Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
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Style:
German Rauchbier
Ranked #9
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,642
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
452
Ratings:
814
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 452 | Ratings: 814
Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown half-liter bottle with a plain label of nothing but lettering and one prize medal. Purity law, of course. Best before 2/04, I opened it on 11/5/03.

Beautiful cloudy brown tone under a thick, creamy tan head that sticks around a long time. Surprisingly little lace, however. The nose is more smokey than wheat, but it's quite pleasant. The mouth is prickly, with a sour tone to it. The flavor is a nice combination of smokiness and the yeastiness typical of a wheat. Perhaps the smoke is stronger than the wheat, but the brew is pleasant on the tastebuds. There's a certain sourness to this one that troubles a bit, and no discernible hops at all. Still, an enjoyable wheat for someone who doesn't really like wheats much.

My spouse, who does like wheats, was less impressed, saying that it made her crave smoked fish - which Russians like to eat with beer anyway. She's right, though - this would go very well with some smoked trout.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light brown colored brew topped with a thick coating of bit off-white bubbles. Masses of smoke from crispy bacon and ham leap out of the glass. Suble grains hidden well behind the smokiness.

Starts a bit tingly, and it then quickly smoothes out. The body is a medium plus. Delicious flavor of smoked ham. It reminds me of holidays at my grandparents. There are some noticable tastes of wheat in there, but the smokiness really dominates. This is a very interesting style. It is not quite as smoky as other Rauchbiere, but it definitely has plenty of flavor. The drinkability is also great. I just wanted to take my next sip time after time.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is a cloudy unfiltered amber brown with jets of carbonation running up from the bottom, forming a large creamy textured tan head beautiful as for lacing is perfect thick and spaced evenly. Aroma: It's just about brunch here and I figured why not sample a beer that taste liked smoked bacon, this is liquified Canadian bacon as weird as that sounds its kind of smells good underneath the layers of smoke are mild clove and fruit esters, and a sharp scent of malted wheat. Taste: Sharp sweetness of a wheat the fizzy high carbonation and the neverending barrage of smokiness, that shouldn't even be drinkable but somehow you get used to it after your second sip. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied smoked wheat wow, this beer is different. Drinkability: Just can't imagine drinking multiple offerings of this in one sitting that would be a bit much.

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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer, I mussay. Pours a dark brown tone with a little white head that fizzes away with much ease. The body is contundently opaque and has no carbonation.

The smell is strong and clearly marks a smoked feeling that is present in the beer itself. A little old smelling as well, hoppy and wheaty.

But the taste is shocking. Unexpected for me at any level for me, the smoked meat-like taste, not a bad one at all and worth repeating, is unlike any other beer ive ever tried and it pleases me to have been introduced into this new rauchbier style. The mouthfeel is thick but nice et all. The drinkability is good as long as your budget allows this rare specimen here in Paris.

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Photo of taez555
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a small bubbly white head that died rather quickly.
The body was a dark brown/reddish hue.

The nose was simply amazing. Smoke, malt, ham, brown sugar, dark smoke, caramel, toffee, smoked gouda. It actually reminded me like a lot of an old old fireplace. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers ever.

The taste was surprisingly light and highly carbonated. Yet again smoke, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, meat, a faint touch of wheat and yeast. A light and smooth earthy hop bitterness. What's really interesting with this beer is the touch of wheat beer taste. It has this amazing rauchbier taste with just a splash of weizen to it.

Overall just another outstanding beer from this brewery. The wheat touch throws me off a little, but it is a weizen after all. Not the beer for everyone, but if you like smokey beers this is a must try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weizen has a hint of smoke to it(which may have been stronger, but I just drank their Märzen). The beer was quite dark, in fact much darker than even your standard Dunkel Weiss. The beer had a good deal of a caramel taste to it, with not as much of the clovey/ banana flavor one associates with a weizen.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Listen! You smell something?"

With the advent of beeradvocate.com, it's been exceedingly difficult to buy beers on blind faith. This often takes the surprise out of tasting great beers. Fortunately, I had never read a review of this beer prior to tasting it.

I was completely overwhelmed by Schlenkerla's taste. Take the best smoked meat you've ever tasted and ferment it... that's what this is like. Never in a million years would I have thought you could successfully brew such a wonderful smoke beer.

If made a top 5 beer list, this would certainly be on it. It's just too unique to overlook. From the first whiff you take, you're captivated. That's all I can say.

You really ought to try this one. It must be one of the beer community's best kept secrets.

