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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

612 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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 granger10:
Photo of granger10
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The wheat version of the Schlenkerla beers pours a hazy burgundy color with a huge foamy head which settles to a thin layer above the liquid. Aroma is of hickory and some smoked mozzarella but not near as smoke dominated as the other two Schlenkerla versions I have tried. There's a weizen yeasty base in the smell that really evens the smoke out. Taste begins with lots of weizen like esters. Fruity and almost acidic. Finish is where the smoke really comes out with its woody, smoked cheese characteristic. This was a bit more balanced of a beer and quite drinkable. Probably better to be paired with a smoked chicken rather than any kind of beef.

granger10, Apr 18, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +2.3%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of t8000shx
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

t8000shx, May 17, 2005
Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Todd, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

generallee, May 04, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Oct 08, 2002
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

merlin48, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Jun 16, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

tigg924, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of badbeer
2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

badbeer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jun 26, 2010
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

wattoclone, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CaptinRedBeard, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

Nose: Big wood smoke over citrus, light clove and banana.
Clear ruby medium brown under a thick, off-white head.
Palate: Smoke, wheat, white bread, banana with a suspicion of clove.
Medium body with medium to medium high carbonation.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

far333, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Culture
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Culture, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked it a lot. Very nice smoky campfire flavour, mixed in with a slightly tart flavour character in weissbiers. Not as thick and flavoursome as the marzen, but still very good.

rastaman, Aug 04, 2002
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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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