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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

579 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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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jborgschulte

Texas

2/5  rDev -48.7%

01-22-2014 00:52:02 | More by jborgschulte
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BrooklynPanch

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-21-2014 04:19:16 | More by BrooklynPanch
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MostlyNorwegian

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A campfire wheat beer? Sure, why not. I like fire.
I'm going to try to recall this, so work with me.
Hazy pour, typical of a weizen style with maybe a darker golden color to it. Don't recall the head, I think it was adequate, but honestly. I was going for the nose, and what smokiness and wheat were going to give me for a ride. Enjoyable, if you like to drink the essence of a healthy campfire burning with crisp wood. Some brightness and snappiness happening just underneath, and obviously with its smoked barley. this is a malt forward beer with hops having only a bit player role. Definitely be an interesting food pairing beer and also a sharing beer with those who enjoy such things.
A very old style and traditional one that warrants your investigation, and more brewers in the new world riffing on.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 15:47:26 | More by MostlyNorwegian
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Bayern1971

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smoked Weissbier you say? I'm game. As a weissbier connoisseur, I was curious to try this variation. Would it be like a dunkles weissbier or a thing of its own making. Pour dark, muddy coffee dark in a Weihenstephaner Weissbier glass. Average head that dissipates to nothing after a few minutes. Smell is wonderful aroma of warm smoked meat & leather. Taste follows the smell as smoked malt followed by the tart cloves and a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly light and carbonation is weak and this is where this beer comes up short. It's a nice change of pace from a weissbier or dunkles weissbier but I'd think twice before paying $5/bottle for another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:12:13 | More by Bayern1971
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rderedin

Maine

1.75/5  rDev -55.1%

12-25-2013 22:42:04 | More by rderedin
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Anze

Slovenia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-25-2013 16:58:50 | More by Anze
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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-13-2013 22:48:04 | More by pottergator
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GMB

Japan

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen yields a brew that appears mahogany at first, but transforms into a radiant tawny, then ruby-red when held up to sunlight. Such a pour also produces a tall head that's fizzier than I'd like. The head quickly falls, revealing some large craggily air pockets. After the head disappears, sheets of bubbles constantly rise to the surface.

The nose is fainter than I expected. Smoke is up front. I don't appreciate any of the typical aromas that one associates with wheat beers.

The taste departs significantly from the nose. Up front, the spicy flavors of clove mingle with the mild smoke. Banana and tropical fruit flavors come through in the middle, but never overpower the clove and smoke. Bitterness is mild at first, but builds with continued sipping. Burnt ends seasoned with clove and black pepper, lightly sweetened with toasted, flour-battered bananas.

A rich malt profile and excessive carbonation means that the beer's mouthfeel is suspended somewhere between sharp-crisp and full-rich. If it were fuller, I'd think I was chewing on a fatty piece of the burnt ends. If it were sharper or crisper, the spicy flavors would be more pronounced.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen isn't as good as its Märzen cousin. Still, the wheat-inspired flavors bring out some interesting aspects of the smoked malts. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 19:56:34 | More by GMB
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-29-2013 19:08:38 | More by BillRoth
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-21-2013 10:07:52 | More by pipinmalikonj
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-06-2013 02:26:39 | More by chickenm
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sirsteve42

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-01-2013 18:26:56 | More by sirsteve42
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-01-2013 03:00:55 | More by brandonld23
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dcmchew

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

10-25-2013 13:10:44 | More by dcmchew
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JCBears

Germany

4.86/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: rich dark brown to amber color little head but a pretty beer

smell: smokey greatness like good bacon or meat mouth watering

taste: malty smokey flavor once it hits your lips

mouthfeel: you never want this taste to leave and it doesn't oh so good

overall: fantastic this is a playground for a man's palet

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:40:40 | More by JCBears
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-13-2013 20:06:45 | More by Gagnonsux
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-09-2013 02:47:54 | More by hinemk76
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tjmodica

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-06-2013 02:24:31 | More by tjmodica
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a clear amber color with a sizeable foam topping. Sudsy head retains well and tops a solid looking brew.
SMELL: Smokey sweet, definitely a wheat, and definitely smoke. Tobacco and ash a readily apparent and quite nice.
TASTE: Soft caramel, toffee, wheat, citrus and a fair smoke on the back end. Herb and anise like notes from the malt, and a dry wheat. The smoke is present but balanced in the taste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation and smooth.
OVERALL: This is an enjoyable smoked wheat beer, and one I would certainly return to.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 22:09:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, dirty brown with a big tan head. Smells like banana and allspice. Taste begins with some banana flavor, then some light grain, then some deep smokiness, and finishing with a rich bread flavor. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a fantastic beer, the only downside is it's less than stellar appearance.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:12:55 | More by tronester
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cgrunin

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-04-2013 02:27:00 | More by cgrunin
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Mique21

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-03-2013 16:01:22 | More by Mique21
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sbanacho

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

09-28-2013 06:03:45 | More by sbanacho
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SLeffler27

New York

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Proudly fills its namesake pint glass with a slightly hazed copper (SRM 16-18) while a half-inch, long lasting, beige foam drifts above.

The smokiness balances between wood and summer sausage while caramel is more perceptible than typical of this style. Overall the aroma is quite sweet.

The flavor is uncomplicated and dominated by smoke. Fairly sweet with a slight, manageable tartness, followed by tar and perhaps sourdough. The long, subtle finish entices one to take another sip.

A medium-to-light body with modest carbonation, no presence of alcohol, and satiny texture.

This Rauchbier is more easy-drinking than typical and forms an excellent accompaniment to a perfectly clear sunny summer afternoon. This beer lends itself to long, casual conversations. Memories of childhood summers relaxing with friends and smoked whiting while conversations lasted well into the cool night.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 17:34:26 | More by SLeffler27
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours a surprisingly thin-looking opaque brown. It's thin enough that it should be transparent, but so dark that it almost isn't. It's not REALLY opaque, just...translucent. You can sort of see through it.
It's a pretty straightforward beer. It smells like burnt birch branches and it tastes like beef jerky encrusted with barbecue flavoured potato chips. This a beer style all its own. So unique, in fact, that the characteristic flavour profiles dominate to the extent that it's really difficult for anything to come through that reminds us this is beer. It could just be some sort of beef jerky flavoured soda or maybe fermented, diluted barbecue sauce. That said, it's not bad, really. It's probably an acquired taste for most. My chief complaint is that it's not thicker. For something this robust, my palette demands that it be thicker. If it tastes like I'm eating wood-smoked meat, I don't want it to feel like I'm drinking water. You know? I crave the consistency of a stout or at least a doppelbock when I'm drinking this. I also wish some maltiness could come through to complement the smoked meat flavour. It's got a really basic flavour to how dominant that smokiness is. I know that's just the way this style is meant to be, though, so I shouldn't really be applying that to my criticism of this specific example. I really do hope I come across a version of this that's got a thicker mouthfeel one day, though. That'd be pretty great.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 07:30:10 | More by ElCommodoro
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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