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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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628 Ratings

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured cloudy brown color with a large fizzy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate smokey aroma. Medium body. Heavy smokey roasted flavor with the same sweet finish of long duration.

I would recommend this to a freind. Goes well with a cigar.

Photo of nick76
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is something you either hate or love and I love it. It is very unique. The appearance is a reddish brown and the head is large. The flavor is well balanced. It has a sweet maltiness to go along with the bitter and smoke flavor. There is also a tang in there. The palate is thin. Overall it's smokey and it's not my style but it's interesting none the less.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KeefD
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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!

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is nice and strong and wheaty with just a hint of citrus and a "rubbery" undertone. Appearance is a dark, cloudy honey-brown with a very thick off-white head. Flavor is thick and wheaty with a smoky undertone and just a touch of lemon - not complex, but mouth-filling and not at all thin. Texture is delightfully smooth. Aftertaste gives the feeling of having just eaten some smoked or barbecued food.

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

I've had my eye on this one and style in general for a long time and was happy to pull for it at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods. The printing on the lable gives it a heavy beer old school type.

A: Poured into a chalice, the look almost jet black with ruby accents, and takes on various interpreations under better light such as how much is going on in this beer. A tan with orange accents two and half finger head with a root beer creamyness. Heavy sliding crecent lacing and a never ending source of bubbles that create a mini mound above the initial head. Reminded me of redwood stump on top of tan canvass. This is one of the bests heads I've ever poured and marvel at the lasting power.

A: If you don't understand the style but have a good nose, smoked venison was the first thing that came to mind. I've read some reviews where salmon is mentioned, yet my nose wandered towards the swine section. Fruits following shortly thereafter with minor wheat aspects to finish out the mature aroma. I kept thinking of a butchers cutting board as my nose circled the glass.

T: Wow!. This is a meal in itself taking properly. It's quite different from any other beer I've had, I've tasted before, however like it very alluring. The malts were not defeated by the peat smoke taste, and keep up their share of the bargin. The wheat is more of a counterbalance than a true partner in this operation but I'm not complaining. Slow sipping reveals genlte interplay with tartness and fruityness as well all the while surrounded by the SMOKE!

M: Not as thick as I would have assumed. The carbonation is still in the game and does not let any of the flavors subside as you go down the glass.

D: This being my first Rauch, I enjoyed the experience and look forward to food pairings. As a lover of all things wheat, there is a minor flavor to give the overall smoky malts a minor haircut. A heavy tasting beer and one for those inclined to exploration.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark and cloudy mahogany red with an off white head that was frothy and well lasting. The lacing was minimal.

S: The nose was light smoky wood and campfire aromas. Not as strong or dominant as their other beers there was still tell tale signs of smoked meat with some dried bananas hints that came through. Overall a very pleasant experience.

T: The initial flavor was equally as pleasant and smooth in character with some smoked wheatiness and light smoked port coming through as well grilled salmon. The yeastiness does show sings of life here with some dried smoked banana chips. The overall smokiness adds a nice flavor without being overbearing with some light charred woodiness.

M: medium full with a good carbonation presence. Very smooth and malty.

D: Drinkability was very good I thought with a nice soft roasted smokiness that only added layers of complexity to an otherwise already fine style.

Photo of Goliath
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, with a thin light tan head. Fairly poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. Smoke dominates without a doubt. Behind the smoke though you get a bit of grain.

The taste is ok. Smoke dominates the palate, leaving the impression of smoked meat. A bit of grain in there, but not much else.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low. The beers is fine, and appropriate for the style, but the intensity of the smoke is bound to limit this beer.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy, brown color with a good sized white head that left lots of lacing behind.

S - smokey aroma, very good.

T - sweet smokey flavor, malty with some subtle spiced flavors.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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

Pours a murky brown color with a dense tan head that left quite a cap. The aroma is of liquid smoke, roasted meat, and a touch of wheat malt. The taste is heavy on smoke but unlike the Marzen, the wheat malt cuts the smoke just a bit. No real wheat flavors come about but there is a silkiness to the brew. Like the Marzen, the feel is a bit thin to support the smokiness but the wheat does a better job balances it out. There is good carbonation and the finish is dry. A good smokey brew, not very malty but the wheat does a good job balancing out this bad boy. Quite interesting.

Photo of MTNboy
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- I really love the color to this beer. It is almost a perfect bronze he carbonation bubbles balance out the color nicely as well. It also so has a wonderful head and lace.

Smell- It smells like an old smokehouse. There are some other aromas but they are shadowed by a rich smoky smell. The smell is distinct on each style of beer made by Schlenkerla.

Taste- Great taste. All the beers made by these guys are good but to me the flavor in this beer is more balanced. There is a grassy, clove banana taste sitting in the background of this beer making it work.

Mouthfeel - Full and well carbonated.

Drinkability- Great.

Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark, golden body with a thick, white silky head with good retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A very smoky smell with a slight, sweet malt undertone.

T: A smooth, smoky taste. Nice representation of a rauchbier, but seemed a bit smoother than some of their other offerings.

M: Smooth and full-bodied. A little light, but this was a pretty good feeling on the palette.

D: A decent drinkability. A very smoky taste, but went down very smoothly. Pretty good overall.

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish copper with a large white head. My bottle was a borderline gusher. Almost 3/4 of the first pour was a foamy head. The head settles slowly.

