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: German 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 450 | Ratings: 810
Photo of Jacobier10
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Deep reddish brown color with a beige head. Fairly clear since I left the yeast behind in the bottle until the last few sips. Smoked meat aroma with a hint of malt sweetness. Smoke dominates the flavor, however it's more subtle when compared to the Märzen or Urbock. Smooth on the palate. A sweet and smoky, yet restrained, rauchbier. The more I try from this brewery the more I am enjoying them.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlenkerla are, for me at least, the definitive brewers of Rauchbier - or ‘Smoke Beer’, and their Urbock is one of my all-time favourite beers. Now that is. When I first tried Rauchbiers it was a Schlenkerla Marzen (about 3 years back) and I thought “WTF is going on?!”: You see I didn’t know I was buying a Rauchbier; I thought I was buying a Marzen, which was a style I had become enamoured with at the time... little did I know then that today I would take a Schlenkerla Urbock over any Marzen any day of the week. How tastes have changed indeed. Moral to the story: Schlenkerla Urbock is an awesome beer, get it... now!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Deep hazy seal brown body with a 1.5 inch light-beige head that slowly drops back leaving a hearty lace on the glass. This is where IT is at. Bring it Schlenkerla! 9/10.

S: Even though Schlenkerla only smoke the barley malt the aroma of smoke still dominates the aroma like nothing else. This is their Rauch-Weizen but you’ll be hard pressed to pick up anything other than that smoky bacon fragrance that I love the Urbock for... Hmmm, I take that back: a second deeper whiff reveals hints of sweet malt and spicy clove Phenols. 9/10.

T: Nah, get the Urbock. This tastes similar, although with a clove spiced ham to Urbock’s rauch schinkenspeck (smoked bacon) sandwich. However the Urbock has quite a bit more going on in the flavour (and the mouthfeel as we will soon [spoiler alert] find out). The wheat in this also makes it drier in the finish and consequentially less enjoyable than the Urbock. All the above said - even Schlenkerla’s average brews are still world class. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation and a hint of creaminess. 8/10.

D: This was alright, I think the Weizen aspect of this could be a lot more pronounced - i.e. more banana and cloves to compliment the smoke, but I do still like this brew, tis a solid Rauch. Overall as a famous philosopher once said [this is someone from the future, in the future, talking about me] “If you can get Urbock: Get Urbock! If not, this is still decent... GET URBOCK!”. 8/10.

Food match: Christmas ham dinner or cheese and nut platter, decisions decisions.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium brown with amber highlights; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: smoke is subdued; wheat is noticeable; a little ham; a little clove;

T: smoke is front and center; tastes like the Swiss landjaeger I grew up eating; a touch of banana toward the back end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; mildly dry;

O: surprisingly light bodied considering the flavor profile;

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Photo of ludachris
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy muddy brown with a thick puck of dense off-white head. Beautiful retention is imparted by the wheat.

An intriguing mix of smoky wood, salty ham and sausage and phenolic driven notes of clove, band-aid, and a whiff of banana peel make up the nose. I get a bit of an oaky sweetness as well. Perhaps not as smoky as the original but very unique.

Its wheat character is much more at the forefront. A touch medicinal with sweet banana and oak sliding underneath. The sweetness is rounded and pleasant. Its smoky, meaty goodness is refined and not as edgy. It's the undercarriage rather than the focal point. It's also what's left lingering in the finish.

Medium bodied with an enjoyable creaminess and below average level of carbonation. Watery on the edges with a softy, dry finish.

This is one of the most unique beers I've had to date with its combination of smokey meatiness and phenolics. I'm absolutely in love with the character smoked malt imparts. This was a good showcase for its characteristics but they were refined and tamed at the same time. The smokier, the meatier, the saltier the better. I prefer the original over this but it still held my interest from beginning to end.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but clear brew (brown/caramel color), active, topped by a slightly fizzy beige head. Decent retention.

Incredible aroma. Smoke is forefront, bringing impressive notes of wood, a long burning fire, and bacon. Yet, beneath that, and not drowned out, there is a nice banana note from the yeast.

Up front, flavor follows a fairly traditional Weizen profile: milky wheat, yeast, and grains. Some red grape flavor round out the malt profile.
There's a bit of a bite immediately, but the smoke really doesn't show up in force until the back end - after you think the brew has completely faded. That's when it hits most powerfully, but it's still smooth and approachable.

Very lively brew, carrying a bit of sting; very drinkable.

Another impressive brew from Schlenkerla. This one isn't as mind-blowing as the Urbock, but it's very good.

