Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2006
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My first impression was that it smelled like a roast. I was close but it wasn’t until my friend mentioned the word Bacon, that I realized the true essence of this beverage. It poured to a little head and a deep copper color. The aroma was good, interesting, thought-provoking and rancid all in one. The beer was unexpectedly smooth on the palate but I felt like I was drinking striaght cholesterol and fat. I kept looking at the glass to see if a layer of fat was going to form. it did not. an interesting drink to try but I will never drink this again. A true hate it or love it.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2006
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish brown with a light brown head. WTF is that? is there old ham in the fridge? I had heard this smelled like ham or bacon but I didnt think it would be so prominent. This was pig straight from the smokehouse. Dont get me wrong I will enjoy my smoked meats when I want to, but drinking my smoked meats is a different thing. I was expecting to find a layer of fat in this beer. Other than the shock factor of this beer, it tasted a lot better than it smelled and was very smooth in the mouth. This was good to try, but next time I better be eating a meal when I have one. This was not my style, but I can see why so many people enjoy it.
can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting. It’s unlike anything I’ve had before. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I would choose to have it again.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red/brown pour with light brown head. Aroma is smoked meat, malt and something else, slightly sweet. It has a rich malt flavor, carbonated tingle, and a sweet malt syrup finish which is all capped off by the light smoke ending.
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium brown, a touch murky. Well formed thin head. Expressive nose of chocolate and classic smoky beech, a touch sweet. Nice bouquet but not totally convincing. Not as good on the palate, again nice smokey touches, some malt sweetness but not much else. A bit simple but it would be unfair to label this a poor beer. Given there is not much of the genre in this country well worth trying.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma of smoked salami. Flavor is smoked salami and slight bitter hops. Good body, not my thing, but good for its style.
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Pours a clear brown with a tanned head. Light sweetness. Strong aromas of tar, leather and salami. Dry, leathery finish. Medium bodied. Reminds me of a classic Swedish mosquito repellant. I´m surpriced I liked it this much. I guess it would be good with fried eggs and bacon.
EithCubes (5249) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 Rating No. 250. First had this on tap in Bamberg in 2004 (when I marvelled at the idea of liquid ham), but this review is for the bottled version. Dark ruby brown pour, full beige head. Intense, intense woody smokiness, big aroma. A little burning in my nose and eyes at first, maybe it’s just the sensory memories of sitting too close to the fire on a chilly night. Could spend a half hour just smelling this. Smoked bacon or ham, also in the taste. Full, thick body. Balanced. Dry finish and a lasting, slightly more subtle smoke aftertaste. Smoke, smoke, smoke; smoke is everywhere, and never did it taste so good.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Bottle. Pours to a rich dark brown, with a small white head. Mild carbonation. Aroma is very smokey, but is heightened with smokey meat scents like bacon and ham, as well as ash. Compared to the Urbock, the Marzen is cleaner to the palate, not as thick, and not as smokey, but still retains wonderful character and body. Smokey and roasted malt flavor is detectable, but the dominent smoke and bacon, and wood-smoke flavors make for a well rounded and enjoyable Rauchbier. I feel the Urbock has a slight edge, but this is a wonderful example for the style. I do not drink Rauchbier often, but Schlenkerla makes a great product and I am pleased that it is widely available.
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Draft. WOW! Aroma is in every way similar to a smokehouse full of ham! Pretty light orange semi-cloudy color with a decent off-white head. Drinks easily even with probably a higher carbonation than I’d like but I will forgive them! Taste is an essence of smoked whitefish (in my opinion) but definite hops presence is noticeable. The woody BBQ-like flavor never diminshes yet does not overpower. Every bit the conversation piece as well as an enjoyable drink. I’m in love.
Re-Rate for BOTTLED sample. Hmmm. Not nearly as delightful as on draft. Less aroma. Obvious metallic taste that I did not get from the draft. Odd.