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 TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Yards shaker pint glass.

Thanks to YaKnowBrady for this bottle (and the glass)!

Gettin' back to my smoky roots with one of the first rauchbiers I tried. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a finger or so of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises rich, woody, almost barbecue-like smoke hanging like a heavy pall over some sweet, creamy caramel. Good times, indeed. The taste brings some even darker smoke, but beyond that keeps things pretty steady. Smoky indeed! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, one of the best rauchbiers out there. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of tjd25
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice foamy head on a mahogany color. The smell is wonderful: as soon as your nose gets close to the glass, you smell this incredible smoked bacon aroma. That was great. The taste was exactly what I expected from the smell: a great smoked bacon flavor, with a nice carbonation, and a slightly citric aftertaste that gives the beer a high drinkability and a very refreshing aspect. It's amazing to see what you can do with malts once they get smoked. A very good surprize for me. I definitely want to have this one again.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rauchbier is a love-it-or-hate-it drink. Don't be discouraged by bad reviews since this is not for everyone. For the adventurous awaits a truly unique beer.

The Marzen is my favorite, but the Urbock is quite good too.

Even someone who is turned off at the smokey smell or first taste is encouraged to keep at it. This beer gets better as you drink it.

This is coming from someone who loves black licorice, so take that as you will. If you don't like Schlenkerla, that just means more for ME!

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Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black brownish color which only allows light around the edges with a tan one finger head. The head gives way to gobs of lace up and down the glass. The aroma has a big smoky aroma. The smoke smells like a camp fire with some spice present. The taste follows suit with a caramel malt backbone and then a big smokey flavor. The bbq flavor along with spice and beef jerky become more pronounced. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall a great beer, nice big smokey aroma and flavor. The beer becomes more enjoyable as you go.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 24-6-05. This is how a rauchbier should be. Good presentation with yellowbrown head and darkdarkbrown beercolor. Nose is very smokey and with that maltycaramellic. Taste is as smokey as beer can be also and with that a fullness of taste. Sweetmalty, caramellic, citrussyfruity and roast all in one. After a while you think you were near a fireplase cause the smokey taste just stays forever. Great brew having also fine carbonation to make mouthfeel great and can't leave it by one so drinkability is also more then ok!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It smells like beef jerky. I can't get enough of these beers! The taste is great as well. It has a deep, smokey flavor that's laid over pale and crystal malts. It goes down smooth with a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the aroma and taste. I wish this style was more available; a good drinker.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive reddish brown color. Only a film of off-white head. Finely textured tendrils of lace.

Smells mainly of smoke, like smoked salmon and bacon, with toasty grain, honey, earth, fruit leather, and spicy grassy hops. Rich and appetizing.

Tastes of smooth smoked malt, moderately sweet, with some toast and honey. Very well balanced with fresh hop flavor - grassy, spicy, and earthy - and moderate bitterness. Dries out entirely for a fairly long smoky finish.

Lightly carbonated. The tiny size of the bubbles makes for a nice smooth texture. Very drinkable, the smoke doesn't interfere at all.

Plenty of smoke, but perfectly integrated. Very tasty and balanced beer, with no shortage of character.

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Photo of JDV
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from City Beer Store in S.F. Poured a rich dark brown in a weizen glass with a nice light tan head. Good lacing too. Smell was very reminiscent of salted and peppered beef jerky and smoked bbq, and although it was very obvious, it wasn't as extremely overpowering or offensive as I feared. I found it extremely enticing and the taste was not a letdown either. The base of the beer itself was smooth, perfectly malty and sweet with a touch of lingering smokiness and light bitterness in the finish. It was very full flavored, not overdone and perfectly crisp from the carbonation, and I was shocked at how drinkable this stuff was. I expected this to be a letdown b/c I was quite excited to try it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good, and I can't wait to try the other 2 varieties.