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Photo of DaveBar
1.69/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" white head that lasts for a minute before film out. Very dark brown color and unfiltered

S- Artificial smoke.

T- Artificial smoke plain and simple. Overpowers all

M- Pretty dry

O- Horrible. Drain poured it

Food Pairing

Sorry but this was a drain pour so no food pairing

Horrible and not enjoyable in any way

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from the local LCBO for $3.85 CDN. Served cool into a pint glass. First time seeing something other than the Marzen in stores here.

Appearance - Hazy burnt amber in color with a two finger fluffy head that just sits there for a good while. Lots of streaks of lacing left behind wrapping all the way around the glass. A little bit of visible carbonation but not too much.

Smell - Campfire, roasted sausage, wood chips, smoked meats, and just a subtle banana and clove mixture lingering in the background with a faint caramel. But as with the Marzen, it is meat, meat and more smoked meat that dominate this aroma. Banana and other fruit esters come out a bit more as the beer approaches room temperature.

Taste - Definite smokiness up front that transitions into the classic weizen abana and clove flavor, before fading away and a new wave of smoke permeates the senses.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light and soft in the mouth, modest carbonation and a dry finish but not as try as the Marzen.

Overall - Certainly a good beer that combined some elements of a hefeweizen with the intricacies of a rauchbier and while the overall feel is a bit lighter and probably a bit more approachable for craft newbies, the smokiness is less thorough and not quite as enjoyable. Still a great beer combining some fruitiness with smoked meats in such a way, is no easy feat.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I honestly don't know what to expect from this. I've had the Urbock from this brewery, which I liked but was so intense I would never want too much of it in one sitting. This is a rather more accessible affair, but still distinctly smoky.

The beer has a light brown body with shades of golden yellow when held to the light. Only a finger of head. It looks a little murky to be honest, not that appealing, but I don't worry too much about appearance if the taste and smell is good. Smoke dominates the nose, with little of the fruity aromas one might expect from a weissebier. In taste however, the banana and clove one would find in a hefeweizen are somewhat present, but with the smoke favours lingering on the side of the tongue. This certainly doesn't have the ' salty ham' taste of the Urbock. Mouthfeel is fairly spiky, but richer than a hefeweizen.

Certainly an interesting beer, albeit not one of want all the time. I'd like to try their smoked Marzen.

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Photo of biegaman
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The use of beechwood-smoked barley has turned this Weizen quite dark; nevermind the customary look of a bright sunny afternoon, this Bavarian wheat beer has the amber twilight of dusk. It's also got a fluffy cloud-like head. Nonetheless, everything looks positive so far.

The beer smells like a delicatessen: back bacon and assorted smoked meats are the first things that come to mind. Much of the typical banana and clove aromatics are buried under a big pile of campfire embers and/or wrapped into a thick kielbasa casing. Still, some fruity esters and spicy phenols survive, making this resemble a gourmet sausage of some kind.

No kidding! Although unequivocally German, this particular Rauchbier tastes a little like Bulgarian Kebapche or the sausages from Italy's Piedmont that use allspice, nutmeg, cloves and the like to impart a pleasing spiciness to all the smoky, meaty and more savory notes.

Heck, as if there wasn't enough dimension as is, the malts also lend an agreeable and very nutty sweetness similar to that of this brewery's Märzen Rauchbier. The bruised pear, plum, banana, and apple esters meld wonderfully with this ale's distinctive fennel and caraway flavours.

Not only are Schlenkerla Rauchbiers some of the world's unique and interesting beers, but they're also among the most food versatile too. The addition of background banana and spice flavours to the customary meat, smoke, and malt makes the Weizen particularly easy to adapt to any grilled, braised, or marinated meats (pork!) as well as wild rice, root vegetables, foraged or cabbage-based dishes.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen offers all the meaty and campfire qualities I love about the Märzen but in a leaner, lighter package. There's really no reason to feel intimidated here as the singed, rough-hewn wood notes are even more deeply entwined with sweet malt, fruity esters, and spicy/savory phenolics. It's one that'll certainly change peoples' impressions of beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Been working my way through the Schlenkerla offerings, thus far really enjoying the Marzen and not being so fond of the Eiche. Didn't know what to expect with Weizen (other than a recent newfound appreciation for weizens), but this one jumped the tracks pretty quickly. Totally could be an old bottle issue, and I'd happily revisit it again to make sure, but for now I have to score it low. Best way to describe it would be BBQ-flavored potato chips. Literally smelled salty, the weisse bier notes just couldn't be found, too muddled in with the salty, BBQ smoked malt. I choked down as much as I could before waving the white flag. Again, hope to find it on tap someday to verify these findings.

