Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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
Ranking:
#2,503
Reviews:
1,139
Ratings:
2,335
Liked:
1,926
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
14.78%
Alströms:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
327
Trade:
3
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traditionally these beers are served in mugs and that is what I will do tonight.
Because I used a clear mug, the appearance was a nice looking mahogany color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some mild lace ran underneath nicely.
The aroma had a nice level sweet smoky meatiness, somewhat like ham, maybe bacon with a little bit of brown sugar, and some clean oakwood dryness being rounded out with a little bit of earthiness. Mild breadiness, somewhat lager-like (which I know this is a lager).
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling in the smoke very nicely along with more so a ham to earthy sort of quality going on. Slight aftertaste of the ham, earthiness and smoke, mild sweetness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt spot on. Finish was smoky and smooth with a touch of sweet.
Overall, really nice rauchbier, of course I'd have this again. It's a legend of it's style.

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Photo of OlaB
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red-brown color, with a medium top of beige head that disolves in a slow pace, some nice sticky lacings there as well. The aroma is smoked ham, wood in a bonfire with some hints of coffee and leather. This aroma is truly something.
Over to the flavour, the flavour is malty and sweet with a lot off smoke. Roasted malts,caramel, smoked ham and firewood.It finishes off dry with smoke in the back,the flavours are really good balanced,and the smoke never get to overwhelming.
The aftertaste has a good lenght and the smoke is hanging in there for a good time. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a medium body.
This is my first rauchbier, and what an unique experience. This beer was really great and tasty, and even if it not going to be my everyday choice for a beer, i certainly want to try more off this beerstyle.

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Photo of Hephaestos
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stevehagy
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no beer like this one that I have tried. A unique sensory experience. You've got here a smoked ham, campfire side, english bonfire toffee ale which brings together all its elements in an almost umami like blend. Some soy sauce and beef jerky alongside brown sugar that's been laying in your pantry too long. Despite all this, the body remains the right side of chewy. A terrific choice for a fall beer.

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Photo of BrookW
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of detgfrsh
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a small amount of tan head. Very smoky smell, like a barbecue or campfire. Light feel with moderate carbonation. Taste begins with some malt sweetness and finishes with smoke and a touch of hop bitterness. Definitely unique, this is a style you could pick out every time in a blind test.

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Photo of jkblr
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a 500mL krug at fridge temp. No date or ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours dark red brown in color with khaki head. The head falls off to a thick ring and some islands of head. Delicate lacing coats the mug as the head recedes. The aroma is campfire smoke, ham and bacon. The initial sip carries some slight malt sweetness and then tips to the heavy smoke. The finish is dry and smokey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and smooth. You get the initial malt richness that a Marzen should have then it dries out without a hint of cloying aftertaste. Overall, excellent. I love Marzen and I love smoke beers. This is a marriage made in heaven. I will forwarn, this is one of their more heavily smoked beers. You might want to start with the helles lager as a warm up if you are new to their beers. Recommended.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BVGDrug
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of goalie35
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of watchnerd
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a mug.

Very deep tawny brown in color, it tops with thick creamy light brown head that withstands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy crown and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Rich and spicy deep smokiness in a nose, smoked bacon, smoked salmon, smoked sausage, fire and charred wood with a hint of chocolate and cocoa powder. The smokiness is not too overwhelming. Obviously, the evidence of German’s malt of brown bread, toasted biscuit, burnt sugar, also some caramel. There is also a hint of fruity citrus and leaf from the hop character.

It is still led by smoked and spice through the palate sensation. Of course, smoked bacon, smoked salmon, smoked sausage, and charred wood with its malty backbone acting like a base of the flavor structure with its brown bread, toasted biscuit, burnt sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, and some caramel. Hop is there providing its mild fruitiness, crisp citrus, and leafty profile. Ghost-like bitterness too at the end with some residual sweetness, spiciness, and smokiness as well some sourness from the burnt malt.

Medium body with creamy smooth mouthfeel and mild to moderate carbonation through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded and proper to carry all the things well with a pleasantly dry finish.

Ones of the best Rauchbier that I have ever experienced, it is well balance between the smoked and Marzen character also very tasty. The aroma is to-die-for. This can’t be missed if Smoked Beer is your glass.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Bog soapy slightly off white head. body is a rich caramel brown with some haziness.

S: huge dose of smoke followed by sweet caramel toffee and bready malts.

T: smoke upfront followed by light sweet toffee and readiness followed by more smoke. The smoke as you get acclimated to it is layered around the sweet toffee breads and makes it much smoother and complex.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer if you liked smoked beer it plays well off the sweet malts.

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

Cool cellar temp. 500ml bottle, two months before sell-by date (maybe that's why it's even on offer here in non-Bavarian provincial Germany).
Served in a narrow glass stein.

Full smokey flavour up front. For me, much more reminiscent of freshly smoked fish than meat. That may be because I've only ever eaten fish freshly smoked... Lately I've eaten smoked 'Sprotten' (sprats) from the supermarket -- it's odd, and maybe odd that it's good, but this very similar.

I'm also reminded of what used be said about Guinness before they started freezing it on tap: "there's aetin' and drinkin' in it". It's a really full flavour that mellows to a nice little hoppy bitterness ending with a smokey aftertaste.

Not complex but really nicely balanced.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/25/17:

Served at bout 55° in a sort of curvy stange without the base. Similar to some of those German-made Spiegelau glasses, but taller, thinner, and more robust. Those are better-suited to a Belgian beer in my estimation but this one was stange-like enough and this beer was interesting enough to justify bringing them together.

The deepest copper, like a garnet, quite clear. Rich tan or golden brown head, tall but shrinking, dense and fine but weightless. Minimal yet wavy strands of lace. Smells like smoked or perhaps roasted ham hock underneath a wood smoke that is a touch sweet. Enticingly salty. It doesn’t really go away. Palate is very similar, especially at first but after a couple sips you begin to notice more standard Märzen qualities as well, toast and toffee and even dark fruit, hints of something herbal and almost savory. The Beech that was used to help impart this smoky character really balances well with it all to curb what would otherwise be a very meaty beer. Some of course might have enjoyed or been curious enough about that but for others it would take some getting used to. For those in the former camp who might be disappointed, retro-olfaction is the key to unlocking a little something extra. Don’t forget the slightly metallic late aftertaste. Medium-bodied, an interesting surface tension on the tongue, lending itself to slickness and smoothness, with medium but dwindling carbonation of the fine and briefly active variety. Highly drinkable for something so rough around the edges, and alcohol virtually undetected. Can’t wait to try the Urbock and Doppelbock variants I also picked up. Technically my first Rauchbier, though I’ve had a couple others that were closer to this than they were to anything else, at least going by the palate.

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Photo of Jcbroome
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DirkNachbar
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

07/01/2017. On draft, at Schlenkerla, Bamberg, Germany.

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Photo of FBarber
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black, but tinged by a ruddy color. Thick velvety tan head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of tan foam and some sticky tan lacing along the glass.

Smell is a pungent aroma of smoked malts, smoked meats, bacon - very strong. Franlkl when you smell it up close the aroma burns the nose a bit. Its everything its advertised to be and appropriate for the style, but its a bit much for me.

Taste is rather malty - rich notes of smoked malts, bacon, smoked ham. Dry, no sweetness, only the mildest note of hops for balance. Malt forward all he way.

Feel is smooth, medium carbonation, clean.

Overall this beer is well crafted and clearly an excellent example of the style. I just still fall into the camp of people that do not like this style - its so unique and definitely an acquired taste.

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Photo of cistercienzer
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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