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Photo of Travlr
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very dark maroon with a thin white head and great lacing.
Smell was modern ashtray and oak.
Taste was subtle smoke, much more subtle than the bottled version (which is difficult to finish).
Much more drinkable than the bottled version, this one is fairly complex and definitely unique. If you're going to try a rauchbier, it has to be one from Bamberg.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 7/12/12

A clear ruby red with a few tiny suspended particles, just a few bubbles but a solid thumbs width of light tan foam hangs on for a few sips leaving some partial rings of lace

S nice campfire smell with some of grandpas cabin, faint dried fruit and coco, more smokey goodness and the smell of rain on the campfire

T a little more chocolate and a little less smoke, some fruity notes fighting their way through, earthy, woody and smokey, great stuff

M somewhat light bodied and refreshing in a strange way, more bubbles then I could see in the glass and a fruity smoke aftertaste that lingers

O this ones a great example of the style, smokes strong but allows other aspects of the brew to shine through, easy to drink and doesn't leave you feeling full

my only regret was not drinking this with my BBQ beef ribs last night, poor timing but great beer. the best brew out of my Advent Calender so far far, not sure if it was worth the 100$ but I'd pay a few bucks to drink another one of these

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Photo of jobcrackerbah
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mahogany brown with a thin bubbled head.

S: A deep rich woody smokiness. The smell is reminiscent of oak grilled meats. The malty backbone is barely noticeable.

T: The Smokey meats perceived in the smell doesn't translate as well in the flavor which isn't a bad thing. The beer is extremely well balanced with the smokiness and nutty brown malts.

M/D: The mouth feel is a bit watery although nice and coating. No alcohol flavor with a nice mixture of sweet and smoky bitterness. The smoke intermingles perfectly with the light bittering hops and sweet base. This is the best smoked beer I've tried so far. The smoke flavors don't muddle the beer and instead refine it to a nicely balanced sweet and smoky experience.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled pint mug.

A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color forming a medium beige head. Medium to low retention and some few lacings left

S: Very particular. Very smoky as expected. Bacon. Roasted malts, honey. Delicious

T: As the nose, very roasted and smoky. Bacon, honey, roasted malts, smoked wood. Very mild sweet brown sugar in the beginning but, in overall, a dry beer. End is roasted bitterness

M: A light body after all. Watery. Good carbonation. Roasted bitter aftertaste but not too bitter

O: Excellent beer, excellent drinkability. That's what you can expect from an Aecht Schlenkerla

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First I love smoked food, So I may be prejudice here.

Poured from a generous big bottle to a fine lidded heavy glass bierkrug. The head stood up tall faded smartly and left a very nice tan lace. The color of the liquid is a medium dark amber with fiery red orange and brown hues.

Smell is ... Yes Smokey. Could be a bit like smoked fish, but I will go with smoked malt. It has a slight pungent cheese scent and a ripe fruit note .

Taste is of smoked malt, very malty indeed. The smoke flavor in this offering is not overwhelming but a wonderful complement to a very smooth roasted malt and some of the tastiest hops this far north of Munchen. The complex flavors released as it warms are accented by the smoked flavor and add extremely interesting dementions to the Marzen style. I loves me some Marzen, and this beer totally writes a new chapter in that book. With this beer in Mein Beirkeller I do declare Jeder Tag war ein Fest!

The mouthfeel is not a full as i had anticipated but it if rich and sticky. The carbonation subsides as it warms and adds just the right tickle to the tung.

The drinkability is surprisingly outstanding. Absolutely no offensive tastes or textures. At 5.4 ABV you could drink sere val. This is quite a n outstanding example
of a very unique and delicious beer style.

Zum wohl! MK

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Photo of bob3701
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat type glass. Dark mahogany with light tan head the hangs around very slowly disapates. Laces somewhat. That great smokey aroma masks any others that might be present. This was the best of the three rauchbiers Aecht offers here. As much as I loved the bock, I thought this was a better melding of smoke and flavors. If you are only going to sample one of these make sure it is this one.

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Photo of Kristing
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall German beer glass, this beer is opaque black and has a thick white head that retains well. This all makes for a very beautiful drink indeed.

The aroma is full of smokiness, and therefore brings a beechwood fire to mind. There are also some burned notes present.

When it comes to taste, this beer is far less heavy than I had expected, in a good way. There is fair deal of smokiness that goes up to the palate, but there is by no means as much of it as there is in the bouquet. The general taste in the mouth is very mellow like a schwarzbier, and the malty goodness is very present and tasty, with a slight burnt tone in the after taste.

