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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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky dark honey orange with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked grain, smoked meat, smoked cheese, and some slight band-aid aromas. Taste is of smoked meat/cheese up front with a definite wheat presence in the middle and finishing with a smoked wheat aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rauchbier that still allows the wheat used to come across in the flavor.

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a dark amber/caramel color. The beer itself is fairly cloudy, which should be expected from a wheat beer. Lots of action from the carbonation and of course an amazing head. In my weizen glass it stands proud, tall and resilient.

S: Huge smokey aromas and some lighter aromas from the wheat come across too. Man that smoke/bacon aroma smells good with the richer, dark barley malts. Some grains are present too.

T: This is the first time I've had Schlenkerla's wheat rauchbier and it's great! I love the more faded smoke flavoring in conjunction with the slightly acidic/sour flavors that come naturally in the wheat beer. It ends up feeling much lighter on your palate than some of their heavier offerings. Not quite as sweet as it smelled (which is a good thing). I do get some light caramelization but it's more so just that char.

M: Light and refreshing with lots of carbonation. Fantastic!

O: It was no surprise to me that I love this because I love all of their beers. I'm dying to try this with a warm bbq soon! Actually what I really want it with is a bbq chicken pizza!

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

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a HUGE rocky three finger head that refuses to fade. Amazing.

Smell is moderate smoke along with some orange peel and yeasty banana.

Flavor is less smoky than I was anticipating. Smoke is intermingled with orange and bubblegum. A mild tartness appears towards the finish along with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little sticky. Nice clean finish.

This is an outstanding beer. While not my favorite of the Schlenkerla series, it is an interesting take on a witbier and is amazingly refreshing and quaffable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger rapidly dissipating head on a murky, golden with a brownish orange hue. No lacing really. Aroma is very smokey with wheat and honey notes. The flavor is very smokey with mesquite notes but overall compared to others in the genre this one is subdued. The wheat can be experienced throughtout. High carbonation and light to medium body.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge eggshell head, thick and soapy. Dark brown effervescent murky body, looks like a dunkelweizen. Sloppy drools of lacing.

S - Ashy smoked bacon with a sweet honey glaze. These Schlenkerla rauchbiers are just my favourite smelling beers on the planet. A joy.

T - Follows the nose yet doesnt quite match the intensity. In addition to the smoke, bacon and honey, there are light notes of banana and wheat.

M - At first quite light in the body but then it becomes quite chewy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - I absolutely love it. I should add that this bottle was 2 months past its BB date.

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

500ml bottle poured in a Pilsen glass.

A: Pours a Dark and cloudy amber-brown colour; an immense yellow to beige head is formed. Very bubbled, lots of carbonation. Retention is high helped by the long glass and many lacings are left

S: Very smokey with a strong wheat backbone. Roasted malts and yeasts

T: Taste is strong on smoked and roasted malts. Some traces of banana as a regular Weissbier. The blend of smoked malts, yeasts and roasted malts bitterness is definitely balanced

M: Smooth body and, at the same time, light and easy drinking. Considerable carbonation. Smoked aftertaste

O: Extremely easy to drink. Highly recommended beer

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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 WMEugene
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey, from notes.

A - Dark amber-brown; a little cloudy with a thick, cream-colored head and ok lacing.

S - Smokey with a malt background. Nothing too noticeable or overpowering.

T - Taste of smoked and roasted malts...definitely smokey. It's a simple taste, but delightful nonetheless.

M - Very easy drinking. Smooth with a thin to medium body. Excellent carbonation. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had.

O - An enjoyable and easy drinking rauchbier...for the style, this is extremely well done.

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Photo of bobhits
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This one forms a nice firm head, no lacing surprisingly and has a very lively body. It certainly looks a lot like a dark hef.

Sweet almost artificially sweetened smoke. The wheat elements are certainly showing.

I expected something so different….my first taste of this was some head that was over powering and it had some good sweet creamy hef like qualities with smoke tones. The first sip of the actual beer is rather odd. Smoke is suble but very present. The malt has a sour like flavor that I’ve gotten in some less enjoyable dark hefs but no cloves or bananas or strong sweet elements. Instead there is some kind of smoked meat (ham?) mixed with a sour malt.

The body on this one is awful. It is just so thin so weak and the carbonation isn’t that creamy hef carbonation or even a good pale ale, but instead it is sharp and bites the tongue. It has the kind of carbonation that makes you burp and I frankly can’t think of a worse quality in a beer.

