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 diablo14
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i love anything that is smoked. be that meat, cheese, fish, i love it. and when i was introduced to smoked beer it blew my mind. now that these little rippers have bobbed up around town im more than taking the chance to indulge.

pours a delightful deep red/ brown color. the white head was thin, but lacing was apparent. the beer has light but pleasant carbonation. amazing smoky aroma, resembling great german smallgoods like kaiserfleish and kassler, backed up by sweet malts and caramel tones. the smoke is apparent on the front palate, then rolls into a smooth, yet firm roasted malt flavor, with hints of coffee and everton toffee. finishes with a crisp and tasty hop bitterness that doesnt take over, but holds its own in a tidy fashion. being the hedonistic fool i am sometimes, i could just go and drink this all night long. however, i prefer to save it for every once in awhile to savor the unique characteristics just that little bit more.

one of the worlds finest range of brews, and this is one of the picks of the bunch. in my book, you havent really drank beer until youve had at least one of these beauties, whether you end up liking it or not. in my all time top 10 easy.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Among the 6 other taste testers on the beer in my group, I was the only one that enjoyed it: and boy did I ever- ranked as one of my all time favorites it has an outstanding smell, the initial taste is an earth shaker. If you like smoky flavor- please don't die before you sample this. Outstanding from start to finish- I can't rain enough accolades on this gem.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip

Appearance: Very deep ruby/amber in color, agressive pour yields a nice white two finger head with excellent retention. Sticky lacing on the glass as I continued to drink this one.

Smell: SMOKE, SMOKE & more SMOKE! I love smoked beers, and this one takes the cake. Smoked meat, almost bacon-esque pops you in the face, a solid malt spice detectible here as well with bits of vanilla. The beechwood logs used in the brewing process are very detectible, giving off a very woodsy aroma. Probably the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of smelling.

Taste: Just like the smell, loads of smoke fill up the palate, I get some smoked meat flavors, vanilla and a touch of toffee in the backdrop. The earth like wood aroma really kicks in towards the finish without strecthing the taste buds too much. This is like taking a smoked beef brisket and shoving it in a lager beer and drinking it. Absoloutley amazing!

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation, it's a lighter beer so it's not going to kill you when it sits on the tongue. A nice bittering effect from the german hops is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability: One amazing beer that must be had by all beer lovers. I know alot of people don't like smoke beers but this may be the one that turns there opinion around. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is the most authentic of any Rauchbier's I've ever had. It's smooth, smokey, and easy to sip. I've yet to try this with some smoked BBQ but I can imagine it is amazing. Very glad I tried this and look forward to trying many more beers from the cellars of Schlenkerla in Bamberg.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what better to start off a nice superbowl superstitious party then with some smokey beers hopefully the giants will smoke the patriots then this omen will be very appropriate

wow poured with a crazy rocky head on the beer who said lager beer can't have a wicked head on the top? this beer looks like a crafted ale not a lager by any means

whoa talk about bacon in the aroma...meaty and full of smoke and floral hops and dare i say a little bit of sourness almost a vinegar type quality?

taste outstanding reallly rich layers of complex malt on top of delicate smoke in the beginning then intense phenolic smoke coming on on the end really a nice elevation there

mouthfeel rich without being cloying wow perfect bubbles

overall almost a perfect beer for the style i guess when you make rauchbier this long you really can get it down but wow what a fantastic beer

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Photo of Greggy
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark amber color, no sediment, great head and sticky lacing.

S- This smells like walking into my local meat market, bacon, venison and campfire.

T- big meat smokiness, venison, very dark dry chocolate maltiness.

M- Very low carb but great taste and finish.

D- What an amazing beer. Easily drinkable and will pair amazingly with meats. I intend to always have a couple of these in my fridge. Wow...

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Photo of DerBayer
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is much better on tap than from the bottle. I just had this in the rake and man this is amazing.
The smoked barley gives it such a full body that it can easily match up to any stout or porter in fact potentially one of the fullest bodies ever.
At the same time there is none of that ale staleness but a crisp refreshingness mixed with sweet malt flavours - OUTSTANDING

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Photo of Longstaff
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Had to re-review this since I've had it so many times since the original review and my views have changed drastically. What can I say but this is the difinitive rauchbier that is the smokiest it gets. Nice strong beechwood smoke flavor upfront reminiscent of smoked fish or meat that may be overwhelming at first, but then dissapates the more you drink. The malt is very sweet and sugary like a marzen but is has a substantial enough bitterness on the back end to make it more balanced than a marzen. Smoke flavors are strong at first, but after a few pints, only slightly noticeable. Creamy mouthfeel makes this feel slick going down. I can't get enough of this magical elixer.

