Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark reddish brown with a thick light moka head. The smell is a definite weizen, bananas and cloves, with caramel creme brulée and with faint smokeyness, not as overpowering as the other brothers. In mouth, again, a gentle wheat beer, with light bananas, with enough smoked bacon to call it a smoked beer, but not spoiling the weizen character. Medium bodied. Nice. Bieropholie Nov. 2005.
Zoso137 (52) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2006
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
this brew made me feel like i had eaten an entire campsite and then put a dip in.
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a cloudy brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma is smoky but also sweet, along with some wheat, citrus and yeast. Flavour is interesting, like a wheat beer with bacon in it along with some malt, spices and citrus. Medium bodied. This is pretty good, the smoke is milder than the Marzen but it makes for a nice, easy to drink, unique Wheat beer.
HogTownHarry (6278) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured murky brown - like strong tea - with a small foamy diminishing white head. Smells like a hickory campfire, smoke with added ash, with dry citrus - to me, the aromas didn’t really blend well. The flavour started with a surprise of tart orange/lemon juice - strong weiss character, some lightly pungent herbal notes - then a solid punch of the woodsmoke, a little sulphury but better balanced than the aroma. Mouthfeel lively, acidic, with a long smoky finish. Not quite my thing, but enjoyable, not as in your face as some rauchbiers - instead of black & tan could we call this a WitRauch?
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle, shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy. Nice dark brown appearance, small white head. There’s that expected smoky aroma, but milder than the marzen. Some hints of wheat in there and lemon. Medium mouthfeel. Dry, smoky, and a hint of coriander - interesting taste. The smoke dominates though. Very dry and ash like. There was a nice lingering lemon, but you really had to wait for it. An interesting combination - I’m not sure it completely worked for me, but it was well made and very unique.
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Basil, bacon and smoke aroma; neutral taste with lemon, clove, ginger and wheat aromas; bitter finish with bacon, basil, cloves and yeast.
A very unusual, but outstanding, beer. Like spicy christmas cake and smoked bacon.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a sucker for this brewer’s smoked beers...of any style. They go so well with robust and spicy foods. This one is more subtle than the other types. Has some of the usual wheat flavor components...banana,cut grass, lemon, clove, etc. But underneath that base is a subtle smokiness that really intrigues me. I love these beers.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
To be honest I can’t get over my fellow Ratebeerian’s ratings. I want to like this more, don’t want to buck the trend, but ... be tru to thine self.
Interesting ... true. Interesting should not necessarily conote good. First few sips take a long while to get used to. It does improve as your palate gets in tune, yet there’s the impending and intrusive prescence in both aroma and taste of somey sausage, jerky, chrcoal and something burnt. Not my cup of tea.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This has to be one of the most interesting beers I have ever tasted, and is like no other beer I have ever tasted. This beer is a "smoked wheat beer", brewed with the classic Weihenstaphan yeast strain, the strain used in brewing classic Bavarian hefeweizen. This strain is an ale yeast strain, and it produces funky, estery aromas and flavors of clove, banana, pear, and even bubble gum. This unfiltered beer, is brewed with wheat malts that are not smoked, a portion of rauch malt that is smoked over a beechwood fire, and bottle conditioned with a portion of wort, and yeast, for a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The combination of these malts, the yeast, and conditioning, makes for a very complex, flavorful, and interesting beer drinking experience.
Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen pours to a dark amber color with a huge, thick, rocky white head, and a very lively carbonation. When you swirl the yeast at the bottom of the bottle into this beer, it becomes a murky, caramel color. The nose on this beer is phenomenal. Pungent, salty, sooty, smoky aromas marry with aromas of clove, banana, and ripe fruit. The palate is as complex as the nose. Tart wheat malt flavors marry with smoky, salty flavors along with estery flavors of pear, banana, vanilla, and bubble gum. This beer finishes with more estery flavors up front, then dries with a long, dry, sooty, smoky finish.
This beer has to be one of the most incredible beers I have ever tasted. It is extremely flavorful and complex, and one that only a true beer lover will appreciate. The complex flavors of the rauch malt intertwine wonderfully with the estery flavors of the yeast, and the tart wheat malt. This beer is a natural with smoked meats and cheeses. I’m totally in awe of this beer.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Clear dark orange color with a half inch of lasting tan head. Aroma is very smokey with just a hint of malt underneath. Flavor begins with a nice smokey flavor and a very light touch of malts and wheat in the middle and a strong and smokey finish. Lots of burnt wood flavor in this. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Definitely an interesting one to try.