Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,324
Reviews:
1,134
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear medium reddish brown color with a dense 2 finger cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge smoked wood, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bacon, ham, light roasted malt, brown bread, and smoked earthiness. Fantastic aromas with very prominent smoke character; with great balance and complexity of malt and smoke notes. Taste of smoked wood, caramel, brown sugar, toast, ham, brown bread, bacon, floral, light roasted malt, light clove, and smoked earthiness. Lingering notes of smoked wood, ham, caramel, brown sugar, toast, light roasted malt, brown bread, and smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and smoked flavors; with nice robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Rauchbier style! Great balance and complexity of smoke and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed soley from smoked malt! It pours a clear, reddish-copper body topped by a creamy ivory head which holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of intense Beechwood smoke over a gentle maltiness. The body is medium; and combines with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation to give it a lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is drenched in Beechwood smokiness throughout, but starts malty upfront with a touch of toastiness/toffee, followed by a good dose of bitterness as it heads towards the swallow. It finishes long and dry with a solid bitterness and a lingering smoke character. Although its smokiness will surely build on the palate after a few servings (diminishing its drinkability), it's still satisfying from start to finish within the first glass. Very nice! A classic example of Bamberg-style rauchbier that's absolutely worth trying; although their Weizen version might make a better first-step for the uninitiated.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note at the outset that, as a whole, rauch beers are not my favorites and that they too often seem to me to have too much smoke flavor. This particular version is certainly above average and great looking, but does border on too much smoke flavor. In this case, my objection is more the masking of the other flavors rather than the sheer quantity of smokiness.

The clear brown body has a lasting tan head that leaves exceptional lacing. As suggested above, the aroma is very smokey; ominously so IMO. Fortunately, there is proportionately less smoke in the flavor and some malt and light spice shows. Still, the primary impression is more similar to smoked meat than to a 'typical' lager.

M: medium body; Medium+ carbonation.

O: nice, Bamberg style brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark copper color with an off white head. The nose brings smoke, smoke, and smoke. Smoked wood chips and a bit of char; almost meaty. The taste confirms this latter scent, as this really starts to taste like bacon that's been a tad bit overdone. Mouthfeel is nice and smoky with a pleasant finish. Considering what it is, this drinks really well.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this is not my favorite style of beer for sure but wanted to give this one a try,pours a deep amber with pretty light head.Huge smokey aroma like being next to a bonfire almost,taste is deeply smoked like smoked ham or sausage the beer has decent dry ending.Smokey and slightly sweet harsh on the taste buds for awhile I am sure a classic example but not my thing.Gave it a good rating however knowing this one is about as good as it gets for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium sized light brown head with good lace. The body is clear and reddish brown.

S - Meaty and smoky, reminicent of smoked sausage.

T - Strong smoke flavor up front with some roasted malt peaking out from behind. Somewhat peppery with notes of charcoal.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - This is an unusual and very savory beer. It is an excellent example of the style, and while it may be a difficult taste to aquire, it's a great beer when you're in the right mood.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very smoky and also contains caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very smoky as you would expect and it's a smoky flavor that is done quite well unlike many smoked beers. There is also some mild sweetness in the background. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating a good balance. The after-taste is also smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, to me this style is something you have to really be in the mood for or have a good food pairing to go with it, but this beer is the one that you'd want to go for at that time.

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

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brownish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of cola brown and garnet highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoked malts, specifically a smoke that is similar to what I would expect when smoking sausages or bacon.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of roasted and caramel malts with a moderate to strong flavor of smoked malts. Light notes of leather and just a hint of iodine flavors from the smoking of the malts. Light bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very interesting smoke aromas and flavors in this beer without being overwhelming. Very enjoyable, especially for someone that enjoys smoke and pretty easy to drink. Pairs well with smoked sausages.

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

First had: bottle at The Pour House, Westmont, NJ

A: Very dark with a foamy, off-white head.

S: Strong and smoky.

T: Strong yet smooth maltiness of a märzen that is quickly overcome by the bitter smokiness of a moderately hopped rauchbier.

M: Medium body with some carbonation.

D: Pretty easily drinkable, especially if you like smokey brews.

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

Clear brown color with beige head. Aroma has intense smoked notes, sweet malt and some bacon. Taste is really balanced. Sweet malt and earthy bitterness with some toasted smoky notes. Quite hearty but still easy to drink.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of brown tinged sand-colored fluffed up head. Superior head retention & good lacing

S: Smoked ham & a little breadyness

T: Smokey bacon, caramel,& peppery notes up front. Touch of molasses & dryness, slight chocolate, a whisper of vanilla notes & more smokeyness as this warms. Finishes dry, sticky, smokey with nice caramel notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, a little sticky, with medium carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, great raucshbier, a little more restrained (for better & worse) than the urbock, yummy!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown body with a thin, thinning, bubbly white head.

Smell: Bacon, though definitely top-quality bacon. You know me, I'm definitely down with the bacon.

