Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
02-21-2011 02:34:54 | More by Huhzubendah
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
04-11-2011 01:32:04 | More by smakawhat
3.55/5 rDev -9%
Poured a dark copper hue with a four finger white foamy head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.
The smell was dominated by a rich smokey aroma.
The taste had a kielbasa smokiness, backed up by biscuity wheat character.
The mouthfeel was full and wheaty, yet dry. Good carbonation.
A very unique beer.
06-24-2006 02:07:59 | More by plaid75
4.33/5 rDev +11%
A: Poured a dark and cloudy mahogany red with an off white head that was frothy and well lasting. The lacing was minimal.
S: The nose was light smoky wood and campfire aromas. Not as strong or dominant as their other beers there was still tell tale signs of smoked meat with some dried bananas hints that came through. Overall a very pleasant experience.
T: The initial flavor was equally as pleasant and smooth in character with some smoked wheatiness and light smoked port coming through as well grilled salmon. The yeastiness does show sings of life here with some dried smoked banana chips. The overall smokiness adds a nice flavor without being overbearing with some light charred woodiness.
M: medium full with a good carbonation presence. Very smooth and malty.
D: Drinkability was very good I thought with a nice soft roasted smokiness that only added layers of complexity to an otherwise already fine style.
09-24-2008 22:51:54 | More by beerthulhu
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-01-2011 02:05:34 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
09-10-2002 20:10:55 | More by Bighuge
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.
Pours a unique brownish-gray color with an off-white head tinged with more gray. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of robust smoked malts without much else. Neutral malt aromas lurk in the background backing up the smokiness.
Tastes good. Smooth smoked malt flavors kick things off. Joining in midway through the sip are hints of medium fruits - pears if I had to choose - that turn slightly sour shortly thereafter. What little fruit flavors exist fade out into a mildly bitter and very smoky ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I'm not sure how I felt about the hints of sour fruit flavors in this bad boy. The flavors were mild and didn't take anything away from this beer however I think the more robust malt flavors in the Marzen and Urbock do a better job of complementing the smokiness. Still, this is a nice beer that's worth a shot.
08-19-2010 02:14:04 | More by glid02
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
I purchased this from the brewery. Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 8/06.
A: Murky brown; fluffy, slightly off-white head. A little retention and lace. (Colour is closer to a dunkel weizen).
S: Overwhelmingly smokey, with an underlying sweetness (caramel, fruit?). Like a banana that's been caramelized over an open fire. Quite nice.
T: Flavour has a little more depth than the aroma (taste isn't overwhelmed by smoke). It's like a smoked banana bread, with some nobel hop spicyness, and a hint of caramel malt sweetness (it's well balanced).
M: Moderate body is very creamy. Carbonation is moderate.
D: Good, but fairly smokey.
04-07-2006 21:47:49 | More by Derek
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Deep cloudy 'Chill Hazed' brown, large frothy beige head and decent lace to coat the glass. Smokey, malt laden, earthy, a quite 'Sniffable' brew. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top thin, the finish is acidic, dry, moderate to light carbonation. Very lightly hopped, but the smoky, peat like characteristics carry through to the end. A different beer and something worth the try, for you 'Dark' lovers.
07-27-2004 20:49:45 | More by Gusler
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a very dark red/brown color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip.
Aroma is full of smoked peat with only subtle hints of clove and banana underneath. Pretty much dominated by the smoke.
Taste is full of smoke that fades away to clove and wheat underneath. The weizen part is still there but obscured well by the smoke.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoke, wheat and clove. A bit less smoke lingers here. The other flavors have a chance to shine.
Not bad but again, only drink it if you can tolerate the style. I like it but honestly, I couldn't drink more than one rauchbier in a sitting. They're certainly unique in their composition. Give it a try.
07-12-2009 07:50:59 | More by Brad007
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a weizen glass. Long awaited to get to open one of these.
