Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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.

Added by taez555 on 07-23-2001

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Photo of desint
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 mizx
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hopalongassidy
1.73/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This must be an acquired taste, unfortunately I don't have it. Poured it down the drain and regretting that I bought two. Never again.

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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 seakayak
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BobbyOlson
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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 M_chav
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Alekcide
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of nodder
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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