Who put sardines in my beer? The oily, smoked fish aroma is much stronger than it tastes and is quite pleasant after a few sips. After my first sip I wondered how I was going to finish the bottle, after my last, I wanted another bottle. Went great with a hunk of Jarlsberg cheese.

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Photo of armock
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Champ103 for giving this to me in a trade.

A - Poured a brown with a amber tint color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of that wonderful Bamberg smoked malt and a hint of spice

T - Follows the nose lots of smoked malt upfront its like drinking a slightly spiced campfire

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think I really need to move to Bamberg Germany Rauchbiers are one of my favorite beers and Aecht Schlenkerla is the brewery that all other Rauchbiers should be judged by I could seriously drink this stuff all day and all night a must try

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Photo of akdo
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought one 500-ml bottle at a store of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the provincial agency that regulates the sale of wine for off-site consumption in Ontario.

Look: I poured the beer into a Cervoise glass. The body is slightly similar to that of a strong dark ale. The extremities have an amber hue while the rest of the body is pitch black. The head, which is light brown, is a finger long. Unfortunately, the head tends to vanish quickly leaving a creamy ring near the glass's rim. As I drank the beer, I also noticed sediments of an oily-like texture on the surface.

Smell: The beer delivers in this department! Its aromas is close to the smoke of a flame that was slightly perfumed. Think of a BBQ smoke without the smell of a liquid gas used to fan the flame.

Taste: It is very consistent with the smell. What makes this beer stand out from others is the fact that it tastes like smoked hops. As a result of that, you are under the impression you are tasting meat smoked on the grill without marinade or oil. Moreover, because your mouth will salivate upon drinking this beer, you also feel some notes of lemon.

Feel: The carbonation is very low. Hence, the quick disappearance of the head after less than five minutes. However, we trade one trade-off for an advantage. In fact, this puts the emphasis on the hints of meats smoked on the grill. Moreover, the beer slightly warms your tongue, your head and your rib cage upon entering your wind pipe.

Overall: It is a beer that goes quite well with a homemade hamburger. It can also be drank alone. Although I heard that there are other stronger smoke beers, Schlenkerla Marzen is a new favourite of my mine.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the brewery in Bamberg. Served out of barrel into glass, cool.

A-black walnut body with an off white head.

S-smells like mesquite smoke.

T-smoke front, malt with some nice hop flavor at the end.


D-GREAT beer. This is a classic smoked beer. Not overly smoky at all. I would have this beer again.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep dark brownish red with a creamy tan head. Smell is overwhelmingly smoky. Woodsy campfire aromas, smoked meats, fish and cheese, everything smoky and wonderful. Seems as though my glass should be smoldering. Taste is smoky as well. A sweet malt Marzen flavor underlies the smoked pecan or apple wood. Touch of smoked hops, but mostly malt complexities. Smooth full smoky mouthfeel. Halfway through the glass I had some smoked cheese and sausage, and this beer went with them perfectly. Eating some smoked foods actually brought out more of the sweet flavors in the beer. Goes down very easy. I'd go back to this beer again and again. An amazing style.

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Photo of smbslt
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

A compelling, cool sepia brown color with little warm red and gold highlights. Off-white head that gave way a little too soon and left little lacing.

Ever-present, smooth, smoky bbq aroma accentuated every sip. Hops are in the backseat, coming along just to enjoy the ride.

Well crafted beer.

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Photo of DKight
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Probably the best beer I have had so far. Would make a great grilling beer. Tastes exactly like it smells! T,he taste is like nothing I have had before. You can definitely tell that this is a smoked beer. has a meaty taste to it. A few that tried it with me thought they tasted smoked hot dogs. The smell and taste are almost exactly the same. Amazing.


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Photo of NightINgale
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear dark brown colour, with a light brown frothy head. Some smaller bubbles on the sides are visible at first, but they disappear promptly enough. Good lacing and head retention.

S - Very smoky, meaty aroma (bratwurst, ribs, bacon, you name it!), with loads of caramel maltiness, a touch of hops and dark fruits.

T - Smokiness sticks around for the entire duration of the drinking. This beer has just enough sweetness, some bitterness. I was also able to get some caramel and chocolate notes. Very rich and satisfying. The finish is smoky, a bit bitter, with some mild sweetness and nice breadiness.

M - Medium (or slightly below medium) body to it. Some carbonation. Loads of that nice meaty smokiness, very satisfying.

D - Goes down very smooth! The smoke does not seem to negatively affect drinkability. In fact, this would be amazing paired with some smoked sausages or ribs!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear ruby red color. The head is three finger in height, and recedes very slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is like a camp fire, all smokey and warm. The taste isn't nearly as smokey as the aroma, but is still heavily so. The smoke, however, is balanced out nicely my malt. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine rauchbier that I will certainly have again.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, clear ruby against the light, with a thin, quickly disappearing tan head. Massively peaty aroma, campfirey at first, but develops a bit of malt sweetness midpalate. Overall flavor is smoky, slightly bitter, with a long lasting aftertaste follows the dry finish. A touch of caramel malt sweetness begins to emerge once mouth gets accustomed to smoke flavor – lends a really nice softening to the smoke. Some coffee flavors midpalate too
Surprisingly complex. Really a lovely beer!