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: brown, amber ... clear ... pours a decent tan head of foam almost 1-inch tall that doesn't stick and isn't lacing, though the tan collar of foam is nice; very few bubbles rising up the column

S: very little at its coldest; as it warms ... toasted Halls cough drops ... there's a menthol thing happening, maybe like a real green piece of mesquite burning in the barbecue pit ... boy, it gets good as it continues to warm, REAL smoke now, and good smoke, like some pecan logs smoking a pit full of meat; that menthol thing might be coming from the wheat, a "twang" that could be burning bananas, hard for me to name but it's there

T: menthol ... something medicine-like but not that rubbing-alcohol taste many beers get; lots of smoke here, an oak-wood/pecan-wood smoke coming off the barbecue pit kind of smoke, but it's not burnt ... it's more of toasted flavor; just a short hint of wheat-ale banana, but it's subdued under all the smoke

F: very nice ... well carbonated for a beer that has a slightly "flat" look

O: I think I like it better than the smoked Marzen, but it's a lot of the same, which is to say a ton of smoke flavor that manages to remain well short of tasting burnt; it really is like a toasted flavor ... or the (duh) flavor of the smoke coming off a burning log not the burning log.

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Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into Weizen glass
Served: 28 January 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with mud-colored accents and a creamy tan head that takes forever to die down, just as a wheat beer should. The Trüb in the beer was a bit unsightly, but it obviously gets mostly mixed in. Collected a bit at the bottom.

Smell: Soft smoke notes and a faint assertion of the typical Weißbier banana ester.

Taste: Really great contrast between the soft banana notes from the Weizen base and the smoked malts. The Weizen base and the smoke fit even though they are very different overall, they fit together and create a rather pleasurable drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky, just like you'd expect from an unfiltered Weizen.

Overall: Not Schlenkerla's best, but even that puts in squarely in the top 5% of beers. A great beer that shows what can be done without brewing with adjuncts. One of my favorite Rauchbiere. Recommended.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown/ruby, almost black at first glance. Forms a nice finger and a half of creamy slightly tan head. Whispy lacing.
S - Literally liquid bacon. Not just the smoke, it has the rich fatty and meaty aromas. There are some malts there too, but it literally smells like a plate of hot, freshly fried bacon. For me that's delicious.
T - Good, but unfortunately not nearly as wild as the aroma would lead you to believe it will be. It's much more subdued with malts and balanced.
O - A fine smoke beer or Rauchbier.
V - Single bottle, moderately good value.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

After 10 days of illness the is the way to break the beer famine. From one of my favourite breweries in the world.
I really like how the non smoked wheat yeast works with the smoked barley malt leading to a lighter smokiness than there Marzen & Urbock.
Brings back memories of my visit to the brewery a dozen or so years ago..

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours an ultra-murky brown color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Not only is the heady frothy (almost like whipped cream), the retention is excellent. It doesn't seem to leave much lacing behind, though. (3.75)

Smell: Not very smoky...wait, who am I kidding? It's smoky as hell. And not in that meaty, hammy fashion (though it certainly invokes strong bacon) - instead, it's very woodsy. Beneath all the smoky goodness lie hints of weizen yeast. Have I ever mentioned that Schlenkerla know how to make such unsubtle, shameless smokiness smell so wonderful to me? (4.25)

Taste: The first half of this brew is ridiculously smoky. Again, more like actual smoked wood than ham or bacon. The second half of this brew is that of a typical weizen - banana, clove, and wheat come through. It doesn't quite integrate as well as the marzen or the urbock, but neither is it as sweet as the urbock, either. As I drink more of it, though, more caramel sweetness comes through beautifully. I don't need to say anything else about how well this beer works. (4)

Mouthfeel: It has a rich feel, focusing on a lush finish over dryness and drinkability. It alsodrinks like it's 7% instead of 5.2% - by the way, that's a HUGE compliment. Carbonation is slightly low for the style. (4)

Overall: About the worst I can say about this is that it doesn't quite work as well as the marzen. Still, it's another great Schlenkerla rauchbier. 'Nuff said. (4)

4.04/5: Yet more smoky goodness from Bamberg's finest

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Photo of tillmac62
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium amber from the yeast. Exceptional massive head, lacing and retention. An almost perfect nose of meaty bacon like smoke balanced against a fruit like sweetness with a slight spicy note. The smoke aroma is not as intense as their Marzen and Urbock variants and is expertly balanced with sweetness. Light medium body that is somewhat slick in texture, but also has a grainy wheat aspect as well. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish and middle. The outstanding flavor profile is not as intense as their other variants. It is more balanced with malt sweetness and a bit more complex. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a moderate campfire bacon like smoke over a sweet background that has both biscuit and caramel characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a rather low level bitterness that has a clove like note as it effervesces and a banana quality as it fades. The finish is dryer than the others, somewhat crisp, sweeter and leaves you with a touch of clove and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. Outstanding and an excellent introduction into the Rauchbier style that is not quite as intense as their Marzen and Urbock variants.

