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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

629 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 25
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of numenor1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a long time fan of weizens and rauchbiers but haven't yet tried this...

light brown, darker than a typical weizen. Weizen sized head. Smell whacks with smoked cheese and meats with just a tad of weizen character poking through. I find it impossible not to give any smoked beer a 5(at least Schlenkerla's). Starts of slightly toasty and lightly smokey, then bleeds into soft, sweet weizen character. The marriage is seamless, and through the finish it's really one fully coalesced flavor with some light supporting bitterness. Some very slight banana can be picked out, but the integration is impressive. Carbonation is medium with a medium low, weizen style body. Very drinkable, but this is one I like to take my time with. This is done very well, but I think I prefer either an all out rauchbier or allout weizen, but this is a very nice change of pace. Though, I must say this really makes me wonder about the possibilities of a rauchbier weizenbock...

Photo of badbeer
2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a brown color with a creamy head and little lacing. Smell was smoky with a hint of banana and clove. Taste was the same as the smell except the flavors were hidden much more. Mouthfeel was a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability, I didn't really find this to be that drinkable, perhaps it was a bad bottle, I would like to try again and compare.

Photo of ypsifly
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a mug. No dates on the labels.

Hazy rust with a light tan head that shows good retention and leaves lots of wispy lace.

Sharp aromas of woody smoke that are quite pleasant and all but cover the sweet malts. Mouthwatering.

The smoke tastes almost meaty and allows for a little more malt than the smell. A bit tangy with some wood in the back. The mouth is a bit above moderate.

A five for drinkability as it tastes and smells so damn good. Pairing this one with smoked meats and cheeses makes for an incredible experience.

Photo of Goldorak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brownish murkyness and greying head.

Smell: Like a strongly smoked salmon rubbed with cracked pepper, or a campfire on a starry summer night. I don't know what kind of wood or peat or whatever it is they use to smoke the malt over in Bamberg, but I am loving every whiff of this one.

Taste: A fantastic balance of refreshing wheatyness and a nice, round malt. Make a barrel out of maplewood, stuff it with bushels of wheat, fill it up with wort and set fire to the bastard, collect whatever liquid you can and ferment it out. It has a very discreet sweetness, and the firewood aftertaste isn't ashy or even very bitter. Great stuff.

Photo of ohitsbrad
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15 December 2005, Best Before Apr 06

Dark brown with a medium sized pillowy head, not much lacing. Smoky aromas, but not overpowering as I hade anticipated, since this was my first smoked beer. Tastes of wood smoke, smoked tofu, but still with the noticeable wheaty and slightly fruity characteristics of a weizen. Fairly smooth and gentle mouthfeel. Nice to try something very different.

Photo of crawfow
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt. 09 FL. OZ. brown bottle straight from Bamberg I would assume. Poured into my clear plastic tasting vessel procured from the 2005 Sunshine Challenge.

A: Pretty clear for a wheat beer. I would assume the grist contains less than 50% wheat. Beautiful copper color.

S: Aroma reminicent of smoked meat with a hint of clove in the background.

T: Initial smoky, bacon flavor which leads to a grainy,wheat malt flavor. Finish is quite acidic and dry. I get a "wet" hop flavor that is unwelcome as well.

M: Somewhat thin for a wheat beer. Again, I think the malt bill included less than 50% wheat malt. I would increase the amount of wheat in this beer to get a creamier sensation.

D: Would pair well with a Thanksgiving smoked turkey and dressing. Very drinkable and very unique.

Overall: An excellent beer from the smoked beer capitol of the world. The body could be a touch heavier and creamier, but who am I to argue with the originators of a classic beer style.

Photo of phisig137
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a bottle frsh from the fridge, and in the glass showed a beautiful amber color, with a two finger head that dissapated into a small ring rather quickly.

The aroma of this beer is incredible, even being somewhat of a newcommer to the smoke beer segment. Scents of obviously smoke, bacon, ham, salt, lumber, and pine fill your nose. Have you ever used a REALLY dull drill bit in a piece of pressure treated pine, to the point where it burned and glazed the wood? That's kinda what it smells like.

The taste is equally as impressive. Full bodied, and creamy, with strong sense of smoke and bacon, with a finish that is somewhat tart. Kind of like licking a campfire. It felt a bit thin in my mouth, but I constantly wanted another sip. This beer goes down quick...

I think I may have found a new favorite smoke beer. I can't WAIT to simmer some brats and onions in this beer for an hour before grilling them.... That will make for one incredible BBQ I think.

Photo of Fish113d
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, fridge chilled, into a tulip glass, it pours a dark and hazy oak wood color w/ 1 cm of white, dense, and foamy head that creates a decent surface layer.

Beechwood aroma along with soem slight maltiness. Pale hops aroma maybe, but nothing spectacular.

Taste reminds me of sour grapes up front with a mild beechwood smoke flavor and lots of smokey aftertaste. A bit of sweetness also looms in at the end reminding me of Granny Smith apples.

Feel is medium body and the carbonation is nice along with a smooth body. Smoke gives it character, but this one is just easy to drink. This isn't my favorite style, and I gotta thank my fiance for pouring these down my throat (she loves 'em), but this was okay on a scale of bad to incredible.

