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
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 Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum – loved the Rauches / smoked beers. And this was a classic, from start to finish.

Hazy deep amber / mahogany oak with a massive tan head – just a big ol’ foamy marshmallow floating on top. Stickly rivers of lace all the way down. But after an ending swirl, the pour turned Missouri river brown and murky – tasty !

The aroma of a pig on a stick was just the beginning. Taste of that roasted ham really hit the spot, and it was well balanced with the malt and hops, not an overpowering BBQ brisket taste. Even some notes of the roasting oak mixed into the fray.

I’d have no problem moving from one 500ml bottle to the next.

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Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen pours a dark brown color with an thick, persistent, off white head. The aroma is quite smoky. The flavor is dominated by smoke as well, but there are some other flavors, kind of a sour thing happens toward the end of the swallow. I find this enjoyable, but I wouldn't want to drink it all that often. Probably would work great with a steak off the grill.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy orangish brown, with a decent head to start that fades to a ring. The smell is that typical smokiness of the rauchbier. The nice thing about it is that its a gentle smoke that doesn't overwhelm the other smells and flavors. There are definite light wheat notesunder the smoke. I would say the level of smoke is more like a smoked gouda rather than a smoked meat. The flavor is actually nicely balanced, with a fairly strong smoke hit up front that mellows followed by a very slight sourness from the grain and then a light graininess. The mouthfeelis alittle light, but there is a nice creaminess there as well. This is a definite food beer- not the kind of thing that you would sit down with a drink a lot of, but with either a smoked dish, or better yet a more nuetrally flavored dish with cheese this rocks.

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Photo of velo343
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very cloudy, muddy brown. A large and smooth, creamy looking off-white head caps this off, medium retention, and no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Like hickory smoked bacon/baked beans/etc. The smoked character really takes center stage, but underneath it all is hint of an earthy, sweet aroma.

Taste - Still lots of smoked wood in the taste. It really is all around and the predominant flavor. A characteristic wheat spiciness is also in there, a little bit of cloves. Rather light bodied and smooth, with a soft carbonation. Finishes with lots of dry smoked flavor.

Drinkability - This would be tough to drink on it's own, but with some sausages, mustard, and sauerkraut it can't be beat.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A .5L bottle purchased at Well's.

A: The beer is a muddy brown color, fairly light shade-wise, with a slight hazy sheen. The head laces throughout the wide-mouth glass that I am using.

S: The aroma never waivers from the enticing scent of a smokehouse, thick and meaty.

T: After having gone through the urbock and the marzen, I had grown accustomed to the smoky flavor overtaking everything else (and I mean that in a good way). In this ale, the smokiness, taste-wise, takes a backseat. The first flavors to register are the esters of a high quality German weizen, showing off some banana and clove flavors in a some wheat body. The smoked flavor seems to have accentuated the wheat element and added a light touch on top.

M: The domination by the wheat is pleasing, it prevents the smoked malts from completely dominating the ale (as it does for the marzen and urbock).

D: This is the best that I've had from Heller-Trum. The wheat is a perfect complement for the smoked malts, really bringing out a strong flavor.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- All within style except for haziness. A rich dark tan with light tan head that settles to a lace.

S- Very smoky, ham-like, with rich malt character in the back.

T- Smoky and malty, malty finish, with the malt becoming more predominant as it warms.

M- Almost perfect to the style. Medium body with medium-high carbonation, the smoky finish leaves a hint of false astringency.

D- The most drinkable rauchbier I have ever had.

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Photo of PailOfAle
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Cloudy auburn hue with a decent head. The head stays for most of the drink and leaves some slight lacing.

Smell: A sweet smokey smell, like mesquite chips.

