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 Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color with a thin white head. The smell was obviously smokey with some light wheat aromas in there. The taste was smoked as well but the wheat seemed to mute the strength of it. The mouthfeel is lighter than the other Rauch's this brewery puts out. Overall it's a decent brew but the smoked brews aren't really my thing.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy, reddish-brown coloration which produced a nice bit of froth. Retention was solid and it laced in unique layers.

S - Malty, sweet aroma with a fresh fire in the fireplace sort of backing.

T - Wow, perfectly balanced. Sweet bananas and maple bacon. Breakfast in a glass!

M - Light bodied, smoky aftertaste, good carbonation level.

D - Fantastic beer. Not as smoke-filled as their Marzen, but that's okay, this brew is a different sort of beast, and a tasty one at that. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zep9865
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as part of a tasting with aasher. Poured into aecht snifter with 3 or 4 solid fingers of ivory foam head. Beer is a cloudy chocolate with a hint of red.

Beer smells like the last rachbier I had. Bonfire and smoked ham

The smokiness of this rach is much more evident than that of the urbock. Beer is crisp and clean, and finishes with the smoke.

Mouthfeel of this beer is great. You begin to think that you're just drinking a typical weizen until the smoke comes out of nowhere.

Some might find this beer a little bland, but I really enjoyed. Not a lot of body or insane flavor, but the beer is crisp and has a great aftertaste. Very sessionable.

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Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split this beer with zep9865. The beer poured a dark, dark raisin brown in color with a two finger beige colored head. It is incredibly murky and really doesn't let any light pass through it. There is also a moderate amount of sediment on the bottom. It certainly wasn't what I expected. The aroma is really only of smoked malt but it isn't nearly as smoky as their other beers. And when smoke is the main aroma, you can't really pick up anything else. The flavor, interestingly enough is of both mild yeast and lightly smoked malt. It's interesting because you get a slight, watered down ham flavor paired with the flavor of bread after it's been dipped in pea soup. It's interesting to say the least. And the more I think about it, the more I get that pea soup flavor. It drinks alright but it's nothing overly appealing. It's just kind of an odd pairing. I just can't like this one as much as their others but it's an interesting try.

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

A - This beer pours a clear copper color with ruby highlights, and it has a big fluffy 3-finger off-white head. The head has good retention, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There are also some rising carbonation bubbles visible.

S - It smells of smoked deli meats and wheat. The smokiness is very present, but not overwhelming. There is also some hop presence and earthiness as well.

T - This has a nice toasted malt and wheat background. There is a smokiness, but it is not as pronounced as in their other beers. There are nice notes of smoked meats, some banana, and some hops. The finish leaves some lingering wheat and smokiness.

M - This has a medium body and smooth carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it has a creamy feel to it. There is a lingering smokiness.

O - There is good drinkability here. It goes down easy and tastes great. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is less smokey than the others I have had, but I think it is a great more mild take on the style. I recommend giving this a try, and I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Weizen is a pretty clear, red brown beer topped with a fluffy white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a very smokey aroma, like pine embers. It's medium bodied, smooth and a little foamy. It leaves the mouth a little slick. Smoke is the dominant flavor. There's a little banana underneath. Wheat flavor comes toward the end of the taste along with a little botanical bitterness. It seems like an odd style to smoke but it works pretty well. It's a very distinct flavor.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a 0.5L Weihenstephan glass.

A: Muddy brown body topped with a fairly tight off white head. Retention is incredible.

S: Tremendous mixture of weiss and delicious smoke. I wasn't sure how the combo would play out, but the aroma is telling me it's great.

T: Highly smoky, and I like it. As the smoke fades, the palate clears a bit, but you're then hit with yeast driven flavor, followed by more smoke. Finishes with a slight sweetness, and a very mild bitterness.

M: Higher than normal carbonation is fine for this.

O: Probably tastes just like you'd except. A German wheat with prominent smoke flavor. I think the combination works well, and the beer still ends up being fairly refreshing.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date but it does have the abv (5.2%) and a description of the beer on the back.

