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.

Added by taez555 on 07-11-2001

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby but that's not really the color. Looks like the water at Blackwater Falls in WV. If you've been, you know. If not I apologize for my lack of color vocabulary. Sort of a ruby-brown I guess. A good sized tan head but it quickly dissipates. Some light lacing. Smells like pork rinds. That's all I can smell. It's smoky and porky and smells just like pork rinds to my nose.

Taste is overwhelmingly smoky to my palate. I mean, I have had rauchbier before but only American versions. This is the smokiest damn beer ever. Smoked pork, smoked shrimp are the flavors that come to mind. As I slowly get my tongue around the smoke, it is a nice malty marzen in there somewhere. Not sticky but a smooth maltiness. A very defined cigar aftertaste but I like cigars so that's cool with me. Not too drinkable for me, a sipper for sure but an experience in itself. As a beer advocate, you usually have some sort of reference for a style but this beer is unique to me. A singular taste adventure that is not to be missed if you want to learn about beer.

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Photo of bbeane
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a white head aobut 1/4" thick that slowly disappears leaving some light lacing. Beer is black in color, with very little color change or light showing through when held up to the ceiling

S- Well, I don't have anything to judge this against, but it smells unbeliveably like smoked meat or campfire

T- Has a smooth caramel malty taste with a weak bittering and very distinct smokey finish... though not as pronounced as in the smell

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation

D- I wasn't sure about this one going in, but I loved it. Not to ridiculously priced and at 5.4% it's pretty sessionable


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Photo of tux_alin
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stubbie1
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Rauchbier pours a deep mahogany color, hints of red shine through the glass. A thick white head is on top of this brew, fades slow to a lace but never really fades.
The aroma is one of a kind. It reminds me of living in Germany (87-99). I would wake up in the morning to go and get fresh brochen from the baker for breakfast and the near by butcher would have his smokehouse going. A deep smokey tone, like in a smokehouse come to mind. A mild hint of malt is present but is quickly covered by the smoke.

Taste is the smoke, not too overwhelming but present. There is a malt presents midway through with a slight bitter finish and a smoky aftertaste. The finish is smooth on the palette. Drinkability is fare and hard to judge. I may get a bit burnt out (no pun) on the smoky flavor. I’m sure this beer goes great when paired up with the proper meal.

Had the chance to go to the brewery while stationed in Germany….man I whish I didn’t pass up that opportunity.
Cant wait to try the others from Aecht.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep, deep amber mahogany color that looks black through the center of the glass. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a half finger of irregular lacing is left.

4.25 S: This is intensely smoky. It even seems a lot smokier than this brewery's other offerings. Hugely porcine - barbeque and bacon, but also some woody campfire. Sweet with caramel and a pleasant toastiness. Not a whole helluva lot else can be discerned due to the hefty helping of smoked malt.

4.25 T: No surprises that the taste is super smoky as well. Less porcine and more campfire, but still lots of both. The base beer offers plenty of sweet caramel, toastiness, and grainy malts.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

4.0 D: This is the go-to beer if you want a big smoke bomb. No other beer that I've tried has more powerful smoke.

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Photo of Eman17
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/mahoghany, clear with a few fingers of eggshell head which leaves some good lace and moderate retention. Couldn't imagine how that could be improved, great look to it. Nose is smoked everything: ham, sausage and meats of all kinds. Barbecue-esque, with an underlying caramel sweetness of some sort to complement. Taste is smoke from the get-go, rich malts, barbecued and smoked meats on the palate are adequate but not extensive and overpowering. Smoke still in the finish, solid feel to it and I'd definitely have another. Can't wait for barbecue season to roll around, the pairings I'm coming up with as I drink this are driving me nuts.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 1pt., 9oz bottle into an imperial pint. The beer is a clear dark brown with a one finger, white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Smoky character is prevalent, with caramel and chocolate malts backing the primary aroma. I was reminded of beef jerky, with a hint of smoked salmon, complemented with a subtle balancing roasted malt. Very intriguing and unique aroma.

Taste: Malty introduction (roasted, subtle chocolate), leading to a nicely balanced midpalate, then finishing with more of the smoky characteristics found in the nose. These included smoked salmon, smoked sausage, and a slight charcoal note. Crazy taste, but amazingly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation on the introduction, with an incredibly and surprisingly smooth finish that brings everything in this crazy beer together in a somewhat coherent manner.

