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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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Ratings: 2,349 |  Reviews: 1,143
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

Photo of Gadzook
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light. A thin off white head leaves a minimal foamy surface coverage and patches of lace on the sides of my favorite handled tankard.

A: Beech smoke dominance over a slightly medicinal and metallic aroma. Oddly reminds me of a campfire at Christmas up in the mountains.

T: Smoked honey glazed ham. A touch of roasted nuttiness and sweet caramel compliment the intensity of the smokey embers of wood.

F: Light and surprisingly thinner than I remembered with minimal carbonation, and assumedly balanced. Hard to detect any sweet or bitter dominance behind its smoke.

O: There's a reason this bier is rated so highly. It's phenomenal and at the same time proof that a beer doesn't need to be 10+ percent abv, or 100+ ibu to be intense or unique. It's modest 5.1% and smooth body suit me just fine. Prost!

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Intro note: Absolutely amazing! My first sample of the smoked beer style. Pairs very well with cold cuts and other meat serving varietals. I suspect that this is the bratwurst's best friend. If you like grilled food for the char factor, and/or if you enjoy smoked meats (cured or uncured), this is a good beer for you. If you aren't into savory and are all about sweet, it's possible that this one isn't for you.

A - Schwarzbier black, licorice taffy, coffee
S - Wood smoke... definitely not a charcoal / gas / other smoke. Cured smoked meat. BBQ. Burnt tip of a well cooked piece of red meat. Burnt wooden kebab skewer.
T - Smokey goodness paired with the schwazbier malty sweetness. Not a big alcohol kick. As if I'm drinking a charred lambskin cooked to perfection coated with some brown sugar. Did I mention smoke? Holy guacamole smoke.
M - Light, easy to drink and swallow. Moves across the palate with ease. No alcohol kick as mentioned previously. Leaves an aftertaste of smoked meat, cured smoked salami, etc. towards beginning of aftertaste kick-in, and towards end of aftertaste phase the sweetness of the malts begins to become more apparent. Big dehydration factor on this one - more so than with other beers (dark, light, strong, weak, etc.). Might it be the smoke?
O - Fudging amazing I can't even begin to explain how perfect this beer is. I'm a fan of belgians, hefeweizens, schwarzbiers, all 90+ score IPA's I've tried so far, stouts, porters, witbiers, blondes, and sours (lactobacillus in da mash!), but this is a standout first trial, and I've got the pleasure of adding smoked beer to my fave styles. Freakin' awesome. If you enjoy BBQ food, BBQ sauce, the smell of wood smoke (think forest fire from distance), dark beer in general, savory food, cured meat, smoked meat, burnt tips of shish kebab / chicken breast / etc, try this beer. If you are a pastries-only butterfly, perhaps float along.

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Photo of hannahberryx
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SSGCujo
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lvn
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very unlike what I usually get. A very smoky flavor. Surprisingly good!

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dvesilly
2.6/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Wer34truh
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours semi transparent thin mahogany with decent tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a light film. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Smells of charred wood, ash and smoked meat. Hints of malts.

Taste - Wow this has really great flavors, taste follows the aroma closely but not as much ash/burned oak. The taste is very smooth the smoke flavor adds depth and is not overwhelming at all. More smoked meat thick flavor but the beer is not thick at all. There seems to be underlying molasses that somehow adds a touch of sweetness.

Feel - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy low carbonation.

Overall - This is an excellent beer, I have no idea how they get so much smoke in the aroma and the taste is so smooth and balanced.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to Goblet.
Smells like pepperidge farms smoked sausage. Peppery, beef, pork. Dark brown, no head. Taste is malty, and strange with all the sausage flavors. Watery Feel.


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Photo of Giangio
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mnine
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours brilliant chestnut under a hefty mousse-like light tan foam cap that slowly recedes over a 5-minute period as scores of tiny bubbles lazily find their way to the top of the drink.
S: bread, light smoke, faint hops.
T: Hits all the right malt notes with a sweet beginning that recedes as bread and light toast flavors come forward. The hop bitterness is moderate and the hop flavor is low. The smoke is moderate and in balance with the Märzen qualities. There is a little smoked rib character in the background. There is nothing harsh, burnt, charred, rubbery or over phenolic in this beer.
F: The body is medium to medium high, the carbonation is medium to medium low.
O: Some might find the first sip challenging but by the second or third you will be thinking about the next glass.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lavender coloring - real clean - surprinsing to see light shine thru it. Huge tan head, plenty of lacing.

Wonderful smoky malt, meaty aroma. Earthy, wood. Remarkable

Smoke wood flavor, very sustainable. Big caramel. sweet and a bit unfinished. A bit of warmth and spice in the finish. Very smooth. Would pair nicely with a meat and cheese plate.

Must have if one likes rauchbier.

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Photo of Benish
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 2,349 ratings
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