Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
2,339 Ratings
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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Photo of JerryPinhead
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth creamy head and outstanding smoked flavor. The first Rauchbier that I have tried, but I will be back for more. The flavor is not overpowering and is perfectly matched fior smoked or bar-b-qued pork.

The smell is reminiscent of hickory smoked bacon and has a hint of almonds. Dark, clear amber color and absolutely perfect cream colored head. Low carbonation and balance make this one an easy drinker.

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of calmond72
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of traumaqueen
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of redfox405
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mitchellaneous
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jk3
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

A- deep russet brown with bright orange highlights. The head just looks like it's been smoked- a dirty, grayer version of what I would expect from normal marzen foam. It is creamy and lasting and leaves spotty rings of lace.

S- mineral water, bacon, and smoked pork shoulder, ribs, whatever. The boy just smells like BBQ. There are some caramel and chocolatey undertones, but I wouldn't go so far as to compared it to chocolate covered bacon. Savory meaty tartness. Smoke leads the aroma.

T- not so heavily smoked as I remember the weizen and urbock to be. It's a light layer of earthy beech smoke, and underneath that is a rock solid marzen. I wish I could try it unsmoked it's so good. Caramel sweetness with a touch of milk chocolate and brown sugar, a slight fruity quality and perfectly balanced hop bitterness in combination with the smoke makes it easy to compare this to a brown sugar heavy rubbed applewood smoked pork butt. The finish is earthy and drawn out with tangy hop flavor and more light smoke.

MF- absolutely stellar. Low end carbonation allows this one to feel almost nitro smooth. As creamy as melted ice cream yet still able to quench some thirst. Melted chocolate. This is perfection.

D- as a marzen, it's amazing. As a rauchbier, it's smoked out amazing. I've been wanting to try this one for some time, but honestly didn't expect it to be this good. The smoke isn't so overbearing and without the smoke it would be one of the best marzens in my shiny brown marzen book. Metaphor.

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Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of ClassicDaniel
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoke almost takes over the 10 foot radius around the opened beer. It really hit me when I popped the cap. Its a full hickory, almost oaky smoke. Like BBQ type smoke. The taste is dominated by the smoke. very oaky, and dominated by the wood. Its the tale of an unbalanced rauchbier.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is an excepitionally deep, dark and clear brown with a thin off white head that is quite foamy and effervescent, which leaves a lot of gobby lacing.

the smell is very heavy of smoke and a faint malt presence, semi sweet, close to a brown ale. no real hop scent can be detected.

the taste is equally similar while having a fairly clean quality to it. the only real discernible downside is that it really has no bitterness to it whatsoever making it a bit of an odd duck. super crisp, too.

the mouthfeel is especially bubbly and effervescent, slightly prickly too. light bodied and definitely a sweet finish.

the drinkability is super high on this, complex enough to be interesting while not being overpowering and very light bodied. though the carbonation might be a bit high for my taste.

all in all another smoke beer to fall in love with, though this one may be for those with a more delicate taste.

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Photo of PunkFloyd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Deep hazy, ruby red with a one finger, long lasting head. Smoky sweet malt aroma. Smoky with a light bitter malt start, somewhat dry light malt middle and smoky with a hint of hop finish. Light to medium bodied. Side-by-side with the urboch. The marzen does not show much of its malt body, smokiness is dominant throughout. I like the urbock better because it is more complex. This is a decent, light flavored rauchbier if the urbock is not available.

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Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a very deep amber-brown with a small, bubbly, off white head.

Smell. Smells like freshly smoked bacon the best possible way, with a little toasty malt.

Taste. First sip has plenty of nice woody smoke, but not too overpowering. The smoke becomes a little more mellow as I continue drinking. There's a bit of caramel and malt in there and even a little bit of earthy hops. Small amount of bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. This is quite a mild and refreshing beer. Not what I was expecting based on previous smoked beer experiences. Everything seems so ballanced and besides the smoke, other sublte flavours come through. Best of the style so far for this guy.

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Photo of CSFerrier
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of DSlim71
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of sdj5
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a large wine glass.

A - Dark brown with a medium amount of white head.

S - It smells like pulled pork without sauce on it. Bacon. Smoked cheese.

T - Minor taste of smoked meat in comparison to the smell, but it actually has marzen taste beyond the light smoke

M - It wasn't particularly carbonated. Easy to drink for such a weird beer.

O - Something done very well that I really enjoyed. Totally unique and I would love to try more. It is not something you'd likely session, but it tastes delicious.

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Photo of DavidGross
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,339 ratings
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