Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

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
Reviews:
421
Ratings:
740
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
18.41%
 
 
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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A .5L bottle purchased at Well's.

A: The beer is a muddy brown color, fairly light shade-wise, with a slight hazy sheen. The head laces throughout the wide-mouth glass that I am using.

S: The aroma never waivers from the enticing scent of a smokehouse, thick and meaty.

T: After having gone through the urbock and the marzen, I had grown accustomed to the smoky flavor overtaking everything else (and I mean that in a good way). In this ale, the smokiness, taste-wise, takes a backseat. The first flavors to register are the esters of a high quality German weizen, showing off some banana and clove flavors in a some wheat body. The smoked flavor seems to have accentuated the wheat element and added a light touch on top.

M: The domination by the wheat is pleasing, it prevents the smoked malts from completely dominating the ale (as it does for the marzen and urbock).

D: This is the best that I've had from Heller-Trum. The wheat is a perfect complement for the smoked malts, really bringing out a strong flavor.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a apple cider-colored body with a quickly dieing one-finger head. While I picked up a few citric/lemony and clove spice notes that remind me of a weizen, I am overpowered by a meaty, beef jerky smell. The taste presents more of the same thing. I just feel that the rauchbier tendencies, roasted malts, smokiness and woodiness dominate the beer. There is some mild sweetness in this that I haven't had from other rauchbiers along with minor hop notes that balance it a little and make it quaffable, it's just not even. I will stick w/ a regular hefe for my weizen tastes and heavier rauchbiers when I want something to kick me in the nuts.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy white head. The aroma is filled with smoke. The taste is much like the aroma with a lot of smoke flavors. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but a little too thin. Overall, this is a good rauchbier but it falls short when comparing it to the brewery's other offerings. The other beers from this brewery are far superior, but this one is still good in it's own right.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a caramel brown color with a frothy head.

The aroma is an interesting combination of smokey woodiness aloong with banana, clove, and caramel.

The flavor follows with those follows being a really interesting balance between the meaty and woody, smokey, almost ashy flavors then with the bready banana and spice. It also has a good medium mouthfeel.

At first, the combination may seem like it does not work, but as it warms up and with time, one can see where the two balance and bounce between each other.

This is another stellar beer by Schlenkerla. Not my favorite from them, but another example of what they do so well, a clean wonderful German ale/lager with smoked flavors.

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

A: Burnt yello/orange color. Poured a 3 finger coarse off-white head with good retention. Laced in medium sized rings.

S: Big sweet smoke dominates the nose. More like the doiused campfire after unburned wood dries.

T: Big smoky flavors of sweet malt and light-colored fruits. Bitter hops in the finish, but some of the delightful smokiness lingers.

M: Light body. Balanced carbonation. With the bittering citrus of hops a bit of a crisp feel.

D: Found this beer to be very drikable with its abv and nice balance.

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

25oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3" of dense, creamy, light tan head over the clear amber brew. Head lasts very well, and lacing is heavy and sticky. Aroma is all about the smoke, as expected, with maybe a bit of wheat sweet hiding somewhere in there. Taste starts with that hinted at malt sweetness, then has a bit of a citrus twist, and then fades with strong smoke flavor, which leaves an aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good for the style. Another nice smoke brew...

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

Nose: Big wood smoke over citrus, light clove and banana.
Clear ruby medium brown under a thick, off-white head.
Palate: Smoke, wheat, white bread, banana with a suspicion of clove.
Medium body with medium to medium high carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a pint bottle to a mug. Had a dirty brown color and a hazy consistency. there was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smoke, smoke and more smoke. Smelled like a campfire mixed with wheat and banana.

T: Tasted similar to the smell. The smoke is very up front, but there is also bananas, wheat, and some esters. An interesting combination.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but this is going to be one of those things you either love or hate.

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Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red/brown color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip.

Aroma is full of smoked peat with only subtle hints of clove and banana underneath. Pretty much dominated by the smoke.

Taste is full of smoke that fades away to clove and wheat underneath. The weizen part is still there but obscured well by the smoke.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoke, wheat and clove. A bit less smoke lingers here. The other flavors have a chance to shine.

