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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchebier Marzen

 
RATING
88

They say smoking is bad for you, but for centuries, brewers in the city of Bamberg have been smoking malts over beechwood. Technically, this creates a style all its own, called Rauchbier, but we threw this in the mix to see what smoking does to the base beer, a Marzen. To begin, as soon as the bottle is cracked open, the intense bacony smoke quality burst through the nose. Underneath, mild caramel notes are detectable, but it's clearly a smoky beer. The appearance is all Marzen, with deep golden color and great clarity beneath a creamy tan head. One sip further reveals its Marzen origins, with a soft, caramel sweetness that lasts through the taste. Additionally, gentle hop bitterness is apparent on the sides of the tongue. Through all this, the beer is intensely smoky -- incredible, really -- though the beer stays smooth. Aecht is medium-bodied, has a soft carbonation, and finishes with a mild alcohol note.

 

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