Aecht Schlenkerla Rauch Brauerei is just amazing. I sat in the entrance hall to enjoy my beers. The room consisted of a large table and a few stools was allowed access to the bar through a small hole in the wall where an aged, white aproned man poured handles of perfectly foamy beer through wooden barrel. To be honest I only sat in this spot because I was confused and unsure of the local customs, also it was a little chilly to sit in the beer garden. This section of the old brewery pub is where the local blokes (ladies too) stop by whilst out running chores. As opposed to the formal dining room (to the right of the entrance) and the less formal drinking room (to the left.)
One guy had a huge loaf of bread under his arm and some groceries in a bag that looked like dinner. Another set his kid up with some homework and helped him do it while he sated his thirst. While I was taking this scene and getting a feel for the pub I enjoyed my first of their beers, the classic Märzen a 5%ish amber smoked lager. The balance of this beer is just superb and so difficult to put to words. It is seemless. Toasty, rich malt but a clean crisp palate. The smoke was sweet and savoury at the same time, the body was full but the finish is dry and not without a little hint of spicy hops. Two of them were gone before I could even put my finger on why it was so great. I left a little while later with a glimmer in my eye wishing that one day I would make a beer that was just so.