Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
424
Ratings:
749
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
18.41%
 
 
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Photo of Bayern1971
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smoked Weissbier you say? I'm game. As a weissbier connoisseur, I was curious to try this variation. Would it be like a dunkles weissbier or a thing of its own making. Pour dark, muddy coffee dark in a Weihenstephaner Weissbier glass. Average head that dissipates to nothing after a few minutes. Smell is wonderful aroma of warm smoked meat & leather. Taste follows the smell as smoked malt followed by the tart cloves and a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly light and carbonation is weak and this is where this beer comes up short. It's a nice change of pace from a weissbier or dunkles weissbier but I'd think twice before paying $5/bottle for another one.

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Photo of GMB
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen yields a brew that appears mahogany at first, but transforms into a radiant tawny, then ruby-red when held up to sunlight. Such a pour also produces a tall head that's fizzier than I'd like. The head quickly falls, revealing some large craggily air pockets. After the head disappears, sheets of bubbles constantly rise to the surface.

The nose is fainter than I expected. Smoke is up front. I don't appreciate any of the typical aromas that one associates with wheat beers.

The taste departs significantly from the nose. Up front, the spicy flavors of clove mingle with the mild smoke. Banana and tropical fruit flavors come through in the middle, but never overpower the clove and smoke. Bitterness is mild at first, but builds with continued sipping. Burnt ends seasoned with clove and black pepper, lightly sweetened with toasted, flour-battered bananas.

A rich malt profile and excessive carbonation means that the beer's mouthfeel is suspended somewhere between sharp-crisp and full-rich. If it were fuller, I'd think I was chewing on a fatty piece of the burnt ends. If it were sharper or crisper, the spicy flavors would be more pronounced.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen isn't as good as its Märzen cousin. Still, the wheat-inspired flavors bring out some interesting aspects of the smoked malts. Give it a try.

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Photo of JCBears
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: rich dark brown to amber color little head but a pretty beer

smell: smokey greatness like good bacon or meat mouth watering

taste: malty smokey flavor once it hits your lips

mouthfeel: you never want this taste to leave and it doesn't oh so good

overall: fantastic this is a playground for a man's palet

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a clear amber color with a sizeable foam topping. Sudsy head retains well and tops a solid looking brew.
SMELL: Smokey sweet, definitely a wheat, and definitely smoke. Tobacco and ash a readily apparent and quite nice.
TASTE: Soft caramel, toffee, wheat, citrus and a fair smoke on the back end. Herb and anise like notes from the malt, and a dry wheat. The smoke is present but balanced in the taste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation and smooth.
OVERALL: This is an enjoyable smoked wheat beer, and one I would certainly return to.

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Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, dirty brown with a big tan head. Smells like banana and allspice. Taste begins with some banana flavor, then some light grain, then some deep smokiness, and finishing with a rich bread flavor. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a fantastic beer, the only downside is it's less than stellar appearance.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Proudly fills its namesake pint glass with a slightly hazed copper (SRM 16-18) while a half-inch, long lasting, beige foam drifts above.

The smokiness balances between wood and summer sausage while caramel is more perceptible than typical of this style. Overall the aroma is quite sweet.

The flavor is uncomplicated and dominated by smoke. Fairly sweet with a slight, manageable tartness, followed by tar and perhaps sourdough. The long, subtle finish entices one to take another sip.

A medium-to-light body with modest carbonation, no presence of alcohol, and satiny texture.

This Rauchbier is more easy-drinking than typical and forms an excellent accompaniment to a perfectly clear sunny summer afternoon. This beer lends itself to long, casual conversations. Memories of childhood summers relaxing with friends and smoked whiting while conversations lasted well into the cool night.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours a surprisingly thin-looking opaque brown. It's thin enough that it should be transparent, but so dark that it almost isn't. It's not REALLY opaque, just...translucent. You can sort of see through it.
It's a pretty straightforward beer. It smells like burnt birch branches and it tastes like beef jerky encrusted with barbecue flavoured potato chips. This a beer style all its own. So unique, in fact, that the characteristic flavour profiles dominate to the extent that it's really difficult for anything to come through that reminds us this is beer. It could just be some sort of beef jerky flavoured soda or maybe fermented, diluted barbecue sauce. That said, it's not bad, really. It's probably an acquired taste for most. My chief complaint is that it's not thicker. For something this robust, my palette demands that it be thicker. If it tastes like I'm eating wood-smoked meat, I don't want it to feel like I'm drinking water. You know? I crave the consistency of a stout or at least a doppelbock when I'm drinking this. I also wish some maltiness could come through to complement the smoked meat flavour. It's got a really basic flavour to how dominant that smokiness is. I know that's just the way this style is meant to be, though, so I shouldn't really be applying that to my criticism of this specific example. I really do hope I come across a version of this that's got a thicker mouthfeel one day, though. That'd be pretty great.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have really missed having a decent Raunchier to drink and was very surprised to find the other ale at the Flying Saucer recently. Then I came across the Weiss version at my Downtown Spec’s. The last one in stock – I could not resist.

