Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BA SCORE
3.91/5
781 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
Ranking:
#6,519
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
781
pDev:
13.81%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
72
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 781 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of icemanexit
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, no bottled on date present. My first beer from this brewery, my first Schlenkerla Rauchbier.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark tawny coppery brown body, semi-clear, with about a finger of wispy off-white head. Doesn't leave much lacing behind. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Aromas of campfire, leather, wood. Clean bready malts and some yeast presence is noted as well.

T - Flavor follows the nose: clean & wheaty, but the smoke malt dominates the show.

M - Medium-light in body, fairly easy-drinking, but somewhat fullish in body; not quenching by any means. Fluid, but semi-dry.

Overall, an alright first beer from this brewery for me, but not something I'm too willing to explore more of.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen -----3.5/5

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into weizen glass. I'm not the biggest rauch fan, but will try to give it a fair hearing.

L) Chestnut brown, some big lumps of yeast falling down as it is poured from the bottle. Very hazy as per any hefeweizen. Head is a disappointment, thing bubbly film is all you get.

S) All rauch, no weizen. Burnt charcoal, maybe hints of sweet malt. At least you are left in no doubt that this is a rauchbier.

T) First, a hint of sweetness, followed very quickly by the taste of hotdogs, with a lingering burnt wood flavour. Sweetness is always there, before and after the smokey hit. The smoke is also lingering. To get any sense of this being a weizen, you have to stop drinking for a couple of minutes, and there is a bit of wheat sourness there, always with hotdog smoke. Really interesting that a drink can give you more complex taste and flavour than a food.

F) Similar pleasant carbonation to many weizens. The aftertaste is a lot of smoke, a bit of sourness, slight hints of sweetness.

O) I had this one time before at the start of my craft / quality beer drinking years and didn't like it. Now that I have had a bit of appreciation for rauch biers (all Schlenkerla, I think) I can appreciate this one. It's difficult to imagine that there is a better rauch weizen in the world, but if there is I will surely seek it out and try it.

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

Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours chestnut brown, perhaps some sediment. Head is light reddish tan and tries hard to not fade.

Nose is nice and smokey, perhaps a little floral note behind it.

Feel is nice, light, maybe a tad lightly carbonated.

Taste starts off wheat and citrus, similar to a wit beer with an orange in it. Turns a tad earthy when as he smoke comes on. As the smoke notes finally become clear, there's also a hint of spice.

Smoke prevalent in the nose, but doesn't play hard in the taste. Not sure the combination works for me in the long run, despite liking most of their other offerings.

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Photo of shelby415
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cleve1212
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 781 ratings
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