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

A unique beer, with a mediumbrown look, with a bit of head. Smoke and wheat aroma, and very smokey initial taste with a sour finish. After several hot spices, it was complementary to the meal. Light mouthfeel, a notch above a watery lager. In a word, smoke.

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

After being on a Smoke Beer kick lately, I decided to try this Smoked Weizen. Pours, of course, brown with good head retention. Imediate aromas of smoke fills the area. At closer, detectable notes of pork (almost bacon like). Tastes like country ham. Sweet and mildly salty. Good malt base. The wheat goes mostly undetected, but does add in the viscocity and consistency of the beer. Creamy without thickening. In fact, the thinnest of the three Acht Rauchbiers. Although this one is nice, it's not as firm or bold as the Urbock or Marzen. Still good--like drinking a camp fire.

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

This brew pours a reddish color with a massive fluffy white head. The aroma is even more massive than the head. Smoked meat, and jerky. Spicy too. At first the taste is slightly shocking, because it isn't as in your face as the aroma is. But, after a couple sip, it really grows on you. It is smokey with some malty untertones. The mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and thin bodied with nice carbonation. Overll, this is a wonderful beer for a lazy fall afternoon.

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

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a good weizen scent that boasts of bananas and clove as well as a nice smokey aroma. It has a wonderful peated malt scent that balances the weizen aroma. The taste is good. It has a mellow wheat and pale malt flavor as well as a mild smokiness that really makes this beer. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It retains the fruity character of the weizen, but the smoke tames the banana/clove element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I really like the German Rauchbiers. The smokey character really stands out; a good drinker.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear medium amber brown with an off-white frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky and interesting with a summer sausage smoke presence coupled with a fruity aromatic. Some light wisps of wheat came through the smoke, but for the most part the aroma was smoke.

The flavor was light with a wheat flavor coupled with a large flavor of smoke. The beer contacted the palate slightly crisp and fruity and emerged with more fruit the longer the beer contacts the palate. The smoke began to diminish in the flavor as the palate began to fatigue.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruit flavor and wheat and a definite smoke impression. The body was medium and well done. A very easy to drink and refreshing beer without much complexity and with moderate smoke levels.

16.9 ounce bottle. $3.59 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

Photo of cypressbob
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a deep dark amber body, almost brown. Cloudy. Thick tan head with good retention

Smell, slightly musty, some light smoke, peat fires and smoked meats. Some yeast coming off too

Taste, crisp initial mouthfeel, smooth smoke but not as strong as the marzen. Much more subtle oily smokiness, chorizo flavour is very noticable

A really good smoked wheat, not as big and flavourful as the marzen but still very good

Photo of Naerhu
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Opaque brown body, with a finger of creamy off-white head.
S - Bacon, smoked ham, smoke, ham,
T - I understand why this beer should be smokey, but I dont understand why this beer should taste like ham. Thats the beginning and end of the flavor for me. There is just too much smoke, no balance as in Stone Smoked Porter or Fujizakura's Rauch. The dunkel weizen character is entirely missing here.
M - Thin light body.
D - If I wanted some smoked ham, I would fry up a plate. Pass on this over the top, unbalanced beer.

Photo of jhu1995
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a short-necked bottle which was poured into a pint glass. The color was a deep, cloudy dark brown with a nice creamy head. For a smoked beer, I thought the smell was very light on the smoked flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed the marzen version from Aecht Schlenkerla but thought this weizen version was too light on the smoke flavor in both smell and taste. Tasted slightly chewy. I would probably stick to the marzen version which I thought was exceptional.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to latch onto this particular Aecht Schlenkerla hybrid while in Boston. I found it at Charles St. Liquors. Seeing how hefeweizens are one of my favorite styles and I've loved the previous Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers I've had, this one had real promise in my mind.
I poured the contents of the .5L bottle into a weizen glass and got a look at a murky brownish colored beer exhibiting a high level of carbonation and a fluffy light tan head that acted just like a weizen's. In fact, on appearance alone, it looked just like a dunkelweissbier.
A quick sniff and I was immediately disabused of that line of thought. Hearty smoke aroma virtually leapt from the glass, all nice and meaty with what I believe was a beechwood note. There was a secondary fruity-sweet note that gave it an added dimension.
The taste had a lighter smokiness than the Marzen or Ur-bock but it was still quite potent. It had the back-of-the-tongue bite you get when you encounter a burnt-out section of a forest after a brush fire. There was also a tangy teriyaki meat flavor, slightly citrusy and sweet. The feel was a lot like a hefeweizen; light-bodied, crisp, lively and dry.
Overall, this offering was quite enjoyable and easily drinkable. An interesting merging of two styles, I liked this one though not as much as either the Marzen or Ur-bock. Still, this is one rauchbier you should try.

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

25oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3" of dense, creamy, light tan head over the clear amber brew. Head lasts very well, and lacing is heavy and sticky. Aroma is all about the smoke, as expected, with maybe a bit of wheat sweet hiding somewhere in there. Taste starts with that hinted at malt sweetness, then has a bit of a citrus twist, and then fades with strong smoke flavor, which leaves an aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good for the style. Another nice smoke brew...

