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 SmashPants
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: solid brown 500mL bottle, nice German label.

Appearance: a clear beer, dirt-brown in colour with limited carbonation. A frothy head pops up and disappears entirely within the first ten seconds.

Aroma: very interesting - some sweet-smelling smoke. Certainly not something I am used to. Hopefully this one agrees with me more than the Rauchbier Urboch.

Taste: far better than the Urboch, but only so far as it doesn't turn my face inside out. I'm struggling to get anything other than the smoke in this - no wheat flavours at all. If anything, a touch of cured meats also.

Aftertaste: the strong meat and smoke flavours become a bit more demure in the aftertaste. Settles to a camping wood-fire flavour. A really bizarre flavour.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation to carry the flavour across. The feel seems to be pretty good.

Overall: I'm still getting used to rauchbiers, and this one seems an awful lot more drinkable than the Urboch. I think I'll have to have quite a few more of these before I allow myself to pass any kind of judgement on them.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Amber color, foggy appearance & white froth. Close & lasting head. Mildy toasted bread aroma, hints of clove & intense ripe banana. Subtle Bamberg touch. Enters smooth & dense while a gentle & clean bitterness is felt. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy texture with smoky nature. Long finish where Bamberg shows its deserved reputation. Well balanced hops & malts. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a stein glass. No freshness date that I can see.

Appearance: Rich, chocolatey color with hazelnut edges. As it pours out of the bottle, the cascading liquid reminds me a bit of apple cider. Beige foam with a smattering of larger bubbles, but mostly microbubbles. Retention is light. The bottom of the bottle has heavy sedimentation.

Smell - Applewood, wood fire, chicory and general spiciness. Hints of bready, yeasty aroma in the background that takes the edge off the smokey smell.

Taste - More wood fire, some hints of smoked pork and a finish of malty sweetness. The taste is pleasant up front, but long after you've swallowed your drink, it lingers in a way that doesn't entice the next drink. I really think this is a beer that needs to be paired with food.

Mouthfeel - Mostly crisp and bright in spite of the smokiness throughout the beer's profile. Like with the taste however, after the sip is gone, there is a somewhat unpleasant feel, almost like you feel after you've been out around a campfire for a couple of hours.

Overall, a beer that strikes me as well-balanced and incredibly unique. However, I need to try it again with a food pairing. The beer on it's own was just a little too intense for me.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen has a very thick, beige head, a hazy, brown appearance (which becomes much cloudier, once the bottom bottle contents are swished and poured in), many tiny bubble streams, and a very thick lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is almost exclusively wood smoke, with maybe some sweet bread hidden underneath. Taste is of wood smoke, with some sweet breadiness, and just maybe some banana. Mouthfeel is mostly light and watery, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen finishes tangy, drinkable, and odd. Overall, this is a must-try beer, if nothing more than for it’s unusual aspects. I think it is an excellent and well-done beer, even if the style is not to my particular liking. It’s certainly worth trying at least one time.


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Photo of beerme626
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Liquor Barn in Lexington, poured into a weizen glass
A: Kind of plain, brown, one finger head that disappears quickly, with no lacing or anything.
S: Bacon, a little, much more mild than the marzen.
T: Bacon a little, but a good bit of wheat and the banana/cloves of weizens
M: Kind of sticky, not terribly carbonated, but still pleasantly
O: Good, but go for the Marzen for your bacon beer.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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

I have always liked this brewery, surprised it took me this long to actually review more of their beers.

A- Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, not exactly proper glassware but I think things will be OK. Massively gigantic cap forms on the beer to about 4 fingers in size and goes out of the glass about an inch. The head's texture is somewhere between foamy and creamy and retention is quite good. Just a few patches of lace.

S- Smoky overall with a light peat feel, I guess I would say it has a medium smoke level from all the smoked beers I have had. The smell reminds me a lot of trying to start a campfire but it keeps going out and you get the intense smoke off of the just charred wood. Bacon hint. Some light fruits and malts beyond that.

T- A bit more rounded out and multi-dimensional here. The smoke once again leads the way but is quickly balanced out by the other beer ingredients. The smoke is seriously just like starting a campfire, somewhere near peat but not entirely. A nice light fruit presence, apples and white grapes, as well as some yeasty banana and spice. The smoke and these other flavor meld together nicely, something I wasn't quite sure would work.

MF- Body reminds me of a silkier version of a Pale/IPA, lighter end with high but nice carbonation. Smoky finish on the palate and a decent amount of bitterness for a Rauch.

The blend of the German yeast strain and the smoked malts is quite good. Smoky bananas, mmmm. This makes we want to go start a campfire because it reminds of those pesky nights starting the fire for the campsite.

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Photo of tswater
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper color. Poured a thick off-white head with a good retention.
Smoked aroma with notes of wheat and yeast on the background.
Smooth and effervescent sensation with antagonisms flavors, refreshing piney hops and a gentle but clear smoked character and hints of banana, bacon and spices. Dry aftertaste with reminiscent smoked notes.
Medium body with a good carbonation.
I was initially afraid to taste this beer given it was hard to picture a smoked wheat beer. But they made it work. Their Marzen version is awesome but this one is also incredible and maybe a bigger brewer challenge. For that this should bear a good score.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opague. Seems more of a dunkel weisse.

The aroma starts off with the standard Schlenkerla beechwood smoke, though it's not nearly as pungent as their marzen, and has a pleasant hefe weizen yeast spiciness that lingers in the background. I didn't think this combo would work out as nicely as it does.

The taste again has smoke and wood right up front, and perhaps some slight roast, with the hefe weizen creaminess and spiciness in the background. The smoke and yeast flavors work well together. Highly carbonated, but not more-so than others in the style.

Full-bodied for the style. A little smoke lingers in the aftertaste, giving this one an abnormally long finish.

Nice beer, but probably my least favorite Schlenkerla beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Liquoric3
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agressive pour, nice 3 finger head that lasted quite long time. Colour is brown almost like a Dunkelweizen. High carbonation typical for Hefeweizen.

First smell you get is smoked malts like in all the the other Schlenkerla beers. Bacon comes to my mind but there no typical flavours like banana or clove.

Little banana in the taste, spicy more like pepper and a slightly bitter finish which I don`t like in my Hefeweizens. You don`t get so much smoke in the taste like the smell indicated.

Then there is a medium lasting smoke flavour on the palate.

It is not bad, but I l prefer other flavours im my Hefeweizens and I also think the smoke goes better with their Urbock or the Märzen version.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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