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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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419 Reviews
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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.

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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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Photo of jwhancher
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy darkish amber with very nice off-white head. The head seems to last quite awhile and even lingers toward the bottom of the glass. Smells of ham, light pork, scent of bacon, basically any kind of smoke cured meat you can think of. I can't tire of the aroma from this beer - just plain awesome. There's also some aromas of burnt wood - kind of like after a bonfire finally goes out. Reminds me of a summer campfire BBQ. Tastes similar to taste with some bitterness towards the end after some sweet, crystal malt character. Light in mouthfeel but bitterness is rather even balanced with the smoked malts. Overall, a great smoke beer. I would believe this one is a tad lighter in smoke character than some of the brewery's similar offerings. This one goes excellent with pork chops & sauerkraut...yummy!!!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a cloudy chocolate brown. Almost no head. Just a bit of light film on top.

S - upon first sniff it smells like spicy, fruity, bacon. The smokey bacon aroma is fairly strong but notes of clove, banana, and a touch of orange zest come though.

T - dry and savor on the front with a touch of smoke which slowly builds to a bacony flavor as notes of banana and clove become apparent. A bit of nuttiness as well. A dry finish with just a touch of smoke.

M - medium bodied. Light carb. Quite smooth.

O - a really complex yet easy drinking rauchbier. Great for summer bbq.

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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 nickfl
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam, resting on top of a very clear, medium brown body. The head collapses at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Dark, earthy smoke notes with clove, caramel, and banana notes in the background.

T - Soft, bready malt up front with a hint of toffee and some banana notes. More dark bread malt character in the middle with some spicy yeast and red apple. The smoke becomes more apparent in the finish with earthy, almost funky notes of smoky juniper and clove as well as lingering banana.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - To paraphrase the Most Interesting Man in the World, I don't often drink Rauchbier, but when I do I prefer Schlenkerla. Schlenkerla is one of those beers that qualifies as a classic of classics and this particular one is as good as it gets. The smoke and weizen yeast work together masterfully and the malt character softens everything to the point that it is perfectly drinkable. The aroma really reminds me of an old barbecue restaurant or, perhaps more appropriately an old, old brewpub, with decades of smooth smoke soaked into the walls. An excellent beer that I feel lucky to be drinking.

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Photo of atis
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Bamberg

Pours light brown with huge brownish head that slowly fades, dense slowly downsliding lacing. Aroma is pleasant smoky, this is what clothes smell like after a long evening by a fireplace in the woods.

Flavour is light smoked ham with wheat malt shining through, bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full, less than average carbonation.

Drinkable, yet I think I enjoy other Schlenkerla smoke brews more. I would not want more than 2 glasses of it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color with a thin white head. The smell was obviously smokey with some light wheat aromas in there. The taste was smoked as well but the wheat seemed to mute the strength of it. The mouthfeel is lighter than the other Rauch's this brewery puts out. Overall it's a decent brew but the smoked brews aren't really my thing.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy, reddish-brown coloration which produced a nice bit of froth. Retention was solid and it laced in unique layers.

S - Malty, sweet aroma with a fresh fire in the fireplace sort of backing.

T - Wow, perfectly balanced. Sweet bananas and maple bacon. Breakfast in a glass!

M - Light bodied, smoky aftertaste, good carbonation level.

D - Fantastic beer. Not as smoke-filled as their Marzen, but that's okay, this brew is a different sort of beast, and a tasty one at that. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zep9865
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as part of a tasting with aasher. Poured into aecht snifter with 3 or 4 solid fingers of ivory foam head. Beer is a cloudy chocolate with a hint of red.

Beer smells like the last rachbier I had. Bonfire and smoked ham

The smokiness of this rach is much more evident than that of the urbock. Beer is crisp and clean, and finishes with the smoke.

Mouthfeel of this beer is great. You begin to think that you're just drinking a typical weizen until the smoke comes out of nowhere.

Some might find this beer a little bland, but I really enjoyed. Not a lot of body or insane flavor, but the beer is crisp and has a great aftertaste. Very sessionable.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
88 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.
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