was exposed to it. Also believe there's a light grassy scent from the hops.

Medium to higher levels of carbonation, not much presence on the palette with a slight watery feel.

Deep mahogany red in an imperial pint glass with a nice initial head with medium large carbonation bubbles which are hanging around and lacing the glass nicely.

Not sure if b/c of travel but getting some coppery hints in taste. Grassy bitterness in finish in the back of the mouth, smoky flavor lingers. I like this, not as good as Aecht's weizen though.

If used to smoky flavor seems as if 4-5 pints would be easy enough, I'm gradually liking rauchbier more and look forward to more.

Could be the difference in my preference b/w weizen and marzen (I like weizen beers better and liked it better overall). Good taste and aroma, I'm a bit bothered by the lingering hop grassy taste at the finish.

05-03-2011 01:38:07 | More by jerryjeff
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A - This beer pours a very dark copper color, and it has a nice 2-finger creamy looking off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves nice lacing behind.

S - It smells of smoked meats and campfire. There are notes of smoke, bacon, ham, toasted malts, some hops, and it has a bit of an earthy character to it.

T - It starts off with flavors of toasted malts and a prominent smokiness. I am definitely getting the smoked meat flavors that were suggested by the nose. There are also notes of caramel, nuts, and a touch of hops. There is good balance between the smokiness and the toasted malt flavors. The finish is clean, and it leaves behind just a bit of lingering smokiness.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. There is a smooth creamy feel to it, and it goes down very smoothly.

O - This has good drinkability. This is my first rauchbier, and I have to admit, I was a little nervous to try it. It is definitely a very interesting beer. It has a nice smokiness that I thought worked really well with the toasted malt background. I could definitely see this one pairing really well with food. I am looking forward to trying more beers of this style, and I would definitely drink this one again.

04-29-2011 08:07:48 | More by JizackFH
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, nice smokey aromas

Taste: wow, nice and smokey,and prefectly balanced. This is the best smoked related beer I have had by far

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: awesome and great for pairing with foods

04-25-2011 15:48:34 | More by CampusCrew
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A- Dark maple red with a good inch of creamy, off-white head.

S- Lots of meat, smells like jerky, salt, spices and woodsmoke, it smells like a big slab of meat, it's really outstanding.

T- Lots of smokiness and meat flavors. Bitter hops and some sweet, bready malts work perfectly together on the tail end. It's really like drinking a big smoky, peppery steak in a glass.

M- Medium to full-bodied, very very smooth and creamy, finishes on the dry side.

O- Highly drinkable and absolutely delicious. Drinking this beer really puts you in the mood for a barbecue. This beer is all about the smoke and it's always nice to see a beer really focus on one simple characteristic and do it perfectly

04-25-2011 07:30:49 | More by WillCarrera
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4.85/5  rDev +20%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip

Appearance: Very deep ruby/amber in color, agressive pour yields a nice white two finger head with excellent retention. Sticky lacing on the glass as I continued to drink this one.

Smell: SMOKE, SMOKE & more SMOKE! I love smoked beers, and this one takes the cake. Smoked meat, almost bacon-esque pops you in the face, a solid malt spice detectible here as well with bits of vanilla. The beechwood logs used in the brewing process are very detectible, giving off a very woodsy aroma. Probably the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

Taste: Just like the smell, loads of smoke fill up the palate, I get some smoked meat flavors, vanilla and a touch of toffee in the backdrop. The earth like wood aroma really kicks in towards the finish without strecthing the taste buds too much. This is like taking a smoked beef brisket and shoving it in a lager beer and drinking it. Absoloutley amazing!

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation, it's a lighter beer so it's not going to kill you when it sits on the tongue. A nice bittering effect from the german hops is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability: One amazing beer that must be had by all beer lovers. I know alot of people don't like smoke beers but this may be the one that turns there opinion around. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is the most authentic of any Rauchbier's I've ever had. It's smooth, smokey, and easy to sip. I've yet to try this with some smoked BBQ but I can imagine it is amazing. Very glad I tried this and look forward to trying many more beers from the cellars of Schlenkerla in Bamberg.

04-22-2011 22:26:30 | More by thespaceman
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Dark amber/ruby, clear, slightly with a beautiful 3 finger head that really sticks

S: Smoked ham is most dominant but i also get other smoked meats like bacon. There is some nice bready malts also in the mix but the aroma is mostly smoked ham

T: Delicious smoked ham and pork. Some caramel, but mostly smoked ham.

M: Medium viscosity with some creaminess

D: One of these is all you need. Too intense for more

O: Probably my favorite from the brewery.

04-22-2011 20:07:19 | More by hmf05
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,709 ratings.