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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 22
Gots: 13 | 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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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a cloudy dark amber with an off white foamy head. There seemed to be a big amount of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head stayed for almost the duration of the beer, and there was a fair amount of lace on the glass. The smells was a wonderfully oaky, smoke smell that was not overwhelming but actually quite pleasant. I continuously smelled this beer as I drank it. Taste was slightly sour, with hints of smoke at the end. Wow! It may sound strange, but this works. Body was thin to medium and there was a good amount of carbonation. I am not sure if this is very drinkable, but I would certainly have it again perhaps with some type of sausage.

05-18-2004 01:46:13 | More by Bierguy5
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Murky brown hue with a thin white head quickly becoming a ring. Typical intense Heller aroma, roasted pork and tons of smoked ham, sweet maple syrup, campfire, just rich malt altogether and intense smokiness. It somehow reminds Vermont maple smoked cheddars which is no little task. Taste is actually quite wheaty and fruity (banana, lemon) so it’s actually pretty well made since it was clearly the intention, but I don’t really enjoy the atmosphere created from wheaty dusty tartness mixed with the big smokiness. Medium bodied, very carbonated. Far from as interesting as the other 2.

05-13-2004 05:30:24 | More by Rastacouere
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours out to a murky dark-amber, much darker than one would expect for a "weizen", owing to it's judicious use of smoked malt. Forms a rocky beige head which offers little retention and no lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is nice..."Ham beer"...like week-old ham and indescript beer. No discernable hop/clove/banana/malt aroma...just lots of smoke. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-light body, just like I would expect for a weizen. Taste is quite interesting....initially spicy with some cloves (gasp!), followed by a bright carbonic acidity, light wheat malts, very mild hop bitterness, a suggestion of metal and a short-lived ruddiness towards the finish. The middle has an odd metallic sourness, akin to chewing on aluminum foil. My mouth feels as though I just had a cigarette.. Smoke is strong throughout, but it does not overwhelm the wiezen characteristics and compliments them quite nicely. Very interesting, and actually quite drinkable. Very odd buzz...Mulder is that you?

If you like Lapsang Souchong, give this a try. A unique experience, but a brew I would rarely drink unless I lived in Bamburg. This would make a great sauce, and go well with nachtwurst and coleslaw.

04-14-2004 01:43:55 | More by Mitchster
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

i loved the urbock, so why not the weizen? this pours out hazy, dark...somewhat murky. big fat weizen style head that was extremely rocky. right on. the nose of course is very smoky, though not as intense as the urbock...think canadian bacon, grilled hamsteaks etc. in the mouth its slightly heavier than your typical weizen, though it is crisp and full of carbonation. in the taste department your looking at a very light malt, the wheat flavor is minimal but seems to cut down on the smoked flavors. balanced. light spices here and there and it all rounds out to be a very drinkable, outstanding smoke beer/weizen/anything. a milder rauch that still satisfies this smoke addict.

$2.99 a bottle

04-11-2004 22:46:53 | More by DESTRO
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

Well, if you like ham in a bottle, this beer is for you. This is my first experience with a smoked beer that actually tastes like smoke. I've tried a couple others, but none have tasted like this.

The nose is very smoky, very much reminiscent of smoked ham. Just a touch of wheatiness in the nose. The taste is also quite smoky, with a good bit of wheaty sourness lurking in the background; finishes with a light sweetness. The smoke is offset nicely by the wheat, but I think, following a previous reviewer's suggestion, that a bit more heft to this beer, some more munich malt maybe, would really be good. A little too light for all this smoke. Overall, its an interesting beer, but I wouldn't have more than one.

I also have to say that this brewer's website is first rate. Great info on all aspects of beer production, especially the production of smoked malt. Also great pics of their products.

04-01-2004 03:24:48 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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tjd25

France

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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...

03-28-2004 17:46:00 | More by tjd25
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%

The smoke is intense, though noticeably less than the marzen or urbock. It is a ruby brown with a big head. It has a sweet, smokey aroma with some fruit in the nose. The body is crisp and relatively light and then the smoke hits you. It finishes fairly clean with some lingering smokiness. I love this with ham.

03-17-2004 14:05:32 | More by ark57
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

16.9oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of head. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly smoky, but also has hints of wheat malt and fruit. Maybe a hint of cloves in there as well. The taste is also very smoky, but not overly strong. Very malty and like smoked gouda going across the tongue. A little bit of esters and a slight clove flavor from the yeast as well. Almost no trace of hops. The body is fairly thick and heavy, good for a weizen. The drinkability also fairs well. A very very unique wheat beer.

03-03-2004 06:10:07 | More by SheepNutz
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Crosling

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Holy Smokes! My first "real" rauchbier and I really enjoyed it. I am very interested in the Smoked Wheat style and had been wanting to try this one for awhile. Spotted this in the cooler at the Falling Rock and snagged it right up.