The complex smokiness, the malty sweetness and the, relatively, light lager character creates a wonderful mélange that makes for a very drinkable and moderately complex beer. I imagine that I could easily quaff a couple of pints of this beer, one after another.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

I had this beer before, however I had no idea which brew it was from Schlenkerla at the time.

All I can say is: wow!

Appearance, jet black to dark brown, tan fast reducing head, high carbonation at first.

Smell: sausage, smoke, herb, oak, very herbal smell like a porter or stout

Taste: smoked sausage, light on oak at the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick, this is a sipper, yet not quite an elixir.

Overall, this is my first review for a rauchbier. I can't wait to explore the style more, and more. Almost time to restock the fridge.


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Photo of czfreeman
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Around three years ago, I tried my first Rauchbier with a friend, at the time I only bought it because of the label, and no real appreciation for fine brew-- thought it was god-awful--it was a drain pour. The thought of Rauchbier has lingered all this time, and after subjecting myself to becoming a beer geek i.e, the hoppier, the darker, the thicker, the higher ABV, bring it, I'm open to a traditional smoked German Ale isn't so scary....
A light hiss from the cap begins the experience, pours out a deep burnished brown color, held up to the light reveals beautiful ruby light tones around the edges, light bubbles rising in the glass. an absolute perfect head caps this brew. Light tan, fluffy, foamy and thick, a bit like a wispy cloud of smoke if you will. Spot-on appearance.
Chilled to around 40 degrees, on first smell yields smoky leather, smoked jerky meat, spices akin to pepper, carbon, reminiscent of walking in the cold and catching a wisp of a fireplace. Digging beyond the smoke, I find a bit of sweet malts, caramel, bitter mineral notes, finishes with another wisp of smoke and touch of sweet maltiness.
Flavor is amazingly delicious. All of the worry I had about hating this beer has quickly dissipated like a wisp of smoke( pun intended). First sip, drank a bit under-serving temp, I find lightly sweet malt, biting carbonation, caramel, oak, then ending with the light, lingering smoke flavor. As it warms, sip after sip yields a light, delicate German dunkel with accents of smoke. The malt, bitterness, and carbonation all work together, and the smoke seemingly accents, begins and finishes without dominating as I had expected.
Mouth feel is medium, bright, well carbonated and lively. A light sweetness is ended by the light smoky finish. I really cannot comment enough about the balance of this beer. I don't think I would want glass after glass of this brew, but in food pairings, or just the simple enjoyment of 1 bottle, it really is perfect.
If you are worried about drinking liquid BBQ sauce---fear not, this brew is an amazing balance of perfect execution. Malt, carbonation, yeast, and smoke all play a dominant role yet all work together. What an amazing and traditional brew. I now must find the Ur-bock!

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Photo of admiral
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - what a beer! Like drinking an artisanal smoky cheese - delicious.

aroma: rich smoked creamy cheese with slight seafood

taste: rich smoked creamy cheese with caramel, seafood and bacon with slight smoked wood

beautiful flavours, great and lingering mouthfeel and a tradition that I hope stays for good. The definition of craft/artisanal beer

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Photo of loubar
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Big white head on a ruby brown body. Nose of yeast with a hint of smoke. Mellow smoked wood flavor supported by a pleasant caramel malt body. Flavorful. Incredibly smooth and drinkable - no astringency despite the smoke. The almost dry finish is somewhat crisp and leaves a touch of biscuit like sweetness and a lingering smokiness. Excellent!

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Photo of mick303
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle at 5.1%. Into a tulip pours a dark burnt brown colour with a creamy tan film and a good lacing on it.

S - smoky beechwood chips emanate from the glass, a rich bbq roast meat that is really caramelized, some black pepper, a touch of earthy spices. It is reminiscent of the best and richest bbq-ed meat in the best possible way - salivate.

T - a creamy smokiness, bacon, then lighter woodier aspects, a bit of a salty tang to it. A full waft of sweet woodsmoke, and some dry citrus lemon, burning pine/cedar, and a restrained caramel sweetness that is there throughout but not at the forefront, meaty and rich. Drying out to a dry finish, leather. So flavourful.

M - creamy and full start. Moderate body with a full refreshing feel. A prickle of carbonation balances the rich smoke flavour and provides a full coating feel to the beer. Waves of rich smoked malt that gently caress the palate before it dries out on the finish. Balance is excellent, with a pleasant meaty malt sweetness that backs up the smoke, little bitterness.

