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
Iím a sucker for this brewerís 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 canít get over my fellow Ratebeerianís ratings. I want to like this more, donít 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 thereís 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. Iím totally in awe of this beer.
zach8270 (3863) - 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.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours a hazy medium-dark ash brown with an off-white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pure liquid fireplace. Itís a little difficult to weed through the wall of smoke to find anything further: Moderate malty notes of deeply roasted grain and molasses; miscellaneous notes of brine, smoked meat, wood and clove. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length moderately bitter finish full of cured, smokey meat retronasals. The body is medium, the texture is creamy and the carbonation is lively. Thereís a ton of smoke in this brewóitís a challenge to find and enjoy much elseóbut the smoke character is so true and vivid that it is still interesting.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent copper with a booming, fizzy and foamy tan head. Audible fizz, great head retention and resplendent lacing on the dimpled mug. One sniff of the stuff elicits an exclamation of "mother f*cker" from my lips. Past the vulgarities, weíre able to discern smoked ham, kielbasa skin, apples, a touch of cloves, banana and vanilla beneath it all, and some wood fired Hawaiian pizza. Honey baked ham rings true in the flavor. Pepper and grainy recession to chicory and cedar panels. Some sweet hints, but more like a second hand smoked. Copper, dried out jerky on the dashboard, and subtle fruity (e.g. banana) esters. Animated mouth feel and submission to lighter fairing farce. Fizzier than their other smoked, likely from the weizen intention, finishing with beef sticks, pepper and pumpernickel bread. Still, an overall treat.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500 ml bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) As a smoked wheat, I figured this might be an interesting comparison to Unibroue Raftman. Just pouring the beer, the prominent smoky aroma that is wafting from the glass immediately tells me that this is in a totally different league. The aroma of smoked meats is unmistakable, and pretty much bludgeons all other possible aromas into submission, but thatís okay because I really like the smoky nose. If I close my eyes, I can vaguely imagine the scent of a traditional wheat beer in the background, but letís attribute this to the power of suggestion rather than the sensitivity of my nose. The lightly sweet flavor is much more balanced though, with the smoke still showing considerable dominance early, but surprisingly, fading somewhat off the palate so the wheat flavors can finish in the spotlight, only to gently re-emerge with a mild bitterness when the wheat fades off the palate very late in the finish. Quite interesting how this beer progresses from sip to finish. Whatís nice about this is how the light smokiness just extends the finish for several minutes, never tiring out the palate. The body is medium from start to finish, and carbonation is about average. Dark amber to light brown in color, fairly cloudy in appearance, and thatís with a thick layer of sludge still coating the bottom of the bottle. Streams of carbonation bubbles that are near the edge of the glass can be seen rising fairly swiftly toward the surface. The off-white head is bubbly and fizzy, noisily and quickly dissipating to a thin, partial layer. Only a few spots of lace are left on the glass. Quite an interesting beer, and I must say, rather enjoyable too. The smokiness is obviously worlds apart from Unibroue Raftman, but itís something Iíd definitely recommend to the adventurous soul seeking out a new beer experience.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of bratwurts cooked over an open-flame fire and a hint of banana. Flavor of smoked malt and grilled meat.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
If anyone could make this combination work, itís these guys. However, this seemed too sweet and thin to me. Itís a milky chocolate colour and poured with good two-thirds of a glass of loose beige foam. The head is not as tight as the Marzen and doesnít lace as well but itís still a good-looking beer. The nose is softer and sweeter than the Marzen. Itís still dominated by smokemalt but it lacks the ímeatyí intensity of the Marzen (and from memory, the Urbock). This has some lemonade-like sweetness underneath the hickory ashes, with a seasoning of salt and pepper. Reminded me a bit of the Redoak rauch. Itís thinner in the mouth than its stablemates, as youíd expect with the style - medium bodied. Nice soft bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. First impression is that itís much sweeter than the others. Quite wit-like, but Iím not convinced this marriage really works. I kept coming back to ílemonadeí as a descriptor. Too sweet. (500ml bottle, IBS Perth, bb April 2006)