Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: German Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by taez555 on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
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#5,397
Reviews:
1,162
Ratings:
2,408
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
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Photo of edward_boumil
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy moley, why I have not tried this yet?
L: Really dark marzen. Color is interesting in that it is near black, and pretty opaque, but has ruby red highlights around the edge of the glass. Originally poured a thick head though it settles to a film quick
S: Good aroma, albeit a bit light. Malts are very caramel rich, brown sugary sweetness. Smoke is light on the nose for me, not incredibly prevelant.
T: Exceptional. Rich sweet malts, standard darker marzen caramel, toffee like notes. Dark sugars. However has a nice smoke bite at the end. Its similar to their other beers in this regard, has that very distinct meat-smoke flavor that you'd attribute to this brewery. Very earthy and rich. However the sweetness and smokeyness are balanced, this is not a smokebomb by any means. Also a really tasty toast flavor in there as well.
F: Very smooth, very refreshing. Really easy to drink and kick back. Carbonation seems pretty light, or at least isn't super crisp.
O: I love this beer. I really like the way the smoke and sweet malts play with one another. Absolute killer. In a world of hop saturation, this beer shows what you can do with a great malt bill.

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Photo of sunnovgoat
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of foundersasap
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodndtube
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Only one step behind its sister bier the urbock rauchbier. Not sure if this belongs in the rauchbier or marzen group, but I will always accept a glass of this bier.

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Photo of zonker17
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pauldig
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deedric
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma - strong smoke, burning leaves, burnt toast, hint of maillard-bacon yields to slight baker's chocolate scent. No discernible hops, no discernible fermentation products - clean fermentation.
Pours clear dark with deep red highlights. Healthy brown head that leaves healthy lacing.
Lovely smoke hits first followed by rich toasted malts. Not certain if I pick up any hops in this.
In the mouth I get smooth creamy texture with medium carbonation followed by a clean finish.
This clean smoked beer has a clean and relatively light mouthfeel that makes it extremely.

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Photo of hoponit
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StanleysCup
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Samlover55
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
No date code, had in the cellar for about a year and a half
Dark brown with thin tan head
All sorts of smoke, mesquite Bbq smoke, smoked meat, bonfire smoke
The taste is of layered smoke with strong chocolate notes
Easy drinking, average carbonation
Overall this is a great smoked beer, that is definitely unique but approachable

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Photo of bmaggot
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Barleycorn
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gbiello
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skillz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BonnieTWM
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep chocolatey brown with ruby highlights; a nice 1 inch head appears and stays on the beer for a long time, dissipating eventually to a nice cap with beautiful lacing. The aromas, while not particularly complex to my nose, are out of this world: wood smoke and sizzling bacon. It feels weird to drink something that smells so strongly of smoke, as it made me anticipate a taste of bacon fat, but the flavor is mostly sweet roasty malts with balancing bitterness, along with all those wonderful retronasal flavors of smoke. Truly a unique, savory treat - try at cookouts and with sausage and beans.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L-The beer pours a dark caramel to cola with a 3 finger off white head. The head recedes to a thick film leaving a ringing of lacing at the top of the glass.
N- The nose is exactly what you expect it is. It's that classic smoked ham that I remember from their Helles, just amped up a touch.
T- From the jump you get smoked meat nuances reminding you of ham or bacon. I'm really liking this more than I expected. It's not coming across as overly salty which was a fear. The malt is difficult for me to pick out behind the smoke, but seems pretty typical for a marzen.
F- Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is also medium.
O- Rauchbier isn't really I style I gravitate to normally. The lighter mouthfeel of this really keeps the smokiness in my comfort zone. I recommend for those who are worried about the smoke to start with their Helles first and then if you like that one move to this beer. Overall this brewery has earned my trust with their smoked beers. Recommended.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,408 ratings