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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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612 Ratings

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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 dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A smoked wheat beer? I have no idea what to expect... Appearance is crazy! Pours a dark brown malty color with a tremendous frothy head that has incredible staying power... looks similar to a dunkel weisse... The smoked smell definitely stands out and dominates the aroma, with a very faint wheat smell in the background.... no fruity or citrusy notes here... mainly a smoky smell that isn't as overwhelming as the Marzen... Taste-wise, the wheat creeps through, but isn't as noticeable as the strong smoked flavor that captures the essence of this unique beer... Never tasted anything like this and I was quite impressed by the fact that although apparent, the smoked flavor is not quite as overwhelming and dominating as compared to the Marzen version, which in my opinion, is a bit too aggressive... This achieved a nice balance, and I really liked it... Will buy this again, and certainly recommended...

dsa7783, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Beers Of Europe...

Poured a nice dark coppery orange colour with some yeasty haze...Light creamy head poured with typical hefe foaminess... lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface and maintain a good thick covering until near the end... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Smokey malts initially then a hit of wheatiness come through - it's a slightly strange combination... definite smoked meats, peaty, sea saltiness, faint banana traces just noticeable, black pepper, some toasted nutty sweetness, dry hay notes...

Taste – As with the aroma the smokey malts are to the fore initially then the thirst quenching wheatiness come through... salt and black pepper notes, grassy, some light fruity notes (sour apples, light lemon, some light raisin hints), some light brown sugar sweetness, no real hops...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out quite quickly... light bodied... very very refreshing and drinkable..

Overall - An excellent rauchbier although not quite as good as the marzen... i was skeptical about a smoke and wheat combination but this definitely works.... recommended...

mdagnew, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.09oz bottle into SA glass

A: hazy copper with two finger slightly off-white head. foam clings wonderfully to the glass. medium carbonation

S: faint banana and clove under a blanket of smoke. not as smoky smelling as the marzen

T: much the same as the aroma. banana and clove with the perfect amount of smokiness

M: light body with some nice fizz. a tad dry

D: Awesome. I love Aecht. Their rauchbiers are some of the best I've come across.

There just isn't enough smoked beers around.

Rainintheface, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Sherwood
1.98/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received a pint bottle as a gift, was intrigued by the bottle being almost completely in German. You see "Weizen" on a beer and expect a Weis. You see "smokebeer" on a beer and think "Wait, is this a weis or a smoked porter maybe?" Not speaking fluent German, I had no idea.

When I opened, poured and smelled I thought to myself "Hey, this smells just like "Liquid Smoke." That was weird enough, but the beer tastes just like liquid smoke too. Which is awesome if you're using it to mix into a baste for BBQ chicken, but it's just creepy when you try to drink it. No thanks Germany, I'll stick to beers that don't remind me of mesquite chicken.

Sherwood, Nov 23, 2007
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
Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

hreb, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper coloured beer with a few centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Big smokey aroma dominates. Like a highly smoked ham. Some faint spicy notes & wheat malt are hidden deep.
T - The smoked meat is also very present in the taste. Some slightly sweet wheat malt presence is also felt.
M - Fairly full bodied & medium dry carbonation.
D - A nice beer that I will be drinking more of. Not something to have a session on though because the smokiness is quite full on.

brendan13, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence : smoked dark unfiltered wheat beer
Smell : smoke aroma
Taste : clove, ginger and wheat
Mouthfeel : bitter finish with bacon, cloves and yeast
Drinkability : a very good and unusual, but oustanding beer brewered by Heller Brau Trum (Schlenkerla) in Banberg

Thierry (16/10/2007)

thierrynantes, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First Rauchbier...

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.

zeff80, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours coppery, orange-brown, hazy, with a phenomenal amount of tightly beaded tan head. Good retention and rocky on the surface.

S: maple, bacon-like smoke aroma dominates. Could not detect a weizen-like clove aroma.

T: The bacony, smoky flavor is most prominent in the beginning, with a phenolic clove flavor in the end. Early in consumption the cloviness is mild, but as my palate became accustomed to the smoky flavor, I began to notice it more prominently and more immediately. The smoke balances reasonably well with the weizen-like clove flavor.

M: light like a weizen, although the smoke flavor infers a little heaviness, probably just playing tricks on my mind. The lightness makes it somewhat refreshing for a smoke beer.

D: I was unsure about how the weizen and smoke flavors would combine, but they balanced better than I thought. This would pair well with a smoked sausage or wurst. Quite enjoyable although I still favor the maerzen.

joeysmokedporter, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy, murky, fig preserve color with a frothy head made up of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks just like a really solid dunkelweizen. Smoke is not as in your face as other rauchbiers, but it definitely is there. Mixes with sweetish aromas of banana and clove. Interesting. Wow. This tastes like a clove-spiced honey ham. The spicing, honey-ish sweetness, and smoke is all there. Very interesting, but I'm not too convinced that a weissbier is the best vehicle for smoked malts. Mouthfeel is fluffy in the mouth for all the wheat. Carbonation is a little excited. Solid drinkability all around, but just not quite as impressive as the marzen.

goochpunch, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of GreenWBush
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

GreenWBush, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really pretty beer - mahogany in color with a full, thick head that lasts for quite a while. The smell - wow. Sure is smokey. Smells like hickory-smoked bacon cooking. Smells really unique; I just can't pick out any other smells in here. The taste is dry, smokey and lingering. A little bit of sweetness here, but really lopsided. This is my first rauchbier, and I'm having trouble getting into it. Mouthfeel is nice. A little too carbonated, maybe. Drinkability just isn' there for me. Oh well. I'm not going to trash the score, though, because I can only assume that the parts that I don't like are just part of the style.