Taste: Sweetish, rich dark caramel maltiness prior to the smoked meat flavor hitting hard and fast. There's some dark fruits present, but, again, you gotta look long and hard past those smoked malts. Thin vein of roastiness and even woody character throughout. Never much in the way of hops or substantial bitterness though. Oh, the ham. Oh, the sweet barbecue flavors. Finishes ultimately smoke with a mouthful of cub scout campfire ashes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer, a smoke-minded treat even, but not one I could down on a daily basis. Such a smokey, bacon-laden flavor and aroma that it might be even more recommended to friends of the Jewish persuasion. Paired well with some chicken pan fried noodles. The driver refused to partake in the beer once he smelled it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish copper with fine suspended particles that are only visible when the glass is backlit. The ecru-colored head is average in size, is semi-soft and is slightly sticky. It disappears a bit too quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

Rauchbier Marzen smells overwhelmingly of smoke and, in fact, reminds me of smoke-cured meat. It's a pleasant aroma, it's just that it's an odd one coming from a pint of beer. I can still tell that I'm smelling beer though because I do appreciate the malt that's underlying the smoke.

This is my first smoked beer (Stone Smoked Porter doesn't count) and I'll have to say that it's an interesting cocoction. I'm glad that the brewers didn't go overboard with the smokiness. They were *just* judicious enough with the flavor intensity in my opinion. In less subtle hands, this could have turned into a glass of Liquid Smoke and been ruined.

There's a nicely charred, sweetly malty base line and a pleasant, 'just-right' smokiness that comprises the middle and top notes. Again though, I can't escape the scent memory of smoke-cured meat. That's not a bad thing since I like smoke-cured meat. And now I like 'smoke-cured meat in a glass'.

I'm not sure how well ASRM would match up with really smoky BBQ. It seems to me that the powerful flavor of the food would render the somewhat more fragile flavor of the beer moot. Best to enjoy this one without accompaniment, as I'm doing now. I don't know yet if anyone makes a more impressive rauchbier, but I'm plenty satisfied with this one.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.

Appearance: Dark ruby red amber with a well preserving tan lace, quite inviting to the eye.

Smell: Same smokiness you would get off of a smoked ham or salmon somewhat strong to the nose but not overwhelming, faint malt sweetness also.

Taste: Silky smooth beyond belief, medium to full in body with a mildly chewy malt mouth feel. Smoke character is obviously dominant though some malt sweetness persuades the taste buds. Hop bitterness gives a light bitter twang that keeps everything in perspective. Flavours of smoke malt flex from beginning to end, vague caramel sweetness and a grainy finish wrap this brew up.

Notes: Clean to the taste, smoke everywhere and the quintessential smoked beer that is imported to the US. It’s worth the $3 a bottle, an awesome pairing with a slow cooked Boston Butt a.k.a. pulled pork sandwich on an onion bulky roll. Even a contrast pairing of an aged sharp cheddar cheese would be nice.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was Veterans' Day 2013 and my buddy, Justin Chlan had off due to working for a DoD contractor and knew that I take the day off because I feel that I should have it off as a USN veteran. He invited me along on an excursion to State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD where I came across this in a 5L mini-keg, or CAN, according to this site, since it is not pressurized. A CAN?!? I was really excited, even when they told me its cost. I put it in my basement, inverted, per the directions on the side and yesterday, SU, 15 March 2015, I brought it over to The Fridge for another of Bro. Woody's Pop-Up B&G episodes.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law"; "<ges. gesch>"; "Brauhaus for Schlenkerla with Dominifanerflaue [sic?] <1310>"; "During transport and storage, please this side up. (Turn for tapping)"; "For optimal pouring please tap at 40F."; "Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer Specialty since 1678"; "Aecht Original Schenkerla Maerzen Smokebeer, considered the classic example in its category, has been brewed for centuries in the baroque town of Bamberg in Franconia (Bavaria/Germany). Following the most ancient malting traditions, all its select barley malts are kilned over a fire of beech wood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. Brewed in classic copper vessels and matured for months in historic cellars, Aecht Schlenkerla is a truly unique smoky beer experience."

Once I had it vented and the tap pulled out and ready to engage, I tried to hold the glasses three-to-four inches away to try and create some head. We were seeing about a finger of soapy, light-tan head that pretty quickly fell to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with a dense cloudiness that made it look like a cup of mess decks mud (coffee). Clarity? None. Zero. Zilch. Nose had a sweet, smoky scent like cured bacon or sweet Lebanon bologna, if that means anything to people outside of my hometown area in central PA. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light, given the turbidity that was visible. Light as in medium, but not what I was expecting. As to the taste, it was smoky, but not as smoky as their Ur-Bock or some other famous commercial examples, like Alaskan Smoked Porter. It was really kind of cool to go around and turn people onto this style and get their reactions. Most people were pleasantly surprised and wanted to try other iterations of either Aecht Shlenkerla's Rauchbiers or other rauchbiers in general. The finish had a smoky sweetness that was very evocative of sweet Lebanon bologna, which if you have never tried it, you should because it is hard to explain otherwise. I am glad that I CAN add it to The CANQuest (tm), but I prefer a bit more smokiness, thank you.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,324 ratings.
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