Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #13
Ranked #7,834
4.06 | pDev: 14.53%
Today at 04:19 AM
Jul 11, 2001
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Notes: ABV may vary slightly year to year.

Aecht Original Schlenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following the most ancient malting traditions, all its select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in 14th century cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is a truly unique smoky beer experience.
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Photo of BitteNochEinWeissbier
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

0.5 L Bottle
Glassware: 0.5 L Willibecher
Serving Temp: mid 50s F

Clear chestnut brown that becomes red-tinted mahogany when held to a light. Big 3-finger creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. And lasts. When it finally does begin to dissipate, the glass is covered by the lacing.

Bready malts and smoke. Wonderful deep smokiness that bring to mind a well-used fireplace, a smokehouse, smoked cheese, and for some reason, smoked Lebanon Bologna (it’s a PA thing). As the beer warms, a toasted caramel sweetness emerges.

Fantastic. The aforementioned smoke leads the parade and is present throughout the sip. The bready malts make themselves known shortly afterwards but this time they are toasted. Then some bitterness shows up and helps dry the sip out. Things finish on a dry and toasty note. Just like the nose, a sweet toasted caramel flavor comes thru as the beer warms.

Very smooth and somewhat creamy. Body is medium-light.

An excellent Rauchbier that is pretty much the benchmark for the style.

Today at 04:19 AM
4.5 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2022
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Purchased by @ozzylizard directly at the brewery in Germany. Appearance is a reddish brown that is semi-translucent. My pour was pretty neutral, but resulted in loads and loads of dense, khaki colored head with outstanding retention and lacing. Even 5 minutes after pouring this I almost don't want to disturb it it looks so wonderful.

Before I get into the aroma, full disclosure that I love smoky beers. With that said, holy crap I love how this beer smells. It's all campfire smoke but in the best possible way. It's one dimensional in that it's all smoke, but there's a lot of complexity within that smoke. Between the appearance and the aroma, I'm practically salivating in anticipation of what this will taste like.

The taste does not disappoint. It's smoky malts up front, but less smoky than the aroma. There are some really nice malt notes mid-palate, then all kinds of different campfire notes over an extraordinarily long finish. There's a peaty, Islay scotch vibe going on, which I love. Very tasty beer. Medium feel and smooth going down.

Overall, this is outstanding. If I had enough skill to rate purely to style, I'd have to think this is close to perfection. As it is, rating more to taste, this is one of the best beers I've had in quite some time.

Apr 23, 2022
4.87 by Beecham from California on Apr 08, 2022
3.83 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Mar 18, 2022
4.06 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 08, 2022
4.27 by irishevans from California on Mar 02, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

This Schlenkerla is a smoked märzen, and boy does it deliver. Poured into a pint glass, the body is a dark translucent hickory with a beautiful three inch head that slowly dissipated into a one inch head that was retained throughout the next half hour. As anyone who’s had this beer can attest, the lacing is particularly intense. Less little strings of lace like on an IPA and more like thick batches that ring the entire glass, almost coating the entire thing with an eggshell white lace. It’s a remarkable look with all the tiny bubble-holes on the lace.

Gorgeous smells, up front is the obvious in a roasted Beech wood smell. Bits of general camp fire smokes throughout, a subtle and gentle lager smell can be noticed at the end, with strong roasted malt notes.

Taste is nice and complex, the smoke is subtler than on the nose but present throughout including the finish — you will be exhaling gentle beech wood smoke and tasting it in your mouth many minutes after your last sip. Some mild spicy hop character throughout, like straw. Sweet malty flavour is balanced by the smoke. There are some flavours I might describe as coffee-ish, but it’s very earthy and grounded — some maple syrup and brown sugar here as well, but the sweetness is more malty rather than sucrose-y.

Complex. Sipping it with a big whiff of air tends to bring out the smoke flavours, and results in a long finish where the malt sweetness, general wheat-y tastes can shine. A large, quick sip with less air in the mouth allows the bitterness of the hops and earthy musty flavours to shine. Roasted caramel flavours throughout both. This beer absolutely has an enjoyable complexity that changes based on how you drink it, and the beer opening up over 30 minutes as it warms. Really hard to not go up to a 4.75 on taste, might revisit down the line to see how it holds up. For now, these smoky flavours are so complex, some overt and some subtle, it’s an absolutely marvellous experience.

Enough carbonation to support a persistent head. The bubbles are small, creating a very creamy drink. Definitely not on the excessive or over-carbonated side. The body is medium, with a strong savoury side.

Märzen beers are excellent, and beech smoked ones… even better, at least when it’s from Schlenkerla! This is turning quickly into one of my favourite styles ever. The smoke is gorgeous and lasts a long time, great to pair with a variety of meats and meals, even canned beans. A benchmark for the style, clearly!

Feb 14, 2022
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by qrazvan from Romania

A very serious rauchbier!

Feb 07, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

L: deep brown with khaki head
S: smoke, maple syrup, oil, birch, and molasses
T: creamy dark malt
F: very good carbonation

A delicious rauchbier.