Hard for me to put a description on the smell. It is smokey of course but it is combined with something that is completely different. It could be cloves, bananas, or some other spice/fruit combination.

There is a wheat malt base at play in this beer. Then there is the smoke. Not as powerful and dominating as I feared but definately is the centerpiece of the beer.

Seems a bit thin in the body. Carbonation is low and keeps a smooth texture.

One bottle is enough for me for awhile. Not the best selection for a blistering hot day. I suspect it would pair well with barbeque or roasted meat.

Photo of roblowther
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the beer where you should, in the beirgarten at the old pub a couple of blocks from the auld rathaus. The beer is a cloudy copper brown gold with a dense light tan head. The aroma is sweet smoke with hints of pepper. The taste is sweet wheat, then smoke coming on strong & then fading to a vanilla aftertaste. Really the smoke is omnipresent but is mitigated by the sweet wheat character, balancing it out quite a bit. The mouthfeel is soft, velvety, and nicely carbonated. The wheat characteristic makes this beer very balanced. It is not a beer for a hot afternoon, but for a typical bavarian day, this beer is tough to beat.

Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt9floz bottle into mug.

Deep gold, almost brown, slightly hazy hue with a light tan, smooth, one finger thead that oh so slowly settles to a thick cap.

A light hint of smoke that still seems to mask everything else. It seems that a bit of clove sneaks through. The smoke aroma is a little more subtle than in the other variations from this brewery.

A somewhat clean flavor beyond the smokiness. A little bit of tartness is in there. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not much left in the aftertaste, just a bit of smoke flavor.

It's hard to pinpoint what style this would be if it wasn't a Rachbier. I'm guessing it's a Marzen type beer that uses wheat malt (hence the clean flavor). Rauchbiers are usually lagers, but I wasn't sure if this was maybe a Weizenbock (a hefeweizen, which is an ale, of "bock strength"). Still, it's a delicious beer, and somewhat more refreshing than other beers in the style. This one's certainly a summer/spring beer. Recommended.

Photo of Slynger
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 gonzo46and2
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Rauchbier I've tasted.

Pours a deep amber with a big pillowy head.

Smell is hickory grilled Kielbasa. Smoked sausage. Hickory Farms run through a power juicer.

Taste is very meaty. Little bits of sweetness on the tip of the tongue. I don't get much wheat flavor in this beer.

mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected. More of an amber ale consistency. Quick finishing. Easier to drink than I'd think.

Drinkability: Getting beyond the flavor, Drinkability is very high. It's light and refreshing consistency with a heavy unique flavor. It's doubtful that I'll be seeking this style again though.

Photo of gfreed
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer for those who like both wheat beer and rauchbier, although it might be too much of two good things at once. As with other Aecht Schlenkerla smoke beers, the smoke is front, front, front and center, and it dominates everything. I happen to like this, but I found that the wheat added a thickness that took a bit of time to get used to. And by then I had finished the beer! The color is a not-very attractive cloudy beef-broth brown, and the aroma is all leather and smoke-- not quite so hammy as the Urbock, but still unmistakable. Regular wheat characteristics are muted but present, although I'm not sure that smoke and bananas are a good combination. Still, I enjoyed this beer and would of course have another. Start with a Schlenkerla Urbock before trying this one, however.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a creamy, rocky head.

S - Smokey - kind of like a bbq.

T/M - Slightly tart up front. Smoke flavour is not as pronounced as the marzen. Slight wateriness in the mouthfeel is not great. Mild hop bitterness and a hint of citrus. Definitely smoked flavour but lacking in any wheatiness.

D - Seems too light, and lacking in flavour somewhat, with the marzen version for comparison. Smoke is mostly in the aroma.

Photo of johanvond
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From The Archives ( Around March)

Gorgeously huge poofy dirty cream head. Smoky amber in color with loads of tiny bubbles feeding the head. There's a distinct sent of a smoky fire burnt berch, arcid thick smoke. The inital taste of tart and sweet bananas and sour tabacco. Velvet body with a bit of zip and lasting flavor that coats your lips and mouth. I wasn't to sure if I would like the beer by the sent, but surprisingly like Schnider in esters. The mixture of bananas , cloves and smoke just make your mouth water. It would try it with fried plantanes or grilled corn.

Photo of EPICAC
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle at dba in New York.

Pours a cloudy, amber color. Topped by a beige film of a head. There may be a light fruitiness peaking out from underneath the overpowering smokiness.

Smoke, smoke, smoke that moves into a fruity sweetness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

I like smoky beers, and this one certainly delivers, but it's a way too smoky to do anything other than sample.

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
1.93/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of reddomino
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, hazy copper color with a nice pillowy white head which stuck around for quite a while and left a good amount of lacing. A strong scent of smoked ham radiated from my glass as I took the first sip. Strong roasted malt, characteristic of a Dunkel, hit first, followed by smoked wood chips and meat. The smoke notes linger pleasantly, long into the aftertaste.

I found this beer to be a perfect fit for the Rauch style. A great choice for BBQs in the summer. The light body of the Weizen and the smokey flavors would mix well with a grill full of ribs and steaks.

On another note, I noticed small bits of something amidst the head of the beer. At first I though they were bits of wood, but I'm thinking that maybe they were bits of hop cone, present because the beer is unfiltered. If anyone knows about his, please beer mail me. I'd love a little insight.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.