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: 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.

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Photo of goz
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a cloudy medium brown, with a huge white head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is smoked meat (bacon, ham, salami) with some banana mixed in. Flavor is of bacon wrapped banana, with the banana becoming a bit more prominent towards the end. Body is medium, with some pretty strong carbonation.

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Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split this beer with zep9865. The beer poured a dark, dark raisin brown in color with a two finger beige colored head. It is incredibly murky and really doesn't let any light pass through it. There is also a moderate amount of sediment on the bottom. It certainly wasn't what I expected. The aroma is really only of smoked malt but it isn't nearly as smoky as their other beers. And when smoke is the main aroma, you can't really pick up anything else. The flavor, interestingly enough is of both mild yeast and lightly smoked malt. It's interesting because you get a slight, watered down ham flavor paired with the flavor of bread after it's been dipped in pea soup. It's interesting to say the least. And the more I think about it, the more I get that pea soup flavor. It drinks alright but it's nothing overly appealing. It's just kind of an odd pairing. I just can't like this one as much as their others but it's an interesting try.

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Photo of Slynger
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep, clear, dark woody-amber color with a tangerine tint to it. Unimpressive lid of dirty white coloring.

The nose is excellent. Exceptionally sweet smokiness with some tangy fruitiness that is akin to red wine or vinegar. Sort of like a flanders red in away and definitely unique and appealing.

The flavor is much drier and less sweet than I figured. It's lightly roasted and nutty with a hint of caramel sweetness to it, and that same tangy red wine/vinegar fruitiness. Smokey smoke overtone neither hides, nor dominates but is definitely present. Lightish body with a slight acidic quality to it and unspectacular feeling carb.

Love the smell, flavor was pretty good but left me wishing there was a bit more to it. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but the feel to this one was pretty lame.

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Photo of hyland24
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner with Ba buddy pleepleus.

Poured dark brown getting slightly lighter towards the bottom with a two inch tannish white foam head. The smell was pure bacon including the smoke and the salt. With a slight hint of soap. The taste was right on par with the smell which was big bacon and smoke flavors. Finished with a slight hint of malt. Overall a medium bodied beer with a slightly oily mouthfeel leaving behind a spicy feel. Not my preference when it comes to beer but interesting and a good rep for this style. Glad I tried it but wouldnt go out of my way for it again.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a stein glass. No freshness date that I can see.

Appearance: Rich, chocolatey color with hazelnut edges. As it pours out of the bottle, the cascading liquid reminds me a bit of apple cider. Beige foam with a smattering of larger bubbles, but mostly microbubbles. Retention is light. The bottom of the bottle has heavy sedimentation.

Smell - Applewood, wood fire, chicory and general spiciness. Hints of bready, yeasty aroma in the background that takes the edge off the smokey smell.

Taste - More wood fire, some hints of smoked pork and a finish of malty sweetness. The taste is pleasant up front, but long after you've swallowed your drink, it lingers in a way that doesn't entice the next drink. I really think this is a beer that needs to be paired with food.

Mouthfeel - Mostly crisp and bright in spite of the smokiness throughout the beer's profile. Like with the taste however, after the sip is gone, there is a somewhat unpleasant feel, almost like you feel after you've been out around a campfire for a couple of hours.

Overall, a beer that strikes me as well-balanced and incredibly unique. However, I need to try it again with a food pairing. The beer on it's own was just a little too intense for me.

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Photo of cbl2
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/8/2005 $3.79 1 pint 9 oz 5.20% No best by date.


Pours a hazier darker brown than its Marzen counterpart, with amber undertones. Still possesses the tight tan head (roughly an inch deep) that the Marzen illustrated.


Smoked sensation, but not of the pork variety this time. Resembles lox in the aroma, with a very salty, ocean feel to it.


Slightly course in the mouth, with the smoky sensation one would expect coupled with a weissbier flavor that is oddly drying on the tongue. Not nearly as flavorful or enjoyable as the Marzen.

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Photo of Bayern1971
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smoked Weissbier you say? I'm game. As a weissbier connoisseur, I was curious to try this variation. Would it be like a dunkles weissbier or a thing of its own making. Pour dark, muddy coffee dark in a Weihenstephaner Weissbier glass. Average head that dissipates to nothing after a few minutes. Smell is wonderful aroma of warm smoked meat & leather. Taste follows the smell as smoked malt followed by the tart cloves and a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly light and carbonation is weak and this is where this beer comes up short. It's a nice change of pace from a weissbier or dunkles weissbier but I'd think twice before paying $5/bottle for another one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze colour, thin snowy head, dissipating quickly with a steady, firm bead that commands with authority. Very light-to-no lacing. Cute colour, but otherwise unastounding.

