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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001)
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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!

Hopfenpeter, May 28, 2012
Photo of Fish113d
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Fish113d, Oct 12, 2005
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.

Higravity, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of SmashPants
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: solid brown 500mL bottle, nice German label.

Appearance: a clear beer, dirt-brown in colour with limited carbonation. A frothy head pops up and disappears entirely within the first ten seconds.

Aroma: very interesting - some sweet-smelling smoke. Certainly not something I am used to. Hopefully this one agrees with me more than the Rauchbier Urboch.

Taste: far better than the Urboch, but only so far as it doesn't turn my face inside out. I'm struggling to get anything other than the smoke in this - no wheat flavours at all. If anything, a touch of cured meats also.

Aftertaste: the strong meat and smoke flavours become a bit more demure in the aftertaste. Settles to a camping wood-fire flavour. A really bizarre flavour.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation to carry the flavour across. The feel seems to be pretty good.

Overall: I'm still getting used to rauchbiers, and this one seems an awful lot more drinkable than the Urboch. I think I'll have to have quite a few more of these before I allow myself to pass any kind of judgement on them.

SmashPants, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tjd25
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

tjd25, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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


bbeane, Apr 07, 2011
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.

Goldorak, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the brewery in Bamberg on Friday June 17th, 2005.

Appearance: Served in a typical bavarian weizen glass the beeer is dark red with a touch of brownish orange. The head is white and the beer has another weird "sub head" that is below the top of the fluid. There is a head that exists lightly in the fluid part of the beer that shows through the side of the glass. Very interesting looking stuff. I'd never seen a submerged head below the bubbly head before. It almost looks like the cascading creaminess that you seen on a stout, but it isn't moving, it's just hanging out under the head. Yummy.

Smell: Citrusy with smoke, pepper, and some clove spiciness.

Taste: Soft citrus opening, dry wheaty flavor that dries my whole mouth. Notes of clove and pepper just as in the nose. Fruity and bready with a light smoke aftertaste. It tastes like what you would expect. It's a good weissbeer with some smokiness included.

Mouthfeel: Ccreamy, smooth, soft yet still having a nice drying affect on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a good weissbeer that is well balanced and tasty. The smoked aspects adds some nice flavor and complexity. It's much better straight from the tap than in the bottle though.

BrewMaster, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of Screper
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Screper, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice rosewood brown with a good solid creamy head... almost looks like a nitro-head! No lacings in my glass.

Light campfire on the nose. Won't smack you in the head like their flagship though it's certainly there. Touch of spice lingering behind.

Smoke right up front. Carbonation helps the spice take over a bit and you get a bit of clove. Banana is there but overpowered by the smoke near the finish. Long smokey aftertaste.

A interesting beer, well worth a taste. Undecided on just how well the smoke works for the style. Maybe could use a bit more pronounced weizen flavours or just a touch less smoke.

CanuckRover, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is a very cloudy, dark caramel brown. Three fingers of thick, fluffy, slightly tanned head dissipated very slowly, leaving trails along the glass and a billowy lacing. There is a lot of carbonation action going on, and there is a cake of sedimentation on the bottom.

Smell: Mmm… Smoky. The smoked malts obviously dominate, giving the beer the scent of smoked sausage reminiscent of landjäger. (Oh, so good!) Amazingly, the wheat qualities come through, giving it some hefeweizen fruitiness: ripe banana, green apple, and a little strawberry.

Taste: The intensity of the smoked malts is subdued, but it is still the dominant flavor. It exhibits the landjäger or smoked brat quality from the aroma. The mouthfeel is thick and wheaty, and, much to my amazement — again — wheat beer qualities such as ripe banana, apple, and strawberry are present. I would have never guessed.

Drinkability: In terms of smokiness, Weizen plays second fiddle to its märzen brother, but it is still a high quality brew. Tons of complexity and flavor.

TheQuietMan22, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

logicalparadox, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of burnstar
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear dark brown with a big off-white head. Visible carbonation. Aroma is all powerful spicy wood smoke. Taste is smoke at first. Then some sweet toasted malt. Then finally a big burst of smoke again. Smokey and just slightly bitter aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of. The smoke character is maybe a little to strong for me. Although that's clearly the intent here. This is certainly solid for what it is, just not a personal favorite.

burnstar, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a mug.

A- Looks very similar to iced tea. Amber/brown with a inch of white head.

S- Smoke is at the forefront in this one. Detected a little bit of citrus underneath the smoke.

T- I really enjoyed the taste. Smokey taste with hints of lemon and wheat. Aftertaste reminded me of smoked meat, maybe bacon?

M- Not too light with a good amount of carbonation. The only thing I did not care for was that it left what felt like an oily/greasy film on the palate.

D- Very drinkable. Low ABV makes this a sessionable beer.

Definitely should be tried for its unique taste. I'm still thinking about that nice smokey flavor as I type.

rhinos00, Nov 02, 2008
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

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Atron67
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- pint glass with yellow and green label, all in german, picked this up at steves a week ago

A- poured a murky brown, almost dopplebock color, heavily yeasty, little yeast chunks settled quickly to the bottom of the glass, big head that slowly fell down, very tight knit bubbles,

S- huge woody smokey flavors all over, very strong, a slight tinge fof wheat underneath, but all and all the smoke is pretty overwhelming. well idk what level of smoke i was expecting but this really gave me a strong start on how smoked beers are. the yeast is also pretty strong.

