TBR Reports on Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
File Date: 2.1.14
File Name: Smoke taste that burn your house down.
The Beer: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Brauerei Heller-Trum/Schlenkerla
Web Site: www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html
State/Country of Origin: Germany
Brewer Info: Bamberg and Smokebeer (the Germans call it “Rauchbier”) belong together, a
liaison which was not without consequences. The greatest of which is the Schlenkerla: the
most productive, most visited and most traditional Smokebeer source in Bamberg. It originates
in the middle of the old town, directly underneath the mighty cathedral, from a half-timbered
house on which the geraniums effusively glow in the summer. Anyone who did not come here and
try the strong, unmistakable taste of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (in German: Aecht
Schlenkerla Rauchbier) cannot claim to have been to Bamberg.
Brewer Brand Hype: Smokebeer from Schlenkerla is a dark, aromatic, bottom fermented beer
with 13.5 percent original extract, which is equivalent to an alcohol content of 5.1
percent. No doubt: there are stronger beers, but nevertheless, one should not underestimate
… it can make you “schlenker” quite a bit. Its smoky flavor is being achieved by
exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings.
After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700 year old cellars, deep down in
the hills of Bamberg, into a mellow, magnificent-tasting beer, best drunk directly in “Schlenkerla”.
An Original amongst the beers, even amongst the Bavarian beers. You can drink it in the “Alte Lokal”
at white-scrubbed wooden tables – covering them with a tablecloth would be a sin – underneath an old
timbered ceiling, even darker than the beer. You can drink it in the “Klause”, a former monastery,
built in 1310, or you can drink it in the inner court next to a 500-liter wooden-keg. All this is
The connoisseur drinks it slowly with relish, but steadily and purposefully. He knows, that the
second “Seidla” (half-liter) tastes better than the first, and the third even better than the second.
He drinks during the morning pint and during the afternoon break. He drinks it in the evenings,
drinks it alone and with company, especially with company, as “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” makes
one talkative and exuberant. It brings together the local with the stranger, as it is common in
Franconia to share your table with others.
Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will
realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase.
Label: Aecht Original Schlenkerla 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 it’s 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 Rauchbier is a truly unique smoky beer experience.
The Brewski Review: There are very few things that blow me away. The smoke flavor in this beer is one
of them. It was the big elephant sitting on each taste bud in my mouth and it was fantastic. This is not
a beer to chug but one to sip and enjoy. It comes in a full pint bottle so you get a litte more than
the standard 12 oz. bottle. I could imagine sitting around a fire and drinking this beer or sitting in
the Schlenkerla with my wife and friends on my unfunded, pie in the sky, world beer tasting tour. This
beverage pours with minimal head and a rich, deep amber color. I offered my wife a swig but she declined
in favor of a strawberry margarita she just made to compliment taco night at the Tommy household.
Drinkability: Will definitely drink again.
Appearance: No head deep amber color.
The Buds: Excellent smokey flavor
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.