Drinkability: The taste is such that it's hard to imagine drinking several in one sitting. It's great to test one's palate to, but the smoked character of this beer makes it difficult to enjoy without some sort of food, or alone multiple times. Very very good overall in one sitting, however...

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a dark brown-burgundy. Short head. Faint lace. No bubbles.

S - smoked ham, green beans, burnt wood and molasses.

T - is similar to the aroma with mild floral hops and light sweetness.

M - medium body. Low carbonation. Oily.

O - mighty good smoke beer that doesn't overdo it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh the bacon beer. Split a bottle with my gf.

A: Dark brown with minimal head. Almost none to speak of.

S: This beer is awesome here. Smoked bacon. You can almost taste the salty porky goodness when you inhale.

T: Good deal of malt in the initial sip then followed by smoke and ham. It sounds bad until you try this one. I keep making my friends try some when I get a bottle and when I say "Who wants a bacon beer?" they get upset until they take a sip.

M: Medium body. Nice amount of carbonation to compliment the style.

D: I never keep more than a bottle in my place because that is all you need. One of these is a nice departure but I could never envision myself having more than one. Definitely different a worth a try though.

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Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 500 ml bottle into a nonic glass. Bottle says 5.1% ABV.

A-A normal pour produces two fingers of milky-tan head. The retention is good with more than two-minutes having passed and a cap remaining. The brew is dark, walnut brown with ruby highlights. No real lacing.

S-The smell is...wait for it...smokey. The smoke is a pleasing mixture of charcoal, light peat, and roasted barley. There is also a bit of toffee caramel sweetness. No hops.

T-The taste is less smokey than the smell, but smoke is certainly the most prominent flavor. There is just a hint of sweetness underneath, as well as a bit of grain. Nice balance.

M-The feel is medium body with a soft to moderate carbonation. The brew is drinkable despite the smokiness and heft.

O-This is a really tasty example of the style. The smoke is strong, but it never overpowers things, and provides a nice complex flavor. The flavors are balanced and smooth. Even though the feel is a little soft and heavy, drinkability is high, as well.

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

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

(Served in an imperial strange)

A- This beer has a clear but dense warm brown glow to the body with a rocky beige head which is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The raw white beechwood aroma has a very light cloth band-aid hint that turns more to smoked bacon when it warms. There was a faint brown malt quality to the beer but it was pretty clean and subtle.

T- The faint taste of salty smoked bacon had more of a raw beechwood flavor that meld into a smooth dry brown malt flavor with some soft smoke quality. This finish had a light bitterness to it that didn't really have much hop characteristic and a faint cold cigar smoke quality.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and no peaty smoke astringency.

D- This is a very nice full flavored beer with some nice depth and smoke was only one flavor of many. The band-aid notes were very soft and pleasant much more so than beers with to much peat smoked malt. I would be interested in trying to pair this beer with food.

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

Photo of Dewey0603
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear dark brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly. The smell is a smoked wood BBQ aroma that makes your mouth water. The taste is a mesquite wood BBQ. This is like liquid babyback ribs. Malt and molasses are also in this beer. It's almost like a bbq sauce. The m/f is medium with the flavors all mixing well. A wonderful tasting and smelling beer for summer BBQ's. Bring on the ribs.

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Photo of DougT
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark reddened amber color with a slight creamy head. Smells deeply of smoked meats...bacon or ham comes to mind. The taste lessens up on the smoke and actually lets more of a malt sweetness through to compliment with a pinch of tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium and approaches creamy - finishes clean.

This is my first ever Rauchbier and I have to say its a very unique style. It would most likely be an exellent choice to pair with a hearty, meaty meal.

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

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into a glass stein.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer. Topped with large and thick frothy beige color head. The head has good staying power and leaves a thick coat of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: This is pretty smoke forward nose mostly of a bacon and meaty smoke aroma. The traditional marzen lager aroma and sweet malt also are present in a much subdued aroma than the smoked malt.

Taste: Nice marzen sweetness starts the beer off. Mid-palate is a huge rush of delicious meaty and bacony smoke. The smoke remains for a while and then you get German lager yeast with a hint of smoke in the finish. Really unique flavors present in this beer that are very robust.

