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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

612 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 19 | 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 jtw5877
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jtw5877, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

YamagamiTravis, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear copper color with ruby highlights, and it has a big fluffy 3-finger off-white head. The head has good retention, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There are also some rising carbonation bubbles visible.

S - It smells of smoked deli meats and wheat. The smokiness is very present, but not overwhelming. There is also some hop presence and earthiness as well.

T - This has a nice toasted malt and wheat background. There is a smokiness, but it is not as pronounced as in their other beers. There are nice notes of smoked meats, some banana, and some hops. The finish leaves some lingering wheat and smokiness.

M - This has a medium body and smooth carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it has a creamy feel to it. There is a lingering smokiness.

O - There is good drinkability here. It goes down easy and tastes great. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is less smokey than the others I have had, but I think it is a great more mild take on the style. I recommend giving this a try, and I look forward to having this again.

JizackFH, May 22, 2011
Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Todd, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: huge one inch head, hazy, leather brown

Smell: smoke, wheat, pork, lemon, and Belgian spices

Taste: wheat, pork, malt, coriander, oranges, Belgian spices, and smoke especially at the end

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Very much a hefeweizen with smoke added to it. The smoke is present but is not as dominate as some other beers from the brewery. I could have several but of the four i have tried this is my least favorite

tigg924, Jun 26, 2009
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.

Goldorak, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of tjd25
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +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

eduardolinhalis, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into 0.5 L glass
Aroma of smoke
Head large (5 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing none
Body dark amber, cloudy
Flavor of smoke and some yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.9375. Final weighted score: 3.9625
Other than the palate being on the watery side of creamy, this is an excellent beer. The smoke controls the aroma but accents the yeast phenolics in the flavor.

Ozzylizard, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of SLeffler27
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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3.95/5  rDev +1%

PirateCraft, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.