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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Photo of bigdowg
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I approach this bottle with a high dose of trepidation. A fear really that I spent almost 3 English pounds on a potential drain pour. You see it is my first smoked beer but they say try everything once.

Pours really nice, but what the hell is that smell, poured with such a large head that I had to wait a little to let it settle before I could finish the bottle. It is a tan colour, similar to a port although very cloudy.

The smell is just smokey although a nice smoke aroma, like an open wood fire rather than an ashtray.

Taste is once again very smokey. I can only compare it to the taste of smoked fish without the fish flavour of course. I am struggling to pick up on the banana and clove flavour as promised on the bottle. The smoke dominates everything.

Apparently this brewery do smokier beers than this. I recommend starting with this as although I have yet to try the rest this is as smokey as I could manage. Definitely not a drain pour, I am enjoying it and I probably will buy again. Possibly in winter in front of an open fire though.

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Photo of Anatole
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerBikeRepeat
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Molson2000
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Deep reddish brown color with a beige head. Fairly clear since I left the yeast behind in the bottle until the last few sips. Smoked meat aroma with a hint of malt sweetness. Smoke dominates the flavor, however it's more subtle when compared to the Märzen or Urbock. Smooth on the palate. A sweet and smoky, yet restrained, rauchbier. The more I try from this brewery the more I am enjoying them.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlenkerla are, for me at least, the definitive brewers of Rauchbier - or ‘Smoke Beer’, and their Urbock is one of my all-time favourite beers. Now that is. When I first tried Rauchbiers it was a Schlenkerla Marzen (about 3 years back) and I thought “WTF is going on?!”: You see I didn’t know I was buying a Rauchbier; I thought I was buying a Marzen, which was a style I had become enamoured with at the time... little did I know then that today I would take a Schlenkerla Urbock over any Marzen any day of the week. How tastes have changed indeed. Moral to the story: Schlenkerla Urbock is an awesome beer, get it... now!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Deep hazy seal brown body with a 1.5 inch light-beige head that slowly drops back leaving a hearty lace on the glass. This is where IT is at. Bring it Schlenkerla! 9/10.

S: Even though Schlenkerla only smoke the barley malt the aroma of smoke still dominates the aroma like nothing else. This is their Rauch-Weizen but you’ll be hard pressed to pick up anything other than that smoky bacon fragrance that I love the Urbock for... Hmmm, I take that back: a second deeper whiff reveals hints of sweet malt and spicy clove Phenols. 9/10.

T: Nah, get the Urbock. This tastes similar, although with a clove spiced ham to Urbock’s rauch schinkenspeck (smoked bacon) sandwich. However the Urbock has quite a bit more going on in the flavour (and the mouthfeel as we will soon [spoiler alert] find out). The wheat in this also makes it drier in the finish and consequentially less enjoyable than the Urbock. All the above said - even Schlenkerla’s average brews are still world class. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation and a hint of creaminess. 8/10.

D: This was alright, I think the Weizen aspect of this could be a lot more pronounced - i.e. more banana and cloves to compliment the smoke, but I do still like this brew, tis a solid Rauch. Overall as a famous philosopher once said [this is someone from the future, in the future, talking about me] “If you can get Urbock: Get Urbock! If not, this is still decent... GET URBOCK!”. 8/10.

Food match: Christmas ham dinner or cheese and nut platter, decisions decisions.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SStein
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium brown with amber highlights; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: smoke is subdued; wheat is noticeable; a little ham; a little clove;

T: smoke is front and center; tastes like the Swiss landjaeger I grew up eating; a touch of banana toward the back end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; mildly dry;

O: surprisingly light bodied considering the flavor profile;

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Photo of mamaraza
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Misterefe
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of WeissBoy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ludachris
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy muddy brown with a thick puck of dense off-white head. Beautiful retention is imparted by the wheat.

An intriguing mix of smoky wood, salty ham and sausage and phenolic driven notes of clove, band-aid, and a whiff of banana peel make up the nose. I get a bit of an oaky sweetness as well. Perhaps not as smoky as the original but very unique.

Its wheat character is much more at the forefront. A touch medicinal with sweet banana and oak sliding underneath. The sweetness is rounded and pleasant. Its smoky, meaty goodness is refined and not as edgy. It's the undercarriage rather than the focal point. It's also what's left lingering in the finish.

Medium bodied with an enjoyable creaminess and below average level of carbonation. Watery on the edges with a softy, dry finish.

This is one of the most unique beers I've had to date with its combination of smokey meatiness and phenolics. I'm absolutely in love with the character smoked malt imparts. This was a good showcase for its characteristics but they were refined and tamed at the same time. The smokier, the meatier, the saltier the better. I prefer the original over this but it still held my interest from beginning to end.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but clear brew (brown/caramel color), active, topped by a slightly fizzy beige head. Decent retention.

Incredible aroma. Smoke is forefront, bringing impressive notes of wood, a long burning fire, and bacon. Yet, beneath that, and not drowned out, there is a nice banana note from the yeast.

Up front, flavor follows a fairly traditional Weizen profile: milky wheat, yeast, and grains. Some red grape flavor round out the malt profile.
There's a bit of a bite immediately, but the smoke really doesn't show up in force until the back end - after you think the brew has completely faded. That's when it hits most powerfully, but it's still smooth and approachable.

Very lively brew, carrying a bit of sting; very drinkable.

Another impressive brew from Schlenkerla. This one isn't as mind-blowing as the Urbock, but it's very good.

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

Photo of JahTurbo
2.21/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Extremely strong smoke aftertaste, overbearing. Did not enjoy.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikemands
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
1.69/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" white head that lasts for a minute before film out. Very dark brown color and unfiltered

S- Artificial smoke.

T- Artificial smoke plain and simple. Overpowers all

M- Pretty dry

O- Horrible. Drain poured it

Food Pairing

Sorry but this was a drain pour so no food pairing

Horrible and not enjoyable in any way

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 772 ratings.
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