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 Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours semi transparent thin mahogany with decent tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a light film. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Smells of charred wood, ash and smoked meat. Hints of malts.

Taste - Wow this has really great flavors, taste follows the aroma closely but not as much ash/burned oak. The taste is very smooth the smoke flavor adds depth and is not overwhelming at all. More smoked meat thick flavor but the beer is not thick at all. There seems to be underlying molasses that somehow adds a touch of sweetness.

Feel - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy low carbonation.

Overall - This is an excellent beer, I have no idea how they get so much smoke in the aroma and the taste is so smooth and balanced.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to Goblet.
Smells like pepperidge farms smoked sausage. Peppery, beef, pork. Dark brown, no head. Taste is malty, and strange with all the sausage flavors. Watery Feel.


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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours brilliant chestnut under a hefty mousse-like light tan foam cap that slowly recedes over a 5-minute period as scores of tiny bubbles lazily find their way to the top of the drink.
S: bread, light smoke, faint hops.
T: Hits all the right malt notes with a sweet beginning that recedes as bread and light toast flavors come forward. The hop bitterness is moderate and the hop flavor is low. The smoke is moderate and in balance with the Märzen qualities. There is a little smoked rib character in the background. There is nothing harsh, burnt, charred, rubbery or over phenolic in this beer.
F: The body is medium to medium high, the carbonation is medium to medium low.
O: Some might find the first sip challenging but by the second or third you will be thinking about the next glass.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lavender coloring - real clean - surprinsing to see light shine thru it. Huge tan head, plenty of lacing.

Wonderful smoky malt, meaty aroma. Earthy, wood. Remarkable

Smoke wood flavor, very sustainable. Big caramel. sweet and a bit unfinished. A bit of warmth and spice in the finish. Very smooth. Would pair nicely with a meat and cheese plate.

Must have if one likes rauchbier.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours clear maroon with a khaki colored foam head. Smells like sweet roasty smoked malts with a smoked pork meaty quality, some dried fruits, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, charcoal, ash, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like smoked meats, pork, sweet roasty smoked malts, some dried fruits, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, charcoal, ash, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice rauchbier.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a cola dark brown body with huge foaming thick tan head that sticks
Big smokey cigar and bonfire aroma
Smoke and cinder toffee flabourbon

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 500 ml bottle poured poured into pint glass.

Look: Deep, dark brown with an off-white, thick, rocky, two finger head. Incredible head retention.

Smell: Rich malts followed by thick, delicious smoked meats, evoking feelings of walking into an old time butcher shop.

Taste: Malts followed by smoked meats and a light bitterness on the swallow. Well balanced, smoke flavor is not overpowering.

Feel: Medium-thin body with moderate carbonation and slightly dry. Very easy drinking.

Overall: An excellent beer, not hard to imagine it brightening a spot in my fridge for those times you want something special.

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Photo of kitch
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of May 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear dark amber colour with a two fingered tanned head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Smokey, bacon, ham and toast.

Taste: Smoked meats especially ham and charcoal-ly upfront before giving way to sweet-ish caramel malts and a touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice smoked beer with lovely smoked ham aromas and taste balanced with a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of jpbarto
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smoked beer - didn't even know it existed. After this one I want more - a fantastic, hearty mouth feel and flavour unlike anything I've ever had. If you're into really strong porters or Russian stouts, give this a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a mug to a deep brown topped by a two finger light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of smoke and sweet malts. It reminds me a lot of the smell you get when you walk into a legit BBQ joint
T: Taste is sweet caramel malts with some nice meaty smoke flavors. That's really about all that this beer has going on is just the sweetness from the malts and the acrid smokiness. The two flavors riff of of each other pretty well to provide balance though. The swallow on this beer is more caramel and toffee sweetness that's a little fruity with some lingering smoke.
M: This beer has a creamy medium mouthfeel with carbonation that is a little soft but adequate. The beer finishes on the dry side of things but that's okay.
O: Overall this beer is kind of like drinking a smoked pork shoulder and there's nothing wrong with that. There isn't a lot going on but it's fun to drink and well executed. Definitely an interesting beer to try.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark brown color; ruby when held to the light.

