Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Style: German 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 450 | Ratings: 810
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 nobledust
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty tea/root beer color, a webby popcorn head and a nice display of lace. 100% opaque.

Lovely dead on aromas of smoked brisket, ribs, dry rub, and a following of slick bananas and clove.

Smoke takes a back seat here, as the clove, banana, and orange notes come out front. Light cilantro and coriander. It's pretty much a standard well-made Hefeweizen, but if you want that smoke experience just breathe deep while you imbibe and you'll get the whole package.

Feel is refreshing and crisp, malty, carbonated, wet. Semi dry finish.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. Not mindblowing, but I'd for sure drink it again. The Marzen is still the champion though!

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, ember color with a dense, stable head.

Smells of smoked, bacon accompanied wheat - something I never experienced that way. Sweet, but smoked malts add to the richness of the nose with a balancing earth component to it.

Has a perfectly fitting, medium to higher carbonation, complimenting to the refreshing, yet powerful body of the beer.

Tastes of smoke from the very beginning with crisp lemon peel and almost a peaty, wooden profound earth profile. Toffee malts mingle into the prominent, wooden smoke with a note of rock sugar on top, creating a nice antagonist to the lemon. Finishes sweet with a nice herbal dryness among wheat and prevailing smoke.

Awesome and unique with a great twist resulting from the straw and crisp lemon against the multi layered, rustic smoke profile.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic rauchbier comes in a 500mL, the smoke is strong but less prohiminent than the marzen's smell. This wheat lager is very enjoyable in anyway

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S- Chocolate cake>spicy Christmas pudding>+ smoke.
L- Very hazy deep chestnut. Thin pale tan head reducing to lacing. Poured with whole 5mm lumps of sediment that streaked the bottom of the glass at the end!
T- Smoke, smoked meat, malts and hops at the finish.
M- Quite rounded and lively on the tongue.
O- Pleasant, the smokeyness not over-bearing. I had another rauchbier recently and it almost put me off for life, the smoke was so OTT. This was bought for me, so I approached with caution, but it was more pleasant and in-balance than I expected. I'd drink and enjoy this again.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy garnet with a Brobdingnagian tan head. Roasty, woody, smokey aroma with malt sweetness in the background. The smoked malt is balanced out by a banana and clovey yeast profile and wheat crispness in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium to full with hefe style high carbonation. Oily smokeyness, light bitterness and hefe yeast esters in the long finish.

A fantastic Rauchbier. Super complex and the mix of Weizen flavors makes it very interesting. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 0.5l bottle into Hefeweizen glass.

A: The beer is dark amber color and very cloudy (lumps of yeast are visible in the glass as it is poured from the bottle). One finger tall off-white head, medium lasting, but leaves solid lacing.

S: Sweet malts and smokey aromas.

T: Smoked meat and smoked wood dominate the taste. Sweet malts are present. Hints of banana flavor coming through from the background.

M: Medium-to-full bodied. Very crisp with solid carbonation on the palate. Alcohol content gives mild warming flavor.

O: Interesting and unique beer which nicely combines elements of Hefeweizen and Rauchbier, but with smokiness prevailing over other flavors.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This rauchbier weizen pours a murky brown color with a slight orange tint. It definitely doesn’t look like a hefeweizen and I’m pretty sure it will taste nothing like one either. The smell is of smoked meat, but it is more subdued than in other schlenkerla beers and you can actually also smell some wheat competing with the smokiness. All of this breweries beers are unique as compared to each other, but I would say that this one in particular is easily distinguishable from the others. There is a tangy, charred meat flavor to this beer, but as in the smell, the smokiness is more subdued here. There is a crisp wheat beer finish and a little bit of citrus flavor as well that comes across in the finish, which is quite dry. This is a truly interesting beer. If you wanted a true, good rauchbier, but more for the beginner’s palette, than this would be it. This is much more refreshing and “drinkable” as compared to the other beers of this brewery, however, to me that actually lessens the appeal a little bit. In my opinion these beers are best drank in the winter and are meant to be hearty and evoke a rustic appeal, which I think is a little bit dampened by the direction that this one goes in. It is still quite enjoyable, however, and I think it would be great during a summer BBQ.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a thick cloudy light brown, like opaque prune juice. A couple fingers of tan head sit thick and sticky on top, some nice lacing. Looks like a meal.

Beautiful sweet salty smoke right down the middle, very much smoked meat, smoked salami, smoked salmon. Mouthwatering.

