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 (2061) - 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.