Khaki head; strong, spotty lace.

Smells of smoke and pork. Rauch goodness.

Medium mouthfeel.

Another winner from Schlenkerla; a touch watery compared to the Urbock, but very drinkable & tasty. A session rauch?!

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any import date:

Appearance: This looks absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is dark brown and has very dark brown highlights with hints of burnt umber in the light, great clarity, all beneath a beautiful eggshell white head with just a touch of light tan.

Aroma: Massive smoky wood aroma. It conjures so many memories of campfires that it is ridiculous.

Taste: It has a very light caramel flavor that is present with the beer on the palate but disappears as soon as it is swallowed. A smoky wood flavor is also there but in a much lighter presence than the aroma. There is just a touch of burnt coal way in the background but the overall flavor of the beer is very light, retracted, and muted.

Mouthfeel: It is a very light and easy drinking beer. The carbonation is great. It doesn't have much presence on the palate though. If I had no olfactory sense I would feel like I was drinking water.

Overall: The appearance and the aroma literally could not be improved upon but the flavor of the beer is weak and the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. This is the kind of beer that makes you say "why isn't there more flavor?" If this is the only beer you can find from Schlenkerla then I would recommend picking it up. If it is not then I would recommend something else. As a Rauchbier it is still head and shoulders over nearly every other brewery but the delineation occurs between the very beers that Schlenkerla makes (or more than just nearly). As an "overall" recommendation I would still recommend it.

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Photo of dd43
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic beer, and is my go to choice for introducing someone to the wonders of a smoked malt beer. You are greeted immediately with the strong aroma of a campfire when cracking this beer open. The malts obviously impart that smoke flavor, but there's also a toastiness and a very mild sweetness to balance it out. An amazing seasonal that should never be missed.

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint bottle from TW Arrowhead in late July for $6.99.

Beer poured amber brown with a beautiful long lasting white head.

Nose is smoked malts, brisket, pulled pork, and other goodness that comes out of my smoker.

Initial taste was heavy on the smoked meats. Subsequent sips had the smoke going blending in nicely with the slightly sweet quality of the fermented malts. Hopping rate could have been a bit more to balance it better for my pallet but was good nonetheless.

Feel was medium bodied and neither smooth or refreshing.

Overall a very nice beer that is a must try for the smoked meat aficionados out there. Had samples of this probably 15 years ago from a friend whose nephews brought some back from Germany.

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Photo of Grogsky
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Immediate scents of a campfire under the silhouette of a full moon. Nice dark ruby red colour. Light carbonation, enough to quench the thirst of a pig roasting on said campfire. Taste has subtle bitterness from hops, nice malted barley hints, and a subtle finish of a smokey flavour. The smoke flavour is not at all over-powering, and adds a nice hint to remind the consumer of a well smoked salmon. A great beer overall.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sold as a single bottle from a local bottle shop. No bottle on date listed. Considered as the bench mark brand for Schlenkerla. Barley is smoked with beechwood within the historic confines of the Schlenkerla brewery located in Bamburg, Germany.

L - dark amber brown color with a little bit of highlights coming thru. Pitch black sitting down. Two finger head, no fluffiness, half and inch ring around the glass.

S - The wood is so strong on the nose it's heavenly. Beef brisket, smoked meat, campfire, beef jerky, chili, salted caramel, leather.

T - taste matches the aroma really well. Grainy smokey dark taste, smoked meat, campfire smoke, along with the toffee notes of a marzen beer.

F - loose and watery feel, cool and calm across the tongue and quite refreshing. Smoke adds an ash type linger on the tongue like a snuffed out fireplace. Medium light in body.

