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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

640 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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

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Ratings: 640 | Reviews: 392
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy/murky brown color. The head is a very light tan, 1 finger in height. No lacing is present.

S- Notes of banana, clove, smoke, meatiness. Smells like you spilled a hefeweizen in a butcher shop.

T- Very wheaty in the taste, notes of toffee, caramel. Definitely some smoke in there. Finishes slightly dry with a wheaty twang.

M- Very low carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable, but nothing amazing.

Photo of philipquarles
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown-yellow with a billowing eggshell head that dissipates to leave a half-finger cap. Smells sweetly smokey, like a good gouda. Very light wheat malt. The smoke is certainly the dominant flavor; a bit more than I would be ideal, actually. No real malt flavors there, though there is almost a citric, acidic tartness to it that lets you know you're drinking a weizen. Slightly bitter finish. The body is light with a fair amount of carbonation. A nice, very interesting beer, though I think I prefer the Maerzen.

Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of acevenom
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours dark toffee brown like a dunkel with a thick white head. It appears to be well carbonated. The aroma is of light smoke and wheat malt. I don't get any expected weizen notes like banana and clove. The taste is more reflective of a weizen with notes of the smoked malt. I get some of the banana and clove pairing with the mild smokiness of the malts. There are some chocolate notes as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth and clean. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Photo of Slynger
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep, clear, dark woody-amber color with a tangerine tint to it. Unimpressive lid of dirty white coloring.

The nose is excellent. Exceptionally sweet smokiness with some tangy fruitiness that is akin to red wine or vinegar. Sort of like a flanders red in away and definitely unique and appealing.

The flavor is much drier and less sweet than I figured. It's lightly roasted and nutty with a hint of caramel sweetness to it, and that same tangy red wine/vinegar fruitiness. Smokey smoke overtone neither hides, nor dominates but is definitely present. Lightish body with a slight acidic quality to it and unspectacular feeling carb.

Love the smell, flavor was pretty good but left me wishing there was a bit more to it. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but the feel to this one was pretty lame.

Photo of tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of cletusdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of crwills
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably the 'weirdest' beer I've tried so far. The combination of styles is fascinating, although not something I'd want to have on a regular basis.

Poured into a pint glass. An opaque but light brown, with a big foamy head (much more than I thought, had a bit of overflow). Orange highlights when held up to the light.

Aroma is charred malt, super smokey, campfire, and good back bacon.

Taste is... well, it tastes like drinking a weizenbock over a smoldering campfire. This Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier, however, is not nearly as complex and 'meaty' as the Marzen... smokier, definitely, and the wheat is definitely noticeable. But it just doesn't go as well with roasted/smoked meats and barbecue as it's sister beer.

Anyway, decent mouthfeel, and smokey aftertaste. Worth a try, but will not be a regular in my storage.

Photo of biggmike
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, hazy copper color with a huge white head that dissipated slowly. The aroma was of standard hefeweizen, but this was overpowered by the smell of smoked meat. The taste was the same, but the smoked taste was not as strong as it is in the Ur-bock that I had previously. The mouthfeel felt a little thin to me. This was good, but not great.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16.9 oz. bottle and poured this one into a tall mug I picked up in Austria. The head is HUGE... it took a few pours and a little patience to get even 12 oz. into the mug. The beer itself is a dark brown, hazy, looks like there's some sediment in there.

The smell is definitely smoky... pork if there is any one flavor in there, but there are also some cooler malt flavors in the aroma.

The taste is a lot of the same... thinner than expected based on the smell, but tastes of smoky malty pork, like a thick slab of bacon turned into a quality beer. I'm glad it's a little less smoky than the smell, but there's not enough other flavor coming through in its place.

All in all, a solid beer, leaves a little to be desired but still one I'd drink again and recommend to friends. I think this bottle might be a little past its prime... I'll have to remember to try this one again sometime.

Photo of khiasmus
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- All within style except for haziness. A rich dark tan with light tan head that settles to a lace.

S- Very smoky, ham-like, with rich malt character in the back.

T- Smoky and malty, malty finish, with the malt becoming more predominant as it warms.

M- Almost perfect to the style. Medium body with medium-high carbonation, the smoky finish leaves a hint of false astringency.

D- The most drinkable rauchbier I have ever had.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phisig137
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a bottle frsh from the fridge, and in the glass showed a beautiful amber color, with a two finger head that dissapated into a small ring rather quickly.

The aroma of this beer is incredible, even being somewhat of a newcommer to the smoke beer segment. Scents of obviously smoke, bacon, ham, salt, lumber, and pine fill your nose. Have you ever used a REALLY dull drill bit in a piece of pressure treated pine, to the point where it burned and glazed the wood? That's kinda what it smells like.

The taste is equally as impressive. Full bodied, and creamy, with strong sense of smoke and bacon, with a finish that is somewhat tart. Kind of like licking a campfire. It felt a bit thin in my mouth, but I constantly wanted another sip. This beer goes down quick...

I think I may have found a new favorite smoke beer. I can't WAIT to simmer some brats and onions in this beer for an hour before grilling them.... That will make for one incredible BBQ I think.

Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Date: 9/15/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Modest head retention. Allows ample light through the beer.
Aroma: Big smell of smoke and wood. Reminds me of a BBQ pit. The smell is one dimensional to me.
Taste: The taste is not one dimensional at all. Strong smoke/wood flavor to start again but the difference is the beer now gives off mild wheat grains some light woodsy hop flavor (aged) in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to Medium body. Low carbonation. The wheat provides a very smooth mouthfeel. The only lingering flavors belong to the smoke.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Sinister laugh) I have now sampled every brought-to-this country beer from this brewery. This makes my wife happy. She’s not exactly down with the Rauch.

Appearance is a darkened ruby, with Belgian-aspiring huge head and patchy cling.

Nose is smoke – surprise – and cloves pop through much stronger than I had expected. Beechwood is strong and unrelenting. Sugars come through later. Smoke and banana/clove…doesn’t seem like it could work but it does.

But it doesn’t exactly work on the tastebuds. Hickory smoke all over the front end, embers and coal tar. Sweet malt / clove / banana outro. Sweet. Sweet. Sweet.

MF is clean and smooth with peat memories.

Photo of Fish113d
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, fridge chilled, into a tulip glass, it pours a dark and hazy oak wood color w/ 1 cm of white, dense, and foamy head that creates a decent surface layer.

Beechwood aroma along with soem slight maltiness. Pale hops aroma maybe, but nothing spectacular.

Taste reminds me of sour grapes up front with a mild beechwood smoke flavor and lots of smokey aftertaste. A bit of sweetness also looms in at the end reminding me of Granny Smith apples.

Feel is medium body and the carbonation is nice along with a smooth body. Smoke gives it character, but this one is just easy to drink. This isn't my favorite style, and I gotta thank my fiance for pouring these down my throat (she loves 'em), but this was okay on a scale of bad to incredible.

Photo of hreb
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 09 fl oz bottle, cold, poured into wide-mouthed Chimay glass. Beer pours a deep brown amber that I can just barely see light through, but the aroma is immediately overwhelming. The head is rather tall and a dark tan color. The smell is of course of smoke, reminiscent more of good Islay whisky, or hot lapsang souchong tea than smoked meat or cheese, although I think smoked gouda would accompany it very nicely.

The drink is at first very fizzy, which clashes with the mellow smoke flavor that I expect. I'm not sure this tastes very much of Weizen -- I may have to compare it side by side with the Marzen to get a fair impression. (ok, check) ...there is a faint "grassiness" which does make it more like a Weissbier, but it's much more a secondary characteristic in this beer than you might expect.

There is a large quantity of yeast which I'll leave in the bottle. As the beer warms, the fizz decreases, and with the constant layer of head on top, it actually has a Guiness stout-like creaminess, which really improves the whole experience. The mouthfeel score will have to be split between the over-fizzed version when I first opened the bottle and the creamy version after it came up to temperature.

Photo of Higravity
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown with a disappearing head. The smell of this beer is strong smoke at first but like with many smells after a while your nose gets used to it and that is when you can start to pick up some of the malt coming through. The flavor is pretty damn smoky not quite campfire in a bottle and not harsh. It is a little bacon-y but once you adjust it loses most of the meatyness. It has some good shoulders on this beer and is light yet solid.

If you are going to drink this beer eat something with it. If you really want to focus on the smoke, I would suggest some triscuits and a neutral cheese, I had provolone. It is drinkable and I would say a good starting place for smoked beer as some others are way more intense.

Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish color on a thick head. The smell is smoky, but less than for the Marzen by the same brewery. The taste is clearly cut in two halfs: smoke on one side, smoked bacon, or something like that; wheat on the other side. Hops aren't noticeable. The beer, although it is less smoky than the Marzen, is still interesting, and more refeshing. Leaves a clean dry feeling on the palate. Nice, but less extravagant than the Marzen...

Photo of bbeane
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small fizzy head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace behind. Beer is a dark amber color with medium activity

S- Smells like canadian bacon

T- Has a nice flavor. Has a hint of sweetness in with the smokey wheat flavor. Seems the smoked flavor becomes less evident as the beer warms

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

O- These beers are great for the cost. They drink easy and are very enjoyable. Would love to try some fresh ones in Bamburg

CHEERS!!

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Goldorak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brownish murkyness and greying head.

Smell: Like a strongly smoked salmon rubbed with cracked pepper, or a campfire on a starry summer night. I don't know what kind of wood or peat or whatever it is they use to smoke the malt over in Bamberg, but I am loving every whiff of this one.

Taste: A fantastic balance of refreshing wheatyness and a nice, round malt. Make a barrel out of maplewood, stuff it with bushels of wheat, fill it up with wort and set fire to the bastard, collect whatever liquid you can and ferment it out. It has a very discreet sweetness, and the firewood aftertaste isn't ashy or even very bitter. Great stuff.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish, brown, cloudy; big head

Aroma: smoky, peppery, cloves

Taste: Slightly smoky, a little watery; you can tell it's a wheat, but the smoke masks the character

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.