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.

Added by taez555 on 07-23-2001

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Photo of marc77
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +2.3%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Schlenkerla, you either love 'em or hate 'em. Personally, I love 'em! Have been very fortunate in that the "Powers that be" have allowed me to visit Schlenkerla a few times in my life! If you like their stuff, it's even better "vom Fass" at their brewpub! I like the Weizen, though it ranks third on my depth-chart. Nice cloudy, dark brown color; mousse-like head, and some sediment swirled into the glass. Nose is as-if you walked into the smokehouse! Lovely (again, if you like Rauchbier). Body and smoothness did nothing to diminish the experience. Roasted malt flavors and smoked-malt are all over you! Big, lingering, dry smoky finish, though not quite as pronounced as the Marzen or Urbock. As a baby step into smoked-bier, perhaps try Spezial, which is milder. If you're already into Schlenkerla Rauchs, start here, and go onwards and upwards! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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

Nice foggy burnt orange/muddy brown in color. Hangs onto it's frothy head well.
Smells primarily of smoke...but more subtle than some.
Nice smokiness up front in the taste. Ends with a good 'n spicy weizen kick. Quite tasty.
NIcely effevescent in the mouth.
Something different, but a winner in my book.

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