Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
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From:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
Style:
Rauchbier
Ranked #36
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,666
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 13.23%
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
379
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 23, 2023
Added:
Jul 23, 2001
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  85
SCORE
88
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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Rated: 4.06 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2023
 
Rated: 3.96 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jan 07, 2023
 
Rated: 3.8 by hopley from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked up a bottle at the Appalachian Vintner in Asheville 9-20-22 for $5.99. No bottle date; consumed 11-20-22.

Beer poured brown with a very nice white head.

Nose is smoked malts forward, very nice.

Taste is a light malt base with a mix of smoked barley and unsmoked wheat malt. Finishes very balanced with adequate hopping.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a nice change of pace beer that is well done.
Nov 20, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A tastey smoked wheat beer from Germany. A malty banana, clove, & smoke treat. Well done for the style.
Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
0.5 L Bottle
Bottle Date: --
Glass: 0.5L Weizen Vase
Temp at Pour: 50.0 F


Look:
Initially a clear mahogany or cherrywood brown. After the yeast was poured in, the color becomes an opaque and cloudy medium brown. At this point, I cannot see any hint of my fingers or there shadow through any part of the glass. The initial beige/tan head was quite large (about 5 fingers or half the glass - and yes, I did do a slow pour). Had to wait for it to dissipate some to get the rest of the beer (and the yeast) in. After the yeast was in, the head was 2-fingers and dissipated to a ring-and-cover. Lacing is good.

Smell:
Campfire and some ash with a spit of meat cooking overtop. Underlying this is wheat bread and some caramel. Hints of banana and cloves peek thru the smoke and malt. The smoke, while ever present, is not as intense as other Schlenkerla Rauchbiers.

Taste:
Follows the nose, but here the banana bread and clove notes of a Dunkelweizen join the party. Very malty and bready. Also smokey, as expected, but not overwhelmingly so. The Dunkeleweizen notes blend well with the smoke to create an interesting and tasty combination. There is a note of smoked pork fat (that's a good thing - port fat tends to be sweet). Campfire and cloves linger on for quite a while Especially the campfire. The finish is dry with a slight bitterness. Very nice. As with the aroma, the smoke is not as intense as other Schlenkerla Rauchbiers.

Feel:
Smooth and creamy. Decently carbonated. Body is medium, with a fair lean towards the full side.

Overall:
Unique and flavorful. This beer strikes a very nice balance between the dialed-down smoke and the Dunkelweizen notes. Good stuff, this.
Jun 08, 2022
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Rated by MHL81 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not enough smoke. Spoiled by the Marzen and Ur Bock. But like all wheats, strong head with good lacing.
May 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by samEBC from Belgium

Apr 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
This pours a ruddy cocoa-caramel color. Lots of foam. Lots. The characteristic smoke comes through on the nose, along with —is that banana? And clove? Coriander? Just a touch, since the campfire notes are prominent and dominant, and matched on the sip as well. Delicious, but I wouldn’t expect anything else.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
~Pint bottle, poured into a weiss glass at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours a deep clear cherrywood-copper, and forms a massively fluffy off-white head with excellent retention and crazy lacing.

S: Clean smoke, if that makes any sense. Campfire and damp ashes, with caramel and ripe wheat field.

T: Beechwood campfire smoke in liquid form, over a fluffy wheat beer with hints of banana and pear. Caramel tones provide support throughout each sip. Some suggestions of barbecued pork, a mild hint of bubblegum.

F: Fluffy, medium, and lively.

O: A delight. Bamberg's finest remains the exemplars of brewing rauchbiers.
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

Looks decent in the glass. Initially the body is a deep rich brown before the last pour muddies the water. Cream colored head persists throughout leaving scattered lacing

Comforting smoky aroma with a side of ham.

On tasting, the smoking is spot on for this palate, matched with a decent body. The meaty aspect is fleeting, and the wheat seems to add a slightly sour bitterness adding to the enjoyment

Mouth about medium, finish lightly bitter and well smoked.

Overall, enjoyable beer, will be picking up Aechts other offerings before too long.
Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I’m really wondering how the flavor profile of a Rauchbier is gonna play with the flavor profile of a wheat base. I guess it’s somewhat like a smoked Dunkelweizen, but that seems like a broad assumption. I’m not exactly sure what this will be like, but I’m excited to try it. I’ve loved all their other Rauchbiers so I’m hoping for the best

Pours a cloudy dark brown 2 fingers of rocky light tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Actually, this is a lot like a smoky Dunkel, with fruity esters peaking through the smoke. I’m picking up on aromas of beechwood smoke, chocolate malt, overripe banana, clove, earthy wheat, and pumpernickel

It’s unfortunately a bit more subdued in taste, but what is here is still nice. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting tingly smoke, doughy malt, pumpernickel, golden raisin, white pepper, and herbal hops. The swallow brings notes of beechwood smoke, earthy hops, overripe banana, pumpernickel, white pepper, and caramel malt

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a crisp and smooth beer. Finishes wonderfully dry with a light balancing sweetness

As far as these go this one was quite unique. It’s a really solid blend of flavors that I didn’t expect to work as well as it does
Sep 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy deep amber color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has good retention

S- subtle but complex smoke on the nose with aromas of smoked pork, campfire and baind-aide. Undertones of caramel, toasted wheat, clove and cracked pepper

T- smoked malt up front gives flavors of campfire smoke, pork and char. Mid-palate starts to bring out some of the weizen notes, giving toasted wheat, clove, banana and some black pepper. The finish gives more subtle smoke that sticks around in the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a semi-dry finish

O- not as bold and smokey as their other beers, but more balanced with the wheat malt
Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle. Khakis head. Burnt caramel color. Cloudy.

Smokey and wheat. Bananas, cloves, Hefeweizen like. Bacon and pork. Earthy hops, a bit floral. Malty, smooth, Smokey. Love it.
Aug 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by iftcoach from Germany

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours mahogany and a thick tan head that lingers for a while with decent lacing.

Sweet malt and smoke up front with caramel and a mild bitterness. This is softer and sweeter than the other Schlenkerla smoke beer and is very nice and relaxing.
May 15, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.89 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.64 by gwydno from Spain

Jul 12, 2020
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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.33 by robotic_being from Florida

Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.63 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 18, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Reviewed by scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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
 
Rated: 4 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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
 
Rated: 4 by KiwiBrent from New York

Sep 17, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 851 ratings