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.

Added by taez555 on 07-23-2001

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Ratings: 781 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of chebode2
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The body is thin and less meaty than schlenkerla's other offerings but still a better smoked beer than mo's others out there.

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Photo of matcris
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A hazy amber to brown in color, with a creamy, khaki full head that sticks. Aroma: Smoke, filled up the small room in which I took the picture. Salty, smokey bacon, and bready. In the flavor, same deal. Like a swig of a Dunkel right after a big bite of a slightly burnt/woody, smoked pork sausage biscuit. Feel is, medium, above average carbonation, and dry. First one of these. I'm not a huge fan of 'smoked' anything, but, I can appreciate this, and would have it again, down the road. I think I would pair this with something very sweet, like, pancakes and maple syrup.

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

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a mug.

Look: Hazy chestnut brown with an off white two finger head. Very good head retention.

Smell: Smoke up front and finishes with some malts and wheat.

Taste: Follows the nose. Moderate smoke flavor up front and finishes with malts. Well balanced, the malts are substantial enough that the flavor doesn't wash out after the smoke.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and slightly dry.

Overall: A very good beer. Not as smoke forward as some of their other offerings but good nonetheless. As noted in "Taste" there is a very good balance between smoke and malt flavors.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown and cloudy. Tall, frothy and off white foam. Good lacing. Strong aroma of smoked beacon, some burnt out wood, malts and some caramel. Average duration of a light bitter and sweet flavor.It is a light bodied and watery beer. Soft carbonation. Medium lasting and dry finish

I can easy tell that it is a very smooth beer. However apart of the smoked aromas, I find it quite bland. It is
a crisp, refreshing beer but some more presence of Weizen characteristic was missing.

Expiration date: 03.2017

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheHammer
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a thumb's worth of head that stayed around well enought, but did not lace. The body is a deep dark brown with red notes and mild carbonation.

Smell: Has a smoked ham and bacon smell to it, backed up by a lemon pineapple note with hints of wood. It's honestly what I would expect a Luau to smell like. Warming wasn't really needed but seemed to bring out more of the smoke smell then the other aspects.

Taste: Starts with some sweet mixed malt and a mild lemon note which turns to a powerful smoked meat taste that you expect from a rauchbeir, only that it is reigned in by a mild banana note. It then peters off until only a mild dry yeast note is left.

Mouthfeel: The end transistioning is a bit of a disappointment, but that's a minor complaint. The spice and cloves seem to come out more in the aftertaste, and as expected a slight smokieness is present. Sadly, that dry note at the end does hold it back a bit. Good, creamy carbonation throughout the beer that helps every part of it.

Drinkability: I honestly expected this to be heavier, but I think medium bodied is apporpriate here. It has a bit of a dry end, which I don't really enjoy but apart from that it's easy to drink and while it walks the rauchbier end of the line on this one, the weizen aspects aren't lost in the wash.

Final Thoughts: I honestly prefer this over their standard rauchbier, because this one seems a lot more interesting and a lot milder, making it a bit more drinkable for me. This really strikes me as a cervesario's (or beer sommelier's) beer, as I can see it going great with various dishes, I just don't know which ones. Solid stuff regardless. Thumbs Up

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Photo of Jodio
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mmm . . . Absolutely fantastic ! This may be my favorite Aecht beer. Expected yet at the same time terrific aromas of smoke, vanilla, cooked on campfire meats and a hint of clove maybe. Appearance is murky like a nice Belgian Dark, Dark Weizen or Weizenbock, something along those lines. Taste is definitely Hefe but without the crispness. Flavors of oak, smoke, hot dogs, interesting yeast and wheat. Feel is good . . . Maybe a tad thin but still respectable. Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. I would probably put this up therea with Alaskan Smoked Porter and Uinta Tinder as my favorites. These make for nice mild weather beers.

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Photo of Foley67
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ice tea color with great foamy head and good lacing. Smells of a fire pit, I cannot pick up on more other than smoking wood from this beer. Taste is very interesting, I get a ton of smoke taste with some mild malt but the smoke takes the game with this beer. Finish is smooth with a BBQ finish, I feel like I have been over a Webber grill after this beer. Overall not horrible, it was unique for me, just a 100% change from my norm but not bad.

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Photo of mrp2323
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sheppard
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich brown with off white head. Some smokey meaty aroma that is typical of Schlenkerla's magical smoked beers. First impression was that it was a little thin. There's some of that cooked ham, pig roast-like meatiness. There's just a lacking of depth that would greatly bring out the flavor profile. It's good, but I'm a little disappointed relative to the Marzen and Helles.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark, murky rust color.

Frothy off-white head; no lacing.

Smells closely like the Urbock; very ham, smoke & BBQ forward. Perhaps not as strong as the Urbock, but very similar.

Thin mouthfeel.

Smoky goodness in the flavor, a little lighter than the Urbock here as well. Enjoyable, easily drinkable. I just wish the smoke was heavy as a forest fire...this is a bit too light for the style.

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

Photo of nobledust
4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: root beer candy color, cloudy, off white head that stays just on the rim. Nice initial head.

Smell: smoked ham, smoke, beef jerky, fire pit ash, smoked bacon, smoke, more smoke. Banana sweetness underneath the barrage of smoke.

Taste: more balanced than the marzen, as this is half rauschbeir and half weizen. Initial smoke note that gives way to the wheat, which manifests as banana, simple grain and sort of a corn thing which tastes like a result of the combination of smoked malt and wheat.

Feel: nice body from the wheat. Full while not showing any hint of alcohol, as it's not high abv. Velvety, on par with the best trappist ales in mouthfeel

Overall: I love this beer. I love the marzen too but haven't had it in awhile and haven't compared the two. Initially i was disappointed by the prevelenace of wheat on the palate, but it actually really works once you get past the novelty of the smoke flavor. The marzen is full steam ahead, this one is about balance and drinkability.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muratgurer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 781 ratings
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