BraufactuM produce a Rauchweizen called Roog (German for... Roog.. Dutch for eye). Their label states (translated from German) "The classic Rauchbier has a very dominant smoke flavor that is often perceived as too dominant. Roog, the smoke of wheat BraufactuM collection, has defused the smoky taste, but without the beer to take the smoked beer-typical characteristics. The triad of smoke and wheat beer and Spezialmalzaromen is well matched."
It seems very dark and cloudy on the lively pour, and while it's not too strong at 6.6% it comes in a very large and very attractive looking bottle. The aroma is full of flavour. Classic banana and bubblegum coming from the wheat with a little earthy/mineral like quality (lemon/lime and slate). The smoke is definitely there in the flavour, but it's been massively dialed back. This takes the beer to a different dimension almost, and produces a very accessible but completely different sort of beer. Lots of bready malt and a big mineral flavour - slate, orange, lemon zest and a little hay. It's almost meaty in parts and the finish has a great smoky caramel flavour which lasts. It's a very refreshing and really easy drinking beer, I think Rauchweizen will be something I'll be looking out for in the future!
Big thanks go out to Rob from Copper Dragon for passing this beer along for me to try.