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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: taez555 on 07-23-2001

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with a light white foam head. A touch of lace, but mostly a skim that stays with the pint.

Smoke aromas are good and bacony, but not overly pronounced. Funny, I get a hint of wheat beer, including the grain and a slight whiff of spice. How cool is that? I wonder if I'd find this in a blind tasting...?

Smoky forward (which is what I expect from the style). Some toasted wheat/grain, with just a hint of sweetness. Woops, that sweet is kicked out the friggin door by some dark toasted bitterness. biter and dry and smoky in the finish. Very different from other Rauchbiers I've had. The malt disappears into bitterness and smoke.. And I'm digging it.

The lighter body of this brew throws you too. It helps, as the dried and bitter flavors in a fuller bodied beer would be too much. This works just right.

This is an easy one to rate. Fantastic for the style. Not the one to try first if it is your first attempt at the style. This is very direct and sharp edged. A real-deal rauchbier.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

Big carbonation as expected for a weizen, head is really sticking around here and is large. Big time large. Off brown white. Body is cloudy dark brown amber truly opaque and kind of muddy looking which sort of doesn't look that too appealing. Some visible carbonation from the bottom too.

Classic rauchbier smoke, but also a sour tinge in the back. Not as salty as others too. Smoke is also a bit tame compared to others, but still gives that smoked meat(s) feeling.

Taste is too carbonated and fizzy for my liking. Gaseous and prickly taking away from the smoke taste, also goes to carbon dioxide dominant a little bit.

This is okay, bit it's not really I think very enjoyable, it's a tad small for smell and classic rauchbier taste, but it doesn't even have classic wheat beer properties or flavor or even body. It's almost as if the two don't work together and cancel out properties that make both of them great. I'll pass.

Photo of bbeane
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small fizzy head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace behind. Beer is a dark amber color with medium activity

S- Smells like canadian bacon

T- Has a nice flavor. Has a hint of sweetness in with the smokey wheat flavor. Seems the smoked flavor becomes less evident as the beer warms

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

O- These beers are great for the cost. They drink easy and are very enjoyable. Would love to try some fresh ones in Bamburg


Photo of jerryjeff
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

Nice smoky scent present, although lighter and less in front than other styles I've had by Aecht (marzen & ?? Other) by same brewery.

Relatively light on the palette and a hint of being watery with medium to a bit on the higher side of carbonation

Poured to nice 3/8" or so head which is dissipating fairly slowly, color is amber/mahoghany through imperial pint glass and is odd color for a weizen even comparing to a dunkel. The head and color are appetizing, mixed with scent would not lead you to think this was a weizen at first passing.

Smokiness comes to the front but isn't really that overpowering, with the lighter flavor of weizen this is a pleasant mixture. I maybe get a slight copperiness which may be due to travel

I like this I'll admit, and in full disclosure am starting to like rauchbier after the initial shock of trying one the first time and having a few smoked porters along the way. The coppery edge on finish would wear thin if it's a systemic thing, but I could drink a sixer without being overdone.

I really like this and without that copperish twang on the end it'd be rated higher. I'd like to have another to see if that's unique to this bottle or a general thing.

Photo of plfahey
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep brownish red with garnet highlights. Nice haze. Thick white head with tight, fine bubbles and nice lacing-the head seems to go on forever.

Aroma-Smells like lightly smoked wood-campfire, a little bacony, sweet tobacco (like shisha). Some bready wheat aroma. Light fruity (banana) aroma.

Flavor-Smoky, charred wood flavor-like a cherry wood campfire. Underneath there are some wheaty, breadlike flavors. Smoke is very much the central flavor, but it is not overwhelming-smooth and pleasant. In the background there are clove phenolics and light banana esters-very slight but very good.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

Another great rauchbier from Schlenkerla. The wheat flavors are very light, but are fantastic when they show through.

Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium brown. With plenty of of white frothy head.

S: A very nice ashy smokiness to it at first whiff. Beautifully smokey. There is a touch of sweet bread behind the campfire smell, just fantastic. Plenty of smoked meat scent in there.

T: Smokey ashy goodness. There is a light bready thing going on in the background. Very interesting. You do get used to the smoke pretty quickly, and start to notice the rest of the beer.. as I keep drinking there is almost a medicinal flavor that comes out, something I am used to from peaty scotch, but not from a beer.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is very strong.

D: Nice overall. The smokiness tends to fade a bit as you drink, but still nice.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears a hazy, dirty, yellow hue with a sizable head. Head retention is good and plenty of lacing is visible upon the glass. The aroma is just awesome. Schlenkerla rauchbiers are the benchmark of the style, and this beer is no exception. Peat and smoke scents mingle with banana, clove, burning wood, and subtle alcohol notes. The flavor is well balanced and delicious. If an Islay scotch could be a sessionable beer, it would be this. This is the perfect union of hefeweizen and smoke beer. Great stuff.

Photo of Adamthome1
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 ounce bottle

Pours nicely, frothy if poured too fast, good head throughout.

Aroma is smokey and sweet, smelling smoked campfire and some sweet malty.