Jan 17, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DrLasagnaPHD

Smoked Sausage the Beer but in a good way

Jan 02, 2022
4.02 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Dec 25, 2021
Photo of MikeWard
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

500ml bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

Looks fantastic in the glass. Deep clear reddish brown body. Huge thick tan head persists down to the last drop leaving rings of lacing.

Malty, smoky aroma.

On tasting, full flavored, but the smoke aspect does not dominated allowing the rich slightly sweet maltiness to shine through. Very well balanced.

Mouth closer to full than medium, lingering smoky finish.

Overall, very well put together rauchbier. Looking forward to another version sitting in the fridge.

Dec 14, 2021
4 by doctorgary from New York on Dec 13, 2021
3.69 by Hazey92 from New York on Dec 09, 2021
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

500ml bottle. No dating information found.
Mostly clear, medium amber colored body. Huge pillowy off white colored head. Three pours required to get bottle contents into a .5 liter glass. Leaves patches of lacing.
Aroma is beechwood smoke from as soon the cap is lifted. Smoked pork or bacon. Big caramel malts. Spicy.
Taste is less smoke than in the smell, more balanced with roasted and caramel malts. Sharper wheat malt. Has an all mellow slightly smoky malt flavor in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Very supportive and active carbonation.
This beer seems to wrap around the head and provides a totally balanced beer experience. The mix of smoked barley malt and wheat malt is an impeccable brew. Can be sipped or quaffed; both provide a positive drinking experience.

Nov 24, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Pours clear and dark brown with red highlights. Fantastic fluffy cola head that lingers well giving way to good lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt, pronounced smokiness, and some roasted character.

Roasted malts on the tip of the tongue. The smoke is initially jarring, but only briefly. After the first sip or two, it retreats into the whole, particularly as the brew warms, giving way to what it is--a marzen with a smoky blanket. Mild sweetness at the front. Bready/smoky notes in midstream along with pepper and coffee notes. This is where the "meaty" or "savory" flavor is most pronounced. Stronger char/roast malt at the finish with the return of some sweetness and just a bit of earthy hopping brings it back to regular beer mode. Zero booze.

The brew is medium bodied. Smooth and drying with a modest finish punctuated by the ashy smoke.

I've searched for this brewer's Rauchbiers for some time, despite not being "wowed" by any smoked beers I've had in the past. This one hits the spot. The other smoked beers I've had have been like pulled pork with some liquid smoked poured into it. This is like the smoke from a smoker. It isn't a brew you would (or likely could) drink all night, but it hits the spot as a one-off in the lineup.

Nov 21, 2021
Photo of Teika_Takahashi
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Teika_Takahashi from California

Look: Like coca cola except with a foamy head. It doesn't look like pee :)

Smell: Dark caramel/burnt sugar, coffee, toffee, boffee(joke), smoky(like smoked meats), black pepper, REALLY INTERESTING

Taste: First tastes bitter stout/coffee, then mellows out to a sweet and smoky aftertaste and kinda tingles your nose with the smoky aroma, kind of herbaly?? maybe a little bit of black tea flavor? some coffee rubbed steak feelings, little to no alcohol taste.

Feel : Goes down smooth, doesnt dry out the throat, not very carbonated, leaves your tongue craving for more.

Overall: A very interesting and unique beer experience. The smokiness of the beer REALLY comes through (as advertised) and I feel like its a savory beer! Which sounds kinda weird but it weirdly works! I can imagine drinking this at a bratwurst party but Im the only girl to attend to said party, so therefore it is a DOUBLE SAUSAGE PARTY and I'm double fisting bratwursts down my throat and drinking this beer in between sausages! Just a feeling i get from this beer. It didnt actually happen. UNLESS... :eyes:

Nov 21, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mikeinportc from New York

Clear deep amber. that shows some ruby red tone when held to the light. Half-finger of fine tan head, that leaves a thin ring.

Smell is burnt wood, that's been rained on, plus some sweetened(honey or brown sugar) smoked bacon or ham. A bit oif sweet caramel and crackery malt when swirled, and from the open bottle. .

Taste is light caramel and toffee, plus a milder version of the smoke that's in the aroma. light bitterness, that lingers after finish.

Feel is smooth light-medium, with moderate, very,very,very fine carbonation tingle.

Overall , it lives up to it's reputation as a classic. I've had old dusty bottles before, and did like them, but not this well. This one is not dusty, apparently not old, is much better, and lives up to billing.

Nov 19, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Pivopijak from Washington

bottle into glass
Very rocky and sustaining, tan head, with much fine lacing, deposited on glass. Clear, medium dark auburn, with somewhat of a chestnut hue, for the look. A good amount of the beechwood smokiness, which has a touch of sweetness and medium heavy roasted malt, on the side, for the aroma. Starting off the taste, the flavor is lighter than one would expect and the smoke is fairly subtle, compared to some of this brewery's other brews. A bit of an off-dry, slightly wooden, medium dark roasted barley malt and the moderate, beech wood smoke, sets the tone. A good, slightly smokey finish.

