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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 408
Hads: 694
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a murky brown/orange/amber in color. A big fluffy beige head sits on top and sticks around for a while. Huge smoke on the nose of this one. Similar to a campfire. What a conglomeration of various tastes on the buds. Very interesting indeed. This beer may not be right for everybody, but it is growing on me. First, there is of course the smoke flavor. Fairly heavy but also rounded. Then there are the weizen characteristics: banana, cloves, vanilla, phenolic character and pepper. Body is about medium. And the carbonation is just about right. Nice mouthfeel. Unique beer worth a try. (598 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle purchased a month or so ago at Beverage Warehouse on Mayfield in Cleveland, Ohio. No observable freshness date on it. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos glass. On the back label announced in English is "WHEAT."

A Great, generous off white head over a brown, amberish body. Nice look, lighter than the other Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers that I have had.

S Ahh...that great honey smoked aroma. I really enjoy this smell. It is different than other beers and smells delicious!

T The smoke hit me first, then the grainy malt of wheat. Like a wheat beer with honey smoked ham. Not much hops at all. Lots of malt, smokiness, grainy wheat. Really, it is exactly as advertised. I always give high marks for that.

M Plenty of carbonation dances on the tongue. This is a moderate to big beer. Moderate in that its base is a wheat and big due to the big smoke taste.

D Good. I have found all of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers to be good with drinkability.

Notes: Another interesting Rauchbier from this brewery. I might prefer its brothers a bit more but this is a very good beer overall. This one might be a good gateway beer for Rauchbiers since its smoke does not hit you like a ton of bricks. (1,220 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 Eyedrinkale
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a find and I’m so excited to try this. Dark copper color with smallish head. So yeah it’s not as full bodied as the other Schlenkerla beer I’ve had "Marzen", this one blows away my expectations. I just love the smokey bacon taste of this. Slight taste of babanas that I didn’t expect to find and a bit lighter that the other. I cannot describe this to someone that doesn’t care for smoke except to say "it’s like licking the inside of a chimney that burned white ash". I’m glad they make it, because I like it. (522 characters)

Photo of OF001
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL btl. poured into a tulip.

Dark earthy pour with light ruby tones and a massive, thick, stable and long lasting head that is absolutely amazing. The head comes is a dense as a nitrogen stout, with uber tight bubbles. Good tan lacing.

Smells of smoke and light wheat sweetness. Not overwhelming but I would have liked a little more depth, but for a smoked beer its what I expect, I have been a little stuffed up so that doesn't help.

smoke, lightly wooded but more oily BBQ smoke, like from meats and bacon fats. Smooth with a medium bitter hopping on the finish. Mild sweetness and hints of spice. Chocolate and over roasted dry coffee; french blend.

Smooth to start, thinner than I expected, with a high crisp note (mainly of the roasted coffee, reminiscent of caffeine in a dry espresso roast bean) just past the middle and a dry CO2/hop dryness on a short zesty and tight fizzy finish.

As I said, more on the nose but it may be the fault of my nose, but I still would top it out at 4.75. I would like more creaminess and more body, on the mouth feel, but I guess it is a marzen so stylistically it is correct. In the taste profile more wood and a little less oil, but that is a personal preference, I love wood smoke. Its an intro rauchbier, the marzen is a waste for me, give me more body and more smoke and more smoke and more smoke and body...and smoke. The 4.35 average it gets is generous considering my tastes it would only be about a 3.8-3.95 (1,464 characters)

Photo of jebert
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A large, 1pt, 9oz bottle picked cleanly from the shelf of a great beer store in Omaha, NE, namely, Beertopia. Need I digress that this was the last one on the shelf and the only one left in the state?

This was an interesting pour into a tall, Weizen-style glass from the Viking Brewery in Wisconsin.

Appearance - Great big, beefy looking head with nice carbonation led to a thick, frothy head. Within 3 minutes, this reduced to a smallish, ¼ inch head, leading me to believe the brewers feigned a large off-white head but wanted the consumer to quickly obtain the liquor within. Color was deep amber and beautiful, given the rauch smoked scent awaiting me. Did I mention this head lasted for 3 minutes?

