Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
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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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Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger rocky white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a meaty smoke that seemingly hovered over the rim if the glass like an autumn fog.

The taste was also smoke driven with the same thick chewy smoke leaping from the glass. Secondary grainy malts were detected along with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel was full with a fine tingling sensation added from the smoke.

Overall a superior rauchbier.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip.

This is much darker than I expected, much darker than any other Marzen. Its nearly black in the low light of the bar. I can tell there are deep red hues, especially around the edges. The head is quite a sight. It's huge, taking up the whole rest of the tall, slender tulip with a khaki froth. The retention is very nice, as is the lacing.

Very smoky, obviously. Smoked, cured ham with a brown sugar and caramelized glaze. The beer isn't totally overrun with the smoke; earthy malts come out along side sweeter caramel and toffee.

I expected this beer to be a little bit of a chore to finish, but instead it became easier to drink as it went along. The smoke is very clean, finishing without too much lingering flavor. It starts out sweet, malty, bready and caramely. The smoke comes in soon after giving flavors of wood and the rind on a smoked ham.

Lots of fluffy soft carbonation. The body is fuller than a typical Marzen, this is a well done, robust lager.

Very enjoyable. It was much easier to drink than I expected. I would totally have this again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle, no date.

appears dark brown in color with ruby highlights. 1/4" off-white head, good retention as I drink. huge aroma - smells like smoked meat - bacon or salmon, etc.

the smoke is not as overpowering in the taste. some caramel malt balances it out. pretty smooth mouthfeel- medium body with mild carbonation.

overall - definitely a unique style, and interesting to try. Not so sure I will seek out again though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a fruity and floral overtone and a hint of hickory smoke. It pours a dark, barely translucent brown with a thick, velvety, yellowish tan head that looks a lot like the head on a property poured crater of Guinness. Flavor has malty, fruity, and hickory smoke tones - whoa, is that BACON I taste? There is also just a hint of caramel. Body is a bit lacking, but texture is still fairly fizzy and leaves a tasty finish.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from large bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a foamy bone white head a tad larger than a finger's length. Head retains nicely and laces glass.

S: Natural and earthy smell to it. A dominant smokey smell prevails almost as if you were next to a campfire. Slight malt aromas. Smells meaty from insanely smokey aromas.

T: The smokey aroma translates in the mouth as well. Definitely a smoke beer. The aftertaste is similar to charred meat. Very tasty, but also very unique for the palate.

M: Medium body with intense smokey aftertaste and decent warming.

O: A unique experience as I have never had a smokebeer. Would be a good selection if on a camping trip or enjoying a crisp and cool autumn day.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.

Pours a densely-bubbled off-white head that's off-white in color. This fades down over a few minutes, leaving some decent lace that has a bit of staying power. Body itself is a dark reddish brown, translucent, with some visible carbonation.

Scent is overwhelmingly of campfire smoke, smoked meat (primarily bacon). Fairly strong, but somehow warming and very evocative of times past in the cold evenings outdoors. I actually would have liked a little malt in this one's scent; it is a "rauchbier Märzen" after all!

Taste is, as expected, smoked, but not wildly out of proportion. Some malt sweetness becomes present, with mild bitterness from hops in the fade-out. Smoke primarily in the aftertaste, but also some hop bitterness and salt.

On the palate, this is medium-bodied, but still relatively smooth with moderate carbonation. Smoked malts impart a dry finish.

A classic representative of the rauchbier style: warm, tangy, and not overpowering.

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Photo of bark
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is warm and deep red-brown, the liquid is clear. The beige compact head is two fingers high. Lots of thick lacing.

Fresh smoke and sweet malt dominates the smell. Some meaty roasted notes. Smoked ham and sausages.

As for the taste, if I remember right, the smoke is milder than in the bottled beer, and less of the forest fire notes. Some brown ale-like roasted flavours. Some sweetness, but very weak bitter flavours. There are some hops, but together with the smoke, they rather give sourness than bitterness. The aftertaste brings notes of smoked fish/ham. It is surprisingly short and leaves some salt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the bubbles light. The liquid is dry.

OK, this is the Rauchbier others are measured by. Still I think it could gain from a little more hops and forest fire.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for bringing this bad boy to Tejas.

A smoked marzen, perhaps the standard-bearer for the style. It pours a rich, dark brown color with a wonderfully smokey aroma. A big bouquet of smokey goodness that surprises on the palate. It’s not as bold tasting as one might expect, rather the smokiness comes across as mellow and well-balanced. It doesn’t drop out nor does it overpower, rather the notes are there and remain present as it warms much like a mild-tasting Scotch. The carbonation holds up and its effervescence helps the smoke come across. I’m a big fan of smoked beers so count me as a fan of this one.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Consumed 11 April 2011. 

Reddish brown body with an off-white whippy head. Extremely uniform bubbles that remind me of a fly eye. Lacing looks like a more interesting cross-section of the Earth. That sounds like a 5...

Hammy aroma, super smoky, cured meats. A touch metallic. 

