Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

BA SCORE
88
very good
772 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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
Ratings:
772
Reviews:
432
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
69
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 432
Photo of jrob21
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pimko
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anwo56
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy chestnut with a small,frothy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-straight up smoked ham,wheat,lemon,slight pepper,slight burned plastic
T:
-wheat and lemon upfront
-smokiness coming on
-smoke sweetness
-black pepper
F:
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
O:
Definitely less smokey than the Rest of Schlenkerlas Rauchbier lineup and not quite as complex.
Still a good and interesting Weizen.

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Photo of 4ster
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnSnow1
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stumac
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of psm90
2/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The smokiness is far too overpowering for my taste. Weizens are often quite delicate flavours with subtle nuances, which are all completely killed here by the smokiness. It's an interesting beer but that doesn't make it drinkable.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 2016 and served just below cellar temperature.

Pours a muddy copper-amber colour, producing just over one finger of dense, creamy-looking, light beige-coloured head. Retention is decent; it seeps away slowly over five minutes or so, leaving behind a smooth cap and foamy collar. Lovely aroma that is dominated by beechwood-smoked malt, reminiscent of ham or maybe smoked salmon. Mild hints of banana, clove spice and bready, wheaty sweetness are less attention-grabbing, but play an important role nonetheless.

This is a very nice cross between a German-style wheat beer and an authentic rauchbier. You get a hint of the smoke at first, but it is wheaty, bready malts and some caramel sweetness that provide the initial burst of flavour - followed soon after by notes of plum and applesauce. Beechwood smoke and clove spice take over toward the finish, providing a bacon-esque savoriness alongside hints of earth and wood. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels and quite a smooth, soft feel on the palate. While I usually take my time with their märzen, this little number is just way too easy to knock back - I'd eagerly drink another, but I'm saving the other bottle for the slow cooker.

Final Grade: 4.3, an impressive A grade. As a big German wheat beer fan, I'm probably a little biased as far as this one goes - but I just have to say that I really prefer Schlenkerla's Rauchbier Weizen over their märzen. This one's smokiness, though still a strong presence, is less "in-your-face" when compared to their other brews, and a much more drinkable beverage for it. Keeping in mind that I can still count the number of true rauchbiers I've had on one hand, this is definitely my favourite so far - though I can surely understand why serious smoke beer aficionados would prefer one of this brewery's bolder offerings. A definite must-try in my books; one that I hope to see imported on a more regular basis.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this brewery and I've only had two of their beers. But shoot, I'm a sucker for smoke, and if they can make a good smokey weizen, then I'm a happy camper...I mean, drinker.

FIrst of all, this is as much head as I've ever gotten on a wheat beer, and it sticks around. It pours a mostly clear (considering it's unfiltered) dark red color.

The nose is subtle and it's hard to get much on it, but there is a definite sweet, grassy scent there, with just a hint of maltiness. The first sip, though, unleashes the smoke flavor I was waiting for. It's tastefully subdued, but clearly present. Less present but still there are the grassy flavors and a bit of banana. A slight bitter hops briefly flickers on the back end before leaving the mouth with a nice earthy aftertaste.

Overall, a very nice beer that does what I was hoping it to do, flavor-wise, without overdoing it.

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Photo of Saviour
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiro
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrew041180
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazed brownish amber colour with one finger of white head and some lace. Smell is of smoke and campfire, meaty BBQ and bacon with underpinnings of banana, wheat and spice. Taste is a nice mix of smoke, banana and BBQ, campfire and spice with points of cocoa showing up at points as well, quite complex and well flavoured. Medium carbonation-medium body. Solid stuff, very tasty and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like smoke beers in general, but I didn't care much for this brew. Oak wood smoke doesn't seem to agree with me. The beech wood smoke of their marzen and ur bock is lighter, with less of a sour element to it.

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Photo of vinivini
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty rauchbier. From bottle into tulip glass, poured a medium brown, lacing faded fairly quickly. Smell has notes of smoked cheddar, leather, malty notes of caramel wheat and barley. Aroma is strongly smoky and rich.

Taste has a smooth smoky start, smoked cheese, robust with some caramel, drying smoke, a bit woody and earthy. Creamy mouthfeel, beechwood, some caramel sweetness, raisins, banana rich hefeweizen yeast notes, smoked pepper. Delicious with a drying earthy finish.

Very dilicious and creamy full bodied weizen, smoky and spicy with a rich earthy and spice notes, overripe banana and cinnamon clove spice, with smoked bacon and wood.

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Photo of rab53
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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