This one pours a dark brown that is pleasantly cloudy and about the equivalent of a very strong iced tea in color. The cloudiness is to expect in a Weiss, the darkness is not. It is a very pleasant surprise and very appealing.

The pour produces a very lively short-lived tan head that fades quickly with no lacing. However, that is not a negative as this beer is nearly exceptional and almost perfect.

There is a lot of yeast in this one and the bottle fermentation really leaves it very effervescent. The mouth feel is matched by the visual observation and is extremely enjoyable. The only reason I will not give this a 5 overall is that the mouth feel is a bit watery for what my expectation is in the pout and color. I was expecting a little more richness.

That said, this is an overall an extremely enjoyable, drinkable beer that I highly recommend, but please leave some for me at the downtown Spec’s cause I will be back.

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Photo of kbrown
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer Kitchen 101 August Beer Club choice. 1 pint bottle.

Appearance- An attractive caramel color. Unfiltered look. Head is minor.

Smell- Expected peatiness, bananas, wheat malts.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Sugars notable early.

Taste- Smokiness blends in nicely with bananas and breadiness. Dates also.

Overall- Better than other smoke beers that I have had that don't have a backbone. Well put together for this style.

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Photo of videofrog
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

A: Cloudy, muddy orange with light orange and yellow highlights on the edges of the glass. Thin white head recedes quickly and settles into a rim that stays around for awhile.

S: Campfire smoke that's apparent but not overpowering, sweet, light maltiness.

T: Campfire smoke up front, kinda woody now that I get into the taste. Sweet, grainy wheat malt clearer. Banana/clove combo in there as well. No hop flavor to speak of.

M: Carbonation medium, mouthfeel light and appropriate for a weizen. Finishes dry which begs you to take another swig.

O: So glad this finally got distributed to TX. I picked this and the doppelbock up. This did not disappoint.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a caramel brown color with a frothy head.

The aroma is an interesting combination of smokey woodiness aloong with banana, clove, and caramel.

The flavor follows with those follows being a really interesting balance between the meaty and woody, smokey, almost ashy flavors then with the bready banana and spice. It also has a good medium mouthfeel.

At first, the combination may seem like it does not work, but as it warms up and with time, one can see where the two balance and bounce between each other.

This is another stellar beer by Schlenkerla. Not my favorite from them, but another example of what they do so well, a clean wonderful German ale/lager with smoked flavors.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish, brown, cloudy; big head

Aroma: smoky, peppery, cloves

Taste: Slightly smoky, a little watery; you can tell it's a wheat, but the smoke masks the character

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Partly cloudy, copper-colored body with a thick, foamy head; lively carbonation bubbling from the bottom of the glass. Light smoked scent with some slightly sweet malt notes. Stronger smoked malt flavor with touches of fruity esters. Medium-light body; clean and dry finish.

As a rauchbier, this beer hits it with the taste. There is a slight smoothness to the feel with the wheat and the cloudiness fits in nicely with classic German weizen stylings. An excellent choice for anyone wanting to try a rauchbier but don't necessarily want to start off with Schlenkerla's premier examples” their Märzen and Urbock rauchbiers.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in weizen glass at Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla on 4/8/2013. Pours a murky brown which has the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider. Head is one inch, dense, fluffy and off-white. Nose expresses a hint of smoke and some dark fruits (similar to a weizebbock in character) with a trace of clove and banana esters towards the back. Taste is quite mild on all accounts - smoke is very subdued but masks a lot of the character of a typical weizen. There is a bit of fruitiness, but it's really a bit muddled, There's also a slight herbal/peppery quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a carbonation that is not quite crisp, but does have a bit of a bite. Definitely an interesting take on the style, but not really something I would look for in a wheat beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

The beer is a fairly amazing testament to how powerful smoked barley malt can be (assuming it makes up a typical ~33% of the malt bill in this recipe) over the other components.

