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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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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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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a perfect combination for the apple wood smoked ribs I did yesterday,poured a murky tea colored brown with a well defined 1/2 finger head that didnt stick around for long.Obviously the smoke is gonna be a large part of the aroma like smoked ham but the weizen part shows thru with a clove spiciness underneath the smoke.Up front the smoke is dominant but it melds into a clvey spicness with a note of banana in there as well.Near perfection with the smoked pork flavors of the ribs and vinegar of the homade slaw wow it was great.If you pick the right moments for these smoked beers they can be rewarding no doubt.

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Photo of cbl2
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/8/2005 $3.79 1 pint 9 oz 5.20% No best by date.


Pours a hazier darker brown than its Marzen counterpart, with amber undertones. Still possesses the tight tan head (roughly an inch deep) that the Marzen illustrated.


Smoked sensation, but not of the pork variety this time. Resembles lox in the aroma, with a very salty, ocean feel to it.


Slightly course in the mouth, with the smoky sensation one would expect coupled with a weissbier flavor that is oddly drying on the tongue. Not nearly as flavorful or enjoyable as the Marzen.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.
Poured light brown/orangish with a large tan head that fizzled down to almost nothing - virtually no lacing - nice color though.
The smell was invitingly smoky - not too over-the-top - but was like smoked beef and pork with an underying weiss smell of clove and wheat.
Nice combination of smoked sausage/beef and wheat. The taste, like the smell, was not over-the-top, but enough to bring out the full flavor of the smoked meats I barbecued for lunch.
It was very smooth and a great accompaniment to the food. A nice pairing for a summer barbecue. A true classic.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First aroma right off is big smokey classic Rauschmalt. Underneath all that is some funky phenolics like a classic german wheat. I'm a big fan of both German Wheat and Rauch biers so this is pretty great.

Amber with a nice thick lasting head. Slightly cloudy.

Very tart wheat malt character, almost lemony. Not a lot of bavarian Weissbier phenolic character but you can definitely tell it's got a high wheat percentage. Smoke flavor is well subdued and comes to the front more in the aftertaste than in the mouth. Pretty high hop bitterness but very light hop flavor. All in all, the flavors of tart wheat, bittering and smoke blend very well together.

Nice medium bodied beer with good creamy mouthfeel. A little bit palate drying though.

A nice interesting beer. Interesting cross between two brewing traditions. You can kind of taste each one (weiss and rauch) without losing the character of either.

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Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep and hazy brown color. It’s capped with a solid white head that leaves a tangle of attractive lace. The aroma is predominantly of light smoke, like a distant fire. Behind the smoke is the characteristic citric and grassy wheat aroma. Very slight esters and phenols slide out from behind the smoke (from time to time). The taste is wheat, banana, and a bit of malt, all backed with smoke. Finishes slightly tart. Medium body and very high carbonation. This is a fine beer, but it didn’t seem to come together quite as well as the other Schlenkerla brews that I’ve tried.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper hue with a four finger white foamy head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell was dominated by a rich smokey aroma.

The taste had a kielbasa smokiness, backed up by biscuity wheat character.

The mouthfeel was full and wheaty, yet dry. Good carbonation.

A very unique beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from .5L bottle to my big glass mug is a surprisingly lighter then I expected amber liquid. Nice looking carbonation also. The head is off white and rocky.

The smell is smoked stuff, not burnt just smoked.

The taste of light smoked meats and fish, nice sweet malt and grains.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, this is done well.

Drinkability, not bad. I would like a smoked beer to be heavier, all though this is not a bad example of what the style should be. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of dgallina
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Poured clouded medium tan with very large off-white head and thick sticky lace. Balance of wood smoke and sweet malt aromas in the nose. Flavor is well-integrated throughout; wheat creaminess up front is overtaken by smoky (almost fatty) wood in the middle. Finishes with a lasting aftertaste of dry blended smoke and wheat. Medium body with fairly big carbonation.

A unusual and satisfying beer, though not something I'd drink in quantity due to the heavily smoked character.

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Photo of Mechphisto
1.53/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this was a shocker of a beer!
I shouldn't have been surprised, it says "Schlenkerla Smokebeer" right on the bottle. But I'd never had a smoke-beer before, so hey.

Nice pour; nice dark amber. The proper shade of amber in my opinion.
A tan/beige head, pretty tall, but goes down to a nice lacing reasonably quick.

But then the smell. A highly pungent smell of smoked bacon. Orange smoked bacon.

The taste was no better. A sour taste of smoked apricot. I can see why some people would like this, but I sure couldn't hack it.

