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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
88
very good

637 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 29
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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 mendvicdog
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a layer of off white head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: It's smokey, but not overly so. There are some herbal notes along with the smoke.

Taste: Like the smell, mild smoke with some herbal notes, a bit grassy. Malt sweetness yields to a somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: It was nice to be able to taste some other flavors in a rauchbier. Easy to drink, the smoke flavor was complemented well by the other tastes. I would have this one again.

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L beauty pours an efferevescent amber/caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy tan colored head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Bigtime smokeyness & a little fruittyness as this warms

T: Slight smokeyness, ham or bacon-like up front & some bubblegum. Some fruittyness sneaks in as it warms along with a hint of caramel. Finishes dry, tart, slightly smokey & with a hint of nuttyness & juicyfruit

MF: Medium bodied & hint of oilyness with low carbonation& juicyness

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style that I don't remember having the one weekend I spent in Bamberg. Not as nice as the urbock, but more sessionable & the smokeyness seems more subdued. Tasty!

Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am going to retry this beer and give it another shot, but I would like to say that I had the hardest time finishing this beer.

Beer served in a hefeweizen glass from a bottle. Beer is dark / black brown. Head is large and steady. Can't tell the carbonation. It looks good, lets keep going.

Smell is overwhelming. Hickory and smoke. VERY STRONG SMELL. I don't have to lift the glass to my face to smell it. Knocks me over. What is this going to taste like? Burnt wood?

I coughed. Seriously, I felt like I was suffocating. Beer is medium bodied. No sweetness I can detect up front, just the smoke in the back.

I feel like I'm exhaling smoke after I swallow. Maybe this is the point. The most dominant flavor is smoke, the second most is smoke, followed closely by the strong aftertaste of smoke. I had to drink another beer to get the smoke flavor out of my mouth.

I'll try the other and maybe this one again since I'm clearly in the minority on this one. SMOKE!

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

My first bottle in several years.
On first cracking the crown, the aroma wafts out, of smoked ham. I'm getting hungry and thirsty all at once.
Very hazed amberish hue, tight ring of cream-toned foam.
Aroma: smoked salmon, minus the salmon. My powers fail beyond that...traces of wheat malt, but it's smoke all over the place.
taste: smoke at the fore, then smooth and refreshing, with that cured meat feel all over the palate. Smoked-meat feel lingers long in the flavor, and you can get the essence of a dunkel weizen under it, but it's well hidden. Tastes as nice as a good dunkel, and halfway through, the smoke lessens and the character feels a touch more normal.
I'm drinking this long after dinner, and now I'm yearning for some sausage or something. Quite an appetizing brew. Couldn't take it if I didn't like smoked meat, so take that as your cue, whether or not it's for you.
Medium-bodied, with a lightly smoky, smooth finish. Very drinkable, once over the smoke.
One of the world's most unique, and more rewarding brew.
Marzen and Urbock left to conquer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.
Poured light brown/orangish with a large tan head that fizzled down to almost nothing - virtually no lacing - nice color though.
The smell was invitingly smoky - not too over-the-top - but was like smoked beef and pork with an underying weiss smell of clove and wheat.
Nice combination of smoked sausage/beef and wheat. The taste, like the smell, was not over-the-top, but enough to bring out the full flavor of the smoked meats I barbecued for lunch.
It was very smooth and a great accompaniment to the food. A nice pairing for a summer barbecue. A true classic.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wheat Rauchbier, should be interesting.

Nearly brown in color, properly cloudy with a frothy initial head. Surprisingly little lace.

True to expectations the smell is quite smoky. It seems to be a dry beer with very little of the traditional wheat aromas.

The smoke is more mild than some, but it is still notable. Here, I can detect the wheat which is also mild. Overall this is a dry beer with a bit of an astringent pucker in the aftertaste. The body is like Marzen Lager--towards the lighter side.

I didn't think this combination would be very good together, but the subtlety wins me over. Could this be the first light extreme beer? I like the unique flavor of wheat and smoke, but there is nothing overwhelming about it.

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a good weizen scent that boasts of bananas and clove as well as a nice smokey aroma. It has a wonderful peated malt scent that balances the weizen aroma. The taste is good. It has a mellow wheat and pale malt flavor as well as a mild smokiness that really makes this beer. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It retains the fruity character of the weizen, but the smoke tames the banana/clove element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I really like the German Rauchbiers. The smokey character really stands out; a good drinker.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably rauchbier. I get a ton of smoke and ash along with some wheat. The flavor is smoke and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I enjoyed this beer, but I liked the roasted malt and dark fruit notes that I got from the Maerzen and Urbock more than the wheat notes that I get from this beer. This one was a little too one dimensional.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weizen has a hint of smoke to it(which may have been stronger, but I just drank their Märzen). The beer was quite dark, in fact much darker than even your standard Dunkel Weiss. The beer had a good deal of a caramel taste to it, with not as much of the clovey/ banana flavor one associates with a weizen.

Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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).

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy/murky plummy brown, tan head with a noisy fizz going on. The final pour adds some clumpy yeasties to the party in the glass. Minimal lacing here. Nose is subtle smoke. Smells like your grill 3 weeks after you smoked those tasty ribs. Mouthfeel is oily. This is a moderatly smoky, complex and tasty brew. The smoke here is far from overwhelming. Less is more and subtlety goes a long way here. Nicely done by the old pros at Schlenkerla. A natural with BBQ.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a foamy beige head that quickly settles into a nice lacing that lingers. Nice smokey aroma with hints of wood chip, charcoal and barbecue. Very smokey flavor with hints of chacoal and barbecued malts, balanced by some citrus fuit, wheat, banana and a prominent clove presence.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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 Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.