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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,038 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,038
Hads: 2,058
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 205 | 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.

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 Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark clear coca cola brown beer with a good light brown head.

Well the one defining characteristic of beers of this type is the heavy smokiness and you do not have to get very close to smell the smoke coming of this one. Hardwood smoke and the smell of calamine lotion are the major scents in this one. Having said that this one is quite restrained for a Rauchbier unlike the much stronger Urbock this company makes.

Taste is sweetish and quite smoky from the start tasting like beer bacon. Stoutly bitter aftertaste in this one and the smoke doesn't completely takeover, but it is still smokier than any smoked porter is. There is a little medicine after taste here but it is less than a lot of German Hefeweizens have.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is quite good and this is the one Rauchbier I would suggest for someone new to them or even for a BMC drinker. Probably a perfect Barbecue beer; cook with the Urbock and drink this one. (965 characters)

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

Nice dark amber/ruby colour, slightly cloudy with nice languous fine-bubbled carbonation. Excellent body, and a firm head of light brown foam. Superb lacing. A wonderful looking beer.

Amazing, overpowering smell of woodsmoke - reminds me of camping out in the forest. It almost dominates everything, but there is, hidden in there, a slight spiciness, like rum-soaked raisins or Christmas pudding. Pretty intense.

There is smokiness on the palate too, but it's tempered by a very welcome roasted bitterness. This, with the scent of smoke still spiralling around my sinuses, almost throws me into sensory overload. Mouthfeel is quite light, but much more would have been overkill. Lots of subtle complexity to explore behind the brash, overzealous smoked character. The beer is the more drinkable for this complexity.

A powerful beer, not something for everybody, but something that's worth seeking out. I will definitely be drinking this again. (946 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ahhh the most hated or loved of all styles: Rauchbier.

Aecht Schlenkerla Märzen has a polished, dark mahogany coloured body and chestnut highlights. At angles it reflects shades of burgundy. Very classy looking. It also has a thick outlaying head that, after a good swirl, reveals a tanned, marble looking cream which crowds the sides of the glass but leaves the center bare.

The aroma is an aggression of wood and beechwood smoke; it smells like a sauna filled with bratwurst caught fire. It strongly resemble smoke meats and reminds me of kielbasas in particular, but also salami, bacon, and sausage. Applewood smoked cheddar in a big way too. It is certainly something you need to both acquire a taste for and be in the mood for.

The mouthfeel is a well balanced medley of smoke and malts. It drinks well although is far too acquired of a taste to claim as widely 'agreeable' or 'approachable'. Carbonation is on the lower end. This should pair wonderfully with any meal featuring red or game meat.

The flavour isn't as aggressive with the smoke as the aroma. Make no mistake, it's still very much tasted, but is better integrated with malt on the palate; it is equally as malty as it is smoky. While the grain base is strong, the beer still tastes overwhelmingly like smoked bacon and also, I imagine, a bit like a fire log would.

The beer is recognizably well crafted and skillfully balanced... still, it can be a little overwhelming - off-putting even - on first try. It is perhaps the most acquired taste of all beer styles. It took me a bit of time to appreciate Rauchbiers, but I love them now. And those brewed by Brauerei Schlenkerla are unquestionably the best out there. Whether you end up loving or hate it, trying Rauchbier promises to be a unique experience. (1,783 characters)

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

I didn't think that a smoked flavor would mix well with beer but I am somewhat surprised here. This beer does an excellent job of being what it's supposed to be.Poured a nice dark reddish/gold appearance with thick off-white/dark yellow head and lots of lacing. The hints of smoked meat, ham??? are very present but not over powering. Unique is the word and thats goood. (370 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/mahoghany, clear with a few fingers of eggshell head which leaves some good lace and moderate retention. Couldn't imagine how that could be improved, great look to it. Nose is smoked everything: ham, sausage and meats of all kinds. Barbecue-esque, with an underlying caramel sweetness of some sort to complement. Taste is smoke from the get-go, rich malts, barbecued and smoked meats on the palate are adequate but not extensive and overpowering. Smoke still in the finish, solid feel to it and I'd definitely have another. Can't wait for barbecue season to roll around, the pairings I'm coming up with as I drink this are driving me nuts. (707 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving at the GBBF BSF bar for a few years has given me the immense pleasure of tasting this legendary beer when it is fresh and served on gravity straight from the cask~~ Maybe this privilege has pitched me a bit biased, preventing me from trying the bottled version more often than I can get hold of it. Unfortunately, this bottle is consumed past its expiry date again, by two months only this time! BB 09/2008, served chilled in a straight glass.

