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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

408 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 408
Hads: 694
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001

Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.
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Reviews: 408 | Hads: 694
Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tall hefeweizen glass...

A - Pours like a slightly darker version of a dunkelweizen: cloudy brown body, with a rich and dense beige head. Okay head retention.

S - On the nose, you get a pretty powerful meaty smoke aroma (bacon, smoked meat, sausage), as well as some banana, caramel, and a bit of clove. The smokiness isn't as intense as in their Marzen, though.

T - Mm, this tastes like a good dunkel weissbier that has an additional meaty smoky layer to it. I'm getting sweet overripe bananas, some caramel, a hint of dark chocolate, and some slight clove spiciness. All the while, it still tastes smoky, with hints of smoked pork sausage or lap sang tea. Very bready and meaty in the finish.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Moderate carbonation, no taste of alcohol. The beer leaves a slight smoked meat sensation on the palate.

O - I really liked this one! It's not as smoke-forward as their Marzen and still tastes like a good (probably dunkel) weissbier. (993 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez-bejeez! This beer likes to suds-up and spill out all over the glass and onto my gym shorts! Quick pause to grab paper towels, dammit!

Pours a cloudy chestnut/mahogany color with the most dense fucking head on a beer that's not from a nitro-bottle. The head is beige and creamy looking. This mug did me well (except for the wet shorts!!!!). 4.0

Woah! Like a campfire weizenbock! Smells like cured sausages, bonfire, banana, mild clove, and light vanilla. Smells amazing! 4.5

More smoke than anything, just like a rauchbier proper. A little more interesting than the standard Schlenkerla offering. Backdrop banana, clove, and toffee compete with the thick layers of bacon-y smoke. Smoked caramel and browned bananas. Exceptional! 4.0

Pretty much a medium body with some nice bubble-action. Drinks with a Heavyweight Belt. 4.0

I already love the Märzen and this one might top it (need to do a Heller-Trum side-by-side-by-side-by-side soon). Such a fascinating brew! Will pick this up next time I see it, for sure. 4.0 (1,025 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a cloudy, brownish gold, with a off white creamy head building about two fingers high. It dissipates slow, leaving spotted lacing.
The smell is smoked bacon, and some fruit background, like orange.
The mild smokey flavors are up front, sweetened by orange notes in the background. Yeast flavors take the middle, while the finish is a mild combination of everything.
Nice medium to light bodied Hefeweizen with exceptional flavor! (442 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy rusty amber, with a huge and slowly dissipating head of off-white carbonation. Lace is spotty.

Nose is definitely smoky, no question. I get a salty bacon character up front. Very unique and somehow appealing.

Taste is sweet and smoky, like a mix of open pit barbecue woodiness, with some fruit in there somewhere. Odd but very nice. Seems light in body, but most certainly heavy on flavor. There's a sharpness in texture, too, suggesting the wheat making its presence known among the smoky-delicious malts. This is a unique and delicious beer! (552 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper amber with a bit of haze and with a decent cap of foam. Offers firm retention and more so lacing through the pint.

Aroma is intriguing as wheat and smoke combine. Smoked notes are less than otherwise experienced with this brewery, yet matching the style within a style rather well.

Flavor has wheat and citrus up front, finishing with a good dose of smoked malts on the finish. Overall I would say that this style of beer is a bit less conducive to the smoked malts vs. the other offerings by the brewery. The wheat/banana and smokiness don't clash per se, yet they aren't the natural mates that smoke and doppel might be for example.

Overall an interesting Weizen but still an average Rauchbier. Or at least an average style to attack with smoke. (807 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice deepcopper brown, just slightly cloudy (smoky?) with an exceptionally large head. The bubbles pour into the beer and make for a really milky, delicious looking pour. Be careful because the bubbles don't stop rising... easy to over pour this beer as I nearly experienced. The head is big bubbled and foamy. The head stops shrinking when it reaches about one finger. That last bit lingers much longer. Interesting character to behold.

S: Musty oak, burnt lumber, old wood, a crackling campfire. Really amazing depth here.

T: A lot of burnt character comes through, like burnt oak or a slight bit of burnt pine, smoked malts, lots of different woods come to mind. Really interesting.

M: Really excellent fine carbonation, which makes it feel a little milky and full bodied.

O: This is an exceptional bier. I've never had anything quite like it, but now that I know what I'm in for, I look forward to trying more in this line. (937 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark honey orange with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked grain, smoked meat, smoked cheese, and some slight band-aid aromas. Taste is of smoked meat/cheese up front with a definite wheat presence in the middle and finishing with a smoked wheat aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rauchbier that still allows the wheat used to come across in the flavor. (573 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a dark amber/caramel color. The beer itself is fairly cloudy, which should be expected from a wheat beer. Lots of action from the carbonation and of course an amazing head. In my weizen glass it stands proud, tall and resilient.

S: Huge smokey aromas and some lighter aromas from the wheat come across too. Man that smoke/bacon aroma smells good with the richer, dark barley malts. Some grains are present too.

