Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

BA SCORE
88
very good
778 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by taez555 on 07-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
778
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Robalypse
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Caramel color with a huge head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell:
Campfire, smoked meats, the woods on a cool, fall night. This is most definitely one of the most unique, but pleasent smelling beers I've encountered so far.

Taste:
As promised by the smell, there’s a taste of smoked bratwurst up front which might not sound that appealing in a beer, but works surprisingly well. The aftertaste bears a bit of a smoky, maple syrup taste. The alcohol in this beer seems imperceivable which is in line with the relatively mild alcohol content.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied, light carbonation, quite smooth with just a bit of a fizzy sensation going down.

Overall:
This is definitely a tasty and distinct beer. I gulped a pint down in a matter of minutes, which speaks to its smoothness and drinkability. Despite the strong smoke overtones, it has a refreshing quality. Still not something I’d want to have frequenting my glass because of the distinct flavor, but it could definitely enter into my beer rotation. Would go amazingly well at a barbeque on a summer night, due to the smokey taste and refreshing quality. Considering the price point isn't too harsh, it's certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of OF001
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL btl. poured into a tulip.

Dark earthy pour with light ruby tones and a massive, thick, stable and long lasting head that is absolutely amazing. The head comes is a dense as a nitrogen stout, with uber tight bubbles. Good tan lacing.

Smells of smoke and light wheat sweetness. Not overwhelming but I would have liked a little more depth, but for a smoked beer its what I expect, I have been a little stuffed up so that doesn't help.

smoke, lightly wooded but more oily BBQ smoke, like from meats and bacon fats. Smooth with a medium bitter hopping on the finish. Mild sweetness and hints of spice. Chocolate and over roasted dry coffee; french blend.

Smooth to start, thinner than I expected, with a high crisp note (mainly of the roasted coffee, reminiscent of caffeine in a dry espresso roast bean) just past the middle and a dry CO2/hop dryness on a short zesty and tight fizzy finish.

As I said, more on the nose but it may be the fault of my nose, but I still would top it out at 4.75. I would like more creaminess and more body, on the mouth feel, but I guess it is a marzen so stylistically it is correct. In the taste profile more wood and a little less oil, but that is a personal preference, I love wood smoke. Its an intro rauchbier, the marzen is a waste for me, give me more body and more smoke and more smoke and more smoke and body...and smoke. The 4.35 average it gets is generous considering my tastes it would only be about a 3.8-3.95

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a one beer break from the Märzen at Schlenkerla with this.

It has a big fluffy white head on a super cloudy and dark bodied beer. Laces wonderfully. Proper.

Sweet banana and clove seems to battle with the smoke with being the dominate aroma until you taste it. It seems the smoky/meaty flavor dominates the banana and clove in the taste.

There is a lively carbonation and medium body.

This was lovely. There's a good Weissbier base working here and the added smokiness just ups it.

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Photo of Camallan
1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of illtexzona
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle in 16 oz Weizen Glass

A - Pours rich sweet potato colors. Stays cloudy after settling. Solid inch and a half lite weight head. Minimal lacing.

S - Pungent smoke at obnoxiously delicious levels. Bacon, Wood, Dry Aged Meats. Some sweet accents of malt and carmel.

T - Camp fire as you take it in opens up with dark fruits and hint of sour apple. As it sits on your tongue you really taste the grassiness of the wheat that lightens it. Washes dry with a subtle nuttiness you swore you tasted on the tip of your tongue.

M - Very lite and crisp. Carbonation resonates under your tongue with an slight effervescence.