Delicious meaty smoke, deep and hearty with a juicy, fat richness to it, like a can of Thick and Chunky soup. Behind the smoke is a peep from some dark, plummy berries. But after a couple of sniffs the smoke just takes over. Very nice.

Very acrid smoke on the palate, kind of sour with an off-fruit aftertaste following the charcoaly flavour. Kind of fizzy mouthfeel which is a bit of a turn-off, but it's otherwise really nice with a lot of smokey meaty flavours. Actually the palate is a bit short, and the flavour isn't as powerful as the smell, which I can whiff from half a metre away. I'm not familiar enough with the rauch style to diagnose what's wrong with the palate, but I just think it errs a little too bit on the side of drinkability, instead of going for the knockout punch.

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Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Muddy water brown. Lots of carbonation. Only a trace of head.
S-That freshly cooked bacon is there along with a dash of Liquid Smoke.
T- The smoke/bacon taste doesn't hit until the aftertaste, and then it wont go away. When I first sip it I get a metallic taste until the bacon takes over.
M- Very light lager feel to it which is surprising considering the taste.
O- Not my style but I think I could have one every once in a while.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey I'll admit up front this is the first smoke beer I'd ever tried and although reading gives a hint what to expect it really doesn't prepare you for the experience or make it any easier to enjoy.

Poured an earthy raw umber in color which I thought unique. Starts with a big 2" head which settles down to 1/4" in time. I was genuinely surprised that the intensity of the smell was not as pronounced in the taste. With the bouquet I get not just the bacon and smoked meats and cheeses others reference but also sort of that lit "puck" smell you get during 4th of July firework play. Do you know what I mean by puck? Those 10" sticks dipped in something flammable, kind of lookin like elongated corn dogs? Ha. Anyway this beer kind of smells like something your mom would yell at you for if she caught you putting it in your mouth. Sorry, just being honest. Anyway, it's a wheat beer and that's pretty much the taste with just subdued notes of the bouquet in the taste itself. And I thought it a touch sour.

Look either you love or you hate something like this. Can't say I love it. I respect it, I recognize it's intensities are unique and thus in their own way gourmet. Can't say all I want to drink is smoke beer after this. In fact I think I'll wait quite a while before I try another one.

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Photo of beerme626
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Liquor Barn in Lexington, poured into a weizen glass
A: Kind of plain, brown, one finger head that disappears quickly, with no lacing or anything.
S: Bacon, a little, much more mild than the marzen.
T: Bacon a little, but a good bit of wheat and the banana/cloves of weizens
M: Kind of sticky, not terribly carbonated, but still pleasantly
O: Good, but go for the Marzen for your bacon beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows smoky bacon, campfire and very faint doughy wheat.
The weizen characters are more apparent in the flavours, with nice doughy wheat and light caramel. The smoke is definitely the dominant aspect though with big ham notes.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a dark honey colored almost brownish with a off white head that is about 2 fingers. A lot of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

S - WOW smells liked salami! Its true. Some faint sweet maltiness comes out. Spicy.

T - Very interesting smoked meat taste. Some beef jerky and a bit of pepperoni as well. Im not joking. Some mild bitterness at the end with a bit of dryness. Aftertaste completely smoked! Wheat isn't really coming through some hints of clove but not so preset.

M - Light to medium bodied not too complex but very interesting.

D - Not my favorite style of beer. Definitely interesting and not bad but not my favorite.

Edit: As it warms some of the wheat character is a lot more present with some spicyness and clove character more noticeable.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like smoke beers in general, but I didn't care much for this brew. Oak wood smoke doesn't seem to agree with me. The beech wood smoke of their marzen and ur bock is lighter, with less of a sour element to it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up an Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche tulip this past weekend, and given that bottles haven't showed up yet, the only thing I could think of to inaugurate it was a bottle of the Weizen, a beer I've had on tap and out of bottles in the past, but never reviewed.

A beautiful, clear deep ruby red with a dense, light brown head with good retention, there's plenty of carbonation present. Lacing is minimal.

The nose is classic Schlenkerla. Not as meaty as their other beers, this is still intensely smoky with a more woody, leafy smoke, almost peat like. Behind the smoke, I do get just a little bit of banana, something I haven't noticed the previous times I've had this beer. Sweetness is low, but the smokiness and the mild fruitiness work well together.

The palate opens surprisingly mild, given how noticeable the smoke is on the nose. Almost a little watery and lacking, there's a blend of smoke, burning leaves and a mild fruit character. The mid-palate is lacking, there's no real flavor there. The light body of a weizen doesn't take on the smoky intensity particularly well, especially the drying, mildly fruity, mildly spicy finish. No hops are present. Carbonation is high and scrubbing, lending a mild seltzer-like acidity to the finish. Probably my least favorite Aecht beer.

