Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2000
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 There are few pleasures in this world like Schlenkerla Marzen from the wood. Oh sure, I’ll take the bottles, but let’s not kid ourselves, those are only a 4.7 or 4.8. When you go to the ausschank in the Bamberg Altstadt, it’s different. The glass lands in front of you. The appearance of the beer is a unique reddish-brown, nice and dark with a thick but not overstated head. The aroma is pure smoke goodness, nothing more nothing less. The palate shows incredible balance. Yes, the smoke is huge, but so are the chewy, earthy malts. The wood finishes the beer, lending it impeccable balance and drinkability. There’s no need for writing expansively about the nuances and the subtleties...this is simply the perfect beverage. Perfect looks, great aroma, great flavour, perfect balance...finishes brilliantly. The most perfect beer on the planet, on gravity from the wood like real beer should be. Gambrinus99 (14) - Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2000
First I will assume that this is the Marzen that we are evaluating. The brewery also makes an smoked Ur Bock, a smoked Wheat, as well as an unsmoked helles.
With that said, this is the standard that all other Rauchbiers are judged against. It has a wonderful smoked flavor that grows on you with each glass. It is the perfect beer to complement any smoked meat. Freshness is always a concern, although I have found that this beer does not suffer from age as badly as most. coloradobeerguy99 (2) - USA - SEP 30, 2001 does not count
One of my favorite beers. This is the defining standard for all rauchbier. Pronounced SCHLENK er la. Most Americans don't like...leaves more for me! omhper (25538) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Dark amber with rich, stable head. Densely smokey aroma, quite reminiscent of smoked ham. Full bodied with big maltiness and nicely salty, very bitter finish. The intense woody smokiness is there all the way through. Simply a world class beer in it’s own style. When had from the wood at Schlenkerla it gains yet another dimension - combining intense flavours with Franconian drinkability and softness. If you’ve only had it from bottle or keg - you don’t know what you’re missing!
Tolik99 (47) - USA - DEC 15, 2002
Smoke titan: after opening a bottle with this beer, you feel the smoke is everywhere in the room: in your nose, in your ears, on your lips. One of the most unusual and wonderful beers in the world.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 2, 2003
This is THE beer: unbelievable aroma of smoked meat, malty and smoky taste, incredibly long aftertaste. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 The beer pours reddish copper in a Don de Dieu glass. Nice foamy head, it diminishes pretty fast though, but holds the glass fairly well. Surprising aroma, definitely a new class for me, meaty with bacon and ham, salty sausages. The flavors developments are quite unrivaled. Let me explain.. first that intense smokiness (long dry smoky/bitter finish)is kind of a guardian over the journey that tasting this beer is. It’s also one of the not so typical beers that holds the 4 basic flavors. Mouth entrance is very malty and moderatly sweet with the body being medium to full. Then, those smoked malts develop into a salty (bacon is salty after all) taste. Slightly tart at the same time. The finish is intense and bitter, woody, earthy, peaty. I wouldn’t drink this everyday, but I can see this doing wonders paired with multiple meals (pancakes, poultry, pepper beef etc.)jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2004
I changed my mind and would definitely drink this everyday. An everyday intensely smoked and highly drinkable beer that goes well with most meals just as much as by itself. Blimey, if it ain’t a 5
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Rerate - I really liked this before so I figure it’s time for another go-around. Pours a beautiful clear dark brown with a reddish hue and a thick, tight off-white head. Aroma is GODLY - roasty smokey hickory ham and beef jerky- very, very prominent. Flavor starts off with dark caramel, a pinch of roastiness then, a ton of smokehaus wood/meat, bread and a hint of pipe tobacco. Pleasant light level of sweetness; very well-balanced. Ends with an earthy/herbal noble hop character and a tinge of pepper. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and perfect lively yet, non-prickly carbonation. Leaves great lacework. Just exploding with flavor AND extremely drinkbable. A masterpiece. Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 From A Bottle.Auburn in colour,medium head,aroma is of smoked bbq snorkers and malt,taste places me on
bonfire night with burnt wood and fireworks and that felt good.
I also found smoked meats and hops,very smooth with a bitter finish.Take me to Bamberg and let me session this from the cask,I hope I manage that one day.It just goes down so well and quick.This is ebeneezer goode.
MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Bottle. Very smoky aroma. Wood, chew tobacco. Flavour is of course also quite smokey. It is hard to taste anything but smoke, even though the carbonation balances it a bit. Seems malty. Bitterness shows itself once "the smoke clears" from your palate. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.