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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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very good

545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001)
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chestnut brown color with a dense but foamy beige head. The aroma is a robust combination of smoked meat, earth, crusty bread, and only a whisper of a wheaty tang. The flavor similarly features a rich, smokey complexity, and yet rather than being overpowering, it provides more of a soft, comforting woodiness. With the smoke largely dominating the flavor, the wheat is not featured, but merely provides a light, dry cereal sweetness. The texture is light on the tongue without being watery, and a fine, prickly carbonation cuts through the meaty substance. Overall, the smoked characteristic is apparent up front, but it is well controlled, making this a beer that I would be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 14:20:55 | More by devilben02
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Russian Federation

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tall hefeweizen glass...

A - Pours like a slightly darker version of a dunkelweizen: cloudy brown body, with a rich and dense beige head. Okay head retention.

S - On the nose, you get a pretty powerful meaty smoke aroma (bacon, smoked meat, sausage), as well as some banana, caramel, and a bit of clove. The smokiness isn't as intense as in their Marzen, though.

T - Mm, this tastes like a good dunkel weissbier that has an additional meaty smoky layer to it. I'm getting sweet overripe bananas, some caramel, a hint of dark chocolate, and some slight clove spiciness. All the while, it still tastes smoky, with hints of smoked pork sausage or lap sang tea. Very bready and meaty in the finish.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Moderate carbonation, no taste of alcohol. The beer leaves a slight smoked meat sensation on the palate.

O - I really liked this one! It's not as smoke-forward as their Marzen and still tastes like a good (probably dunkel) weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:17:27 | More by NightINgale
Photo of thecheapies


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez-bejeez! This beer likes to suds-up and spill out all over the glass and onto my gym shorts! Quick pause to grab paper towels, dammit!

Pours a cloudy chestnut/mahogany color with the most dense fucking head on a beer that's not from a nitro-bottle. The head is beige and creamy looking. This mug did me well (except for the wet shorts!!!!). 4.0

Woah! Like a campfire weizenbock! Smells like cured sausages, bonfire, banana, mild clove, and light vanilla. Smells amazing! 4.5

More smoke than anything, just like a rauchbier proper. A little more interesting than the standard Schlenkerla offering. Backdrop banana, clove, and toffee compete with the thick layers of bacon-y smoke. Smoked caramel and browned bananas. Exceptional! 4.0

Pretty much a medium body with some nice bubble-action. Drinks with a Heavyweight Belt. 4.0

I already love the Märzen and this one might top it (need to do a Heller-Trum side-by-side-by-side-by-side soon). Such a fascinating brew! Will pick this up next time I see it, for sure. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:51:59 | More by thecheapies
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a cloudy, brownish gold, with a off white creamy head building about two fingers high. It dissipates slow, leaving spotted lacing.
The smell is smoked bacon, and some fruit background, like orange.
The mild smokey flavors are up front, sweetened by orange notes in the background. Yeast flavors take the middle, while the finish is a mild combination of everything.
Nice medium to light bodied Hefeweizen with exceptional flavor!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:03:26 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of secondtooth


4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rusty amber, with a huge and slowly dissipating head of off-white carbonation. Lace is spotty.

Nose is definitely smoky, no question. I get a salty bacon character up front. Very unique and somehow appealing.

Taste is sweet and smoky, like a mix of open pit barbecue woodiness, with some fruit in there somewhere. Odd but very nice. Seems light in body, but most certainly heavy on flavor. There's a sharpness in texture, too, suggesting the wheat making its presence known among the smoky-delicious malts. This is a unique and delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 15:15:45 | More by secondtooth
Photo of HalfFull


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper amber with a bit of haze and with a decent cap of foam. Offers firm retention and more so lacing through the pint.

Aroma is intriguing as wheat and smoke combine. Smoked notes are less than otherwise experienced with this brewery, yet matching the style within a style rather well.

Flavor has wheat and citrus up front, finishing with a good dose of smoked malts on the finish. Overall I would say that this style of beer is a bit less conducive to the smoked malts vs. the other offerings by the brewery. The wheat/banana and smokiness don't clash per se, yet they aren't the natural mates that smoke and doppel might be for example.

Overall an interesting Weizen but still an average Rauchbier. Or at least an average style to attack with smoke.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:08:39 | More by HalfFull
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:36:36 | More by bluHatter
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark honey orange with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked grain, smoked meat, smoked cheese, and some slight band-aid aromas. Taste is of smoked meat/cheese up front with a definite wheat presence in the middle and finishing with a smoked wheat aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rauchbier that still allows the wheat used to come across in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 01:20:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a dark amber/caramel color. The beer itself is fairly cloudy, which should be expected from a wheat beer. Lots of action from the carbonation and of course an amazing head. In my weizen glass it stands proud, tall and resilient.

S: Huge smokey aromas and some lighter aromas from the wheat come across too. Man that smoke/bacon aroma smells good with the richer, dark barley malts. Some grains are present too.

