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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Ratings: 2,339 |  Reviews: 1,140
Photo of jsboates
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tone77
2.21/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of smoked meats. Taste is unlike anything I have had before. Smoke, bacon, meaty, I can see where it would appeal to some but I was unable to finish it. Feels medium bodied and unpleasant in the mouth and overall I did not enjoy it at all.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark walnut brown, with a tacky, creamy head that only rises half an inch, but lasts a long time, leaving a coating of lace.

Similar to other beers from this brewery, the aroma bears a strong resemblance to summer sausage up front. As one acclimates to the smoky aromas, there are subtle, fruity undertones to be discovered.

The flavor is very smoky with pleasant, malty flavors. A secondary sweetness is well checked by a dry following and light bitter finish. Warmth brings out a slight charred malt flavor.

A woolly texture with full body and no alcohol. The finish is dry.

Consumed from an Aecht Schlenkerla pint glass, this makes an excellent choice for relaxing with friends while eating grilled hot dogs on a hot day. Would be awesome while camping or fishing.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Mahogany brown in color with deep red hues and good clarity. Pours with a thick, light beige froth that dissipates to a wispy cap but leaves plenty of sticky lacings on the glass. Smells like smoked ham in a glass. Smoke malt aroma dominates throughout. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a silky smooth feel. Smokey flavor throughout but mostly upfront. Bitter hop flavors are introduced thru the middle that transition to a brief toasty, marzen-like maltiness. If smoked is your thing, you'll like this. However, it's not mine.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of off white head

S: Smoke and salty/bacon aromas dominate. Not much going on behind the scenes because of the intensity of great smoke smell. Really don't see how a rauchbier could smell any better than this

T: Follows the nose, but the intensity of the smoke gets mellowed out just enough for the marzen properties to come through and make a great co-mingling appearance. Think of a 5% Islay single malt minus the peat and with campfire smoke instead

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that smoothes things out nicely

O:This is the perfect beer for a single-malt scotch lover. Highly recommended and a must for rauchbier fans

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Photo of duracell
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a copper color with an off-white creamy head. Nice lacing and medium head retention.

S - Smell is very smoky, like burned salmon on the barbecue! Very surprising at first. Malt and hop are also present at back.

T - The smoke is so dominant in the smell that I was expecting a strong taste. In fact, it's very gentle. Smoke it still there but makes a good balance with the hops and the malt.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Without knowing if it fits the style, I'd like to find a fuller body.

O - For the first Rauchbier I try, this beer is really interesting. Flavours are nicely blended, making a very drinkable brew which would pair perfectly with a grilled meet.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of beerme626
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, with beautiful foamy 2-finger head.
S: Unbelievable bacon smell. Yummy.
T: A little bit of a let-down after the smell, but still amazing. Smoked, bacony, delicious
M: Flat, but full, foamy, and delicious
O: Absolutely delicious. What can I say? This would be perfect with eggs, sausage, and pancakes.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 24oz Beer Stein

Appearance - Dark Brown with a pretty clean look to it. Head rather foamy and is around a 3 finger width, with a pretty fizzy head to go along with it. Lacing is more on the spooted side

Smell - Bonfire is the first word that comes to mind with a pretty strong ham/bacon smell to it. It's like bacon being cooked over an open fire on a cool summer morning. Never smelt anything like this in a beer before but it smells good!

Taste - Rich smoked ham and smoked oak with hints of chocolate and some rather sweet malts. It's got a slight earthy taste to it, but it's overshadowed by the smokey flavors upfront. Unlike any beer I have ever tasted but it tastes delicious!

Mouthfeel - With a pretty light body and low amounts of carbonation, it comes off as being both creamy and easy to drink, which makes an already enjoyable beer taste even better!

Overall - I've never had a Smoked or Rauchbier before, but after having this I think I may have fallen in love this style. It's flavors are rich and smooth which compliment it's easy-on-the-palette feel. Plus it tastes like smoked bacon (In a good way!).

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish-brown with a two finger semi-creamy foam head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Campfire smoke, lots of ham, dark fruits, and faint dark chocolate. Very bold (ham and smoke) and pleasing mix of aromas that I'm enjoying a lot.

T: Upfront smoke that quickly gives way to smoother darker fruit elements, noticeably plum, which pull this towards a mellower taste. Dark chocolate, caramel, and some nut. Very good overall taste that isn't overly smokey but highlights other key elements.

M: Medium bodied with a low-moderate carbonation. Slick and syrup-like texture with a clear mouthfeel.

D: I'm not a regular rauchbier drinker but I do enjoy the occasional one, and this is definitely one I'd pick up again. Mellower taste transition from smokey to plums were real pleasing.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sneevel
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark red brown with a thin but persistent head.

S: A summer campfire. Hot dogs. Ham.

T: A surprisingly dry, focused, smoky malt. The smokiness really kicks in on the aftertaste with a wallop of bacon and campfire spiciness.

M: Pleasant, crisp enough, but a little light bodied for all that smoke. It manages to be intense and refreshing at the same time.

I have little experience with Rauchbier, but this was definitely interesting. More refreshing than I would have thought. I really got the summer weekend-hotdog association with this beer. Im going to take one of these camping this summer!

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