Taste: At first I felt like I was drinking a smoked sausage, but then again, I've never had a smoked beer. As it warmed, the sausage taste went away and it began to have a nice smokey flavor along with the wheat notes. It reminded me smoked salmon spread on whole wheat bread...except without the fishy taste. It's very unique and after I got over the initial sweet smoky flavor that admitedly is like sausage, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L beauty pours an efferevescent amber/caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy tan colored head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Bigtime smokeyness & a little fruittyness as this warms

T: Slight smokeyness, ham or bacon-like up front & some bubblegum. Some fruittyness sneaks in as it warms along with a hint of caramel. Finishes dry, tart, slightly smokey & with a hint of nuttyness & juicyfruit

MF: Medium bodied & hint of oilyness with low carbonation& juicyness

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style that I don't remember having the one weekend I spent in Bamberg. Not as nice as the urbock, but more sessionable & the smokeyness seems more subdued. Tasty!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells like smoked meat and bubble gum. Poured a huge creamy coco colored head that held for ever. Hazy chestnut colored beer. Smoked, woody flavor throughout with a really light base to it. There is a bit of lemony wheat flavor in there as well. The body is on the light side. The mouthfeel is almost light and fluffy, and there is a hint of lactic twang. While the smoke flavor/aroma is strong I would have to say this is a balanced beer. I figured it would taste about the same as the Marzen, but the Weizen base makes for a different beer. It's quite good, but I think I prefer the smoked malt in darker beers.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Several inches of off-white head that dissipates over a couple minutes leaving a fair bit of lacing tops a slightly murky orange-red body. Smells VERY smokey - reminds me of the scent of Lebanon Balogna. Tastes smokey over all, which dominates the other flavors. Wheat also is quite present. Despite the smoke, it is not overpwering as it could be. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, but goes down rather smooth. Carbonation doesn't come through so much on this one, seems a little flat despite all the carbonation. My first real rauchbier, and I'm not sure what to think. While I couldn't drink this all the time, I could see myself craving this one, especially to pair with foods like ham or buffalo.

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

Pours a slightly hazy, brownish-orange with a tall, incredibly well-retained had that never goes away or even really reduces. Even there is a strong. Peaty smoke character in the aroma, some definite clove makes its way through. Heavy, almost sweet peatiness in the palate with some of those traditional weizen flavors (clove, light citrusy malt sweetness) compete to be noticed. However, the smokiness wins at pretty much every point.

Probably the most interesting of the Schlenkerla Smoked beers; it’s still got the heavy peat smoke flavor but it’s offset (even if only slightly) by the weizen qualities. Again, the smokiness is not for everyone, but this beer, like many from this brewery, is one of the better smoked beers out there. Recommended.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color with a large, bubbly head. The head and its silky lacings retain quite well.

There is a big smoke factor in the aroma, reminiscent of a campfire that has just been doused with water. There are some salty tones that remind me of a cured pork shoulder. Digging deeper, there are some subtle, sweet malt properties.

The sweet malt and wheat taste is quickly absorbed in a huge smoke flavor. The contrasting combination creates an acidic caramel flavor that quickly assimilates into burned wood and charcoal. The aftertaste leaves a slightly sour, acidic smokiness on the tongue

This is very drinkable with medium / light body and ample carbonation. Very easy on the palate.

Wow! This is the first real Rauchbier that I've been able to try and I have to say that I'm hooked. I'm anxious to pair this with some tasty BBQ. What a beer!

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am generally pretty quick to try new things (food and drink) no matter how bizarre. This is testament to that, somewhat. A smoked hefe? Interesting, indeed.
It poured slightly lighter than a dunkelweizen, and had less debris than I was expecting. Of course, half the beer is still in the bottle, too. Head was huge and took a good 60 - 90 seconds to fade away.
I didn't think the smell of this one was that different from the others (Märzen and Ur-Bock). In fact, I really had to swirl the glass around and generate a nice frothy foamy cap and get it up in my face to even get a trace of anything even remotely resembling typical Hefe aromas. I like the smell, but I can't detect anything that says, "hefe". It's just a nice BBQ'd pork smelling rauchbier, perhaps a bit lighter all the way around than its brethren.
Taste was a notch or two higher than average. I liked it, and would buy it again, but it certainly wasn't stunning. Just a decent rauchbier. The lightness of the wheat is really detectable up front, but again, nothing else that would characterise this as having hefeweizen present. The smoke is most powerful at the finish, just before you swallow your sip.
Ah! There it is. This has warmed a bit since I first began this review. Now, when I take a sip, right at the end, there is a *very* quick manifestation of hefe spice that quickly falls to the smoke. An interesting combination of flavours, indeed. The mouthfeel is pretty lightweight and easy to drink, if you like or can at least tolerate the rauchbier style.
This wasn't quite as good as I was thinking it was going to be, but I am very glad I tried it and would even probably buy it again in the future.
*Edit: I have poured the remaining beer from the bottle into the glass. *This* Is what I was hoping for. Colossal sediment!!! Thick, heavy bits of debris. In fact, it isn't really very dark; perhaps the color of a piece of caramel candy. But it's so laden with debris and sediment, that when held up to my desk lamp, light only penetrates the edges. Nice.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An interesting mix. Rauchbier smoke with yeasty wiezen style? here goes nothin'.

