Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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German Rauchbier
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,688
4.13 | pDev: 14.29%
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
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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 Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown-colored with red hues, clear; finger or two of tan foam off a measured pour into a stange... Dry smoke and wood with an undertone of caramel and anise - earthy, smoky, woody, mild bitterness, mild sweetness - medium-light-bodied, low-carbonated feel - maybe a little bit of stickiness in the corners of the mouth on the finish, but pales in comparison to that dry smoke that lingers after... Super-fine drinking experience - a must try for beer advocates...

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Tan head. Lace. Dark brown color.

Smoke, smoke, and more smoke. Bacon, pulled pork, BBQ sauce. Is this a beer or a Texas grill out? Absolutely amazing flavors. A true rauch!

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Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark for a Märzen. Good head production and body clarity; decent retention.

Aroma is all wood, smoke, and pork; a delicious campfire for the nose.

On the palate, this brew doesn't come across as well as the darker A-S Rauchbiere (nor, surprisingly, as well as their Helles). The smoke is pleasant, and the overall presentation is nice, but the malt base doesn't bring a lot to the party. Moderately bitter.

Smooth, perhaps a touch too oily, lively. Very pleasant drinker.

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Photo of InspectorHound
2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Look: Dark chestnut brown, clear, Holding it up to the light reveals the red's which bring in the chestnut colour. Pours with a tawny 2 fingers of foam. The foam gives way slowly leaving plenty of lacing.
Smell: Smokey, not in the peaty sense but reminiscent of the cooled embers left behind the morning after your campfires burnt out.
Taste: Light woods, green wood, salty ham, olives. At the start, I didn't find the smokiness pleasant like a live campfire, the smokiness was stale like last nights embers. By the middle this was even more pronounced.
Feel: Surprisingly watery and thin for a beer that's smell and taste offers the gravity of so much smoke. Left my mouth with an after taste like from a cheap cigar.
I haven't drank a lot of smoky beers to compare too, but I prefer a more peaty smoke flavour (which I found in certain smoked porters and smoked reds) than what this delivered. This was my first Rachbier, it will likely be my last.
This beer earns a D-. Obviously this is in a lot of folks wheelhouse given the generally high ratings. Not in mine though. Drinking this beer was unpleasant, and I couldn't finish.

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Photo of octortus
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL Bottle. ABV 5.1%.
Appearance: Dark red, Clear (When held up to light), Medium-High carbonation, Under a finger of creamy beige head, Fantastic retention.
Aroma: Peat smoke, Smoked meats (bacon, ham), Earthy.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Smooth, Slightly creamy.
Flavour: Peat smoke, Smoked meats (bacon, ham), Brown sugar.
Overall: Quite easy drinking. I thought it would be too smoky, but it's actually very well balanced. Fantastic example and great introduction to German Rauchbier.

Review: 140

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Photo of Bamberg89
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: At first glimpse, it looks dark brown, almost black. If you held it against light, you can also see some shades of red. Quite clear, no cloudiness to be seen.
Smell: Very strong smell of smoke, although not overwhelming.
Taste: At the very first moment, there is a little taste of malt, immediately afterwards a lot of smoke. Some bitterness, but mostly smoky and tasty. In the end the smoky flavor is more predominant. Little hints of hops are also tasted.
Feel: Very smooth sensation; the sensation of smoke is staying for a longer time.
Overall: You get what you expect- a beer where you can surely taste the smokiness. Although the taste of smoke is very strong, it is not unpleasant, as it is balanced with the taste of roasted malts and a tiny little bit of fruity bitterness from the hops. Compared to other smoked beer I know coming directly from Bamberg, this is the one tasting most like smoke. In my opinion, this beer defines the category of smoked beer.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, tulip, 4/2020 on the bottle.

The color is brown garnet, with an initially frothy fawn head that rivals some stouts. It settles to a solid ring that leaves some lace.

Aromas of a camp fire burning damp or green wood and too many leaves. There’s a serious salty brined olive component. The smokiness is deep, meaty, and satisfying.

It’s a savory beer with rich smoked meat and wood flavors, even some vanilla.

Full, medium body with medium-low carbonation. It’s almost creamy, which adds to the richness.