T- starts off almost mellow, a slowly rising malt and wheat flavor which is really good builds steadily. the smoke is always there but starts off weak. almost at the end the smoke really hits strong and lingers forever, actually getting even stronger after the swallow than before. it is hugely lingering, with what feels like a chicory smoke being the majority of it. not much else is noticable after the smoked earth flavor sets in but the yeast and hops both seem pretty smooth and blended underneath after much drinking. the yeast right before the swallow is actually pretty nice and gains a lot of strength to struggle with the smoke during the end and gives it an awesome complexity

M- full, creamy, high carbonation, hugely lingering body

d- idk what i was expecting, i wouldnt say its highly drinkable because the smoke is so intense, but its awesome, and im really glad i got it, although drinking a bunch would be hard.

Atron67, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of tmm313
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish brown. Semi hazy. Only poured about a 1/2 finger of head. Soapy lacing. 4

S- Mostly a pork style smokiness. A touch of caramel. Not very strong. 3.75

T- Different from the nose. Malt bomb for the most part. Caramel, clove, just a touch of banana, light bready malts, and a pretty good kick of spice. Seemed to have an earthy hop presence as well. 4

M- On the thin side. Carbonation was crispish... 3.75

O- This one was ok. The aroma and mouthfeel was much lighter than I was hoping for, but the taste was nice. 4

tmm313, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of PhageLab
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy, reddish-brown coloration which produced a nice bit of froth. Retention was solid and it laced in unique layers.

S - Malty, sweet aroma with a fresh fire in the fireplace sort of backing.

T - Wow, perfectly balanced. Sweet bananas and maple bacon. Breakfast in a glass!

M - Light bodied, smoky aftertaste, good carbonation level.

D - Fantastic beer. Not as smoke-filled as their Marzen, but that's okay, this brew is a different sort of beast, and a tasty one at that. Highly recommended.

PhageLab, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of BierReise
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark colored wheat beer with thick head. Head looked like a sponge through the side of the glass with it's large bubbles. Nice beachwood smoked malt flavor with emphasis on wheat and smoke flavor. Overall a great smoked wheat but I think I like the Rauchenfelser slightly better with the addition of hop extract which gives it a little more character.

BierReise, May 04, 2003
Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, brownish-orange with a tall, incredibly well-retained had that never goes away or even really reduces. Even there is a strong. Peaty smoke character in the aroma, some definite clove makes its way through. Heavy, almost sweet peatiness in the palate with some of those traditional weizen flavors (clove, light citrusy malt sweetness) compete to be noticed. However, the smokiness wins at pretty much every point.

Probably the most interesting of the Schlenkerla Smoked beers; it’s still got the heavy peat smoke flavor but it’s offset (even if only slightly) by the weizen qualities. Again, the smokiness is not for everyone, but this beer, like many from this brewery, is one of the better smoked beers out there. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Poured clouded medium tan with very large off-white head and thick sticky lace. Balance of wood smoke and sweet malt aromas in the nose. Flavor is well-integrated throughout; wheat creaminess up front is overtaken by smoky (almost fatty) wood in the middle. Finishes with a lasting aftertaste of dry blended smoke and wheat. Medium body with fairly big carbonation.

A unusual and satisfying beer, though not something I'd drink in quantity due to the heavily smoked character.

dgallina, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

brutalist, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of badbeer
2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

badbeer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Stunner97
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark amber/dark brown with a white foam head with a decent carbonation being present as bubbles run up that glass

Smell- heavy heavy smoked odor that blows your nose away you can pick up slightly wheat hops and smells as well

Taste- light yet strong with smoked hops with super long lingering smokey mouthfeel

Mouthfeel- thin and light bodied and smooth in texture, carbonation can certainly be felt on the tongue

Drinkabilty- not tough to drink but would probably take getting use to considering just how strong the smoke essance is in this brew, would take a bit to get use to this style for me, be interesting to see paired with good food

Stunner97, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of blakesell
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the imperial pint bottle into the pilsner style glass.

Appearance- A deep hazy brown with red hues attempting to come thru to the eye. A rich creamy frothy head sticks around then dies down to a creamy film much like a nitro enhanced stout. Lacing clings to the glass and oozes downward at it's leisure.

Smell- Mmmm pulled pork, bacon, and meatloaf. There could be some roasty notes in there, but pulling out other scents past the smoke and meat is proving to be quite challenging. I'll go ahead and say the scent of smoke malt is here in this beer.

Taste- Rich creamy smokiness that would have gone great with the meal (meatloaf). But still holds up just fine on it's own. A salty sweet character chases the wheaty smoke freshness that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Tastes like I smoked a nice robust cigar, but without the lingering lung cancer burnt aftertaste. Carbonation is somewhat light for a weizen, medium full bodied and no phenolics.

Drinkability- While I think this is much better with smoked foods, I would say the drinkability on this beer is still quite high. Heller-Trum are the true masters of the Rauchbier style.

blakesell, Nov 21, 2007
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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