A: pours an elegant, deeply-infused-black-tea colour with a bright mahogany glows; the dark beige fluffy head dissipates slowly, on top of a moderately carbonated body.
S: salty-sweet smokiness like kipper, smoked black prunes, and a light touch of brown malts all come in one sniff, leaving a mild touch of leafy-herbs lingering in the air.
T: the foretaste comes smoky but not terribly rich, more like a smoked longan-fruit tea sprinkled with some chopped tobacco leaves; turning lightly peppery, spicy, tobacco-ish, before the almost tea-ish chewy bitterness as well as smoked malts expand and take over the aftertaste. A decent level of floral hop bitterness manages to outlive almost all other elements, adding to the drinkability considerably. The finish is clean, slightly bitter-ashy, tea-leafy as well as slightly sour-fruity.
M&D: lightly carbonated, light-bodied, easy-to-drink... All in all, like a diluted Rauch Urbock with an attenuated smoked profile but retaining a good level of hop bitterness as a balancer. Despite being not as great as the cask version served on gravity, this bottle has proved itself to be a thirst-quencher for sure~~

* Tasting Date: 17/04/2005
This is my first time to try German smoked beer, so I placed great expectation on it. Had it at home on 16 April 2005 but the Best Before Date is September 2004...
3.5 A: dark-brown colour, with a thin but lasting head.
4 S: smoky (apparently!), "black-prune juice" (as in Chinese refreshing summer drink!) and a hint of mellow "longan-fruit tea" (again, as in Chinese drink...) smell...
3.5 T: nothing special to write home about... round, soft, but quite thin in terms of depth... The aftertaste shows surprisingly lingering smokiness (or is it the way Rauchbier should be anyway?), slightly sweet and felt like chewing beech-wood chips in the mouth!
4 M&3.5 D: a very pleasant drink overall, but I must say that if drinking it alone, it could become boring after just one pint... Or, is it because the beer has expired after all when I tasted it?? Gotta revisit this bottle version. (2,523 characters)

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

(Served in an imperial strange)

A- This beer has a clear but dense warm brown glow to the body with a rocky beige head which is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The raw white beechwood aroma has a very light cloth band-aid hint that turns more to smoked bacon when it warms. There was a faint brown malt quality to the beer but it was pretty clean and subtle.

T- The faint taste of salty smoked bacon had more of a raw beechwood flavor that meld into a smooth dry brown malt flavor with some soft smoke quality. This finish had a light bitterness to it that didn't really have much hop characteristic and a faint cold cigar smoke quality.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and no peaty smoke astringency.

D- This is a very nice full flavored beer with some nice depth and smoke was only one flavor of many. The band-aid notes were very soft and pleasant much more so than beers with to much peat smoked malt. I would be interested in trying to pair this beer with food. (1,004 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (466 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice two finger creamy head which lasts a long time, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, smoked big time, toffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, smokey, with nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, the taste reminds me of sardines, so because of this I would not buy again. (350 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with ruby red highlights when held to light. The head is a thick white mess that laces extensively though the glass.

S: The aroma reminds me of a nice smokehouse, full of bacon and ham and other wonderful pork products all slowly curing. This aroma is big and delicious with a strong malt base.

T: The flavor is dominated by the smoky deliciousness. Underlying that meaty, thick flavor is a malty sweet marzen base. There is little hop presence, but the malty sweetness really brings out the intensity of the smoke.

M: The mouthfeel is warm and chewy without tasting like liquid smoke.

D: An easy-to-drink beer, the smoke is a nice finish that does not overpower the tastebuds. (743 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. (395 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 13 from Qarre. Thanks for the opportunity, I think...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, where it formed a 1" tan head over the dark reddish amber brew. Head is dense, and hangs around after half has dissipated, with good lacing. Aroma is all about da smoke. Smells like something well-smoked off the grill, which is cool, since it's always nice to get what the name advertises. Taste is surprisingly of sweet malts initially, and then the smoke aroma/taste comes on in. A pleasant turn of events, there's more to this one than meets the eye, err, nose. The main observation I am presented with is "watery". Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, which can sometimes take things a bit too far, and forget the whole idea is a drinkable end product. I am pleased to say this is one smoked beer I could revisit over and over. (880 characters)

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

A: Poured a dark cranberry-amber color with a 1 finger macro-bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Visible carbonation was light.

S: rich smokiness with smoked meat and spicy slim jim notes.

T: a beautiful smoked meat flavor from the huge amounts of weyermann smoked malt. There was light scorched malt and along with bacon hints as well. There was a fresh smokiness with a rich, dark dry scorched caramel that was smooth with light earthy mineral notes in the finish. There was as well a light scorced malt residual lacing and fade but was rather quick in nature.

M: light, oily, with a light smokiness and charred woodiness on the swallow. Carbonation was very soft.

D: Very good drinkability making for a great smoky treat. The first time I had this I was literally shocked by the pronounced huge flavor. Now having and enjoying this beer and style several times it is perhaps one of the finest and smoothest by nature and a prime example. Extremely smooth and easy to consume once you are accustomed to its unique and straightforward flavor and only gets easy and better after every tasting. (1,102 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich brown color with a clear body and three fingers of compact tan foam. A very good looking beer.

Smell: malty aroma with a healthy dose of smoke. The smoke is not overpowering by any means, though it is pretty strong. I rather like it.

