Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
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Style:
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #10
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,367
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
830
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
Notes: 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.
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misteil from Ireland

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

just a short review here, been yonks since i’ve had a shlenkerla rauchbier, first time having the weizen, quite nice, obviously dominated by the smokey peaty flavours, less bacon-y than some of the others, the hefe-esque aromas on the nose were gorgeous but they didnt shine as much on the taste, but the brown bread and caramel malt flavours, the vanilla, banana, and smokey flavours all meshed quite well together, maybe a bit lacking in body but very drinkable, smokey flavour lingering on the finish, good stuff.

Feb 11, 2021
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OlaB from Norway

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a huge top of beige head that dissolves slowly and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass.
Aroma is smoke, smoked meat, wood, banana, cloves and wheat malt.
The taste is sweet and dry with strong smoke notes. Typical weizen notes with banana and cloves that is nicely ballanced with the smoke notes. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A nice and tasty rauchbier, but i do like the doppelbock version more.

Sep 19, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours amber brown. Lightly carbonated. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and malty and a bit like smoked sausage. That nose, wow!

T: This is lovely! This is a fantastic beer! Wheat on the front, smokey meaty barley in the middle

F: Moderate in all expressions.

O: Drinking this expanded my knowledge of beer.

Jul 04, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy golden brown color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like banana, wheat, medium-level of smoke, sweet malt, and herbs.

This one manages a nice balance between a traditional hefeweizen and a rauchbier. The smoke is definitely there, but like most Schlenkerla beers, the smoke is at a decent balance, and not overwhelming. There's a lot of banana, and some grassiness and clove character, with some smoky spice on the back end.

This is creamy, and drinkable, but it's definitely a slow sipper due to the intensity of flavor here.

All of the beers from this brewery are just completely uncompromising, but so well done.

Jun 14, 2020
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One finger bubbly tan head which soon disappears. A clear amber brown.

Smokey smell. Dry beer with very little wheat character. Maybe if the yeast is swirled in.

Milder than the flagship beer, but it is still notable. Lighter in body than it’s barley malt cousin

May 28, 2020
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brewerburgundy from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, tulip, 04/2020 on the back label, which must be a best by because I bought it in January 2020.

The color is not necessarily pretty; a dirty barely reddish brown. The head is a thing of beauty in every respect. It's two or even three fingers on the pour, tight creamy texture, light tan color, and a full finger of retention.

The aroma is a combination of Weizen and sweet and meaty smoke. Clove and banana in the background and a whiff of sweet bread.

Delicately sweet and savory, like a smoked sausage with herbs. The Weizen character is still there, with banana being more prominent. It really is very meaty, though all the flavors are less sharp than the aroma.

Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation.

It's certainly a unique blend of flavors. The elements of the Hefeweizen are very clear and it's very smokey for a union that works, though I have the feeling it's a bit of a tight rope act where if anything changed it could end disastrously.

Apr 15, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Due to the unsmoked wheat malt this Schlenkerla Rauchbier has not as much smoke and I like it! The smoke flavor is not overpowering like all the other version of the Schlenkerla Rauchbiers.

Feb 24, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Reddish-brown color with a finger of tan head. Smells of wheat and wood smoke. Light feel. Taste is a mix of wheat, caramel, wood smoke, and spicy hops. Not as intensely smoky as their other beers, so might be a good introduction to the style.

Jan 31, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark red and malty beer that maintains a nice head but thin. The smokiness in the aroma could be overwhelming for some but others will find it fabulous as I do. Carbonation is big. The taste is meaty like pork, turkey, smoke, barbecue and camp fire. It's a tiny bit sweet. Maybe honey like, often used in BBQ sauces. I can imagine this paired with smoked meats. It's a thin mouthfeel and it coats the tongue with smokey goodness. Overall another fine Rauchbier from Aecht. Poured into an Imperial pint nonic glass from an undated 16.9 ounce bottle.

Jan 26, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More notes I found:
Look: Brown, some red highlights, head that falls too quickly.
Smell: Smoke. Malt, but dominated by smoke.
Taste: Bacon, Pork chop, some sweetness, definitely the weakest of the ones I tried.
Feel: Thinner than the others...Way thinner than you'd expect given the smell and look.
Overall: Not the best of the three I tried. I'd take the others over this one anytime. Still not bad and a unique expression of a weizen. Never had a wheat beer taste like this!

Jan 12, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen is a German Rauchbier with a lot of smoke in the flavor. Yet it is very easy drinking.

Look: reddish brown with a very thick off-white head

Aroma: smoke, toasted wheat bread, caramel

Taste: The flavor is smoke, toasted wheat bread, caramel, but the smoke is quite prominent. However, it is still very thirst quenching.

Body/Overall: medium body.

Nov 11, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a turbid amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had wheat and smoke hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat and smoke flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A good Rauchbier

Sep 06, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: color between dark brown and brick red, very hazy with a thick tan/white head that sticks to the glass and dissolves to a thick layer feed by continuous tiny bubbles
S: Mild smoke with a sweet malty/meaty background like a neighbor slow cooking ribs over charcoal
T: Schlenkerla's trademark smoke is there, but only the barley half of the grains are smoked so it is much less pronounced than the märzen. Toasted whole grain bread, unfiltered yeast, caramel, muted citrus,
F: thick & meaty. Rich on the tongue with tingling moderate carbonation. Bitter-sweet up front with a pleasant bacony aftertaste
O: an excellent beer. Combining smoked barley with unsmoked wheat gives it a body lacking in most other weißen and the bottle fermentation melds the flavors. The lower levels of smoke make this very accessible for folks just starting rauchbiers.

Aug 25, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown color with notes of dark amber. A large foam head displays great retention.
The aromas evoke smoked barbecue meats, bacon and smoked cheese. The wheat aroma is subtle and plays a supporting role.
The taste opens with smoky malts balanced with flavors of clean amber, biscuity malts. A sweetness begins to develop that reveals notes of caramel, chocolate and wheat malts. All throughout, the smoke plays a leading role, evoking muted notes of BBQ ribs and bacon.
Medium bodied, smooth and with a soft chewy malt texture. The dry finish is effective for balance and drinkability. A gentle carbonation contributes to the softness of the mouthfeel.
I don’t quite get why the scores aren’t higher. Perhaps because it’s more smoked beer than wheat beer? Nevertheless, I think this is a wonderful smoky beer made by a wonderful brewery that specializes at this style.

Jun 20, 2019
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3%
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..

Mar 31, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mar 12, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Jan 23, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Nov 09, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Nov 09, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Nov 03, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Oct 28, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Aug 16, 2018
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Spechopper1007 from Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Mar 11, 2018
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Wg1041 from Alaska

4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Jan 14, 2018
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