Mouthfeel: medium body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly light body considering the big bold flavors present in this beer.

Overall: Very unique marzen for sure brewed by the best smoke beer brewers in the world. This is a classic smoke beer with a twist of marzen; the beer delivers exactly what you would expect.

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Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! definetly one of the best beers I've tried lately, a pleasant surprise for being such a special brew.

Tried it in Kifisias, Greece, at Zythos (Beer Society), and, due to the candlelight and gross greek smoking habits, I refrain to describe much of the appearance or the smell-granting each a 3.5 in relative fairness with the rest of the review.

Dark toned, tending to a reddish, with no head or only a small trace of it. The smell, overwhelmed by the cigar seemed sort-of smokey (is it the cigar? is it the rauch?).

The taste. mmm. unlike the rauchbier weizen, which I could not find a word to describe it other than perhaps a beer with a piece of meat stuck into it, this one I can only describe as a beer with a piece of ham stuck into it. With some maltyness and perhaps a hint of bitterness at the end, no carbonation at all, the biggest trait of this beer is, actually, its meaty (hammy in this case) sort of taste, very strongly perceivable and pleasant to the palate. Definetly could drink packs of these. Hope I'll find them here in paris.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a dark iced tea color, a thin covering that puts up some surprisingly large swaths of lace.

Aroma - very smoky grain, soft and intense at the same time. Like liquid smoke, but with a grainy sweetness. This barbecuing individual digs it.

Taste - caramelly grain, a light sweetness, and a large but tasty smokiness. Some anise flavor in there which could be a combination of the smoke and malt. The swallow and finish have a touch of sweetness to offset the smoke, but is still primarily smoky.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a lighter than average crispness. A good sturdy body.

Drinkability - a tasty brew if you like your smoke cold and wet. As the temps begin to warm, this is the push I need to get the smoker ready for the season's first conquest, a ten pound brisket. Chomp!

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours into my duvel tulip, clear brown with a hint on red in the light, a nice finger and a half head falling to thin layer.
S: as expected with style, smoky, i was expecting it to be over powering but it is not, there is a little bit of malt hiding but it is mostly smoke.
T: first taste is smoke which leads to a lightly sweet bready malt, and a strange sort of hop and smoke aftertaste that i cant exactly describe, though it is good. smoke lingers a long time
M: flavors are coating so it seem a bit thicker than it is. carbonation is medium to light.
D: overall marzen style is very drinkable, strong smoke makes for a good grilling brew

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear, brown ruby colour with a good amount of head in the Samuel Smith pint glass. A lot of smoke flavours as one would guess with this beer. A good malty finish to go along with the smoked flavours. Drinks down pretty smooth and the smoke isn't overpowering at all as I was worried about. Decent beer.

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

When I first popped the cap the smoked meat smell permeated the the table. When I poured the head went dissipated pretty quickly. The beer itself it pitch black. Taste wise it had a strong smoked pork taste. I had this beer with a heavy meal and I wouldn't recommend it. Its better drank as a standalone or maybe with a light snack.

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

From a bottle, pours a clear dark burgundy with a nice head. Nose is smoked meat tending toward ham, salt pork, not so much bacon in this case. Salty and light, pleasant. Mouth is soft, smoked ham, very light somehow, airy. I picture cubed hunks of artisan ham here. Yep, artisan ham. Fluffy with an appropriate bittering hop near the finish. Dry. Nice stuff.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a deep amber colour. Beautifully dark and red with a white cloud floating atop it. Lots of sticky lace on the glass. Mesmerising to see. Hmm, barbecue. Smells a bit like smoked meat, with even a bit of ham smell. Odd for a beer, but it's making me hungry. Smoky malt sweet smell. Very slight hop aroma behing the ham. First sip tastes like roasted pork. Second sip, and it tastes like a beer. A beer smoked inside a meathouse beside salmon and whole ham. Almost a meal drink. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy, with more smoked salmon than ham. Odd, but nice. I can understand why people would hate this beer. Hey, some people don't want roasted swine in their beer. Thick, full bodied mouthfeel leaves the stomach pleasantly plump. Not drinkable in a short period of time, but something that will be drunk again.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,359 ratings
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