Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.1/5  rDev +1%

A clear step below the Urbock in my opinion. Not as rich or complex; still smoky and tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark walnut brown, with a tacky, creamy head that only rises half an inch, but lasts a long time, leaving a coating of lace.

Similar to other beers from this brewery, the aroma bears a strong resemblance to summer sausage up front. As one acclimates to the smoky aromas, there are subtle, fruity undertones to be discovered.

The flavor is very smoky with pleasant, malty flavors. A secondary sweetness is well checked by a dry following and light bitter finish. Warmth brings out a slight charred malt flavor.

A woolly texture with full body and no alcohol. The finish is dry.

Consumed from an Aecht Schlenkerla pint glass, this makes an excellent choice for relaxing with friends while eating grilled hot dogs on a hot day. Would be awesome while camping or fishing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5.1% ABV, no date.

A - Clear dark mahogany brown, almost black in the glass with a tall light tan head. Low retention but good lace left over on the glass.

S - Smokey campfire and cooked apple wood bacon comes from the peet-smoked malts that are powerful but don't overwhelm the nose. It's really one-dimensional but still fantastic smelling.

T - The smoke is nowhere near as potent as the aroma lets on but would you even want it stronger? Probably not. I really like the smoke accent to the Märzen malts.

M - Medium-light bodied and smokey obviously, with a dry finish and moderate carbonation level.

D - Really not that hard to drink, it makes for a great marinade as well as pairing with grilled food. I like it a lot for what it is but again, it's pretty one-dimensional.

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Photo of Lars3
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Rauchbiers are one of my favorite styles so I may be biased with my scoring of this beer, but I love this beer.

The smell greats you as soon as you open the bottle. It is smokey, without being smoke like. It is more akin to smoked salmon or meats than sitting next to a bonfire. If you keep your face planted in the beer the whole time you'll loose the scent, but step away for a minute or two and it greets you all over again.

The flavor is what keeps me coming back. There is no style of beer that goes as well with spicy food as a Rauchbier. Be it Indian, Buffalo Wings, Thai or BBQ, the combo of spice and smoke is only natural. I would caution you to not eat something too spicy, you'll lose the flavor of the beer.

50cL bottle into a half maß.

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

500mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Caramel brown color, perfectly clear, with a nice fluffy beige head and fine carbonation.

Aroma is pungent, sweet beech smoke - smells like a campfire.

Taste is less smoky than the nose. Nice caramel malt and fruity sweetness with the smoke rounding out the edges.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced. Nice clean round finish; smoky bitterness has a slightly numbing effect on the tongue. Goes down smooth like a porter.

Overall a really nice marriage of two styles, one of my favorite Oktoberfests every year.

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Photo of der_meister
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Mug

Appearance: Dark brown colored, a little cloudy with moderate sized creamy head that laces poorly.

Aroma: Well, it's definitley a Rauchbier. Wonderful smells that I've never even come close to in a beer before. Big smokeiness like a pit full of hickory waiting for you throw a big slab of meat over it. Bacon comes to mind. Some roastiness in there too, but it's difficult for me to pull apart from the smoke.

Taste:A very sweet sensation with only a hint of the smoke at first. Some roasty bitterness comes in next. Finishes off with a heavy smoke profile and woody overtones.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than I expected, but not thin. Moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkability: Well, you either dig the smoke or not. This was my first Rauchbier, and I love the change of pace. I can really appreciate this style, however wouldn't picture myself drinking more than a couple of these just yet.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown ( it was hard to tell as the beer was poured into a krug) with a nice foamy tan head.. The nose is of sweet smoked meat. In the words of Homer Simpson mmmm bacon beer. Taste is quite nice with a bit of sweet malt at the beginning, then the wonderfully done smoked malt charging to the fore, it ends with just enough hops to dry out and cut the smoke. This went wonderfuly with the schnitzel I had, but to have it with some grilled meats or nice sausages would be heavenly. Mouthfeel was almost oily, but the carbonation provided enough so that the smoke didnt linger like a dirty ash tray. Drinkability is good. I wouldnt pound these all night, but a couple with food is a no-brainer. I will definately seek this out and order it again.