While the smoke is voluminous, which is the point, things are beautifully in balance otherwise. Bitterness and malt in harmony.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark coca cola looker with all the carbonation and a fairly thin head. Good lacing. An unbelievable smell. The smoked malt is food grade aroma. Heavenly. The taste is malty, smoky, bacon and smoked meats. Truly a meal in a glass. Very satisfying. Righteous. The mouthfeel is fabulous too as it's 5.1% ABV is easy drinking, chewing and overall just a simple pleasure. I should keep these around. Use them in some Drunken Beans or something.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my notes:
Look: Deep brown, oily, khaki head. Looks intense!
Smell; Deep smoke smell, "meaty", a sweet, bbq smell
Taste: The smoke is there but, boy, it tastes good. Not overwhelming as I thought it'd be. It's malty and smoky with a bit of spice (maybe from the hops, but the smoke makes me wonder!!)
Feel: Medium bodied, not as thick as you'd think given the look. Aftertaste is cleaner than you'd expect too. Definitely smoky in the aftertaste, but it's moderated.
Overall: This is unique. It's different as the smoke is prevalent and dominant, but boy is it tasty. One or two is the max in a given session as the flavor is overpowering.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the smoke beers produced by this brewer, this one might be the one I like least. The smoke just does linger long enough. I can picture smoke meats like ribs and even burnt ends. The sweetness that came with the smoke canceled the acidity. Smoke needed to act more like the main event. The smoke in the nose is beautiful; it reminds me of scotch. The aftertaste is thin, but I still get smokey notes with a touch of acidity.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Dark with a tan head and good lacing. Aroma consists of malt and the smoke smell is prevalent. Flavor is a Marzen backbone with the smoke again being the standout. Very good

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Photo of Alexc11
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They weren't kidding when they say 'smoky'. The aroma and scent is dominated by smokiness. The taste marked by malts and I think marzipan. Some sweet caramel overtones in there too. Pours a dark color with reddish hue. Thinnish heading with weak retention and lacing as well. Light carbonation and little to no bitterness. I wanted to try this style. Can't say I would run to it again but I'm glad I did try it.

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Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The initial aroma is overwhelmingly smoky. Thankfully the flavor is a bit less pungent. It tastes like a brown ale/marzen hybrid with a ton of campfire smokiness and salty bacon. Glad I tried it but I doubt I'll be purchasing this again any time soon.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks really dark for a Marzen but maybe a Rauchbier version should be darker with roasted/smoked grains. Not much other than smoke and a hint of caramel for the aroma. Taste is a huge blast of campfire and bacon. Soon after scones in some sweet caramel and dark brown sugar. Feels a bit thin but still in the medium bodied category. Overall this is an amazing beer is you enjoy smoked beers (which I really do). There is enough caramel and other yeast flavors to offset some of the smoke. It is balanced fairly well. I really enjoyed this one. If you like gratzers and Rauchbier s, I don't think you will be dissappointed.

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Photo of Lanas
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first time i get this beer i was impressive from the aroma and by the fresh taste it has but i can't say the same things from my second try.. The second time this beer it was little annoying on the aroma and that trouble me. Is like you can drink it in a very special momments when you have some pizzas frond of you or something.. Is not for any momment and that is a fact for me.
Also the taste is like watery little bit and you need to drink this beer only in the summer..
Overall is a different and unique beer.. No doubt about that but in my opinion you must find the right momment to drink it..

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Photo of officerbill
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a beautiful deep, dark mahogany red/brown color work a tall tan head that sticks to the glass as it dissolves into a film
S: smoke, some caramel and hops, but mostly smoke
T: smooth, malt forward, dark bread, molasses, caramel, hops at the end and heavy, but not overbearing, smoke
F: moderate carbonation, smooth with smoky malt at the beginning and clean hops at the end, mild smoke aftertaste
O: smoky. A very good, märzen with almost, but not quite, over balanced smokiness and enough hops to keep it clean. A very drinkable beer, but not for those who don't like rauchbier.

