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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 99
Gots: 78 | 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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4.08/5  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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle purchased at Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.

Pours a densely-bubbled off-white head that's off-white in color. This fades down over a few minutes, leaving some decent lace that has a bit of staying power. Body itself is a dark reddish brown, translucent, with some visible carbonation.

Scent is overwhelmingly of campfire smoke, smoked meat (primarily bacon). Fairly strong, but somehow warming and very evocative of times past in the cold evenings outdoors. I actually would have liked a little malt in this one's scent; it is a "rauchbier Märzen" after all!

Taste is, as expected, smoked, but not wildly out of proportion. Some malt sweetness becomes present, with mild bitterness from hops in the fade-out. Smoke primarily in the aftertaste, but also some hop bitterness and salt.

On the palate, this is medium-bodied, but still relatively smooth with moderate carbonation. Smoked malts impart a dry finish.

A classic representative of the rauchbier style: warm, tangy, and not overpowering.

09-06-2011 01:48:01 | More by falloutsnow
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

The colour is warm and deep red-brown, the liquid is clear. The beige compact head is two fingers high. Lots of thick lacing.

Fresh smoke and sweet malt dominates the smell. Some meaty roasted notes. Smoked ham and sausages.

As for the taste, if I remember right, the smoke is milder than in the bottled beer, and less of the forest fire notes. Some brown ale-like roasted flavours. Some sweetness, but very weak bitter flavours. There are some hops, but together with the smoke, they rather give sourness than bitterness. The aftertaste brings notes of smoked fish/ham. It is surprisingly short and leaves some salt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the bubbles light. The liquid is dry.

OK, this is the Rauchbier others are measured by. Still I think it could gain from a little more hops and forest fire.

09-03-2011 17:25:02 | More by bark
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for bringing this bad boy to Tejas.

A smoked marzen, perhaps the standard-bearer for the style. It pours a rich, dark brown color with a wonderfully smokey aroma. A big bouquet of smokey goodness that surprises on the palate. It’s not as bold tasting as one might expect, rather the smokiness comes across as mellow and well-balanced. It doesn’t drop out nor does it overpower, rather the notes are there and remain present as it warms much like a mild-tasting Scotch. The carbonation holds up and its effervescence helps the smoke come across. I’m a big fan of smoked beers so count me as a fan of this one.

08-31-2011 19:25:52 | More by elNopalero
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Consumed 11 April 2011. 

Reddish brown body with an off-white whippy head. Extremely uniform bubbles that remind me of a fly eye. Lacing looks like a more interesting cross-section of the Earth. That sounds like a 5...

Hammy aroma, super smoky, cured meats. A touch metallic. 

Taste is of wrinkly cured meats, dry sausage, again mildly metallic. The smoky meatiness is soon softened. Bummer. With that, a little bit of raisin, chocolate, caramel, and seltzer water become evident. 

Watery body, carbonation is vital to keep it from boring [me]. Slightly dry and fleeting. Taste barely lingers. 

Light, but unique. A greater concentration of flavors would improve this for me. The wateriness was disappointing. 

08-28-2011 12:36:42 | More by Crittervision
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

crystal clear. nice deep brown color with an amber tinge.

smells smokey. slightly malty.

tastes smokey, and malty with a slight bitterness in the finish.

medium body. very effervescent. finish is dry but the smoke flavor still lingers long after the finish.

this was the first smoked beer i have ever drank so it holds a special spot in my heart, but i think i have had better smoked beer. and the smoke flavor seems to be more that of a hardwood rather than a fruit wood.

08-25-2011 22:16:33 | More by spitInTheOcean
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

from the depths of my notes. a sort of late summer cleaning...

the one i've definitely had the most. the easiest to find and in my opinion the meatiest. there is the harvest apple note that makes it have the sweetness of applegate bacon. pour is amber with a very slight off white head. nice built of something much creamier than expected. a benchmark. if i was on a desert island and i had to choose one rauch it would be from this brewery. the only distinct difference is the meat you're suggestively eating with it. this i would say it just right for chinese bbq pork. light sweet... like grain savory. mineral smoke dry.

08-20-2011 04:55:40 | More by rtepiak
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Appearance: The khaki head is about two fingers in width and slowly receded to a pencil wide cap. There is a little bit of soapy lace on the side of the glass. It is a beautiful dark umber color. Almost not able to see through the glass, some toffee highlights.

Smell: Wow! What a fantastic smell! The smoke isn’t like charcoal, more like sauna or campfire wood. The smell is mingled with that of smoked meats. I get bacon, ribs, and some roast, absolutely fantastic all around. What makes the beer so good is that it is not overwhelming at all. The Maerzen is just savory. The hops are just barely noticeable behind all the other flavors, but they smell slightly bitter and grassy. I could eat this. I WANT to eat this.

Taste: The palate is almost exactly the same as the nose. There are additions of leather and a little more char, but the fantastic smoked meat flavor is still there. Albeit not quite as strong as it was on the nose. There is also more hop character in the drink, which is noticeable in the semi-bitter finish. It also makes the drink a little dry.

Mouth feel: It is a lighter mouth feel, and there is something about the smoke that gives the beer an almost watered-down finish. It is not that the flavors aren’t big enough, it just effects the finish of the drink. Maybe it is because the malts are so smoked and not “thicker” tasting. Hard to say, but it doesn’t detract from the drink overall.

Overall: If you haven’t had a Schlenkerla Rauchbier, you need to. Period. End of sentence. Fin. That’s all folks.

08-19-2011 02:41:07 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A very interesting beer.

Appearance: Brownish-amber color. Decent head.

Smell: Extremely smoky. Reminds me of a good Memphis Barbeque. Also of hickory smoke

Taste Very smoky taste. Almost like drinking a very good beer with hickory smoke added.

Mouthfeel: A long smoky aftertaste

Overall a very smoky and interesting beer. I enjoy it a lot, but it is not for everyone

08-08-2011 04:38:26 | More by rslomin
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.