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Photo of Sinfull
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Hazy brown color , big beige head. Smoked bacon aroma with wheat and malty notes. Taste is similar to aroma . Medium body , soft carbonated. Smoked aftertaste.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev +1%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into 0.5 L glass
Aroma of smoke
Head large (5 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing none
Body dark amber, cloudy
Flavor of smoke and some yeast phenolics; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.9375. Final weighted score: 3.9625
Other than the palate being on the watery side of creamy, this is an excellent beer. The smoke controls the aroma but accents the yeast phenolics in the flavor.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Date: 9/15/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Modest head retention. Allows ample light through the beer.
Aroma: Big smell of smoke and wood. Reminds me of a BBQ pit. The smell is one dimensional to me.
Taste: The taste is not one dimensional at all. Strong smoke/wood flavor to start again but the difference is the beer now gives off mild wheat grains some light woodsy hop flavor (aged) in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to Medium body. Low carbonation. The wheat provides a very smooth mouthfeel. The only lingering flavors belong to the smoke.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Nose: Big wood smoke over citrus, light clove and banana.
Clear ruby medium brown under a thick, off-white head.
Palate: Smoke, wheat, white bread, banana with a suspicion of clove.
Medium body with medium to medium high carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Bottle poured into a tall Hef glass

A - Hazy amber in color. Kind of a plum amber. Head is very tall and foamy. Head dissipates extremely slowly. Head is retained until the glass is drained. 4.25/5

S - Fairly smoky. Reminds of when my wife worked in a meat plant and would come home with the scent of liquid smoke on her clothes. Dried bananas. Cloves. Undertone of bread. 4.5/5

T - Roasted malt in the beginning transitioning to a hefty smokiness and bananas, then finally by cloves. Fairly complex. One flavor follows the next. Hint of toffee. 4.5/5

M - Fairly low carbonation. Chewy in the beginning. Finishes somewhat dry which was kind of surprising. 4/5

O - My first smoked beer. Very complex with a multitude of flavors. The smoke was balanced nicely by the sweetness of the banana flavor (yeast). The clove flavor really came out in this one. 4.25/5

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Photo of JTuomi
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

0,5 l bottle (12/2014) into a weizen. Hazy amber brown body, big head with good retention and lacing. At first all I can smell is smoke, after a while a little bubblegum comes up as the smoke tones down a bit. The first taste is all smoke. After having a couple sips, sweet malts with bubblegum can be tasted. Later through the beer some banana comes up. The aftertaste is dry and mildly smoky. At first there's nothing but smoke in the taste, more weizen-like towards the end. Medium-light body, medium mouthfeel, a bit watery mouthfeel. An interesting specialty, though I necessarily wouldn't have one again. Not as smoky I feared it would be.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wood smoke, wheat, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wheat, wood smoke, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, clove, toast, brown bread, wheat, wood smoke, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke flavors; with a great smoke/yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked weizen. All around well balanced fruity/spicy yeast ester, dark/bready malt, and wood smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: dark, reddish amber liquid, relatively clear till the lees are dumped in... throws up a big foam stand, which falls, leaving a constant, creamy, thick-ish pad atop... very nice

S: light-to-moderate campfire smoke... mild-moderate dark wheat malt... perhaps some faint doughy yeast

T: sharp, clove-y phenolics... bubblegum far in the background... sweetish whole wheat bread... fairly familiar Bavarian yeast character providing color... washy aftertaste of caramelized wood, dark bread crust, gummy gluten

M: typical, fullish, beta-glucan-rich feel for a weizen, with a bit of an elastic flow... fairly dry in the finish, perhaps a slight residual yeasty film on the palate

O: actually not too shabby once you get into it... the smoke elements are pretty well balanced with all else... no telling how old this bottle might have been though

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice smokey smell and aroma. Pours a nice mediium brown with a small head that dissipates quickly. Not as smokey a taste as I was expecting and definitely not overpowering. Good flavor and easily drinkable This is a very good beer that you can take your time with and savor.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 810 ratings