Pours a muddy dark brown, with some shades of mahogany and and chestnut around the edges. Tan head, with some floaties in the body (maybe I shouldn't have poured the yeast in?). Big sticky lacing, great retention and good amounts of carbonation stream up from the bottom of the glass. Nose has some smoked bananas, wheat and a touch of spice that the smoke has overtaken. Beautiful smoked wood/meats in true Schlenkerla fashion. Taste has a faint sourness at the beginning (although this disappears with warmth), with a creamy and chewy mouthfeel initially revealing some bananas and smoked wood/malts. Thins out as it moves over the palate, leaving behind more smoke. Mouthfeel starts off fuller than it finishes; residual smoke on the palate and a faint sense of the weizen. Would've loved more body in here ala Weihenstephaner. Overall a good offering, if a bit one-dimensional and thin at times.
10-11-2011 23:45:04 | More by liamt07
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured into a pint glass from a fat bottle with killer-looking German text on it. This is my second from the brewery (first tried the Marzen).
The beer was dark copper colored, mostly clear, a couple floaties but not enough to give it a haze per se. The smell was as expected, very smoky in a summer sausage way. I think I'm turning towards this style of beer, but I wanted this to have some weisse cues too, like bananas/cloves and whatnot. I didn't smell or taste any of those. The flavor was completely a rauchbier, maybe a little more acidic than others but no other hints of weisse. Delicious to me but you better be prepared for a liquid salami if you try this beer.
Now to try the Ur-bock someday.
12-17-2007 01:43:43 | More by TurdFurgison
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
5.2% ABV, no date.
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this smoke beer! Lord knows he could never finish it alone...
A - Beautiful clear amber brown beer is topped by a long-lasting foamy off-white head that leaves fingers of lace reaching up the glass.
S - Super-smoked aroma doesn't allow for much more than campfire to come in but there are notes of wheat and mild yeast esters in the, faintly.
T - Dunkelweizen in nature, more smoke hints (not anywhere near as potent as the aroma) and malt are forward than the wheat which plays more of a role in feel. Yeasty characteristics are tossed to the wind. While the flavor is much less smokey, it's also much less nuanced.
M - Soft wheat balances out the smokey, dry texture on the finish. Crisper than the average wheat, too.
O - The flavor is good but not quite what the aroma is. Less nuanced. Great beer regardless.
07-23-2011 02:22:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a rich orange amber with massive carbonation strings rising through the glass. Three finger fine off white head that continued to slowly build until settling into a long lasting cap with massive lacing. Nice smoked aroma with hint of smoked meat and malt. Very faint wheat. Flavor is light wheat with complex smoky wood elements, finishes somewhat dry and smokey. The smoke dominates the light wheat and malt flavors, but is still pleasant; the maltier styles seem to blend their character with the smoke a little better than this and I miss the weizen flavors. Still a pleasant smoked beer from a great brewery. Nice medium body with a hint of creaminess.
10-11-2012 04:27:42 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: light brown color with a touch of haze and two fingers of rapidly dissipating frothy light tan foam. It looks rather a lot like a dunkelweizen.
Smell: medium-strong smoke aroma. It smells a lot like a nice lapsang souchong tea or an Islay Scotch. These are aromas I quite like.
Taste: smoke is not quite as pronounced as in the aroma, but is still present in spades. There is a nice wheaty malt background to the flavor, but not much of the banana or clove flavors I like in a weizen. I don't have a lot of rauchbier experience, but what I'm tasting I quite like.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation. Overall, a nice creamy feel.
Drinkability: this is a pretty drinkable beer. It's keeping my interest quite well; in fact, I would not mind sessioning this beer. Good stuff!
04-17-2010 02:51:42 | More by flagmantho
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Poured from a pint bottle to a mug. Had a dirty brown color and a hazy consistency. there was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.
S: Smoke, smoke and more smoke. Smelled like a campfire mixed with wheat and banana.
T: Tasted similar to the smell. The smoke is very up front, but there is also bananas, wheat, and some esters. An interesting combination.
M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: Drinkable, but this is going to be one of those things you either love or hate.
03-17-2010 12:13:54 | More by avalon07
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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