Pours a billowing, towering head of off-white to beige colored foam with excellent retention, lasting several minutes in its decline to a 0.8cm cap atop the beer's body. Lacing is also substantial, and amusing, the imagery is like the continents of the earth plastered around the insides of the glass. The body of the beer is a fairly dark amber brown color, with light turning its appearance into an opaque muddy brown with orange highlights around the perimeter. Carbonation is very active and visible enough to be seen moving upwards across the sides of the glass. A very dark hefeweizen, but also very classic and good-looking.

Aroma is, of course, primarily of beech-smoked barley malt with a light underlying wheat malt sweetness and some phenolic band-aid. The traditionally powerful banana, clove, and yeast is overpowered by the smoked barley, but it's a rauchweizen, and I wouldn't expect otherwise.

The flavors are truly dominated by the smoked malt, but sweetness and some wheat malt character come through, along with a bit of yeast and phenols to let you know this is a weizen. Front of palate experiences a well-balanced blend between malt sweetness, yeast, and smoky malt. Mid-palate enhances the richness of the smokiness, making it quite dense, hazy, and complex: it's like drinking a noir film. The sweetness and yeast are still present, but moved very far to the background. Back of the palate finds a strong, smoky tang that's almost puckering, alongside faint notes of yeast and sweet malt. Aftertaste of beech-smoked malt, grass fire smell, and slight sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with plenty of soft, effervescent carbonation. The result is a smooth, slightly fizzy at first, then rather foamy, mouthfeel that meshes well with the body. Closes rather dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle shared with my father-in-law who loves all things Germany.
Poured with swirled yeast sediment, it's a cloudy brown colored ale topped with a tan head. Smoky aroma, faint wheat and hefeweizen with banana & clove coming out as it warms. Tastes are fruity, tart, smoky, actually refreshing with some banana notes as it warms. Lighter body with moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty good. Classic Rauchbier here, but I preferred their Märzen or Doppelbock over this one.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: solid brown 500mL bottle, nice German label.

Appearance: a clear beer, dirt-brown in colour with limited carbonation. A frothy head pops up and disappears entirely within the first ten seconds.

Aroma: very interesting - some sweet-smelling smoke. Certainly not something I am used to. Hopefully this one agrees with me more than the Rauchbier Urboch.

Taste: far better than the Urboch, but only so far as it doesn't turn my face inside out. I'm struggling to get anything other than the smoke in this - no wheat flavours at all. If anything, a touch of cured meats also.

Aftertaste: the strong meat and smoke flavours become a bit more demure in the aftertaste. Settles to a camping wood-fire flavour. A really bizarre flavour.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation to carry the flavour across. The feel seems to be pretty good.

Overall: I'm still getting used to rauchbiers, and this one seems an awful lot more drinkable than the Urboch. I think I'll have to have quite a few more of these before I allow myself to pass any kind of judgement on them.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Amber color, foggy appearance & white froth. Close & lasting head. Mildy toasted bread aroma, hints of clove & intense ripe banana. Subtle Bamberg touch. Enters smooth & dense while a gentle & clean bitterness is felt. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy texture with smoky nature. Long finish where Bamberg shows its deserved reputation. Well balanced hops & malts. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a stein glass. No freshness date that I can see.

Appearance: Rich, chocolatey color with hazelnut edges. As it pours out of the bottle, the cascading liquid reminds me a bit of apple cider. Beige foam with a smattering of larger bubbles, but mostly microbubbles. Retention is light. The bottom of the bottle has heavy sedimentation.

Smell - Applewood, wood fire, chicory and general spiciness. Hints of bready, yeasty aroma in the background that takes the edge off the smokey smell.

Taste - More wood fire, some hints of smoked pork and a finish of malty sweetness. The taste is pleasant up front, but long after you've swallowed your drink, it lingers in a way that doesn't entice the next drink. I really think this is a beer that needs to be paired with food.

Mouthfeel - Mostly crisp and bright in spite of the smokiness throughout the beer's profile. Like with the taste however, after the sip is gone, there is a somewhat unpleasant feel, almost like you feel after you've been out around a campfire for a couple of hours.

