Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,299
Reviews:
1,123
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
316
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,299 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint bottle from TW Arrowhead in late July for $6.99.

Beer poured amber brown with a beautiful long lasting white head.

Nose is smoked malts, brisket, pulled pork, and other goodness that comes out of my smoker.

Initial taste was heavy on the smoked meats. Subsequent sips had the smoke going blending in nicely with the slightly sweet quality of the fermented malts. Hopping rate could have been a bit more to balance it better for my pallet but was good nonetheless.

Feel was medium bodied and neither smooth or refreshing.

Overall a very nice beer that is a must try for the smoked meat aficionados out there. Had samples of this probably 15 years ago from a friend whose nephews brought some back from Germany.

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Photo of thebooyakid
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grogsky
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Immediate scents of a campfire under the silhouette of a full moon. Nice dark ruby red colour. Light carbonation, enough to quench the thirst of a pig roasting on said campfire. Taste has subtle bitterness from hops, nice malted barley hints, and a subtle finish of a smokey flavour. The smoke flavour is not at all over-powering, and adds a nice hint to remind the consumer of a well smoked salmon. A great beer overall.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sold as a single bottle from a local bottle shop. No bottle on date listed. Considered as the bench mark brand for Schlenkerla. Barley is smoked with beechwood within the historic confines of the Schlenkerla brewery located in Bamburg, Germany.

L - dark amber brown color with a little bit of highlights coming thru. Pitch black sitting down. Two finger head, no fluffiness, half and inch ring around the glass.

S - The wood is so strong on the nose it's heavenly. Beef brisket, smoked meat, campfire, beef jerky, chili, salted caramel, leather.

T - taste matches the aroma really well. Grainy smokey dark taste, smoked meat, campfire smoke, along with the toffee notes of a marzen beer.

F - loose and watery feel, cool and calm across the tongue and quite refreshing. Smoke adds an ash type linger on the tongue like a snuffed out fireplace. Medium light in body.

O - this is one of those beers that you do not look over. Very well known amongst the beer geeks and is a bucket list beer for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of nobledust
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkn09
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPA17
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome. Not for everybody but a unique and enjoyable beer for many of those willing to give it a try.

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Photo of EMH73
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with a very thin off-white head. Smells very strongly of smoke (think smoked pork shoulder or ham), some malts and spices. Taste is dominated by the smoke flavor and I really can't get past it. Some sweet caramel notes and malts are present but the smoke flavor overpowers. Glad I bought just one.

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

Photo of Guppy314
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a very dark but clear brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is a musty spice. Taste has an astringent bitterness of overpowering smokiness with slight malt and caramel. An acquired taste; one's enough for me.

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Photo of morimech
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for a marzen with a shallow head. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. The Beech wood kiln malt works its wonders. Aroma of ham, bacon, ash, wood, and some toffee. The flavor is not as impressive as the smoke qualities overpower the rest of the beer. Nice bacon and ham notes at first but it sort of wears out the palate with its intensity. Some sweetness and caramel notes but does not seem as toasty as other marzens. This is a low ABV beer and the body reflects that. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boo-urns
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first beer in a long long time that I could not finish. I know it is highly rated and I paid a premium for it, but I had an instant visceral reaction to it.....I found the smokey taste to be overwhelming. Otherwise, it seemed like a nice, rich, dark-as-molasses beer, which I normally love....but all I could taste was campfire. I pretty much have liked, on some level, every other beer I've ever had....but the smell of this beer almost made me nauseous.

But I know taste is subjective, so as weird as it sounds, I would try again....as a sample, to try to develop a palate for it. I remember I used to hate wheat beers , but after sampling enough of them, I slowly turned.... and now I love them.

So there it is....try this beer at your own risk! Seems like you'll either love it or hate it - no in between.

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Photo of jtw21
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Avool1960
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First beer I ever had that was smoked. I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of SebTBL
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decent smokiness. Campfire. Fruit. Bandaid. Ash. Wood. Chocolate. Balancing with the malts caramelly toffee back. This beer demands meat with its faint lacing, and nice lingering head.

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Photo of SrutiG
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Woof I tried this for the first time about 20 years ago, and a half dozen times since, and I can assure you rauchbiers are not my jam man. Takes on a brown porter and cola like appearance, tan head. Almost seems like this is a blend of gose and rauchbier from the aroma. Has that fatty, smoky, salty exterior aroma.

Taste is just like a meat platter with smoke/cigars/tobacco. The body itself is actually relatively light, but there is so much flavor packed into this one. I could go for a few ounces maybe around a campfire, but that is about it, it is so foreign, so just not the vibe I want when drinking a beer. So much earth and smoke in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of TerryB
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mousel
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,299 ratings.
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