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

Photo of bierschmecktgut
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a heavy dark cherry brown and left a tall beige head. The lacing was good while it lasted, thinning to a strip. Absolutely clear against artificial light, minimal rising carbonation

So my first smoked beer and evaluating on the style its aroma absolutely lives up to the name. A strong yet pleasant burnt wood/bread crust odor is immediate, much like a fire just put out with water. After a short wait i can now smell the malt still mixed behind the smokiness. Absolutely nothing on hop side for me.

Much subtler on taste than smell. The smoky flavor is soft and sweet malty character is evident on the swallow, same sweetness I see in dopplebocks. A fair balance. A super slight astringency on the back of tongue, not sure if its hop oil or tannins. The smoke wins in the aftertaste in the back of nose and throat.

Much like a Dopplebock to me its medium body and not carbonated too heavily. A very light palette coating remains half way through the bottle but is not taking away from enjoyment.

Very impressed with my first smoked beer and did not allow personal tastes to shy me away. Not very thirst quenching nor crisp in the least bit but agree that this should be paired with fatty foods, maybe meats but i enjoyed half of it before some crispy chicken artichoke pizza made it all the better. I will buy this again as a treat or to break someone else into smoke beers.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoke all the way, from the moment you open the bottle you can really feel the smoke hit you. The beer guy at whole foods that recommended this beet said, "some people said it tasted like drinking an ashtray but i disagree". By just smelling the beer I thought of smoked bacon, dunno I even felt weird about drinking something that smelled like bacon. The looks are ok, thin lace over a ruby colored body. Taste is good, it definitely does not taste like meat or an ashtray, it does taste like an oktoberfest covered in smoke. Some sweet malts. Medium body. Good overall, not my favorite style but fits the style perfectly.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, ruby brown; slightly opaque, though not cloudy. About a finger of reddish-tan, foamy head which soon dissipates to a thin ring and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Loads of beech smoke in the nose, but with lots of subtleties: scents of bonfires, bacon, smoked ham, and general undertones of charcuterie. Understated Helles and Munich malts come through, with some roasted malt notes.

T: More or less follows the nose. Beech smoke and bacon up front, mingling with slightly sweet, slightly bready Helles and toasted malts; although rich as expected from a Maerzen, the malt definitely follows and complements the predominant smoke flavours. Hints of noble hops come through in the finish, actually doing quite a bit to round out the taste profile.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation; initially crisp followed by smoothness. The finish is fairly clean, leaving a gentle but persistent, bitter aftertaste of ash, black coffee, and floral hops.

D: It's hard to gauge how easy this is to drink. On one hand, it's a bit of an acquired taste as is usual for the style; on the other, it's superbly balanced with a nuanced flavour profile. With that said, it's unquestionably worth buying if only for the experience, and an excellent Rauchbier altogether.

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Photo of mynie
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dullish offred pour with a small head.

Very nice and lively smoke smell. Red fatty meats and sharp yellow cheese that sting. Mmm mmm mmm that is a hardy rauchbier.

Red meat up front. Salami. Not as intense as it smells. Smokiness hits like a lazer gun, a precise burn that stiks to the front of your tongue and fades as it makes it way to the back of your throat. Marzen fruit in the back.

A very nice and well-balanced Rauchbier. A bit tame for the style--I'd give it to someone who's never had a smoky beer before to help ease them in.

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Photo of harkjohnny
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours into my liter mug with a deep chestnut brown color and a relatively tight cream head. as I poured I picked up the melanoidin malt that is what a marzen is all about. Upon further investigation the malt aroma starts out fully as a smooth smoke and then gives way, though lightly, to malt. Flavor is all malt up from with medium body and and more smoke at swallow. After it's warmed I'm not sure if I've found a bit of hops in the finish of it it's just the smoke. it's has a medium intensity and I notice it more as I breath out. Nowhere near as rich as i expected (this is my first Schlenkerla) but so far is rather drinkable. Nice brew!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, deep dark brown with a thick head that settles to a 1/2" tan cap.
S - The aroma is malty and smoky.
F - The flavor follows the aroma. Not terribly complex, just a nice smoky flavor.
M - Medium mouth feel, mild carbonation.
O - A great place to start for anyone wanting to taste a mildly smoky beer. While this is good, I prefer it's stronger cousin, the Rauchbier Urbock.

