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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1.24/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

No head smells like beef jerky taste like a campfire or beechwood lingers in the cup as well has a heavy mouthfill it stays in your mouth after a few swallows I wouldn't recommend this beer it has a very bitter taste but the smoke makes it hard to get past anything else the smell hits you right away not a good beer

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Photo of Olivia55555
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The best smelling beer I have ever smelled in my entire life. It has such a smoked flavor that the aroma can come off as sort of a liquid bacon, ham, smoked salmon, teriyaki chicken smell. Delicious. The taste is less magnificent, but its smokey and does not have a heavy mouthfeel. The brown color is also pleasing to the eye and corresponds nicely with the smell.

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Photo of ihavedrankbeer
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was very surprising to me. It had a smoked smell which I have never smelled in a beer before. That being said, before I drank I did not think it would go down smooth. Surprisingly, this beer went down VERY smooth, and it tasted good, which was very enjoyable. It has a light head and it is a nice dark color.

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Photo of KaptinKrunches
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a dark brownish slightly golden color to it. It has a medium hold.
Smell: It definately has a smokey smell to it that can resemble any type of smoked red meat (preferably beef jerky). From this, it also brings about a sense that this beer would be savory.
Taste:It tastes just like it smells, smoky. It is not bitter and rather more sweet.
Mouthfeel: There is a medium mouthfeel to it. It is a smooth beer.
Overall: This is a decent beer due in part to the fact that I do not prefer a smoky flavor when it comes to beer. But this smokiness flavor does bring in a lot of complexity when tasting and smelling it because it is out of the ordinary.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of match1112
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured this into my tulip and let it sit for a minute and my wife asked if i had smoked summer sausage out! this beer pours out a deep brown ith some ruby highlights. a half finger of creamy off white head slowly settles to a nice ring with little lacing. smell and taste are amazing, both are filled with a nice smoked sausage flavor that is complimented well with a nice body full of malt. mouthfeel is kinda thick and chewy but goes down easy with a soft dry smoky finish. i cant believe it took me so long to try a rauchbier, but i bet it wont be that long before i try another one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle (no date) poured into a Tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Ruby red to dark orange-brown beer, clear, with a light tan head. 1/8" foam upon pouring slowly died down to a ring at the edge and thin skin across the top. Some tiny islands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Definitely smokey - some aspects of a BBQ smokehouse with I swear is a tiny bit of phenol as well. With a swirl, the smokiness subsides a bit and a tiny bit of the malt comes out. Quite an interesting smelling beer.

Taste: Smokey again, but not as powerful as I thought it would be. Smoke reminds me of something off a BBQ grill that sat too long, or like food cooked over a campfire. But the smoke up front moves into a nice malt flavor, and then a lingering earthy hop + smoke flavor again. Malt more pronounced as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slick, but chewy. I'm actually glad the beer has as much carbonation as it does, as it clears the palate for another smokey sip.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable. At first I was a little bit concerned due to the interesting smell (the phenol) but the more I drank, the more I liked it and the more drinkable it became. Went fantastic with pork chops and green beans, and I think would go really well with a variety of other meat dishes. I think that the smoke is just right. Too much and it could really overpower everything, but here - nicely balanced. Prominent, but not domineering. A very good beer overall and again, nicely drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured into small German glass bier stein, deep copper hues, but you can't see through it. Two finger head fades to short head, with some lacy stickiness on the side of the glass. Called "bacon beer' by the Americans in Germany, the first whiff gives on the impression of smoked pork. The smoke definitely comes through in the flavor, dominating the dark beer notes, leaving a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely for the adventurous. Probably helps that I just finished a plate of german wurst, noodles and vegetables.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with beer colleague in The Big, 1.5.11, poured into wine tumblers.

One finger light tan head in one glass, minimal head in the other, quick dissipation in both, broken layer of head on former and a small ring around edge of glass in latter. Medium brown clear body, a few streams of bubbles visible rising around the edge of the glass. Holy Smokes (or in the words of John Michaelsen, Good Grief!), smoke bomb on the nose, fairly sweet malts for balance, floral hops absolutely subsumed by the smoky aromas, one of the most unique smelling beers on planet earth. The smoky profile continues taste-wise, more smoky wood than ashtray, fairly sweet in the middle, typical Marzen profile except for the smoke, faint floral hops on backend. Mouthfeel is medium, good effervescence. Not something I could drink all the time, nor finish the entire bottle by myself.Only downside is this beer absolutely trashes your palate, tried to refresh with a DIPA and I still tasted the smoke until halfway through that beer! An absolute must for lovers of smoky beers, the benchmark that all Rauchbiers (along with the Urbock) must be measured against.

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

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle in to a DFH snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Big smokey wood(beachwood) notes with a nice malt base. Smells a bit like nice smokey scotch.

T: Follows nose. Big smokey notes give way to a nice medium roast malt base. Aftertaste is smokey malt.

M: Medium/light body. Smoke adds a lot to the feel, but this is a marzen so overall feel is more of a beefed up marzen. Semi-wet finish.

O: If you like smoked/rauch beer, this is it. Great smokey tones go with this incredibly easy drinking marzen, which is medium body and big flavor. Will buy this any time I need a rauchbier fix.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz. Rogue pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, though there is a price tag that says 4-11. Maybe the date it arrived in the store?

The smokiness has held the beer up well.

It pours dark ruby-copper. No noticeable carbonation. The foamy one finger tan head laces wonderfully but dissipates after a few minutes.

The aroma is very smokey. If smoke bothers you avoid this beer. If smoke appeals to you, you should try this. The first time I had it I thought bacon. Now I think smoked ham. It's slightly sweet and meatier than bacon. Plus it's not a burnt smell but a nice roasted smokiness. I also pick up beechwood chips, peaty scotch and dark malts.

The taste is initially smokey but tones down in the mouth to a mild dry and slightly yeasty finish. This isn't nearly as smokey in the mouth as I've noticed some reviewers post. I taste dark carmel malts with hints of cocoa on the finish. The hops are grassy and spicy. They have a nice lager bite. The beer isn't jumping with hops flavors but perhaps that isn't the point with this one as that would clash with the smoke. Good taste overall. Would pair well with smoked foods and meat.

The body is medium. The smoke rules the day with this one but the malt and hop balance is nice.

This is a unique beer. I will pair this one with food next time. If you like it try it again. If you don't at least you can say you have had the world famous rauchbier by Schlenkerla.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,373 ratings