Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

BA SCORE
88
very good
778 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:
778
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Jsmick
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of BogBoyJD
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of yossarian14
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of calmond72
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ronin926
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of illtexzona
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle in 16 oz Weizen Glass

A - Pours rich sweet potato colors. Stays cloudy after settling. Solid inch and a half lite weight head. Minimal lacing.

S - Pungent smoke at obnoxiously delicious levels. Bacon, Wood, Dry Aged Meats. Some sweet accents of malt and carmel.

T - Camp fire as you take it in opens up with dark fruits and hint of sour apple. As it sits on your tongue you really taste the grassiness of the wheat that lightens it. Washes dry with a subtle nuttiness you swore you tasted on the tip of your tongue.

M - Very lite and crisp. Carbonation resonates under your tongue with an slight effervescence.

O - Of the three (Marzen, Urbock, & Weizen) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers this is the most balanced and approachable to a rauchbier novice in my opinion. I could session drink this one, where the other two are tasting beers.

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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 DaniloCDM
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

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 cudmud
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer produces a nice rocky head and ample lace. The color is dark amber to light brown. The aroma will knock your soxs! This beer smells like a campfire. The smokey smell overpowers the other aromas. The flavor is malt-like and peppery. The aftertaste is like a freshly-somked ham. This beer is true to style and is one of my favorites.

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Photo of nickfl
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
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 bluHatter
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A nice deepcopper brown, just slightly cloudy (smoky?) with an exceptionally large head. The bubbles pour into the beer and make for a really milky, delicious looking pour. Be careful because the bubbles don't stop rising... easy to over pour this beer as I nearly experienced. The head is big bubbled and foamy. The head stops shrinking when it reaches about one finger. That last bit lingers much longer. Interesting character to behold.

S: Musty oak, burnt lumber, old wood, a crackling campfire. Really amazing depth here.

T: A lot of burnt character comes through, like burnt oak or a slight bit of burnt pine, smoked malts, lots of different woods come to mind. Really interesting.

M: Really excellent fine carbonation, which makes it feel a little milky and full bodied.

O: This is an exceptional bier. I've never had anything quite like it, but now that I know what I'm in for, I look forward to trying more in this line.

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Photo of hardy008
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark auburn color with a one finger white head with decent retention. Smells of smoke, wood, wheat, and lemon. Taste is the same. Almost has the flavor of smoke brisket. Very good. Well carbonated and light bodied. This beer is easy to drink. You either love smoked beers or you hate them. I love them.

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Photo of Misterefe
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Atron67
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- pint glass with yellow and green label, all in german, picked this up at steves a week ago

A- poured a murky brown, almost dopplebock color, heavily yeasty, little yeast chunks settled quickly to the bottom of the glass, big head that slowly fell down, very tight knit bubbles,

S- huge woody smokey flavors all over, very strong, a slight tinge fof wheat underneath, but all and all the smoke is pretty overwhelming. well idk what level of smoke i was expecting but this really gave me a strong start on how smoked beers are. the yeast is also pretty strong.

T- starts off almost mellow, a slowly rising malt and wheat flavor which is really good builds steadily. the smoke is always there but starts off weak. almost at the end the smoke really hits strong and lingers forever, actually getting even stronger after the swallow than before. it is hugely lingering, with what feels like a chicory smoke being the majority of it. not much else is noticable after the smoked earth flavor sets in but the yeast and hops both seem pretty smooth and blended underneath after much drinking. the yeast right before the swallow is actually pretty nice and gains a lot of strength to struggle with the smoke during the end and gives it an awesome complexity

M- full, creamy, high carbonation, hugely lingering body

d- idk what i was expecting, i wouldnt say its highly drinkable because the smoke is so intense, but its awesome, and im really glad i got it, although drinking a bunch would be hard.

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Photo of Mythic
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of igl
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Had a bottle of this over Christmas and I was not disappointed.

Appearance was very black, almost motor oil like, with no head and minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. It resembled a dark chocolate brown with hints of amber colors.

Smell was very strong in hops and very smoky, almost like smelling an outdoor meat smoker. Very rich in aroma and definitely a crafty work of art.