Taste is classic, I've only had a few Rauchbier's but the flavor is great; the aftertaste is superb with accents of smoked baby mozzarella or cheddar or the like; Gouda maybe....the flavor upfront is sweet. Carbonation good.

Personally I don't want this beer often but with ribs, smoked meat, ribs, cheeses you just can't go wrong, give a try under these circumstances

Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of their big 3 Rauchbier's, this particular one was last on my list that I wanted to try, but the only one actually in stock, so here goes:

Muddy, copper/brown in color, very light tan 2-3 finger head. Head is sticking around for the long haul, so looks like I'm not waiting before sipping.

Very smoky and woody. There's some faint citrus and graininess in the back...maybe not faint, but the smoke is rather pronounced and may be hindering the other aromas. That seems to be a common theme among smoked beers, so it must just come with the territory. I like it though.

The smoke isn't too strong in the taste, and there's a lot going on with it. Hits nicely at the start, and remnants of it follow through out the taste. A nice citrus, banana bread, yeasty graininess presents itself after the smoke, and it's hugely pleasant. I was apprehensive about a smoked wheat, but the both actually compliment themselves quite well. The finish is smoky and a bit lingering.

The feel is smooth, lightly crisp, light-medium in body and a mildly creamy texture.

Wonderfully smoky, surprisingly nice combo with the wheat, but more than one of these treats could wreak havoc on the senses. Definitely worthy to try if you see it! Hope to try the Urbock and Maerzen next time it's in stock...

After many minutes, and nearly half way through, the heads still kickin' it. Stellar retention!

Photo of ZacHart
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: Purchased for $4.99; poured into a tulip glass; heavy sedimentation in bottle.

A: ruby red brew with a giant, fluffy off-white head that persisted for quite a while but left little lace.

S: smells just as you would imagine a smoke beer brewed with wheat would--sweet notes of citrus and banana give way to a solid but not overpowering smoke aroma.

T: The citrusy flavors of a very delicate wheat beer quickly fade to solid but not too powerful flavors of campfire and charred meat.

M: This brew is highly effervescent and light but slightly grainy in texture. The smoke flavor definitely covers the palate but doesn't overstay its welcome.

D: I'd never consider this style a session beer, but this is probably as easy-drinking as rauchbier comes and would be a great way to introduce somebody to this rare yet interesting and flavorful style. A great brew and an even better conversation piece.

Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled jan 31/2011.

pours a hazy orange with a thick cap of white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. smokey! rich deep meaty smoke, with a nice weizen spice hiding behind it. light caramel. lightly earthy. whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and grain.

taste is great. nice and smokey, but it seems slightly more restrained, or perhaps integrated, than in the aroma. light caramel. lovely weizen spice. whole wheat bread. bit of caraway rye too. touch of biscuit and grain. hint of alcohol. nice earthy character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent integration between the smoke and the weizen. these guys do good smoked beer. already looking forward to the urbock that's on deck!

Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of crnipeter
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, BB date reads June 2011, into tulip. Pours muddy chestnut brown body with mahogany highlits topped by thick, moussy, extremely stable beige crown that clings to the walls and although slowly shrinks never dies.The aroma is bacon-like smokiness masking the qualities of the underlying beer although bananaish notes emerge together with bready, doughy wheat-malt. The flavor is dominated by bacon-like smokiness with greasy notes and burnt wood touch rolled in wheat perceived as bread, followed by low hoppy bitterness towards the finish which is quite dry due to the moderate carbonation and smoke. The wheaty texture imparts creamy fullness to the body. Unfortunately the bananaish sweetness combined with bacon is quite odd and reduces the the drinkability. Although the color is dark the flavor/aroma profile reminds me more of a classic Weizen than Dunkelweizen. There was no caramel or toasty-melanoidin qualities typical of Wienna and/or Munich malt used in Dunkelweizens. Besides, the color of the Rauchbier is usually darker than the color of the non-smoked base style, explaining the dim appearance.

Photo of CarfiCZ
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | 500 ml. | 5.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Style: Rauchbier
Glass: Pint

Tawny amber with a receding off-white crown. Opaque, almost inscrutable.

Powerful whiff of slow-roasted malts, deli meats, and charred wood.

A rush of wheaty malt seasoned with cloves opens into a smoky expanse of aged deli meats. A small wood fire burns slowly on the sensory periphery letting off aromas of charred cedar. Long, smoky aftertaste, ends fresh, watery, and alive.

On the boundary between soggy and chewy. Carbonation firms it up, creating a crisp clean brew.

Very balanced. Smokiness threatens to overwhelm the other flavors but never carries through.

Would I get it again?:


Price = $4.99 at Whole Foods

Photo of Getinthevan
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this over Christmas and I was not disappointed.

Appearance was very black, almost motor oil like, with no head and minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. It resembled a dark chocolate brown with hints of amber colors.

Smell was very strong in hops and very smoky, almost like smelling an outdoor meat smoker. Very rich in aroma and definitely a crafty work of art.

