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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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very good

637 Ratings

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: brown, amber ... clear ... pours a decent tan head of foam almost 1-inch tall that doesn't stick and isn't lacing, though the tan collar of foam is nice; very few bubbles rising up the column

S: very little at its coldest; as it warms ... toasted Halls cough drops ... there's a menthol thing happening, maybe like a real green piece of mesquite burning in the barbecue pit ... boy, it gets good as it continues to warm, REAL smoke now, and good smoke, like some pecan logs smoking a pit full of meat; that menthol thing might be coming from the wheat, a "twang" that could be burning bananas, hard for me to name but it's there

T: menthol ... something medicine-like but not that rubbing-alcohol taste many beers get; lots of smoke here, an oak-wood/pecan-wood smoke coming off the barbecue pit kind of smoke, but it's not burnt ... it's more of toasted flavor; just a short hint of wheat-ale banana, but it's subdued under all the smoke

F: very nice ... well carbonated for a beer that has a slightly "flat" look

O: I think I like it better than the smoked Marzen, but it's a lot of the same, which is to say a ton of smoke flavor that manages to remain well short of tasting burnt; it really is like a toasted flavor ... or the (duh) flavor of the smoke coming off a burning log not the burning log.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curve259
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into Weizen glass
Served: 28 January 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with mud-colored accents and a creamy tan head that takes forever to die down, just as a wheat beer should. The Trüb in the beer was a bit unsightly, but it obviously gets mostly mixed in. Collected a bit at the bottom.

Smell: Soft smoke notes and a faint assertion of the typical Weißbier banana ester.

Taste: Really great contrast between the soft banana notes from the Weizen base and the smoked malts. The Weizen base and the smoke fit even though they are very different overall, they fit together and create a rather pleasurable drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky, just like you'd expect from an unfiltered Weizen.

Overall: Not Schlenkerla's best, but even that puts in squarely in the top 5% of beers. A great beer that shows what can be done without brewing with adjuncts. One of my favorite Rauchbiere. Recommended.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown/ruby, almost black at first glance. Forms a nice finger and a half of creamy slightly tan head. Whispy lacing.
S - Literally liquid bacon. Not just the smoke, it has the rich fatty and meaty aromas. There are some malts there too, but it literally smells like a plate of hot, freshly fried bacon. For me that's delicious.
T - Good, but unfortunately not nearly as wild as the aroma would lead you to believe it will be. It's much more subdued with malts and balanced.
O - A fine smoke beer or Rauchbier.
V - Single bottle, moderately good value.

Photo of icemanls4
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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..

Photo of BeerNewbie124
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bmaggot
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BaronJin13
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours an ultra-murky brown color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Not only is the heady frothy (almost like whipped cream), the retention is excellent. It doesn't seem to leave much lacing behind, though. (3.75)

Smell: Not very smoky...wait, who am I kidding? It's smoky as hell. And not in that meaty, hammy fashion (though it certainly invokes strong bacon) - instead, it's very woodsy. Beneath all the smoky goodness lie hints of weizen yeast. Have I ever mentioned that Schlenkerla know how to make such unsubtle, shameless smokiness smell so wonderful to me? (4.25)

Taste: The first half of this brew is ridiculously smoky. Again, more like actual smoked wood than ham or bacon. The second half of this brew is that of a typical weizen - banana, clove, and wheat come through. It doesn't quite integrate as well as the marzen or the urbock, but neither is it as sweet as the urbock, either. As I drink more of it, though, more caramel sweetness comes through beautifully. I don't need to say anything else about how well this beer works. (4)

Mouthfeel: It has a rich feel, focusing on a lush finish over dryness and drinkability. It alsodrinks like it's 7% instead of 5.2% - by the way, that's a HUGE compliment. Carbonation is slightly low for the style. (4)

Overall: About the worst I can say about this is that it doesn't quite work as well as the marzen. Still, it's another great Schlenkerla rauchbier. 'Nuff said. (4)

4.04/5: Yet more smoky goodness from Bamberg's finest

Photo of Jakaskel728
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ThreeEcho7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Bruce180
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of archdukeofrandom
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Not really an ale fan,shock an awe falls on the crowd. the smoky malts stand strong with a subtle background of hops.

Photo of tillmac62
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium amber from the yeast. Exceptional massive head, lacing and retention. An almost perfect nose of meaty bacon like smoke balanced against a fruit like sweetness with a slight spicy note. The smoke aroma is not as intense as their Marzen and Urbock variants and is expertly balanced with sweetness. Light medium body that is somewhat slick in texture, but also has a grainy wheat aspect as well. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish and middle. The outstanding flavor profile is not as intense as their other variants. It is more balanced with malt sweetness and a bit more complex. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a moderate campfire bacon like smoke over a sweet background that has both biscuit and caramel characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a rather low level bitterness that has a clove like note as it effervesces and a banana quality as it fades. The finish is dryer than the others, somewhat crisp, sweeter and leaves you with a touch of clove and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. Outstanding and an excellent introduction into the Rauchbier style that is not quite as intense as their Marzen and Urbock variants.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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