Taste is of wrinkly cured meats, dry sausage, again mildly metallic. The smoky meatiness is soon softened. Bummer. With that, a little bit of raisin, chocolate, caramel, and seltzer water become evident. 

Watery body, carbonation is vital to keep it from boring [me]. Slightly dry and fleeting. Taste barely lingers. 

Light, but unique. A greater concentration of flavors would improve this for me. The wateriness was disappointing. 

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

crystal clear. nice deep brown color with an amber tinge.

smells smokey. slightly malty.

tastes smokey, and malty with a slight bitterness in the finish.

medium body. very effervescent. finish is dry but the smoke flavor still lingers long after the finish.

this was the first smoked beer i have ever drank so it holds a special spot in my heart, but i think i have had better smoked beer. and the smoke flavor seems to be more that of a hardwood rather than a fruit wood.

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

from the depths of my notes. a sort of late summer cleaning...

the one i've definitely had the most. the easiest to find and in my opinion the meatiest. there is the harvest apple note that makes it have the sweetness of applegate bacon. pour is amber with a very slight off white head. nice built of something much creamier than expected. a benchmark. if i was on a desert island and i had to choose one rauch it would be from this brewery. the only distinct difference is the meat you're suggestively eating with it. this i would say it just right for chinese bbq pork. light sweet... like grain savory. mineral smoke dry.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The khaki head is about two fingers in width and slowly receded to a pencil wide cap. There is a little bit of soapy lace on the side of the glass. It is a beautiful dark umber color. Almost not able to see through the glass, some toffee highlights.

Smell: Wow! What a fantastic smell! The smoke isn’t like charcoal, more like sauna or campfire wood. The smell is mingled with that of smoked meats. I get bacon, ribs, and some roast, absolutely fantastic all around. What makes the beer so good is that it is not overwhelming at all. The Maerzen is just savory. The hops are just barely noticeable behind all the other flavors, but they smell slightly bitter and grassy. I could eat this. I WANT to eat this.

Taste: The palate is almost exactly the same as the nose. There are additions of leather and a little more char, but the fantastic smoked meat flavor is still there. Albeit not quite as strong as it was on the nose. There is also more hop character in the drink, which is noticeable in the semi-bitter finish. It also makes the drink a little dry.

Mouth feel: It is a lighter mouth feel, and there is something about the smoke that gives the beer an almost watered-down finish. It is not that the flavors aren’t big enough, it just effects the finish of the drink. Maybe it is because the malts are so smoked and not “thicker” tasting. Hard to say, but it doesn’t detract from the drink overall.

Overall: If you haven’t had a Schlenkerla Rauchbier, you need to. Period. End of sentence. Fin. That’s all folks.

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

A very interesting beer.

Appearance: Brownish-amber color. Decent head.

Smell: Extremely smoky. Reminds me of a good Memphis Barbeque. Also of hickory smoke

Taste Very smoky taste. Almost like drinking a very good beer with hickory smoke added.

Mouthfeel: A long smoky aftertaste

Overall a very smoky and interesting beer. I enjoy it a lot, but it is not for everyone

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Photo of russwbeck
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having had this on tap, I had to pick up a bottle. Enjoyed with breakfast: eggs, bacon and toast.

A: Translucent brown pour with a small white head. Lacing is wonderful.

S: Light roasted malts start the smell off before BAM bacon. Roasted hints, meat and wood mostly.

T: Much like the smell, slight caramel malts start the taste off before the roasted rauchbier taste hits you. Honestly the most powerfully flavored rauchbier I've ever encountered.

MF: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is good.

O: I was blown away by this when I had it almost 10 months ago, but now that I've had it a few more times and delved into the style a bit, I'm sure this is top notch.

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

A: Pours a dark cherry wood color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a diminishing grouping of bubbles that is replenished by carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the beer.

S: A very nice smoked and seasoned meat aroma, like a beef jerky almost. I'm also picking up a little bit of malt and earthy tones. The smokey aroma dominates.

T: Almost immediately is a rich meaty flavor, similar to a hickory smoked bacon or ham with a little bit of salt. Afterwards, there's a nice earthy tone followed by a very light amount of caramel.

M: Medium-high body with matching carbonation. Sits nicely on the tongue for the flavors it has.

O: Overall, quite tasty. It may be a little overpowering on the smokey side, but it is delicious none the less. Perhaps a good introduction to the style, but I don't think I'd be too likely to have a few in a row. Maybe one of two, but I'd stop there.

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

From a bottle, pours a clear dark burgundy with a nice head. Nose is smoked meat tending toward ham, salt pork, not so much bacon in this case. Salty and light, pleasant. Mouth is soft, smoked ham, very light somehow, airy. I picture cubed hunks of artisan ham here. Yep, artisan ham. Fluffy with an appropriate bittering hop near the finish. Dry. Nice stuff.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark, almost black with a substantive head.

S - After having the Urbock the day before I wasn't as gobsmacked with this but hey it's perfection if you like smoked meat, particularly bacon.

