Friday, April 3, 2009

The Session: Smoked beers

It is time for another edition of The Session, and this time the theme is smoked beers. I have very little experience in smoked beers, so I took a visit to the nearest Vinomopolet outlet. There I found Ächt Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - a German smoked beer from Bamberg.

Poured into the glass, the Schlenkerla märzen is dark brown with no visible carbonation. It has a solid, large head, and it smells like smoke with distinct notes of smoked mackerel.

The first taste tells me that the smoked fish is still there, but now it is accompanied with smoked bacon. Afterwards the smoky feeling stays in the mouth. The crisps on my plate taste less, and the Danish gräddost cheese is more or less tasteless.

I feel that this smoked beer is an acquired taste. I will not say no if I am offered it by a friend, but I will not actively seek it out. But I will absolutely have a lager beer or two and some smoked ham later tonight.


  1. After the third bottle you'll be hooked. At least that's what happened to me :D

  2. Fantastic head; I did the Schlenkerla Urbock for the session and couldn't get a head out of it at all. How strong (alcohol) is the Marzen?

  3. Thanks for comments. You may be right, Adeptus. I remember the first time I tasted a German weissbier. I did not like it. These days that beer style is one of my favourites... :-)

  4. Hi, Dean!
    Perhaps I had beginner's luck with the Schlenkerla head? Anyway, it was something different, and it is interesting trying something new.

    By the way: The bottle label says that the Märzen is 5,1% alcohol.