Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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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 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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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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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 768 ratings.
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