Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: German Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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#13,654
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
808
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
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44
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Reviews: 449 | Ratings: 808
Photo of beerdedking
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing wrong here, would like to see it in a higher ABV with a more pronounced maltiness. The combo of smoke and wheat beg to be brewed big. Decent brew, needs some carbo for a wheat, maybe this one is old..

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Photo of REVZEB
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is the typical smoked meat from this brewery, with charred oak, bready malt, and strangely, flowers. Taste is as advertised, smoked bacon, oak, malt, honey, and grains, but all fall to the smoke through the sip. Getting through the pint felt like an accomplishment in how robust the wood and smoke culmination added up on the palate. Feel is chewy and smooth, fuller bodied.

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love beers from this brewery! Wonderfully smokey, spicy and flavorful. Beautiful dark brown with great head and lacing. Pleasant smokey smell! Goes great with food. A comforting beer!

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Photo of KooVee
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle, 1m past bb.

Dark amber, decent foam which fades rather quickly for a weizen.

Nose is mostly Schlenkerla's trademark smoke, albeit more subdued than for the rest of their offering. In this already aged bottle it covers any weizen aroma.

Taste finally brings the banana and cloves on the side of the pleasant smoke. Lively but for weizen, restrained, carbonation, makes it all very drinkable. Just a tad of bitterness at the end distracts slightly.

Overall, not as magical as the rest of Schlenkerla, but a very good mixture. Loving grodziskie myself, I would suggest they try smoking the wheat as well. This is a bit too cautious an effort wrt smoke.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark bronze amber and produces slightly more than a finger of moderately lasting, beige, finely bubbled head that leaves minimal lace. Aroma is medicinal and sour with a stale smokiness with only a hint of the smoked meat character found in this brewery's other Rauchbier offerings. The wheat is there but subdued. Close examination yields very faint dark fruit and spicy hops. Taste is similar throughout but more musty smoke and sourness than in the nose. A somewhat bitter finish disappears rapidly in a bland aftertaste. Watery, thin mouthfeel. After reading some of the other reviews and seeing how different they are from my own I fear that my bottle was old or had been mishandled. This is the only offering from this brewery that I have found disappointing. I'll get around to trying another bottle as soon as possible.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I see "weizen" on the label and ended up treating it as one thus pouring this into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a fairly thick and dark orange/coppery brown color. A good two and a half finger's worth of white foamy head slid off appropriately and slyly. Some messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet meaty/bacon smokiness up front with some dark bread/doughiness and a light whiff of caramel and an earthy spice.
The flavor yielded to the sweet smoky bacon taste up front with a delicate earthy underneath. Mild aftertaste of bacon sweet smokiness and earthy spice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Mild bacon sweet finish.
Overall, definitely more rauchbier than weizen. In fact, I didn't see any "weizen"-ness at all in this. I liked this for me but weizen fans, I'd be aware of this if I were you. I'd definitely have again for me.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Dog and Duck, Bognor Regis - Pours dark amber with a medium slight tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Light smoke forefront, fruity esters - banana, light clove undertones, light caramel malts. Taste - Follows aroma, doughy notes, smoky feel with esters and spices, light bitter finish. Nice well balanced rauchbier.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, deep, dark amber coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells of doughy, slightly caramel malt with a distinct smokiness that doesn't overlay notes of wheat and yeast esters though, specifically clove and just a hint of banana. Taste follows the nose, with a fantastic balance of doughy, slightly caramel malt, light, grassy hops, smokiness and yeast esters of clove and banana. Finishes with a very light bitterness and a great combination of smoke and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation. What's oustanding about this is that the balance of yeast esters and smoke is just perfect, none getting in the way of the other. I would actually say that this is almost more of a dark Hefeweizen with a distinct, smokey note than a Rauchbier per se, which is perfect.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown glass holds a halo of off white foam with tiny wisps across the middle of the glass. Looks a little murky.

Aroma: Holy smokehouse Batman! It's a deliberate wood, not a camp fire, not a house fire, this was a cooking fire with an aromatic wood. Close to a cedar, lots and lots of it. Nothing else getting past the smoke.

Taste: Wood smoke. After a lot of that, there is a mild toffee sweetness to the finish that helps the smoke be enjoyable rather than harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium heavy carbonation almost goes fizzy. Pretty clean finish, slightly dry.