Appearance: The body has a nice copper colored body with clear reddish highlights. From the pour I got a tall, light tan head that makes some spotty and slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is smoky and bready. The smoke character is very similar to imitation bacon bits and this is backed up with bready and roasted maltiness.

Taste/Palate: The smoked malt is the dominant force here and it is balanced with some mild bready sweetness. Under this are some very light yeast notes and some faint herbal/mineral hops notes. The palate has a slightly slick smooth feel with a medium body and carbonation.

Notes: There is a little more balance to the Weizen compared to some of there other offerings and so it is more interesting and drinkable for my taste.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rauchbier is probably my least favorite style along with smoke beers. So after reading some reviews of this and seeing that the smoke profile is tame. I figured this one would be my best bet to tick the style. Bottle split into to tulips.

A: Amber red with brown edges. About a finger of tan head. Soapy lace remains along with a decent cap.

S: Well there's no denying this is a rauchbier. Smoke on the water! I'm having trouble getting past the smoke to pick up anything else. Just a hint of sweet malt but that's even hard to get.

T: Thankfully the smoke is seriously subdued in the flavor. Malty wheat, light citrus, a hint of clove. Tastes like a lightly smoked dunkel.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Well if pressed I could drink this no problem. Most smoke beers turn me off but this was a pleasant surprise.

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

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
a- very, very deep red brown cool, opaque, with a huge head that leaves a good deal of lacing.
s- very smokey malt scent to it.
t- beautiful floral and wheat taste with a citrus undertone. Definitely smokey, but not overly. Carbonated a mildly strong alcohol taste to it. Great great blend.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber with a light white foam head. A touch of lace, but mostly a skim that stays with the pint.

Smoke aromas are good and bacony, but not overly pronounced. Funny, I get a hint of wheat beer, including the grain and a slight whiff of spice. How cool is that? I wonder if I'd find this in a blind tasting...?

Smoky forward (which is what I expect from the style). Some toasted wheat/grain, with just a hint of sweetness. Woops, that sweet is kicked out the friggin door by some dark toasted bitterness. biter and dry and smoky in the finish. Very different from other Rauchbiers I've had. The malt disappears into bitterness and smoke.. And I'm digging it.

The lighter body of this brew throws you too. It helps, as the dried and bitter flavors in a fuller bodied beer would be too much. This works just right.

This is an easy one to rate. Fantastic for the style. Not the one to try first if it is your first attempt at the style. This is very direct and sharp edged. A real-deal rauchbier.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, procured at the Provisions store, first time seeing this in the Southland,

A: Pours a murktastic rusty brown with some floaties. Strong white head and good lace.

S: Smoke city, hint of dark bread.

T: The smoke flavour dominates the first part of the beer. The traditional flavours come out on the back end, dark bread and clove, an interesting hybrid.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, prickly carbonation.

O: Very solid, a true mix of rauchbier and weizen, worth a pick up for the experience.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

Big carbonation as expected for a weizen, head is really sticking around here and is large. Big time large. Off brown white. Body is cloudy dark brown amber truly opaque and kind of muddy looking which sort of doesn't look that too appealing. Some visible carbonation from the bottom too.

Classic rauchbier smoke, but also a sour tinge in the back. Not as salty as others too. Smoke is also a bit tame compared to others, but still gives that smoked meat(s) feeling.

Taste is too carbonated and fizzy for my liking. Gaseous and prickly taking away from the smoke taste, also goes to carbon dioxide dominant a little bit.

This is okay, bit it's not really I think very enjoyable, it's a tad small for smell and classic rauchbier taste, but it doesn't even have classic wheat beer properties or flavor or even body. It's almost as if the two don't work together and cancel out properties that make both of them great. I'll pass.