This beer still impresses me. Rich meaty smokiness that to me palate never gets overwhelming. The only thing I could hope for would be a bit more bitterness on the finish. But otherwise this is a standout, waves of flavour and still really good drinkability, probably not for everyone. I'm a fan of smoked things in general, but the offerings by Schlenkerla take it to a new level. Excellent Rauchbier.

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Photo of Todd
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6oz fat brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into the proper German glassware. Let stand to warm before serving.

Appearance: Dark caramel beer with a patchy, creamy, off-white foam head. Keeps a respectable lace with some gentle stick.

Smell: Wonderful smoke aroma of meat and spices -- yes, very jerky-like. Aroma isn't overpowering at all, just very unique and pleasant ... and amazing.

Taste: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate. A dry beer, overall, with a low level of malt sweetness, well-attenuated -- it's ample and helps to balance. A nice rounded smoke character allows small amounts of chocolate, light fruit and grain to peak out. Crisp with a snappy carbonation melds nicely with a brief and very thin peaking citrus hop twang and defining smoke twang. Mineral feel and flavour, touch of metallic. Lingering smoke in the dry finish.

Notes: You either like Rauchbiers or you don't. Me? I love them! Can't beat that old-school beer character where all malts were dried over wood fires, and as a result imparted a smoke character to the beer. Wish we had more of this style, but thanks to the Germans for keeping it alive.

In my opinion, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen is probably the better out of the bunch. Pairs nicely with any grilled or cured meats.

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Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a very deep amber-brown with a small, bubbly, off white head.

Smell. Smells like freshly smoked bacon the best possible way, with a little toasty malt.

Taste. First sip has plenty of nice woody smoke, but not too overpowering. The smoke becomes a little more mellow as I continue drinking. There's a bit of caramel and malt in there and even a little bit of earthy hops. Small amount of bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. This is quite a mild and refreshing beer. Not what I was expecting based on previous smoked beer experiences. Everything seems so ballanced and besides the smoke, other sublte flavours come through. Best of the style so far for this guy.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a coppery red in the light. The head is thick and light tan, with ample lacing. Smell... Whoa! Smells like smoked sausage! I'm on a diet right now, and to smell something like this right now is wonderful. Very strong, could smell it from a foot away at least. Taste was definitely smokey, but lighter than expected. Some malts and quite a bit of hoppy bitterness as well, the finish is primarily smoked sausage... :) It's like I ate a plate of sausages, but I didn't... Mouthfeel was surprisely light and quite refreshing. I would drink this again... but not all day as long as this diet is going... :(

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Photo of chaunur
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into a pint glass, A dark brown clear beer with a slight reddish tint. Not a frothy beer only developing a small 1 finger head. Not much lacing but I finished it off fairly quickly. A lovely beer to the eye.

A nice smokey aroma, like a campfire in the fall.

Great flavor, smokey yet light on the palate, nice balance, has an almost peaty flavor.Very smooth lightly carbonation. Just enough bitterness on the end to prevent sweetness.

I had never seen a smoked marzen before finding this. I brew my own smoked marzen on that account. I would highly recommend this beer. I will still beer my own-having one right now to compare the flavor-as it is more cost effective.

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Photo of brewtal
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this WAY back the fridge in a Haweskbury LCBO. My bro saw that classy, vintage-looking bottle and we took the two last ones with us.

Pours great, tough the head diminishes fairly quiclky. Great lace. Very dark brown, hues akin to some thick, thick maple syrup.

I have trouble with Rauchbiers and smoked beers in general for that matter. But this just might be it! Smells yummy. Smoky maple-flavored bacon and bbq ribs. Some charcoal and lots of caramelised malts to go around.

I love the burnt/charcoal slap. Very malty and somewhat fruity, with rasperry and elderberry flavors. Finishes bitter. Almost astringent, like the more burnt pieces off a grilled steak.

Chewy with a shy, but appropriate carbonation.

From my experience (about half a dozen different smoked beers), i could barely finish a glass of Rauchbier. But i'll have no problem going trough this 500ml bottle. Amazing.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,279 ratings.
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