Cool Aecht Schlenkerla bottle. Cola brown murky brew with a rolling four finger head and tons of lace.

This one smells wonderfully smokey, but a bit doing donuts in your car. I personally love that girlfriend lives on a cul-de-sac...he he he. The neigbors hate me.

Green banana peel yeasty wiezen flavors are nicely balanced with the burning rubber smokey taste. Very herbal and fresh as opposed to hickory smoked meat and sausage flavor of the urbock. Cloves and spices are hidden somewhere in there too.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully refreshing and wet, then dry and powdery at the finish. Medium bodied and sweet, this is much more drinkable than the urbock, but also somewhat more lacking in complexity.

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

Another unique Schlenkerla...
It is a murky brown with a rich but rapidly dissipating foamy tan head.
That fantastic smell of charcoal/burning wood fireplace/smoked sausage that my wife hates.
The taste is also very good, similar again to smoked sausages with hints of jerky beef and some sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect, but still pretty good. Easy to drink, and goes very well, as expected, with smoked meats - I loved it with sausages, it is just a perfect pairing.
I am not exactly sure about the Weizen, other than the murkiness and perhaps a very faint citric taste I could not really notice anything that would even resemble a Weizen. Anyway, as I started, another great Schlenkerla..

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL German bottle, with probably the prettiest label of the lineup - served in a weizen glass. It pours a murky, sedimented brownish/amber - like leather - with medium carbonation and a three finger head that leaves light lacing. It smells quite unique, with bubblegum, beechwood smoke, and fruit (banana and citric notes), with green hops and tobacco. I love the smoke/hefe combo. There are flavors of bacon and beechwood, tobacco, and hints of wheat and tartness in the back. It has a big upfront flavor, but a fairly light aftertaste for what it is. The body is medium yet full and quite smooth with light enough carbonation and a medium finish. A very interesting brew, and maybe not the best from Heller, but, like all of their products, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dwheeler
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first smoked beer, Im excited. Dark brown murky beer with a massive off white head that lasts and lasts. yeast sediment and High carbonation. Wow, smells like smoked meats, sweet and alluring. Taste is Smokey, with mild acidic peat quality, clove wheat tang in the background but it is buried by the smoke. Ends with grain bite rather than hop bitterness (of which there is little) and smoke. Despite the dominance of the smoke this beer seems to be really well balance, wheat tang, dark-malt bite, carbonation and smoke all work together to make a great beer. This is wonderful wonderful beer, simple and complex at the same time.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a nice, tan-orange head. Smell is noticeably smoky, with a little malt. Seemed less smoky smelling to me than the marzen version. Taste is a nice mix of light malt and wheat and the smoky, bacon-like flavor of rauchbiers. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was good, but it's still intense and rich to the point I don't want more than one. It makes me feel a bit like I am drinking bacon, which is tasty but only to a point.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well hazed orange amber with a beautiful off white head that has tremendous retention and leaves dense cobwebs of lace.

Aroma is beech wood smoke with undertones of crisp wheat, banana, and citrus. Smoke is what this beer is all about.

A sip fills your palate with the sensation of chewing on a slab of freshly smoked back bacon. Intense hardwood smoke has soft underpinnings of slick wheat, banana, and even clove. The base beer is a fine hefeweizen, but all subtleties are brutalized by the thick, chewy smoke.

Perfect body for a hefe, a slick, wheaty texture is both creamy and slippery, with oily smoke molecules leading you on a charred, bacony finish.

