Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
BA SCORE
4.06/5
2,339 Ratings
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:
#2,529
Reviews:
1,140
Ratings:
2,339
pDev:
14.78%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
327
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,339 |  Reviews: 1,140
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 mattsmith413
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sommersb
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Tasted On: 09-06-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Liquor Barn, Bowling Green KY

A: Dark amber/brown clear beer, with a big tan head. Lacing is good and head retention is very nice.

S: Aromas are what I expected from having other Rauchbiers -- smoke and wood smells dominate. A campfire in a bottle!

T: I get some initial malty sweetness, followed by an explosion of smokiness. The taste reminds me of eating smoked meats. Other flavors are of earthy hops.

M: Meaty in body, with average carbonation. The finish is a mix of sweet malts and smoked flavors.

O: A real gem among Rauchbiers!

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Photo of gshackles
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ybnorml
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with amber highlights. Has a small off white head. There is a strong robust smokey aroma, like opening a pack of smoked meats, with a hint of sweetness in the back. The smokey flavor rolls smoothly over your tongue. The finish has a nice snap of hop bitterness.

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

Pours a deep chestnut brown, really dark. A nice head forms, but it doesn't stick around. Intense aroma of smoke, smoked malts, meats and overall deliciousness.

Taste is, well, unusual: this is definitely not a beer for the faint of heart. This beer tastes like smoked meat-- liquid bacon, as I like to call it. Some sweet malts come through, as well as a touch of bitterness, but this beer imparts such a strong smoky and woody flavor that trying to taste and evaluate a beer afterwards would prove futile. Silky smooth mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation. Intense flavors, but still very smooth to drink.

Could not think of a more appropriate beer to enjoy with an authentic German meal, preferably with lots of meat that matches the smokiness of the beer.

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Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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 aaronh
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown body with amber highlights. Little head to speak of. Aroma is all smoky wood. Virtually no malt - just burning wood. Flavor is also heavy on the smoky notes. some malt comes through, but pretty much all smoke. Mouthfeel is solid. Drinkability is OK, but a little more rich malt sweetness to balance the dry smokiness would be nice.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark brown with the ruby red tinting, with a bubbly, wispy head leaving a bit of a lingering ring. The smell blasts out the smoky malt flavor, reminding me of a bottle of liquid smoke or a barbeque, and not much else in there. As strong as it smells though, the taste manages to be somewhat balanced...this is Schlenkerla, no doubt, so there is a strong robust smokiness, but there is a balancing bit of crystal malt caramel that keeps this beer from being too over-the-top. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, the strong smokiness just doesn't make it too much of a sessioner except in the right circumstances (barbeque, perhaps?)

Definitely, along with its brothers the Urbock and Weizen, the gold standard for the German rauchbier. There's no doubt as to the nature of this beer...smoke and lots of it, but it still manages to have a nice balance of sweetness. Quite nice, and one I will have again

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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 gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Tballz420
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a dark purple/brown body, with a good sized foam, tan head. The scent is mostly campfire. The taste of this brew has sweet malts in front, clean caramel. Light hop bitterness. Everywhere yet excellently blended is the subtle smoke influence, but after the first sip it blends in so well that it doesnt stick out. Creamy mouth.

This brew turns aroound my opinion about smokey beers. The ones ive had before were not as well done as this, great brew.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a bit of red, small head, and little lacing. Nose is obviously smoky...hard to get much past that...but it to s a nice smokehouse smell and not fake. Flavor has a touch of malty sweetness, which is balanced by the smokiness like good BBQ. Overall, a very good beer. The only negative being the smoke forces it to be a little one dimensional.

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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 huntermop
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark brown color; ruby when held to the light.

Khaki head; strong, spotty lace.

Smells of smoke and pork. Rauch goodness.

Medium mouthfeel.

Another winner from Schlenkerla; a touch watery compared to the Urbock, but very drinkable & tasty. A session rauch?!

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Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of botham
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a clear deep garnet/brown color with garnet highlights. a half finger of tan head tops it off after a hard pour. no lacings.

aroma is distinctly smoked, and is reminiscent of barbacue sauce in character. a note of hickory and black pepper give the brew a tangy profile, while a distant malt note is the nly evidence that this is a beer.

taste is smoked and of caramel malt up front, while the finish is lightly tangy and spicy from the hickory and pepper notes. like a summer BBQ in a bottle. the smoke adds a wonderful feel to the profile, while the caramel malts give it a base. nicely proportioned, with just enough smoke.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and semi dry from the smoke, with a smooth and silky texture. finishes semi dry with residual smoke and spice.

drinkability is great. this is a very distinct and unique brew. the smoked flavors give it a meaty profile, while the malts balance out the spice from the smoke. the aftertaste is reminiscent of beef jerky. this could very well be a polarizing brew because of the flavors present, but the proportioning and profile are excellent nonetheless. cheers!

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Photo of Myotus
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a 500ml bottle into a stange. Pours with a half singer's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. Very dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Plenty of bubbles (wonder why the head isn't bigger). Lacing is practically absent. Has very strong aromas of.... BACON?! Was not expecting that at all. This smells like hickory smoked bacon. Mild black pepper aromas also included with a hint of maple syrup. Initial taste is strong with hickory smoked bacon and mild black pepper flavors (no surprise there). Mild barley malt flavors enter shortly afterwards along with very subtle maple syrup flavors. As all flavors except for maple syrup persist in their respected magnitudes, a mild copper flavor enters the final symphony of taste (this somewhat ruins the taste as I don't like drinking metal or metal flavored beverages). Full bodied with a mild syrupy feel, mildly carbonated with a slightly dry finish. My first Rauchbier (clearly from my reaction) and definitively not my last.

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Photo of therica
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting experience.

A= Poured a nice dark caramel-brown, small head without much foam but yet still somehow mustered to grow a modest foamy creamy head that left some mild lacing.

S= Smoke, at first. A touch of liquor-smell but not the potent kind which melts nostril-hair. Some mild florals scents, and reminiscences of being in an old furniture store with wooden floors and a lingering odor of furniture polish. More smoky wood.

T= At first, it's just pure smoke. My wife says mesquite-smoke and nearly choked on her obligatory test-sip. She said she'd rather go lick out our barbeque grill. Me-- I thought it was great, although a bit too much carbonation at the start, which only seemed to accentuate the smoky taste. After the beer settles for a few minutes, the other nice qualities of caramel and florals begin to appear. Not much hoppiness or bite. After it sat for half an hour or more, it was actually at its best-- very nicely blended, no carbonation in the way of the flavor, and the smokiness gently blended into the overall experience.

M= After it sat for a while, a delightful mouthfeel of mild sweetness but not syrupy, very nice caramel and its own uniqueness.

D= Depending on one's desire to let this go a bit flat for a while and then drink it slightly warmed down, it's super and could even be a nice session-beer if one could afford it.

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

Photo of jeschaefer
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,339 ratings
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