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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.

Added by taez555 on 07-11-2001

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz : tulip

Dark amber red, near black with a foamy, light tan head that dissipates to leave a foamy ring of bubbles around the rim.

Very strong smoked meat aroma upfront, with a lightly sweet finish.

While the smoked meat taste is still there, it is definitely not as robust as in the nose. Blended with cocoa and roasty malt character.

Medium body, not viscous as the nose led me to expect. Average, bubbly carbonation.

The nose was quite impressive, and a bit intimidating, but it did not translate to the taste. Though that is not to say that taste was a let down, as it was still enjoyable and combined with the mouthfeel, made it easy to drink.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep ruby and brown hues dominate the light as it attempts to peer through a richly colored brew. A thick creamy head subsides to a bubbly, heavy laced film.

Charcoal and cooked meat-like scents are strong in the nose. Sweet BBQ tones and leathery smells are present but I get grilled hot dogs or smoked sausage. Various tones I'm not accustomed to, they are strong and blend well.

As strong as the smokey, BBQ scents are the taste is relatively tepid. Smokiness pervades but the meaty flavors are not there. A bit of wateriness strikes the tongue at an in opportune time and smothers the finish. I do like the taste and it finishes easy and refreshing but I had hoped the taste would emulate the scent and it did not.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier has a very thick, soapy, beige head, a clear, quite bubbly, ruby red or red-brown appearance, depending on how the light hits it, and fairly good amount of lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is very much of wood smoke, with possibly some sweet brown bread showing as well. Taste is of smoke, with a bit of sweet bread in the background. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier finishes crisp, somewhat refreshing, and smokey. Whether one enjoys smokey food and drink will determine how much they like this. I believe everyone should at least try it, though.


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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Off white head with a bit of speckling of ash. Head dissipated fairly quickly, but left a decent lacing.

Smell: Very pronounced smell of beach campfire. Like liquid smoke. Smoke smell strong but not overpowering, maybe a waft of malt sweetness to be found as well.

Taste: I was forewarned that this beer is a smoke bomb. Actually, while the major taste profile is, in fact, smoked malt, the flavor is not overpowering. Toasted and roasted malt flavors also present, lovely mouthfeel, and an aftertaste surprisingly clean and quite pleasant.

Notes: Actually was surprised at how accessible the beer is. I could easily see myself putting down a second in the same sitting, the smoky profile is not palate fatiguing in the least. Great food beer and a must try style IMO.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark clear red with a tan head. The head recedes to leave a thin layer of foam that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is distinctivly smokey, but the malt peaks through at times. The taste is not nearly as intense as the aroma. Malt and dark chocolate eventually fade to reveal a sweet, delicate smoke flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It is surprisingly light bodied, leaving a crisp and clean feeling with low carbonation. Very strange, but very good

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, an interestingly dark beer, with a tanned neck. Inviting. Then, however, the aroma is absolutely devastating: the smokeness is clear and strong. You feel also some... ham (!), with a background caramel. Impressive.

The hopness is well-balanced with the slim body, and the aftertaste is lingering, very pleasing. Fantastic beer, different from everything I ever had before.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,350 ratings
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