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

Cool cellar temp. 500ml bottle, two months before sell-by date (maybe that's why it's even on offer here in non-Bavarian provincial Germany).
Served in a narrow glass stein.

Full smokey flavour up front. For me, much more reminiscent of freshly smoked fish than meat. That may be because I've only ever eaten fish freshly smoked... Lately I've eaten smoked 'Sprotten' (sprats) from the supermarket -- it's odd, and maybe odd that it's good, but this very similar.

I'm also reminded of what used be said about Guinness before they started freezing it on tap: "there's aetin' and drinkin' in it". It's a really full flavour that mellows to a nice little hoppy bitterness ending with a smokey aftertaste.

Not complex but really nicely balanced.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/25/17:

Served at bout 55° in a sort of curvy stange without the base. Similar to some of those German-made Spiegelau glasses, but taller, thinner, and more robust. Those are better-suited to a Belgian beer in my estimation but this one was stange-like enough and this beer was interesting enough to justify bringing them together.

The deepest copper, like a garnet, quite clear. Rich tan or golden brown head, tall but shrinking, dense and fine but weightless. Minimal yet wavy strands of lace. Smells like smoked or perhaps roasted ham hock underneath a wood smoke that is a touch sweet. Enticingly salty. It doesn’t really go away. Palate is very similar, especially at first but after a couple sips you begin to notice more standard Märzen qualities as well, toast and toffee and even dark fruit, hints of something herbal and almost savory. The Beech that was used to help impart this smoky character really balances well with it all to curb what would otherwise be a very meaty beer. Some of course might have enjoyed or been curious enough about that but for others it would take some getting used to. For those in the former camp who might be disappointed, retro-olfaction is the key to unlocking a little something extra. Don’t forget the slightly metallic late aftertaste. Medium-bodied, an interesting surface tension on the tongue, lending itself to slickness and smoothness, with medium but dwindling carbonation of the fine and briefly active variety. Highly drinkable for something so rough around the edges, and alcohol virtually undetected. Can’t wait to try the Urbock and Doppelbock variants I also picked up. Technically my first Rauchbier, though I’ve had a couple others that were closer to this than they were to anything else, at least going by the palate.

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Photo of Jcbroome
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DirkNachbar
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

07/01/2017. On draft, at Schlenkerla, Bamberg, Germany.

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Photo of FBarber
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black, but tinged by a ruddy color. Thick velvety tan head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of tan foam and some sticky tan lacing along the glass.

Smell is a pungent aroma of smoked malts, smoked meats, bacon - very strong. Franlkl when you smell it up close the aroma burns the nose a bit. Its everything its advertised to be and appropriate for the style, but its a bit much for me.

Taste is rather malty - rich notes of smoked malts, bacon, smoked ham. Dry, no sweetness, only the mildest note of hops for balance. Malt forward all he way.

Feel is smooth, medium carbonation, clean.

Overall this beer is well crafted and clearly an excellent example of the style. I just still fall into the camp of people that do not like this style - its so unique and definitely an acquired taste.

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Photo of cistercienzer
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into Stange. No date.

L: Red amber, finger and a half khaki head, above average retention.

S: Rich smoked pork.

T: Smoke is less prominent here with some caramel notes.

F: Light, creamy and dry.

O: This is better than their Smoked Doppelbock but still I can't seem to enjoy these smokebeers.

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Photo of cshaffer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TurboBrew
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ltdsaint
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
2.22/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark dark ruby with a white head. Smells of smokiness, almost like bacon. Tastes of salty smoked bacon and some maltiness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall I can see this being a great beer for the style, but I can honestly say this style is not really for me. I'd love to try others of this style though.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Country_Robot
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Fall/Winter beer to keep in stock. One at a time is enough as the smoke flavor is prevalent, but natural and mellowed by the sweet malt. I use this during the holidays to season my collard greens!

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Photo of Captain68
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: Lovely ruby brown. Medium beige head.

Nose: Smoky like mesquite or grandma's kitchen.

Taste: smoke spice of front, pork, some dark grain, faint caramel sweet.

Mouth; Medium, full, delighted.

A great little breakfast beer. Not overly complex, but with good smoking and balance. Worth it.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackVeg
2.54/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a clear dark amber color, three fingers of foamy light khaki head, great retention and lacing.
Aroma - Savory, smoked jerky, anise, vague sweetness hidden somewhere.
Taste - A lot lighter than expected. Smoke is dominant, savory and spicy up front, reminiscent of salty smoked bacon, very light caramel flavors toward the middle. The finish and aftertaste are toasty, grainy and of course smokey.
Feel - Light to medium bodied, has a dry spicy feel, smooth carbonation.

Overall - The aroma is stronger than the taste but it's still very enjoyable. I'll have to try their bock and compare it to this.

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Photo of Twal
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,344 ratings
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