Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
BEER INFO

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.

Added by taez555 on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,096
Ratings:
2,232
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
21.18%
 
 
Wants:
179
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283
For Trade:
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Photo of Viaduck
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent brown with nice white head. Smells like smoke. Taste?, it's make me think I'm eating beef jerky. The smoke flavor is pretty intense but nice. Very good

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep ruby red, heavily laced tan head
S: nothing but smoke...like ham
T: cured meats, some malt
F: light body, dry finish
O: I guess this is what a good smoked beer tastes like, but definitely not my style

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The first thing you notice in the glass is the amazing retention of the head that sits atop the very deep brown colored body. The head is literally around forever and laces like a dream. The body of the beer is very dark and is almost a deep mud in color. The nose of the beer is straight smoke as expected, with classic, beechwood flavor and just a touch of smoked meat scents in there.

The smoke directly translates to the taste of the beer at the very beginning of the first sip. From start to finish, the smoke dominates the drink with just a touch of the caramel brown malts making a brief appearance in the middle-end of the drink. Smoke is the lingering flavor left on the tongue. Just like most German lagers, this one is incredibly drinkable. It is smooth, rather light across the palate, and crisp at the end, even with the smoke-laden flavors.

Overall, this is a smokey dream. If you are looking for a beer that is perfect for an early spring or fall night when it is just a little cool, this is your ticket. Just like other smoked beers, this one really reminds me of a bonfire, and it is delicious.

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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 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 Andrewharemza
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, pours slightly red dark brown with a light tan foamy small head that lingers and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. Aroma big on smoke, bacon, ham. Taste follows the nose.

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Photo of AJ_S
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy head and a full body make for an exceptionally flavorful mouthfeel. Its smoky aroma and the taste of ham make this beer an excellent companion to any robust meat dish.

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Photo of ordybill
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish-brown body color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is a smoke and malt. The taste is made up of smoke, malt and a little hint of hops.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have had smoked beers but this is my first rauchbier officially. Absolutely love the smokiness. Not overpowering and nicely smooth. Great mouthfeel. Serve it on the warm side around 55+ and it give great smells of smoke and oak woods. I would love to use this for braising my smoked ribs and then put on the grill. It would pair well for drinking with any smoke meats. Overall this is a refreshing surprise and I will seek out again.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delivers on it's promise: a firm marzen base, worthy amongst the best of the style, with a firm, deep, but not-too-overwhelming smokiness. This is not one to quaff down, but to savor. Great to enjoy fireside as the weather changes from warm to crisp, to cool.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Deep brown with red undertones, creamy but thin beige head.
S: Smoked bacon! The smokiest beer I've ever smelled.
T: Also the smokiest beer I've ever tasted. Definitely a ham/bacon flavor. The smokiness lingers for a really long time.
F: On the thinner side, but not bad.
O: I don't think this style is my cup of tea, but it certainly delivers on smokiness.

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Photo of guityler83
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown leather color with great clarity when backlit. Long lasting head with cream to tan colored head made of small fine bubbles.

S: Medium to moderate bacon like smoke phenol. medium low toast and bread crust aroma. Mild earthy hop aroma. Slight sweet caramel like impression. Clean malty fermentation profile.

T: Moderate smoke malt flavor followed by medium bread crust and toast. Low to mild earthy, herbal hop flavor with medium low bitterness. Clean lager fermentation profile. balance is on the smoke malt. Finish is crisp with a bacon, campfire like finish. A mild coffee note comes through in the finish as it warms.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. no alcohol warmth. a low level of astringency in the finish, drying the palette. no creaminess.

O: Great beer. The classic example of the style. There was a slight oxidation / muddled character i picked up from the malts after it warmed but that was minor and probably due to age.