Not bad but again, only drink it if you can tolerate the style. I like it but honestly, I couldn't drink more than one rauchbier in a sitting. They're certainly unique in their composition. Give it a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: huge one inch head, hazy, leather brown

Smell: smoke, wheat, pork, lemon, and Belgian spices

Taste: wheat, pork, malt, coriander, oranges, Belgian spices, and smoke especially at the end

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Very much a hefeweizen with smoke added to it. The smoke is present but is not as dominate as some other beers from the brewery. I could have several but of the four i have tried this is my least favorite

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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 Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a very lightly hazed orange, some dark amber hues, very thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, big chunks of lace stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is real nice, big woody smokiness, nice malt character, a bit of biscuity sweetness, very faint banana and a touch of spice, a bit of beef jerky and campfire smokiness, light wheat, nice.

Taste is really nice, very light smokiness, woody, a bit of oak/mesquite, a touch of wheat and banana, lightly spicy, beef jerky, light citrus acidity in the finish, a bit of bread, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very nice smokiness, not too much and not too little. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a murky brown/orange/amber in color. A big fluffy beige head sits on top and sticks around for a while. Huge smoke on the nose of this one. Similar to a campfire. What a conglomeration of various tastes on the buds. Very interesting indeed. This beer may not be right for everybody, but it is growing on me. First, there is of course the smoke flavor. Fairly heavy but also rounded. Then there are the weizen characteristics: banana, cloves, vanilla, phenolic character and pepper. Body is about medium. And the carbonation is just about right. Nice mouthfeel. Unique beer worth a try.

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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 TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a fat bottle with killer-looking German text on it. This is my second from the brewery (first tried the Marzen).

The beer was dark copper colored, mostly clear, a couple floaties but not enough to give it a haze per se. The smell was as expected, very smoky in a summer sausage way. I think I'm turning towards this style of beer, but I wanted this to have some weisse cues too, like bananas/cloves and whatnot. I didn't smell or taste any of those. The flavor was completely a rauchbier, maybe a little more acidic than others but no other hints of weisse. Delicious to me but you better be prepared for a liquid salami if you try this beer.

Now to try the Ur-bock someday.

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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 glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a unique brownish-gray color with an off-white head tinged with more gray. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of robust smoked malts without much else. Neutral malt aromas lurk in the background backing up the smokiness.

Tastes good. Smooth smoked malt flavors kick things off. Joining in midway through the sip are hints of medium fruits - pears if I had to choose - that turn slightly sour shortly thereafter. What little fruit flavors exist fade out into a mildly bitter and very smoky ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I'm not sure how I felt about the hints of sour fruit flavors in this bad boy. The flavors were mild and didn't take anything away from this beer however I think the more robust malt flavors in the Marzen and Urbock do a better job of complementing the smokiness. Still, this is a nice beer that's worth a shot.

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

I have always liked this brewery, surprised it took me this long to actually review more of their beers.

A- Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, not exactly proper glassware but I think things will be OK. Massively gigantic cap forms on the beer to about 4 fingers in size and goes out of the glass about an inch. The head's texture is somewhere between foamy and creamy and retention is quite good. Just a few patches of lace.

S- Smoky overall with a light peat feel, I guess I would say it has a medium smoke level from all the smoked beers I have had. The smell reminds me a lot of trying to start a campfire but it keeps going out and you get the intense smoke off of the just charred wood. Bacon hint. Some light fruits and malts beyond that.

T- A bit more rounded out and multi-dimensional here. The smoke once again leads the way but is quickly balanced out by the other beer ingredients. The smoke is seriously just like starting a campfire, somewhere near peat but not entirely. A nice light fruit presence, apples and white grapes, as well as some yeasty banana and spice. The smoke and these other flavor meld together nicely, something I wasn't quite sure would work.

MF- Body reminds me of a silkier version of a Pale/IPA, lighter end with high but nice carbonation. Smoky finish on the palate and a decent amount of bitterness for a Rauch.