Digression...I must admit, I'm hooked on any beer from this brewery. My great uncle's second cousin's great grandfather must have known the owners. This beer runs in my veins.

Smell - Smoking will be outlawed soon in Wisconsin, and to be honest, I'm not sad. What will be a travesty, however, is if they also outlaw smoked-flavored malts leading to biers brewed in Bamberg Germany. The amazing scent of this inauspicious libation is incredible. It is forefront and sweet, with a tad bit of citrus underneath. Fantastic!

Taste - The bomb! I was certainly hesitant about a smoked Weizen, but seriously, this lemony wheat has something special lurking beneath it. A bit tart floated on the back of the palate beneath a hesitant peat-like maltiness. Incredible and very different.

Digression - The 1st time I had a true rauch, I wasn't at all looking forward to the next one. Two day's later, I was slightly invoked again, but the 3rd time, I was hooked. To my dismay, I awoke to residing in Wisconsin and limited by the $4+ price, but not completely. I've got to travel to Bamberg. Last time I was in Germany was 2001 and my tour bus only incurred a proximity of 34 miles and never stopped within 48 miles.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation held well in spite of the head fading moderately. The palate was firm, but the taste following was a bit watery. Yes, I know, it's not a perfect beer, but certainly a high ranking elsewhere.

Drinkability - Given the lighter mouth feel, there's a tradeoff between the heaviness normally wanted and the drinkability. As a result, this is a higher offsetting ranking that makes this lower alcohol based beer a great time if one is actually sitting in a bar close to the brewery.

Wait...for the warming. It's been 19 minutes now and...this beer get's better and better with each passing minute. The sad part is, I doubt it will last past 27 minutes, but I'll try to refrain from the instant gratification that beerturbation would give me. (2,682 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy, brown color with a good sized white head that left lots of lacing behind.

S - smokey aroma, very good.

T - sweet smokey flavor, malty with some subtle spiced flavors.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy. (297 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark amber with a golden hue around the edges. Frothy, white, half-inch head that thins to about a quarter inch. Very good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is smokey malts, with barbeque, and sausage.
As with the nose, smokey malts dominate the taste. Barbeque and sausage, with a little bacon (with a bit of melon) and more smoke at the end.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium-light body.
Good drinkability on this one. Excellent beer overall. (448 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy caramel color with a head that took up half the stange on a soft pour. Good retention.

S: Smells of BBQ pork with a touch of a floral aroma

T: Fruity red wine-like flavors at the start with a smokiness that holds off for just a bit and then grows with intensity in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that stays out of the way of the flavor.

D: I freakin' love this stuff. It's of course not your everyday session beer, but one that I wouldn't mind drinking often. (521 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The use of beechwood-smoked barley has turned this Weizen quite dark; nevermind the customary look of a bright sunny afternoon, this Bavarian wheat beer has the amber twilight of dusk. It's also got a fluffy cloud-like head. Nonetheless, everything looks positive so far.

The beer smells like a delicatessen: back bacon and assorted smoked meats are the first things that come to mind. Much of the typical banana and clove aromatics are buried under a big pile of campfire embers and/or wrapped into a thick kielbasa casing. Still, some fruity esters and spicy phenols survive, making this resemble a gourmet sausage of some kind.

No kidding! Although unequivocally German, this particular Rauchbier tastes a little like Bulgarian Kebapche or the sausages from Italy's Piedmont that use allspice, nutmeg, cloves and the like to impart a pleasing spiciness to all the smoky, meaty and more savory notes.

Heck, as if there wasn't enough dimension as is, the malts also lend an agreeable and very nutty sweetness similar to that of this brewery's Märzen Rauchbier. The bruised pear, plum, banana, and apple esters meld wonderfully with this ale's distinctive fennel and caraway flavours.

Not only are Schlenkerla Rauchbiers some of the world's unique and interesting beers, but they're also among the most food versatile too. The addition of background banana and spice flavours to the customary meat, smoke, and malt makes the Weizen particularly easy to adapt to any grilled, braised, or marinated meats (pork!) as well as wild rice, root vegetables, foraged or cabbage-based dishes.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen offers all the meaty and campfire qualities I love about the Märzen but in a leaner, lighter package. There's really no reason to feel intimidated here as the singed, rough-hewn wood notes are even more deeply entwined with sweet malt, fruity esters, and spicy/savory phenolics. It's one that'll certainly change peoples' impressions of beer. (1,975 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle chalice.