It seems this style is much like bourbon barrel ales. It isn’t a style as much as a finishing element, but because of tradition it has a style. I like the smoke flavors, but some element of this process isn’t working with the hef. I really think there is potential for these two to mesh, but either a touch less smoke or a touch more malt is needed to get things going in the right direction.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into tulip

A: bustling reddish/brownish/white head nearly plumes out of the glass. great retention and lacing cover a hazed, but bright copper body.

S: great marriage going on here between the grainy aroma of the wheat malt and the bamburg smoked malts. i think the wheat is actually a little more prevalent than the smoke here. a quick swirl states otherwise from the smoke.

T: the smoke is on the mild side in this brew. a chewy bit of wheat as well. eat a brat sandwich and it is very similar to that. a good deal of grain gives a breadiness while the smoked flavor is reminiscent of a delicious German brat.

M: moderate sizzle on a medium body.

D: another keeper from schlenkerla. this is the 6th beer ive had from these guys and while it is not my favorite, it is a very unique brew that plays wheat and smoke very well together.

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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 jsanford
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dirty dark brown with a fluffy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap. Lovely smoke aromas that reminds me of wood-grilled salmon. Oily, spicy, and wonderfully meaty, this is a great smelling Rauchbier! Weizen flavors of banana and clove come through in the flavor, only to be swallowed up by more of that fishy smoke. I gotta admit, the Weizen backbone isn't as appealing to me as the more traditional Marzen, I just feel the caramel/malt flavors stand up to (and compliment) the smoke better. Still good, though. My qualms with the Weizen backbone carry through to the mouthfeel, I could definitely go for something a bit more substantial. As is, we're looking at a touch-under medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with moderately crisp carbonation. Overall a very solid addition to Schlenkerla's wonderful Rauchbier lineup, but certainly not my favorite.

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

Poured into an imperial pint.

Hazy mahogany body with a thin and tight-bubbled, white head. Little retention time and no lacing.

Immediately full of smokiness, like smoked wood chips and barbeque coal, and some grass-like earthiness (not like hops). Some malt on the nose, but mostly within a thin smokey cloud engulfing the senses. Smokiness of this beer, compared to the Märzen however, is quite different: much bolder in the Märzen.

Opens with a curious amount of saltiness on top of a thin malt and wheat body, which all end with the smokiness. Discernible amount of sweetness from the malt matches well with smokiness, for sure. A nicely tasting rauchbier with mild smoke.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smokiness lingers on the palate after every swallow. Easy drinking. If you're more keen on the smokey quality of rauchbiers, Märzen is the better option. But the Weizen still holds its own nicely and is as equally as enjoyable.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a weizen glass. Long awaited to get to open one of these.

Pours a muddy dark brown, with some shades of mahogany and and chestnut around the edges. Tan head, with some floaties in the body (maybe I shouldn't have poured the yeast in?). Big sticky lacing, great retention and good amounts of carbonation stream up from the bottom of the glass. Nose has some smoked bananas, wheat and a touch of spice that the smoke has overtaken. Beautiful smoked wood/meats in true Schlenkerla fashion. Taste has a faint sourness at the beginning (although this disappears with warmth), with a creamy and chewy mouthfeel initially revealing some bananas and smoked wood/malts. Thins out as it moves over the palate, leaving behind more smoke. Mouthfeel starts off fuller than it finishes; residual smoke on the palate and a faint sense of the weizen. Would've loved more body in here ala Weihenstephaner. Overall a good offering, if a bit one-dimensional and thin at times.

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

Thanks to doughanson78 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Compared to the other Schlenkerla beers the smoke is pretty light but its still very present and good smelling

T - Like the nose the smoke isn't as strong as the rest of the line up but its the dominant flavor with a bit of a wheaty finish

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

O - Rauchbiers are a favorite style of mine and while this is a lighter one from Schlenkerla its still a very good beer that I could drink all night long worth trying if you ever see it around

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a layer of off white head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: It's smokey, but not overly so. There are some herbal notes along with the smoke.

Taste: Like the smell, mild smoke with some herbal notes, a bit grassy. Malt sweetness yields to a somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: It was nice to be able to taste some other flavors in a rauchbier. Easy to drink, the smoke flavor was complemented well by the other tastes. I would have this one again.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Light hazy brown (very much dunkelweizen-like); big, dense off-white head that has very good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass (actually quite less than i expected)

S- Dense but not overpowering smoked aroma with a slightly sweet yeast note in the mix. Some light undernotes of spices (clove) and a hint of fruitiness show up after the head has receded a bit

T- An assertive but never too strong smoky flavour that blends very well with a soft, velvety, wheat malts sweetness, though the beer doesn't actually feel so sweet for a weizen. Then some subtle spicy and banana notes, expecially on the palate. You don't often taste a smoked weizen and this is infact a peculiar range of flavours, but they are nicely balanced

M- Quite light body and moderate carbonation. Very soft and silky on both tongue and palate. A clean, very simple mouthfeel, but somehow very nice

O- Feels like a weizen, tastes similar and yet not. A unique beer, but still a simple, perfectly balanced, easily enjoyable and drinkable one

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

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big smokiness up front that you would expect from this type of beer. Then a mild caramel and fruit sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice huge light tan head fills half the glass. Color is a dark copper with amber hues and hints.

