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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

408 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 408
Hads: 694
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001

Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.
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Photo of beerluvr
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beauty pours with a nice healthy beige colored head that settles atop effervescent reddish-brown liquid, turning a bit murky once the residual yeast sediment is swirled/poured into the glass. Nose..ahh the nose, light wheat malts enrobed in a blanket of wonderful smokiness...very appetizing to all the senses! Tasting reveals the light body from the proportion of malted wheat used, then wave upon wave of wonderful smoke flavors coat the palate. A very subtle hop presence is tasted after swallowing. Finishes smoky, then the "traditional" weizenbier flavors, (Banana & Clove) make a brief apperance, but the finish is not as intense or as long as in the Marzen & Urbock, but is still a wonder to behold. A nice, less in-your-face introduction to the style...truly one of the world's most distinctive beers, a must-try! (826 characters)

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Listen! You smell something?"

With the advent of beeradvocate.com, it's been exceedingly difficult to buy beers on blind faith. This often takes the surprise out of tasting great beers. Fortunately, I had never read a review of this beer prior to tasting it.

I was completely overwhelmed by Schlenkerla's taste. Take the best smoked meat you've ever tasted and ferment it... that's what this is like. Never in a million years would I have thought you could successfully brew such a wonderful smoke beer.

If made a top 5 beer list, this would certainly be on it. It's just too unique to overlook. From the first whiff you take, you're captivated. That's all I can say.

You really ought to try this one. It must be one of the beer community's best kept secrets. (773 characters)

Photo of JCBears
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: rich dark brown to amber color little head but a pretty beer

smell: smokey greatness like good bacon or meat mouth watering

taste: malty smokey flavor once it hits your lips

mouthfeel: you never want this taste to leave and it doesn't oh so good

overall: fantastic this is a playground for a man's palet (325 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown in color with a dull mahogany glow when held to the light. You can see the effervescence that's present as billows of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a thick, creamy ivory head. The head holds extremely well throughout the glass but leaves little lace. The body is medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that gives a creamy mouthfeel. The aroma is outstanding with a very rich, deep, Beechwood smokiness. The flavor starts with a lightly sweet, fruity, and gently tangy maltiness that reveals some soft caramel notes as it warms in the mouth, and then a burst of soft smokiness immediately following the swallow. The smokiness lingers for a few moments and then receeds (at least partially) from the palate. At this point much of the yeast character is noticeable with a gentle clove that works extremely well with the residual smoke character, as well as some vanilla, very light banana, and soft phenolic (plastic). Very nice! The smoke character is extremely well done - never overwhelming the palate, but with enough presence to be continually noticeable throughout the entire serving. Absolutely worth trying! (1,146 characters)

Photo of udouche
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle in 16 oz Weizen Glass

A - Pours rich sweet potato colors. Stays cloudy after settling. Solid inch and a half lite weight head. Minimal lacing.

S - Pungent smoke at obnoxiously delicious levels. Bacon, Wood, Dry Aged Meats. Some sweet accents of malt and carmel.

T - Camp fire as you take it in opens up with dark fruits and hint of sour apple. As it sits on your tongue you really taste the grassiness of the wheat that lightens it. Washes dry with a subtle nuttiness you swore you tasted on the tip of your tongue.

M - Very lite and crisp. Carbonation resonates under your tongue with an slight effervescence.

O - Of the three (Marzen, Urbock, & Weizen) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers this is the most balanced and approachable to a rauchbier novice in my opinion. I could session drink this one, where the other two are tasting beers. (854 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have really missed having a decent Raunchier to drink and was very surprised to find the other ale at the Flying Saucer recently. Then I came across the Weiss version at my Downtown Spec’s. The last one in stock – I could not resist.

This one pours a dark brown that is pleasantly cloudy and about the equivalent of a very strong iced tea in color. The cloudiness is to expect in a Weiss, the darkness is not. It is a very pleasant surprise and very appealing.

The pour produces a very lively short-lived tan head that fades quickly with no lacing. However, that is not a negative as this beer is nearly exceptional and almost perfect.

There is a lot of yeast in this one and the bottle fermentation really leaves it very effervescent. The mouth feel is matched by the visual observation and is extremely enjoyable. The only reason I will not give this a 5 overall is that the mouth feel is a bit watery for what my expectation is in the pout and color. I was expecting a little more richness.