Taste was delicious. The smoke flavors with the roasted hops made this an excellent brew. Very hearty too, this is definitely not for the light-hearted.

Mouthfeel was thick and satisfying. Again, definitely a relaxing and thick brew.

Drinkability is good. This is the first rauchbier I've tried and it's definitely a great one. Looking forward to trying more of this style in the future.

Photo of Ego
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

instead of being a total beer hack and reviewing a xmas beer this evening I did the ole blind grab a bottle from the rack selection, and here is what I rolled...

the head proofs quicker than bread on crack, it settles pretty quickly collapsing from the outside in leaving a meniscus of tighter foam in the middle as the sides slowly gurgle lower towards the brew itself, ruby brown hue, decent lacing, active carbonation keeps the head right on the surface the entire time, nice.

woodsy smoke with some dry grass, not as intense as some of this brewer's other varieties, this does ring of smokehouse almonds at times though... man rauchbiers are really appetizing, at least to this guy (points to thumbs at self), beyond the smoke there is a light fruit component, somewhere in the peach/banana land area. the smoke dominates but that is ok in my book.

taste etc...
smooth as silk body wise, the flavor is... um? looking for it. This is a pretty bland player. The smoke finally starts to assert itself about halfway through. This one drinks well enough but without the smoke it would be almost a total bomb. With the smoke though this pairs with salted food so damn well. Maybe that is this beer's place, simply and accouterments to a meal adding in a dimension. -

a tame rauch but a rauch none the less. Probably interesting to cook with... I'll have to try that.

this paired well with the cowboys losing to arizona...

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/2/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dirty brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of smoke, wheat, clove, spices. Flavor of bitter smoke with some yeast and wheaty notes in the finish. Not as rich and meaty as the other Schlenkerlas, which is a negative for me. It is less smoky too. Very drinkable though.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up an Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche tulip this past weekend, and given that bottles haven't showed up yet, the only thing I could think of to inaugurate it was a bottle of the Weizen, a beer I've had on tap and out of bottles in the past, but never reviewed.

A beautiful, clear deep ruby red with a dense, light brown head with good retention, there's plenty of carbonation present. Lacing is minimal.

The nose is classic Schlenkerla. Not as meaty as their other beers, this is still intensely smoky with a more woody, leafy smoke, almost peat like. Behind the smoke, I do get just a little bit of banana, something I haven't noticed the previous times I've had this beer. Sweetness is low, but the smokiness and the mild fruitiness work well together.

The palate opens surprisingly mild, given how noticeable the smoke is on the nose. Almost a little watery and lacking, there's a blend of smoke, burning leaves and a mild fruit character. The mid-palate is lacking, there's no real flavor there. The light body of a weizen doesn't take on the smoky intensity particularly well, especially the drying, mildly fruity, mildly spicy finish. No hops are present. Carbonation is high and scrubbing, lending a mild seltzer-like acidity to the finish. Probably my least favorite Aecht beer.

Photo of dasenebler
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

.5L, Germany, best by 4/11.

Pours a cloudy mahogany with sunburst highlights. Head is creamy, clumpy and epic, with some serious staying power. What a beautiful beer.

Aroma is smokey, wheaty and woody. My friend put it perfectly when he said it smells like a "summer bonfire."

Flavor doesn't work for me, unfortunately. This is essentially a "Rauch-dunkelweizen" and the flavor profiles of these styles don't harmonize very well. The Weizen flavors of clove and spice create a very astringent, medicinal beer when combined with the intense smokiness. The toasty, lightly chocolatey malts make this a complex beer, but I don't think it works in the end. This is also probably the driest wheat beer I've had. The mouthfeel is still excellent: fluffy, creamy and light, with superfine carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, this is not a drain pour, but it's kind of disappointing.

If all I could do with this beer were look at it and smell it, then I would give it high marks. Alas, I had to drink it, and it didn't really impress me as much as the other Schlenkerla beers.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light brown head of three fingers with thick clinging lace of head like quality. Color is a 28 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell of smoked sausage, spices, and wheat. Tastes of smoked ham, apple, cinnamon, black pepper and coffee. Big body of cream like feeling in my mouth. A very complex flavorful beer that I will like to sample again in the future.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice rosewood brown with a good solid creamy head... almost looks like a nitro-head! No lacings in my glass.

Light campfire on the nose. Won't smack you in the head like their flagship though it's certainly there. Touch of spice lingering behind.

Smoke right up front. Carbonation helps the spice take over a bit and you get a bit of clove. Banana is there but overpowered by the smoke near the finish. Long smokey aftertaste.

A interesting beer, well worth a taste. Undecided on just how well the smoke works for the style. Maybe could use a bit more pronounced weizen flavours or just a touch less smoke.

Photo of BigMike
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy/murky brown color. The head is a very light tan, 1 finger in height. No lacing is present.

S- Notes of banana, clove, smoke, meatiness. Smells like you spilled a hefeweizen in a butcher shop.

T- Very wheaty in the taste, notes of toffee, caramel. Definitely some smoke in there. Finishes slightly dry with a wheaty twang.

M- Very low carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable, but nothing amazing.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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