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Photo of Brian700
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this one at a buddies house and passed it around. It came back to me real quick. Rookie palates I guess. This one pours a brown with an off-white head that leaves some pretty good lacing.

The aroma is super smoky. Makes me think of sausage, bratwurst, bacon and the like.

The flavor is a nice capture of the beachwood smoke with some wheat zing to it. It's very interesting. I just tried the Marzen and the Urbock a few days ago and it's interesting to see how these three different beers can be tied together with one main ingredient. They all have that heavy smoke flavor but all stand on their own with in seperate categories.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. I'm in love with the rauchbiers lately.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9 oz bottle

A: A murky brownish color, not very pleasing but has a wonderful three finger head and beautiful lacing down the glass. The liquid is very bubbly and only negatives are its old fashioned cloudyness.

S: Smoked sausage. Wow. Very very smoky. Not very complex of an aroma due to the overwhelming smokiness. Tough to really find anything else...

T: I was expecting smoke, but the flavor was tactfully hidden until the aftertaste. Tastes very dry and clove like. Does a good job resembling a hefe. Near the end of the sip the smokyness comes through and lasts on the palate. Not a bad taste, I like how the smoke lingers but does not overpower.

M: OK here we have a problem. Way to carbonated, almost fierce. The body is not heavy but the liquid feels dry and thick. Syrupy mouthfeel accompanies the heavy carbonation poorly.

D: Meh, I dont know. I wont buy this beer alone again. I think it would be pretty good at a barbque etc. But not a daily drinker for sure. I do find myself enjoying the uniquity of this beer, but that does not mean I necissarily like it...

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Photo of Sigmund
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle, bought at KaDeWe, Berlin. With the Ae S Märzen’s overpowering aroma of smoked sausages in mind, I opened the Weizen with trembling anticipation and fear. The beer is murky brown, and pours with an enormous greyish off-white head. Intense aroma of smoked pork / uncooked bacon, which nearly overpowers the normal hefe elements (cloves and banana) that are faintly present in the background. Flavour has some uncooked bacon notes too, but they are not as overpowering as in the aroma. Fairly smooth to drink, but let’s face it: smoked pork is not what I want to smell nor taste in a beer. Sorry!

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Photo of crwills
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably the 'weirdest' beer I've tried so far. The combination of styles is fascinating, although not something I'd want to have on a regular basis.

Poured into a pint glass. An opaque but light brown, with a big foamy head (much more than I thought, had a bit of overflow). Orange highlights when held up to the light.

Aroma is charred malt, super smokey, campfire, and good back bacon.

Taste is... well, it tastes like drinking a weizenbock over a smoldering campfire. This Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier, however, is not nearly as complex and 'meaty' as the Marzen... smokier, definitely, and the wheat is definitely noticeable. But it just doesn't go as well with roasted/smoked meats and barbecue as it's sister beer.

Anyway, decent mouthfeel, and smokey aftertaste. Worth a try, but will not be a regular in my storage.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with golden hoghlights arouns the edges. There's a thick two finger head that fades very slowly to a thick cap that lasts the entire glass, and leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; smokey beef jerky is predominant, as well as a little bit of a wheaty presence, with some malts in the background.

Taste; the smoked meat flavors are there, but not as strong as I was expected from the smell. The wheat beer flavors come out very nicely with a touch of bananas and cloves, along with a good malt presence. This has a sweetness to it that I really did not expect, but I find it balances the smokey flavors, and makes this very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

This is my first Rauchbier (that I didn't drop) and I'm very impressed. I was expecting the smokey flavors to be so dominant that I wouldn't like it, but it's more complimentary than it is dominant in the flavor department.

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Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The wheat version of the Schlenkerla beers pours a hazy burgundy color with a huge foamy head which settles to a thin layer above the liquid. Aroma is of hickory and some smoked mozzarella but not near as smoke dominated as the other two Schlenkerla versions I have tried. There's a weizen yeasty base in the smell that really evens the smoke out. Taste begins with lots of weizen like esters. Fruity and almost acidic. Finish is where the smoke really comes out with its woody, smoked cheese characteristic. This was a bit more balanced of a beer and quite drinkable. Probably better to be paired with a smoked chicken rather than any kind of beef.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this from the brewery. Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 8/06.

A: Murky brown; fluffy, slightly off-white head. A little retention and lace. (Colour is closer to a dunkel weizen).

S: Overwhelmingly smokey, with an underlying sweetness (caramel, fruit?). Like a banana that's been caramelized over an open fire. Quite nice.