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Photo of Reef
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle
Smokey treat on a cool rainy evening
Translucent clear brown with 1.5 fingers tan head, head subsides to a full cap and curtains of lacing
Smoke, bread, sulfurous aromas
Smokey nutty bready tastes, light hop bitterness
Smooth feel with hop bitterness at the back of the tongue, light enough to drink rapidly, persistent carbonation.
Fun flavorful beer

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Photo of hman43
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours brown with some reddish hues. The head is tan and head retention is good.

Smell: Strong smoke that is bacon and ham like. There are malty rich notes low in the background.

Taste: There is more balance between the malt and the smoked malts although the flavors still lean towards the smoked malts. The smoke is bacon and ham like. The malts are toasty.

Feel: It has a moderate body with light bitterness in the background and smoke that lasts well into the after taste.

Overall, a great smoked beer.

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Photo of KooVee
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

50cl bottle, bb 8m.

Ruby-tinted dark mahogany. Head leaves a nice lace.

Nose continues the association with wood. Toasted barrel, campfire, wood oven. And some sweet aromas wafting through. Hmm .. light chocolate I would say.

Taste combines caramel and light chocolate, and just a hint lf hop-derived bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lighter than in their urbock. Upside is higher drinkability.

A very downable rauchbier of pleasant complexity. If one were to drink say two liters, this would win over the Urbock, but for smaller amounts, the higher complexity wins. A very very good rauchmärzen nonetheless.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma of ham,sausage,bacon and lots of smoke.underneatg that is malt,doughy bread and yeast
Taste really follows the aroma ,lots of smoke, char,ash,bread,pastry and malt.
This is an excellent full of flavor beer with around a medium body and just below average carbonation
The only warning,which isnt a knock against this you have to be in a mood for smoked meat flavored beer. I wouldn't call this a post lawn mowing beer. Bet it would go great with meat and heavy strong flavored food

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Before drinking this Rauchbier I hydrated with a Plutonium-239 Porter and the BOMB! Imperial Stout from Prairie Artisan Ales. Aecht Schlengkerla Rauchbier Märzen was my first Rauchbier and it was smokey. It was good but very smokey. My daughter tasted it and she did not like it. She said it was too smokey. I liked it though. You just have to be prepared for the smokeyness, which is the point of this beer.

Look: Dark brown with an inch thick tan head

Aroma: toasted bread with smoked ham sitting around a bonfire

Flavor: The flavor is bready, smokey, smoked ham

Feel: light to medium body

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Photo of NicholasRakestraw
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only bad parts of this beer is that it must be drank cold. And it has an after taste. To which it must be understood that this is one of the strongest smoke tasting beers out there. Also... smoky beers in general have an after taste.

It is important to hydrate thoroughly before drinking this Bamberg beer in quantity.

The brewery is beautiful. The locals are generally very nice. Great place to hang out and wait in line for the next beer. Served cold from a tap coming from the basement. The food at the brewery is also very good.

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Photo of Mdog
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown-amber, good head.

Smell: Smoke--ham, bacon, sweet. Awesome aroma.

Taste: Clean and bready to start, then ash, smoke, and ham in the finish. Excellent blend of flavors.

Overall: I finally got around to reviewing this classic, I love smoked beers and this one does it about perfectly. Nice and balanced breadiness then the smoke comes through. Hopefully we see the cans around here.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent brown-orange with visible particle suspension that stands still in the glass, looking almost like the Matrix background sequence. Head is a finger and a half of khaki foam that retains modestly well. Aroma is smoke and peat right up front. Digging into the glass, it gives off notes of bready, earthy, nutty, toasty malts - all paired with strong malt notes. Hops hit herbal and spicy, and add a little balance and additional zest. Flavor profile is smoke and peat right out front. Malts hit notes of smoked, bready, earthy, and nutty which are paired with spicy, herbal hops. Smoke closes out the flavor profile, completing the experience. Mouth feel is a touch fuzzy, but falls away into a more watery finish. It has a medium thickness. Overall, big smoked peat with a nice experience. It's tightly controlled and focused, the mark of a good beer.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, excellent clarity under rocky beige cap; long lasting retention, solid ring; medium lacing. Smokey bacon nose. Smokey roast, sweet caramel malt. Medium full feel, moderate carbonation; smooth tongue coating. Smokey linger yet enjoyable.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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