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour withe off white head that stays the distance.

S - Smoke smoke and more smoke.

T - Nice weizen charachters that are supeerseeded by rauch flavours.

M - Full body and minimal carbonation.

D - Schlenkerla is rapidly becoming my favourite German brewery. this beer is amazing. (343 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear toasty brown, golden highlights with a dense stiff amazingly nice capper of beige foam. the stuff is bad ass. and it's taking so long to settle that i'm growing impatient as my area fills with the gentle aroma of smokes meats. poured gently, there's no haze from the yeast. lace is very thick and 3-dimensional, becoming patchy and crusty as it slides down.

S- bacon and smoked ham, first off. campfire, bonfire, whatever. the main thing is-- barbecue pit. a big fat smoker with a half a pig inside. and maybe a turkey as well. subtle yeast and wheat aromas hide behind the smoke. some fruity tartness, clove, and grilled banana. a truly mouthwatering aroma.

T- meaty, grilled, all goes without saying. i was unsure how this would compare to their unsmoked (though still smokey) helles, and i gotta give it to this weizen. the aroma is dominated by smoke but the taste is a great balance between a light flavored weizen, mildly sour fruits, and beechwood smoke. apart from some very faint clove type spice, much of the yeast flavors are blanketed by smoke while the tart snappiness of wheat pulls through. it's the perfect counterpart to the savory barbecue element and harmoniously they ride. a light touch of hops is merely a bitter accent in the long smoked out finish.

MF- some acidic feel, and lighter than i expected, but still with the plush body of wheat. carbonation is lively and active and the bubbles seems to move in intelligent unison like a school of herring. finish has a dry, smoke bath feeling.

D- with such intriguing flavor and good looks, not to mention an enticing aroma, this is a unique specimen that any 'real' beer lover should try. it's a man's beer, and unless a (american) girl has a bacon fetish, she might be turned off by this one. all things considered, it's as crisp and refreshing as any light bodied weizen. i wish the bottle was bigger, much bigger, but after one i'd move on to something non smokey. (1,952 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy, reddish-brown coloration which produced a nice bit of froth. Retention was solid and it laced in unique layers.

S - Malty, sweet aroma with a fresh fire in the fireplace sort of backing.

T - Wow, perfectly balanced. Sweet bananas and maple bacon. Breakfast in a glass!

M - Light bodied, smoky aftertaste, good carbonation level.

D - Fantastic beer. Not as smoke-filled as their Marzen, but that's okay, this brew is a different sort of beast, and a tasty one at that. Highly recommended. (530 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,229 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared w/ mom at Zeno's earlier this afternoon.

A- Body is a quite hazy muddy, murky brown color with that has a slightly dynamic fogginess. Served with a nice soapy 1 finger white head with great retention though little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very smoky-filled with smoked meat and an overall summer cookout or campfire impression. VERY faintly behind this is an impression of banana bread.

T-Flavor is very well done and balanced. The smokiness is definitely there but serves as an overtone to the classic weizen flavors behind it. Flavor is very bready with the bready yeast probably being the main character and there is a slight hint of banana and clove there as well. The finish is all smoke and bread.

M- Great-almost cask-like. Soft carbonation with a full, very smooth and bready light to medium weight body.