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Photo of nhudson
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1st Rauchbier and I have to be honest I was kind of scared. After reading other reviews, I was unsure if I actually wanted to drink this beer. Here is my review

a- Nice brown/ruby color with little to no head and hardly any lacing

s- Smell is of ham and bacon. As the beer warms I get some sweetness of malt and some hop aroma.

t- Taste is of a smoky ham with slight bitterness of hops. The malt kicks you in the back of the mouth once it goes down. The veer is very drinkable.

m- Nice slick taste that the more I drink the more I crave. Not too carbonated.

d- For the fact that I was scared of this beer and the smell of bacon and smoky ham, I could drink these all day. At 5.4% I could really have a number of these.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer originally about a year ago when visiting Bamberg, Germany. It came straight out of the wooden barrel. It was just superb. I'm sure part of it was the experience of it all -- a cold, cloudy afternoon outside a busy exciting place inside.

This one came out of a brown bottle. It was quite enjoyable, but couldn't match the original draft.

The beer poured a clear dark amber with a tan head. The smokiness was very apparent and even assertive, but not overwhelming. Enough to remind you of beef jerky or smoked sausage. The flavor follows along with the aroma. Smokiness throughout, yet it is not harsh and remains an easy drinking rauchbier.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Deep brown with little to no head small ring around the edge of the glass that lingers the entire time

S-Wow smoke it literal smells like smoked meat/pork more than anything, deep smells can pull out a small amount of hops

T-Exact same as the nose as you get used to the smoke flavor you can start to get some small alchol notes and hops

M-Thin body but it fits the beer extremly well, very complex smoke flavors

D-This is not somethin I could drink very often but it is a very unique brew.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobsy for sending one my way.

A: Brown color, very dark with some red notes on the edge. The head is beige, very small bubbles. Sticks well to the glass.
S: Smoke! Smokiness... reminds me of smoke salmon. It is intense, I don't smell any roasted malts, no hops too. But the smell is so good.
T: Smoke right up-front. A little bitter in the after-taste. I like this. I could get some light notes of caramel in the taste.
M: Medium body with some carbonation. A good drink.
D: Wouldn't drink more than one per day, however, I would seek this one out to get some more!

Thanks Bobsy for another great beer.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikemands
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whoa. Smokey; a touch of leather? Dark in the glass and aromatic.

LOOK: Poured into a 16 oz. shaker. Dark brown, with reddish hues throughout. Pretty clarified. Nice foamy head, though it doesn't stick around. And/but it almost looks like a cola in the glass?

SMELL: wood smoke and leather.

TASTE: sweet malts at the start, but smoke and leather dominate. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly metallic. (But mostly it's smoke smoke smoke.)

FEEL: medium-bodied, a little chewy. Really coats the mouth. Highly carbonated. Brightens up on the tongue a bit, brings out those smoke flavors.


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Photo of vkv822
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Dark amber red, near black with a foamy, light tan head that dissipates to leave a foamy ring of bubbles around the rim.

Very strong smoked meat aroma upfront, with a lightly sweet finish.

While the smoked meat taste is still there, it is definitely not as robust as in the nose. Blended with cocoa and roasty malt character.

Medium body, not viscous as the nose led me to expect. Average, bubbly carbonation.

The nose was quite impressive, and a bit intimidating, but it did not translate to the taste. Though that is not to say that taste was a let down, as it was still enjoyable and combined with the mouthfeel, made it easy to drink.

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Photo of Tom_Servo
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass.

Dark mahogany with red highlights. 2-3 fingers of creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity and very lively (mod-heavy) carbonation. Thick clouds of lacing.

Smoke, smoked sausage and caramelized bread.

Campfire smoke and smoked sausage. Huge caramel notes and bacon saltiness. Some bready malts and candy sugar.

Medium bodied, silky and smooth.

Another excellent Rauchbier from Aecht Schlenkerla. Has a really nice balance between the Marzen's sweet maltiness and smoke. This is freakin' tasty!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,315 ratings.
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