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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,638 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 95
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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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rob99er

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-08-2012 05:09:01 | More by rob99er
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bckayaalp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-27-2014 00:04:50 | More by bckayaalp
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-03-2013 23:15:34 | More by Bjlps
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rredshift

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-05-2013 17:55:31 | More by rredshift
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Thick, substantial 2-finger beige head that lasts. Dark brown and clear. Very nice first impression.

S - Subtly smoked wet leather with undertones of well-toasted malts.

T - Here's where the smoke really shows up. Smoked and burnt caramel sugars (think an over-charred top of a creme brulee). Smoke dominates throughout and lingers on the finish. Unbalanced - difficult to find anything else in the taste, especially hops.

M - Good carbonation gives it a nicely defined structure that's papered with smoke. Smooth to start with a clean palate on the finish.

D - Smoke really dominates every aspect of this beer. While I enjoy a well-balanced smoked porter like Alaskan, I felt that the malts are too smoked and burnt for a Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 16:19:24 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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flayedandskinned

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-29-2012 03:12:48 | More by flayedandskinned
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wo87810

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-01-2012 20:38:33 | More by wo87810
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is like drinking beef jerky, incredible!

Pours a dark hazy brown in color with a thin tan head. Nose is incredible! Full of smoke and bread! Taste of course follows suit naturally, completely overwhelms my tastebuds. There is a decent malt backbone to it as well, slightly sweet, but the smoke of course is the primary player here. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but decent, could use a little more body. Drinkability is average, while this is interesting, I coulsn't drink more than a pint of it. This brew is definatly something you need to be in the mood for.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 07:33:15 | More by Gaisgeil
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

11-22-2013 02:29:17 | More by Givemebeer
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

09-12-2012 16:50:11 | More by yossarian14
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-03-2014 16:10:22 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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ronin926

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-20-2013 05:01:03 | More by ronin926
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, dark copper pour with some crimson highlights makes for a unique color. Fine, off-white head persists rather nicely. The dominant smell is of smoke--the real sort of wood smoke that evokes an open fire or heavily smoked bacon. Sweet malts peek through a bit as well. Taste starts out with a sweet maltiness that quickly bows to a smokiness that is full and rich but not overly assertive, especially for this style. Dry in the finish, with a pleasant crispness. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced for such an "unbalanced" beer--not too chewy or clingy but not too crisp to betray the malty foundation of the style. More drinkable than I would have expected, even when compared to beers outside the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 23:30:39 | More by BitteBier
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orangemoustache

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've saved this bottle for my 100th review and now i'm glad that I did.This pours dark and almost purple looking until held to direct light then it reveals deep mahogany with lots of red,the cap is almond and leaves polka dot lacing as it dissapates.The smell is almost all smoke(like a jumbo smoked turkey leg) with hints of fresh cut oak timbers and leather.This tastes like smoked ham and suttle clove,it's mostly malty with burnt tobacco notes,the flavors sound overwhelming but are anything but,this is a medium body brew,not heavy like I expected,I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 19:50:18 | More by orangemoustache
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goz

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish/brown, large tan head that slowly recedes to leave thick lacing. Aroms is strong with smoke, bacon, and some saltiness. Flavor starts of a bit sweet, middle comes the smoke, end is long and lingering with a smoked bacon flavor. Body is medium, fairly slick, minimal carbonation present.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 12:58:28 | More by goz
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bfields4

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel brown color. With a very subtle head that fades quickly.

can def smell the beachwood smokiness. Reminds me of a nice smoked meat smell also a little sweetness.

The smokiness follows through to the taste. It is present from front to back in this guy hanging around in front with the very light malty sweetness, and finishing with a spicy smoke.

Very unique beer. Would love to have one of these next time I'm having pastrami or some good smoked barbecue

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:00:04 | More by bfields4
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is really dark, with absolutely no light penetration. The smell is very original, almost like BBQ pork... The taste is the same way. I have never tried a beer like this, and it's amazing. It is almost like BBQ sauce with meat. You can tell the smoke that went into this beer. Thats about all I can say about the taste, its that if you have never had a Rauchbier before, this will be a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 19:36:14 | More by Toddv29424
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 22:26:30 | More by thespaceman
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Pamola

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-28-2012 03:41:42 | More by Pamola
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fisherbray

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-20-2012 05:46:10 | More by fisherbray
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AApparel

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-04-2012 21:16:12 | More by AApparel
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-01-2014 18:58:49 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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diablo14

Australia

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i love anything that is smoked. be that meat, cheese, fish, i love it. and when i was introduced to smoked beer it blew my mind. now that these little rippers have bobbed up around town im more than taking the chance to indulge.

pours a delightful deep red/ brown color. the white head was thin, but lacing was apparent. the beer has light but pleasant carbonation. amazing smoky aroma, resembling great german smallgoods like kaiserfleish and kassler, backed up by sweet malts and caramel tones. the smoke is apparent on the front palate, then rolls into a smooth, yet firm roasted malt flavor, with hints of coffee and everton toffee. finishes with a crisp and tasty hop bitterness that doesnt take over, but holds its own in a tidy fashion. being the hedonistic fool i am sometimes, i could just go and drink this all night long. however, i prefer to save it for every once in awhile to savor the unique characteristics just that little bit more.

one of the worlds finest range of brews, and this is one of the picks of the bunch. in my book, you havent really drank beer until youve had at least one of these beauties, whether you end up liking it or not. in my all time top 10 easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 12:40:06 | More by diablo14
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Harkrank

Sweden

4/5  rDev -1%

12-23-2011 22:16:55 | More by Harkrank
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rauchbier pours a deep mahogany color, hints of red shine through the glass. A thick white head is on top of this brew, fades slow to a lace but never really fades.
The aroma is one of a kind. It reminds me of living in Germany (87-99). I would wake up in the morning to go and get fresh brochen from the baker for breakfast and the near by butcher would have his smokehouse going. A deep smokey tone, like in a smokehouse come to mind. A mild hint of malt is present but is quickly covered by the smoke.

Taste is the smoke, not too overwhelming but present. There is a malt presents midway through with a slight bitter finish and a smoky aftertaste. The finish is smooth on the palette. Drinkability is fare and hard to judge. I may get a bit burnt out (no pun) on the smoky flavor. I’m sure this beer goes great when paired up with the proper meal.

Had the chance to go to the brewery while stationed in Germany….man I whish I didn’t pass up that opportunity.
Cant wait to try the others from Aecht.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 00:42:02 | More by Stubbie1
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.