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:
2,324
Reviews:
1,134
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
324
For Trade:
3
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Photo of AnyaS
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of biernack
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours clear maroon with a khaki colored foam head. Smells like sweet roasty smoked malts with a smoked pork meaty quality, some dried fruits, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, charcoal, ash, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like smoked meats, pork, sweet roasty smoked malts, some dried fruits, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, charcoal, ash, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice rauchbier.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a cola dark brown body with huge foaming thick tan head that sticks
Big smokey cigar and bonfire aroma
Smoke and cinder toffee flabourbon
Amazing

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

Photo of ajdemma
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 500 ml bottle poured poured into pint glass.

Look: Deep, dark brown with an off-white, thick, rocky, two finger head. Incredible head retention.

Smell: Rich malts followed by thick, delicious smoked meats, evoking feelings of walking into an old time butcher shop.

Taste: Malts followed by smoked meats and a light bitterness on the swallow. Well balanced, smoke flavor is not overpowering.

Feel: Medium-thin body with moderate carbonation and slightly dry. Very easy drinking.

Overall: An excellent beer, not hard to imagine it brightening a spot in my fridge for those times you want something special.

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

Photo of Ukrfan
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of May 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear dark amber colour with a two fingered tanned head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Smokey, bacon, ham and toast.

Taste: Smoked meats especially ham and charcoal-ly upfront before giving way to sweet-ish caramel malts and a touch of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice smoked beer with lovely smoked ham aromas and taste balanced with a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Acforster2
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jpbarto
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smoked beer - didn't even know it existed. After this one I want more - a fantastic, hearty mouth feel and flavour unlike anything I've ever had. If you're into really strong porters or Russian stouts, give this a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of DavidST
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A: Poured into a mug to a deep brown topped by a two finger light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of smoke and sweet malts. It reminds me a lot of the smell you get when you walk into a legit BBQ joint
T: Taste is sweet caramel malts with some nice meaty smoke flavors. That's really about all that this beer has going on is just the sweetness from the malts and the acrid smokiness. The two flavors riff of of each other pretty well to provide balance though. The swallow on this beer is more caramel and toffee sweetness that's a little fruity with some lingering smoke.
M: This beer has a creamy medium mouthfeel with carbonation that is a little soft but adequate. The beer finishes on the dry side of things but that's okay.
O: Overall this beer is kind of like drinking a smoked pork shoulder and there's nothing wrong with that. There isn't a lot going on but it's fun to drink and well executed. Definitely an interesting beer to try.

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Photo of Macamah
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark brown color; ruby when held to the light.

Khaki head; strong, spotty lace.

Smells of smoke and pork. Rauch goodness.

Medium mouthfeel.

Another winner from Schlenkerla; a touch watery compared to the Urbock, but very drinkable & tasty. A session rauch?!

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any import date:

Appearance: This looks absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is dark brown and has very dark brown highlights with hints of burnt umber in the light, great clarity, all beneath a beautiful eggshell white head with just a touch of light tan.

Aroma: Massive smoky wood aroma. It conjures so many memories of campfires that it is ridiculous.

Taste: It has a very light caramel flavor that is present with the beer on the palate but disappears as soon as it is swallowed. A smoky wood flavor is also there but in a much lighter presence than the aroma. There is just a touch of burnt coal way in the background but the overall flavor of the beer is very light, retracted, and muted.

Mouthfeel: It is a very light and easy drinking beer. The carbonation is great. It doesn't have much presence on the palate though. If I had no olfactory sense I would feel like I was drinking water.

Overall: The appearance and the aroma literally could not be improved upon but the flavor of the beer is weak and the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. This is the kind of beer that makes you say "why isn't there more flavor?" If this is the only beer you can find from Schlenkerla then I would recommend picking it up. If it is not then I would recommend something else. As a Rauchbier it is still head and shoulders over nearly every other brewery but the delineation occurs between the very beers that Schlenkerla makes (or more than just nearly). As an "overall" recommendation I would still recommend it.

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Photo of dd43
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic beer, and is my go to choice for introducing someone to the wonders of a smoked malt beer. You are greeted immediately with the strong aroma of a campfire when cracking this beer open. The malts obviously impart that smoke flavor, but there's also a toastiness and a very mild sweetness to balance it out. An amazing seasonal that should never be missed.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,324 ratings.
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