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 cavedave
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive looking clear brown with an inch of dark beige head. Beauty.

Smell is sweet grain and caramel with some light smoke and righteous tang.

What a clean blast of campfire and smoked pork that cradles the flavors of malty caramel and yeastily rounded tart. The balance here is the work of a master, heavy flavors made to float, darkest flavors made to sing.

Nicely spritzy, beautiful cling, not too much of that smoke resin to dull the palate, quite light in fact, even refreshing, though it is full of the acrid flavors sans harshness.

The work of masters, this beer is a beer opera of deep emotional taste.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scratch69
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue and faint activity. Light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of bacon and smoked salmon on wood. Flavors of smoky meat, tobacco, roasted coffee, caramel, and herbal spices. Feels like bread mixed with wood and bacon. Well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

Full body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with a spicy smoky meaty beef jerky feel, still with a nice balance from the sweet and sour.

Overall this is my first of this style and not really a fan. Incredible experience to try, yes, but is it a beer that I enjoy or would I drink it again, no. Still perfectly drinkable to the last drop with complex and interesting flavors. The smoky meaty bacon taste is overwhelming the other flavors. The body is flat and missing some freshness. Sure I'm a bacon lover but not in my beer!

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Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear dark brown with nice ruby edges and a thick tan colored head that laces the tulip glass.

S: Wow, smells like smoked ham hocks. There is a touch of brown sugar and toasted malt in the background, but it is mostly a rich, sweet smokiness.

T: Rather sweet at first and then the smoke immediately kicks in. There is a bit of brown sugar sweetness, but mostly a nice clean smoke flavor. Never really smoked anything with beech wood, but the sweetness and clean flavor reminds me of mesquite or maybe even more of toasted marshmallows that got a little too close to the fire.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes sweet and leaves a little stickiness.

O: Of all the smoked beers that I've had, this one is definitely the most pure and clean tasting. It reminds me of winters at home.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark red colour, rather clear. Head is relatively dense and foamy -- not too big, but a nice tan colour that laces the glass.

Aroma: Has a truly unusual smokey -- yet somewhat sweet -- aroma. Like a smoked ham with a sugar glaze -- not something I would ask for in a beer, but it smells really appetizing.

Taste: Initially tastes quite malty, and that separates into the smoked ham flavor, with a quite noticable sweeter malt undertone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise no problem. Flavor-wise this can become a bit too much too soon.

The smell is very interesting and unique, but it doesn't translate as well into the flavor. Still nice and enjoyable, but a bit excessive at times. (I'd rather be eating that smoked ham right now!) Nevertheless, I still think that this is definitely a beer worth trying. And I'd consider having it again, especially when I had some discerning friends over.

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

A- deep russet brown with bright orange highlights. The head just looks like it's been smoked- a dirty, grayer version of what I would expect from normal marzen foam. It is creamy and lasting and leaves spotty rings of lace.

S- mineral water, bacon, and smoked pork shoulder, ribs, whatever. The boy just smells like BBQ. There are some caramel and chocolatey undertones, but I wouldn't go so far as to compared it to chocolate covered bacon. Savory meaty tartness. Smoke leads the aroma.

T- not so heavily smoked as I remember the weizen and urbock to be. It's a light layer of earthy beech smoke, and underneath that is a rock solid marzen. I wish I could try it unsmoked it's so good. Caramel sweetness with a touch of milk chocolate and brown sugar, a slight fruity quality and perfectly balanced hop bitterness in combination with the smoke makes it easy to compare this to a brown sugar heavy rubbed applewood smoked pork butt. The finish is earthy and drawn out with tangy hop flavor and more light smoke.

MF- absolutely stellar. Low end carbonation allows this one to feel almost nitro smooth. As creamy as melted ice cream yet still able to quench some thirst. Melted chocolate. This is perfection.

D- as a marzen, it's amazing. As a rauchbier, it's smoked out amazing. I've been wanting to try this one for some time, but honestly didn't expect it to be this good. The smoke isn't so overbearing and without the smoke it would be one of the best marzens in my shiny brown marzen book. Metaphor.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutley delicious. I have had quite a lot of the Ur-Bock, but this is by first Baptising in Märzen. I feel this smoke flavour profile is much, much stronger in this than the Ur-Bock. It poured about the same colour, a brownish - red bronze with a slight chill haze and off white head that dissolved in a few seconds leaving a lovely looking blanket of frost about the surface. Smell was camp fire smoke, bacon, and sweet malts such as one would expect from a good Oktoberfest bier such as Paulaner. Taste was more smoke and a bit drier than the Ur-Bock, with less sweet of a finish than the Ur-Bock, as well. I think I prefer this to the Ur-Bock, which unfortunately, I have easier access to than this. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a great weight to be a Märzen, even with the smoke. Rauchbier would easily be in my top five favourite styles, and I believe I just found my favourite rauchbier. Wunderbar!

