Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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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 feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first bottle in several years.
On first cracking the crown, the aroma wafts out, of smoked ham. I'm getting hungry and thirsty all at once.
Very hazed amberish hue, tight ring of cream-toned foam.
Aroma: smoked salmon, minus the salmon. My powers fail beyond that...traces of wheat malt, but it's smoke all over the place.
taste: smoke at the fore, then smooth and refreshing, with that cured meat feel all over the palate. Smoked-meat feel lingers long in the flavor, and you can get the essence of a dunkel weizen under it, but it's well hidden. Tastes as nice as a good dunkel, and halfway through, the smoke lessens and the character feels a touch more normal.
I'm drinking this long after dinner, and now I'm yearning for some sausage or something. Quite an appetizing brew. Couldn't take it if I didn't like smoked meat, so take that as your cue, whether or not it's for you.
Medium-bodied, with a lightly smoky, smooth finish. Very drinkable, once over the smoke.
One of the world's most unique, and more rewarding brew.
Marzen and Urbock left to conquer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of aasher
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split this beer with zep9865. The beer poured a dark, dark raisin brown in color with a two finger beige colored head. It is incredibly murky and really doesn't let any light pass through it. There is also a moderate amount of sediment on the bottom. It certainly wasn't what I expected. The aroma is really only of smoked malt but it isn't nearly as smoky as their other beers. And when smoke is the main aroma, you can't really pick up anything else. The flavor, interestingly enough is of both mild yeast and lightly smoked malt. It's interesting because you get a slight, watered down ham flavor paired with the flavor of bread after it's been dipped in pea soup. It's interesting to say the least. And the more I think about it, the more I get that pea soup flavor. It drinks alright but it's nothing overly appealing. It's just kind of an odd pairing. I just can't like this one as much as their others but it's an interesting try.

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

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a rich orange amber with massive carbonation strings rising through the glass. Three finger fine off white head that continued to slowly build until settling into a long lasting cap with massive lacing. Nice smoked aroma with hint of smoked meat and malt. Very faint wheat. Flavor is light wheat with complex smoky wood elements, finishes somewhat dry and smokey. The smoke dominates the light wheat and malt flavors, but is still pleasant; the maltier styles seem to blend their character with the smoke a little better than this and I miss the weizen flavors. Still a pleasant smoked beer from a great brewery. Nice medium body with a hint of creaminess.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am going to retry this beer and give it another shot, but I would like to say that I had the hardest time finishing this beer.

Beer served in a hefeweizen glass from a bottle. Beer is dark / black brown. Head is large and steady. Can't tell the carbonation. It looks good, lets keep going.

Smell is overwhelming. Hickory and smoke. VERY STRONG SMELL. I don't have to lift the glass to my face to smell it. Knocks me over. What is this going to taste like? Burnt wood?

I coughed. Seriously, I felt like I was suffocating. Beer is medium bodied. No sweetness I can detect up front, just the smoke in the back.

I feel like I'm exhaling smoke after I swallow. Maybe this is the point. The most dominant flavor is smoke, the second most is smoke, followed closely by the strong aftertaste of smoke. I had to drink another beer to get the smoke flavor out of my mouth.

I'll try the other and maybe this one again since I'm clearly in the minority on this one. SMOKE!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

From 2012: This was the one that had everyone scratching their head. The weizen flavors seemed to be at war with the smoked malt, confusing the palate. A decent racuhbier, but definitely not for everyone. Bets tasted alongside other rauchs, to detect the subtle differences...

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a weizen glass. Long awaited to get to open one of these.

Pours a muddy dark brown, with some shades of mahogany and and chestnut around the edges. Tan head, with some floaties in the body (maybe I shouldn't have poured the yeast in?). Big sticky lacing, great retention and good amounts of carbonation stream up from the bottom of the glass. Nose has some smoked bananas, wheat and a touch of spice that the smoke has overtaken. Beautiful smoked wood/meats in true Schlenkerla fashion. Taste has a faint sourness at the beginning (although this disappears with warmth), with a creamy and chewy mouthfeel initially revealing some bananas and smoked wood/malts. Thins out as it moves over the palate, leaving behind more smoke. Mouthfeel starts off fuller than it finishes; residual smoke on the palate and a faint sense of the weizen. Would've loved more body in here ala Weihenstephaner. Overall a good offering, if a bit one-dimensional and thin at times.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of brandoman63
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a good weizen scent that boasts of bananas and clove as well as a nice smokey aroma. It has a wonderful peated malt scent that balances the weizen aroma. The taste is good. It has a mellow wheat and pale malt flavor as well as a mild smokiness that really makes this beer. It goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It retains the fruity character of the weizen, but the smoke tames the banana/clove element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. I really like the German Rauchbiers. The smokey character really stands out; a good drinker.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a caramel brown color with a frothy head.

The aroma is an interesting combination of smokey woodiness aloong with banana, clove, and caramel.

The flavor follows with those follows being a really interesting balance between the meaty and woody, smokey, almost ashy flavors then with the bready banana and spice. It also has a good medium mouthfeel.

At first, the combination may seem like it does not work, but as it warms up and with time, one can see where the two balance and bounce between each other.

