Sunday, February 4, 2018

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer (base style: 10B Dunkles Weissbier)

AROMA: Prominent smokiness with a bacon or campfire character. The base style is quite subtle with a mild bready/wheaty presence but only faint banana/clove characteristics. No hops (none needed). Not phenolic or rancid in any way; just unbalanced. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Dark, translucent, cloudy brown body (22-27 SRM). Large, off-white foam mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Smoke is definitely the main course rather than a garnish, though the taste is delectable with a bacony/woodsy flavor (not greasy or phenolic). Base style seems closer to a Dunkles than a traditional Weissbier. Medium-low bready/wheat flavor with slight chocolate notes right as it finishes. Banana/clove yeast character is so faint that is barely noticeable. No hops (none needed). No oxidation or other handling flaws, though. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Soft, smooth, comfortable texture. Smoke flavor lingers, but is pleasant and easily tolerable. Single 500ml serving is satisfying at 5.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though tasty, the balance is leans too heavily towards the smoke (this is likely due to the age of the bottle). 6/10


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