Poured a clear ruby red with a large frothy white head. Lacing was very solid.

The aroma was pretty intense. Mainly smoky scents but also a pretty high malt presense. Couldn't smell much wheat...

Before I took a sip I had a little lick of the head and it was smoky. Unlike anything I had ever had before. Tasted of burnt wood, caramel, clove and tobacco.

After I finished the beer there was a lingering aftertaste in my mouth like I just had a huge dip. It was quite enjoyable.

02-09-2004 06:53:53 | More by Crosling
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Standard brown half-liter bottle with a plain label of nothing but lettering and one prize medal. Purity law, of course. Best before 2/04, I opened it on 11/5/03.

Beautiful cloudy brown tone under a thick, creamy tan head that sticks around a long time. Surprisingly little lace, however. The nose is more smokey than wheat, but it's quite pleasant. The mouth is prickly, with a sour tone to it. The flavor is a nice combination of smokiness and the yeastiness typical of a wheat. Perhaps the smoke is stronger than the wheat, but the brew is pleasant on the tastebuds. There's a certain sourness to this one that troubles a bit, and no discernible hops at all. Still, an enjoyable wheat for someone who doesn't really like wheats much.

My spouse, who does like wheats, was less impressed, saying that it made her crave smoked fish - which Russians like to eat with beer anyway. She's right, though - this would go very well with some smoked trout.

11-05-2003 18:56:26 | More by Globetrotter
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Cloudy light brown colored brew topped with a thick coating of bit off-white bubbles. Masses of smoke from crispy bacon and ham leap out of the glass. Suble grains hidden well behind the smokiness.

Starts a bit tingly, and it then quickly smoothes out. The body is a medium plus. Delicious flavor of smoked ham. It reminds me of holidays at my grandparents. There are some noticable tastes of wheat in there, but the smokiness really dominates. This is a very interesting style. It is not quite as smoky as other Rauchbiere, but it definitely has plenty of flavor. The drinkability is also great. I just wanted to take my next sip time after time.

11-03-2003 05:03:30 | More by ElGuapo
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: The body is a cloudy unfiltered amber brown with jets of carbonation running up from the bottom, forming a large creamy textured tan head beautiful as for lacing is perfect thick and spaced evenly. Aroma: It's just about brunch here and I figured why not sample a beer that taste liked smoked bacon, this is liquified Canadian bacon as weird as that sounds its kind of smells good underneath the layers of smoke are mild clove and fruit esters, and a sharp scent of malted wheat. Taste: Sharp sweetness of a wheat the fizzy high carbonation and the neverending barrage of smokiness, that shouldn't even be drinkable but somehow you get used to it after your second sip. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied smoked wheat wow, this beer is different. Drinkability: Just can't imagine drinking multiple offerings of this in one sitting that would be a bit much.

10-25-2003 16:14:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Andreji

Colombia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

A very interesting beer, I mussay. Pours a dark brown tone with a little white head that fizzes away with much ease. The body is contundently opaque and has no carbonation.

The smell is strong and clearly marks a smoked feeling that is present in the beer itself. A little old smelling as well, hoppy and wheaty.

But the taste is shocking. Unexpected for me at any level for me, the smoked meat-like taste, not a bad one at all and worth repeating, is unlike any other beer ive ever tried and it pleases me to have been introduced into this new rauchbier style. The mouthfeel is thick but nice et all. The drinkability is good as long as your budget allows this rare specimen here in Paris.

10-13-2003 14:01:05 | More by Andreji
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

This beer poured a small bubbly white head that died rather quickly.
The body was a dark brown/reddish hue.

The nose was simply amazing. Smoke, malt, ham, brown sugar, dark smoke, caramel, toffee, smoked gouda. It actually reminded me like a lot of an old old fireplace. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers ever.

The taste was surprisingly light and highly carbonated. Yet again smoke, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, meat, a faint touch of wheat and yeast. A light and smooth earthy hop bitterness. What's really interesting with this beer is the touch of wheat beer taste. It has this amazing rauchbier taste with just a splash of weizen to it.

Overall just another outstanding beer from this brewery. The wheat touch throws me off a little, but it is a weizen after all. Not the beer for everyone, but if you like smokey beers this is a must try.

10-01-2003 06:15:31 | More by taez555
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

The Weizen has a hint of smoke to it(which may have been stronger, but I just drank their Märzen). The beer was quite dark, in fact much darker than even your standard Dunkel Weiss. The beer had a good deal of a caramel taste to it, with not as much of the clovey/ banana flavor one associates with a weizen.

09-04-2003 16:10:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +25.6%

"Listen! You smell something?"

With the advent of beeradvocate.com, it's been exceedingly difficult to buy beers on blind faith. This often takes the surprise out of tasting great beers. Fortunately, I had never read a review of this beer prior to tasting it.

I was completely overwhelmed by Schlenkerla's taste. Take the best smoked meat you've ever tasted and ferment it... that's what this is like. Never in a million years would I have thought you could successfully brew such a wonderful smoke beer.