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Photo of inpherno
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into proper glassware

Appearance: Dark body, tan head with a good lace

Aroma is smoky sweet

The flavor is meaty & compliments the smell

Mouthfeel wasn't heavy at all

Overall this is a great beer that pairs well with barbecued/cured meats, or cheese such as gouda

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Photo of jesseejames
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice slightly red dark brown with a light tan foamy small head that lingers and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. It smells wonderful of malts and nuts with a general light hardwood smoke. It tastes even better with a nice blend of smoke malts with nuts and fruits. It has a full mouth with a nice bit of malt aftertase with a hint of smoke. I really liked this beer and would always have another.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Dark brown beer with ruby hues in the light. It pours with a 1/4 finger of off white head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%)

S: [3.75] Unmistakable rauchbier scent of campfire and burning hardwood

T: [3.25] Smoked flavor with some background hints of sweetness. The sweetness is very subdued and really only on the finish.

M: [3.75] Decent mouthfeel with some tingles from the carbonation.

O: [3.50] Ever get a little maple syrup on your bacon? It is sort of like that. I think I prefer a Marzen with a little more malty sweetness. The smoke is really overtaking any of the other flavors in the beer. I guess the Reinheitsgebot laws kind of limit a German brewers ability to add adjuncts - so smoke is kind of the only alternative to add a different flavor outside of water, barley and hops.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a light tan foamy head. There's a light lacing after the head dissipated.
The smell has some smoke, wood, light earthiness, and a little bit of peat.
The taste was moderately sweet, hey, I taste some honey in this, I really like how that comes across, damn nice as it blends subtly with the smokiness, wood and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is smooth sweet with a lovely smoky feel rolling about my tongue. I'd say its about medium bodied.
Overall, a rauchbier with honey, hells to the yeah. Leave it to the Germans to perfect the style and then take it and add honey, what's not to love!!!!!

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Photo of 57md
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with honey edges and a finger of off-white head. The smoke is definitively present in the nose. The body is slightly lighter than I expected but it is not too light to properly carry the smokiness. The flavor highlight is the dry and smokey finish with traces of sweet malt.

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Photo of SStein
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown. Smells strongly of smoke. It is not nearly as smokey to taste as it smells. Very balanced. The carbonation is smooth. Would go great with some dark bread and Black Forest ham. I drank half and used half in a smoked michelada, which it paired well with smoked paprika and chipotle.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, with full body head 4 fingers, not leaving much lacing. Smell is heavy smoke, hickry/mesquite wood. Strong smokey wood flavor, long lasting flavor profile, finishes with carmel and smoke tones with hjnts of malt.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/ruby body, light tan frothy head. Smells like a bonfire made with damp wood- smoke, smoke, smoke, combined with earthy peat. Beneath all that is an actual Marzenbier, with toasty caramel malt and slight fruitiness. Flavor is hot with smoke but smooth with malt, faint twang of citrus, or even hops. Mouthfeel is ethereal- fluffy, smooth, even quenching if it weren't for the flavor.
Oops, my bias is showing. I apparently love smoky beers, so this one really hit my G-spot. As heavy and domineering of a flavor that smoke is, this still had nuance. Smoke here, smoke there, smoke out my ass, it was kept in check by almost-sweet caramel malt holding on for dear life. My only gripe is that with such heavy flavor they could up the ABV. This is an instant top 10 beer for me, I just wish it was everyday affordable.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.11/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From elcervecero. In Paulaner glass. Playing Bit Adventure. Smells and tastes like tobacco. Couldnt finish. Like drinking and smoking at same time. Taste improves with nose covered

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Photo of gautch726
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an interesting style of beer I just stumbled on. Made me yearn for October barbeque. Definitely a robust, smoky taste on this one. “Rauch” is right. Dark brown coloring with a good amount of head. This is a beer I’d like to enjoy slowly outdoors with some good friends and a fire.

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Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. Better than I expected. Light smokey smell and flavor yet a Marzen, right amount of malt sweetness, goes well with brats, kraut, mustard, etc

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Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 07/2016.

Aroma is heaven on this one, smoky bacon and aged wood. Flavor has some good smoke and a spicy finish. Campfire images abound with this one. A bit of a metallic taste but it smooths out as it warms.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson, amber color. Slightly lighter smokiness on the nose compared to their other beers. Really nice classy-smoked taste profile accompanied with a noticeable presence of the marzen/oktoberfest variety. Great feel that, from Schlenkerla, always seems to iconosize smoked gouda.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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