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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001

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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 393
Photo of natasharai
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with 1inch of bubbly tan head that dissipated quickly (2 minutes) to a thin covering around the edge of the glass, and is not leaving much of any lacing. The beer is a very translucent brownish gold color.

Smell: Up front very smokey, then some sweetness, malt and fruit, is detectable once your get a little use to the smokeyness. As it warms a lot more fruity aromas are detectible, similar to white grapes or apples. The smoke smell is present but not overwhelming (once you get a little use to it). While I sit here and smell it from a small distance, I feel like I am on the beach at Lake Superior with a campfire going on a 65 degree night. Smokey, but also crisp.

Taste: Bold smoke flavor up front (as expected), then a small fruity apple or grape taste, followed by a bigger sweet malt flavor. At the end there is a bitter smoke flavor left in the mouth, but again the smoke is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Heavier syrupier bodied than I expected up front, but the bubbles and slight bitterness make it seem a bit lighter.

Overall: For me this is very easy to drink. The strong smoke up front starts to diminish and other very interesting flavors/aromas appear, which compliment the smoke very nicely. I might have to go buy another one of these... :-)

Photo of kenito799
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass.

Quite a dark medium brown with yellow highlights. Large ricky head recedes to a ring. My second try at Rauchbier, loved Schlenkerla's Marzen. While that bre was all massive ham nd bacon, the smoke aroma here immediately recalled smoked fish...not n a bad way. Perhaps the sour wheatiness conveys smoked trout rather than bacon. The smoke is huge on the nose, but doesn't overwhelm the palate as much as the Marzen. The smoke is intense, unique, delicious, but the tart character of a good German wheat beer is identifiable: lighter, a hint of clove and even banana if you concentrate. Long long somky finish. Love this stuff.

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

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a fairly clear reddish brown color with a 1/4" off white head that quickly disappeared and left only minor lace on the glass.

S= Aroma was dominated by the smoke character, but in a mostly good way. As my nose adjusted to the smoke, I was able to pick up mild notes of the sweet maltiness underneath.

T= Tasted like a nice clean German wheat beer with a load of smoke in it (go figure). Seriously though, I did find this to have a nice chewy malt base underneath all that smoke. The smoke balanced the malts nicely and gave the overall effect a nice balance. The finish was dry and smoky and had a great aftertaste.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp dry mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D= Despite the big smoke flavor, this is a very drinkable beer. The big bold taste would be perfect for washing down any kind of barbecue.

Photo of Stunner97
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
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

Photo of br3wmeister
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch light tan almost white head with weak head retention and no lacing. The beer is a light pinkish orange in color that is cleared perfectly.

S- This beer smells almost exactly like a campfire bit the day after burning nice dried wood. Some sweet hints come through but they are just that, hints and do not compare to the pure smoke aroma of this beer.

T- Some sweet apple notes along with huge smoky flavors. Its like drinking a beer while sitting in front of a campfire in middle of an apple orchard. Some good hoppyness adds a little citrus note but in the end smoke takes over the palate.

M- Light to medium light in bodied with a good balance between smoky malt and citrus hops. Perfectly carbonated for a nice crisp beer.

Overall- This is the first Rauchbier I have ever had and I found it quite enjoyable.

Photo of pojo41
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown caramel color with a fluffy off-white head that dissipated slowly to leave a ring of foam at the top of my glass. Aroma is dominated by the smell of smoke. Flavor is slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and at the forefront is the smoke. It still dominates the flavor even though it is less intense than the Urbock. An excellent, easy-drinking beer.

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

Poured into Delerium Trimens glass.

Appearance- light, faun colored head over deep, rich brown-with-amber body. Head fell fairly quickly to a single coating on the top of the beer.

Smell- very thick smell of woodsmoke, obviously. Brings to mind barbecue, beef jerky, and camping in the woods. Some sweet, fruity notes hide at the edges of the aroma.

Taste- smokey and sweet. The smoke flavor and the burnt flavor are very present, but not as overwhelming as I was worried they would be. The other main flavor is a strong, sweet, rich malt, which has caramel and cherry flavors. Swallow is smokey, like a jerky, into round of very sweet malt, with a mellow but clear smoked aftertaste. A hint of sourness is present throughout, but only at a trace level.

Mouthfeel- very light, the beer itself isn't especially thick, and bottle conditioning provides a higher than average carbonation. The net effect is that this beer feels very light on the palate, so that rather than stomping around like a heavy, smoked BBQ sauce, it rather floats and wafts, like a wood fire outside in the fall.

Drinkability- this beer is very intensely and unusually flavored, but it is light, and leaves the palate surprisingly clean. All things considered, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Notes- I did not come to this beer with high hopes of loving it, but only with a desire to try something unusual and different. What I found was a beer that, while it is fairly unique, is no novelty act; it is strong and different, but also balanced, flavorful and rich.

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 roadhouse
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pokal glass.

Appears a hazy dark copper color with a big three inch off-white head that continues to rise. Eventually it gets tamed and leaves some decent lace.

Aromas of smoked meat as usual, but not as intense as the other two Schlenkerla beers. This one doesn't really come across quite as meaty as the other two either, it's more like a campfire. There's a very light fruitiness that might be the usual weizen banana but it's hard to tell through the smoke.

Taste is not as smoky either. I'm getting the wheat malt up front with some slight fruitiness coming in midway through. It's hard to make it out exactly but there's a little bit of banana for sure. Perhaps some apple/pear type esters. The smoke comes in more in the finish of the beer, lingering in the aftertaste. A bit of spiciness enters towards the end as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, crisp, and highly carbonated.

I always wondered what a smoked Hefeweizen would be like...now I know. It's pretty good, but I'd take either of the other two Schlenkerla beers over this one.