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

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small fizzy head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace behind. Beer is a dark amber color with medium activity

S- Smells like canadian bacon

T- Has a nice flavor. Has a hint of sweetness in with the smokey wheat flavor. Seems the smoked flavor becomes less evident as the beer warms

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

O- These beers are great for the cost. They drink easy and are very enjoyable. Would love to try some fresh ones in Bamburg


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Photo of jerryjeff
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

Nice smoky scent present, although lighter and less in front than other styles I've had by Aecht (marzen & ?? Other) by same brewery.

Relatively light on the palette and a hint of being watery with medium to a bit on the higher side of carbonation

Poured to nice 3/8" or so head which is dissipating fairly slowly, color is amber/mahoghany through imperial pint glass and is odd color for a weizen even comparing to a dunkel. The head and color are appetizing, mixed with scent would not lead you to think this was a weizen at first passing.

Smokiness comes to the front but isn't really that overpowering, with the lighter flavor of weizen this is a pleasant mixture. I maybe get a slight copperiness which may be due to travel

I like this I'll admit, and in full disclosure am starting to like rauchbier after the initial shock of trying one the first time and having a few smoked porters along the way. The coppery edge on finish would wear thin if it's a systemic thing, but I could drink a sixer without being overdone.

I really like this and without that copperish twang on the end it'd be rated higher. I'd like to have another to see if that's unique to this bottle or a general thing.

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Photo of plfahey
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep brownish red with garnet highlights. Nice haze. Thick white head with tight, fine bubbles and nice lacing-the head seems to go on forever.

Aroma-Smells like lightly smoked wood-campfire, a little bacony, sweet tobacco (like shisha). Some bready wheat aroma. Light fruity (banana) aroma.

Flavor-Smoky, charred wood flavor-like a cherry wood campfire. Underneath there are some wheaty, breadlike flavors. Smoke is very much the central flavor, but it is not overwhelming-smooth and pleasant. In the background there are clove phenolics and light banana esters-very slight but very good.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

Another great rauchbier from Schlenkerla. The wheat flavors are very light, but are fantastic when they show through.

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Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium brown. With plenty of of white frothy head.

S: A very nice ashy smokiness to it at first whiff. Beautifully smokey. There is a touch of sweet bread behind the campfire smell, just fantastic. Plenty of smoked meat scent in there.

T: Smokey ashy goodness. There is a light bready thing going on in the background. Very interesting. You do get used to the smoke pretty quickly, and start to notice the rest of the beer.. as I keep drinking there is almost a medicinal flavor that comes out, something I am used to from peaty scotch, but not from a beer.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is very strong.

D: Nice overall. The smokiness tends to fade a bit as you drink, but still nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears a hazy, dirty, yellow hue with a sizable head. Head retention is good and plenty of lacing is visible upon the glass. The aroma is just awesome. Schlenkerla rauchbiers are the benchmark of the style, and this beer is no exception. Peat and smoke scents mingle with banana, clove, burning wood, and subtle alcohol notes. The flavor is well balanced and delicious. If an Islay scotch could be a sessionable beer, it would be this. This is the perfect union of hefeweizen and smoke beer. Great stuff.

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Photo of Adamthome1
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 ounce bottle

Pours nicely, frothy if poured too fast, good head throughout.

Aroma is smokey and sweet, smelling smoked campfire and some sweet malty.

Taste is classic, I've only had a few Rauchbier's but the flavor is great; the aftertaste is superb with accents of smoked baby mozzarella or cheddar or the like; Gouda maybe....the flavor upfront is sweet. Carbonation good.

Personally I don't want this beer often but with ribs, smoked meat, ribs, cheeses you just can't go wrong, give a try under these circumstances

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of their big 3 Rauchbier's, this particular one was last on my list that I wanted to try, but the only one actually in stock, so here goes:

Muddy, copper/brown in color, very light tan 2-3 finger head. Head is sticking around for the long haul, so looks like I'm not waiting before sipping.

Very smoky and woody. There's some faint citrus and graininess in the back...maybe not faint, but the smoke is rather pronounced and may be hindering the other aromas. That seems to be a common theme among smoked beers, so it must just come with the territory. I like it though.

