Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by erz316:
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
1 pt 9floz bottle into a pint glass.
A - the body is a dark brown auburn with notable reds, and a creamy cream coloured head. very good looking beer, pretty dark and hazy, and i haven't even gotten to the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
S - the most noticeable is the smell of smoked malts, which is right up front, but the midground is not to be considered weak at all: the mid is this very wheaty and sweet malt experience, a really great compliment to the sometimes harsh/overpowering smell of the smoke. this is a really great blend of the weizen- and rauch- styles of beer: each scent is completely identifiable and great smelling.
T - the taste is just like the nose, each note corresponds to a taste. the ratios are almost the same, but I think the wheat has come out a bit ahead of the smoked malts. the initial taste is a yeasty bread-ness and sweet wheaty malts, with some slight smoke profile in the background. there is a slight astringency somewhere in the mix, slightly puckering, but mixes in well with the smoke aspect. the finish is cool and refreshing, slightly smoky, but moreso yeasty with some wheat. the aftertaste is an even blend of smoke and wheat. a very good and interesting beer, but not smoky enough for my tastes.
MF&D - the feel is more like a weizen than a rauchbier, in that sense it looses some points: it is very carbonated and has a light and easy-to-drink body. either way, the brew is highly drinkable, but the only thing I really have to complain about is that the sourness, that puckering flavour, may eventually make me want to stop drinking it.
08-18-2009 21:38:24 | More by erz316
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Wow what a perfect combination for the apple wood smoked ribs I did yesterday,poured a murky tea colored brown with a well defined 1/2 finger head that didnt stick around for long.Obviously the smoke is gonna be a large part of the aroma like smoked ham but the weizen part shows thru with a clove spiciness underneath the smoke.Up front the smoke is dominant but it melds into a clvey spicness with a note of banana in there as well.Near perfection with the smoked pork flavors of the ribs and vinegar of the homade slaw wow it was great.If you pick the right moments for these smoked beers they can be rewarding no doubt.
07-31-2006 19:50:04 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Holy Smokes! Ah, I deserve to be shot for that.
Anyway. First and last impression of this beer is that of holding your face over a hardwood bonfire and inhaling deeply. Throw a kielbasa or sausage in there for good measure, carbonate it, ferment it, put it in a bottle, and voila! You have a Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen. Clearly not how it's made, but a adequate description of the flavor. Looking for a good wheat beer with a hint of smoky flaver? Pass on this one. This is an intensely smoky experience with some weizen buried deep under the surface, revealing itself only after the initial smokehouse essence hits.
Appearance is a bit more amber than most other weizens, reflecting the flavor nicely. Medium sized head, though light in texture. Same goes for mouth feel, though you may grow tired of the beer quickly anyway thanks to its intensity. The light body is a stunning disconnect from the (over)powerful taste.
Drinkability on this one is going to vary considerably, though even for the most hardened rauchbier drinkers I wouldn't call this a session beer. A pint or two at most I would imagine sufficient to take care of anybody's hankering for some good smokiness, but a very enjoyable pint or two it would be.
05-16-2005 23:40:33 | More by t8000shx
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Presentation: 1pint 9fl oz short necked brown bottle. No freshness date.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark tawny brown (same colour as the bottle almost), crowned with a frothy, tight, off-white cream lace with plenty of retention and substance. Exceptional.
Note: there is yeast sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Soft, but distinct and bold, smoke aromas -- reminds me of spicy cold kielbasa and a wood fire.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, with a touch of smoothness upfront that eventually turns a bit coarse on the palate, going bitty and crisping up from the beer's carbonation and a smack of wheat astringency and light floral bitterness. Malt sweetness is low, but there's plenty of body under the crisp dry character. Smoke flavours are everywhere, leaving a smooth char flavour that blends perfectly with an edge of spicy clove, wood character and splash of grape juice. Lots of residual smoke flavours rock the dry finish, hints of yeast.
Notes & Drinkability: I just love a good rauchbier, and this is one of the best. It combines the pleasantries of a tasty wheat beer with old school flavours to create one helluva an exceptional brew!
12-02-2002 18:45:37 | More by Todd
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date but it does have the abv (5.2%) and a description of the beer on the back.
Appearance: The body has a nice copper colored body with clear reddish highlights. From the pour I got a tall, light tan head that makes some spotty and slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma is smoky and bready. The smoke character is very similar to imitation bacon bits and this is backed up with bready and roasted maltiness.
Taste/Palate: The smoked malt is the dominant force here and it is balanced with some mild bready sweetness. Under this are some very light yeast notes and some faint herbal/mineral hops notes. The palate has a slightly slick smooth feel with a medium body and carbonation.
Notes: There is a little more balance to the Weizen compared to some of there other offerings and so it is more interesting and drinkable for my taste.
05-04-2011 21:21:46 | More by generallee
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.
Appearance: Tawny reddish hue with a thin lacing after an ample froth. Clarity is good and retention is at least stable.
Smell: Intense but not overwhelming smoky aroma, fresh charred wood with a light maltiness are that make-up of the nose.
Taste: Moderate body, clean and crisp. Slap of the wheaty twang plus a faint clove hits the same time as a wall of soft smokiness blankets the palate. Lightly woody, soft smoke and a ghost like char flavour add subtle complexities. Maltiness is a great base with a touch of sweetness and fresh grain. Long faded smoky after taste that land semi-dry.
Notes: A simple yet deep smoked brew, quite drinkable and pairs best with lighter dishes like apple wood smoke chicken or a mildly smoked pork shoulder laced with BBQ sauce.
