Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BA SCORE
3.91/5
781 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,520
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
781
pDev:
13.81%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
72
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 781 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy ice tea color with great foamy head and good lacing. Smells of a fire pit, I cannot pick up on more other than smoking wood from this beer. Taste is very interesting, I get a ton of smoke taste with some mild malt but the smoke takes the game with this beer. Finish is smooth with a BBQ finish, I feel like I have been over a Webber grill after this beer. Overall not horrible, it was unique for me, just a 100% change from my norm but not bad.

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Photo of mrp2323
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sheppard
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich brown with off white head. Some smokey meaty aroma that is typical of Schlenkerla's magical smoked beers. First impression was that it was a little thin. There's some of that cooked ham, pig roast-like meatiness. There's just a lacking of depth that would greatly bring out the flavor profile. It's good, but I'm a little disappointed relative to the Marzen and Helles.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mikr
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nobledust
4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
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 kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 781 ratings
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