Overall: Like smoke? Like it, a lot? Do you like extremes? This is a love or hate beer, out toward the edge. If you want some boundaries pushed, any one of their Rauchbiers will bring the smoke. I recommend it.
The Weizen seems a little lighter than the others, but hard to tell not being side by side. The big smoke flavor still drives the show.

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Photo of Spechopper1007
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been dying to try this Smokey bandit for a while and boy is it Smokey. It pours a thick light-tan head. Its colour is deep dark brown. Its aroma is burnt wood, roasted/burnt wheat, and a smoked sausage quality. The taste is dark and smokey with a nice string of burnt wheat and malt. Overall this is a great smoke beer and I will recommend this beer to anyone who likes smoke beers.

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Photo of Wg1041
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown pour. Mediums body. Immediate smoked sausage and smoked cheese flavor. It’s as if the God Zeus ground up smoked cheese and sausage into beer form. Tasty but not excessive. Perfect compliment to all smoked food or steak. Oh wow. Delicious.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy brown garnet in color, the pour builds up very thick frothy khaki head that well retains itself with very good retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting foamy layer atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The smokiness is throughout the aroma with its pronounced smoked meat, charred wood, and fire. The weizen character is also there to bring good crispness of citrus and clove spice. Sweet banana too as well as bread and caramel.

The tastes has proper balance between the smoked of rauch and fruity yeast of weizen. The smokiness is much prominent with its smoked meat, bbq-like, and charred wood while fruity ester and spice undertone with notes of crisp citrus, mild banana, clove spice, wheat grain, and sweet breadiness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and quite lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and well-rounded yet quite refreshing. Finish is very dry.

Smoked weizen from the Master and when the Master say, you listen. Pour it with yeast for full enjoyment.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and cloudy, sort of a deer skin color, can't really see the carbonation, topped with three fingers of beige head.

Smells of smoky barbecue sauce, plums, very strong weizen qualities, raisins, cloves and leather.

The taste follows the nose, but instead of barbecue sauce it's more of a smokey quality but sometimes actually does taste like barbecue sauce.

Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

Got this in Chiang Mai, drinking it June 25, 2017. Digging it because it's so different than other brews.

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Photo of emincems
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark brown color, enough head retention. smells smoked, slightly wood and roasted malt. slightly bitter taste with dry finish. medium body with medium carbonation. wheat gives some softness on the palate and this softness makes it more drinkable than other smoked beers.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok just got home with some more German beers that I have not tried yet.
Poured some of this smoke beer into my weizen glass.
Look....pours a nice reddish Golden brown with a fairly good head and some sticky lace. Alot of sediment to stir up before pouring.

Smell....like Thanksgiving ham...it may be a good breakfast beer with some eggs and pancakes.
Taste..muddy...a little oily....sits in the back of the throat with a slight hoppiness. Slightly bitter.
Feel.... like I could have another one.
Overall...a bit pricey at 5.19 for a pint and.9 oz. Good experience though.. it will probably remain a novelty beer for me. Guten Bier.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
5.2% ABV
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
April 2, 2015
The beer poured a reddish-brown with a half inch thin white head. The aroma was baked ham, smoke, and weak floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is wheat, smoked wood, and baked ham. Quite good.

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Photo of matcris
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A hazy amber to brown in color, with a creamy, khaki full head that sticks. Aroma: Smoke, filled up the small room in which I took the picture. Salty, smokey bacon, and bready. In the flavor, same deal. Like a swig of a Dunkel right after a big bite of a slightly burnt/woody, smoked pork sausage biscuit. Feel is, medium, above average carbonation, and dry. First one of these. I'm not a huge fan of 'smoked' anything, but, I can appreciate this, and would have it again, down the road. I think I would pair this with something very sweet, like, pancakes and maple syrup.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a mug.

Look: Hazy chestnut brown with an off white two finger head. Very good head retention.

Smell: Smoke up front and finishes with some malts and wheat.

Taste: Follows the nose. Moderate smoke flavor up front and finishes with malts. Well balanced, the malts are substantial enough that the flavor doesn't wash out after the smoke.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and slightly dry.

