Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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1.5/5 rDev -61.5%
Wow, this was a shocker of a beer!
I shouldn't have been surprised, it says "Schlenkerla Smokebeer" right on the bottle. But I'd never had a smoke-beer before, so hey.
Nice pour; nice dark amber. The proper shade of amber in my opinion.
A tan/beige head, pretty tall, but goes down to a nice lacing reasonably quick.
But then the smell. A highly pungent smell of smoked bacon. Orange smoked bacon.
The taste was no better. A sour taste of smoked apricot. I can see why some people would like this, but I sure couldn't hack it.
05-23-2006 02:09:14 | More by Mechphisto
1.6/5 rDev -59%
25 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.
$7.99 / ea.
S: Smoke, and nothing else. Imagine a camp fire.
A: Cloudy brown body, thick rocky tight white head that leaves wonderful lacing.
T: Smoke, and somewhat sour. A little bit like jerky. Not my thing.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. The bite from the carbonation stays on the tongue well after you are done drinking.
D: I had to throw away most of the bottle. I don't like smoke beer.
O: No. . .
11-02-2009 04:58:13 | More by dpnelson1978
1.78/5 rDev -54.4%
Rauchbier Weiss Beer: A weiss smoke beer, brown in color and definitely smoky in the aroma. Very little head, what there was dissipated quickly. WOW, I do NOT get this whole smoke beer concept. It tastes like an arson investigation. Consequently, I swirled the yeast at the bottom and added it to the glass. That’s better, it went from a felony to an aggravated misdemeanor. Really bad.
03-19-2003 18:19:38 | More by jackndan
1.93/5 rDev -50.5%
maybe rauchbier isn't my style, although i love this brewery's helles lager. deep brownish copper/dirty mahogany in color with just a slight haze. off-white to light tan creamy head and really nice lacing that coats the glass throughout. nose is all smoky bacon which carries through in the flavor. like drinking a smoked ham hock. very dry and crisp. mouthfeel is a bit thin and astringent. obviously, this would be great with barbecue. probably great to cook with and not so much to drink.
06-08-2008 19:43:45 | More by MrMcGibblets
1.98/5 rDev -49.2%
Received a pint bottle as a gift, was intrigued by the bottle being almost completely in German. You see "Weizen" on a beer and expect a Weis. You see "smokebeer" on a beer and think "Wait, is this a weis or a smoked porter maybe?" Not speaking fluent German, I had no idea.
When I opened, poured and smelled I thought to myself "Hey, this smells just like "Liquid Smoke." That was weird enough, but the beer tastes just like liquid smoke too. Which is awesome if you're using it to mix into a baste for BBQ chicken, but it's just creepy when you try to drink it. No thanks Germany, I'll stick to beers that don't remind me of mesquite chicken.
11-23-2007 23:27:44 | More by Sherwood
2.13/5 rDev -45.4%
500 ml bottle, bought at KaDeWe, Berlin. With the Ae S Märzens overpowering aroma of smoked sausages in mind, I opened the Weizen with trembling anticipation and fear. The beer is murky brown, and pours with an enormous greyish off-white head. Intense aroma of smoked pork / uncooked bacon, which nearly overpowers the normal hefe elements (cloves and banana) that are faintly present in the background. Flavour has some uncooked bacon notes too, but they are not as overpowering as in the aroma. Fairly smooth to drink, but lets face it: smoked pork is not what I want to smell nor taste in a beer. Sorry!
05-11-2006 19:10:43 | More by Sigmund
2.3/5 rDev -41%
Pours a ruddy dark brown color with decent foam that left behind very little lacing. Big aroma of smoked meats and fish. i know this is usual for the style, but man, i don't like it all that much. Flavor is about the same. Big and smokey. Smoke flavors trumps everything else, but there is a nice sweet, weizen base that occasionally pokes it's head through. Creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not so easy to drink because of all the smoked meat and fish attributes going on. If you like your beer brimming with smoked malts a twist of beef jerky, with a dash of bacon, than this one's for you!
11-07-2008 16:54:36 | More by KeefD
2.3/5 rDev -41%
This one had an intense aroma of barbecue, very Smokey. Poured with a head that almost instantly dissipated. It felt like I was drinking water. The flavor, however, was not unimpressive. I sensed a sweetness, salt, ham and believe it or not I tasted kilbasa, hahha. I thought it was a little bland, and the flavors didn't linger except for the Smokey flavor. I think that having the beer with some good barbecue would make it quite an enjoyable one.
03-06-2005 00:04:28 | More by guinnessman
2.48/5 rDev -36.4%
pours a very dark amber color with some sediment floating around in the brew, has a big head on it. as soon as i pop the top i notice strong the smell is, its unbelievably strong, it smells like 10 year old jerky, it truly is nuts that they can make a beer like this, without adding slim jim wrappers during fermentation. the taste though is not impressive at all, the smell overpowers everything, but the taste is not very impressive. i'm not too impressed with this beer overall.
01-05-2010 05:34:52 | More by 1fastz28
2.53/5 rDev -35.1%
A - Opaque brown body, with a finger of creamy off-white head.
S - Bacon, smoked ham, smoke, ham,
T - I understand why this beer should be smokey, but I dont understand why this beer should taste like ham. Thats the beginning and end of the flavor for me. There is just too much smoke, no balance as in Stone Smoked Porter or Fujizakura's Rauch. The dunkel weizen character is entirely missing here.
M - Thin light body.
D - If I wanted some smoked ham, I would fry up a plate. Pass on this over the top, unbalanced beer.
07-30-2005 03:21:34 | More by Naerhu
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
2.55/5 rDev -34.6%
I wanted to try this beer to see if I could appreciate smoked beer and this one was a wizen to boot. Had this at the El Bait Shop in Des Moines. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a brown color with a medium head. Smells of smoked cheese and meat. Taste was mostly smokey too with the wheat trying to come through but failing. This beer was hard for me to drink. One bottle is more than enough for a night. Just not my style of beer.
05-24-2009 01:49:52 | More by atpben
2.73/5 rDev -30%
Had a short-necked bottle which was poured into a pint glass. The color was a deep, cloudy dark brown with a nice creamy head. For a smoked beer, I thought the smell was very light on the smoked flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed the marzen version from Aecht Schlenkerla but thought this weizen version was too light on the smoke flavor in both smell and taste. Tasted slightly chewy. I would probably stick to the marzen version which I thought was exceptional.
07-29-2005 01:03:16 | More by jhu1995
2.73/5 rDev -30%
This one forms a nice firm head, no lacing surprisingly and has a very lively body. It certainly looks a lot like a dark hef.
Sweet almost artificially sweetened smoke. The wheat elements are certainly showing.
I expected something so different….my first taste of this was some head that was over powering and it had some good sweet creamy hef like qualities with smoke tones. The first sip of the actual beer is rather odd. Smoke is suble but very present. The malt has a sour like flavor that I’ve gotten in some less enjoyable dark hefs but no cloves or bananas or strong sweet elements. Instead there is some kind of smoked meat (ham?) mixed with a sour malt.
The body on this one is awful. It is just so thin so weak and the carbonation isn’t that creamy hef carbonation or even a good pale ale, but instead it is sharp and bites the tongue. It has the kind of carbonation that makes you burp and I frankly can’t think of a worse quality in a beer.
It seems this style is much like bourbon barrel ales. It isn’t a style as much as a finishing element, but because of tradition it has a style. I like the smoke flavors, but some element of this process isn’t working with the hef. I really think there is potential for these two to mesh, but either a touch less smoke or a touch more malt is needed to get things going in the right direction.
11-02-2011 02:48:27 | More by bobhits
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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