D- This is a great German brew. Classic hefe (though color is dunkel flavor profile reminds me more of a hefe) meets classic rauchbier. Wonderfully smooth and drinkable-underrated. (1,028 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB 11/2006, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: murky chestnut-brown colour, with bright reddish glows; coming with an ever-growing and fast-effervescnet creamy beige head, huge, rocky yet extremely tight and frothy... very slowly settling down to a thin neck sustaining throughout the drink; lively fizziness underneath
S: salty-sweet char-grilled bacon, mashed beans, soy-sauce, as well as Chinese tea-smoked prunes as well as salt-marinated prunes abound, very intense but milder than Schlenkerla's Rauchbier Maerzen; I'd like to imagine there's wheat-ish aroma of a weizen, but apparently even if there is it's overwhelmed by the smokiness... Yet a good swirl does help to bring about a mild banana-ish note of weizen. Pretty impressive, but just like their Maerzen, the nose is slightly too overpowering.
T: most unusual flavour, so complex yet meticulously balanced... the smoked "meaty" maltiness upfront seamlessly dovetails with dunkel weizen's lightly fruity, banana-ish, yet also chocolate-malty edge... much more interesting than a normal dunkel weizen's boring profile (to me); the aftertaste is composed of chewy roast-nutty malts, salty-sweet sea-weed, roast barley tea, very mild wheat-ish grains, mixed with a soothingly spicy edge of clove(+nutmeg?) and a quietly manifesting dryish-bitterness... The flavour is so colourful, with lots of elements to pick up and play with...
M&D: softly-carbonated, very smooth on the palate yet full of body; in a sense the combination of smoked malts and weizen works surprisingly, exceptionally well, at least to my taste--it gets the best of both worlds, if I may, and should outperform both Dunkel Weizen and Raubier Maerzen!! A jolly nice, satisfying beer this is, and I long to taste it fresh on keg in the near future~~ (1,829 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i loved the urbock, so why not the weizen? this pours out hazy, dark...somewhat murky. big fat weizen style head that was extremely rocky. right on. the nose of course is very smoky, though not as intense as the urbock...think canadian bacon, grilled hamsteaks etc. in the mouth its slightly heavier than your typical weizen, though it is crisp and full of carbonation. in the taste department your looking at a very light malt, the wheat flavor is minimal but seems to cut down on the smoked flavors. balanced. light spices here and there and it all rounds out to be a very drinkable, outstanding smoke beer/weizen/anything. a milder rauch that still satisfies this smoke addict.

$2.99 a bottle (698 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown/ruby, almost black at first glance. Forms a nice finger and a half of creamy slightly tan head. Whispy lacing.
S - Literally liquid bacon. Not just the smoke, it has the rich fatty and meaty aromas. There are some malts there too, but it literally smells like a plate of hot, freshly fried bacon. For me that's delicious.
T - Good, but unfortunately not nearly as wild as the aroma would lead you to believe it will be. It's much more subdued with malts and balanced.
O - A fine smoke beer or Rauchbier.
V - Single bottle, moderately good value. (583 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 bditty187
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown in hue with a tawny-amber-gold highlight, fairly hazy but animation racing towards the head is noticeable. Speaking of head, it was massive like a typical Weizen, this is always a lovely sight, it was not as rocky as a Hefe and the head retention was not as good as most good Weizens. It quickly faded to a bubbly cap that was about a ¼” in height. This cap lasted the entire consumption, impressive. There was no subsequent lacing however, disappointing. The nose has good potency. I wanted it louder but I’m greedy. The smoky aromas launch the nose in a direction far from a typical Weizen, as expected. I have grown to love the bouquet of Rauchbier, oh the sausages, campfires, smoked bacon or is that ham? I just love the smoky, fatty, meaty smell. Maybe I am being susceptible but I think I got a whiff of banana. No, I do smell banana. The bouquet is quite inviting and well-rounded. Maybe it is just a little too soft but it is a wheat beer after all. Regardless, it is drinking time! The nose is a bloody liar! Bastard. Okay, that is a bit harsh. The palate is more indicative of what I was expecting with a Rauchbier-Weizen. Indeed the palate has the beechwood, smoky flavors but they are just lighter in flavor (especially in comparison to the smell), I detected the sausages and ham cooking on a smoldering campfire. Lovely. But the Weizen aspects are also detectable, mainly at the finish. This is when the cloves and bananas kick in. Yummy! The aftertaste opens up even more, lemons and wheat flavors really elevate this beer but the charred wood is never far behind. The palate is far less powerful than I as expecting and in this case that is a good thing. This is beautifully crafted; it is very flavorful but amazingly refreshing. The mouthfeel is also seduced by the wheat influences, it is smooth and a bit silky on the tongue, the carbonation is tickle too small, and the bulk is around medium/medium-light. The mouthfeel is very satisfying, it is much smaller than I was expecting but, yet again, I was pleasantly surprised! It is also amazingly drinkable. This might be my new go-to Weizen! Yeah right, like this is available in Nebraska! I bought a bottle in Iowa City. I will get more, either in KC or Iowa City. Rauchbier … I am in love! (2,272 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite cloudy brown amber, almost sludgey, with a filmy head of mocha brown to off-white foam. Reasonable lacing. Head isn't massive or solid, but the body looks good.

