Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by GMB:
3.84/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A gentle pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen yields a brew that appears mahogany at first, but transforms into a radiant tawny, then ruby-red when held up to sunlight. Such a pour also produces a tall head that's fizzier than I'd like. The head quickly falls, revealing some large craggily air pockets. After the head disappears, sheets of bubbles constantly rise to the surface.
The nose is fainter than I expected. Smoke is up front. I don't appreciate any of the typical aromas that one associates with wheat beers.
The taste departs significantly from the nose. Up front, the spicy flavors of clove mingle with the mild smoke. Banana and tropical fruit flavors come through in the middle, but never overpower the clove and smoke. Bitterness is mild at first, but builds with continued sipping. Burnt ends seasoned with clove and black pepper, lightly sweetened with toasted, flour-battered bananas.
A rich malt profile and excessive carbonation means that the beer's mouthfeel is suspended somewhere between sharp-crisp and full-rich. If it were fuller, I'd think I was chewing on a fatty piece of the burnt ends. If it were sharper or crisper, the spicy flavors would be more pronounced.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen isn't as good as its Märzen cousin. Still, the wheat-inspired flavors bring out some interesting aspects of the smoked malts. Give it a try.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 19:56:34 | More by GMB
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3.9/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, wheat, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wheat, wood smoke, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wheat, wood smoke, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke flavors; with a great smoke/yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked weizen. All around well balanced fruity/spicy yeast ester, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 03:34:57 | More by superspak
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.