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: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV may vary slightly year to year.

Bamberg's speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask in the historical brewery tavern.

Added by taez555 on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,950
Reviews:
1,154
Ratings:
2,384
pDev:
14.53%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
350
Trade:
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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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Photo of MeIquiades
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brookfieldglass
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hogrider
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cardfan212
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - A dark ruby to deep amber color. Translucent if held to a light. Very short white head that almost immediately collapsed into a small collection of ever-shrinking bubble islands.

Smell - A weird mixture of chocolate chip cookies and barbecue. Nice and sweet first impressions with a bit of smoke kick to tell you this beer means business. Very enjoyable, I couldn't stop sniffing this beer.

Taste - The smell got me hyped, but on my first taste, I was a bit let down. A pleasant malt body that isn't too sweet to begin with, followed by a wisp of smoke on the tail end that bitters it down. Reminds me a bit of some bizarre alternate universe IPA except with meat flavors instead of pine trees.

Feel - The medium body and prickly carbonation were easy going down. Its high effervescence keeps the smoke from lingering too long and becoming unpleasant.

Overall - After my past experiences with Schlenkerla beers, I was prepared to be wowed. While still a very good beer, its more subdued flavor leaves me yearning for an Urbock instead.

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep mahogany coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smell is caramel malt with a strong smoky note reminiscent of fried bacon. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by a strong, bready, caramel malt presence and rich smokiness that evokes campfires and fried bacon. There is a very mild, grassy and slightly bitter hop presence to this as well though. Finishes with a light bitterness and more smoke coming through. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation. Probably the most classic example of the style, with an absolutely lovely smoke note and slightly hoppy accents. What this lacks in richness, it makes up for in drinkability.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Walty102
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sbuck
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark copper, nearly brown color. An aggressive pour yielded a large stained white frothy head with great retention.
Amazing smoky aroma evokes barbecue, bacon, ham, cheese wax and wood.
The smoky taste feels like you are drinking wood smoked barbecue meats in a glass. The dominant taste I seem to get is bacon. This is combined with a bready amber malt base, silky caramel sweetnes and even a touch of chocolate. It finishes with a sublime and smooth combination of sweetness and just the right amount of hops bitterness. A pleasant spice also develops, adding yet more supreme balance to this brew.
Medium bodied with a moderately soft carbonation. Smooth, smoky, malty and lightly spiced; an amazing balance. Easy drinking and filling; drinks like a meal.
Awesome and delicious beer! I can’t wait till summer to suck on a few of these while grilling meats.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Dark red body with two fingers of off white head

S - Enticing aroma of smoke ham and bacon, pine trees. BBQ pit.

T - Smoke not as big, but still here. More earthy notes emerge here, more pine and spruce, toast, bread

F - Light and thin at times. Clean finish.

O - Very good Rauchbier. One of the better examples.

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Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerbecueSauce
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nass
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is tough, barbecuey, smokey, & peaty for sure. I have had some of the other rauchbiers that this company makes, but I just could not get into them. This one is a decent. This is is a different & interesting take on a marzen. I highly recommend you try this beer. Cheers! B (85-89) score range

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Photo of MuratAlcal
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eberesford
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a lovely clear brown colour with a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma: Smoke covers oretty well everything else. Caramel and dried fruit sweetness. Taste: Nutty, fruit sweetness, ham? Light hop bitterness at end. Like a rich smokey scotch. Pairs well with a smokey barbecued rib sauce.

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Photo of puck1225
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice, flavorful beer! Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear dark brown color with a nice white head and good lacing. Fruity, Smokey smell and taste. Roasted almonds, bananas, warm spice. Very enjoyable beer. Great for grilled meats!

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

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,384 ratings