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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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very good

545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a deep dark amber body, almost brown. Cloudy. Thick tan head with good retention

Smell, slightly musty, some light smoke, peat fires and smoked meats. Some yeast coming off too

Taste, crisp initial mouthfeel, smooth smoke but not as strong as the marzen. Much more subtle oily smokiness, chorizo flavour is very noticable

A really good smoked wheat, not as big and flavourful as the marzen but still very good

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 19:42:47 | More by cypressbob
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A- Deep reddish brown. Semi hazy. Only poured about a 1/2 finger of head. Soapy lacing. 4

S- Mostly a pork style smokiness. A touch of caramel. Not very strong. 3.75

T- Different from the nose. Malt bomb for the most part. Caramel, clove, just a touch of banana, light bready malts, and a pretty good kick of spice. Seemed to have an earthy hop presence as well. 4

M- On the thin side. Carbonation was crispish... 3.75

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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.

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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.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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