Overall: A very good beer. Not as smoke forward as some of their other offerings but good nonetheless. As noted in "Taste" there is a very good balance between smoke and malt flavors.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown and cloudy. Tall, frothy and off white foam. Good lacing. Strong aroma of smoked beacon, some burnt out wood, malts and some caramel. Average duration of a light bitter and sweet flavor.It is a light bodied and watery beer. Soft carbonation. Medium lasting and dry finish

I can easy tell that it is a very smooth beer. However apart of the smoked aromas, I find it quite bland. It is
a crisp, refreshing beer but some more presence of Weizen characteristic was missing.

Expiration date: 03.2017

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Photo of TheHammer
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a thumb's worth of head that stayed around well enought, but did not lace. The body is a deep dark brown with red notes and mild carbonation.

Smell: Has a smoked ham and bacon smell to it, backed up by a lemon pineapple note with hints of wood. It's honestly what I would expect a Luau to smell like. Warming wasn't really needed but seemed to bring out more of the smoke smell then the other aspects.

Taste: Starts with some sweet mixed malt and a mild lemon note which turns to a powerful smoked meat taste that you expect from a rauchbeir, only that it is reigned in by a mild banana note. It then peters off until only a mild dry yeast note is left.

Mouthfeel: The end transistioning is a bit of a disappointment, but that's a minor complaint. The spice and cloves seem to come out more in the aftertaste, and as expected a slight smokieness is present. Sadly, that dry note at the end does hold it back a bit. Good, creamy carbonation throughout the beer that helps every part of it.

Drinkability: I honestly expected this to be heavier, but I think medium bodied is apporpriate here. It has a bit of a dry end, which I don't really enjoy but apart from that it's easy to drink and while it walks the rauchbier end of the line on this one, the weizen aspects aren't lost in the wash.

Final Thoughts: I honestly prefer this over their standard rauchbier, because this one seems a lot more interesting and a lot milder, making it a bit more drinkable for me. This really strikes me as a cervesario's (or beer sommelier's) beer, as I can see it going great with various dishes, I just don't know which ones. Solid stuff regardless. Thumbs Up

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a customer taster pint; no production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with walnut highlights and a two inch, wheat colored, foamy head with solid retention, but little lacing.
S: Tangy with bacon/smoke meat aroma up front, apple, lemon, and honeysuckle, as the nose and palate acclimate to the roastiness.
T: Dry with a palate that largely conforms to the nose, although caramel and plum are also evident, and white pepper or even cumin blends with the solid bitterness. Roastiness and bitterness very well balanced.
M: Medium bodied, although oddly light on the palate, with very persistent and satisfying effervescence. Smooth and enjoyable.
O: Rauchbier tasting requires patience. After the palate acclimates, the underlying flavors are always an exciting and pleasant surprise and this was me exception.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mmm . . . Absolutely fantastic ! This may be my favorite Aecht beer. Expected yet at the same time terrific aromas of smoke, vanilla, cooked on campfire meats and a hint of clove maybe. Appearance is murky like a nice Belgian Dark, Dark Weizen or Weizenbock, something along those lines. Taste is definitely Hefe but without the crispness. Flavors of oak, smoke, hot dogs, interesting yeast and wheat. Feel is good . . . Maybe a tad thin but still respectable. Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. I would probably put this up therea with Alaskan Smoked Porter and Uinta Tinder as my favorites. These make for nice mild weather beers.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ice tea color with great foamy head and good lacing. Smells of a fire pit, I cannot pick up on more other than smoking wood from this beer. Taste is very interesting, I get a ton of smoke taste with some mild malt but the smoke takes the game with this beer. Finish is smooth with a BBQ finish, I feel like I have been over a Webber grill after this beer. Overall not horrible, it was unique for me, just a 100% change from my norm but not bad.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich brown with off white head. Some smokey meaty aroma that is typical of Schlenkerla's magical smoked beers. First impression was that it was a little thin. There's some of that cooked ham, pig roast-like meatiness. There's just a lacking of depth that would greatly bring out the flavor profile. It's good, but I'm a little disappointed relative to the Marzen and Helles.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark, murky rust color.

Frothy off-white head; no lacing.

Smells closely like the Urbock; very ham, smoke & BBQ forward. Perhaps not as strong as the Urbock, but very similar.

Thin mouthfeel.

Smoky goodness in the flavor, a little lighter than the Urbock here as well. Enjoyable, easily drinkable. I just wish the smoke was heavy as a forest fire...this is a bit too light for the style.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 808 ratings