Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

BA SCORE
88
very good
779 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:
779
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
71
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L beauty pours an efferevescent amber/caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy tan colored head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Bigtime smokeyness & a little fruittyness as this warms

T: Slight smokeyness, ham or bacon-like up front & some bubblegum. Some fruittyness sneaks in as it warms along with a hint of caramel. Finishes dry, tart, slightly smokey & with a hint of nuttyness & juicyfruit

MF: Medium bodied & hint of oilyness with low carbonation& juicyness

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style that I don't remember having the one weekend I spent in Bamberg. Not as nice as the urbock, but more sessionable & the smokeyness seems more subdued. Tasty!

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

A wheat Rauchbier, should be interesting.

Nearly brown in color, properly cloudy with a frothy initial head. Surprisingly little lace.

True to expectations the smell is quite smoky. It seems to be a dry beer with very little of the traditional wheat aromas.

The smoke is more mild than some, but it is still notable. Here, I can detect the wheat which is also mild. Overall this is a dry beer with a bit of an astringent pucker in the aftertaste. The body is like Marzen Lager--towards the lighter side.

I didn't think this combination would be very good together, but the subtlety wins me over. Could this be the first light extreme beer? I like the unique flavor of wheat and smoke, but there is nothing overwhelming about it.

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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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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky tawny that becomes ripe apricot with an infusion of bright sunlight. The beer appears to be clear on first glance, but with a little determined squinting, fine, suspended specks come into view. The classy head of orangish ecru foam is equal parts creamy and frothy. Surface bubbles pop in slow motion, leaving behind transient, shallow craters like raindrops on a placid pond.

Sweet smoke. The nose is much less forceful than the nose on Rauchbier Marzen. There would be no point in smoking the hell out of all their offerings, so I'm glad to see gradations based on the individual styles. There's a light, almost fruity, aspect to the aroma that is some kind of enjoyable. Any hope of appreciating wheat would be dashed by even half as much smoke however. Tantalizing, but not overwhelming. Very well done.

I like it. I don't love it. I find myself appreciating its lightness, but my penchant for bigger beer has me pining for the marzen. I have to say, though, they've managed to distinguish this one from the bigger beer. Weizen is modestly malted with surprisingly sour underpinnings. As in the nose, wheat (a bland grain at the best of times) isn't appreciated per se on the palate. A light fruitiness more than manages to hold its own with the smoke.

Light tendrils of sweet wood smoke weave in and out, dissipating long before the taste buds send up the white flag of surrender. The tart finish is also sneaky sweet and contains diminishing echoes of... say it with me now... smoke.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen would be an excellent place to start for someone who is interested in the rauchbier style, but who is afraid of being overwhelmed. Unfortunately, the marzen spoiled me, in that less body and less smoke just seem like less of a very good thing.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.

Appearance: Tawny reddish hue with a thin lacing after an ample froth. Clarity is good and retention is at least stable.

Smell: Intense but not overwhelming smoky aroma, fresh charred wood with a light maltiness are that make-up of the nose.

Taste: Moderate body, clean and crisp. Slap of the wheaty twang plus a faint clove hits the same time as a wall of soft smokiness blankets the palate. Lightly woody, soft smoke and a ghost like char flavour add subtle complexities. Maltiness is a great base with a touch of sweetness and fresh grain. Long faded smoky after taste that land semi-dry.

Notes: A simple yet deep smoked brew, quite drinkable and pairs best with lighter dishes like apple wood smoke chicken or a mildly smoked pork shoulder laced with BBQ sauce.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer appears a hazy, dirty, yellow hue with a sizable head. Head retention is good and plenty of lacing is visible upon the glass. The aroma is just awesome. Schlenkerla rauchbiers are the benchmark of the style, and this beer is no exception. Peat and smoke scents mingle with banana, clove, burning wood, and subtle alcohol notes. The flavor is well balanced and delicious. If an Islay scotch could be a sessionable beer, it would be this. This is the perfect union of hefeweizen and smoke beer. Great stuff.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

Big carbonation as expected for a weizen, head is really sticking around here and is large. Big time large. Off brown white. Body is cloudy dark brown amber truly opaque and kind of muddy looking which sort of doesn't look that too appealing. Some visible carbonation from the bottom too.

Classic rauchbier smoke, but also a sour tinge in the back. Not as salty as others too. Smoke is also a bit tame compared to others, but still gives that smoked meat(s) feeling.

Taste is too carbonated and fizzy for my liking. Gaseous and prickly taking away from the smoke taste, also goes to carbon dioxide dominant a little bit.

This is okay, bit it's not really I think very enjoyable, it's a tad small for smell and classic rauchbier taste, but it doesn't even have classic wheat beer properties or flavor or even body. It's almost as if the two don't work together and cancel out properties that make both of them great. I'll pass.

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

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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy/murky plummy brown, tan head with a noisy fizz going on. The final pour adds some clumpy yeasties to the party in the glass. Minimal lacing here. Nose is subtle smoke. Smells like your grill 3 weeks after you smoked those tasty ribs. Mouthfeel is oily. This is a moderatly smoky, complex and tasty brew. The smoke here is far from overwhelming. Less is more and subtlety goes a long way here. Nicely done by the old pros at Schlenkerla. A natural with BBQ.

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

Poured into a glass mug.
Poured light brown/orangish with a large tan head that fizzled down to almost nothing - virtually no lacing - nice color though.
The smell was invitingly smoky - not too over-the-top - but was like smoked beef and pork with an underying weiss smell of clove and wheat.
Nice combination of smoked sausage/beef and wheat. The taste, like the smell, was not over-the-top, but enough to bring out the full flavor of the smoked meats I barbecued for lunch.
It was very smooth and a great accompaniment to the food. A nice pairing for a summer barbecue. A true classic.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong smoke, slight sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, another good rauchbier from aecht.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
3.91 out of 5 based on 779 ratings.
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