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: 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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Several inches of off-white head that dissipates over a couple minutes leaving a fair bit of lacing tops a slightly murky orange-red body. Smells VERY smokey - reminds me of the scent of Lebanon Balogna. Tastes smokey over all, which dominates the other flavors. Wheat also is quite present. Despite the smoke, it is not overpwering as it could be. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, but goes down rather smooth. Carbonation doesn't come through so much on this one, seems a little flat despite all the carbonation. My first real rauchbier, and I'm not sure what to think. While I couldn't drink this all the time, I could see myself craving this one, especially to pair with foods like ham or buffalo.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color weizen with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by the smell of smoked bacon. Taste is dominated as well by some smoked bacon with some malt. Medium body with some great carbonation. Interesting but I couldn’t really detect the wheat from the smoke and I would say that the Urbock is my favourite form this brewer.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, fridge chilled, into a tulip glass, it pours a dark and hazy oak wood color w/ 1 cm of white, dense, and foamy head that creates a decent surface layer.

Beechwood aroma along with soem slight maltiness. Pale hops aroma maybe, but nothing spectacular.

Taste reminds me of sour grapes up front with a mild beechwood smoke flavor and lots of smokey aftertaste. A bit of sweetness also looms in at the end reminding me of Granny Smith apples.

Feel is medium body and the carbonation is nice along with a smooth body. Smoke gives it character, but this one is just easy to drink. This isn't my favorite style, and I gotta thank my fiance for pouring these down my throat (she loves 'em), but this was okay on a scale of bad to incredible.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A unique beer, with a mediumbrown look, with a bit of head. Smoke and wheat aroma, and very smokey initial taste with a sour finish. After several hot spices, it was complementary to the meal. Light mouthfeel, a notch above a watery lager. In a word, smoke.

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Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy medium brown. With plenty of of white frothy head.

S: A very nice ashy smokiness to it at first whiff. Beautifully smokey. There is a touch of sweet bread behind the campfire smell, just fantastic. Plenty of smoked meat scent in there.

T: Smokey ashy goodness. There is a light bready thing going on in the background. Very interesting. You do get used to the smoke pretty quickly, and start to notice the rest of the beer.. as I keep drinking there is almost a medicinal flavor that comes out, something I am used to from peaty scotch, but not from a beer.

M: Light in body, the carbonation is very strong.

D: Nice overall. The smokiness tends to fade a bit as you drink, but still nice.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- I really love the color to this beer. It is almost a perfect bronze he carbonation bubbles balance out the color nicely as well. It also so has a wonderful head and lace.

Smell- It smells like an old smokehouse. There are some other aromas but they are shadowed by a rich smoky smell. The smell is distinct on each style of beer made by Schlenkerla.

Taste- Great taste. All the beers made by these guys are good but to me the flavor in this beer is more balanced. There is a grassy, clove banana taste sitting in the background of this beer making it work.

Mouthfeel - Full and well carbonated.

Drinkability- Great.

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Photo of haz77
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with a towering off-white head. This fades after a minute to a rocky finger-thick cap. Small bubbles of medium carbonation keep this nicely in place.

S - Imposing nose of bonfire smoke, with other elements such as chocolate, dried fig, peat and hay creeping in round the sides.

T - Light honey notes at first, then dark fruits and a little chocolate. Smoke moves in just after the middle and build towards a fairly tart finish. The smoke flavour lingers into a long aftertaste.

M - Light, quite watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost non-existent.

D - Pretty good, although I prefer other beers from this brewery. Good drinkablility for the style.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Hyland 24 for sharing this one with me. Poured from bomber to pilsner glass a dark brown with a half inch of tan head that reduced to nothing. Swirling in the yeast produced an almost Lava lamp appearnce that was more dramatic than usual. I think I smell, yep that's BACON, unmistakable delicious bacon aroma. Tasted like liquid bacon with a smokey flavor and some light carbonation. Any other flavor in this beer is lost on me due to my love for Bacon. As much as I enjoyed this I could not see myself having more than one of these. However I will have this beer again to share this unique taste with a friend or with some food pairings.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper hue with a four finger white foamy head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell was dominated by a rich smokey aroma.

The taste had a kielbasa smokiness, backed up by biscuity wheat character.

The mouthfeel was full and wheaty, yet dry. Good carbonation.

A very unique beer.

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Photo of PailOfAle
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Cloudy auburn hue with a decent head. The head stays for most of the drink and leaves some slight lacing.

Smell: A sweet smokey smell, like mesquite chips.

Taste: At first I felt like I was drinking a smoked sausage, but then again, I've never had a smoked beer. As it warmed, the sausage taste went away and it began to have a nice smokey flavor along with the wheat notes. It reminded me smoked salmon spread on whole wheat bread...except without the fishy taste. It's very unique and after I got over the initial sweet smoky flavor that admitedly is like sausage, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Goliath
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, with a thin light tan head. Fairly poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. Smoke dominates without a doubt. Behind the smoke though you get a bit of grain.

The taste is ok. Smoke dominates the palate, leaving the impression of smoked meat. A bit of grain in there, but not much else.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low. The beers is fine, and appropriate for the style, but the intensity of the smoke is bound to limit this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruddy dark brown body with a full, fine, bone white head.

Smell: Some smoked salmon, some thick-cut bacon, and a bag of your finest beef jerky, please.