Smell is milder smoke than the bock, with hefe yeast notes of banana clove and spice coming through, subtle hints of grains and wheat.

Taste is mild smooth smoke with a good breadiness, and similar hefe yeast notes of banana, clove, and spice.

Mouthfeel is so smooth, the wheat and fuller yeast flavors off set the drying qualities of the smoke.

Overall, I like this version better than the bock in terms of drinkability, very smooth smoke flavors and good hefe flavors to mingle.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought this would make a good rainy day beer.

Dull golden brown with an eggshell tan head. Thin film of retention doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nostalgic campfire smoke, hay and some mild wheat beer fruitiness (misc. golden fruits). Tastes like smoke and I think golden squash and tortilla chips? The smoked flavor doesn't exactly live up to the smoked aroma - it's there alright but not as strong. The wheat beer doesn't do much but lay there like a starfish. I would have liked to seen more exaggerated German wheat characteristics like banana and clove to play up the rauch malt.

Not sure if this is an old bottle. I'd like to try it on tap to verify.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the one i think i've had the least thinking it would be to conflicting... actually quite a developed balance between smoked and wheat malt. fantastic balance of smokiness and mild sweetness. and i don't mean hef sweet. this is a savory peppery hef. and i think most mineral crisp. quite drinkable as the 'bacon beers' seen to be a food accompaniment and sort of a novelty for the status-quo of american brew pub beer drinkers. would say best for chicken... fantastic for grill zucchini and mozzarella...
nice floral hints, mild fruit notes and a dry floral and smoke finish. especially in the murk of the pour. doens't dominate the palate and would have something else after.

actually quite redundent to figure the best offering from this brewery as they are all different and strong. it should be had... the grade is irrelevant. i personally like this and the urbock most.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is a very cloudy, dark caramel brown. Three fingers of thick, fluffy, slightly tanned head dissipated very slowly, leaving trails along the glass and a billowy lacing. There is a lot of carbonation action going on, and there is a cake of sedimentation on the bottom.

Smell: Mmm… Smoky. The smoked malts obviously dominate, giving the beer the scent of smoked sausage reminiscent of landjäger. (Oh, so good!) Amazingly, the wheat qualities come through, giving it some hefeweizen fruitiness: ripe banana, green apple, and a little strawberry.

Taste: The intensity of the smoked malts is subdued, but it is still the dominant flavor. It exhibits the landjäger or smoked brat quality from the aroma. The mouthfeel is thick and wheaty, and, much to my amazement — again — wheat beer qualities such as ripe banana, apple, and strawberry are present. I would have never guessed.

Drinkability: In terms of smokiness, Weizen plays second fiddle to its märzen brother, but it is still a high quality brew. Tons of complexity and flavor.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Weizen glass: you know what you're getting with this brewery, something smokey!

This beer was no exception, smoked sasauges and hams come to mind. This was the 5th beer of my German and lager based beer tasting evening last week.

The beer went down very well, the smokiness combining nicely with the mild banana/vanilla flavours from the wheat contents. Not sure I'd want a night drinking it, but pleased I've had one (visited the brewery years ago, but didn't have one of these).

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

500mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful amber with a massive, gorgeous cascading off-white head that fills the glass and slowly settles to a fluffy foam with great lacing. Lively carbonation.

Aroma is sweet peaty beech smoke and charred hardwood. Almost a briny, oily aroma. Smells like a campfire - like your clothes the morning after sitting around a campfire. As the head dissipates so does the smoke aroma and the malt comes forward. Smells fruity and smoky, a little acrid, with some faint ripe banana too.

Taste is smooth, sweet, smoky, fruity, mildly malty. Smoky banana, clove and a malty sweetness that's subdued by the smoke, which also gives this beer a cherry quality. Mouthfeel is really good too - creamy, smooth. The smoke adds a really nice, unique twist but never dominates the flavor profile.

Overall a good, mild rauchbier, a good introduction to the style. This would be especially good in the fall.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 756 ratings.
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