Taste was delicious. The smoke flavors with the roasted hops made this an excellent brew. Very hearty too, this is definitely not for the light-hearted.

Mouthfeel was thick and satisfying. Again, definitely a relaxing and thick brew.

Drinkability is good. This is the first rauchbier I've tried and it's definitely a great one. Looking forward to trying more of this style in the future.

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

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

I'm looking forward to this one. I'm addicted to the Marzen from Aecht Schlenkerla.. so we'll give this one a shot. Poured into a wide snifter from a 500ml bottle.

A- Waaaay darker than I expected. A nice, dense, creamy head that settles into a nice film on top of the beer. Very attractive... is this a weizen, as the label says.. or a rauchbier? Can't it be both?

S- Smoke from a mile away. I want to say this one is more pronounced than the Marzen... although without one to compare I can't be sure. Either way, it is intense. Very intense. Smells like hickory smoked bacon, I kid you not. Since I love the smoke smell, I can't imagine a better aroma. 5 of 5.

T- Follows the nose, but is not as strong. Still, the smoke is undeniable. Fantastic. Wow. A crisp beer, esp. considering what I thought it would be. A weizen, for sure... just looks a lot darker that I would expect. A smoky taste lingers with this one... and since I have a hard-on for rauchbiers, I love it! The weizen is noticeable from the body to the flavors and aftertaste... but is followed with a great smokiness. Not abrasive or offensive in the least.. this beer is a joy to drink.

M- Lighter than the marzen, I really am digging this beer. It's a coin flip between which one I like better, as both contain the awesome smoky taste. The marzen is a bit heavier, while this one is crisp and almost effervescent. I love it.

D- Moderate to high. Goes down like water for me.... depending on your affinity for rauchbiers you may feel one is enough. I'd drink this by the keg if I could. Bravo!

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Photo of Jodio
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatrickJR
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into glass beer mug.

A - Hazy brown, with no head to speak of, no lacing, and a simple off-white collar. Lots of visable yeast sediment.

S - Expected smoke, bacon, jerky, mesquite aromas with an interesting accentuation from wheat malt. The wheat took this beer from smelling like a bag of dried meat to smelling like fresh cooked BBQ.

T - Wood and smoke, less intense than the nose, and all deepened by the wheat twang.

M - Fairly carbonated and light bodied, with a smoothness from the suspended yeast.

D - After having Aecht's Marzen I didn't think any rauchbier would be good enough to have more than a couple of, but this one surprised me. The lightness and depth of flavor make this highly sessionable, style considered.

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Photo of taez555
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a small bubbly white head that died rather quickly.
The body was a dark brown/reddish hue.

The nose was simply amazing. Smoke, malt, ham, brown sugar, dark smoke, caramel, toffee, smoked gouda. It actually reminded me like a lot of an old old fireplace. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers ever.

The taste was surprisingly light and highly carbonated. Yet again smoke, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, meat, a faint touch of wheat and yeast. A light and smooth earthy hop bitterness. What's really interesting with this beer is the touch of wheat beer taste. It has this amazing rauchbier taste with just a splash of weizen to it.

Overall just another outstanding beer from this brewery. The wheat touch throws me off a little, but it is a weizen after all. Not the beer for everyone, but if you like smokey beers this is a must try.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An interesting mix. Rauchbier smoke with yeasty wiezen style? here goes nothin'.

Cool Aecht Schlenkerla bottle. Cola brown murky brew with a rolling four finger head and tons of lace.

This one smells wonderfully smokey, but a bit rubbery...like doing donuts in your car. I personally love that smell...my girlfriend lives on a cul-de-sac...he he he. The neigbors hate me.

Green banana peel yeasty wiezen flavors are nicely balanced with the burning rubber smokey taste. Very herbal and fresh as opposed to hickory smoked meat and sausage flavor of the urbock. Cloves and spices are hidden somewhere in there too.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully refreshing and wet, then dry and powdery at the finish. Medium bodied and sweet, this is much more drinkable than the urbock, but also somewhat more lacking in complexity.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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