Starts with a subdued sweetness and mild banana before quickly taking second place to the balanced smoked meat flavours. Whats great is that the zesty hefe character gives a nice counterpoint. Smoke is great, this isnt overbearing ashtray or charred wood, this is delicately cured and smoked meats of the finest quality. Finishes with a little yeasty zing.

good full body and bright carbonation, this is one you can roll around in your mouth.

Absolutely love the Aecht Schlenkerla smoke character that is so dynamic and complex. Lighter and more delicate than their flagship brew, this gives a nice play of sweet smoke savoury and yeasty.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the beer review, MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave high praise at 3.5 stars of 4 and said this dark weizen "is deliciously fragrant in its smokiness. The flavors seem less reminiscent of beech than applewood or mesquite."

If you enjoy food pairings that seem odd in theory, but taste unbelievably good... then Schlenkerla has a treat for you. The versatility of these beers are best described by Garrett Oliver in his "Brewmaster's Table" page 343. Smoked, slightly spiced foods are a particularly good accompaniment from kitchens around the world. A very interesting twist from the typical pairing of local kitchen and local beers.

I had this Weizen with a seared vegetable sandwich with spicy arugula leaves from a Rick Bayless kitchen (you know, the guy with the PBS series "Mexico: One Plate At a Time.") As much as I have experimented with these beers and spicier food, this pairing was unique. I'm guessing that since the wheat is not smoked, this beer was less smokey and the food was less spicy so it all stayed in balance. Whereas, the other Schlenkerla beers have more smoke and, to keep in balance, the food needs to be spicier.

At least, that is the theory. For proof, I'll have to experiment some more !

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Photo of illpass78
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a tankard.

Appearance: A muddy, chestnutty brown with a big off-white head that sticks around.

Aroma: Smoked gouda, wood chips, orange rind, dark malt, wheat.

Taste: Big smoky flavor, though not as thick with smoke as the marzen version. Wheat malt and orange peel notes are there.

Mouthfeel: Earthy, thick for a wheat beer. Very substantive.

Overall: A fine beer, but not as transcendent as the marzen version, which seems less adulterated by the wheat presence.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From elcervecero. In Bavaria glass. Playing South Park Stick of Truth. Good aroma. Cant say that Ive liked its taste but didnt have to thrown it to the sink. Maybe im getting used to smoked ones or maybe this is better than others. Avg 1.75.

2 Dic 2017. In Bavaria hefe glass. At lunch, after futsal. With potatoes omelette. From estucerveza.Gift. 3 months after bbf.Maybe its the age, but i liked much more than remebered,softer smoked and wheat lightly noticeable

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Photo of matuto
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle (exp. 08/2016), in a glass mug. Medium body, high drinkability. Well balanced. Great combination of roasted malts and a still present wheat beer character.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, no bottled on date present. My first beer from this brewery, my first Schlenkerla Rauchbier.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark tawny coppery brown body, semi-clear, with about a finger of wispy off-white head. Doesn't leave much lacing behind. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Aromas of campfire, leather, wood. Clean bready malts and some yeast presence is noted as well.

T - Flavor follows the nose: clean & wheaty, but the smoke malt dominates the show.

M - Medium-light in body, fairly easy-drinking, but somewhat fullish in body; not quenching by any means. Fluid, but semi-dry.

Overall, an alright first beer from this brewery for me, but not something I'm too willing to explore more of.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen -----3.5/5

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into weizen glass. I'm not the biggest rauch fan, but will try to give it a fair hearing.

L) Chestnut brown, some big lumps of yeast falling down as it is poured from the bottle. Very hazy as per any hefeweizen. Head is a disappointment, thing bubbly film is all you get.

S) All rauch, no weizen. Burnt charcoal, maybe hints of sweet malt. At least you are left in no doubt that this is a rauchbier.

T) First, a hint of sweetness, followed very quickly by the taste of hotdogs, with a lingering burnt wood flavour. Sweetness is always there, before and after the smokey hit. The smoke is also lingering. To get any sense of this being a weizen, you have to stop drinking for a couple of minutes, and there is a bit of wheat sourness there, always with hotdog smoke. Really interesting that a drink can give you more complex taste and flavour than a food.

F) Similar pleasant carbonation to many weizens. The aftertaste is a lot of smoke, a bit of sourness, slight hints of sweetness.

O) I had this one time before at the start of my craft / quality beer drinking years and didn't like it. Now that I have had a bit of appreciation for rauch biers (all Schlenkerla, I think) I can appreciate this one. It's difficult to imagine that there is a better rauch weizen in the world, but if there is I will surely seek it out and try it.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours chestnut brown, perhaps some sediment. Head is light reddish tan and tries hard to not fade.

Nose is nice and smokey, perhaps a little floral note behind it.