The smoke isn't too strong in the taste, and there's a lot going on with it. Hits nicely at the start, and remnants of it follow through out the taste. A nice citrus, banana bread, yeasty graininess presents itself after the smoke, and it's hugely pleasant. I was apprehensive about a smoked wheat, but the both actually compliment themselves quite well. The finish is smoky and a bit lingering.

The feel is smooth, lightly crisp, light-medium in body and a mildly creamy texture.

Wonderfully smoky, surprisingly nice combo with the wheat, but more than one of these treats could wreak havoc on the senses. Definitely worthy to try if you see it! Hope to try the Urbock and Maerzen next time it's in stock...

After many minutes, and nearly half way through, the heads still kickin' it. Stellar retention!

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

Notes: Purchased for $4.99; poured into a tulip glass; heavy sedimentation in bottle.

A: ruby red brew with a giant, fluffy off-white head that persisted for quite a while but left little lace.

S: smells just as you would imagine a smoke beer brewed with wheat would--sweet notes of citrus and banana give way to a solid but not overpowering smoke aroma.

T: The citrusy flavors of a very delicate wheat beer quickly fade to solid but not too powerful flavors of campfire and charred meat.

M: This brew is highly effervescent and light but slightly grainy in texture. The smoke flavor definitely covers the palate but doesn't overstay its welcome.

D: I'd never consider this style a session beer, but this is probably as easy-drinking as rauchbier comes and would be a great way to introduce somebody to this rare yet interesting and flavorful style. A great brew and an even better conversation piece.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled jan 31/2011.

pours a hazy orange with a thick cap of white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. smokey! rich deep meaty smoke, with a nice weizen spice hiding behind it. light caramel. lightly earthy. whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and grain.

taste is great. nice and smokey, but it seems slightly more restrained, or perhaps integrated, than in the aroma. light caramel. lovely weizen spice. whole wheat bread. bit of caraway rye too. touch of biscuit and grain. hint of alcohol. nice earthy character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent integration between the smoke and the weizen. these guys do good smoked beer. already looking forward to the urbock that's on deck!

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a very lightly hazed orange, some dark amber hues, very thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, big chunks of lace stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is real nice, big woody smokiness, nice malt character, a bit of biscuity sweetness, very faint banana and a touch of spice, a bit of beef jerky and campfire smokiness, light wheat, nice.

Taste is really nice, very light smokiness, woody, a bit of oak/mesquite, a touch of wheat and banana, lightly spicy, beef jerky, light citrus acidity in the finish, a bit of bread, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very nice smokiness, not too much and not too little. Nice stuff.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, BB date reads June 2011, into tulip. Pours muddy chestnut brown body with mahogany highlits topped by thick, moussy, extremely stable beige crown that clings to the walls and although slowly shrinks never dies.The aroma is bacon-like smokiness masking the qualities of the underlying beer although bananaish notes emerge together with bready, doughy wheat-malt. The flavor is dominated by bacon-like smokiness with greasy notes and burnt wood touch rolled in wheat perceived as bread, followed by low hoppy bitterness towards the finish which is quite dry due to the moderate carbonation and smoke. The wheaty texture imparts creamy fullness to the body. Unfortunately the bananaish sweetness combined with bacon is quite odd and reduces the the drinkability. Although the color is dark the flavor/aroma profile reminds me more of a classic Weizen than Dunkelweizen. There was no caramel or toasty-melanoidin qualities typical of Wienna and/or Munich malt used in Dunkelweizens. Besides, the color of the Rauchbier is usually darker than the color of the non-smoked base style, explaining the dim appearance.

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Photo of CarfiCZ
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 0.5 liters in Prague 12/2010 Bad Times-pivotéka.
Nice sweet flavor with accents of smoke and taste "the eggs", but this does not detract from the quality of beer, just the opposite! I like to buy this beer somewhere else and would like to see pulled in Bamberg, Germany - where he maintained a beer called Rauchbier

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 772 ratings.
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