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.

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

Poured 0.5l bottle into a glass mug

L: Pours hazy with a very dark amber to brown color. One finger high ivory head leaves sticky lacing.

S: Smokey aromas (beech wood, smoked meat) and sweet malts.

T: Taste follows the nose. Smoked meat and smoked wood flavor dominate the taste (and aftertaste). Sweet caramel malts are present in the background.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth. It literally feels like eating smoked meat. Alcohol content gives mild warming flavor.

O: Excellent example of this interesting and unique beer style.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Jet black color, one finger tanned head, high levels of carbonation.

S: Smoked, creamy aroma. Lovely.

T: Smoked, creamy taste. Tastes exactly as it smells.

F: Refreshing, drinkable but kind of heavy feel due to smokeness. Felt like eating meat :)

O: If you like smoked products then this is probably a masterpiece. If not, it still worth tasting.

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Photo of tuesunsommiel
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is nuts.....definitely my first Rauchbier and it won't be my last....this may have sparked an obsession

A: Dark but surprisingly not at all opaque....minimal, pale head deep red/amber bordering on black color
S: Smell's reminiscent of an old woodburning stove, ash, BBQ, burnt matches, wood
T: I love smoky, peaty scotches, so this is right up my alley. Charcoal on the nose, lapsang souchong, smoke, cured meats, a hint of dried fruit linger and evolve after each sip....really unique
F: oily, sticks around for a while...not overly carbonated; drinks great
O: Outstanding....cannot wait to buy more

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This marzen pours a dark brown color with a faint reddish hue. It has a fairly large, foamy, tan head. Like all Schlenkerla beers the smell is powerfully smoky. In this case it smell like nice smoked pork or possibly bacon. The scent is absolutely mouthwatering. The flavor is actually a little milder than the urbock or the eiche from what I can remember, but still intense compared to most other beers. There is a nice smoked pork flavor with some mild caramel malts and a bitter, slightly hoppy pine flavor in the finish. The finish is crisp, but there is a slight smokiness that lingers on the palette long after you have taken a sip. The body is medium. Like all the other beers of this brewery, drinking this is a very unique experience. That being said I think this particular offering is a little more one dimensional then some of the others and I think the malt to hops ratio should be increased a little bit in a beer like this. It’s still quite good though and imparts a strange nostalgia for me of growing up in the country. This is the flagship beer of this brewery and I think it is with good reason. I personally might like some of the even more bold examples from Schlenkerla more, but I think that this would be their beer that would appeal to the most people while still being an aggressively smoky rauchbier.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass

Translucent brown, thick off white , creamy foam cap, three fingers high

Slight smoky aroma

Smoky malt taste . The beer itself is light to medium but the smoke adds so much to the body and flavor .Great bier to be paired with bbq. Nice accompaniment to a bacon cheeseburger on the grill

Repeatable and recommended with food pairings above

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark dark brown with an amber glow when held to the light, nice head, not to many bubbles
S: Hickory smoked wood, the smell of your napkin after eating bbq ribs, funky woody, liquid smoke
T: It literally tastes like smoked wood, this literally is smoked beer, tastes like the smell
F: Smooth feel, good carb, good balance
O: The taste grows on you but its very smoky, its definitley worth a try for the expierience but not sure if I'd buy it again. Although I havn't had to many Rauchbiers this to me is pretty good, its a fun beer.

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Photo of portwood
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: smoked meat, chocolate, roasted malt, ashy
Taste: rich mouth feel, meaty, slight fishy note
Finish: coffee, smoked salmon, dry smoke, dark chocolate
(bottle BB 10/2016)

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Photo of ajm5108
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep amber with fluffy head. Aroma is ultra-smokey, like damp bonfire logs. It was a bit much for me. The taste is much lighter & more balanced, there is a solid medium pale malt presence & the smoke isn't abrasive but adds a nice edge to it. Feel is silky but just a tad thin & watery.

