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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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93
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1,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
First tapping every first Thursday of October. A bitter Smokebock for the strongbeer-season (October through December). Matured for weeks in the deep rock-cellar and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 08-23-2001)
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recently I found that the quantity of my German bruviews was lacking and as such I decided it was time to give that tasty (denoting I've had it before) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum a go... and if that isn't a mouthful of a name wait until I review Dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot entsprechend gebrautes Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock von Heller-Trum, gefährliches zeug! [I added that last "gefährliches zeug!" purely for emphasis]

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: A nice deep brown, almost cola like body presents a stark antithesis to the creamy 2cm ecru head. Looks delicious and thought out and no doubt tastes the same.

S: As Darth Vader once proclaimed "The rauch is strong with this one.", in the case of this Rauchbier (or "smoke beer" to non-German tongues) this is indeed a peat-smoke infused brew, with some well-added smoked salami for effect. There is nary another ingredient to be whiffed behind the veil of hickory, much to the delight of Rauchbier drinkers everywhere.

T: Quintessentially brilliant - a rauch schinkenspeck sandwich in a bottle. The flavour is a taste of every glorious thing that has ever been smoked in a beer with notes of the above plus more; roasted caramel, touch of salt, with an earthy hop finish. Balance between malt and hops is spot on and whilst the smoke can be overpowering for some if you get used to it - power to you.

M: Medium bodied with that classic creamy Weizen carbonation.

D: You know the last time I had this beer was before I began reviewing and I was taken aback by the smoke "too much!" I thought, but now (in my finite tasting wisdom) I can't stop drinking this amazing Ale. It is only a brew I would recommend for people who have tried other odd flavoured beers like Lambics or Sahtis and nodded their head in silent approval - it is not a beer for the craft-novice let me make that clear. For a non-smoker like myself (I have had an occasional Cuban cigar) it was a bit of a struggle acclimatasting [a new word for the Doktorhops lexicon] to smoke flavours but now I am there, oh yes.

Food match: I couldn't help but think that the entire menu of a Bavarian pub would work with this, especially anything pork related - if you see "schinken" on the menu: Get it.

doktorhops, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/7/14

A looks fairly dark until held to the light, has a clear maroon glow, big short lived tan foam leaves lots of random lace

S its smokey no doubt, smells like campfire clothing, smoked meat, faint coco and hard toffee, earthy notes, salty brine, smells like it should

T less smoke then the nose but that still leaves plenty, more chocolate, earthy notes are strong, similar to the nose but not quite the same levels of smoke

M lighter side of medium, stops just short of foam, intense smokey aftertaste just keeps going

O it is what it claims, lots of smoke, super easy to drink, I'm wishing I had some BBQ to eat with this

I bought this one to make some sauce the ribs I'm making and I think I'll need to grab another bottle to eat with them.

wordemupg, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

pathman, Today at 01:26 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

ThreeEcho7, Yesterday at 11:10 PM
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into slightly fluted stange
Aroma of smoke
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – a few islands and archipelagoes of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark amber, clear, continually rising bubbles
Flavor begins with smoke followed by roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5
Not quite as tasty for me as the marzen, but still quite enjoyable.

Ozzylizard, Thursday at 01:31 PM
Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

MidwestBA, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -3.1%

schopenhauerale, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Skud
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Skud, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Beerasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Beerasaurus, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Limanuljaska
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Limanuljaska, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of ThrashMaster
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ThrashMaster, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of archdukeofrandom
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hoppier than the Marzen but still has the smokiness

archdukeofrandom, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of rgriffin
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%

rgriffin, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Huge head, lasting long, almost black color, hints of ember.

Aromas of smoked ham, campfire, malt, bread with hints of salt.

Taste is defined by its huge, warm smokiness. This goes along with burned malts, also toffee and pine. Even more intensive and sweeter than the "Schlenkerla Märzen", but all in all quite similar, which is, in this case, not a bad thing. Smoked maltiness lingers on the tongue for a while, but not too intensive. Carbonation is well in balance with the overall medium-body, not too notable, adding up to a slightly too sweet and otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

aleigator, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.

tillmac62, Nov 03, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Ropowers3, Nov 01, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

costanzo_mike, Nov 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hootie159, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Benesi88, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Oct 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

cj8311, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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