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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,705
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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Photo of Jimmys


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. into tulip.

A: a deep brown/reddish hue. the red can be seen around the edges when held to the light. bustling off white head has good retention and lacing.

S: smells like a campfire on a crisp autumn day. the smoke reminds me of a cigar wrapper and leather. woody for sure.

T: the smoke is much milder than expected. a really nice play going on here between the roasted/caramel darker malts and the smoked base. reminds me of the crust on a wood fire grilled pizza. finish is dry.

M: moderately high carbonation on a medium body.

D: i call this smoke mild, but im sure to most this is still pretty smoky. great balance between smoked and non-smoked malts. the dry finish makes this brew easy for me to revisit.

10-31-2011 01:30:43 | More by Jimmys
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before May 2012.

Pours a clear, dark copper-brown colour, with two fingers of creamy light tan-coloured head perched atop. Retention is decent; all of the head except for a thin cap is gone after a few minutes, and there is only modest lacing on the sides. Love the aroma on this stuff, it's like bacon or sausage roasting over a smoky campfire. Plenty of roasted malt character.

Some caramel malt sweetness is the first thing I pick up, but this is quickly overpowered by smoke and bacon. Bready roasted malts become more apparent toward the finish, and provide a bit of dryness in the aftertaste. That smoked meat and wood flavour lingers for quite a while, as well. Medium-bodied, maybe a little lighter than I'd prefer. Mild carbonation gives it a nice, relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Pretty tasty stuff, and definitely a nice change of pace from what I usually drink. I haven't had a lot of smoked beers, but it's not hard to see why this one is so highly acclaimed. I'll probably get this again at some point... except I have never seen it stocked at a local liquor store, so this might be my only bottle for quite a while.

10-30-2011 04:57:36 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of DaveBlack


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Molasses-like in color, slightly transparent. There's a thin layer of off-white head that falls into a thin layer and stays. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: I don't know that I could walk into the room without smelling this beer. The smoke aroma is huge, bringing the smells of campfire and smoked bacon. Underneath that there's a sweetness, presumably from the malts.

T: The taste is really nice. I was a little skeptical after smelling the beer that it would taste like nothing but a campfire, but it's really well balanced. Sweet caramel malts up front, a flavor reminiscent of smoked ham follows, but then it fades fairly quickly and a hop bitterness brings the beer to a close. Leaves the mouth with a slightly smoky aftertaste.

M: Creamy and moderate-heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: This is what a smoked beer should taste like. The smoke is ever-present but not overwhelming. Obviously not for someone who's not a fan of the rauchbier style, it's by far the best that I've ever had.

10-25-2011 21:48:07 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of skypup


4/5  rDev -1%

.5L served in Pint glass.

Paired with the Bamberger Zweibel and a Schweinhaxen, this was a good choice.

A- Deep Black, One finger head, not a lot of retention, no lacing.

S- Lots of smoke, toasted malts.

T- Bready with lots of smoke. Has a touch of watered down liquid smoke aftertaste.

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D- I've had these beer on several occasions on-tap and in the bottle but have never rated it. Among Rauchbeers this is the leader of the pack in terms of originality and taste. The beer however is relatively heavy and hard to drink more than a few without feeling weighed-down.

10-23-2011 07:38:24 | More by skypup
Photo of zaphodchak


4/5  rDev -1%

A finger of offwhite foamy head, and a body that gradients from clearish brown to ruby. Retains some bubbles around the edges of the surface.

The nose is that of the quintessential rauch. After all, I suppose that's what this is. Completely definitive-- delicious, delicious smoky beechwood. Undertones of meat, bacon, roasty malt.

Smoky taste, though slightly more charred than the nose. Dryish with a surprising amount of hop bitterness for a German. I haven't tried this one in a while, but I'd say I've had tastier rauchs since. It's one of my favorite styles.

Mouthfeel is rather cola-y. Slightly finer, but not ideal.

Well dang-- I remembered this as better than it is now, etc. etc., story we've all heard (and told) before. I've just spoiled myself on the nicest rauchs I can get my hands on, I guess, but the original still stacks up.

