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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

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 LeftyBWS
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Nice mahogany brown color, somewhat bright. Pours with a one-inch layer of very light brown head with some frothy bubbles.
S: Warm and sweet, plenty of caramel malts with some smoky scents, too.
T: Soft malt flavors, somewhat sweet, kinda earthy at first. Then the bitterer smoky flavors take over and lead into a finish that has some sugary, leafy and faintly hoppy. Not a bad taste, but I expected the malts to be a little more prevalent and the smokiness a little smoother.
M: Okay, mostly wet and satisfyingly quaffable, but with a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish.
D: Pretty good, barring the alcohol tingle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby tone with a very appeasing tan foaming fluffy head, exquisite lacing surrounding the pint. Aroma: Well, I know this sounds weird but this beer smells of a tender smoked bacon with semi sweet roasted tones barely creeping through, oh so unique just straight up different and the orginator of smoked bier. Taste: It's so strange drinking a mildly sweet liquid that has a big kick of smoked meat in the flavor doesn't seem like it should be drinkable or even blend together but it does. Mouthfeel: Medium body decent carbonation not a bad brew at all, definitely a new definition of smoked bier. Drinkability: Suprisingly goes down pretty well I think it's damn good such a complex flavor picking out smoked flavors still brewed in the same tradition this is pretty amazing stuff be ready for something new if you try it.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

They weren't kidding when they classify this as a "smoked beer". Drank straight from the bottle, reminded me of smoke kielbasa around a campfire. Pleasant beer to drink. Very crisp and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 09oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen pours a dark dark brown, with reddish hints when held to the light, and a small, short-lived light tan head.

The smell and taste are dominated by smoked sausage with the taste being a tad too strong and more than a tad too long-lived. Despite following the beer with Kung Pau Chicken, an hour afterwards, my burps had the taste of smoked beer. The feel is chewy and substantial, with an unexpected light carbonation that makes this unexpectedly refreshing.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen is a great experience; however a little goes a long way. I'm glad I tried it; however I may not go back for more.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep deep copper, maybe brown even. Head is tan, with good retention at a quarter finger and some notes of lacing.
S- The first few smells all I was getting was like a smoke salami aroma. Now I'm picking up more toasted malts, a bit of grassyness, and a bit of a metallic presence.
T- Actually not too smoky at first, pretty much just a toasted malt presence. Smoke is very heavy in the finish though. Really is like a smoked ham type flavor. Slight metallic note here too.
M- Found it a bit underweighted and low carbed, rendering it a bit like smoke water.
O- You know, it's just not my thing, but I've graded this one with style in mind as I feel like this is a pretty good example, if you read up on what the style is about. If rauchbiers are your thing, this one probably ranks up there. Good for the style (other than the mouthfeel was a letdown), and a good enough experience I guess.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark ruby with slight reddish tint. Nice

No head at all can be conceived, but a slight lacing appears as warming.

Aroma of smoke, with beef, malt, fruit, and citrus

Flavors of smoke, malt, roast beef, slight hint of wheat that is overwhelmed with smoke, also with some fruit and citrus in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is some what weak, light on the carbonation, low body.

Overall this would go good with some smoke cheese and some beef. Unless you like smoke beers, this is a try beer.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, pretty clear, with a nicely sized fluffy tan head. It fades momentarily and leaves behind a few drifts of small lacing.

Salty, smoked, burnt barbecue - bacon fat - Copenhagen - all of these are present in the smell.

Flavor carries these salted pork hues, but is backed up with a light malt body - I noticed a bit of lemon twinge, which really lightens up the heavy meaty flavor.

Very smooth mouthfeel, just the right density and sensation that asks you to drink deeply, not sip. It finishes with a complex finish that is one part sticky, one part salty, smoky on the tongue.

I have been pretty fearful of smokebeers until now, and it turns out that this one, at least, is better than I'd hoped. Yes, it has a frightening smell of smoke and meat, but it's surprisingly quaffable! :)

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Photo of jwinship83
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle picked up on sale for $2.99. drank out of a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with ruby red around the edges when held up to the light. a small cream colored head sits on which leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- this beer has an extremely strong odor. lots of smoke/campfire can be detected even a few feet away. very meaty smelling.

T- the taste yields just as much smoke as the smell did. it also reminds me of smoked sausage. very odd for a beer.

M- not as heavily bodied as i was expecting. leaves my mouth feeling dry.

D- definitely a smoked beer. almost so over the top that it becomes a novelty. something id come back to sometime down the road but not for a while.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep brown, almost black, with a healthy tan-brown head of big bubbles that sticks to the side of my stange.