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

appearance: The pour creates a 1" off white head that gradually falls back to leave a decent layer remaining. The beer is a deep amber in color.

smell: Sweet, meaty hardwood smoke with some wheaty, yeasty weizen aromas just behind. A nice noble hop aroma provides support. A moderate malt sweetness is found, and i get some toffee and plum notes.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower half of the high range, and the body a heavier light.

taste: At the forefront of the taste are a slightly estery weizen like yeast flavor and an obvious but subtle smoke flavor. The smoke is similar to the other Aecht rauchbiers; with a rich, lightly meaty flavor...always reminds me of smoked salmon. The sweetness of the malt is light, with a touch of fruity character. Not much hop flavor and a light, balancing bitterness that lingers along with the other flavors.

drinkability: quality

single bottle from Grapes & Hops in Fayetteville

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a beer. Although its not my favorite, it has to be one of the most distinctive tastes that I've ever experienced. Pours with a hazy brown color with a nominal head, although if you leave it sitting for a while it will continue to rise. The smell is probably the best part, or at least the most interesting. It literally smells like if you were to taste the smoke effervescing off a rack of ribs off the grill. Amazing. The taste is similar, although its mostly like tasting the baconfat off of said ribs (they're pork ribs, I forgot to mention). Really a beer worth seeking out, just to try it.

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Photo of chimaychimaynot
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey dark-brown, faintly cloudy, with a creamy beige head that lasts the glass.

Aroma is a nice blend of sweet, rich smoke, with notes of grain, banana, clove, and phenols. Suggestions of cocoa.

Enters with a melange of smoke, biscuity, toasty, bready malt, hints of carob, with aromatic notes of banana, clove and phenols in a lively middle, and a smooth, dark, rich finish with notes of smoke and brown bread. A hint of warming alcohol too.

Medium to full bodied, dextrinous, mildly creamy, with a lively carbonation.

Wonderfully balanced between smoke, malt, and weizen yeast aromatics. I bought this bottle at the Whole Foods in Chelsea in NYC, and it is in superb shape. Time to go back for more . . .

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

Purchased 1p 9oz thick brown glass bottle at Green's in Atlanta.

Wow, this is delicious. Pours a beautiful dark caramel color with a thick, creamy head. Unfiltered yeast sediment adds to color density. Scent is of smoked wood and ash. But the real fun is in the taste - smoked meat flavor initially and finishing with a wonderful smoked wood flavor.
I'd say the only major drawback is that the flavor is so strong you can't enjoy these in number. But to savor one of these babies with a meal (possibly BBQ?) would be fantastic.

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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB 11/2006, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: murky chestnut-brown colour, with bright reddish glows; coming with an ever-growing and fast-effervescnet creamy beige head, huge, rocky yet extremely tight and frothy... very slowly settling down to a thin neck sustaining throughout the drink; lively fizziness underneath
S: salty-sweet char-grilled bacon, mashed beans, soy-sauce, as well as Chinese tea-smoked prunes as well as salt-marinated prunes abound, very intense but milder than Schlenkerla's Rauchbier Maerzen; I'd like to imagine there's wheat-ish aroma of a weizen, but apparently even if there is it's overwhelmed by the smokiness... Yet a good swirl does help to bring about a mild banana-ish note of weizen. Pretty impressive, but just like their Maerzen, the nose is slightly too overpowering.
T: most unusual flavour, so complex yet meticulously balanced... the smoked "meaty" maltiness upfront seamlessly dovetails with dunkel weizen's lightly fruity, banana-ish, yet also chocolate-malty edge... much more interesting than a normal dunkel weizen's boring profile (to me); the aftertaste is composed of chewy roast-nutty malts, salty-sweet sea-weed, roast barley tea, very mild wheat-ish grains, mixed with a soothingly spicy edge of clove(+nutmeg?) and a quietly manifesting dryish-bitterness... The flavour is so colourful, with lots of elements to pick up and play with...
M&D: softly-carbonated, very smooth on the palate yet full of body; in a sense the combination of smoked malts and weizen works surprisingly, exceptionally well, at least to my taste--it gets the best of both worlds, if I may, and should outperform both Dunkel Weizen and Raubier Maerzen!! A jolly nice, satisfying beer this is, and I long to taste it fresh on keg in the near future~~

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Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy caramel color with a head that took up half the stange on a soft pour. Good retention.

S: Smells of BBQ pork with a touch of a floral aroma

T: Fruity red wine-like flavors at the start with a smokiness that holds off for just a bit and then grows with intensity in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that stays out of the way of the flavor.

D: I freakin' love this stuff. It's of course not your everyday session beer, but one that I wouldn't mind drinking often.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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