T: This is the first time I've had Schlenkerla's wheat rauchbier and it's great! I love the more faded smoke flavoring in conjunction with the slightly acidic/sour flavors that come naturally in the wheat beer. It ends up feeling much lighter on your palate than some of their heavier offerings. Not quite as sweet as it smelled (which is a good thing). I do get some light caramelization but it's more so just that char.

M: Light and refreshing with lots of carbonation. Fantastic!

O: It was no surprise to me that I love this because I love all of their beers. I'm dying to try this with a warm bbq soon! Actually what I really want it with is a bbq chicken pizza! (1,097 characters)

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

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a HUGE rocky three finger head that refuses to fade. Amazing.

Smell is moderate smoke along with some orange peel and yeasty banana.

Flavor is less smoky than I was anticipating. Smoke is intermingled with orange and bubblegum. A mild tartness appears towards the finish along with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky. Nice clean finish.

This is an outstanding beer. While not my favorite of the Schlenkerla series, it is an interesting take on a witbier and is amazingly refreshing and quaffable. (588 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger rapidly dissipating head on a murky, golden with a brownish orange hue. No lacing really. Aroma is very smokey with wheat and honey notes. The flavor is very smokey with mesquite notes but overall compared to others in the genre this one is subdued. The wheat can be experienced throughtout. High carbonation and light to medium body. (346 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge eggshell head, thick and soapy. Dark brown effervescent murky body, looks like a dunkelweizen. Sloppy drools of lacing.

S - Ashy smoked bacon with a sweet honey glaze. These Schlenkerla rauchbiers are just my favourite smelling beers on the planet. A joy.

T - Follows the nose yet doesnt quite match the intensity. In addition to the smoke, bacon and honey, there are light notes of banana and wheat.

M - At first quite light in the body but then it becomes quite chewy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - I absolutely love it. I should add that this bottle was 2 months past its BB date. (608 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours a Dark and cloudy amber-brown colour; an immense yellow to beige head is formed. Very bubbled, lots of carbonation. Retention is high helped by the long glass and many lacings are left

S: Very smokey with a strong wheat backbone. Roasted malts and yeasts

T: Taste is strong on smoked and roasted malts. Some traces of banana as a regular Weissbier. The blend of smoked malts, yeasts and roasted malts bitterness is definitely balanced

M: Smooth body and, at the same time, light and easy drinking. Considerable carbonation. Smoked aftertaste

O: Extremely easy to drink. Highly recommended beer (646 characters)

Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Muddy water brown. Lots of carbonation. Only a trace of head.
S-That freshly cooked bacon is there along with a dash of Liquid Smoke.
T- The smoke/bacon taste doesn't hit until the aftertaste, and then it wont go away. When I first sip it I get a metallic taste until the bacon takes over.
M- Very light lager feel to it which is surprising considering the taste.
O- Not my style but I think I could have one every once in a while. (434 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey, from notes.

A - Dark amber-brown; a little cloudy with a thick, cream-colored head and ok lacing.

S - Smokey with a malt background. Nothing too noticeable or overpowering.

T - Taste of smoked and roasted malts...definitely smokey. It's a simple taste, but delightful nonetheless.

M - Very easy drinking. Smooth with a thin to medium body. Excellent carbonation. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had.

O - An enjoyable and easy drinking rauchbier...for the style, this is extremely well done. (528 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This one forms a nice firm head, no lacing surprisingly and has a very lively body. It certainly looks a lot like a dark hef.

Sweet almost artificially sweetened smoke. The wheat elements are certainly showing.

I expected something so different….my first taste of this was some head that was over powering and it had some good sweet creamy hef like qualities with smoke tones. The first sip of the actual beer is rather odd. Smoke is suble but very present. The malt has a sour like flavor that I’ve gotten in some less enjoyable dark hefs but no cloves or bananas or strong sweet elements. Instead there is some kind of smoked meat (ham?) mixed with a sour malt.

The body on this one is awful. It is just so thin so weak and the carbonation isn’t that creamy hef carbonation or even a good pale ale, but instead it is sharp and bites the tongue. It has the kind of carbonation that makes you burp and I frankly can’t think of a worse quality in a beer.

It seems this style is much like bourbon barrel ales. It isn’t a style as much as a finishing element, but because of tradition it has a style. I like the smoke flavors, but some element of this process isn’t working with the hef. I really think there is potential for these two to mesh, but either a touch less smoke or a touch more malt is needed to get things going in the right direction. (1,364 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into tulip

A: bustling reddish/brownish/white head nearly plumes out of the glass. great retention and lacing cover a hazed, but bright copper body.

S: great marriage going on here between the grainy aroma of the wheat malt and the bamburg smoked malts. i think the wheat is actually a little more prevalent than the smoke here. a quick swirl states otherwise from the smoke.

T: the smoke is on the mild side in this brew. a chewy bit of wheat as well. eat a brat sandwich and it is very similar to that. a good deal of grain gives a breadiness while the smoked flavor is reminiscent of a delicious German brat.

M: moderate sizzle on a medium body.