Feel is nice, light, maybe a tad lightly carbonated.

Taste starts off wheat and citrus, similar to a wit beer with an orange in it. Turns a tad earthy when as he smoke comes on. As the smoke notes finally become clear, there's also a hint of spice.

Smoke prevalent in the nose, but doesn't play hard in the taste. Not sure the combination works for me in the long run, despite liking most of their other offerings.

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Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a cloudy chestnut with a small,frothy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
-straight up smoked ham,wheat,lemon,slight pepper,slight burned plastic
-wheat and lemon upfront
-smokiness coming on
-smoke sweetness
-black pepper
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
Definitely less smokey than the Rest of Schlenkerlas Rauchbier lineup and not quite as complex.
Still a good and interesting Weizen.

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Photo of psm90
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The smokiness is far too overpowering for my taste. Weizens are often quite delicate flavours with subtle nuances, which are all completely killed here by the smokiness. It's an interesting beer but that doesn't make it drinkable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 2016 and served just below cellar temperature.

Pours a muddy copper-amber colour, producing just over one finger of dense, creamy-looking, light beige-coloured head. Retention is decent; it seeps away slowly over five minutes or so, leaving behind a smooth cap and foamy collar. Lovely aroma that is dominated by beechwood-smoked malt, reminiscent of ham or maybe smoked salmon. Mild hints of banana, clove spice and bready, wheaty sweetness are less attention-grabbing, but play an important role nonetheless.

This is a very nice cross between a German-style wheat beer and an authentic rauchbier. You get a hint of the smoke at first, but it is wheaty, bready malts and some caramel sweetness that provide the initial burst of flavour - followed soon after by notes of plum and applesauce. Beechwood smoke and clove spice take over toward the finish, providing a bacon-esque savoriness alongside hints of earth and wood. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels and quite a smooth, soft feel on the palate. While I usually take my time with their märzen, this little number is just way too easy to knock back - I'd eagerly drink another, but I'm saving the other bottle for the slow cooker.

Final Grade: 4.3, an impressive A grade. As a big German wheat beer fan, I'm probably a little biased as far as this one goes - but I just have to say that I really prefer Schlenkerla's Rauchbier Weizen over their märzen. This one's smokiness, though still a strong presence, is less "in-your-face" when compared to their other brews, and a much more drinkable beverage for it. Keeping in mind that I can still count the number of true rauchbiers I've had on one hand, this is definitely my favourite so far - though I can surely understand why serious smoke beer aficionados would prefer one of this brewery's bolder offerings. A definite must-try in my books; one that I hope to see imported on a more regular basis.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this brewery and I've only had two of their beers. But shoot, I'm a sucker for smoke, and if they can make a good smokey weizen, then I'm a happy camper...I mean, drinker.

FIrst of all, this is as much head as I've ever gotten on a wheat beer, and it sticks around. It pours a mostly clear (considering it's unfiltered) dark red color.

The nose is subtle and it's hard to get much on it, but there is a definite sweet, grassy scent there, with just a hint of maltiness. The first sip, though, unleashes the smoke flavor I was waiting for. It's tastefully subdued, but clearly present. Less present but still there are the grassy flavors and a bit of banana. A slight bitter hops briefly flickers on the back end before leaving the mouth with a nice earthy aftertaste.

Overall, a very nice beer that does what I was hoping it to do, flavor-wise, without overdoing it.

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Photo of peensteen
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed brownish amber colour with one finger of white head and some lace. Smell is of smoke and campfire, meaty BBQ and bacon with underpinnings of banana, wheat and spice. Taste is a nice mix of smoke, banana and BBQ, campfire and spice with points of cocoa showing up at points as well, quite complex and well flavoured. Medium carbonation-medium body. Solid stuff, very tasty and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like smoke beers in general, but I didn't care much for this brew. Oak wood smoke doesn't seem to agree with me. The beech wood smoke of their marzen and ur bock is lighter, with less of a sour element to it.

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Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty rauchbier. From bottle into tulip glass, poured a medium brown, lacing faded fairly quickly. Smell has notes of smoked cheddar, leather, malty notes of caramel wheat and barley. Aroma is strongly smoky and rich.

Taste has a smooth smoky start, smoked cheese, robust with some caramel, drying smoke, a bit woody and earthy. Creamy mouthfeel, beechwood, some caramel sweetness, raisins, banana rich hefeweizen yeast notes, smoked pepper. Delicious with a drying earthy finish.

Very dilicious and creamy full bodied weizen, smoky and spicy with a rich earthy and spice notes, overripe banana and cinnamon clove spice, with smoked bacon and wood.

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Photo of bigdowg
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 810 ratings