That said, this is an overall an extremely enjoyable, drinkable beer that I highly recommend, but please leave some for me at the downtown Spec’s cause I will be back. (1,174 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%

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. (235 characters)

Photo of cudmud
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer produces a nice rocky head and ample lace. The color is dark amber to light brown. The aroma will knock your soxs! This beer smells like a campfire. The smokey smell overpowers the other aromas. The flavor is malt-like and peppery. The aftertaste is like a freshly-somked ham. This beer is true to style and is one of my favorites. (341 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam, resting on top of a very clear, medium brown body. The head collapses at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Dark, earthy smoke notes with clove, caramel, and banana notes in the background.

T - Soft, bready malt up front with a hint of toffee and some banana notes. More dark bread malt character in the middle with some spicy yeast and red apple. The smoke becomes more apparent in the finish with earthy, almost funky notes of smoky juniper and clove as well as lingering banana.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - To paraphrase the Most Interesting Man in the World, I don't often drink Rauchbier, but when I do I prefer Schlenkerla. Schlenkerla is one of those beers that qualifies as a classic of classics and this particular one is as good as it gets. The smoke and weizen yeast work together masterfully and the malt character softens everything to the point that it is perfectly drinkable. The aroma really reminds me of an old barbecue restaurant or, perhaps more appropriately an old, old brewpub, with decades of smooth smoke soaked into the walls. An excellent beer that I feel lucky to be drinking. (1,223 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice deepcopper brown, just slightly cloudy (smoky?) with an exceptionally large head. The bubbles pour into the beer and make for a really milky, delicious looking pour. Be careful because the bubbles don't stop rising... easy to over pour this beer as I nearly experienced. The head is big bubbled and foamy. The head stops shrinking when it reaches about one finger. That last bit lingers much longer. Interesting character to behold.

S: Musty oak, burnt lumber, old wood, a crackling campfire. Really amazing depth here.

T: A lot of burnt character comes through, like burnt oak or a slight bit of burnt pine, smoked malts, lots of different woods come to mind. Really interesting.

M: Really excellent fine carbonation, which makes it feel a little milky and full bodied.

O: This is an exceptional bier. I've never had anything quite like it, but now that I know what I'm in for, I look forward to trying more in this line. (937 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark auburn color with a one finger white head with decent retention. Smells of smoke, wood, wheat, and lemon. Taste is the same. Almost has the flavor of smoke brisket. Very good. Well carbonated and light bodied. This beer is easy to drink. You either love smoked beers or you hate them. I love them. (310 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- pint glass with yellow and green label, all in german, picked this up at steves a week ago

A- poured a murky brown, almost dopplebock color, heavily yeasty, little yeast chunks settled quickly to the bottom of the glass, big head that slowly fell down, very tight knit bubbles,

S- huge woody smokey flavors all over, very strong, a slight tinge fof wheat underneath, but all and all the smoke is pretty overwhelming. well idk what level of smoke i was expecting but this really gave me a strong start on how smoked beers are. the yeast is also pretty strong.

T- starts off almost mellow, a slowly rising malt and wheat flavor which is really good builds steadily. the smoke is always there but starts off weak. almost at the end the smoke really hits strong and lingers forever, actually getting even stronger after the swallow than before. it is hugely lingering, with what feels like a chicory smoke being the majority of it. not much else is noticable after the smoked earth flavor sets in but the yeast and hops both seem pretty smooth and blended underneath after much drinking. the yeast right before the swallow is actually pretty nice and gains a lot of strength to struggle with the smoke during the end and gives it an awesome complexity

M- full, creamy, high carbonation, hugely lingering body

d- idk what i was expecting, i wouldnt say its highly drinkable because the smoke is so intense, but its awesome, and im really glad i got it, although drinking a bunch would be hard. (1,497 characters)

Photo of Getinthevan
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this over Christmas and I was not disappointed.

Appearance was very black, almost motor oil like, with no head and minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. It resembled a dark chocolate brown with hints of amber colors.

Smell was very strong in hops and very smoky, almost like smelling an outdoor meat smoker. Very rich in aroma and definitely a crafty work of art.

Taste was delicious. The smoke flavors with the roasted hops made this an excellent brew. Very hearty too, this is definitely not for the light-hearted.

Mouthfeel was thick and satisfying. Again, definitely a relaxing and thick brew.

Drinkability is good. This is the first rauchbier I've tried and it's definitely a great one. Looking forward to trying more of this style in the future. (776 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm looking forward to this one. I'm addicted to the Marzen from Aecht Schlenkerla.. so we'll give this one a shot. Poured into a wide snifter from a 500ml bottle.