This is another stellar beer by Schlenkerla. Not my favorite from them, but another example of what they do so well, a clean wonderful German ale/lager with smoked flavors.

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

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a white head. The aroma is unmistakably rauchbier. I get a ton of smoke and ash along with some wheat. The flavor is smoke and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I enjoyed this beer, but I liked the roasted malt and dark fruit notes that I got from the Maerzen and Urbock more than the wheat notes that I get from this beer. This one was a little too one dimensional.

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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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light brown color with a touch of haze and two fingers of rapidly dissipating frothy light tan foam. It looks rather a lot like a dunkelweizen.

Smell: medium-strong smoke aroma. It smells a lot like a nice lapsang souchong tea or an Islay Scotch. These are aromas I quite like.

Taste: smoke is not quite as pronounced as in the aroma, but is still present in spades. There is a nice wheaty malt background to the flavor, but not much of the banana or clove flavors I like in a weizen. I don't have a lot of rauchbier experience, but what I'm tasting I quite like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation. Overall, a nice creamy feel.

Drinkability: this is a pretty drinkable beer. It's keeping my interest quite well; in fact, I would not mind sessioning this beer. Good stuff!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a clear amber color with a sizeable foam topping. Sudsy head retains well and tops a solid looking brew.
SMELL: Smokey sweet, definitely a wheat, and definitely smoke. Tobacco and ash a readily apparent and quite nice.
TASTE: Soft caramel, toffee, wheat, citrus and a fair smoke on the back end. Herb and anise like notes from the malt, and a dry wheat. The smoke is present but balanced in the taste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation and smooth.
OVERALL: This is an enjoyable smoked wheat beer, and one I would certainly return to.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy orangish brown, with a decent head to start that fades to a ring. The smell is that typical smokiness of the rauchbier. The nice thing about it is that its a gentle smoke that doesn't overwhelm the other smells and flavors. There are definite light wheat notesunder the smoke. I would say the level of smoke is more like a smoked gouda rather than a smoked meat. The flavor is actually nicely balanced, with a fairly strong smoke hit up front that mellows followed by a very slight sourness from the grain and then a light graininess. The mouthfeelis alittle light, but there is a nice creaminess there as well. This is a definite food beer- not the kind of thing that you would sit down with a drink a lot of, but with either a smoked dish, or better yet a more nuetrally flavored dish with cheese this rocks.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on Feb. 26, 2010. The pour is amber-red with a frothy, silky head about three inches thick. There is a smokey cheese and firewood aroma to it along with a bit of wheat and toasted pie. The mouthfeel is rally smooth and delicate with a taste that is a lot like smoked cheese, barley, and pleasingly mild hops. This was a type of beer I would go for often.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this from the brewery. Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 8/06.

A: Murky brown; fluffy, slightly off-white head. A little retention and lace. (Colour is closer to a dunkel weizen).

S: Overwhelmingly smokey, with an underlying sweetness (caramel, fruit?). Like a banana that's been caramelized over an open fire. Quite nice.

T: Flavour has a little more depth than the aroma (taste isn't overwhelmed by smoke). It's like a smoked banana bread, with some nobel hop spicyness, and a hint of caramel malt sweetness (it's well balanced).

M: Moderate body is very creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Good, but fairly smokey.

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Photo of biegaman
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The use of beechwood-smoked barley has turned this Weizen quite dark; nevermind the customary look of a bright sunny afternoon, this Bavarian wheat beer has the amber twilight of dusk. It's also got a fluffy cloud-like head. Nonetheless, everything looks positive so far.

The beer smells like a delicatessen: back bacon and assorted smoked meats are the first things that come to mind. Much of the typical banana and clove aromatics are buried under a big pile of campfire embers and/or wrapped into a thick kielbasa casing. Still, some fruity esters and spicy phenols survive, making this resemble a gourmet sausage of some kind.

No kidding! Although unequivocally German, this particular Rauchbier tastes a little like Bulgarian Kebapche or the sausages from Italy's Piedmont that use allspice, nutmeg, cloves and the like to impart a pleasing spiciness to all the smoky, meaty and more savory notes.

Heck, as if there wasn't enough dimension as is, the malts also lend an agreeable and very nutty sweetness similar to that of this brewery's Märzen Rauchbier. The bruised pear, plum, banana, and apple esters meld wonderfully with this ale's distinctive fennel and caraway flavours.

Not only are Schlenkerla Rauchbiers some of the world's unique and interesting beers, but they're also among the most food versatile too. The addition of background banana and spice flavours to the customary meat, smoke, and malt makes the Weizen particularly easy to adapt to any grilled, braised, or marinated meats (pork!) as well as wild rice, root vegetables, foraged or cabbage-based dishes.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen offers all the meaty and campfire qualities I love about the Märzen but in a leaner, lighter package. There's really no reason to feel intimidated here as the singed, rough-hewn wood notes are even more deeply entwined with sweet malt, fruity esters, and spicy/savory phenolics. It's one that'll certainly change peoples' impressions of beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weizen has a hint of smoke to it(which may have been stronger, but I just drank their Märzen). The beer was quite dark, in fact much darker than even your standard Dunkel Weiss. The beer had a good deal of a caramel taste to it, with not as much of the clovey/ banana flavor one associates with a weizen.

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Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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