hembryggaren (45) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2002
This is the best beer I have ever taste. It has everything a beer should have, and nothing of that beer should not have. It smells lightly of smoked banana. But taste only lightly smocked. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
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. NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Another masterpiece...this isn’t quite as robust as the marzen, but still packs a fantastic smokey punch. If the marzen is hickory-smoked bacon, this is applewood-smoked bacon, delicious. fugitive (2027) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 28, 2010
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smoke beers of Schlenkerla is my favorite, i can’t give anything else than perfect.
I give it a 5. Take heed I don’t have any other Rauchbier Weizen to compare it to, but compared to other beers I’ve had -- wow! Incredibly complex and flavorful. Like a hefe-weizen + smoke, very rich and woody in flavor. Incredible. Definitely not a session beer but wonderful to drink upon occasion.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Very smooth nice BBQ smokey flavor. I like wheat beer the best and have a stong likeing for Schlenkerla too. The mix is nearly perfect with a fragrent nose, beautfull dark brown color, and the wheat beer drinkablilaty. One thing I like about wheat and smoked is that it tastes like food so it compliments a small meal quite well. Excellent and even better as it warmed and some oaky notes came out. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 This is great stuff. The combination of a good wheat beer and the smoke makes for a one of a kind taste, unique to this beer. This was my first Weizen from Schlenkerla, and I'm thinking that I like it at least as much as the Urbock. The flavor is so perfectly balanced that I taste the wheat and the smoke at exactly the same time! Even my belches taste good... ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2008
This beer approaches near perfection for me. First, the appearance is absolutely perfect. A fluffy cloud of billowy foam shrowds a clear caramel brew with a moderate carbonation. The flavor is a lightly smoked malt beverage with a slightly sweet caramel wheat flavor. The smokiness is excellent and does nothing but add to the beer’s unique unusual taste. The flavor dances and teases the taste buds as they have never really experience the true deception inspired by the brewmaster. I may be a minority with this brew, but I would put this amongst my favorites of all time. Grzesiek79 (4364) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
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