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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,736 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,736
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 103
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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 icehawk
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark orangey brown with a slight off-white head of tight knit, small bubbles. The beer’s body is dark but seems clean except for a slight malty haze. On the nose, the beer smells of big bacon and smoked pork, mixed with notes of smoked hickory. On the tongue, the beer tastes of savory smoky malt, faint bitters from the roasted malt, and slight sweet malt. Flavors begin with smoky malts that move quickly into bacon and smoked salmon with a touch of smoky wood. As it warms, some slight dark fruit notes can be detected in the malts. The finish moves into notes of canned cat food mixed with more notes of big bacon. The aftertaste is light salty bacon on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to heavy in body, with a smooth carbonation the slips over the tongue, leaving the mouth a little thick with a dry bacon feel with some slight saliva running from the tongue from acidity. Overall, I like this beer. It is a classic rauchbier and fills all the requirements of the style. It does leave a slight cat food flavor in the mouth, which is a little odd as I notice it more and more, but it is still tasty and displays the smoked malts well.

Maxwell, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Dirty25, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of TheDM
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles and a very dark brown, but still somewhat transparent, body. It has a very strong aroma of smoke about it and a very smooth smoky initial flavor that builds to an even stronger smoky finish. I rather liked it. The smoke was not too more for me as it was for some.

TheDM, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of Treb0R
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Tulip

A - Dark brown color with a nice ruby/red hue when held to light. Produced a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly. It didn't leave much lacing, a spot here & there.

S - It almost literally smells like smoked sausage! Very meaty with peppery notes and a bit of dryness. Wow, can't get beneath the big smoky characteristic! I get a bit of charcoal with very mild sweetness, as well as tobacco.

T - Deep smokiness upfront with woody & slightly herbal notes in between. Pretty much like the smell, less meaty though. Finishes with hardy, meaty flavors, some charcoal & mild sweetness.

M - Crisp and a bit thin, around lite bodied I suppose.

D - Well I couldn't say that I could toss back a whole lot of this beer, but I would enjoy a pint or two, especially with some BBQ meat! Very good, I'd like to try others of the style but I'd definitely go for more American craft brews before this one.

PintOHops, May 17, 2010
Photo of cletusdog
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

cletusdog, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Alex5
4/5  rDev -1%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of SimonTja
4/5  rDev -1%

SimonTja, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Seanniek91, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of zerk
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rauchbier is truely an acquired taste... and I'm not sure that I have, as of yet, acquired the taste. That said, this was a very interesting beer... had it with some Jagerschnitzel at a local German restaurant. Brownish amber with a dense foam. Aroma of smoked meat and just a touch of sweetness (although you have to be looking for it, or you won't find it.) First sip, and whoa... smoked salmon in a bottle... but after a few sips (and as the beer started to warm) the smokiness mellowed and some of the marzen characterisitcs started coming through. The sweetness matched the smoky flavor pretty well. The body and carbonation are in the medium range. If you like smoked beer... you should love this beer... if you haven't had it, you owe it to yourself to try it.

zerk, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of silverking
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark clear red with a tan head. The head recedes to leave a thin layer of foam that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is distinctivly smokey, but the malt peaks through at times. The taste is not nearly as intense as the aroma. Malt and dark chocolate eventually fade to reveal a sweet, delicate smoke flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It is surprisingly light bodied, leaving a crisp and clean feeling with low carbonation. Very strange, but very good

silverking, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Lambocalrisien, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Long813
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: N/A
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Dark opaque red body with one finger of off white head. Head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

S: Strong aromas of hickory, raw bacon and burnt wood. This is not something you'd want to smell everyday in a drink, but it doesn't scream breakfast.

T: Follows the aromas quite well but not as strong. Smoked hickory and bacon dominate this brew. I get some sweet maltiness in the back too. I was expecting it to taste strong, but I'm glad it didn't because that would be overkill.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Silky smooth in the mouth and leaves a dry-smoky aftertaste.

D: I wouldn't be able to drink this unless I'm in the mood for it. As a breakfast beer paired with the obvious bacon I could see this being even better. All in all, it tastes good and if you like or want to try out a smoked beer this is the one.

Long813, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Hautacam
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a lively, frothy head ..bubbles on side of pint glass like a cola.
Smells mostly of smoky meat...a little bit of wet wool by the fire, too.
Tastes amazing ! Lots of smoke, malt,strong phenol, sweet , with some very light bitter at the finish....just a hint of soap..but not in a bad way(?) Alcohol very well hidden. I like this much better than the Spezial.
Mouthfeel...medium..feels perfect for these flavors and amount of sugar. Carbonation kind of low.
Pretty drinkable.... a stand-alone beer that I would also pair up with food.
Great stuff, this Rauchbier !!

