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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1061   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Dark amber with red hues. Giant monstrosity of a light tannish head. Some lacing, not as much as the head though. Lots of smoke in the aroma. Kind of wheaty. The smoke comes in smelling a touch like yellow pine burning. There is a hint of citrus about but is hidden mostly by the smoke. The smoke is a lot lighter in the flavors, though markedly still there. Again, mostly the yellow pine comes through. The citrus comes out on itís own now telling me that its lemons. The hops show themselves through the smoke, but not enough so that one can tell what kind they are. The wheat, well, itís not entirely noticable but you can tell it is there. The smoke leaves a mellow aftertaste not unlike that of standing around a campfire and having an ass ton of smoke billow in your face. I like it. Oh, the horror!! Am I developing a palate for smoked beers?!? And it only took a year and a half and 1000+ beers. Go figure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 Holy Smokes! My first "real" rauchbier and I really enjoyed it. I am very interested in the Smoked Wheat style and had been wanting to try this one for awhile. Spotted this in the cooler at the Falling Rock and snagged it right up. Poured a clear ruby red with a large frothy white head. Lacing was very solid. The aroma was pretty intense. Mainly smoky scents but also a pretty high malt presence. Couldnít smell much wheat... Before I took a sip I had a little lick of the head and it was smoky. Unlike anything I had ever had before. Tasted of burnt wood, caramel, clove and tobacco.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 Cloudy dark orange body with a light brown hue. Off-white fizzy and lasting head. Very smokey aroma... like a campfire with burning pine, wheat, and lemons. Not nearly as smokey in the flavor department though. Almost a lemon-cherry type of tartness with lightly smoked wheat and banana as it warms. Soft palate, and pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Light Brown Coloring. Big Head. Very Smoky in Aroma and Taste. Small Hints of Wheat...Lighter then the Marzen or Urbock...But Very Similiar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a dark brown color with a towering head. Very smoky aroma. Heavy smoked flavor with an obvious hit of wheat. It seems lighter than the other Schlenkerlas. Still, quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Quite an interesting brew. Intense smokiness up front in the aroma, faint fruitiness and clove start to show up as I get used to the smoke. Cloudy brown color, good sized beige head with good retention. Strong smoke flavor at first, moderate caramel, with subtle banana, clove, and a wheat tartness showing up as my palate adjusts. Medium body, quick finish. Another quality smoked beer from this brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 This has a hazy, deep reddish-brown body, lightly carbonated, with a light brown head that quickly becomes a halo around the glass. Itís got a lighter smoky flavor than Heller-Trumís other brews, but still brings back a memory or two of the home-made German sausages of my youth. I like it.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Iím not sure how traditional a smoked weizen is, but it certainly makes for an interesting juxtaposition of aromas and flavours. Cloudy brown colour. This is very smoky indeed and whilst the smoke dominates the aroma, the bananas come through loud and clear on the palate. Bacon and banana is certainly an odd combination, but, somehow, it comes off. To be honest, I prefer the straight rauchbier though. Bottled at GBBF 2004.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1001) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Yep, this stuff is smoked, alright. Definitely like no other wheat beer Iíve tried. You could tell it was a wheat under smoke flavor, which was not bad at all. Nicely made, finished well, and great bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
Dark cloudy brown beer with a thick creamy tan-coloured head. Very smoky, beechwood aroma. There is a definite spicy clove element underneath the smokiness. Over time, the smokiness subsides and the clovey notes become more prominent. Flavour shows lots of smoke on the front with some wheaty acidity near the middle and is followed by more smoke. There is a note of banana as well. Slightly salty as well. Not bad, but the marzen was much better.


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