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle purchased in the US.

This beer poured a deep copper color, slightly hazy (more cloudy if the sediment was poured), with tall, pillowy, light tan foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was a strong wood smoke aroma with some maltiness beneath. The taste was tangy and smokey and malty with a light underlying sweetness together with a faint fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was a smokey and tangy flavor that lingered pleasantly on the palate. This was a very good and easy to quaff beer. I must try this on-tap in Bamberg some time.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the brewery in Bamberg on Friday June 17th, 2005.

Appearance: Served in a typical bavarian weizen glass the beeer is dark red with a touch of brownish orange. The head is white and the beer has another weird "sub head" that is below the top of the fluid. There is a head that exists lightly in the fluid part of the beer that shows through the side of the glass. Very interesting looking stuff. I'd never seen a submerged head below the bubbly head before. It almost looks like the cascading creaminess that you seen on a stout, but it isn't moving, it's just hanging out under the head. Yummy.

Smell: Citrusy with smoke, pepper, and some clove spiciness.

Taste: Soft citrus opening, dry wheaty flavor that dries my whole mouth. Notes of clove and pepper just as in the nose. Fruity and bready with a light smoke aftertaste. It tastes like what you would expect. It's a good weissbeer with some smokiness included.

Mouthfeel: Ccreamy, smooth, soft yet still having a nice drying affect on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a good weissbeer that is well balanced and tasty. The smoked aspects adds some nice flavor and complexity. It's much better straight from the tap than in the bottle though.

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

A light brown with a disappearing head. The smell of this beer is strong smoke at first but like with many smells after a while your nose gets used to it and that is when you can start to pick up some of the malt coming through. The flavor is pretty damn smoky not quite campfire in a bottle and not harsh. It is a little bacon-y but once you adjust it loses most of the meatyness. It has some good shoulders on this beer and is light yet solid.

If you are going to drink this beer eat something with it. If you really want to focus on the smoke, I would suggest some triscuits and a neutral cheese, I had provolone. It is drinkable and I would say a good starting place for smoked beer as some others are way more intense.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from the Aecht Schlenkerla line of Smoked beers. Poured out to a cloudy light brown / slightly golden color with a very nce head. Aromas of hickory smoke, well aged cheeses and a touch of sweetness was noted. Taste is far less smokey than that of the other Marzen and Urbock, but still has a smoke like character. Flavors of spice, grain and chewy hops were noted. Finished somewhat like a wine, with a dryness that was not unpleasurable. Those new to smoke beers should start here, then move on to the Urbock, and then when ready, go for the Marzen. Recommended.

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

Pours hazy/murky plummy brown, tan head with a noisy fizz going on. The final pour adds some clumpy yeasties to the party in the glass. Minimal lacing here. Nose is subtle smoke. Smells like your grill 3 weeks after you smoked those tasty ribs. Mouthfeel is oily. This is a moderatly smoky, complex and tasty brew. The smoke here is far from overwhelming. Less is more and subtlety goes a long way here. Nicely done by the old pros at Schlenkerla. A natural with BBQ.

Photo of gimmehead
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: nut brown, creamy white head that forms a skim coat

Smell: smoky (obviously), very much like smoked pork: greasy and slightly metallic; some noble hops are evident but not prominant; tinny and some very faint fruity esters

Taste: predominantly smoky, with the same sort of tinny metallic character as in the nose; no bitterness, omly smoke

Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a little on the lighter side; little apparent carbonation; kind of flat and a little watery

This si the marzen's little brother. Not as agressive with the smoke, more subtle in every regard.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky tawny that becomes ripe apricot with an infusion of bright sunlight. The beer appears to be clear on first glance, but with a little determined squinting, fine, suspended specks come into view. The classy head of orangish ecru foam is equal parts creamy and frothy. Surface bubbles pop in slow motion, leaving behind transient, shallow craters like raindrops on a placid pond.

Sweet smoke. The nose is much less forceful than the nose on Rauchbier Marzen. There would be no point in smoking the hell out of all their offerings, so I'm glad to see gradations based on the individual styles. There's a light, almost fruity, aspect to the aroma that is some kind of enjoyable. Any hope of appreciating wheat would be dashed by even half as much smoke however. Tantalizing, but not overwhelming. Very well done.

I like it. I don't love it. I find myself appreciating its lightness, but my penchant for bigger beer has me pining for the marzen. I have to say, though, they've managed to distinguish this one from the bigger beer. Weizen is modestly malted with surprisingly sour underpinnings. As in the nose, wheat (a bland grain at the best of times) isn't appreciated per se on the palate. A light fruitiness more than manages to hold its own with the smoke.

Light tendrils of sweet wood smoke weave in and out, dissipating long before the taste buds send up the white flag of surrender. The tart finish is also sneaky sweet and contains diminishing echoes of... say it with me now... smoke.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen would be an excellent place to start for someone who is interested in the rauchbier style, but who is afraid of being overwhelmed. Unfortunately, the marzen spoiled me, in that less body and less smoke just seem like less of a very good thing.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.