Smell is quite smoke-intensive, with a nice cured-meat scent in there as well. It reminds me of working in the smokehouse on my family farm when I was a teenager.

Flavor is malty with lots of smoke, peaty tastes, and the same smoked-meat flavor. There's a bit of caramel in there as well, but this being my first rauchbier, I really mostly taste the smokiness.

Mouthfeel is medium and complements the smoke character well.

Overall: Relatively drinkable and not so smoke-laden that the other characteristics of the brew didn't come out as it warmed a bit. I'm not sure the style is for me, but it's worth trying once.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an almost blacked out color with a thick crop of beige head resting on top. Retains well, thick film and head for a while, patchy lacing all over.

A heaping serving of heavy smoke in the nose combined with dark European malt tones. Spice and beef jerky come to mind.

Roasty malts up front, bready with notes of caramel. Thick smokiness runs throughout the profile, wrapping around the tongue. Hints of spice and smoked meat with some bacon touches. Peppery towards the finish, which is a little dry but still pretty clean.

Thinner medium body, higher carbonation, a little watery on the tongue, dryness lingers. Really interesting and tasty smokiness, although the body wasn't great.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was my first-ever rauchbier. I had no idea what to expect when I opened the bottle. Poured a chocolate brown. A slight head bubbled up, disappearing after a few seconds. It smelled like a smokehouse, and had a slight taste of bacon. I'd imagine that this would be great with a quality piece of gouda cheese. Not something that I'd like to drink every day, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual bottle from Blue Dog in Lansdale, poured into a dimple mug. Crystal clear deep amber liquid, light cream colored head that settles to a thin layer, leaving some sparse lacing. Really nice color. I guess this one isn't bottle conditioned.

Smell is smoky, really hard for me to place anything beyond that. It doesn't smell like smoke meat or something of that sort (at least not to me) but smoky like other smoke beers I have had, which i find very difficult to actually describe.

Taste is similar, it has a bite to it from the smoke, tastes earthy, there is some malt to keep everything afloat.

Mouthfeel was medium light, medium carbonation. No complaints.

Drinkability is high if you like beers like this. Not really my cup of tea but it is nice to try something different every once in a while.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/1/08. Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown with a small ring off off-white head. Aroma of smoke, smoked ham and smoked sausage. Flavor is more smokey and less meaty. Super tasty though! Just the right amount of smoke. Nice and drinkable. Yum!
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If I have ever been intimidated by a beer this was it.
Poured a dark brown, little head, no lacing
Most unique nose ever, smoke, smoke and more smoke. Reminds me cooking bacon wrapped food over a campfire.
The taste, ehh, not so much. its too thin, if this was an ale and not a lager i think i would like it better, but al i taste is smoke, no malt and the mouthfeel is too thin. Good, well made beer, but not my cup of tea.

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

ABV this year (or this edition?) is 5.1%.

Pours a dark burnt red/ruby/caramel colour. Slight head recedes quickly.

Smell is toasted malt and bacon fat. Big smoke. Slightly . . . candied? Big maltiness, and slight noble hopping--bitter, vegetal greens. Taste echoes. Almost robust porter-esque with the big dark malt quotient, and then the smoke/bacon fat backbone. Slight bitter greens, some bitter chocolate. Average body, moderate carbonation.

It's tasty, but I have to admit, I prefer the much more subtle Helles lager from this brewery; I love a good marzen (which this *pretends* to be, despite it actually being a rauchbier), but it's lacking the drinkability, the crispness of a great marzen. The helles, by contrast, maintains the interesting smoke while still having that cleanness, that crispness.

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

I should note that I am not a big fan of Rauchbier. As a rather militant non-smoker, the thought of smokey beer is not exactly appealling. When I saw this in a Moscow grocery store, however, the Märzen appeal overcame the smoke turn-off. Glad I tried it.

Utterly gorgeous appearance, from the deep clear bronze hue to the big, thick, contoured tan head that stuck around for a long time and left magnificent lace. The nose smelled a bit like smoked salty fish - not an unpleasant thing, but a bit odd for a beer. The mouth was heavy and mildly carbonated, with a definite charcoal undercurrent. The taste is smokey, but reasonably mild. It has little in common with other Märzens, but is pretty darn enjoyable, as the malt contends with the smoke leaving a pleasant aftertaste generated from the mixture. No hops taste. A good, unique experience, this is not a brew I'd like to have every night.

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Photo of jayb
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a root beer brown color with a hint of amber. vigorous pour doesn't produce much more than a thin film of head. clear.

hint of grainy sweetness, almost undetectable dark fruit character. smoky wood chips.