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Photo of Ego
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

instead of being a total beer hack and reviewing a xmas beer this evening I did the ole blind grab a bottle from the rack selection, and here is what I rolled...

the head proofs quicker than bread on crack, it settles pretty quickly collapsing from the outside in leaving a meniscus of tighter foam in the middle as the sides slowly gurgle lower towards the brew itself, ruby brown hue, decent lacing, active carbonation keeps the head right on the surface the entire time, nice.

woodsy smoke with some dry grass, not as intense as some of this brewer's other varieties, this does ring of smokehouse almonds at times though... man rauchbiers are really appetizing, at least to this guy (points to thumbs at self), beyond the smoke there is a light fruit component, somewhere in the peach/banana land area. the smoke dominates but that is ok in my book.

taste etc...
smooth as silk body wise, the flavor is... um? looking for it. This is a pretty bland player. The smoke finally starts to assert itself about halfway through. This one drinks well enough but without the smoke it would be almost a total bomb. With the smoke though this pairs with salted food so damn well. Maybe that is this beer's place, simply and accouterments to a meal adding in a dimension. -

a tame rauch but a rauch none the less. Probably interesting to cook with... I'll have to try that.

this paired well with the cowboys losing to arizona...

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown. Smoke is big on the nose and the taste. The wheat properties peer through, but in a lot of regards it's hard to distinguish from its Marzen brother. I can tell that this one isn't as thick, but the smoke character, which is a major part of the beer, is almost identical. I'm overstating this a bit, I know. Overall I do like the Marzen better and this one doesn't seem to be a necessary try for all, but it's still an exemplary rauchbier.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle shared with my father-in-law who loves all things Germany.
Poured with swirled yeast sediment, it's a cloudy brown colored ale topped with a tan head. Smoky aroma, faint wheat and hefeweizen with banana & clove coming out as it warms. Tastes are fruity, tart, smoky, actually refreshing with some banana notes as it warms. Lighter body with moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Classic Rauchbier here, but I preferred their Märzen or Doppelbock over this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is a cloudy unfiltered amber brown with jets of carbonation running up from the bottom, forming a large creamy textured tan head beautiful as for lacing is perfect thick and spaced evenly. Aroma: It's just about brunch here and I figured why not sample a beer that taste liked smoked bacon, this is liquified Canadian bacon as weird as that sounds its kind of smells good underneath the layers of smoke are mild clove and fruit esters, and a sharp scent of malted wheat. Taste: Sharp sweetness of a wheat the fizzy high carbonation and the neverending barrage of smokiness, that shouldn't even be drinkable but somehow you get used to it after your second sip. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied smoked wheat wow, this beer is different. Drinkability: Just can't imagine drinking multiple offerings of this in one sitting that would be a bit much.

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Photo of Goliath
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, with a thin light tan head. Fairly poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. Smoke dominates without a doubt. Behind the smoke though you get a bit of grain.

The taste is ok. Smoke dominates the palate, leaving the impression of smoked meat. A bit of grain in there, but not much else.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low. The beers is fine, and appropriate for the style, but the intensity of the smoke is bound to limit this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy dark brown body with a full, fine, bone white head.

Smell: Some smoked salmon, some thick-cut bacon, and a bag of your finest beef jerky, please.

Taste: Oh, the delicious smoked meatiness of it all. Dark malted wheat, hint of tanginess, and a bit of sour lemon serve as muted reminders that this is a beer and not, in fact, a meat product. Minuscule bits of vanilla and phenols present. Finishes with a lingering, residual smoke component.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Unique, interesting, it's definitely smokey and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of PailOfAle
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Cloudy auburn hue with a decent head. The head stays for most of the drink and leaves some slight lacing.

Smell: A sweet smokey smell, like mesquite chips.

Taste: At first I felt like I was drinking a smoked sausage, but then again, I've never had a smoked beer. As it warmed, the sausage taste went away and it began to have a nice smokey flavor along with the wheat notes. It reminded me smoked salmon spread on whole wheat bread...except without the fishy taste. It's very unique and after I got over the initial sweet smoky flavor that admitedly is like sausage, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A unique beer, with a mediumbrown look, with a bit of head. Smoke and wheat aroma, and very smokey initial taste with a sour finish. After several hot spices, it was complementary to the meal. Light mouthfeel, a notch above a watery lager. In a word, smoke.

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Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium brown. With plenty of of white frothy head.

S: A very nice ashy smokiness to it at first whiff. Beautifully smokey. There is a touch of sweet bread behind the campfire smell, just fantastic. Plenty of smoked meat scent in there.

T: Smokey ashy goodness. There is a light bready thing going on in the background. Very interesting. You do get used to the smoke pretty quickly, and start to notice the rest of the beer.. as I keep drinking there is almost a medicinal flavor that comes out, something I am used to from peaty scotch, but not from a beer.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is very strong.

D: Nice overall. The smokiness tends to fade a bit as you drink, but still nice.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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