10-22-2011 21:15:22 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of rangerred


4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

I haven't had this beer since I first started getting into craft beer and I hated it then. Since my tastes have evolved, it's time to give it another shot.

Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a healthy 1.5 inch head.

Smells of beef jerky, bacon and campfire. Wonderful aroma

It tastes extremely smoky but not in a bad way. Almost like drinking beef jerky. There is very little in the way of hops and just a small bit of malt on the back end. Smoke is the dominant flavor. A wonderful beer.

I am really glad I decided to try this again. Now I am wanting to try more rauchbiers and wish more were available.

10-19-2011 21:42:59 | More by rangerred
Photo of JustinMann


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

This was the first smoked beer I ever tried. I didn't know what to expect, but after some preliminary research, it sounded like it would taste like some kind of meat. Granted, I prefer my beer to taste like beer, but I was intrigued! So in the name of learning, I took the plunge. In addition to trying a new type of beer, I also decided to try pairing cheese with the beer. I picked up a cave-aged Gruyere, which was a pairing recommendation for smoked beers.

The almost-black beer had a frothy off-white crown. The aroma that met my nose was a wonderful bacon or smoked sausage, which literally made my mouth water. Surprisingly, the first sip that met my tongue was less meat and more lager. As the crisp flavor began its descent, the aftertaste was reminiscent of that first smell of bacon, this time with a hint of wood. I was impressed that while the brew had a definite meat flavor, it was still very much a lager.

After a few more sips, I tried pairing it with the Gruyere and found that they indeed mixed well together. The blend of beer and cheese made for a sensational burst of flavor in my mouth with the Rauchbier fizzing around the cheese. The cheese enhanced the flavor of the smoked meat but in a refreshing way.

All in all, I was glad for the chance to expand the horizon on my journey to learn more about beer. If you've never tried a smoked beer before, it's definitely worthwhile to experience the flavor at least once. However, I would recommend picking up a single bottle to try. While I would partake of a smoked beer again, it's not on my "must drink again soon" list.

10-15-2011 23:51:21 | More by JustinMann
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Popped into a local pub last night because they were having a two week Octoberfest type thing: pleased I did because there were bottles of this for £3.20.

Sadly they didn't have any of the correct glasses or steins, so I poured it into a Beck's Vier glass which actually suited it well. It showed off the body and head nicely and allowed the smoky aromas to waft out.

Really is an acquired taste and my wife hates this beer (we've been to Bamberg a few times). I am not a smoked bacon guy, nor do I smoke or eat much smoked ham or cheeses, but I do like this beer.

10-12-2011 09:16:37 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

On tap at Bangers & Lace in Chicago.

Appearance - ruby-tinted dark brown with a smnall, frothy cap.

Smell - Dominated by a smooth smokiness. It is the kind of smokiness you would encounter in a nice smoked cheddar or sausage; it's dominant, but not overpowering. There is a hint of malt sweetness in there, too, but it's all about the smoke.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and nicely carbonated for a very smooth and creamy texture.

Taste - The smoke is upfront again, but not as dominant as in the smell. Sweet malts and a hint of hops bitterness provide some balance.

I enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure I woud want to drink it all the time, but is is unique and very well-made.

10-12-2011 00:02:35 | More by
Photo of MTNboy


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

This one and the Urbock are my two favorite from Schlenkerla. I might have to go with this one though. I might be being bias too. I love Marzen and this is an interesting twist. On the other hand the smokiness sort of drowns out some of the traditional Marzen traits. It has a dark brown body with a bit of orange hue. The aroma is not as Marzen like; this is the main thing that takes a backseat to the smokiness in the beer. It has that old smokehouse scent just like all their beers. The taste is meaty and there is subtle sweet roasted malt flavor before the smoke sets in. The body is medium and this is a great heavy meal beer.

10-10-2011 19:17:22 | More by MTNboy
Photo of ggilman


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Ordered this on tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor, Maine. A giant pour arrived in a tall glass handled mug as big as my head, and perfect for this October afternoon.

