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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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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:
#2,583
Reviews:
1,142
Ratings:
2,344
pDev:
14.78%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
331
Trade:
3
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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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Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of warpedrevolution
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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Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brewdente
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of craigmj7
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leagr
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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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%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,344 ratings
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