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%

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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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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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dave1999
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with red hues and white foamy head.

The smell was sausages cooking on an open fire with smoke blowing in the wind. This was my first smoked beer and the smell was not a let down.

The taste was malty with caramel and of course a smokey taste, although the smokiness in the taste was far less than the smell.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a great German beer of which there are plenty but this one still manages to stand out from the crowd.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle. Pours amber brown with a medium creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is smokey malts of the liquid smoke variety with some sweet BBQ.

The flavor is sweet plasticky (esp in the finish) caramel malts and smoke (a little BBQ) with charred roast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, lots of smoke, but it's a bit thin with some off notes.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

appearance; clear but so dark that it appears opaque or nearly so. Off white head with so so retention and thin, sparse, yet beautiful lacing.

smell; Smokey Westfalian ham is the dominant and very most powerful odour. Some sweet malts but mostly bittered with smoke.

taste; Upfront smoked meats. Malts still come through, can taste that behind the smoke, Oktoberfestbier flavor sneaks around. Pleasant bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel; heavy bodied, very dry and with a mild acridpuckering. Not all that refreshing but very tasty.

overall; A delicious treat well worth the high cost.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Mahogany brown body and a bone-colored head of immense proportions. 4.0

Smoked sausages, rich roasty malts, sweet grain with light toffee, and buttery notes. 4.5

Smoky, but richly smoky, like bbq pork or bacon. Very mildly bitter with a sweet woody flavor. Interestingly sweet, no fruits and only faintly a gooey toffee character. 4.0

Medium body and mild carb. Very drinkable, even with the smokiness. 3.5

Best rauchbier ever. My girlfriend and I pick up a bottle every month or two. 5.0

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Photo of endovelico
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, It's my first time having a beer this 'smoked'. I mean I've had beers with smoked malt (both peat and beechwood smoked), hell I've MADE smoked beers! But still, having said that I've never had something this exuberant in it's singularity.

I had to temporarily halt my review and let the beer sit a bit because it was frankly overpowering my senses but upon resuming my review what i found out was that this brownish, beautifully highlighted brew still reeks of smoked ham, almost cloyingly so, with wood coming through aswell and cocoa and herbs splashed around.

The taste follows up on the nose, but it's much more agreeable in my opinion with the characteristic bacon notes on the front, wood on the back and an almost candyish center.

The palate is right up my alley and what seems to be adequate in complementing the rest of the beer's characteristics: Medium to medium full body, Low bitterness, medium low carbonation, unperceived alcohol.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable but it almost feels like a gimmick beer were one to forget history. It suffers from being this unique and not having many beers (at least commercially accessible) to compare and establish a referential so the fear of underestimating this beer is present. Nonetheless it's something everyone should try.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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