Rich dark chestnut brown, but not totally opaque. An off-white loose two finger head settled quickly. Lots of smoke and wood in the nose. Smells like bacon & smoked meats. The taste is more smoke and bacon. Liquid barbecue. This tastes delicious, but is just a little too watery for me. Something doesn't seem quite right. It might just be that I'm not used to the style. I love the nose, and the flavor, but it's not 100% satisfying.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with a decent medium carbonation.

Could be my senses aren't ready for these flavors in a beverage. But in reviewing the style, I think it's a top notch representation. Lots of Smoke & Wood, and not much else.

10-10-2011 17:11:04 | More by ggilman
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

wow, like drinking a campfire. pours a slightly transparent deep brown. smells like a scotch ale on steroids, peat smoke? mmmm. extremely intense smoke smell and smoke flavor through and through. on the heavier side of medium bodied, insanely unique beer. never had anything quite like this, could imagine it going amazing with some grilled pork loin. a must try this fall...

10-10-2011 01:32:11 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of KDawg


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

this was poured into a big stein. Pours a rich and dark orange color with a nice and smaller head

really good and complex nose of smoke, malts, oranges and some bits of caramel as well

rich but smooth medium/full feel with deep tones. Shows off more of a malty side, though the smoke is very much there as well

This was perfect for an afternoon of grilling. The smoke added another level of complexity to the beer along with the good depth and complexity to begin with. This was a really good beer that was very easy to drink

10-08-2011 04:28:41 | More by KDawg
Photo of Tianjoja

New York

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Mahogany, Dark, but I can see through it. I had a two finger off-white soapy head that didn't stick around very long.

S - Bacon, Bacon and Smoked Bacon.... My god, this smells like liquid bacon. I love bacon !

T - The first gulp took me off guard, I was not prepared. Tons of smoke. You taste the meat - this beer begs to be enjoyed with a nice BBQ. Lucky me, my wife made ribs tonight.

M - Medium, coats the inside of your mouth and lingers a bit

O - Did I mention this beer tastes like liquid bacon? If you like bacon I don't see how you wouldn't love this beer. It's only like 5.1% I could easily do another 3 or 4 of these back to back. If you have never had a smoked beer (like me before this one) then the aroma is unlike anything you have experienced with a beer and the taste does NOT disappoint.


10-04-2011 02:08:50 | More by Tianjoja
Photo of jsanford


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

Poured a clear, dark brown with a fluffy khaki-colored head. Wonderfully smoky aromas mingle with dark German malts, and a distinctive baked brown bread character. Smoke is very nice, walks the line between "campfire" and "meat" nicely. Taste is quite similar to the nose, the smoke character is delicate and sweet, and compliments the bready malt profile nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. I could easily sip on this all day, anytime, but on a cool Fall day? Nothing is better.

10-02-2011 16:32:58 | More by jsanford
Photo of draheim


4.08/5  rDev +1%

500mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Caramel brown color, perfectly clear, with a nice fluffy beige head and fine carbonation.

Aroma is pungent, sweet beech smoke - smells like a campfire.

Taste is less smoky than the nose. Nice caramel malt and fruity sweetness with the smoke rounding out the edges.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced. Nice clean round finish; smoky bitterness has a slightly numbing effect on the tongue. Goes down smooth like a porter.

Overall a really nice marriage of two styles, one of my favorite Oktoberfests every year.

10-02-2011 06:14:58 | More by draheim
Photo of oline73


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

I had this on cask at Max's, poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous reddish amber with just a layer of off white head and great retention.

Smell: Smells like smoked meat and dark fruit along with some more smoke.

Taste: Less smokey than the smell, bready malt shows up in the middle of each sip with a smokey hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Great looking beer, the smoke was strong, but not completely overpowering. I'd have another. I was excited to see this on cask.

09-26-2011 04:33:38 | More by oline73
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a black brownish color which only allows light around the edges with a tan one finger head. The head gives way to gobs of lace up and down the glass. The aroma has a big smoky aroma. The smoke smells like a camp fire with some spice present. The taste follows suit with a caramel malt backbone and then a big smokey flavor. The bbq flavor along with spice and beef jerky become more pronounced. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall a great beer, nice big smokey aroma and flavor. The beer becomes more enjoyable as you go.