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Photo of Angela1956
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is so interesting! I've never had anything like it before. It is brown in color and has a light off-white head. The aroma is intensely smokey. Literally smells like BBQ chips and a rib rub. It's a lovely smell if you like barbecue. You taste the smokiness in the first sip. Slightly bitter but enjoyable. The taste lingers on your tongue. This would be outstanding to pair with a smoked beef brisket or any type of barbecue. Honestly, I would even marinate my food in this beer! So strange but interesting. I don't know if I could have multiple in one sitting but I recommend everyone trying a sip at some point!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Talking about this beer with barbecue, Garrett Oliver's "The Brewmaster's Table" calls this beer "the last critical instrument in the symphony, tying together every element of the food." Quoting him further in my other reviews of Schlenkerla beers, these smoked beers seem to be one of the great intuitive mysteries of brewing. And I love it.

As for this Marzen...
Looks are a deep brown and an inviting rocky head.
Smells are a show-stopper. Even having Had this beer many, many times, the smoke gives my pause: do I want to finish?
Taste answers:: it is not just about the smoke as it dissipates and leaves a sweet, juicy marzen; seems like caramel malts.
Feel is velvety lush, somewhat dry and the smoke stays subtly.
I have experimented having this with different spicy foods and, amazingly, they all work. Even Indian and Mexican, worlds apart. One of the great mysteries of brewing.

Listed on the 1001, this Marzen deserves it and it among my favorites on that list.
Also reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's "Guide" gives it 4 of 4 stars. A rarity indeed.

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

I'm trying to rate appropriately here - not a style that I have much experience with or one that I would reach for again, but man! This beer certainly is smokey. Pours real dark with good carbonation giving it a look similar to cola. Aroma and taste is all smoke, big malt, oak, charcoal and...meat? Like you're about to dig into smokey sausage while standing next to the open pit or drinking a malty lager in a chimney. Can't imagine this style being done any better but what do I know.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours like motor oil. It's got a nice dark color to it. The head is fairly frothy. The nose is out of this world. The smoke smell is amazing. It reminds me of a BBQ. The taste is wow! So smoky. So intense. I know some can't handle this beer, but it is world class.

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Photo of eckk_rachel
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look : Dark Amber Mahogany with Light Head

Smell : Smokey, forest - like smell, earthy

Taste: Malty, Smoke, Dried Fruit

Overall, not my favorite, but great for beer drinkers with taste for dark beer

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Photo of waterbuffalo
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark colour with light carbonation. Pours a little head, not lasting long. Distinct smoky smell. Not a bad beer but the smokiness is all I taste. Not great.

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Photo of carlborch
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense, dark, crystal clear, mahogany-red-brown, and forms a 2-inch, tan, heavily-pocketed head. The collar settles in at 1/2 inch. The nose suggests sweet, smoky, extinguished campfires! Medium-light body with evident smoke notes and a slight bitterness on the palate. Malt does also show, albeit restrained by the smoke notes. The beer lingers very nicely, and is rather moreish. Light Belgian lace does form. This Raunchier would be a perfect pour to accompany BBQ foods with a slight char, or Smores for adults, for that matter . . .. Slight, palate-cleansing acidity makes it an excellent food accompaniment, although it will need food that can stand up to the beer's intensity. If BBQ is not available, it will also do well with smoked fatty fish.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very dark amber-mahogany, with a creamy off-white head. Though a bit difficult to tell given how dark it is, the beer is crystal clear. Nice lacing makes this look like everything I want in a hearty German lager, though perhaps they could dial back the specialty malts just a hair to showcase the clarity.

S: Smells like straight suckling pig on a spit. Smoke, forest, some dry earth/clay. There’s a nice bready maltiness at the backend that mixes in very well with the phenols.

T: More approachable than the nose would let on, with a nice savory phenolic character. The smoke is still there, but it gives way to a relatively clean bock-like maltiness. Cutting through the woody smoke is lots of dried fruits – figs, dates, apricots.

F: Medium body, medium-light carbonation and a ashiness mixed with a creamy mouthfeel.