10-08-2002 19:21:58 | More by Jason
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
Very interesting style. I prefer their Urbock, but this one is worth sampling, as well. The appearance is an odd, muddy water, hazed iced tea body. One finger, beige head gives way to moderate patches of lace all over the glass. Brown sediment particles show up in the bottom of the glass.
Aroma features the trademark, maple smoked bacon, or ham. Some wheat notes of banana and lemon are barely noticed.
Moutfeel is spirited and well carbonated. The charcoal smokiness is immediately noted.
The taste features the prominent wood cured bacon, or ham, with a hint of maple syrup. This has a saltiness that lasts all the way through, again suggesting a smoke cured, American southern country ham. The wheat notes are faint, and are overwhelmed by the campfire smoke. Some mild lemon and orangepeel are noted in the background.
A very unusual style that I like, from time to time. Not an every day bier, but one that is worth sampling for its historical background. The brewery website is very well done, and informs about the origins and character of these interesting Rauchbiers.
06-06-2004 13:31:49 | More by merlin48
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours hazy/murky plummy brown, tan head with a noisy fizz going on. The final pour adds some clumpy yeasties to the party in the glass. Minimal lacing here. Nose is subtle smoke. Smells like your grill 3 weeks after you smoked those tasty ribs. Mouthfeel is oily. This is a moderatly smoky, complex and tasty brew. The smoke here is far from overwhelming. Less is more and subtlety goes a long way here. Nicely done by the old pros at Schlenkerla. A natural with BBQ.
06-16-2005 02:37:58 | More by Billolick
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: huge one inch head, hazy, leather brown
Smell: smoke, wheat, pork, lemon, and Belgian spices
Taste: wheat, pork, malt, coriander, oranges, Belgian spices, and smoke especially at the end
Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet
Drinkability: Very much a hefeweizen with smoke added to it. The smoke is present but is not as dominate as some other beers from the brewery. I could have several but of the four i have tried this is my least favorite
06-26-2009 19:22:56 | More by tigg924
2.55/5 rDev -34.6%
Poured a brown color with a creamy head and little lacing. Smell was smoky with a hint of banana and clove. Taste was the same as the smell except the flavors were hidden much more. Mouthfeel was a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability, I didn't really find this to be that drinkable, perhaps it was a bad bottle, I would like to try again and compare.
01-23-2006 00:28:59 | More by badbeer
4/5 rDev +2.6%
The beer pours a brown color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably rauchbier. I get a ton of smoke and ash along with some wheat. The flavor is smoke and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I enjoyed this beer, but I liked the roasted malt and dark fruit notes that I got from the Maerzen and Urbock more than the wheat notes that I get from this beer. This one was a little too one dimensional.
06-26-2010 18:43:02 | More by Mora2000
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a dark, slightly cloudy burnt orange peel color. A huge head rises up thickly, a full inch and a half and settles down veeery slowly. Aroma wafts up strongly, mostly of rich sweet wheat malt and yeast. Flavor is thick and malty upfront, heavy bread and yeast, some ripe apricot and other fleshy fruits. Also a dry champagne nuance and tingle to match. Smoke emerges slowly in the finish and into the lingering aftertaste. Subdued at first, like smoked meats, and then darkening to charred bark. Would like more smoke, and earlier on, but I'm enjoying this one.
03-26-2006 23:03:54 | More by far333
3.55/5 rDev -9%
Appearance: The body is a cloudy unfiltered amber brown with jets of carbonation running up from the bottom, forming a large creamy textured tan head beautiful as for lacing is perfect thick and spaced evenly. Aroma: It's just about brunch here and I figured why not sample a beer that taste liked smoked bacon, this is liquified Canadian bacon as weird as that sounds its kind of smells good underneath the layers of smoke are mild clove and fruit esters, and a sharp scent of malted wheat. Taste: Sharp sweetness of a wheat the fizzy high carbonation and the neverending barrage of smokiness, that shouldn't even be drinkable but somehow you get used to it after your second sip. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied smoked wheat wow, this beer is different. Drinkability: Just can't imagine drinking multiple offerings of this in one sitting that would be a bit much.
10-25-2003 16:14:43 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.
Pours a unique brownish-gray color with an off-white head tinged with more gray. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of robust smoked malts without much else. Neutral malt aromas lurk in the background backing up the smokiness.
Tastes good. Smooth smoked malt flavors kick things off. Joining in midway through the sip are hints of medium fruits - pears if I had to choose - that turn slightly sour shortly thereafter. What little fruit flavors exist fade out into a mildly bitter and very smoky ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I'm not sure how I felt about the hints of sour fruit flavors in this bad boy. The flavors were mild and didn't take anything away from this beer however I think the more robust malt flavors in the Marzen and Urbock do a better job of complementing the smokiness. Still, this is a nice beer that's worth a shot.
08-19-2010 02:14:04 | More by glid02
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
(Served in a Weizen glass)
A- This beer pours a light walnut brown body that is hazy with a mousse light tan head that last for the full beer. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- This beer has a soft alder smoke nose with a light pale malt aroma and a finish of grilled hot dogs.
T- The bright smoky flavor has a sweaty/salty hint to it with a softer banana and clove note. The finish has a fruity yeast and bacon flavor with a slight oxidized note.
M- The mouthfeel is medium-light with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- The smoke is a bit overbearing at first but as the beer warms it is balanced by the other flavors. It is a bit odd but it does work with all the flavors together. A full pint is a bit much before the beer gets to be to much.
07-24-2009 18:30:32 | More by rhoadsrage
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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