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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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 tjd25
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...

tjd25, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a clouded copper/brown color with a dense light tan colored head that won't quit. Big smoky nose with typical weizen banana/clove in the background. Taste is initially thin and tart and then the subtle smoke punch kicks in. Like cured, smoked ham. The taste is a little thin, but it is a wheat ale, so I don't think it is off. Kind of citrusy in the finish. Very nice change of pace for a summer drinker. The most subtle of the Schlenkerla line that I've tried.

crookedhalo, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a very lightly hazed orange, some dark amber hues, very thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, big chunks of lace stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is real nice, big woody smokiness, nice malt character, a bit of biscuity sweetness, very faint banana and a touch of spice, a bit of beef jerky and campfire smokiness, light wheat, nice.

Taste is really nice, very light smokiness, woody, a bit of oak/mesquite, a touch of wheat and banana, lightly spicy, beef jerky, light citrus acidity in the finish, a bit of bread, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very nice smokiness, not too much and not too little. Nice stuff.

Viggo, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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

eduardolinhalis, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

500 mL bottle, procured at the Provisions store, first time seeing this in the Southland,

A: Pours a murktastic rusty brown with some floaties. Strong white head and good lace.

S: Smoke city, hint of dark bread.

T: The smoke flavour dominates the first part of the beer. The traditional flavours come out on the back end, dark bread and clove, an interesting hybrid.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, prickly carbonation.

O: Very solid, a true mix of rauchbier and weizen, worth a pick up for the experience.

Halcyondays, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

SLeffler27, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of CarfiCZ
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Bought 0.5 liters in Prague 12/2010 Bad Times-pivotéka.
Nice sweet flavor with accents of smoke and taste "the eggs", but this does not detract from the quality of beer, just the opposite! I like to buy this beer somewhere else and would like to see pulled in Bamberg, Germany - where he maintained a beer called Rauchbier

CarfiCZ, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a murky brown color with a dense tan head that left quite a cap. The aroma is of liquid smoke, roasted meat, and a touch of wheat malt. The taste is heavy on smoke but unlike the Marzen, the wheat malt cuts the smoke just a bit. No real wheat flavors come about but there is a silkiness to the brew. Like the Marzen, the feel is a bit thin to support the smokiness but the wheat does a better job balances it out. There is good carbonation and the finish is dry. A good smokey brew, not very malty but the wheat does a good job balancing out this bad boy. Quite interesting.

Gmann, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

500ml brown bottle poured into a Weizen glass: you know what you're getting with this brewery, something smokey!

This beer was no exception, smoked sasauges and hams come to mind. This was the 5th beer of my German and lager based beer tasting evening last week.

The beer went down very well, the smokiness combining nicely with the mild banana/vanilla flavours from the wheat contents. Not sure I'd want a night drinking it, but pleased I've had one (visited the brewery years ago, but didn't have one of these).

BlackHaddock, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Pours a hazy medium brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a foamy three finger tall beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate smokey aromas are present in this beer, though it smells like there might be a couple of different woods used in the smoking process. Very light hints of iodine.

T: There is a light presence of wheat underneath the flavors from the smoke - there are the flavors of a couple of different woods used in the smoking process as well as a light hint of iodine flavors. Not as intense in smoky flavors as many of the other beers in the style which makes it a little easier to enjoy.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - this would pair exceptionally well with any kinds of smoked meat (great complementary flavors) like BBQ or bacon. I enjoyed this beer shortly after enjoying a grilled hot dog and burger and that matched very well. I like the fact that the smokiness in this beer is not overwhelming.

dbrauneis, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of spiveym
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Purchased 1p 9oz thick brown glass bottle at Green's in Atlanta.

Wow, this is delicious. Pours a beautiful dark caramel color with a thick, creamy head. Unfiltered yeast sediment adds to color density. Scent is of smoked wood and ash. But the real fun is in the taste - smoked meat flavor initially and finishing with a wonderful smoked wood flavor.
I'd say the only major drawback is that the flavor is so strong you can't enjoy these in number. But to savor one of these babies with a meal (possibly BBQ?) would be fantastic.

spiveym, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong smoke, slight sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, another good rauchbier from aecht.

Tone, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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 BigMike
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A: A dark burnt copper with a nice thick and creamy off white head. As it disapates it leaves a thick ring of lacing.

S: This is my first rauchbeir. The the smell is so interesting. There's some pork qualities like hotdogs and bacon. Smells like a fireplaces ashes after a fire has recently burned out. I'm dying to taste this.

T: The smoke taste is lighter then the aroma. It's still pretty much the only flavor though. It's mostly on the aftertaste. It tastes like a smokey ham or hickory smoked bacon.

M: light bodied but really smooth and goes down easily. Light carbonation but it's right on.

Overall: Ive never had a rauchbier and I tend to ignore German beers for some reason. I guess that's kind of wrong considering my great grand parents were born in said country. I liked this beer alot. It's very easy to drink and a great beginer smoked beer. Very nice and I would definitely drink again.

