Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
A unique beer, with a mediumbrown look, with a bit of head. Smoke and wheat aroma, and very smokey initial taste with a sour finish. After several hot spices, it was complementary to the meal. Light mouthfeel, a notch above a watery lager. In a word, smoke.
10-10-2005 00:00:23 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-04-2012 01:20:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Jared.
Pours a medium brown with an off white head. The nose is not nearly as strong as others in their lineup, with a decent amount of smoked wood and not as much char or meaty character. The body is certainly lighter without as much smokey character. A bit dry and light with the wheat, although the flavor from that certainly isn't present. The taste is more toward the mild end of the smoke spectrum and, given that, it's a bit more bland as there isn't really much else to complement it. It drinks fairly well, but not nearly as exciting as the Urbock or Marzen, in my opinion.
10-19-2010 00:12:27 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a finger high creamy off white head that never quite completely disappeared. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are lots of smoky aromas emanating from the nose.
T: Like the smell, smoky flavors dominate the taste but aren't quite as intensive as the märzen or urbock varieties. There are some hints of citrus and wheat in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is rather smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink and the smoky aroma and flavors are very interesting--enough to make me want to try this again and pair it with some barbequed food or bacon.
08-01-2010 23:07:28 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
Dusky tawny that becomes ripe apricot with an infusion of bright sunlight. The beer appears to be clear on first glance, but with a little determined squinting, fine, suspended specks come into view. The classy head of orangish ecru foam is equal parts creamy and frothy. Surface bubbles pop in slow motion, leaving behind transient, shallow craters like raindrops on a placid pond.
Sweet smoke. The nose is much less forceful than the nose on Rauchbier Marzen. There would be no point in smoking the hell out of all their offerings, so I'm glad to see gradations based on the individual styles. There's a light, almost fruity, aspect to the aroma that is some kind of enjoyable. Any hope of appreciating wheat would be dashed by even half as much smoke however. Tantalizing, but not overwhelming. Very well done.
I like it. I don't love it. I find myself appreciating its lightness, but my penchant for bigger beer has me pining for the marzen. I have to say, though, they've managed to distinguish this one from the bigger beer. Weizen is modestly malted with surprisingly sour underpinnings. As in the nose, wheat (a bland grain at the best of times) isn't appreciated per se on the palate. A light fruitiness more than manages to hold its own with the smoke.
Light tendrils of sweet wood smoke weave in and out, dissipating long before the taste buds send up the white flag of surrender. The tart finish is also sneaky sweet and contains diminishing echoes of... say it with me now... smoke.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen would be an excellent place to start for someone who is interested in the rauchbier style, but who is afraid of being overwhelmed. Unfortunately, the marzen spoiled me, in that less body and less smoke just seem like less of a very good thing.
06-02-2005 15:35:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
After being on a Smoke Beer kick lately, I decided to try this Smoked Weizen. Pours, of course, brown with good head retention. Imediate aromas of smoke fills the area. At closer, detectable notes of pork (almost bacon like). Tastes like country ham. Sweet and mildly salty. Good malt base. The wheat goes mostly undetected, but does add in the viscocity and consistency of the beer. Creamy without thickening. In fact, the thinnest of the three Acht Rauchbiers. Although this one is nice, it's not as firm or bold as the Urbock or Marzen. Still good--like drinking a camp fire.
10-07-2005 20:44:19 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color weizen with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by the smell of smoked bacon. Taste is dominated as well by some smoked bacon with some malt. Medium body with some great carbonation. Interesting but I couldnt really detect the wheat from the smoke and I would say that the Urbock is my favourite form this brewer.
01-11-2008 18:21:21 | More by Phyl21ca
3.55/5 rDev -9%
Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy dark brown body with a full, fine, bone white head.
Smell: Some smoked salmon, some thick-cut bacon, and a bag of your finest beef jerky, please.
Taste: Oh, the delicious smoked meatiness of it all. Dark malted wheat, hint of tanginess, and a bit of sour lemon serve as muted reminders that this is a beer and not, in fact, a meat product. Minuscule bits of vanilla and phenols present. Finishes with a lingering, residual smoke component.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Unique, interesting, it's definitely smokey and certainly worth a try.
11-10-2008 01:25:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
Half finger rapidly dissipating head on a murky, golden with a brownish orange hue. No lacing really. Aroma is very smokey with wheat and honey notes. The flavor is very smokey with mesquite notes but overall compared to others in the genre this one is subdued. The wheat can be experienced throughtout. High carbonation and light to medium body.
02-14-2012 00:29:22 | More by kylehay2004
3.33/5 rDev -14.6%
This beer pours as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color with a thin white head. The smell was obviously smokey with some light wheat aromas in there. The taste was smoked as well but the wheat seemed to mute the strength of it. The mouthfeel is lighter than the other Rauch's this brewery puts out. Overall it's a decent brew but the smoked brews aren't really my thing.
06-06-2011 02:51:59 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-31-2006 19:50:04 | More by oberon
2.95/5 rDev -24.4%
A - Poured out a brownish orange color with a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. Left some lace.
S - Smelled like a campfire or BBQ grill. Very smoky and some leathery aromas, too.
T - It reminded me of a baked ham or hickory smoked bacon. Very smoky tasting with some sweet underlying malts. Almost tasted like how a campfire smells.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.
D - I rate the drinkablility low because it tasted too much like food and not like a beer. Seriously, six hours later I burped and tasted smoked bacon. Not pleasant.
09-18-2007 04:43:43 | More by zeff80
4.8/5 rDev +23.1%
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!
10-03-2002 17:12:48 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +2.6%
On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains smoked malts, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a big smokiness up front that you would expect from this type of beer. Then a mild caramel and fruit sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
09-04-2011 00:05:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.63/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
06-14-2011 03:05:50 | More by nickfl
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-08-2002 19:21:58 | More by Jason
3.55/5 rDev -9%
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.
10-25-2003 16:14:43 | More by WVbeergeek
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
.5L beauty pours an efferevescent amber/caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy tan colored head. A little lacing & head retention
S: Bigtime smokeyness & a little fruittyness as this warms
T: Slight smokeyness, ham or bacon-like up front & some bubblegum. Some fruittyness sneaks in as it warms along with a hint of caramel. Finishes dry, tart, slightly smokey & with a hint of nuttyness & juicyfruit
MF: Medium bodied & hint of oilyness with low carbonation& juicyness
Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style that I don't remember having the one weekend I spent in Bamberg. Not as nice as the urbock, but more sessionable & the smokeyness seems more subdued. Tasty!
01-21-2007 06:22:08 | More by russpowell
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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