The blend of the German yeast strain and the smoked malts is quite good. Smoky bananas, mmmm. This makes we want to go start a campfire because it reminds of those pesky nights starting the fire for the campsite.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in weizen glass at Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla on 4/8/2013. Pours a murky brown which has the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider. Head is one inch, dense, fluffy and off-white. Nose expresses a hint of smoke and some dark fruits (similar to a weizebbock in character) with a trace of clove and banana esters towards the back. Taste is quite mild on all accounts - smoke is very subdued but masks a lot of the character of a typical weizen. There is a bit of fruitiness, but it's really a bit muddled, There's also a slight herbal/peppery quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a carbonation that is not quite crisp, but does have a bit of a bite. Definitely an interesting take on the style, but not really something I would look for in a wheat beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy 'Chill Hazed' brown, large frothy beige head and decent lace to coat the glass. Smokey, malt laden, earthy, a quite 'Sniffable' brew. Front is malt and slightly sweet, the top thin, the finish is acidic, dry, moderate to light carbonation. Very lightly hopped, but the smoky, peat like characteristics carry through to the end. A different beer and something worth the try, for you 'Dark' lovers.

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

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
5.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this smoke beer! Lord knows he could never finish it alone...

A - Beautiful clear amber brown beer is topped by a long-lasting foamy off-white head that leaves fingers of lace reaching up the glass.

S - Super-smoked aroma doesn't allow for much more than campfire to come in but there are notes of wheat and mild yeast esters in the, faintly.

T - Dunkelweizen in nature, more smoke hints (not anywhere near as potent as the aroma) and malt are forward than the wheat which plays more of a role in feel. Yeasty characteristics are tossed to the wind. While the flavor is much less smokey, it's also much less nuanced.

M - Soft wheat balances out the smokey, dry texture on the finish. Crisper than the average wheat, too.

O - The flavor is good but not quite what the aroma is. Less nuanced. Great beer regardless.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 9 ounce (16.9 ounces?) bottle into a Smithwick's pint glass.

A: Two fingers of nice head appear on the top. The beer itself darkens from bottom to top, chestnut to mahogany. Several bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass rise up.

S: The expected smokiness comes laden with the scent of smoked meat (pork comes to mind). This is not nearly as strong smelling as its cousin (Märzen), and has a faint metallic tinge. Smelling closely one can perhaps smell strains of yeast familiar to other wheat beers.

T: Good, but not great. I loved the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, and I like wheat beers, so my expectations were high. It's possible the novelty of rauchbier has worn off, but I think it's mostly because the Weizen isn't as strong an effort. The beer is a little meaty, pleasantly so, with definite wheaty tones. To Schlenkerla's credit, this tastes like a wheat beer with smoke in it. It's good, but nothing special. The aftertaste is rather bland, with only a hint of smoke remaining.

M: Carbonated and mostly unremarkable, except for the metallic feeling that creeps in.

D: The smokey attributes of this beer nullify the usual drinkability of wheat beers. It's not HARD to drink, but it's not easy either. In the future, if I want a rauchbier, I'll stick to the Märzen, which is what I recommend in favour of this beer.

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Photo of stcules
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy colour, typical of a dunkel weizen, with foam not very compact and persistent, for a weizen beer. The smell is smoke, smoke and smoke. The smoked flavour of a "scamorza" (italian smoked cheese). Smoke of green wood. The typical flavour of a weizen is still present, even if a little difficult to feel in the abundancy of the smoke. At the taste the smoke is less predominant, and the weizen feeling is more perceptible, with a little of citric (lime). Aftertaste of smoke (ma va?)Unbalanced.

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

Burnt sienna with amber highlight with a thick creamy steady beige head. Nose is light woody smoke - salmon more than bacon - with a touch of iodine and maybe some multi-grain cracker.
Pear, toffee and oak then definite grassy hops and a sour hit, overlaid with only light, restrained smoke.
Chestnut fruit finish and gently numbing clove linger. Medium, wheaty smooth, round and soft.

After other good experiences with Schlenkerla, I'm kinda predisposed to like their stuff. This is up to snuff - such balance and lightness of touch with the smoke is just difficult to comprehend. If I had any knock on this, it's that it's not particularly distinguished as a weizen.

Gladly have this with cheese, crackers and nuts at Thanksgiving.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is nice and strong and wheaty with just a hint of citrus and a "rubbery" undertone. Appearance is a dark, cloudy honey-brown with a very thick off-white head. Flavor is thick and wheaty with a smoky undertone and just a touch of lemon - not complex, but mouth-filling and not at all thin. Texture is delightfully smooth. Aftertaste gives the feeling of having just eaten some smoked or barbecued food.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.
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