T: Flavour has a little more depth than the aroma (taste isn't overwhelmed by smoke). It's like a smoked banana bread, with some nobel hop spicyness, and a hint of caramel malt sweetness (it's well balanced).

M: Moderate body is very creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Good, but fairly smokey.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours out a dark brown color with an amber tint. The head is an off-white color, and although initially large, it fades to a thin layer. The aroma is rich and smoky, although maybe not quite as strong as the Urbock. The flavor is surpisingly crisp. The wheat is noticable, even with all the smokiness. A tad salty. The mouthfeel is lighter than the Urbock or the Marzen, but it goes well with this beer. Great drinkability. A fine choice, either to pair with barbeque or on its own.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy burnt orange peel color. A huge head rises up thickly, a full inch and a half and settles down veeery slowly. Aroma wafts up strongly, mostly of rich sweet wheat malt and yeast. Flavor is thick and malty upfront, heavy bread and yeast, some ripe apricot and other fleshy fruits. Also a dry champagne nuance and tingle to match. Smoke emerges slowly in the finish and into the lingering aftertaste. Subdued at first, like smoked meats, and then darkening to charred bark. Would like more smoke, and earlier on, but I'm enjoying this one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange amber topped with an impressive frothy pillowy soft khaki hadcap that leaves spotty lace.

A smoked cheese and slight smoked ham with some chimeny in there.

First swigs: Smoky and slightly sweet. Trying to get around the smoke is like trying to get around a mountain on a moped. It is dominant!

Feel is gentle soft with plenty of frothy carbonation. Dry quick clean aftertaste. Just can't go back too quick. The boldness lends to a one trick pony.

Last swigs: I'll be darned if I can discern the difference between all Aecht Schlenkerla beers. They are delicious and bold. This is no exception. One night, I'll have to try all three. If Clara Peller drank this she would ask, "Where's the wheat?"

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Photo of numenor1
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a long time fan of weizens and rauchbiers but haven't yet tried this...

light brown, darker than a typical weizen. Weizen sized head. Smell whacks with smoked cheese and meats with just a tad of weizen character poking through. I find it impossible not to give any smoked beer a 5(at least Schlenkerla's). Starts of slightly toasty and lightly smokey, then bleeds into soft, sweet weizen character. The marriage is seamless, and through the finish it's really one fully coalesced flavor with some light supporting bitterness. Some very slight banana can be picked out, but the integration is impressive. Carbonation is medium with a medium low, weizen style body. Very drinkable, but this is one I like to take my time with. This is done very well, but I think I prefer either an all out rauchbier or allout weizen, but this is a very nice change of pace. Though, I must say this really makes me wonder about the possibilities of a rauchbier weizenbock...

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Photo of badbeer
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a brown color with a creamy head and little lacing. Smell was smoky with a hint of banana and clove. Taste was the same as the smell except the flavors were hidden much more. Mouthfeel was a little thin with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability, I didn't really find this to be that drinkable, perhaps it was a bad bottle, I would like to try again and compare.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a mug. No dates on the labels.

Hazy rust with a light tan head that shows good retention and leaves lots of wispy lace.

Sharp aromas of woody smoke that are quite pleasant and all but cover the sweet malts. Mouthwatering.

The smoke tastes almost meaty and allows for a little more malt than the smell. A bit tangy with some wood in the back. The mouth is a bit above moderate.

A five for drinkability as it tastes and smells so damn good. Pairing this one with smoked meats and cheeses makes for an incredible experience.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brownish murkyness and greying head.

Smell: Like a strongly smoked salmon rubbed with cracked pepper, or a campfire on a starry summer night. I don't know what kind of wood or peat or whatever it is they use to smoke the malt over in Bamberg, but I am loving every whiff of this one.

Taste: A fantastic balance of refreshing wheatyness and a nice, round malt. Make a barrel out of maplewood, stuff it with bushels of wheat, fill it up with wort and set fire to the bastard, collect whatever liquid you can and ferment it out. It has a very discreet sweetness, and the firewood aftertaste isn't ashy or even very bitter. Great stuff.

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

15 December 2005, Best Before Apr 06

Dark brown with a medium sized pillowy head, not much lacing. Smoky aromas, but not overpowering as I hade anticipated, since this was my first smoked beer. Tastes of wood smoke, smoked tofu, but still with the noticeable wheaty and slightly fruity characteristics of a weizen. Fairly smooth and gentle mouthfeel. Nice to try something very different.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 750 ratings.
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