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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1099   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Opaque brown, enormous long-lasting beige head. Very visibly flocculent yeast. Smells vaguely of barbecue. Flavor spicy, vinous, smoky. Hops buried under the smoke. Medium to light body. Very good, overall, but not an everyday beer by any means.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Very similar to the marzen but the wheat characteristics do not lend themselves as well to the smoking process. The flavors seem to fight with one another. Not a bad beer, but the Marzen is a little more well-balanced. Try it though to get an idea on the full line of rauchbiers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a rich, dark-yet-translucent copper with a light tan head of about a 1/4 inch. Smell is very smoky. Salted, smoked pork aromas with a light wheat malt sweetness. Taste is smoky but not as overwhelming as you would expect from the smell. Hickory smoke offset by a sweet maltiness eminating from the wheat. Lightly salty and a bit sour, especially in the finish. A lightly bitter smokiness in the finish also. Pretty damn drinkable for rauchbier, much less overpowering than their marzen for example. A must try if you can find it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2005
Hazy Brown with huge lasting beige head. Smoke is the aroma. Soft watery taste with some sweetness and a smoky aftertaste.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
Bottle. Hazy red brown colour with a huge off-white head. Smoked eel aroma and taste, discusting!!! Medium body and a smoked eel finish also discusting!!! And yes I donīt like smoked beer, so donīt write me, I got it for free.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1371) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2005
1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle. Hazy amber/red/brownish pour with no head. Aroma of beef jerky and soy sauce. Like being at a BBQ with all the smells of smoke, sizzling steaks, charcoal and even lighter fluid. Not as smokey-tasting as I wouldíve guessed from the aroma. Very malty and sweet. Iím getting a little brown sugar, sweet iced tea and old bananas. The wheat is obvious and keeps this one pretty light. The malts taste very stale and a bit sour. This almost tastes like itís been watered down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pours slightly hazy wierd copper/brown/amber- unlike any other beer. Modest lasting off white head. Initial aroma is loaded with lots of smokiness including hickory smoke, beechwood, campfire, and charcoal grill. Flavor is initially smoky but then gives way to a nice malty backbone with a little sweetness. Finishes very clean, and slightly dry. Very unique and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2005
Solid white head. Color is a murkey tanish brown. Expected aroma of smoke, campfire ashes, and grilled meat. Big meaty, smokiness in the palate, with just the slightest hints of bitter wheat malts, slightly sour and mildly drying on the tongue. Flavor is much less agressive than the aroma, and also less agressive than the other beers from Schlenkerla. Finish is not smokey at all, and brings out more of a wheat ale taste. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2005
My first bottle in several years. On first cracking the crown, the aroma wafts out, of smoked ham. Iím 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 itís 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 itís well hidden. Tastes as nice as a good dunkel, and halfway through, the smoke lessens and the character feels a touch more normal. Iím drinking this long after dinner, and now Iím yearning for some sausage or something. Quite an appetizing brew. Couldnít take it if I didnít like smoked meat, so take that as your cue, whether or not itís for you. Medium-bodied, with a lightly smoky, smooth finish. Very drinkable, once over the smoke. One of the worldís most unique, and more rewarding brew. Marzen and Urbock left to conquer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Medium brown color. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is smoke, smoked bacon and more bacon. Medium bodied rauchbeir. Malts are smoky, yet there is a definite wheat beer flavor here as well. The smoked bacon flavor shows up a little later in the taste in comparison to the Urbock and Marzen. The smoked flavor is also much more subdued here as well. Itís surprisingly kind of light tasting; most of the smoked flavor is in the aroma. Probably the most balanced of the Urbock and Marzen. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.


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