Taste: Oh, the delicious smoked meatiness of it all. Dark malted wheat, hint of tanginess, and a bit of sour lemon serve as muted reminders that this is a beer and not, in fact, a meat product. Minuscule bits of vanilla and phenols present. Finishes with a lingering, residual smoke component.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Unique, interesting, it's definitely smokey and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is a cloudy unfiltered amber brown with jets of carbonation running up from the bottom, forming a large creamy textured tan head beautiful as for lacing is perfect thick and spaced evenly. Aroma: It's just about brunch here and I figured why not sample a beer that taste liked smoked bacon, this is liquified Canadian bacon as weird as that sounds its kind of smells good underneath the layers of smoke are mild clove and fruit esters, and a sharp scent of malted wheat. Taste: Sharp sweetness of a wheat the fizzy high carbonation and the neverending barrage of smokiness, that shouldn't even be drinkable but somehow you get used to it after your second sip. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium bodied smoked wheat wow, this beer is different. Drinkability: Just can't imagine drinking multiple offerings of this in one sitting that would be a bit much.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up an Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche tulip this past weekend, and given that bottles haven't showed up yet, the only thing I could think of to inaugurate it was a bottle of the Weizen, a beer I've had on tap and out of bottles in the past, but never reviewed.

A beautiful, clear deep ruby red with a dense, light brown head with good retention, there's plenty of carbonation present. Lacing is minimal.

The nose is classic Schlenkerla. Not as meaty as their other beers, this is still intensely smoky with a more woody, leafy smoke, almost peat like. Behind the smoke, I do get just a little bit of banana, something I haven't noticed the previous times I've had this beer. Sweetness is low, but the smokiness and the mild fruitiness work well together.

The palate opens surprisingly mild, given how noticeable the smoke is on the nose. Almost a little watery and lacking, there's a blend of smoke, burning leaves and a mild fruit character. The mid-palate is lacking, there's no real flavor there. The light body of a weizen doesn't take on the smoky intensity particularly well, especially the drying, mildly fruity, mildly spicy finish. No hops are present. Carbonation is high and scrubbing, lending a mild seltzer-like acidity to the finish. Probably my least favorite Aecht beer.

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Photo of Ego
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

instead of being a total beer hack and reviewing a xmas beer this evening I did the ole blind grab a bottle from the rack selection, and here is what I rolled...

the head proofs quicker than bread on crack, it settles pretty quickly collapsing from the outside in leaving a meniscus of tighter foam in the middle as the sides slowly gurgle lower towards the brew itself, ruby brown hue, decent lacing, active carbonation keeps the head right on the surface the entire time, nice.

woodsy smoke with some dry grass, not as intense as some of this brewer's other varieties, this does ring of smokehouse almonds at times though... man rauchbiers are really appetizing, at least to this guy (points to thumbs at self), beyond the smoke there is a light fruit component, somewhere in the peach/banana land area. the smoke dominates but that is ok in my book.

taste etc...
smooth as silk body wise, the flavor is... um? looking for it. This is a pretty bland player. The smoke finally starts to assert itself about halfway through. This one drinks well enough but without the smoke it would be almost a total bomb. With the smoke though this pairs with salted food so damn well. Maybe that is this beer's place, simply and accouterments to a meal adding in a dimension. -

a tame rauch but a rauch none the less. Probably interesting to cook with... I'll have to try that.

this paired well with the cowboys losing to arizona...

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

Pours a murky brown. Smoke is big on the nose and the taste. The wheat properties peer through, but in a lot of regards it's hard to distinguish from its Marzen brother. I can tell that this one isn't as thick, but the smoke character, which is a major part of the beer, is almost identical. I'm overstating this a bit, I know. Overall I do like the Marzen better and this one doesn't seem to be a necessary try for all, but it's still an exemplary rauchbier.

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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 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 CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows smoky bacon, campfire and very faint doughy wheat.
The weizen characters are more apparent in the flavours, with nice doughy wheat and light caramel. The smoke is definitely the dominant aspect though with big ham notes.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a dark honey colored almost brownish with a off white head that is about 2 fingers. A lot of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

S - WOW smells liked salami! Its true. Some faint sweet maltiness comes out. Spicy.

T - Very interesting smoked meat taste. Some beef jerky and a bit of pepperoni as well. Im not joking. Some mild bitterness at the end with a bit of dryness. Aftertaste completely smoked! Wheat isn't really coming through some hints of clove but not so preset.

M - Light to medium bodied not too complex but very interesting.

D - Not my favorite style of beer. Definitely interesting and not bad but not my favorite.

Edit: As it warms some of the wheat character is a lot more present with some spicyness and clove character more noticeable.

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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 confer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Muddy water brown. Lots of carbonation. Only a trace of head.
S-That freshly cooked bacon is there along with a dash of Liquid Smoke.
T- The smoke/bacon taste doesn't hit until the aftertaste, and then it wont go away. When I first sip it I get a metallic taste until the bacon takes over.
M- Very light lager feel to it which is surprising considering the taste.
O- Not my style but I think I could have one every once in a while.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey I'll admit up front this is the first smoke beer I'd ever tried and although reading gives a hint what to expect it really doesn't prepare you for the experience or make it any easier to enjoy.

Poured an earthy raw umber in color which I thought unique. Starts with a big 2" head which settles down to 1/4" in time. I was genuinely surprised that the intensity of the smell was not as pronounced in the taste. With the bouquet I get not just the bacon and smoked meats and cheeses others reference but also sort of that lit "puck" smell you get during 4th of July firework play. Do you know what I mean by puck? Those 10" sticks dipped in something flammable, kind of lookin like elongated corn dogs? Ha. Anyway this beer kind of smells like something your mom would yell at you for if she caught you putting it in your mouth. Sorry, just being honest. Anyway, it's a wheat beer and that's pretty much the taste with just subdued notes of the bouquet in the taste itself. And I thought it a touch sour.

Look either you love or you hate something like this. Can't say I love it. I respect it, I recognize it's intensities are unique and thus in their own way gourmet. Can't say all I want to drink is smoke beer after this. In fact I think I'll wait quite a while before I try another one.

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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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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 768 ratings.
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