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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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 432
Photo of muratgurer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 dasotelo50
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stephenlee
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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 +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Zylod
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Mousel
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iano54
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 AMBNT_notes
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Slim_720
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EricVonStein
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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 DaniloCDM
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnTurano
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 DispyDnb
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 kdoolin
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jamesmk48
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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