T: This is the first time I've had Schlenkerla's wheat rauchbier and it's great! I love the more faded smoke flavoring in conjunction with the slightly acidic/sour flavors that come naturally in the wheat beer. It ends up feeling much lighter on your palate than some of their heavier offerings. Not quite as sweet as it smelled (which is a good thing). I do get some light caramelization but it's more so just that char.

M: Light and refreshing with lots of carbonation. Fantastic!

O: It was no surprise to me that I love this because I love all of their beers. I'm dying to try this with a warm bbq soon! Actually what I really want it with is a bbq chicken pizza!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:13:10 | More by tony223366
Photo of rangerred


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a HUGE rocky three finger head that refuses to fade. Amazing.

Smell is moderate smoke along with some orange peel and yeasty banana.

Flavor is less smoky than I was anticipating. Smoke is intermingled with orange and bubblegum. A mild tartness appears towards the finish along with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky. Nice clean finish.

This is an outstanding beer. While not my favorite of the Schlenkerla series, it is an interesting take on a witbier and is amazingly refreshing and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 23:37:42 | More by rangerred
Photo of dansmcd


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge eggshell head, thick and soapy. Dark brown effervescent murky body, looks like a dunkelweizen. Sloppy drools of lacing.

S - Ashy smoked bacon with a sweet honey glaze. These Schlenkerla rauchbiers are just my favourite smelling beers on the planet. A joy.

T - Follows the nose yet doesnt quite match the intensity. In addition to the smoke, bacon and honey, there are light notes of banana and wheat.

M - At first quite light in the body but then it becomes quite chewy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - I absolutely love it. I should add that this bottle was 2 months past its BB date.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 09:44:40 | More by dansmcd
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours a Dark and cloudy amber-brown colour; an immense yellow to beige head is formed. Very bubbled, lots of carbonation. Retention is high helped by the long glass and many lacings are left

S: Very smokey with a strong wheat backbone. Roasted malts and yeasts

T: Taste is strong on smoked and roasted malts. Some traces of banana as a regular Weissbier. The blend of smoked malts, yeasts and roasted malts bitterness is definitely balanced

M: Smooth body and, at the same time, light and easy drinking. Considerable carbonation. Smoked aftertaste

O: Extremely easy to drink. Highly recommended beer

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 19:46:05 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of confer


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Muddy water brown. Lots of carbonation. Only a trace of head.
S-That freshly cooked bacon is there along with a dash of Liquid Smoke.
T- The smoke/bacon taste doesn't hit until the aftertaste, and then it wont go away. When I first sip it I get a metallic taste until the bacon takes over.
M- Very light lager feel to it which is surprising considering the taste.
O- Not my style but I think I could have one every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 23:35:46 | More by confer
Photo of bobhits


2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:48:27 | More by bobhits
Photo of Jimmys


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into tulip

A: bustling reddish/brownish/white head nearly plumes out of the glass. great retention and lacing cover a hazed, but bright copper body.

S: great marriage going on here between the grainy aroma of the wheat malt and the bamburg smoked malts. i think the wheat is actually a little more prevalent than the smoke here. a quick swirl states otherwise from the smoke.

T: the smoke is on the mild side in this brew. a chewy bit of wheat as well. eat a brat sandwich and it is very similar to that. a good deal of grain gives a breadiness while the smoked flavor is reminiscent of a delicious German brat.

M: moderate sizzle on a medium body.

D: another keeper from schlenkerla. this is the 6th beer ive had from these guys and while it is not my favorite, it is a very unique brew that plays wheat and smoke very well together.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:09:13 | More by Jimmys
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows smoky bacon, campfire and very faint doughy wheat.
The weizen characters are more apparent in the flavours, with nice doughy wheat and light caramel. The smoke is definitely the dominant aspect though with big ham notes.
Carbonation is much too high.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:26:29 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of jsanford


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dirty dark brown with a fluffy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Lovely smoke aromas that reminds me of wood-grilled salmon. Oily, spicy, and wonderfully meaty, this is a great smelling Rauchbier! Weizen flavors of banana and clove come through in the flavor, only to be swallowed up by more of that fishy smoke. I gotta admit, the Weizen backbone isn't as appealing to me as the more traditional Marzen, I just feel the caramel/malt flavors stand up to (and compliment) the smoke better. Still good, though. My qualms with the Weizen backbone carry through to the mouthfeel, I could definitely go for something a bit more substantial. As is, we're looking at a touch-under medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with moderately crisp carbonation. Overall a very solid addition to Schlenkerla's wonderful Rauchbier lineup, but certainly not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:21:07 | More by jsanford
Photo of infi

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint.

Hazy mahogany body with a thin and tight-bubbled, white head. Little retention time and no lacing.

Immediately full of smokiness, like smoked wood chips and barbeque coal, and some grass-like earthiness (not like hops). Some malt on the nose, but mostly within a thin smokey cloud engulfing the senses. Smokiness of this beer, compared to the Märzen however, is quite different: much bolder in the Märzen.