Overall, a beer that strikes me as well-balanced and incredibly unique. However, I need to try it again with a food pairing. The beer on it's own was just a little too intense for me.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen has a very thick, beige head, a hazy, brown appearance (which becomes much cloudier, once the bottom bottle contents are swished and poured in), many tiny bubble streams, and a very thick lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is almost exclusively wood smoke, with maybe some sweet bread hidden underneath. Taste is of wood smoke, with some sweet breadiness, and just maybe some banana. Mouthfeel is mostly light and watery, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen finishes tangy, drinkable, and odd. Overall, this is a must-try beer, if nothing more than for it’s unusual aspects. I think it is an excellent and well-done beer, even if the style is not to my particular liking. It’s certainly worth trying at least one time.

RJT

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Photo of beerme626
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Liquor Barn in Lexington, poured into a weizen glass
A: Kind of plain, brown, one finger head that disappears quickly, with no lacing or anything.
S: Bacon, a little, much more mild than the marzen.
T: Bacon a little, but a good bit of wheat and the banana/cloves of weizens
M: Kind of sticky, not terribly carbonated, but still pleasantly
O: Good, but go for the Marzen for your bacon beer.

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

I have always liked this brewery, surprised it took me this long to actually review more of their beers.

A- Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, not exactly proper glassware but I think things will be OK. Massively gigantic cap forms on the beer to about 4 fingers in size and goes out of the glass about an inch. The head's texture is somewhere between foamy and creamy and retention is quite good. Just a few patches of lace.

S- Smoky overall with a light peat feel, I guess I would say it has a medium smoke level from all the smoked beers I have had. The smell reminds me a lot of trying to start a campfire but it keeps going out and you get the intense smoke off of the just charred wood. Bacon hint. Some light fruits and malts beyond that.

T- A bit more rounded out and multi-dimensional here. The smoke once again leads the way but is quickly balanced out by the other beer ingredients. The smoke is seriously just like starting a campfire, somewhere near peat but not entirely. A nice light fruit presence, apples and white grapes, as well as some yeasty banana and spice. The smoke and these other flavor meld together nicely, something I wasn't quite sure would work.

MF- Body reminds me of a silkier version of a Pale/IPA, lighter end with high but nice carbonation. Smoky finish on the palate and a decent amount of bitterness for a Rauch.

The blend of the German yeast strain and the smoked malts is quite good. Smoky bananas, mmmm. This makes we want to go start a campfire because it reminds of those pesky nights starting the fire for the campsite.

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Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper color. Poured a thick off-white head with a good retention.
Smoked aroma with notes of wheat and yeast on the background.
Smooth and effervescent sensation with antagonisms flavors, refreshing piney hops and a gentle but clear smoked character and hints of banana, bacon and spices. Dry aftertaste with reminiscent smoked notes.
Medium body with a good carbonation.
I was initially afraid to taste this beer given it was hard to picture a smoked wheat beer. But they made it work. Their Marzen version is awesome but this one is also incredible and maybe a bigger brewer challenge. For that this should bear a good score.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opague. Seems more of a dunkel weisse.

The aroma starts off with the standard Schlenkerla beechwood smoke, though it's not nearly as pungent as their marzen, and has a pleasant hefe weizen yeast spiciness that lingers in the background. I didn't think this combo would work out as nicely as it does.

The taste again has smoke and wood right up front, and perhaps some slight roast, with the hefe weizen creaminess and spiciness in the background. The smoke and yeast flavors work well together. Highly carbonated, but not more-so than others in the style.

Full-bodied for the style. A little smoke lingers in the aftertaste, giving this one an abnormally long finish.

Nice beer, but probably my least favorite Schlenkerla beer.

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Photo of Liquoric3
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agressive pour, nice 3 finger head that lasted quite long time. Colour is brown almost like a Dunkelweizen. High carbonation typical for Hefeweizen.

First smell you get is smoked malts like in all the the other Schlenkerla beers. Bacon comes to my mind but there no typical flavours like banana or clove.

Little banana in the taste, spicy more like pepper and a slightly bitter finish which I don`t like in my Hefeweizens. You don`t get so much smoke in the taste like the smell indicated.

Then there is a medium lasting smoke flavour on the palate.

It is not bad, but I l prefer other flavours im my Hefeweizens and I also think the smoke goes better with their Urbock or the Märzen version.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 749 ratings.
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