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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear dark brown with a white head, mild lacing on edge of glass

S: Smoke hickory ham almost bacon. Phenomenal

T: Campfire smoke taste that cannot be denied that finishes with a hint of caramel malt

M: Smooth clean and lingers.

O: Granted this is my first Rauchbier, but this beer is great. Great change up from the normal and the smoked pork flavor is phenomenal !

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive looking clear brown with an inch of dark beige head. Beauty.

Smell is sweet grain and caramel with some light smoke and righteous tang.

What a clean blast of campfire and smoked pork that cradles the flavors of malty caramel and yeastily rounded tart. The balance here is the work of a master, heavy flavors made to float, darkest flavors made to sing.

Nicely spritzy, beautiful cling, not too much of that smoke resin to dull the palate, quite light in fact, even refreshing, though it is full of the acrid flavors sans harshness.

The work of masters, this beer is a beer opera of deep emotional taste.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen yields a translucent mahogany body; this beer is darker than I expected it to be. When the beer is held to light, a spectrum of highlights appears with colors ranging from sandy yellow to copper. The inch-and-a-half-high, light ecru head has lots of staying power. It takes about 2 minutes for the head to settle, and when it does, it leaves behind a sticky ring and some islands of viscous foam on the top of the brew.

The nose is expectedly smokey, but not overpoweringly so. Sweet smells of caramel and toasted butterscotch cut through the smoke. Earthier aromas mix with the smoke and suggest roasted meats, particularly bacon and fatty brisket. I even pick up hints of herbs and spices. I can't wait to see how this all plays on the palate…

Like a symphony, that's how. Where to begin? Smoke and rich, toasted flavors assert themselves immediately, and are closely followed by a welcome bitterness and some herbal notes that persist through the hang and into subsequent sips. The beer's primary flavor is Smoked pork belly drizzled with a bit of toasted butterscotch, then seasoned with a touch of thyme and black pepper. Attendant flavors, which disappear and reappear at random as I make my way through the bottle, include burnt ends (of brisket), and smoked lavender and sage.

My only complaint is that the mouthfeel is just a bit too thin. The carbonation is slightly astringent, and the foam isn't quite as viscous and creamy as I want it to be. I'm nitpicking.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier's Märzen has the kind of complex flavor profile to which even days of repeated sipping and note-taking couldn't do justice. The addition of roasted malts makes this beer darker than most Märzens, but their presence is perhaps what makes this beer so outstanding. I'll be sure to pick up another bottle next year.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Warmed by amidst a dark, cold eve late in November.

Back to that smoky German cellar I return, and I will return soon. Pours a deep reddish, a visual foreshadowing of the burning timber herein. Light tan head with superb longevity, casting a storm cloud on the libation beneath. Smell wells up with smoke and victory. Taste is surprisingly light on the onset , with the wave of misty malts striking especially post swallow. My companion for such a short time, though it seems like ages.

Ges. gesch. rauchgeschmack!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall tumbler.

Nearly opaque chocolatey body with a thin off-white head settling into what looks like a map of Pangea on the surface. I admittedly just grabbed this around Oktoberfest because I wanted to have a few Marzens around. Just getting around to drinking it now and realized on pouring that it's a Rauchbier.

Smells like smoke with a hint of sweet brandy. Seriously smokey though, like someone poured some liquid smoke seasoning in it.

Wow. Really, really interesting. Again, so smokey that you think you're bringing some scotch to your lips, then...surprise it's more like an easy drinking porter.

Medium bodied and clean finishing other than the lingering smoke breath.

Full disclosure...I mentioned I bought this among a few other Marzens around Oktoberfest, but this one was still around only because it just looked like something I wouldn't really like. So it's safe to say I was very pleasantly surprised by the aroma and flavor. Would go great with any smoky gouda, sausage or grilled meat.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,339 ratings
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