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

One pint .09 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear and dark brown and gold, a tiny bit of floaty action going on but nothing crazy. Thick and sturdy half an inch head finally settles gracefully on top. Could stand for a bit more lacing, any at all in fact.

Classic Heller-Trum aroma of deeply scorched malts. Not as bacony as the marzen or urbock and actually diplays some fruity esters, even a bit of mild bananna seems to make its way in here. After the first few sips the smoked aromas begin to fade into the background and the weizen aromas take the reins.

Taste is again another wonderfully unexpected suprise. Crisp and dry smokiness to open but makes room enough for a large amount of traditional hefeweizen flavors to make it through. Bananna, clove, nutmeg, coriander and a wedge of orange peel as well. Smokiness seems to fade which is not at all what I was expecting, which really seems to speak to the power of all the others flavors in this beer. Quite a lot going on here, very complex, chewy, fuller side of medium bodied mouthfeel.

Have to say I was impressed with this beer, as I have been with the entire line up from this brewery. Great complexity in the nose and even more in the taste, this beer is a must try for anyone interested in smoked beers or anyone who considers themselves to be a beer drinker.

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 laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze colour, thin snowy head, dissipating quickly with a steady, firm bead that commands with authority. Very light-to-no lacing. Cute colour, but otherwise unastounding.

Delicious meaty smoke, deep and hearty with a juicy, fat richness to it, like a can of Thick and Chunky soup. Behind the smoke is a peep from some dark, plummy berries. But after a couple of sniffs the smoke just takes over. Very nice.

Very acrid smoke on the palate, kind of sour with an off-fruit aftertaste following the charcoaly flavour. Kind of fizzy mouthfeel which is a bit of a turn-off, but it's otherwise really nice with a lot of smokey meaty flavours. Actually the palate is a bit short, and the flavour isn't as powerful as the smell, which I can whiff from half a metre away. I'm not familiar enough with the rauch style to diagnose what's wrong with the palate, but I just think it errs a little too bit on the side of drinkability, instead of going for the knockout punch.

Photo of TheMistler
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow - with mud thrown into it, hanging in suspension. Quite a gradient in color going from the sides of the glass to the middle. Cloudy to the point of being opaque. Some continuous springs of carbonation come up along the sides and feed a ruddy, off-white head. A couple of pinkies' worth, displaying decent retention, only slight lacing.

Wheat and smoked meat to the nose. Gave me a mental image of smoked briscuit, with a bit of a BBQ tang, on light wheat bread. Some weizen banana notes, citrus as well.

Very interesting. The quenching of a weizen followed by the smokey, savory rauch-ness. Smokiness is initially light. A thing wheat feel, a just-off taste of over-ripe banana - not bad. The smoke flavor ramp alongside and then tops the banana flavor, maybe contributing the off note, cresting with the carbonation. The CO2 is bubbly but not prickly. Finishes pretty clean. Just a very slight bit of liquid smoke left on the palate, with some lemon.

A bit thinner than I'd like, but a nice combo of interesting and easy drinking.

Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased a month or so ago at Beverage Warehouse on Mayfield in Cleveland, Ohio. No observable freshness date on it. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos glass. On the back label announced in English is "WHEAT."

A Great, generous off white head over a brown, amberish body. Nice look, lighter than the other Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers that I have had.

S Ahh...that great honey smoked aroma. I really enjoy this smell. It is different than other beers and smells delicious!

T The smoke hit me first, then the grainy malt of wheat. Like a wheat beer with honey smoked ham. Not much hops at all. Lots of malt, smokiness, grainy wheat. Really, it is exactly as advertised. I always give high marks for that.

M Plenty of carbonation dances on the tongue. This is a moderate to big beer. Moderate in that its base is a wheat and big due to the big smoke taste.

D Good. I have found all of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers to be good with drinkability.

Notes: Another interesting Rauchbier from this brewery. I might prefer its brothers a bit more but this is a very good beer overall. This one might be a good gateway beer for Rauchbiers since its smoke does not hit you like a ton of bricks.

Photo of Birchgrove77
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had been afraid to try this beer due to my limited experience with the style and the over the top smokiness I've heard the Schlenkerla beer have.

Appearance: Opaque dark amber color with a fantastic two-inch alabaster head.

Smell: Definitely smoked bacon dominant, but to my surprise still had the dominant wheat beer smell and character.

Taste: Reminded me of a great bacon wrapped filet mignon. Some vanilla and a very slight banana taste hidden behind the smoke. I didn't expect to find such a great weizen buried beneath the smoke.

Drinkability: I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting, but this could become a great beer to rotate through now and again.

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

A chunky 500 ml bottle poured into a large weizen glass yields a reddish-brown amber body alive with a storm of active carbonation feeding a three-finger cap of uniform, extremely fine-bubbled off-white foam. The head reduces slowly to a solid sheet that leaves soft slumping rolls of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and smoky a touch of spice and plenty of savory, tangy wheat. The burnt Beechwood aroma is pungent without being overpowering, and a mild note of banana-infused black tea emerges as the drink progresses.

The taste is tangy and grainy with a succulent sticky glutinous quality and a rich, crisp toasted wheat backbone. The smokiness is pervasive and tangible without approaching any level near overwhelming, providing a welcome touch of mild bitterness while allowing subtle caramel sweetness and a toasted nuttiness to shine above the fray.

The drink is light-medium in body with superb carbonation and drinkability.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a foamy beige head that quickly settles into a nice lacing that lingers. Nice smokey aroma with hints of wood chip, charcoal and barbecue. Very smokey flavor with hints of chacoal and barbecued malts, balanced by some citrus fuit, wheat, banana and a prominent clove presence.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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
2.32/5  rDev -40.7%
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
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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