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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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Ratings: 782 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought this would make a good rainy day beer.

Dull golden brown with an eggshell tan head. Thin film of retention doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nostalgic campfire smoke, hay and some mild wheat beer fruitiness (misc. golden fruits). Tastes like smoke and I think golden squash and tortilla chips? The smoked flavor doesn't exactly live up to the smoked aroma - it's there alright but not as strong. The wheat beer doesn't do much but lay there like a starfish. I would have liked to seen more exaggerated German wheat characteristics like banana and clove to play up the rauch malt.

Not sure if this is an old bottle. I'd like to try it on tap to verify.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the one i think i've had the least thinking it would be to conflicting... actually quite a developed balance between smoked and wheat malt. fantastic balance of smokiness and mild sweetness. and i don't mean hef sweet. this is a savory peppery hef. and i think most mineral crisp. quite drinkable as the 'bacon beers' seen to be a food accompaniment and sort of a novelty for the status-quo of american brew pub beer drinkers. would say best for chicken... fantastic for grill zucchini and mozzarella...
nice floral hints, mild fruit notes and a dry floral and smoke finish. especially in the murk of the pour. doens't dominate the palate and would have something else after.

actually quite redundent to figure the best offering from this brewery as they are all different and strong. it should be had... the grade is irrelevant. i personally like this and the urbock most.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is a very cloudy, dark caramel brown. Three fingers of thick, fluffy, slightly tanned head dissipated very slowly, leaving trails along the glass and a billowy lacing. There is a lot of carbonation action going on, and there is a cake of sedimentation on the bottom.

Smell: Mmm… Smoky. The smoked malts obviously dominate, giving the beer the scent of smoked sausage reminiscent of landjäger. (Oh, so good!) Amazingly, the wheat qualities come through, giving it some hefeweizen fruitiness: ripe banana, green apple, and a little strawberry.

Taste: The intensity of the smoked malts is subdued, but it is still the dominant flavor. It exhibits the landjäger or smoked brat quality from the aroma. The mouthfeel is thick and wheaty, and, much to my amazement — again — wheat beer qualities such as ripe banana, apple, and strawberry are present. I would have never guessed.

Drinkability: In terms of smokiness, Weizen plays second fiddle to its märzen brother, but it is still a high quality brew. Tons of complexity and flavor.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Weizen glass: you know what you're getting with this brewery, something smokey!

This beer was no exception, smoked sasauges and hams come to mind. This was the 5th beer of my German and lager based beer tasting evening last week.

The beer went down very well, the smokiness combining nicely with the mild banana/vanilla flavours from the wheat contents. Not sure I'd want a night drinking it, but pleased I've had one (visited the brewery years ago, but didn't have one of these).

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful amber with a massive, gorgeous cascading off-white head that fills the glass and slowly settles to a fluffy foam with great lacing. Lively carbonation.

Aroma is sweet peaty beech smoke and charred hardwood. Almost a briny, oily aroma. Smells like a campfire - like your clothes the morning after sitting around a campfire. As the head dissipates so does the smoke aroma and the malt comes forward. Smells fruity and smoky, a little acrid, with some faint ripe banana too.

Taste is smooth, sweet, smoky, fruity, mildly malty. Smoky banana, clove and a malty sweetness that's subdued by the smoke, which also gives this beer a cherry quality. Mouthfeel is really good too - creamy, smooth. The smoke adds a really nice, unique twist but never dominates the flavor profile.

Overall a good, mild rauchbier, a good introduction to the style. This would be especially good in the fall.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy darkish amber with very nice off-white head. The head seems to last quite awhile and even lingers toward the bottom of the glass. Smells of ham, light pork, scent of bacon, basically any kind of smoke cured meat you can think of. I can't tire of the aroma from this beer - just plain awesome. There's also some aromas of burnt wood - kind of like after a bonfire finally goes out. Reminds me of a summer campfire BBQ. Tastes similar to taste with some bitterness towards the end after some sweet, crystal malt character. Light in mouthfeel but bitterness is rather even balanced with the smoked malts. Overall, a great smoke beer. I would believe this one is a tad lighter in smoke character than some of the brewery's similar offerings. This one goes excellent with pork chops & sauerkraut...yummy!!!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a cloudy chocolate brown. Almost no head. Just a bit of light film on top.

S - upon first sniff it smells like spicy, fruity, bacon. The smokey bacon aroma is fairly strong but notes of clove, banana, and a touch of orange zest come though.

T - dry and savor on the front with a touch of smoke which slowly builds to a bacony flavor as notes of banana and clove become apparent. A bit of nuttiness as well. A dry finish with just a touch of smoke.

M - medium bodied. Light carb. Quite smooth.

O - a really complex yet easy drinking rauchbier. Great for summer bbq.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
5.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this smoke beer! Lord knows he could never finish it alone...

A - Beautiful clear amber brown beer is topped by a long-lasting foamy off-white head that leaves fingers of lace reaching up the glass.

S - Super-smoked aroma doesn't allow for much more than campfire to come in but there are notes of wheat and mild yeast esters in the, faintly.

T - Dunkelweizen in nature, more smoke hints (not anywhere near as potent as the aroma) and malt are forward than the wheat which plays more of a role in feel. Yeasty characteristics are tossed to the wind. While the flavor is much less smokey, it's also much less nuanced.

M - Soft wheat balances out the smokey, dry texture on the finish. Crisper than the average wheat, too.

O - The flavor is good but not quite what the aroma is. Less nuanced. Great beer regardless.

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Photo of nickfl
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam, resting on top of a very clear, medium brown body. The head collapses at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Dark, earthy smoke notes with clove, caramel, and banana notes in the background.

T - Soft, bready malt up front with a hint of toffee and some banana notes. More dark bread malt character in the middle with some spicy yeast and red apple. The smoke becomes more apparent in the finish with earthy, almost funky notes of smoky juniper and clove as well as lingering banana.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - To paraphrase the Most Interesting Man in the World, I don't often drink Rauchbier, but when I do I prefer Schlenkerla. Schlenkerla is one of those beers that qualifies as a classic of classics and this particular one is as good as it gets. The smoke and weizen yeast work together masterfully and the malt character softens everything to the point that it is perfectly drinkable. The aroma really reminds me of an old barbecue restaurant or, perhaps more appropriately an old, old brewpub, with decades of smooth smoke soaked into the walls. An excellent beer that I feel lucky to be drinking.

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Photo of atis
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Bamberg

Pours light brown with huge brownish head that slowly fades, dense slowly downsliding lacing. Aroma is pleasant smoky, this is what clothes smell like after a long evening by a fireplace in the woods.

Flavour is light smoked ham with wheat malt shining through, bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full, less than average carbonation.

Drinkable, yet I think I enjoy other Schlenkerla smoke brews more. I would not want more than 2 glasses of it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +11.7%
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 +4.3%
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 -11.7%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +12.8%
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 -1.8%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +1.3%
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 imbibehour
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +7.7%
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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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 782 ratings
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