Rauchbier Marzen by Schlenkerla
Smoked Ale, 5.1%
A legendary dark and aromatic German beer which achieves its smoky flavour by exposing the malt to intense, aromatic smoke from burning beech-wood logs.
The live tasting of this beer was on 5th November 2020 #BeerBods
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Located in the Bavarian city of Bamberg, Schlenkerla must rank as one of Germany’s most unique, if not historic, breweries. First mentioned in 1405, Schlenkerla is run by the 6th generation of the Trum family and is famed across Germany and the world for it’s smoked beers.
Many stories have been told around the origins of smoked beers. Legend has it that when a brewery in Bamberg burned during the Middle Ages, the malt was smoked accidentally. It goes on to suggest that Bamberg’s citizens enjoyed the flavour of the resulting brew so much, they continued to apply the technique for years to come.
Sadly this couldn’t be further from the truth. In short: smoked malt and smoked beer have been around at least for 5,000 years. Historians suggest that the first kilns used to dry germinated grain date back to the bronze age. Dried germinated grain yields better fermentation and the smoke from the fires would impart a deep smoky flavour on the resulting brew.
For tonight’s BeerBods Plus, we have Rauchbier Marzen, known as the classic smoked beer, this is probably one of the most complex and challenging beers we’ve ever featured.
Its smoky flavour is achieved by exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings. After premium-class german hops are added, It is stored in oak casks to mature in 700-year-old cellars. The result is a deep, rich and seriously smoky beer that captures the essence of peaty wood and nutty chocolate.