O - Of the three (Marzen, Urbock, & Weizen) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers this is the most balanced and approachable to a rauchbier novice in my opinion. I could session drink this one, where the other two are tasting beers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with 3 fingers of head

S: Starts off with a good deal of smoked malt, with some wheat as well. A light fruitiness comes through, but the smoke steals the show

T: Much more mellow than the nose, with quite a bit more wheat than in the nose. The smoke is toned down a bit, but is still the most prominent factor. Wheat to start, followed by swift smokey tones that lasts well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: As usual with this brewery, a solid smoke beer. I think this style is a little too light to really utilize the smoked barley, but it's still good nonetheless. I prefer the marzen and urbock, but this is still recommended if you like rauchbier

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Photo of jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BeerNacho
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of whatsgoody
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wapavz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MrHyde1886
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Screper
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acevenom
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours dark toffee brown like a dunkel with a thick white head. It appears to be well carbonated. The aroma is of light smoke and wheat malt. I don't get any expected weizen notes like banana and clove. The taste is more reflective of a weizen with notes of the smoked malt. I get some of the banana and clove pairing with the mild smokiness of the malts. There are some chocolate notes as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth and clean. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into a standard weissbier glass at Kachelofen,Bamberg

A - Dunkel chocolate body with a 4 finger tan creamy head. Lacing/head retention is good.

S - Light bacon note, lots of milk chocolate. No obvious classic weissbier notes.

T - More familiar notes here. Banana/clove backbone with chocolate notes coming through. Hint of bacon lingers but very subtle. Its sweet overall. Clean refreshing finish.

M - Medium carbonation/body

D - This was very tasty. Classic weissbier flavours with a nice chocolate/smoked mix of side notes. Was very tasty with my "lumberjack" pork fillet.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a rich orange amber with massive carbonation strings rising through the glass. Three finger fine off white head that continued to slowly build until settling into a long lasting cap with massive lacing. Nice smoked aroma with hint of smoked meat and malt. Very faint wheat. Flavor is light wheat with complex smoky wood elements, finishes somewhat dry and smokey. The smoke dominates the light wheat and malt flavors, but is still pleasant; the maltier styles seem to blend their character with the smoke a little better than this and I miss the weizen flavors. Still a pleasant smoked beer from a great brewery. Nice medium body with a hint of creaminess.

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Kind of an orangy/tan with a billowing off white head. Almost looks like some Belgian pour

Aroma, smoked beach wood dominates. Smoked pork, grainy malt, some buttery toffee.

Taste, very woody up front, with the smoke as well. I think the clove accentuates the woodiness. Some toffee and a hint of chocolate even. Less meaty than the other versions.

Lighter bodied than the others from Schenkerla, more carbonation as well. Definetely the easiest drinking though. A slightly more refreshing Rauchbier.

Put this one off till last because I assumed it would have more wheat beer characteristics that I don't care for as much. That was a mistake as this easily stands up with the others. Though Urbock is my favorite now.

More similar to some of the Scandanavian smoked beers.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a yellow hue when you hold it up to the light. There was a big white head which died to almost nothing in seconds.

The smell is smoked meat, this really powerful.

The taste is smokiness, then the wheat and lemon of the Weizen. Smokey and sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very good beer I've tried all the rauchbiers from brewery and they're all great.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's rare that I openly say that I love any particular style of beer. But smoked/rauch.... I love them. This smoked weizen was pleasant surprise.

The smell is dominated by the smokiness. I believe beechwood. It isn't stinking with smoke and doesn't overpower or waft over the entire room. It is light, but it is pretty much all smoke. Which for me is no problem. I really enjoy that smell a lot. Very woodsy.

Unlike other weizens the colour of this is deep for a wheat ale. Amber gold edges, but a nice reddish brown colour in depth. Very nice to look at.

On the weizen the smoke dominates the tastes as well. It just bears down on all of the common wheat beer flavors until the end where the twang of weizen pulls through nicely to remind you that you are not simply drinking a boatload of smoke. There is a tad grassiness that seems to wander and weave through the entire beer which is also very nice. A small amount of very delicate banana wants to pull through but it is stomped on by the smoke. the grass and banana hints liven things up a bit among the smoke though. But like I said, the smoke dominates this beer... clearly.

The bubbles are not over the top but it is definitely well carbonated, maybe slightly more than the average wheat beer.

Overall, another great beer from Schlenkerla. If you are looking for huge smoke in a lighter package, this is it. If you are looking for rauch in general, Schlenkerla is forever a great decision. If you do not like smoke in your beer, do not even think about touching this to your lips.

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Photo of cletusdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Trulius_Slackerus
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of yossarian14
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of MichaelGreene
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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