A- Waaaay darker than I expected. A nice, dense, creamy head that settles into a nice film on top of the beer. Very attractive... is this a weizen, as the label says.. or a rauchbier? Can't it be both?

S- Smoke from a mile away. I want to say this one is more pronounced than the Marzen... although without one to compare I can't be sure. Either way, it is intense. Very intense. Smells like hickory smoked bacon, I kid you not. Since I love the smoke smell, I can't imagine a better aroma. 5 of 5.

T- Follows the nose, but is not as strong. Still, the smoke is undeniable. Fantastic. Wow. A crisp beer, esp. considering what I thought it would be. A weizen, for sure... just looks a lot darker that I would expect. A smoky taste lingers with this one... and since I have a hard-on for rauchbiers, I love it! The weizen is noticeable from the body to the flavors and aftertaste... but is followed with a great smokiness. Not abrasive or offensive in the least.. this beer is a joy to drink.

M- Lighter than the marzen, I really am digging this beer. It's a coin flip between which one I like better, as both contain the awesome smoky taste. The marzen is a bit heavier, while this one is crisp and almost effervescent. I love it.

D- Moderate to high. Goes down like water for me.... depending on your affinity for rauchbiers you may feel one is enough. I'd drink this by the keg if I could. Bravo! (1,568 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into glass beer mug.

A - Hazy brown, with no head to speak of, no lacing, and a simple off-white collar. Lots of visable yeast sediment.

S - Expected smoke, bacon, jerky, mesquite aromas with an interesting accentuation from wheat malt. The wheat took this beer from smelling like a bag of dried meat to smelling like fresh cooked BBQ.

T - Wood and smoke, less intense than the nose, and all deepened by the wheat twang.

M - Fairly carbonated and light bodied, with a smoothness from the suspended yeast.

D - After having Aecht's Marzen I didn't think any rauchbier would be good enough to have more than a couple of, but this one surprised me. The lightness and depth of flavor make this highly sessionable, style considered. (759 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a small bubbly white head that died rather quickly.
The body was a dark brown/reddish hue.

The nose was simply amazing. Smoke, malt, ham, brown sugar, dark smoke, caramel, toffee, smoked gouda. It actually reminded me like a lot of an old old fireplace. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers ever.

The taste was surprisingly light and highly carbonated. Yet again smoke, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, meat, a faint touch of wheat and yeast. A light and smooth earthy hop bitterness. What's really interesting with this beer is the touch of wheat beer taste. It has this amazing rauchbier taste with just a splash of weizen to it.

Overall just another outstanding beer from this brewery. The wheat touch throws me off a little, but it is a weizen after all. Not the beer for everyone, but if you like smokey beers this is a must try. (868 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An interesting mix. Rauchbier smoke with yeasty wiezen style? here goes nothin'.

Cool Aecht Schlenkerla bottle. Cola brown murky brew with a rolling four finger head and tons of lace.

This one smells wonderfully smokey, but a bit rubbery...like doing donuts in your car. I personally love that smell...my girlfriend lives on a cul-de-sac...he he he. The neigbors hate me.

Green banana peel yeasty wiezen flavors are nicely balanced with the burning rubber smokey taste. Very herbal and fresh as opposed to hickory smoked meat and sausage flavor of the urbock. Cloves and spices are hidden somewhere in there too.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully refreshing and wet, then dry and powdery at the finish. Medium bodied and sweet, this is much more drinkable than the urbock, but also somewhat more lacking in complexity. (821 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Pours a dark copper, forming a massive three fingers of head, leaving light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong smoked malt (smoked meat and spice)aroma dominates the nose.

T - The taste is heavily dominated by the smoke, consisting of the smoked malts, but turns slightly sweet through the taste as the malted wheat comes through. Not as intense as the other rauchbiers by this brewery, but a little cleaner and more complex falvor wise.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth and clean. Good amount of carbonation.

D - It does not get any better than a good rauchbier! The flavor is smooth and unique and very drinkable for a rauchbier! An amazing beer overall. (699 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a mug. No dates on the labels.

Hazy rust with a light tan head that shows good retention and leaves lots of wispy lace.

Sharp aromas of woody smoke that are quite pleasant and all but cover the sweet malts. Mouthwatering.

The smoke tastes almost meaty and allows for a little more malt than the smell. A bit tangy with some wood in the back. The mouth is a bit above moderate.

A five for drinkability as it tastes and smells so damn good. Pairing this one with smoked meats and cheeses makes for an incredible experience. (543 characters)

Photo of Adamthome1
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 ounce bottle

Pours nicely, frothy if poured too fast, good head throughout.