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Photo of dbek
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very unique and special beer. It has a dark brown color. Its aroma is pretty strong but not strong enough compared to its taste. It will surprise you the first time you try it: It tastes more like bacon and ham than beer. Trying it a couple will get you addicted as you will often feel the need to have this delicacy. It goes perfectly with meat (it won't change your taste) but you can also drink it alone. If you can handle the strong taste, then there is no limit in how many of these you can have in one drinking session.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours like motor oil. It's got a nice dark color to it. The head is fairly frothy. The nose is out of this world. The smoke smell is amazing. It reminds me of a BBQ. The taste is wow! So smoky. So intense. I know some can't handle this beer, but it is world class.

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Photo of willjansen
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the wooden casks at the Heller-Trum Wirtshaus Zum Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany.

Appearance: Big, fluffy whitish-head, dark amber color, without strong carbonation obvious. Even has a hazy, smoky look, if you will.

Smell: Smoked meats, savory, porky smell. Much like a smoked ham hock... almost salty. Fresh smell.

Tastes: Smoked malt kick to the face... though smokiness becomes less pronounced as you drink (presumably through numbing of the tastebuds. Cleaner and fresher than the bottle, with an aftertaste of ashy wood. Similar smoked, salted, spiced meaty flavor throughout from beginning to end. Finish is not dry, but slightly warming and certainly smoky.

Mouthfeel: From the wooden cask, so the carbonation is rather restrained. Smooth, silky-bodied with somewhat watery mouthfeel... akin to a nice, fresh lager.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, with somewhate less smokiness than the bottled version, and a great balance of smoke with the hops. Beautiful beer fresh from the casks and a world class experience at Heller Trum in Bamberg...

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Photo of anakar
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Maybe because it's my first "smoked" beer but still...

App - It poured out of my pint bottle in a very dark bronze color with a large and steady head which stuck around for a long time.

Smell - ahhh the smell. Smells like smoked beef on a winter morning, pardon the poetry but the smell demands it. If I could I would give this smell a full 6 points.

Taste - The taste is also smoked, very much like smoked beef. Although the beer apears heavy, it's a very easy drink. Unlike porters when it's hard to finish your pint, this one is very light but still very flavorful

Feel - the feel was great, exactly what I said about taste. It's light yet full.

Overall - Buy it today. Not a six-pack, this one you should savor.

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Photo of Lev
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing beer, I have been dreaming of it for days... imagine if some gouda cheese got it on with a beer and had its love child, THIS would be that love child and i would want to drink it and wait for the cheese and beer to get it on again....

Seriously, if you ever have the opportunity to try this beer do not hesitate. Extremely tasty, amazing smell, and it even looks good to boot!

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

L: Poured into a large pilsner glass. Pours a beautiful dark red to brown with thin white head.

S: Smells like liquid camp fire.

T: Smell melts into great flavor. Almost bacony.

F: Silky, oily.

O: Impressed with my first Rauchbier.

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

A- Dark deep red with a not-quite tan head, nice and thick with good retention. Beautiful beer.

S- Smells like smoked meat, like a spiced ham. Faint malt in background. Fantastic.

T- Very smooth, spicy smoke flavor, not at all overwhelming. An almost salty finish, makes me want to make another gulp. Malt roast flavor in the finish as well.

M- Nice dry finish makes this very drinkable despite the full flavor

O- This is the best smoke beer I have ever had, it defines the style for a reason. Most smoke beers I drink are way too heavy handed, this is subtle, balanced and delicious.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Poured a great deep reddish brown into a Pint glass, half finger white head and nice lace. Aroma showed the smoked hops right away with a somewhat malted background, taste was malty sweetness followed by a flow of smokey rich bitterness with each sip. Mouthfeel is medium/light and makes for an easy drink, the smokey waves mellow as it warms and some hops begin to show through with a slight bitterness. Overall this is a very solid beer and one that I'm very glad I picked up!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

no date bottle, cellar temp, into goblet
Aroma - light smokiness, slight malt
Head small (1.5 cm), creamy, light brown, mostly diminishing
Lacing good
Body clear, dark red-amber
Flavor begins with a light smokey maltiness, slightly sweet, with no hint of hops
Gradually fades until only the smokiness remains, no diacetyl
This is a medium palate, creamy beer with lively carbonation.

This is one of my favorite beers, being the premier example of a rauch beer. Easy drinking, almost a session beer.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,276 ratings.
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