Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 #300 - from City Beer Store in S.F. Poured a rich dark brown in a weizen glass with a nice light tan head. Good lacing too. Smell was very reminiscent of salted and peppered beef jerky and smoked bbq, and although it was very obvious, it wasn’t as extremely overpowering or offensive as I feared. I found it extremely enticing and the taste was not a letdown either. The base of the beer itself was smooth, perfectly malty and sweet with a touch of lingering smokiness and light bitterness in the finish. It was very full flavored, not overdone and perfectly crisp from the carbonation, and I was shocked at how drinkable this stuff was. I expected this to be a letdown b/c I was quite excited to try it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good, and I can’t wait to try the other 2 varieties.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5947) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2007
A huge smoke arom just like smoked oysters. If there is more on the nose it is covered to me by the smoke. A dark brown pour with hints of deep red as well. Smokey taste, a hint of sweetness, and a very light bitter. Smooth palate with food carbonation. A very good beer. Solid all round. Very smokey as it should be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Looks like a light porter. The aroma really does not fortell what is coming. Intensely smoking. Malty and light. Can almost taste barbequed bacon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2416) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 500 ml bottle. Pours a nice dark brown, with an off white head that slowly fades. Aroma is very strong with smoke and roasted malts. Flavor is very smoke forward, there is a character of smoked kielbasa, bacon, coffee and some earthy notes. Hops are well integrated and barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is silky but thin. Finish is long with more smoke flavor. Overall I really like this beer, it has big bold flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Name: Marzen
Date: July 01, 1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: BrickSkeller, DC
Appearance: very dark amber, scant head
Aroma: strong smokey aroma
Flavor: very strong smoke flavor on top of a slight malt flavor, smoke stays long after the beer is gone

Name: Marzen
Date: March 11, 2000
Mode: draft
tap, mac cumming, very subdued compared to the bottle

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: **** /4

Name: Marzen, Distilled, Couveur
Date: October 13, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Mac McGee
Appearance: clear copper, viscous with legs
Aroma: sweet smokey caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of smoke, sweet caramel and vanilla balances the smoke, light oak hiding behind the smoke

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Pours a dark amber color, with a small white head. Big smoked aroma, woody, meaty. Smooth body, starts out a touch sweet, expected smokiness. More of a smoked meat taste than is detected in the nose. Easy drinking, if you’re into the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kiwano (17) - USA - AUG 17, 2007
I had this poured into a glass from a cold bottle. I think the review would be slightly different if I waited a while for the beer to warm up and open up a littlle bit. My first smokebeer or rauchbier to taste or review. The beer pours a very dark almost opaque brown or dark amber. There was almost no head (possibly because the bottle it came in was cold?) It has a very smoky and woody smell and similar dark smoky taste that stays in your mouth for a while after taking a sip. It is not overwhelming though and even though it is smoky it is still somewhat lighter than I would have expected. A lighter body than I would have though and little bits of carbonation as well. If you like smoky flavors this is a good beer. It’s not too heavy and the smoke flavors aren’t too overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4652) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Poured a dark copper amber with a medium creamy beige head, leaves a slight lace. The aroma is rich and smokey, slight meaty notes, thick aroma. Very genuine and intense smoke taste and aroma. Not as good as the urbock, but still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 As we head into the summer months, the yearning for BBQ is building. Well if you are like me and live an apartment in which you have no place to BBQ, fret not apartment dwellers for the beer gods bring you Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen (It sure it is mouthful and almost ridiculous to pronounce)! For those you that have never heard of or tasted a smoke beer, it is an experience. Smoked beers get their name because they expose the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs. It actually tastes like smoked meats – seriously, it is like bottled BBQ. The beer’s aroma was like standing next to a BBQ smoker. The finish was refreshing and quite pleasant though. It is actually difficult to describe anything else but the strong flavor of BBQ. This is not a beer which I recommend anyone to buy a whole case of – matter of fact it is one of the few beers I would tell someone to have just once in a while. That being said, it is something which I won’t forgot and I’ll be sure to pick up some next time the BBQ blues hit me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mhot55 (99) - USA - AUG 8, 2007
BACON IN A BOTTLE! at first there’s just an overpowering smoke taste. after the first sip though, the beer comes through. bitterness and sweetness (malt & hops) flavor are blended with the smokiness. nice change. great w/ bbq, meats, dogs,etc. i must admit, i don’t think i could drink 2 in a row- just too much smoke. even towards the end of the bottle, it felt like enough. i’ll grade this brew based on the 1st half of the glass, the second half the flavor changes from 7 to 6, and mouthfeel goes down a little (getused to the smoke)."

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