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: 4.5 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

500mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Deep dark mahogany with a slightly mocha head that rises to a fair height on pour and drops down to a relatively above-average stable height. The foam looks thick and pretty sturdy - looks which are confirmed by the very fine amount of lacing left behind.

SMELL : First nose is rich malt and rich smoke on a pretty 50-50 equilibrium. No real hop presence at this point. Second nose follows through but adds in a definite floral element - so there's our hops popping up. Very smooth and aromatic - most definitely a noble varietal, as can be expected from a German beer. Third nose has yet more flowery hops coming out and the clearly lager origin of the beer becomes obvious.

TASTE : Sweet-ish malts, smoke, a nice floral hop tinge, lots of fruit that are a bit of a surprise judging from the nose. White flowers and an almost peach side to the fruit profile. Very, very interesting. I'm especially digging the mix of the malt, smoke and peach aromas. Works amazingly well for me.

MOUTHFEEL : This is just what it needs to be, in my opinion. The round feel that the slightly sweet malts bring help support and complement the smoke. A "normal" lager would be much too thin and delicate for that smoke profile. Carbonation is spot on after a few swings around the glass for the sake of smelling the stuff right.

OVERALL : I've known people who felt the smoke in this brew was overwhelming, but to me it's nearly perfectly balanced. Everything works amazingly well. The smoke attack quickly calms down and the fruit profile slowly begins to dominate, although always leaving a healthy amount of room for the smoke. I haven't had many rauchbiers, but I keep coming back to this one. Great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance 4.0: Striking, deep brown color. Almost as if the beer starts at black on the top and then fades into brown at the bottom. Very little to no head and I really cranked the pour.

Smell 4.25: Wow, very unusual bouquet. The standard barley and hop aromas, but with an additional depth from a deep smokiness. This is an unusual smoke scent as well, almost like some type of fruit wood: cherry or apple.

Taste 4.25: Front is almost flavorless, but inbetween the front and the middle a delicious, almost smoked bleu cheese flavor pops up and then fades away quickly. The middle is dry, with hints of slight sweetness and a big kick of the smokiness. Finish is dry, slightly smoky and I can almost taste a subdued hop flavor in there somewhere. Aftertaste is short and clean with just the slightest hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and watery. Interestingly, this does not detract from the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Definitely not for the unadventurous, this beer is unusual and highly rewarding. Smooth, refined and certainly not something that was brewed as a "one off" or an experiment, this brew is expertly balanced and just fantastic. It matches perfectly with certain foods: the slight bleu cheese taste led me to try it with bleu cheese and I was very impressed with the results. If you find it and are on the fence, invest the paltry amount of money and try this brew out.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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