DaveFL1976, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy white head. The aroma is filled with smoke. The taste is much like the aroma with a lot of smoke flavors. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but a little too thin. Overall, this is a good rauchbier but it falls short when comparing it to the brewery's other offerings. The other beers from this brewery are far superior, but this one is still good in it's own right.

cjgator3, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum – loved the Rauches / smoked beers. And this was a classic, from start to finish.

Hazy deep amber / mahogany oak with a massive tan head – just a big ol’ foamy marshmallow floating on top. Stickly rivers of lace all the way down. But after an ending swirl, the pour turned Missouri river brown and murky – tasty !

The aroma of a pig on a stick was just the beginning. Taste of that roasted ham really hit the spot, and it was well balanced with the malt and hops, not an overpowering BBQ brisket taste. Even some notes of the roasting oak mixed into the fray.

I’d have no problem moving from one 500ml bottle to the next.

Vancer, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen pours a dark brown color with an thick, persistent, off white head. The aroma is quite smoky. The flavor is dominated by smoke as well, but there are some other flavors, kind of a sour thing happens toward the end of the swallow. I find this enjoyable, but I wouldn't want to drink it all that often. Probably would work great with a steak off the grill.

Drew966, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy orangish brown, with a decent head to start that fades to a ring. The smell is that typical smokiness of the rauchbier. The nice thing about it is that its a gentle smoke that doesn't overwhelm the other smells and flavors. There are definite light wheat notesunder the smoke. I would say the level of smoke is more like a smoked gouda rather than a smoked meat. The flavor is actually nicely balanced, with a fairly strong smoke hit up front that mellows followed by a very slight sourness from the grain and then a light graininess. The mouthfeelis alittle light, but there is a nice creaminess there as well. This is a definite food beer- not the kind of thing that you would sit down with a drink a lot of, but with either a smoked dish, or better yet a more nuetrally flavored dish with cheese this rocks.

Georgiabeer, May 26, 2007
Photo of velo343
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very cloudy, muddy brown. A large and smooth, creamy looking off-white head caps this off, medium retention, and no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Like hickory smoked bacon/baked beans/etc. The smoked character really takes center stage, but underneath it all is hint of an earthy, sweet aroma.

Taste - Still lots of smoked wood in the taste. It really is all around and the predominant flavor. A characteristic wheat spiciness is also in there, a little bit of cloves. Rather light bodied and smooth, with a soft carbonation. Finishes with lots of dry smoked flavor.

Drinkability - This would be tough to drink on it's own, but with some sausages, mustard, and sauerkraut it can't be beat.

velo343, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A .5L bottle purchased at Well's.

A: The beer is a muddy brown color, fairly light shade-wise, with a slight hazy sheen. The head laces throughout the wide-mouth glass that I am using.

S: The aroma never waivers from the enticing scent of a smokehouse, thick and meaty.

T: After having gone through the urbock and the marzen, I had grown accustomed to the smoky flavor overtaking everything else (and I mean that in a good way). In this ale, the smokiness, taste-wise, takes a backseat. The first flavors to register are the esters of a high quality German weizen, showing off some banana and clove flavors in a some wheat body. The smoked flavor seems to have accentuated the wheat element and added a light touch on top.

M: The domination by the wheat is pleasing, it prevents the smoked malts from completely dominating the ale (as it does for the marzen and urbock).

D: This is the best that I've had from Heller-Trum. The wheat is a perfect complement for the smoked malts, really bringing out a strong flavor.

akorsak, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

khiasmus, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of PailOfAle
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Cloudy auburn hue with a decent head. The head stays for most of the drink and leaves some slight lacing.

Smell: A sweet smokey smell, like mesquite chips.

Taste: At first I felt like I was drinking a smoked sausage, but then again, I've never had a smoked beer. As it warmed, the sausage taste went away and it began to have a nice smokey flavor along with the wheat notes. It reminded me smoked salmon spread on whole wheat bread...except without the fishy taste. It's very unique and after I got over the initial sweet smoky flavor that admitedly is like sausage, I enjoyed it very much.

PailOfAle, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.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!

russpowell, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells like smoked meat and bubble gum. Poured a huge creamy coco colored head that held for ever. Hazy chestnut colored beer. Smoked, woody flavor throughout with a really light base to it. There is a bit of lemony wheat flavor in there as well. The body is on the light side. The mouthfeel is almost light and fluffy, and there is a hint of lactic twang. While the smoke flavor/aroma is strong I would have to say this is a balanced beer. I figured it would taste about the same as the Marzen, but the Weizen base makes for a different beer. It's quite good, but I think I prefer the smoked malt in darker beers.

HappyHourHero, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Several inches of off-white head that dissipates over a couple minutes leaving a fair bit of lacing tops a slightly murky orange-red body. Smells VERY smokey - reminds me of the scent of Lebanon Balogna. Tastes smokey over all, which dominates the other flavors. Wheat also is quite present. Despite the smoke, it is not overpwering as it could be. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, but goes down rather smooth. Carbonation doesn't come through so much on this one, seems a little flat despite all the carbonation. My first real rauchbier, and I'm not sure what to think. While I couldn't drink this all the time, I could see myself craving this one, especially to pair with foods like ham or buffalo.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 09, 2007
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
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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