Hautacam, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper appearance with a firm white foam cap. Haze free and great retention.

Smells like your clothes after a night by the campfire. Strong but tastefully done.

Wild smoke flavors that dominate over all else. Even a bit salty and fishy like smoked salmon. Also soft water.

Light to moderate body that is refreshing to drink, but I wouldn't want it on a hot summer day. Lightly carbonated.

A joy to drink but not all the time.

rayjay, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear, brown ruby colour with a good amount of head in the Samuel Smith pint glass. A lot of smoke flavours as one would guess with this beer. A good malty finish to go along with the smoked flavours. Drinks down pretty smooth and the smoke isn't overpowering at all as I was worried about. Decent beer.

WeedKing4, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Lupe
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear ruby in color with garnet hues. Thick and rich tan head that leaves behind lots of sticky lace on the glass. A quick swirl brings up a milkshake looking creamy head. Very appealing to the eye.

Incredible smoke aroma - similar to what you would get with smoked salmon. Very much present but not overpowering in the least.

Dominant smoke flavor throughout, but again - not overpowering. Some malt sweetness is present along with a hop light bitterness that rounds things out. Finishes up with caramel sweetness and linger smoke.

Silky smooth, medium in body and a mildly chewy. Dries up a bit and begs for another sip.

I really like the beer. Incredibly drinkable. Smoke is not overpowering at all. The malt sweetness and light hop twang add complexity. I am a big fan of anything smoky, and this beer is no exception. Had with some BBQ chicken wings and sharp cheddar, which made a very nice pairing.

Lupe, Oct 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1%

Xandrose, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked bacon and other meat in the aroma... seriously, how can you go wrong with bacon? Ruby colored with a white head that fades faast. Smoked ham comes though in the flavor with the marzen characteristics coming through on the front of the tongue and initially in the profile. Very nice overall and something I would definitely consider buying again.

jreitman, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Shawnspl, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, intense, and dark ruby brown colour. It's large dense head looks like beige meringue and leaves behind some little patches of lace on my glass. Good head retention. It smells intensely smoky, like a campfire with smoked meat nuances. It's meaty in the sense of having that same kind of smoke aroma you get from smoked salmon or bacon. There's a bit of sweet malt underneath it all, but the aroma is ultimately all about the smoke. It's a very rich and savoury kind of aroma. It has a clean toasty malt character with a bit of sweetness, and a strong (but not overpowering) smoke flavour. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a fair amount of fine carbonation. Feels pillowly and soft in the mouth. The first time I had this it was a bit of a shock, but after giving it some time and a second chance knowing what I'm getting into, this is a damned good beer. This is a drinkable piece of living history, the process of malting the barley over a beechwood fire dating back to a time before someone had the idea of malting the barley in a kiln. I think I want to hunt for more rauchbiers.

mintjellie, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of lstokes
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle at Aufsturz in Berlin, and the man who asked for a sip at my table said it was like drinking smoked salmon, which is as good of a description I think I'm likely to hit upon.

It smells like smokey sweet caramel malt, and the taste is similar, the märzen is a familiar taste and the smoke brings it to a new level of complexity. Although you might think the smoke would "dry out" the palate, it's actually very juicy and smooth and a hell of a drinker. I had it without accompaniment--I suspect smoked meats would be too much, but I can imagine some nice cheese pairings.

Will definitely be buying again.

lstokes, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of janubio
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle, red - amber colour, with a small off white head with not much retention and a small ring of lace. Smell of smoked salmon domintaing it all in the beginning, with some notes of malts, caramel and toffee later. Light creamy body, taste of smoked salmon, but malts are more noticeable here: toffee, caramel. It will be great of course with a smoked salmon of some other smoked fish, but great too with sausages. Not for everyone's palate (maybe even for mine), but a good beer indeed.

janubio, Jul 31, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. I got this via a trade, but I can't remember with who!

Dark, mostly opaque with some brownish-red highlights. Big 1 1/2 inch head off a vigorous pour. Medium-low carbonation from what I can tell, and lots of lace with good retention. Aroma is as advertised, smoky. My immediate thought is "meaty", because the only thing I've smelled this smoked is sausage. There's some background earth notes, some subtle floweriness, but it's all obscured by the smoky goodness.

Taste is wildly earthy and untamed, like the outdoors. Campfire smoke, and more smoke, sausage, some sweet malty caramel notes to balance, heathery sweetness as well. Some cocoa bitterness and lots of woody flavour as well with a good crackery malt base. Mouthfeel is awesome with a smooth, soft water feel, mellow, carbonation is just spot on, very mild and subtle. Light sticky driness in the finish, but creamy in the mouth. Well done, and I wish I had access to this beer in MB, it's just a natural pairing for so much good Eastern European food!

trevorwideman, Sep 21, 2007
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,736 ratings.