D: another keeper from schlenkerla. this is the 6th beer ive had from these guys and while it is not my favorite, it is a very unique brew that plays wheat and smoke very well together. (868 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows smoky bacon, campfire and very faint doughy wheat.
The weizen characters are more apparent in the flavours, with nice doughy wheat and light caramel. The smoke is definitely the dominant aspect though with big ham notes.
Carbonation is much too high. (306 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dirty dark brown with a fluffy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Lovely smoke aromas that reminds me of wood-grilled salmon. Oily, spicy, and wonderfully meaty, this is a great smelling Rauchbier! Weizen flavors of banana and clove come through in the flavor, only to be swallowed up by more of that fishy smoke. I gotta admit, the Weizen backbone isn't as appealing to me as the more traditional Marzen, I just feel the caramel/malt flavors stand up to (and compliment) the smoke better. Still good, though. My qualms with the Weizen backbone carry through to the mouthfeel, I could definitely go for something a bit more substantial. As is, we're looking at a touch-under medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with moderately crisp carbonation. Overall a very solid addition to Schlenkerla's wonderful Rauchbier lineup, but certainly not my favorite. (908 characters)

Photo of infi
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint.

Hazy mahogany body with a thin and tight-bubbled, white head. Little retention time and no lacing.

Immediately full of smokiness, like smoked wood chips and barbeque coal, and some grass-like earthiness (not like hops). Some malt on the nose, but mostly within a thin smokey cloud engulfing the senses. Smokiness of this beer, compared to the Märzen however, is quite different: much bolder in the Märzen.

Opens with a curious amount of saltiness on top of a thin malt and wheat body, which all end with the smokiness. Discernible amount of sweetness from the malt matches well with smokiness, for sure. A nicely tasting rauchbier with mild smoke.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smokiness lingers on the palate after every swallow. Easy drinking. If you're more keen on the smokey quality of rauchbiers, Märzen is the better option. But the Weizen still holds its own nicely and is as equally as enjoyable. (949 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a weizen glass. Long awaited to get to open one of these.

Pours a muddy dark brown, with some shades of mahogany and and chestnut around the edges. Tan head, with some floaties in the body (maybe I shouldn't have poured the yeast in?). Big sticky lacing, great retention and good amounts of carbonation stream up from the bottom of the glass. Nose has some smoked bananas, wheat and a touch of spice that the smoke has overtaken. Beautiful smoked wood/meats in true Schlenkerla fashion. Taste has a faint sourness at the beginning (although this disappears with warmth), with a creamy and chewy mouthfeel initially revealing some bananas and smoked wood/malts. Thins out as it moves over the palate, leaving behind more smoke. Mouthfeel starts off fuller than it finishes; residual smoke on the palate and a faint sense of the weizen. Would've loved more body in here ala Weihenstephaner. Overall a good offering, if a bit one-dimensional and thin at times. (998 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt sienna with amber highlight with a thick creamy steady beige head. Nose is light woody smoke - salmon more than bacon - with a touch of iodine and maybe some multi-grain cracker.
Pear, toffee and oak then definite grassy hops and a sour hit, overlaid with only light, restrained smoke.
Chestnut fruit finish and gently numbing clove linger. Medium, wheaty smooth, round and soft.

After other good experiences with Schlenkerla, I'm kinda predisposed to like their stuff. This is up to snuff - such balance and lightness of touch with the smoke is just difficult to comprehend. If I had any knock on this, it's that it's not particularly distinguished as a weizen.

Gladly have this with cheese, crackers and nuts at Thanksgiving. (737 characters)

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to doughanson78 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Compared to the other Schlenkerla beers the smoke is pretty light but its still very present and good smelling

T - Like the nose the smoke isn't as strong as the rest of the line up but its the dominant flavor with a bit of a wheaty finish

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

O - Rauchbiers are a favorite style of mine and while this is a lighter one from Schlenkerla its still a very good beer that I could drink all night long worth trying if you ever see it around (643 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a layer of off white head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: It's smokey, but not overly so. There are some herbal notes along with the smoke.

Taste: Like the smell, mild smoke with some herbal notes, a bit grassy. Malt sweetness yields to a somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: It was nice to be able to taste some other flavors in a rauchbier. Easy to drink, the smoke flavor was complemented well by the other tastes. I would have this one again. (624 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Light hazy brown (very much dunkelweizen-like); big, dense off-white head that has very good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass (actually quite less than i expected)

S- Dense but not overpowering smoked aroma with a slightly sweet yeast note in the mix. Some light undernotes of spices (clove) and a hint of fruitiness show up after the head has receded a bit

T- An assertive but never too strong smoky flavour that blends very well with a soft, velvety, wheat malts sweetness, though the beer doesn't actually feel so sweet for a weizen. Then some subtle spicy and banana notes, expecially on the palate. You don't often taste a smoked weizen and this is infact a peculiar range of flavours, but they are nicely balanced

M- Quite light body and moderate carbonation. Very soft and silky on both tongue and palate. A clean, very simple mouthfeel, but somehow very nice

O- Feels like a weizen, tastes similar and yet not. A unique beer, but still a simple, perfectly balanced, easily enjoyable and drinkable one (1,042 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big smokiness up front that you would expect from this type of beer. Then a mild caramel and fruit sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (856 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.