Smoky! smoked sausages! Interesting. The more i consume, the less apparent the smoke becomes, it is subtle enough that i am allowed to acclimate. Mild hop bitterness apparent.

Light-medium body. clean and smooth.

Easily consumed. the smoke could be overwhelming, but i think that this offering does a good job of poking its head out at first and moving to the background as i continue. very interesting. I enjoy this.


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Photo of freeeekyyy
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most unique beer I've ever had. It definitely belongs with bbq pork.

a=4 Average in appearance. Brown. Not a whole lot of head.

s=5 Smells like smoke. Imagine being in a burned down building. It smells like that. Very unique and actually a very nice smell, in my humble opinion.

t=3 The smoke wasn't quite as overpowering in the taste category. But that's pretty much what it tasted like.


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Photo of jrallen34
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown but when you look at it at an angle or in the light there is definete red tinge. The head is white doesn't rise much or have much retention. The lacing is light to non-existant.

The aroma, like most rauches is very strong with lots of smoke a little sweetness.

The taste is light for a rauch. Its smokey and porky but there are some definite malts there with a little sweetness. The sweetness to some might make it more drinkable but to me its distracting from what I really want, which is hardcore smokiness.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml bottle. Dark ruby reddish/brown pour with a generous tan head that fades fast.

Smell: The nose is big up front with smoked malt, sea salt and smoked meats (ham and sausage spring to mind). While the nose is unlike almost anything else out there, i wouldn't call it the most appetizing of aromas.

Taste: Somewhat lighter then the nose would have you believe. Smoked malt is obvious as is big meaty hints of sausage and ham. The flavours mellow out while in my mouth and smooth towards the finish. A suprisingly well rounded beer with complex aromas and flavours as well as excellent balance and body.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and light to a degree. Medium finish.

Drinkability: I couldn't have this everyday but what a treat to have with a good BBQ or smoked sausage and ham.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with big carboantion, very bubbly and a dark amber color with a well retained, foamy tan colored head.

A smokey chocolate malt is obvious right off, heather honey, earthy herbs, only mildly aromatic.

This is a very roastie, smokey malt flavor...and I mean smoked! Balanced with spicey, herbal hops and a smoked turkey on rye bread finish.

medium bodied, very active but also pretty hefty.

Very unique to my palate and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark copper/burgandy color with a creamy, tan, bubbly, three-finger head. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of smoked meats, bacon and maybe the aroma of good German brats.

T - It tasted very smokey, like good bacon. Also, like food cooked over a campfire flame. Some caramel maltiness comes through underneath the smoked flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - My second true Rauchbier. I liked this much more than their weizen, probably because I had it with food (a sirloin steak), and my palate for smoked beers is evolving.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, unknown date, limited review:
Pours cola brown, lots of carbonation sustaining head at the edges (not self-sustaining, it appears).
Nose is as expected, smokey wood in a smokehouse sense. Downside, little else in this pour.
Feel is a little thinner than I recall the other beers from this brewer. The malts don't add a lot to the brew, a dark bread like flavor is about all I get, maybe a light toffee sweetness. Of course, the smoke is there, and it's far from overpowering as expected. However, the lack of other components to the flavor lead me to think this seems more smokey.
Might have to give this one more try to be certain, but otherwise I'll favor the Urbock when fancying a rauchbier.

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Photo of hollicetales
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i really enjoyed the aecht schlenkerla rauchbier urboch so i decided to try out the marzen, it poured a nice medium brown with a medium tan foamy wasn't as pungent as the urboch but the camp fire smell was definietly there as was the wonderful tasted of smokey meat...we paired this with a mild white cheddar on a cold night and it was excellent...i could drink it straight...but sip it slowly it's a savoring beer not a chugging beer. Nice balance of flavors just enough hoppinees and malt to balance the smokiness and definitely alot milder than the marzen. Definitely reommend pairing it with a mild to sharp cheddar or perhaps some gouda.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25oz bottle that was served too cold by the bar that charged me WAY too much for this beer [triple what I could buy it for down the street]. Anyway, just felt like trying it.

Poured a very nice reddish-brown. Small light brown head [perhaps due to it being served too cold] which dissipated quickly. LIght carbonation see rising.

Aroma is delicious! Lots of smoke from a fire and some roasted malts. Sort of like vaporized ham.

Taste is of smoked malts that leads to sweetness. Finish is more smokiness. Somewhat medicinal tasting...not sure where that came from.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and smooth. Much lighter than I was expecting.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I wouldn't call it drinkable. Just too much smoke taste to drink too many. Also, very important to match with the right food. Certainly some BBQ or a good hamburger would work.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.
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