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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a .5l glass at Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011 while getting my bier diplom. Expectations were very high; I'd had the Marzen and Eiche before and quite enjoyed them. 5.1% as I had it at the brewery. (See schlenkerla.de)

A: Pours a two finger head of very good cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark brown-amber.

Sm: Smoke, bacon, roast, and abit of cream. Wonderfully complex. A strong aroma.

T: Wonderful brilliant bacon roast smoke pork taste, with a nice bacon heavy climax. Slight oak tinges. I understand the ash tray jokes from Bamberg locals surrounding this beer (insert badly thought out Holocaust jokes here), but this beer is special and unique. I quite fancy it. Less smokey than baconey. Very complex and balanced. Finish is a bit ashen. The bacon lingers into the aftertaste.

Mf: Nicely dry, especially on the climax. Coarse enough, letting the flavours come through. Complements the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Nice ABV, great drinkability (albeit very filling), and excellent pricing in spite of the alleged touristy vibe about the brewery. This is so traditional it's unbelievable. My local friends insist half the tenants are local regulars.

High B

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle -> Tulip. Best Before January 2013.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a white, cream coloured head. Some reddish hints when held to the light.

Smell: Smoke, like campfire smoke made of pine and birch and maple. A little caramel sweetness. This might be a bit crass, but the sweetness is almost like burn marshmallows in a camp fire. It's making me nostalgic! I'm also getting the kind of smoke that might be on a good smoked ham or the way that a good pulled pork restaurant might smell.

Taste: Much more malty the the smell would indicate. I'm getting some toasted malt, caramel, and then that smoke which is much like the way I've described it in the smell. It's a got a little bitterness, but wow, that smoke. Maybe almost salty? In the aftertaste it's dry (like a Marzen) but there is almost a salt taste in there too.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium body, and a little carbonation. A little numbing almost from the flavour. A very, very crisp clean finish. Hits the that Marzen mark for me!

Overall: This beer is a classic for a reason. On its own it's a fun beer to drink and as a beer drinker it is really in the top 20 beers you really -have- to try, but it'd be really great skillfully paired with food or use in preparing BBQ (not with BBQ, but, like in a preparation). For some reason I want pan-seared scallops paired with this to give an overall smokiness to the dish or something like that, where the beer could add that smoke flavour to the food. It's really versatile and if you haven't had it, you really ought to.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown in color, but shows dark mahogany when held up to light. A white head is somewhat fizzy, and fades to a slight cap.

I smell serious smoke, hickory, and bacon. Awesome.

It's flavor gives off cured ham, nuts, touch of tobacco and black tea. Slight touch of honey lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, and fairly simple. Not very crisp, but it doesn't lack sufficient carbonation.

Overall this is enjoyable. The flavors kind of own your palate and as it's aroma and flavor bring food to mind, I'd like to try this with some BBQ ribs or something similar.

Definitely worth seeking out to have at least once.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: lots of smokey aromas. Smoked meats and campfires come to mind. There are some sweeter bread notes underneath.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of smoke notes. Jerky, campfire, char, and smoked gouda come to mind. The finish has some bready and bitter notes.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is creamy and drinkable.

O: a good beer, overall. I'm not too familiar with the style, but the super smokey aspects are tasty.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Almost black in colour with some inviting reddish hints if seen through light. One finger light brown head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Clean and clear, though not very strong, smoked aroma. Mainly just smoke, with a bit of a burnt wood character on the back. There is definitely some sweetness on the back of things which i can't put my fingers on, maybe a bit of caramel or oddly enough some faint chocolate notes

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. Pure, clean smoked flavour. Not on the roasted side as you may expect, but instead very much delicate on the mouth. Much less bitter than you would expect as well, with that background underlying malt sweetness that could also be felt in the aroma. Surprisingly refreshing finish has a slight touch of hops to it, making you longing for another sip. Very nice, clean smoked flavour, though not very complex if compared to other rauchs from the same brewery (or even if compared to their Helles)

M- Super soft mouthfeel. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Soft and smooth on the palate, silky and smooth on the tongue (where just the slightest bit of carbonation can be felt). Great

O- Clean and somehow simple beer despite it's peculiar character. Has more to it than the not so complex flavour suggests, in terms of balance, drinkability, pure smoked feel. Briefly: not super tasty, but definitely perfect

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