Taste: rich malt flavor with hints of caramel. Smoke is particularly big toward the end; this complements the sweetness like in a barbecue sauce. There is some bitterness toward the end, but I can't really discern much in the way of hops through all the smoke. Still, I'm enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation and a pretty creamy mouthfeel. Works for me!

Drinkability: this beer is good, but it's a bit much to consume a lot of. I'm going to enjoy this bottle, but I don't think I'm likely to ever have two in a sitting. (853 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I once purchased this in Canada and absolutely hated it. I couldn't finish the last third!

This one purchased in Bamberg was CONSIDERABLY better.

A: Dark caramel, off-white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Smoked, spicy sausage!

T: Very smokey, spicy, with a little caramel sweetness.

M: Moderate body is a little chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Still VERY smokey. A little overwhelming. I couldn't drink many of these. (448 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is very dark with hints of red. The off-white head is really large and creamy. Dissipation is slow and uneven, but the lacings are great.

S: Smoked ham and fried bacon are what dominates.

T: Like the smell, bacon and smoked ham. A bit sweet.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is lingering and holds obvious smoke and also some bitterness.

D: A very smoked Rauchbier. Either you'll love it or hate it. I had my first one a couple of years back - then I hated it. This time it's a lot better. (523 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle on numerous occasions

A - Dark deep amber in color with minimal, subtle tan head.

S - This beer smells amazing. If you enjoy the smell of smoke and/or smoked things you will find this aroma exciting.

T - The smokiness is most prominant, with some swet maltiness underlying.

M - This beer is medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated, it's pretty smooth on the palate.

D - This one isn't for thirst quenching. It can be enjoyed very well with a nice meal and gives a satisfying experience in terms of beer and the lovable food flavors it posesses.

Notes - Give smoked beer a shot at least once. It's very unique and if you are looking for something different this is a great place to look. This beer has evoked words such as meat, wood, jerky etc. Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen is an earthy and hearty beer and probably the best of the Rauchbiers. This one is worth it. (886 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.21/5  rDev -45.6%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown and clear with reddish and burnt orange highlights. Fine beige foam settled quickly to a thick ring and thin layer of bubbles. Sticky, fine lacing. Smells like a combination of a camp fire and smoked meat. Really burnt and smokey. Mild bitterness with plenty of sweet malt, notes of caramel and brown sugar before the smokey flavour kicks in at the finish. Lightish body with moderate carbonation, solid mouthfeel. Although the smoke is strong in the aroma, it's really balanced nicely in the flavour. Rauchbiers really aren't my thing, but this one has a nice balance that I like without sacrificing the smoke. Still, it smells like smoked bacon. Maybe next time I should try it with Sunday brunch? (710 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan head. The aroma is fantastic! A lot of smoked malts dominate the nose. The taste like the aroma is deliciously smokey! This beer is great in the bottle and even better on-tap! (264 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A much darker pour than the Doppelbock, it pours a deep reddish brown with about an inch of foam. It shrinks quickly and leaves better lacing.

Almost as smokey on the nose as the DB with less secondary aromas. Served cold, so maybe that explains it.

Smoother taste though still quite smokey. So smooth, I can't seem to pull any other flavours out of this Marzen so I'll give up trying.

Close to perfection for the mouth feel.

This one, I reckon I could possibly drink another bottle of, back to back. Delightful it is. (523 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from LCBO. I've had this one a few times.

Pours a clear ruby red, almost appears brown out of the light, pretty brilliant colour, very thick light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, good lacing everywhere.

Smell is neat, bacon, earthy, wood, caramel, quite smokey, kind of smells like a campfire, light fruity underneath, raisins and plums, a bit grapey, blackberries, peat, hickory, pretty nice.

Taste is nice, quite sweet up front, caramel and honey, biscuity, nice smokiness, bacon and hickory, campfire, peat, raisin, berries, grapes, very earthy, nice smokey beef jerky finish, quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Perfect body, glad I've started to like Rauchs again because they are great. (796 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany tone. Bubbly beige head. Lace is sparse. Bigtime smoke hits the nostrils up front. Like a smoldering campfire. It's huge. But I like it. And there's sweet malt tones on the nose as well. Sweet, sugary malt backbone. Smoke is placed everywhere you look. Thick cigar tar. Pipe residue. Oh yeah, there's a presence. This marzen base doesn't quite work as well as their bock base, but it's still good. The body is big and full. Carbonation seems appropriate and on the light side. Enjoyable. (502 characters)

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

A: Deep, clear chestnut color; ruby edges. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Even, heavy lacing.

S: Big, resiny woodsmooke predominates the smell. Malt is well in the background.

T: Smoked cheese is the first thing that comes in. After several drinks more malt character comes through; bitter roasted nuts and semi-sweet caramel. Sharp bitter in the finish for a nice balance.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

D: Changed by mind the more I drank as I got more familiar with the smokey flavor. This would be a great beer to drink if you're munching on a snack tray. (624 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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