Thoughts: Very cool beer with really interesting savory BBQ-like flavors and aromas. Never cloying or astringent, this was quite drinkable and almost seems the perfect beer to pair with grilled or smoked meat. I'd certainly buy this again.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a bit of red, small head, and little lacing. Nose is obviously smoky...hard to get much past that...but it to s a nice smokehouse smell and not fake. Flavor has a touch of malty sweetness, which is balanced by the smokiness like good BBQ. Overall, a very good beer. The only negative being the smoke forces it to be a little one dimensional.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
2.37/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Caramel, amber color, thin bodied and transparent
Aroma: spices, beef jerky, cured meat extremely strong
Taste: just like it smells, beef jerky heavy with lingering smoke flavors

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Photo of Burner3
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a pork smokey bbq aroma, taste: beef jerky, smokey malt, wood. Medium body not to heavy. Overall a great smoke beer has a lot of history behind it as well.

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Photo of taylorzeee
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell reminds me of a summer campfire; a smokey, almost "beef jerky" like scent. Not as dark as other stouts with an amber, light brown color. When tasted, it tastes like I have inhaled a campfire. This beer would definitely go well with any type of smoked, food, BBQ, fish. Overall I was not a fan of the taste, it lingered too long and was not appealing to me. A very interesting beer indeed!

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

Translucent brown with nice white head. Smells like smoke. Taste?, it's make me think I'm eating beef jerky. The smoke flavor is pretty intense but nice. Very good

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep ruby red, heavily laced tan head
S: nothing but ham
T: cured meats, some malt
F: light body, dry finish
O: I guess this is what a good smoked beer tastes like, but definitely not my style

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

The first thing you notice in the glass is the amazing retention of the head that sits atop the very deep brown colored body. The head is literally around forever and laces like a dream. The body of the beer is very dark and is almost a deep mud in color. The nose of the beer is straight smoke as expected, with classic, beechwood flavor and just a touch of smoked meat scents in there.

The smoke directly translates to the taste of the beer at the very beginning of the first sip. From start to finish, the smoke dominates the drink with just a touch of the caramel brown malts making a brief appearance in the middle-end of the drink. Smoke is the lingering flavor left on the tongue. Just like most German lagers, this one is incredibly drinkable. It is smooth, rather light across the palate, and crisp at the end, even with the smoke-laden flavors.

Overall, this is a smokey dream. If you are looking for a beer that is perfect for an early spring or fall night when it is just a little cool, this is your ticket. Just like other smoked beers, this one really reminds me of a bonfire, and it is delicious.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ABV this year (or this edition?) is 5.1%.

Pours a dark burnt red/ruby/caramel colour. Slight head recedes quickly.

Smell is toasted malt and bacon fat. Big smoke. Slightly . . . candied? Big maltiness, and slight noble hopping--bitter, vegetal greens. Taste echoes. Almost robust porter-esque with the big dark malt quotient, and then the smoke/bacon fat backbone. Slight bitter greens, some bitter chocolate. Average body, moderate carbonation.

It's tasty, but I have to admit, I prefer the much more subtle Helles lager from this brewery; I love a good marzen (which this *pretends* to be, despite it actually being a rauchbier), but it's lacking the drinkability, the crispness of a great marzen. The helles, by contrast, maintains the interesting smoke while still having that cleanness, that crispness.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep, deep amber mahogany color that looks black through the center of the glass. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a half finger of irregular lacing is left.

4.25 S: This is intensely smoky. It even seems a lot smokier than this brewery's other offerings. Hugely porcine - barbeque and bacon, but also some woody campfire. Sweet with caramel and a pleasant toastiness. Not a whole helluva lot else can be discerned due to the hefty helping of smoked malt.

4.25 T: No surprises that the taste is super smoky as well. Less porcine and more campfire, but still lots of both. The base beer offers plenty of sweet caramel, toastiness, and grainy malts.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

4.0 D: This is the go-to beer if you want a big smoke bomb. No other beer that I've tried has more powerful smoke.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,291 ratings.
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