Huge smoky, rustic aroma on the nose, wood fire, bacon and charcoal. Smells delicious. However, it's also slightly sweet - as though the bacon has been honey glazed. Delicious. So powerful, but so beautiful. I swear it's the best rauch nose I've had.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, very pleasantly and delicately coating the mouth with smoke. And the smoke is the dominant character on the palate. There's hints of bitterness and a slight underlying sweetness, perhaps toffee, but these are sub-elements to the very beautiful smoke flavours.

This is a great rauch, smoky and powerful, but with the edges just slightly rounded by the wheat. I think it has amazing balance, leaving it supremely drinkable. Probably the best rauch I've ever had. Top notch. (919 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle into stange glass at 50 degrees.

Pours with a healthy 3-4F of creamy, tan head over a deep ruby tea colored body which is plenty cloudy. Very little carbonation showing. Light lacing.

Nice smokey aromas fill the glass, with a surprisingly noticeable apple pie quality as well - decent sweet spices. Smells like Fall.

Taste kicks off plenty roasty, with a slightly charred, woody flavor accompanied by a little more citrus (lemon) than was in the aroma, and some clove. A little richer on the palate than a typical weizen, with the smoke rounding out and balancing the crispness. Silky smooth on the palate, and a bit juicy.

This was highly drinkable on its own, however I'd recommend enjoying it with some smoked pork and/or sharp cheese. This would kill with a roast pork n' provolone sammy. (811 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I truly love the Urbock Rauchbier these folks make. I was looking for one the night I had this. Unforgiving smoke and I LIKE IT!!! This is beer with attitude, beer to drink with BBQ and great German sausages. Not for the the faint-hearted but a treat for the bold. That being said... it's good, very good, but not quite as good at the Urbock.
Pours a cloudy, amber-brown with a big fluffy, creamy head that left no lace.
Smell is smoked sausage and malt.
Taste is smoke, roasted malt, hops with just a hint of fruit in the back.
Medium/full bodied with light effervescence all over.
Drinkability is very high. And I wiill gladly have anything this brewery puts out. (674 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a 0.5L Weihenstephan glass.

A: Muddy brown body topped with a fairly tight off white head. Retention is incredible.

S: Tremendous mixture of weiss and delicious smoke. I wasn't sure how the combo would play out, but the aroma is telling me it's great.

T: Highly smoky, and I like it. As the smoke fades, the palate clears a bit, but you're then hit with yeast driven flavor, followed by more smoke. Finishes with a slight sweetness, and a very mild bitterness.

M: Higher than normal carbonation is fine for this.

O: Probably tastes just like you'd except. A German wheat with prominent smoke flavor. I think the combination works well, and the beer still ends up being fairly refreshing. (724 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium amber from the yeast. Exceptional massive head, lacing and retention. An almost perfect nose of meaty bacon like smoke balanced against a fruit like sweetness with a slight spicy note. The smoke aroma is not as intense as their Marzen and Urbock variants and is expertly balanced with sweetness. Light medium body that is somewhat slick in texture, but also has a grainy wheat aspect as well. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish and middle. The outstanding flavor profile is not as intense as their other variants. It is more balanced with malt sweetness and a bit more complex. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a moderate campfire bacon like smoke over a sweet background that has both biscuit and caramel characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a rather low level bitterness that has a clove like note as it effervesces and a banana quality as it fades. The finish is dryer than the others, somewhat crisp, sweeter and leaves you with a touch of clove and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. Outstanding and an excellent introduction into the Rauchbier style that is not quite as intense as their Marzen and Urbock variants. (1,273 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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