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Photo of stcules
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy colour, typical of a dunkel weizen, with foam not very compact and persistent, for a weizen beer. The smell is smoke, smoke and smoke. The smoked flavour of a "scamorza" (italian smoked cheese). Smoke of green wood. The typical flavour of a weizen is still present, even if a little difficult to feel in the abundancy of the smoke. At the taste the smoke is less predominant, and the weizen feeling is more perceptible, with a little of citric (lime). Aftertaste of smoke (ma va?)Unbalanced.

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Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark colored wheat beer with thick head. Head looked like a sponge through the side of the glass with it's large bubbles. Nice beachwood smoked malt flavor with emphasis on wheat and smoke flavor. Overall a great smoked wheat but I think I like the Rauchenfelser slightly better with the addition of hop extract which gives it a little more character.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with a tan head.
Aroma of campfire ashes and roasted malt.

Taste is too much like an ashtray for my liking. Smoke flavor dominated from start to finish. Good malt and wheat backbone that's well-balanced by the hops.

Good mouthfeel. Somewhat oily.
Too much ash presence for this beer to be drinkable for me.

This is a quality beer, but just not to my liking. I really enjoy how the smoke flavor accents Alaskan Smoked Porter and Stone Smoked Porter, but I got a whole different vibe from this beer. I'm obviously not as into the smoke flavor as some BA's.

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Photo of jackndan
1.83/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Rauchbier Weiss Beer: A weiss smoke beer, brown in color and definitely smoky in the aroma. Very little head, what there was dissipated quickly. WOW, I do NOT get this whole smoke beer concept. It tastes like an arson investigation. Consequently, I swirled the yeast at the bottom and added it to the glass. That’s better, it went from a felony to an aggravated misdemeanor. Really bad.

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Photo of goz
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a cloudy medium brown, with a huge white head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is smoked meat (bacon, ham, salami) with some banana mixed in. Flavor is of bacon wrapped banana, with the banana becoming a bit more prominent towards the end. Body is medium, with some pretty strong carbonation.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers pours a hazy copper color with a creamy head that last for a little while. The smell of smoked is very very strong and tastes the same. Beef jerky lovers beer. The smoked flavor does not last very long as an after taste which is good. This by far is the best rauchbier I have ever had. I plan on brewing it my self.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown with a thick white head. Smells Like a smoky wheat beer with clove dominating the wheat. I have to admit that at first the smell seemed intense,this has been a totally different beer experience for me. I have never tasted a beer quite like this. Truly an enjoyable beer. Strong flavors, and intense smokiness. One hearty beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 9fl oz short necked brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark tawny brown (same colour as the bottle almost), crowned with a frothy, tight, off-white cream lace with plenty of retention and substance. Exceptional.

Note: there is yeast sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Soft, but distinct and bold, smoke aromas -- reminds me of spicy cold kielbasa and a wood fire.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, with a touch of smoothness upfront that eventually turns a bit coarse on the palate, going bitty and crisping up from the beer's carbonation and a smack of wheat astringency and light floral bitterness. Malt sweetness is low, but there's plenty of body under the crisp dry character. Smoke flavours are everywhere, leaving a smooth char flavour that blends perfectly with an edge of spicy clove, wood character and splash of grape juice. Lots of residual smoke flavours rock the dry finish, hints of yeast.

Notes & Drinkability: I just love a good rauchbier, and this is one of the best. It combines the pleasantries of a tasty wheat beer with old school flavours to create one helluva an exceptional brew!

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.

Appearance: Tawny reddish hue with a thin lacing after an ample froth. Clarity is good and retention is at least stable.

Smell: Intense but not overwhelming smoky aroma, fresh charred wood with a light maltiness are that make-up of the nose.

Taste: Moderate body, clean and crisp. Slap of the wheaty twang plus a faint clove hits the same time as a wall of soft smokiness blankets the palate. Lightly woody, soft smoke and a ghost like char flavour add subtle complexities. Maltiness is a great base with a touch of sweetness and fresh grain. Long faded smoky after taste that land semi-dry.