BigMike, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of tmm313
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Deep reddish brown. Semi hazy. Only poured about a 1/2 finger of head. Soapy lacing. 4

S- Mostly a pork style smokiness. A touch of caramel. Not very strong. 3.75

T- Different from the nose. Malt bomb for the most part. Caramel, clove, just a touch of banana, light bready malts, and a pretty good kick of spice. Seemed to have an earthy hop presence as well. 4

M- On the thin side. Carbonation was crispish... 3.75

O- This one was ok. The aroma and mouthfeel was much lighter than I was hoping for, but the taste was nice. 4

tmm313, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Got from Johnnnniee in a trade - many thanks! Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. It was a dark amber color with a lot of carbonation streams throughout. Quick sliding and non sticking lace. It had a large beige head that settled into a foam and collar.

The aroma was smoke and smoked ham/bacon. Smelled like breakfast time while camping out - awesome. I really didn't get much of the wheat aromas though just a faint hint of clove. The taste followed the aroma exactly. Smoke and smoked pork flavors with a touch of clove in it. Wouldn't have minded some of the other wheat flavors to kick in. Mouthfeel was between watery and medium which is in-line with the style.

Overall, a really delicious rauchbier that I highly recommend if you like the style. I've had this one once now and the marzen several times and I like the marzen a little better as it has some more base flavor to blend with the one dimensional aspect of the smoke flavor. Towards the end this gets to be a lot of smoke so one is plenty for a sitting. Rotation: not avail here. Would like to try again and at least once on tap. After that, I'd probably stick with the marzen version per notes above.

TexIndy, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev 0%

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of off white head. It is burnt orange in color. The aroma is that wonderful smoked pork smell that accompanies rauchbier. The taste is smoky, but doesn't seem to have that smoked pork flavor that others have had. I can get the wheat flavor and aroma trying to cut through the smoke. This beer is not as smoky as the marzen, which I preferred. This milder offering may be favored by consumers who like a more subtle smoke presence. I'm still a big fan of the style. I've liked them all so far.

buschbeer, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a pint glass @ the cove in Baton Rouge. Translucent orange/brown with a slightly off white head.

Heavily smokey notes with the more faint standard weizen fare of banana and spicy clove.

Tastes like straight up liquid smoke. Absolutely delicious, however. The weizen tastes are actually pretty difficult to distinguish here. The body is medium with a grainy mouthfeel. Drinlability is good.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark, golden body with a thick, white silky head with good retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A very smoky smell with a slight, sweet malt undertone.

T: A smooth, smoky taste. Nice representation of a rauchbier, but seemed a bit smoother than some of their other offerings.

M: Smooth and full-bodied. A little light, but this was a pretty good feeling on the palette.

D: A decent drinkability. A very smoky taste, but went down very smoothly. Pretty good overall.

maddogruss, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, wheat, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wheat, wood smoke, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wheat, wood smoke, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke flavors; with a great smoke/yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked weizen. All around well balanced fruity/spicy yeast ester, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark brown with golden hoghlights arouns the edges. There's a thick two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass, and leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; smokey beef jerky is predominant, as well as a little bit of a wheaty presence, with some malts in the background.

Taste; the smoked meat flavors are there, but not as strong as I was expected from the smell. The wheat beer flavors come out very nicely with a touch of bananas and cloves, along with a good malt presence. This has a sweetness to it that I really did not expect, but I find it balances the smokey flavors, and makes this very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

This is my first Rauchbier (that I didn't drop) and I'm very impressed. I was expecting the smokey flavors to be so dominant that I wouldn't like it, but it's more complimentary than it is dominant in the flavor department.

RedHaze, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of kbrown
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Beer Kitchen 101 August Beer Club choice. 1 pint bottle.

Appearance- An attractive caramel color. Unfiltered look. Head is minor.

Smell- Expected peatiness, bananas, wheat malts.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Sugars notable early.

Taste- Smokiness blends in nicely with bananas and breadiness. Dates also.

Overall- Better than other smoke beers that I have had that don't have a backbone. Well put together for this style.

kbrown, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of gfreed
3.9/5  rDev 0%

An interesting beer for those who like both wheat beer and rauchbier, although it might be too much of two good things at once. As with other Aecht Schlenkerla smoke beers, the smoke is front, front, front and center, and it dominates everything. I happen to like this, but I found that the wheat added a thickness that took a bit of time to get used to. And by then I had finished the beer! The color is a not-very attractive cloudy beef-broth brown, and the aroma is all leather and smoke-- not quite so hammy as the Urbock, but still unmistakable. Regular wheat characteristics are muted but present, although I'm not sure that smoke and bananas are a good combination. Still, I enjoyed this beer and would of course have another. Start with a Schlenkerla Urbock before trying this one, however.

gfreed, Jul 11, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.