moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown with very little head. Aroma and flavor is somewhere between a long night around the campfire and a large helping of smoked salmon. Smooth, medium body with slight carbonation. Certainly an interesting beer, however not one I see myself coming back to.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I’m in the mood for a Rauchbier I usually reach for Schlenkerla’s Marzen. Pours a beautiful chestnut brown with ribbons of mahogany when backlit. Tiny streams of carbonation rise to the surface as there’s tiny sediment suspended throughout. A one finger beige head formed on the pour and rather quickly fell to a solid cap. No lacing was left after the head fell but each sip did leave some decent lacing.
The aroma is that of a good hardwood smoked bacon. There’s a strong presence of smoke once your nose is stuck in the glass but there is a solid caramel and fresh grain base that reminds you you’re smelling beer and not breakfast.
While the smokiness is certainly there and in your face it’s tastefully done without being overwhelming. The initial flavor of smoked bacon is upfront but quickly levels out to include a caramel sweetness mid-palate and a a clean graininess toward the finish. It’s hard to believe but this beer, even with all the smoke, is fragile. All the flavors come together without one outdoing the other.
I do really enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer. Seems to have a moderate body but the carbonation creates an incredibly smooth creamy finish. This beer just glides through my mouth effortlessly.
This is a beer I find myself in the mood for every now and then but it’s best enjoyed with certain types of food. Smoked salmon is a great choice. That said one in a sitting is enough for me but that one bottle goes down pretty easy.
Like I said earlier, if I’m in the mood for something a little off the beaten path this is what I pick up. One of the world class rauchbiers.
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via slob. A wondrous aroma of smokehouse cheese and meat. Aslo of this summers wood splitting regimen. Pours an semi oily brown with a dense tight white head. Webby lacing. Some light gets tru the glass at edges and center. Body is light to medium and smoked malts prevail but do not overpower the roasted malt with satelites of hops. Thanks Bertly.
Goodgrief (2017) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aug. 2006 - This is one well crafted brew. It’s been sitting in my fridge for some time now, I could never get in the mood for it. Even tonight I popped the top and just thought, "Ugh, wet burnt wood." Pour was beautiful, nice head, nice lacing, dark reddish brown color. The first sip brought a tremendous surprise. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. This tasted liked some smokey bacon or sausage...not just smoke, but it actually tastes like other spices commonly found in smoked meat as well. Liquid pork product, smoked in a glass.
dchmela (3049) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out brownish red with a thin white head. Aroma is smoked dried sausage, smoked kielbasa, and your flannel shirt the night after being around the campfire. Taste is clean, smoky, caramel malt, with a little bitterness. Finishes dry and clean with some of the smokiness left behind. This is actually the first time I have been able to finish this beer because I really am not a fan of this style. The beer is very well made, but the smoke always seems to get to me. I paired this with a smoked Gouda to kind of balance the taste and it seems to work.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a relatively pale, clear brown color with a compact off-white head that was fairly persistent and offered up spots of lacing. The smoke aroma is in charge, but no so much that it keeps the sweet caramel and sugar from creeping out along with some roasted meat. Looks weird to type that, but it works. The flavor is more of a battle between the smoke and the caramel sweetness. Some salty meat comes into play but it isn’t distracting. The body is on the thin side.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Kippered beef. Beef stew. Salted bacon. Morning wet campfire wood, tobacco, wet leather and a touch of caramel sweetness. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. The flavor is not as smoked as the nose would lead me to believe. Salted fish, a hint of bacon, and toasted caramel. Medium bodied with a decent dry finish.
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2015 500ml Bottle - Brown in colour with red tinges. Roasted, smoky aroma. Malty and smoky taste with a hint of maple syrip sweetness and a nice roasted bitterness. Nice but a bit watery and the aftertaste lingers a bit too long for my liking so loses some marks in that respect. 3.2 (2008)
Draught (Schlenkerla, Bamberg) - So much better than the first time, or maybe it is just that I am more accustomed to and appreciative of rauchbier now. Smooth and very smoky, yet not overwhelmingly so. Decent amount of body. Delicious and it makes it even more enjoyable to drink this in the surroundings of such an atmospheric and historic place.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 25oz bottle and served in a Bell’s dimpled mug. This beer poured a dark brown with some mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass. A large, rocky head of tan foam lasted throughout the glass, leaving behind a nice amount of lace. The aroma of the beer was a bit shocking at first. It was made up of smoked ham, tobacco, and more smoke. Awsome!!! The flavor of the beer consisted of smoked malt, ham, and pipe tobacco. Not overwhelmingly smokey, but it added a nice depth and element of flavor to the beer. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. The smoke was heavy in the aroma of this beer but not intrusive on the flavor. Pretty good.
MWS (10) - Central, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you like smoked beer, this is a great smoked beer. Has a small head, strong, smoky aroma. The smokiness is strong but not overpowering, and not sour like some rauchbiers. Smoke is nicely balanced with the malt. Color is a nice deep brown. Palate is nice and full but a touch oily.
This is Shlenkerla’s best beer. Heavier than the Weizen, and lighter than the Urbock.