Aroma is smokey and sweet, smelling smoked campfire and some sweet malty.

Taste is classic, I've only had a few Rauchbier's but the flavor is great; the aftertaste is superb with accents of smoked baby mozzarella or cheddar or the like; Gouda maybe....the flavor upfront is sweet. Carbonation good.

Personally I don't want this beer often but with ribs, smoked meat, ribs, cheeses you just can't go wrong, give a try under these circumstances (533 characters)

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

After 10 days of illness the is the way to break the beer famine. From one of my favourite breweries in the world.
I really like how the non smoked wheat yeast works with the smoked barley malt leading to a lighter smokiness than there Marzen & Urbock.
Brings back memories of my visit to the brewery a dozen or so years ago.. (328 characters)

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's rare that I openly say that I love any particular style of beer. But smoked/rauch.... I love them. This smoked weizen was pleasant surprise.

The smell is dominated by the smokiness. I believe beechwood. It isn't stinking with smoke and doesn't overpower or waft over the entire room. It is light, but it is pretty much all smoke. Which for me is no problem. I really enjoy that smell a lot. Very woodsy.

Unlike other weizens the colour of this is deep for a wheat ale. Amber gold edges, but a nice reddish brown colour in depth. Very nice to look at.

On the weizen the smoke dominates the tastes as well. It just bears down on all of the common wheat beer flavors until the end where the twang of weizen pulls through nicely to remind you that you are not simply drinking a boatload of smoke. There is a tad grassiness that seems to wander and weave through the entire beer which is also very nice. A small amount of very delicate banana wants to pull through but it is stomped on by the smoke. the grass and banana hints liven things up a bit among the smoke though. But like I said, the smoke dominates this beer... clearly.

The bubbles are not over the top but it is definitely well carbonated, maybe slightly more than the average wheat beer.

Overall, another great beer from Schlenkerla. If you are looking for huge smoke in a lighter package, this is it. If you are looking for rauch in general, Schlenkerla is forever a great decision. If you do not like smoke in your beer, do not even think about touching this to your lips. (1,543 characters)

Photo of natasharai
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with 1inch of bubbly tan head that dissipated quickly (2 minutes) to a thin covering around the edge of the glass, and is not leaving much of any lacing. The beer is a very translucent brownish gold color.

Smell: Up front very smokey, then some sweetness, malt and fruit, is detectable once your get a little use to the smokeyness. As it warms a lot more fruity aromas are detectible, similar to white grapes or apples. The smoke smell is present but not overwhelming (once you get a little use to it). While I sit here and smell it from a small distance, I feel like I am on the beach at Lake Superior with a campfire going on a 65 degree night. Smokey, but also crisp.

Taste: Bold smoke flavor up front (as expected), then a small fruity apple or grape taste, followed by a bigger sweet malt flavor. At the end there is a bitter smoke flavor left in the mouth, but again the smoke is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Heavier syrupier bodied than I expected up front, but the bubbles and slight bitterness make it seem a bit lighter.

Overall: For me this is very easy to drink. The strong smoke up front starts to diminish and other very interesting flavors/aromas appear, which compliment the smoke very nicely. I might have to go buy another one of these... :-) (1,286 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice foggy burnt orange/muddy brown in color. Hangs onto it's frothy head well.
Smells primarily of smoke...but more subtle than some.
Nice smokiness up front in the taste. Ends with a good 'n spicy weizen kick. Quite tasty.
NIcely effevescent in the mouth.
Something different, but a winner in my book. (315 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, did I really drink this? I can't believe that I have come from pounding Killian's Red and JW Dundee's Honey Lager in college to drinking a smoked wheat beer from Germany.
My first thought of smoked beers was "Ewww...!" But then I came to apreciate them. But when I asked for Spezial Rauchbier at Mug's Ale House, and all they had was this, I was even more wary. I mean, come on, a smoked hefe?
But I tell you, this beer was delicious. Nice dark amber color, perfect pillowy wheat beer head, hints of (surprise!) smoke and clove in the aroma. The taste was like one of the richest, most impressive hefewiezen's I've ever had, complete with banana, clove, slight citrus, a biscuity maltiness, and spicy hops, followed by a full, firm, but not overwhelming flavor of smoke. Where something like the Alaska Smoked Porter reminds you off a charred steak, this tastes like a grilled banana dessert of some sort. Sound gross? Yep. Taste gross? No way.
Nevertheless, awesome with a bacon cheeseburger, especially Mug's bacon cheeseburger. (1,038 characters)

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