Notes: A simple yet deep smoked brew, quite drinkable and pairs best with lighter dishes like apple wood smoke chicken or a mildly smoked pork shoulder laced with BBQ sauce.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beauty pours with a nice healthy beige colored head that settles atop effervescent reddish-brown liquid, turning a bit murky once the residual yeast sediment is swirled/poured into the glass. Nose..ahh the nose, light wheat malts enrobed in a blanket of wonderful smokiness...very appetizing to all the senses! Tasting reveals the light body from the proportion of malted wheat used, then wave upon wave of wonderful smoke flavors coat the palate. A very subtle hop presence is tasted after swallowing. Finishes smoky, then the "traditional" weizenbier flavors, (Banana & Clove) make a brief apperance, but the finish is not as intense or as long as in the Marzen & Urbock, but is still a wonder to behold. A nice, less in-your-face introduction to the style...truly one of the world's most distinctive beers, a must-try!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown in color with a dull mahogany glow when held to the light. You can see the effervescence that's present as billows of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a thick, creamy ivory head. The head holds extremely well throughout the glass but leaves little lace. The body is medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that gives a creamy mouthfeel. The aroma is outstanding with a very rich, deep, Beechwood smokiness. The flavor starts with a lightly sweet, fruity, and gently tangy maltiness that reveals some soft caramel notes as it warms in the mouth, and then a burst of soft smokiness immediately following the swallow. The smokiness lingers for a few moments and then receeds (at least partially) from the palate. At this point much of the yeast character is noticeable with a gentle clove that works extremely well with the residual smoke character, as well as some vanilla, very light banana, and soft phenolic (plastic). Very nice! The smoke character is extremely well done - never overwhelming the palate, but with enough presence to be continually noticeable throughout the entire serving. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of yen157
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish orange and hazy, this beer sported a fluffy offwhite head. With of whiff of this, nobdy could ever mistake this beer for a non-smoke one. Bigtime smoke aroma as well as a little malt. There was still immense smoke taste, but it wasn't as big as in the nose. I tasted the hearty wood smoke first, followed by mild wheat characteristics, mainly the body and mouthfeel, and the beer departed with a slight hop bitterness. It tasted a little like hickory smoke, but I've been told otherwise. It was much more balanced beer than one would expect from smell alone. A great beer for for when you're in the mood for something a little differnet. It's also fun to introduce others to a world beyond Bud with this one!

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Photo of inebrius
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps not one of the prettiest Weissbiers I have seen, but certainly one of the tastiest. Nose of spice, smoke and tobacco. Medium body holds a zippy wheat flavor enhanced by phenols and, of course, smoked malt. The smoke flavor lingers a good long time beckoning you to taste again and assure yourself that you are truly tasting what you think you are. Conjures up all the good smoky experiences I've ever had. Good stuff!

Cheers to VENOM for the sample!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a murky brown/orange/amber in color. A big fluffy beige head sits on top and sticks around for a while. Huge smoke on the nose of this one. Similar to a campfire. What a conglomeration of various tastes on the buds. Very interesting indeed. This beer may not be right for everybody, but it is growing on me. First, there is of course the smoke flavor. Fairly heavy but also rounded. Then there are the weizen characteristics: banana, cloves, vanilla, phenolic character and pepper. Body is about medium. And the carbonation is just about right. Nice mouthfeel. Unique beer worth a try.

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Photo of aracauna
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting experience. I've has peat-smoked beers before, but using wood to smoke the malt makes for such a higher quality flavor and aroma. It's got a good estery dunkel weizen flavor going on underneath the smoke too. The way the smoke and ester flavors combine is's like it almost creates a feel of creamed smoke more than a new flavor. It went well with my wife's first attempt at a pot roast and I can only imagine how much better it would go with grilled or smoked pork or beef.

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Photo of marc77
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The turbid dark bronze hued brew is topped by a dense, very well retained, ivory white head with stiff, rocky peaks. It's akin to a dunkelweizen in appearance. Beechwood rauchmalt dominates the aroma, with only a hint of banana ester eeking in. Signature weizen esters are more assertive in the flavor profile, which is a melange of mild banana and mellow clove, lightly toasty Munich malt notes and slightly fruity melanoidins. Hop bitterness is a bit above the norm for a weizen, but provides contrast to the caramel sweetness and persistant rauchmalt smokiness. Moderate in body, w/ wheat proteins and dextrins lending a slick, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with wheat tartness quickly fading and smokiness lingering. Flavorful to say the least. Although the rauchmalt overpowered many basemalt and wheat notes, esters were still discernible. The combination of smoke and typical weizen characteristics result in a very unique and highly drinkable rauchbier (provided that you're accustomed to rauchmalt).

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked it a lot. Very nice smoky campfire flavour, mixed in with a slightly tart flavour character in weissbiers. Not as thick and flavoursome as the marzen, but still very good.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You either love smoked beers or hate them. I have come to notice, especially with Schlenkerla, that once you have the smoked taste, it is hard to pick out the actual flavor of the beer you are drinking. (Marzen, Wheat, etc.)
I did like the Marzen a bit better but the wheat is much lighter and suitable for summer. Spicy Orange and Clove notes. Would also make a great beer in the Fall.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 814 ratings