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sirhc3034
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of samie85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very robust copper almost brown color with two fingers of off white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Smells like hickory smoked bacon and liquid smoke combined with light earthy notes.

T-Taste isn't incredibly smoky at first and the Marzen characteristics (rich malt and crisp hops)come through but then it develops into a lot of smoky notes on the finish.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation and a drying finish.

D-I like that this Rauchbier/smoked beer isn't overwhelmingly rich; I find this really aids the drinkability as the smoke qualities bring in a richness of their own

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Photo of Winter
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this has been something I've been meaning to explore for quite sometime. The rauchbier style has intrigued me for awhile but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to taste. This pours a clear dark chestnut brown in color with a tan, bubbly head. Attractive lacing down the side of my pint. Aroma of smoked malt with a touch of fruitiness. The nose is also somewhat medicinal. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is very smooth. Unbelievable smoked malt taste that gets even stronger in the finish. I know there's an underlying marzen beer underneath but the smokiness of the beer just dominates throughout. Way, way in the back you can start to pull out some of the caramel and a hop bitterness that attempts to keep things in check.

This is a beer that begs to be consumed with food. It's a most unique style. This would obviously pair well with smoked foods like salmon, BBQ ribs and grilled sausage. The style is probably an acquired taste and I think it takes a few times to "get it". But once you do... wow, it's amazing.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown after the pour, but ruby red when held up to light. A bit flat though.

Smell: Cigar smoke and molasses. Some bacon as well. Incredible.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smoked sausage and a hint of scotch. Some tobacco and molasses as well. I enjoy this a lot, but wish it were stronger. Feels really thin initially, which hurts the flavor a bit by watering it down. Feels better as it warms.

Overall Drinkability: This is a good beer, but is not as good as Schlenkerla Eiche. I do love the overall warming effect this has, which is definitely a good quality.

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Photo of Strix
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear reddish-brown, big frothy head.

Smoky malt in the smell.

Holy smoked flavor batman. Tastes like, bacon, ham, smoked fish, with a sweet malty finish. Very interesting. Probably an acquired taste.

Medium-light mouthfeel.

I guess this is what rauchbiers are like. I generally like smoked things, but the combination of the smoked meats with the sweetness got to be too much for me quickly. Very interesting, but I didn't find it very drinkable.

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Photo of wafers
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcstradamus
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted alongside the urbock. Pours a deep brown with a finger of quickly dying head and wisps of lacing.

The aroma is pure campfire smoke. Waking up at 7 am after a night of drinking by the fire hair smell. Some coffee grinds in there as well.

The flavor is a bit lighter on the smokiness. Somewhat watery actually underneath the initial layer of smoke. Not as deep as the urbock and truthfully not really noteworthy. No "off" flavors at all which is a positive, but not really many "on" flavors either.

The body is medium and a bit watery. Carbonation is high but not stinging.

Overall this is a decent enough beer, but not one that I would really feel the desire to drink again.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a dark woody brown bordering on copper, a nice inch thick off-white head shrinking to a thickish film, with some pretty nice lacing. The aroma is meaty, mostly bacon, burnt and smoky oak... its right on for the style but still a bit shocking, in that its almost not like beer. In fact, it reminds me a bit of smoking cigars, for some reason.

The taste I can enjoy more, and regains some beery qualities. Starts off quite smoky and lots of woodiness, turns more malty with toffee and they malty base is most evident. And then it turns right back to the smoke, a bit drawn out finish that ends dry and again reminds me of smoking a fine cigar.

The mouths is around medium, decent carbonation, drying toward the end, pretty decent. What I really needed while drinking this is a bid, meaty heap of a sandwich. That would've been quality. But alone, it still stands tall.

The rauchbier is the style that could easily be horrible if ill-tuned, but this one is right on the money.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One inch of noisy, tan foam condenses. A clear, dark, red-brown beer: pretty. Smoked ham in the nose with sweet malt underneath. Smells just like winter nights growing up. Wow. The front is tangy and charcoaly. Middle is full with a little chocolate in the malt. Finish is smoky, meaty, grainsy, hoppy with a little sugar. Wow again. Delicious. The smoke is strong, but not intrusive. The malt is very nice (though it could be even more assertive, I think). I really enjoyed this one.

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

A_Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A nice two finger head settles into a splotchy foam cap.

S_Deep charcoal like smoke scent. Slight sweetness.

T_Sweetness at first followed by a nice smoked flavour. Charcoal is less pronounced than in the nose. A more mild smoked taste overall than expected. Still enough to be please. Slight acidity in the finish. Aftertaste is medium smoke and dry.

M_Light bodied, medium to above average carbonation.

D_A nice rauch but not quite as good as the festbier of theirs.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,302 ratings.
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