09-25-2011 18:12:04 | More by goblue3509
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours dark brown with a mocha head that fades fast. Smell has huge smoke with some sweet notes. The smoke flavor is layered, a mix between barbecue and fireplace. The flavor starts somewhat sweet and moves into the smoke flavor which isn't overpowering but still the main focus. The smoke lingers in the aftertaste and stays on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium/light, smooth and enjoyable. Overall a great beer, the smoke was done well with the complex flavor.

09-24-2011 20:31:07 | More by wingman14
Photo of xnicknj


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an almost blacked out color with a thick crop of beige head resting on top. Retains well, thick film and head for a while, patchy lacing all over.

A heaping serving of heavy smoke in the nose combined with dark European malt tones. Spice and beef jerky come to mind.

Roasty malts up front, bready with notes of caramel. Thick smokiness runs throughout the profile, wrapping around the tongue. Hints of spice and smoked meat with some bacon touches. Peppery towards the finish, which is a little dry but still pretty clean.

Thinner medium body, higher carbonation, a little watery on the tongue, dryness lingers. Really interesting and tasty smokiness, although the body wasn't great.

09-24-2011 15:35:23 | More by xnicknj
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger rocky white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a meaty smoke that seemingly hovered over the rim if the glass like an autumn fog.

The taste was also smoke driven with the same thick chewy smoke leaping from the glass. Secondary grainy malts were detected along with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel was full with a fine tingling sensation added from the smoke.

Overall a superior rauchbier.

09-20-2011 16:04:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip.

This is much darker than I expected, much darker than any other Marzen. Its nearly black in the low light of the bar. I can tell there are deep red hues, especially around the edges. The head is quite a sight. It's huge, taking up the whole rest of the tall, slender tulip with a khaki froth. The retention is very nice, as is the lacing.

Very smoky, obviously. Smoked, cured ham with a brown sugar and caramelized glaze. The beer isn't totally overrun with the smoke; earthy malts come out along side sweeter caramel and toffee.

I expected this beer to be a little bit of a chore to finish, but instead it became easier to drink as it went along. The smoke is very clean, finishing without too much lingering flavor. It starts out sweet, malty, bready and caramely. The smoke comes in soon after giving flavors of wood and the rind on a smoked ham.

Lots of fluffy soft carbonation. The body is fuller than a typical Marzen, this is a well done, robust lager.

Very enjoyable. It was much easier to drink than I expected. I would totally have this again.

09-19-2011 20:28:57 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

500 mL bottle, no date.

appears dark brown in color with ruby highlights. 1/4" off-white head, good retention as I drink. huge aroma - smells like smoked meat - bacon or salmon, etc.

the smoke is not as overpowering in the taste. some caramel malt balances it out. pretty smooth mouthfeel- medium body with mild carbonation.

overall - definitely a unique style, and interesting to try. Not so sure I will seek out again though.

09-16-2011 03:25:36 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Malty aroma has a fruity and floral overtone and a hint of hickory smoke. It pours a dark, barely translucent brown with a thick, velvety, yellowish tan head that looks a lot like the head on a property poured crater of Guinness. Flavor has malty, fruity, and hickory smoke tones - whoa, is that BACON I taste? There is also just a hint of caramel. Body is a bit lacking, but texture is still fairly fizzy and leaves a tasty finish.

09-13-2011 01:29:27 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of cagocubs


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from large bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a foamy bone white head a tad larger than a finger's length. Head retains nicely and laces glass.

S: Natural and earthy smell to it. A dominant smokey smell prevails almost as if you were next to a campfire. Slight malt aromas. Smells meaty from insanely smokey aromas.

T: The smokey aroma translates in the mouth as well. Definitely a smoke beer. The aftertaste is similar to charred meat. Very tasty, but also very unique for the palate.

M: Medium body with intense smokey aftertaste and decent warming.

O: A unique experience as I have never had a smokebeer. Would be a good selection if on a camping trip or enjoying a crisp and cool autumn day.

09-09-2011 19:30:02 | More by cagocubs
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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