T - Just like well done pork in a glass. I am going to recommend this to a vegetarian friend. Roasted barley.

M - medium body with a dry finish.

O - Very satisfying to nurse at home on a cold night. Very similar to the Urbock in every way to my palate and like the Urbock, is pretty unforgettable.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours a dark-caramel-reddish color with a small head
Smell: Full of smoked bacon, other smoked meats, wood, smoke again and some sweet malts.
Taste:Bacon, smoke, sweet caramel malts and some nice wooden hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Smoked beers; you hate them, or you like them. We had a tasting with 4 people, I was the only one that didn’t drain-pour this one. One of the better ones on the market!

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Photo of rrski198
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown to ruby red. Big time head with large sticky bubbles and lacing. Looks great.

S: I can smell the smoke from a few feet away. Sweet burnt campfire.

T: Sweetness hits right up front with a creamy smokey flavor. Some spicyness on the back end and a slight bitterness that lingers ever so slightly.

M: Big roasted campfire bite. Average to below average carbonation and the mouthfeel is a little thin in comparison to the scent.

O: Really nice beer. This is the first true Rauchbier i've had and it was really good. T He only thing I can say is that the mouthfeel is a little thin after that huge campfire scent. Its not bad, just thought I would get something bigger. However, I can't really judge as I am new to the style.

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Photo of samie85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very robust copper almost brown color with two fingers of off white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Smells like hickory smoked bacon and liquid smoke combined with light earthy notes.

T-Taste isn't incredibly smoky at first and the Marzen characteristics (rich malt and crisp hops)come through but then it develops into a lot of smoky notes on the finish.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation and a drying finish.

D-I like that this Rauchbier/smoked beer isn't overwhelmingly rich; I find this really aids the drinkability as the smoke qualities bring in a richness of their own

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Photo of JayS2629
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't help but to compare this to their urbock which was much more dominant in smoke but counterbalanced well with a honey taste. This was still top notch, just not as balanced or smokey as the other. goes the review.

It poured a fairly dark amber with a medium tan head that stuck around ok and left some sea foam lacing.

The aroma up front was of bacon with an underlying caramel and toffee smell. Some earthy notes, campfire, and woody notes.

The taste starts out with a cut of bacon that drifts into a nice malty caramel, and toffee blend. A nice touch of earthy hops is in the finish and the campfire, smokey, baked ham flavor comes through in the afterbreath. Overall it is a nicely balanced flavor that isn't overbearing. The Marzen beer shines only highlighted with a start and finish of a nice smokey flavor.

It was a little thin, but a nice warmth and dry finish. Overall it was delicious. This is a sipper to enjoy with a smokey meal. Perhaps a meatlovers pizza?

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Giant Eagle in the waterfront for 4.99

A - Very dark in color with slight ruby hues and a nice slight tinted head.

S - Smells of ashy charcoals and smoked meats, mostly pork in smell. A nice bit of hops and sweet malts to boot.

T - Wowed me at first but then turned kind of cloying after half the bottle. First sip's were pretty smoky with harsh ashy flavors but as I kept drinking it rounded with the sweet malt to bring an almost pork loin or ashy chop kind of taste. Bacon like in nature. As I got halfway the hops became more evident.

M - Medium bodied this one is a good sipper though

Overall it's good in small doses as I said halfway through was great so thats 8-10 oz. A pint on tap would rock my world.

Overall a very nice Rauchbier with solid smoke taste, and pretty affordable to boot.

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

This brew pours a deep mahogany hue with average carbonation that leaves behind an one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is WOW straight out smokey woodfire and crispy burnt bacon,it has a medium bodied very drinkable mouthfeel with tastes of burnt bacon,smoked wood,candied fruits and finishes with a pleasant spicy hop dryness and overall a beautiful example of the style and truly tasty would buy again.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of this beer is just awesome. It is a deep ruby red color topped with a frothy light tan head. Visible carbonation keeps the head bubbling.

S: Slight smokiness on the nose, though it's subtle behind a sweet malt backbone on this beer. No hops detected on the nose.

T: The smokiness comes through on the palate much more prominently than the nose. It lends a kind of bacon flavor to the beer. It's actually quite pleasant, and once I identified it, it became the dominant flavor, and even lingered quite a bit on the finish. In the background I can taste caramel malts, which are quite subtle, but defiantly there.

M: Good mouthfeel. It is moderate-high on carbonation and medium bodied.

D: While I really like this beer, I would think drinking more than one in a session would be detrimental to my palate and might destroy my ability to taste anything else while enjoying multiples of this beer.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark brown but not black. 3 finger head. Looks great.

S: Heavy Bacon, oak, salty, smoked wood. Campfire.

T: Bacony smokey craziness. Aftertaste is hugely flavorful. Subtle malty juiciness upfront due to marzan with smoked aftertaste.

M: A little thin. Not too carbonated.

O: The aroma is so overpowering it almost makes you not want to drink more. But when you force yourself to drink more its amazing. Like it for the experience but hate it for more than a once a year beer.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 2,334 ratings
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