O - this is one of those beers that you do not look over. Very well known amongst the beer geeks and is a bucket list beer for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of EMH73
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with a very thin off-white head. Smells very strongly of smoke (think smoked pork shoulder or ham), some malts and spices. Taste is dominated by the smoke flavor and I really can't get past it. Some sweet caramel notes and malts are present but the smoke flavor overpowers. Glad I bought just one.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a very dark but clear brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is a musty spice. Taste has an astringent bitterness of overpowering smokiness with slight malt and caramel. An acquired taste; one's enough for me.

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Photo of morimech
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for a marzen with a shallow head. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. The Beech wood kiln malt works its wonders. Aroma of ham, bacon, ash, wood, and some toffee. The flavor is not as impressive as the smoke qualities overpower the rest of the beer. Nice bacon and ham notes at first but it sort of wears out the palate with its intensity. Some sweetness and caramel notes but does not seem as toasty as other marzens. This is a low ABV beer and the body reflects that. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first beer in a long long time that I could not finish. I know it is highly rated and I paid a premium for it, but I had an instant visceral reaction to it.....I found the smokey taste to be overwhelming. Otherwise, it seemed like a nice, rich, dark-as-molasses beer, which I normally love....but all I could taste was campfire. I pretty much have liked, on some level, every other beer I've ever had....but the smell of this beer almost made me nauseous.

But I know taste is subjective, so as weird as it sounds, I would try a sample, to try to develop a palate for it. I remember I used to hate wheat beers , but after sampling enough of them, I slowly turned.... and now I love them.

So there it is....try this beer at your own risk! Seems like you'll either love it or hate it - no in between.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decent smokiness. Campfire. Fruit. Bandaid. Ash. Wood. Chocolate. Balancing with the malts caramelly toffee back. This beer demands meat with its faint lacing, and nice lingering head.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Woof I tried this for the first time about 20 years ago, and a half dozen times since, and I can assure you rauchbiers are not my jam man. Takes on a brown porter and cola like appearance, tan head. Almost seems like this is a blend of gose and rauchbier from the aroma. Has that fatty, smoky, salty exterior aroma.

Taste is just like a meat platter with smoke/cigars/tobacco. The body itself is actually relatively light, but there is so much flavor packed into this one. I could go for a few ounces maybe around a campfire, but that is about it, it is so foreign, so just not the vibe I want when drinking a beer. So much earth and smoke in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, almost black brown, with dark red reflections. Head is one finger thick and recedes very quickly, leaving a thin ring and almost no lacing. This was my first Rauchbier, so the smell was a huge surprise: I'm getting acrid tobacco, leather and smoked sausage. Hidden beneath are sweet malts, which bring a nice balance. Surprisingly, I couldn't find any of that in the taste -- although everyone seems to get the same smokey flavors, I'm feeling more of a strong stout character: caramel, chocolate, coffee with slight bitterness in the end. Still, it's quite nice.
The mouthfeel however left me a bit puzzled: I expected something much more bodied and rich, but this is one of the lightest beers I've drank lately. Carbonation is pretty light too, so it's an extremely drinkable beer, but I'm not convinced it goes that well with its other (numerous) qualities.
That being said, it's a very good beer, and I'm curious to try others of the same style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color with a solid inch of frothy and dense brown head. Heavy lacing. The aroma is very reminiscent of lapsang souchong tea (which has tea leaves that were dried over beechwood fires). The taste is much less smoky than the nose would indicate but it is the dominate flavor. I'm also getting some dark malt in the mix. The mouth is fairly smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a ruby brown color.

The aroma offers rich woody smoke with smoked tuna, smoked BBQ, bacon, toasty bready malts, woody hops.

The flavor follows with campfire, smoking wood chips, toasty bready sweetness with a medium to medium plus mouthfeel with lingering toast qualities and woody bitterness on the finish.

A wonderful food pairing brew.

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