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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby, clear, white head has good retention and good lacing.

S/T - From hearing about this beer, I expected a lot more smoke. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while it is strong, the smoke taste and smell do not overpower the rest of the beer. Instead, it allows the bready malt sweetness to come through mid palate, finishing again with charred bbq meat, and some more smoke. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

O - Fabulous, especially compared to what rauchbiers I've had so far. Smoke is strong, but nicely compliments other malt flavors in the beer. Most smoked beers I can barely have one of, but I could drink a few of these. Fabulous.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

A: Deep, amber-brown in color with an off-white, bubbly, fizzy head that fades quickly and leaves behind no lace or retention.

S: Huge smoke, roasted malt, earth, and peat. Beef jerky (in a good way) and bbq stand out. As expected, it kinda smells like a fire pit the day after.

T: The flavor is more balanced than the nose indicates. It's not the salty, smoky, roasty malt-bomb that I expected. Quite delicious, actually. That being said, it's definitely has plenty of smoke, earth, peat, charcoal, and heavily roasted/smoked malt.

M: Crazy smooth and flavorful with the right amount of carbonation. I can only imagine how perfectly this would pair with a pulled pork sandwich!

O: Pleasantly surprised but ze Germans do all of their beer right. A joy to drink. This style may not be for everybody but it's most likely one of the best offerings.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note at the outset that, as a whole, rauch beers are not my favorites and that they too often seem to me to have too much smoke flavor. This particular version is certainly above average and great looking, but does border on too much smoke flavor. In this case, my objection is more the masking of the other flavors rather than the sheer quantity of smokiness.

The clear brown body has a lasting tan head that leaves exceptional lacing. As suggested above, the aroma is very smokey; ominously so IMO. Fortunately, there is proportionately less smoke in the flavor and some malt and light spice shows. Still, the primary impression is more similar to smoked meat than to a 'typical' lager.

M: medium body; Medium+ carbonation.

O: nice, Bamberg style brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For me personally, I would never buy this beer again. I tried to be a little more objective in my grading. Racuhbiers are obviously not for everyone and I don't think they'll ever be for me.

Nevertheless, of the few that I have tried, this one is by far the best. That thick, smoky flavor gives way to some sweet malts and caramel. The Marzen aspect of the beer definitely comes through a little, but it's smothered in smoked ham. Might go well with some sharp cheddar or BBQ. But putting down 500mL of this alone proves to be a bit more difficult.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of chimaylvr
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in nonic at Track 84

App: reddish brown, two finger foam, almost nitro-like

Smell: amazing aroma of peaty roasted husk, hickory beef jerky, smoked bacon or pulled pork bbq

Taste: smoked meat, subtle hop undertones, caramel malt twang, not too buttery, good balance overall

Mouthfeel: medium carb level, somewhat syrupy malt, not as clean as ales, not bad though

Overall: Though the friend I'm with doesn't like this beer, since his palate cannot wrap itself around this bold style, I really like it. I will admit that I've only tried Sam Adams' version but as a beer, on itself, it holds up very well

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a regular glass. I'm following herrburrgess' suggestion of having this after multiple beers in a sitting.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with great translucence in spite of its shade. The head is a two finger light mocha color with lowish retention, but a nice texture. Spotty patches of lacing left on the glass.

S: Holy crap, this is smoky. Admittedly, I'm no bacon fan, but this definitely has a bacon vibe to it. Tons of wood, saltiness, and of course smoke come across strongly on the aroma. Wonderfully augmented by its subtle marzen sweetness from the malt.

T: Initial flavors are, of course, smoky. Lots of beechwood and bacon-y sweetness open the initial sips. Also, it's not as phenolic as I feared, thankfully. The rauch profile calms down as more of the beer is imbibed, allowing its marzen roots to shine through - the way the flavor progresses gradually from rauchbier to marzen is almost masterful, as before long, the flavor profile switches to a caramely, nutty composition where the smoke only augments things. However, it's a slow sipper, if only because it behooves the drinker to find differing subtleties in the flavor from sip to sip. For what it's worth, it's the most complex lager I've ever had, and it's balanced like a champ to boot.

M: Well textured (not too thick or too thin), with a light bittersweet dryness. Carbonation is near perfect.

O: If I didn't follow the suggestions of herrburgess and drink this as my first beer of the night, I likely would have gone "LOL BACON SUX I NO LIEK THIS BEER" and given it something along the lines of a 2.55 overall. Luckily, I took his word seriously, and the beers I had before helped smooth this out brilliantly. It's one of those beers that works better the more you drink it, allowing me to see it for the incredible beer that it is.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got up the nerve to buy a rauchbier after hearing it referred to as “liquid bacon.” Who would say no to that?

A: Ruby-amber body with a fizzy tan head. As the bubbles pop, it looks like it’s about to recede; this time, though, it just slowly condenses, forming a creamy finger of head. Sticky lacing all around.

S: Hickory, smoke, and salty aromas abound: yep, that’s bacon. Incredibly enjoyable. Lager breadiness still manages to be noticeable underneath such powerful smokiness, along with slight fruit tones – it’s like toast with strawberry jam. Toffee malts, toasted bread crust, and grain husk back up the big smoke.

T: These grains are deliciously roasted to the point of smoke satisfaction, but never overbearing; if German brewers can do anything, it’s make a beer of balance. Wood is much bigger here than in the nose, making the beginning flavors a strong campfire taste of burnt wood chips. Some hops give a touch of fruits to a dark palate, with lemon rind, apple skin, and grape jam – not a bad addition. Salted ham, chicory, peat, Brazil nut, and a bit of tea tastes develop when you dig deeper into the grains; it’s complex roastiness with a good bit of caramel Märzen backbone. Finishes with lingering smoke on the tongue.

M: Its palate is sippable, but its texture demands big gulps. The bottle is gone in no time (which is really a bittersweet feature).

O: My first venture into rauchbiers was truly unforgettable; what an outstanding beer. I’m not sure how wide the interpretations of this style go, but anything that can beat this in complexity, aroma, and drinkability would be nothing short of superb.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,299 ratings.
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