Opens with a curious amount of saltiness on top of a thin malt and wheat body, which all end with the smokiness. Discernible amount of sweetness from the malt matches well with smokiness, for sure. A nicely tasting rauchbier with mild smoke.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smokiness lingers on the palate after every swallow. Easy drinking. If you're more keen on the smokey quality of rauchbiers, Märzen is the better option. But the Weizen still holds its own nicely and is as equally as enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:27:49 | More by infi
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a weizen glass. Long awaited to get to open one of these.

Pours a muddy dark brown, with some shades of mahogany and and chestnut around the edges. Tan head, with some floaties in the body (maybe I shouldn't have poured the yeast in?). Big sticky lacing, great retention and good amounts of carbonation stream up from the bottom of the glass. Nose has some smoked bananas, wheat and a touch of spice that the smoke has overtaken. Beautiful smoked wood/meats in true Schlenkerla fashion. Taste has a faint sourness at the beginning (although this disappears with warmth), with a creamy and chewy mouthfeel initially revealing some bananas and smoked wood/malts. Thins out as it moves over the palate, leaving behind more smoke. Mouthfeel starts off fuller than it finishes; residual smoke on the palate and a faint sense of the weizen. Would've loved more body in here ala Weihenstephaner. Overall a good offering, if a bit one-dimensional and thin at times.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:45:04 | More by liamt07
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna with amber highlight with a thick creamy steady beige head. Nose is light woody smoke - salmon more than bacon - with a touch of iodine and maybe some multi-grain cracker.
Pear, toffee and oak then definite grassy hops and a sour hit, overlaid with only light, restrained smoke.
Chestnut fruit finish and gently numbing clove linger. Medium, wheaty smooth, round and soft.

After other good experiences with Schlenkerla, I'm kinda predisposed to like their stuff. This is up to snuff - such balance and lightness of touch with the smoke is just difficult to comprehend. If I had any knock on this, it's that it's not particularly distinguished as a weizen.

Gladly have this with cheese, crackers and nuts at Thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:09:58 | More by StJamesGate
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to doughanson78 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Compared to the other Schlenkerla beers the smoke is pretty light but its still very present and good smelling

T - Like the nose the smoke isn't as strong as the rest of the line up but its the dominant flavor with a bit of a wheaty finish

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

O - Rauchbiers are a favorite style of mine and while this is a lighter one from Schlenkerla its still a very good beer that I could drink all night long worth trying if you ever see it around

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:34:41 | More by armock
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Light hazy brown (very much dunkelweizen-like); big, dense off-white head that has very good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass (actually quite less than i expected)

S- Dense but not overpowering smoked aroma with a slightly sweet yeast note in the mix. Some light undernotes of spices (clove) and a hint of fruitiness show up after the head has receded a bit

T- An assertive but never too strong smoky flavour that blends very well with a soft, velvety, wheat malts sweetness, though the beer doesn't actually feel so sweet for a weizen. Then some subtle spicy and banana notes, expecially on the palate. You don't often taste a smoked weizen and this is infact a peculiar range of flavours, but they are nicely balanced

M- Quite light body and moderate carbonation. Very soft and silky on both tongue and palate. A clean, very simple mouthfeel, but somehow very nice

O- Feels like a weizen, tastes similar and yet not. A unique beer, but still a simple, perfectly balanced, easily enjoyable and drinkable one

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 16:40:50 | More by Cozzatoad
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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice huge light tan head fills half the glass. Color is a dark copper with amber hues and hints.

Smell is milder smoke than the bock, with hefe yeast notes of banana clove and spice coming through, subtle hints of grains and wheat.

Taste is mild smooth smoke with a good breadiness, and similar hefe yeast notes of banana, clove, and spice.

Mouthfeel is so smooth, the wheat and fuller yeast flavors off set the drying qualities of the smoke.

Overall, I like this version better than the bock in terms of drinkability, very smooth smoke flavors and good hefe flavors to mingle.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 22:03:32 | More by mvanaskie13
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3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought this would make a good rainy day beer.

Dull golden brown with an eggshell tan head. Thin film of retention doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nostalgic campfire smoke, hay and some mild wheat beer fruitiness (misc. golden fruits). Tastes like smoke and I think golden squash and tortilla chips? The smoked flavor doesn't exactly live up to the smoked aroma - it's there alright but not as strong. The wheat beer doesn't do much but lay there like a starfish. I would have liked to seen more exaggerated German wheat characteristics like banana and clove to play up the rauch malt.

Not sure if this is an old bottle. I'd like to try it on tap to verify.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 18:22:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the one i think i've had the least thinking it would be to conflicting... actually quite a developed balance between smoked and wheat malt. fantastic balance of smokiness and mild sweetness. and i don't mean hef sweet. this is a savory peppery hef. and i think most mineral crisp. quite drinkable as the 'bacon beers' seen to be a food accompaniment and sort of a novelty for the status-quo of american brew pub beer drinkers. would say best for chicken... fantastic for grill zucchini and mozzarella...
nice floral hints, mild fruit notes and a dry floral and smoke finish. especially in the murk of the pour. doens't dominate the palate and would have something else after.

actually quite redundent to figure the best offering from this brewery as they are all different and strong. it should be had... the grade is irrelevant. i personally like this and the urbock most.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:48:34 | More by rtepiak
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.