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
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
Ratings:
2,309
Reviews:
1,128
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
187
Gots:
320
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to give a benefit of the doubt by taking into account its type. And by the way, the bottle says 5.1%. Its smoke. Thought it would go well with smoked fish. b Maybe for cooking, for barbecue..hmm! the possibilities. There is a decent ale there and then there is the smoke taste. Worth trying once.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.1% ABV per label on the bottle.

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace and random splotches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked meats, campfire, and band-aids. Taste is of smoked sausages, liquid smoke, band-aids, and roasted malts on the finish. The bitter smoke flavors fade quickly after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. This is the first of the style that I have had and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I would try other rauchbiers in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

wow, like drinking a campfire. pours a slightly transparent deep brown with a really active and frothy head, fine lacing too, rich looking, hearty. smells like a scotch ale on steroids, peat smoke? mmmm. extremely intense smoke smell and smoke flavor through and through, almost beyond malt driven, earthy and extreme. on the heavier side of medium bodied, insanely unique beer. never had anything quite like this, could imagine it going amazing with some grilled pork loin. perhaps a little bit limited by the season, but a really robust smoked beer for those who dig them. a must try this fall...

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a brown color, there was a decent head at first but went away quickly. The smell of the beer is a super smokey, It was like being near a fire or something. The taste brought the same smoked strength onto the tongue for a salty bacon-like experience. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth though and was drinkable enough to finish my glass. The beer overall isn't really my favorite style. I think sometimes the smoke is too much and it hinders the brew. I try to give each of these a fair chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber (near black) into a glass mug. It doesn't have good head retention but a moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: A distinct smoky aroma is evident in the nose--the kind of smell you might associate with smoked sausages.
T: The taste pretty much follows the smell and is smoky with roasted malts and caramel notes in the background.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth.
D: This beer was very easy to drink. The aroma and taste are intriguing by themselves, but I could definitely see paring this up with German food (landjäger immediately comes to mind) or barbeque.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very enjoyable--more so that Aecht's other smoked beers. The Marzen displays a solid but subtle base for displaying the aromas and flavors of the smoked malt without competing with them. Smells like beef jerky. Tastes like beef jerky (when chased with a Marzen beer). Aftertase is basically the same. All characteristics show a moderate level of sweetness and smoothness that makes it incredibly easy to drink. Low alcohols keep this beer from becoming harsh or too soy sauce-like. Nice campfire aura about it. I do recommend, even though I'm not terribly fond of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, day 20 of the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar, and 5.1% ABV in this go-round. The first 'well-known' brew so far from this German/Austrian-laden (welcome) daily distraction.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark copper-amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky beige head, which leaves some cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt - a tad bready - with a huge dose of smoked meat, a bit of sausage grease, peat, and some soft, almost fresh-seeming tobacco. The taste is quite a lot less smoky and gamey than the nose, which comes as a not so surprising relief - there is still a roasted character to the grainy, bready malt, and a fading porcine meatiness, but the effect is mostly moderated, letting some of the inherent sweetness come out of the shadows, as well as the latent earthy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, in a low-fi simmering manner, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the lingering puffs of smoke not really detracting from things here. It finishes off-dry, the meaty wisps holding steady, and the grainy malt rising from the ashes more or less unscathed.

A neat shape-shifter of a beer, this one is - the initial aromatics are so pungent, that I could see lesser mortals turning away at this point. However, if one persists, a more agreeably smoky, malty offering emerges, one that is actually rather drinkable, and even enjoyable. Also, a bit of an appropriate metaphor for tonight's supposed end of the world theatrics.

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

Served on-draught into a .5l glass at Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011 while getting my bier diplom. Expectations were very high; I'd had the Marzen and Eiche before and quite enjoyed them. 5.1% as I had it at the brewery. (See schlenkerla.de)

A: Pours a two finger head of very good cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark brown-amber.

Sm: Smoke, bacon, roast, and abit of cream. Wonderfully complex. A strong aroma.

T: Wonderful brilliant bacon roast smoke pork taste, with a nice bacon heavy climax. Slight oak tinges. I understand the ash tray jokes from Bamberg locals surrounding this beer (insert badly thought out Holocaust jokes here), but this beer is special and unique. I quite fancy it. Less smokey than baconey. Very complex and balanced. Finish is a bit ashen. The bacon lingers into the aftertaste.

Mf: Nicely dry, especially on the climax. Coarse enough, letting the flavours come through. Complements the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Nice ABV, great drinkability (albeit very filling), and excellent pricing in spite of the alleged touristy vibe about the brewery. This is so traditional it's unbelievable. My local friends insist half the tenants are local regulars.

High B

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of oline73
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Max's, poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous reddish amber with just a layer of off white head and great retention.

Smell: Smells like smoked meat and dark fruit along with some more smoke.

Taste: Less smokey than the smell, bready malt shows up in the middle of each sip with a smokey hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Great looking beer, the smoke was strong, but not completely overpowering. I'd have another. I was excited to see this on cask.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured an amber cleared type brew with a nice head. Aroma of smoke is extremely present, a bit too much for my liking. Taste is overpowered by smoke, almost like drinking a beer in a salmon smoker. This is not bad beer just very different from what I’m used to drinking on a regular basis. This beer would be wonderful if it was accompanied by some sausages or even smoked salmon.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber with excellent clarity and a solid creamy off-white head. Appetizing.

Smell: Smoke, meat and wood with faint malty sweetness to balance the savory/earthy qualities. I can't help but think of bacon when I smell this, which is strangely appetizing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very smoky up front, but not as dominant as the aroma suggests. Malt provides a good balance, though it's not overly sweet. A nice bold hop bitterness melds pleasantly with the smoke in the finish. The light body and crisp carbonation make this one surprisingly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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