Nov 17, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BJB13 from Maryland

500 ml bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Both nose and taste strike a nice balance between smoke hop and malt. The smoke is prominent but does not overpower the herbal/spicy hop and dark bread/crust flavors or totally disguise the base beer. Very enjoyable though more of a treat than a regular drinker for me. Goes well with smoked sausage snack sticks.

Nov 10, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

500 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A clear dark amber with a three finger off white head.

S- Smoky, slightly meaty, pale malts, some caramel, faint earthiness.

T- Smoky, pale malts, slightly meaty with a little bit of char, caramel, a little earthy.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- Big fan of the smoke profile in these beers, very nice balance of flavors.

Nov 07, 2021
Photo of Patrick2012
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Patrick2012 from California

L:Deep dark amber with a mice tan head
S: Smoked salami with caramel and bread
T: I found the taste similar to Tentsuyu which is the dipping sauce for Tempura made with Mirin and Soy sauce. Subtle smokey notes with a light sweet touch.
F: Caramel and bready finish.
O: Not my favorite style but I appreciate it’s history and it’s definitely helping me get in the Autumnal mood.

Oct 31, 2021
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

5.1%, 500 ml bottle.
Pours a very dark amber, mahogany colour with 2 fingers of tawny tan head.
Malty bready nose with distinct aromas of smoked meats, caramely, toast - ham on pumpernickel.
Tastes of smoky caramel malt - sweetness admixed with smoked meat, leather and a bit of a woody note.
Chewy smooth medium full mouthfeel with brisk carbonation - the smokiness mingles through the caramel sweetness nicely.
Gold standard Rauch beer - wonderful.

Oct 24, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Powerful stuff! Very dark colour, very smoky aroma. Other reviews wrote of a meaty scent, and I agree. The smoke is a bit stronger on the nose than the taste, but still definitely prominent. This tastes like a meal in a bottle. Some sweetish malts, but more prominent are notes of leather, earth, and peat. Overall, a unique beer, and worth a try, but I wouldn't want to have more than one at a time, or very often.

Oct 21, 2021
4.41 by kodt from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
Photo of mbostenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mbostenbeer from Massachusetts

L - Pours dark slightly brown amber and light tan head, low carbonation.

S: Malty sweet bread, smoked pork, sausages, dark caramel and lightly floral.

T: Sweet bread, sweet caramelized malt, smoked meat, It is moderately sweet.

F: Med-heavy, lightly sticky, smooth mouthfeel with a med-length finish that is relatively clean and woody.

O - Flavors combined with candied malts waft in and out like smoke. The taste and aroma of this Marzen are both commanding and delicious.

Oct 02, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

16.9oz bottle into a .25l Schlenkerla tasting glass.
L: Pours dark slightly brown amber and a bit lighter on the bottom with a firm 1" light tan head that goes thin, low carbonation and some sticky lacing.
S: Malty sweet bread, smoked pork, sausages, dark caramel and lightly floral.
T: Sweet bread, sweet caramelized malt, smoked meats and cheeses, moist dark bread, light chocolate. It is moderately sweet.
F: Med-heavy, lightly sticky, smooth mouthfeel with a med-length finish that is relatively clean and woody.
O: I believe brewing ingredients are not exclusive to the smokehaus at Schlenkerla. I could be wrong. With each drink food flavors combined with candied malts waft in and out like smoke. The sensational taste and aroma of this Marzen are both commanding. Delicious and one of a kind it is outstanding in it's style.

Oct 01, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 40ontarget from Colorado

The color of Dr. Pepper with a finger of tan head. Smells like smoked brisket and toasted dark bread. There is a sweet element at the end like honey baked ham. The taste is not as intense as the nose. The smokiness is still there but is more like a burnt toasted marshmallow‐ sweet with a big hit of char. The finish is cigar and dark bittersweet chocolate. This is super smooth with a pleasing amount of carbonation. Not quite Ardbeg or Octomore but more like Bowmore on the smoke level. A very good beer that suprises with a busy complexity.

Sep 25, 2021
4.85 by Dovi from Australia on Sep 23, 2021
4.24 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Sep 21, 2021
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Sep 19, 2021
3.86 by uncleotis from Illinois on Sep 13, 2021
4.44 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Aug 30, 2021
4.12 by o29 from Texas on Aug 29, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by k1001001 from Tennessee

This is part of a 2021 series of reviewing Oktoberfest marzens and festbiers.

Right away, you know this one is different by its label. This is a beer with smoked malts (rauchbier) and that pays dividends in tasting different than the rest. This is a fantastic marzen no doubt, combined with the best beer-smoke flavor in the world. The malts were on point, the sweetness was present but tamed, and the carbonation really helped everything pop. The only complaint I have is a rather thin mouthfeel, but that's not uncharacteristic for the style. If you can find this one within 50 miles of you, go get it. It's that good. Prost!

Aug 18, 2021
4.33 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Aug 13, 2021
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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