If made a top 5 beer list, this would certainly be on it. It's just too unique to overlook. From the first whiff you take, you're captivated. That's all I can say.

You really ought to try this one. It must be one of the beer community's best kept secrets.

06-26-2003 00:07:46 | More by 86MonteSS
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stcules

Italy

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Muddy colour, typical of a dunkel weizen, with foam not very compact and persistent, for a weizen beer. The smell is smoke, smoke and smoke. The smoked flavour of a "scamorza" (italian smoked cheese). Smoke of green wood. The typical flavour of a weizen is still present, even if a little difficult to feel in the abundancy of the smoke. At the taste the smoke is less predominant, and the weizen feeling is more perceptible, with a little of citric (lime). Aftertaste of smoke (ma va?)Unbalanced.

05-29-2003 10:37:49 | More by stcules
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BierReise

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

05-04-2003 15:02:40 | More by BierReise
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

Dark brown in color with a tan head.
Aroma of campfire ashes and roasted malt.

Taste is too much like an ashtray for my liking. Smoke flavor dominated from start to finish. Good malt and wheat backbone that's well-balanced by the hops.

Good mouthfeel. Somewhat oily.
Too much ash presence for this beer to be drinkable for me.

This is a quality beer, but just not to my liking. I really enjoy how the smoke flavor accents Alaskan Smoked Porter and Stone Smoked Porter, but I got a whole different vibe from this beer. I'm obviously not as into the smoke flavor as some BA's.

03-25-2003 19:55:48 | More by PhantomVodoo
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jackndan

Illinois

1.78/5  rDev -54.4%

Rauchbier Weiss Beer: A weiss smoke beer, brown in color and definitely smoky in the aroma. Very little head, what there was dissipated quickly. WOW, I do NOT get this whole smoke beer concept. It tastes like an arson investigation. Consequently, I swirled the yeast at the bottom and added it to the glass. That’s better, it went from a felony to an aggravated misdemeanor. Really bad.

03-19-2003 18:19:38 | More by jackndan
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goz

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

Pour is a cloudy medium brown, with a huge white head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is smoked meat (bacon, ham, salami) with some banana mixed in. Flavor is of bacon wrapped banana, with the banana becoming a bit more prominent towards the end. Body is medium, with some pretty strong carbonation.

03-19-2003 15:53:36 | More by goz
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%

This beers pours a hazy copper color with a creamy head that last for a little while. The smell of smoked is very very strong and tastes the same. Beef jerky lovers beer. The smoked flavor does not last very long as an after taste which is good. This by far is the best rauchbier I have ever had. I plan on brewing it my self.

12-25-2002 20:04:27 | More by kunzbrew
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jtw5877

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a murky light brown with a thick white head. Smells Like a smoky wheat beer with clove dominating the wheat. I have to admit that at first the smell seemed intense,this has been a totally different beer experience for me. I have never tasted a beer quite like this. Truly an enjoyable beer. Strong flavors, and intense smokiness. One hearty beer.

12-13-2002 17:41:46 | More by jtw5877
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Todd

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Presentation: 1pint 9fl oz short necked brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark tawny brown (same colour as the bottle almost), crowned with a frothy, tight, off-white cream lace with plenty of retention and substance. Exceptional.

Note: there is yeast sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Soft, but distinct and bold, smoke aromas -- reminds me of spicy cold kielbasa and a wood fire.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, with a touch of smoothness upfront that eventually turns a bit coarse on the palate, going bitty and crisping up from the beer's carbonation and a smack of wheat astringency and light floral bitterness. Malt sweetness is low, but there's plenty of body under the crisp dry character. Smoke flavours are everywhere, leaving a smooth char flavour that blends perfectly with an edge of spicy clove, wood character and splash of grape juice. Lots of residual smoke flavours rock the dry finish, hints of yeast.

Notes & Drinkability: I just love a good rauchbier, and this is one of the best. It combines the pleasantries of a tasty wheat beer with old school flavours to create one helluva an exceptional brew!

12-02-2002 18:45:37 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.

Appearance: Tawny reddish hue with a thin lacing after an ample froth. Clarity is good and retention is at least stable.

Smell: Intense but not overwhelming smoky aroma, fresh charred wood with a light maltiness are that make-up of the nose.

Taste: Moderate body, clean and crisp. Slap of the wheaty twang plus a faint clove hits the same time as a wall of soft smokiness blankets the palate. Lightly woody, soft smoke and a ghost like char flavour add subtle complexities. Maltiness is a great base with a touch of sweetness and fresh grain. Long faded smoky after taste that land semi-dry.

Notes: A simple yet deep smoked brew, quite drinkable and pairs best with lighter dishes like apple wood smoke chicken or a mildly smoked pork shoulder laced with BBQ sauce.

10-08-2002 19:21:58 | More by Jason
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.