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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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584 Ratings

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | 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 dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

09-07-2012 01:49:03 | More by dbrauneis
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.

08-17-2006 04:14:41 | More by spiveym
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.

10-06-2010 14:42:56 | More by Tone
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.

01-18-2007 20:26:09 | More by HappyHourHero
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.

11-24-2010 00:29:39 | More by BigMike
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

04-01-2014 11:44:03 | More by tmm313
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.

10-27-2009 00:40:46 | More by TexIndy
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.

10-05-2010 19:28:03 | More by buschbeer
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.

07-17-2010 05:56:45 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

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.

08-09-2008 01:13:27 | More by maddogruss
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.

06-10-2014 03:34:57 | More by superspak
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.

04-22-2006 01:51:01 | More by RedHaze
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.

08-11-2013 00:13:13 | More by kbrown
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.

07-11-2008 12:05:23 | More by gfreed
Photo of Georgiabeer


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.

05-26-2007 00:53:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ollie78


3.9/5  rDev 0%

A: Dark brown with a brownish head.

S: Reminded me of smoked links with a hint of bacon and a touch of malt.

T: It is as if you are eating the beer version of a meaty meal. The smoky flavor nicely accents the quality of a beer.

M: I was expecting a heavy feel based on the look and smell. The feel is crisp, but with the right amount of "flavor" you'd expect based on the look and smell.

D: Not a beer for when thirsty, but as a compliment to a cheese tasting or eating a hearty meal it would be the perfect match.

12-22-2009 00:59:17 | More by ollie78
Photo of Drew966


3.9/5  rDev 0%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen pours a dark brown color with an thick, persistent, off white head. The aroma is quite smoky. The flavor is dominated by smoke as well, but there are some other flavors, kind of a sour thing happens toward the end of the swallow. I find this enjoyable, but I wouldn't want to drink it all that often. Probably would work great with a steak off the grill.

06-26-2007 00:32:12 | More by Drew966
Photo of ark57


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
Photo of Crosling


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
Photo of brendan13


3.9/5  rDev 0%

A - Hazy copper coloured beer with a few centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Big smokey aroma dominates. Like a highly smoked ham. Some faint spicy notes & wheat malt are hidden deep.
T - The smoked meat is also very present in the taste. Some slightly sweet wheat malt presence is also felt.
M - Fairly full bodied & medium dry carbonation.
D - A nice beer that I will be drinking more of. Not something to have a session on though because the smokiness is quite full on.

11-06-2007 10:53:50 | More by brendan13
Photo of tmoneyba


3.9/5  rDev 0%


Poured cloudy brown color with a large fizzy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate smokey aroma. Medium body. Heavy smokey roasted flavor with the same sweet finish of long duration.

I would recommend this to a freind. Goes well with a cigar.

11-20-2008 14:12:20 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of SFLpunk


3.9/5  rDev 0%

16.9oz brown glass pry-top. No freshness date. Just arrive in VT this week.

Appearance: Poured casually resulting in head filling half my imperial pint. Fluffy, creamy light tan head atop murky amber/brown body.

Nose: Campfire smoke. Some light citrus notes, charcoal. Smells like a bonfire on a sandy beach.

Palate: Medium bodied and not as smokey as the nose would lead you to believe. Don't get me wrong, it's plenty smokey, but it takes a second to catch up. Salty and sandy, tastes of driftwood, seaweed and wet burnt wood. Can't find the wheat anywhere.

Notes: Man, these guys make smokebeer alright. An interesting twist, but without having it side by side with the original it's hard to say what the wheat does. Drinkability is low because the beer is SO bold.

06-30-2009 06:25:58 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of morimech


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a brownish copper with a large white head. My bottle was a borderline gusher. Almost 3/4 of the first pour was a foamy head. The head settles slowly.

Hard for me to put a description on the smell. It is smokey of course but it is combined with something that is completely different. It could be cloves, bananas, or some other spice/fruit combination.

There is a wheat malt base at play in this beer. Then there is the smoke. Not as powerful and dominating as I feared but definately is the centerpiece of the beer.

Seems a bit thin in the body. Carbonation is low and keeps a smooth texture.

One bottle is enough for me for awhile. Not the best selection for a blistering hot day. I suspect it would pair well with barbeque or roasted meat.

08-04-2008 23:12:29 | More by morimech
Photo of aracauna


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Interesting experience. I've has peat-smoked beers before, but using wood to smoke the malt makes for such a higher quality flavor and aroma. It's got a good estery dunkel weizen flavor going on underneath the smoke too. The way the smoke and ester flavors combine is's like it almost creates a feel of creamed smoke more than a new flavor. It went well with my wife's first attempt at a pot roast and I can only imagine how much better it would go with grilled or smoked pork or beef.

08-21-2002 10:41:26 | More by aracauna
Photo of mmmbirra


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Very nice looking burnt sienna. Almost completely opaque with a frothy head that billows over the rim of the glass. After a bit it dies down somewhat but maintains a solid inch of foam for the duration.

The aroma starts off with the standard Schlenkerla beechwood smoke, though it's not nearly as pungent as their marzen, and has a pleasant hefe weizen yeast spiciness that lingers in the background. I didn't think this combo would work out as nicely as it does.

The taste again has smoke and wood right up front, and perhaps some slight roast, with the hefe weizen creaminess and spiciness in the background. It's hard to believe just how well the smoke and banana esters work together. A slight tingle on my tongue from the carbonation keeps it light and eminently drinkable.

Full-bodied for the style, but goes down quite easily compared to other weizens. A little smoke lingers in the back of my throat after swallowing, giving this one an abnormally and wonderfully long finish.

Definitely up there as one of my favorites hefes, though it's really more of a dunkel weiss and as such more of a cold weather beer.

Edit: after having a few more bottles over a couple of weeks, I've put this beer into perspective. A solid wheat beer, with a nice smoky element, but nothing oustanding.

01-25-2013 17:58:26 | More by mmmbirra
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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