Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by RushLimbmalt:
4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
This is my first Rauchbier and all I can say is WOW! This is one interesting beer. When poured it appears a dark murky brown. Very much like a dark doppelbock. It's tan head quickly dissipates and leaves a sticky rim that leaves a lot of lace on my glass. The aroma is very rich and malty and the smoke... I love the smoky aroma. The taste is smooth an malty and dominated by the smoky malt. When I say smoky I mean a smokiness that is almost mind blowing. I am in love with this brew and consider it a must to have around.
04-30-2005 23:20:21 | More by RushLimbmalt
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3.8/5 rDev -8%
Poured a clear deep rich amber with a fluffy quite sticky two finger white head,whoo the smoke is huge on the nose like black forest ham smokey with hints of brown sugar but man Iam tellin ya its like smoked ham unbelievable.Now Iam the first one to say Iam not a big fan of smoked beers....yet they still intrigue me,drinking this was like drinking a smoked ham hock with an underlying brown sugar-like sweetness but not overly sweet a nice almost salty finish.This woud have to be the perfect pair with hickory smoked pork I mean what could be better I could see basting a shoulder with this,unique and I enjoyed this beer....somewhat.
05-21-2006 00:40:07 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance This one is a nice and shiny amber with a glowing hue. The head came up smartly.
Smell The big, thick, meaty cooked pork aroma lept from the glass and immediately filled the room. This is monster, chunky cooked pork at its finest.
Taste The giant pork jerky flavors are mated with some good malts and a lasting, smoky finish.
Mouthfeel This Rauchbier is light to medium-bodied with a huge smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fluffy and well-carbonated, almost like a weizen.
Drinkability This is a big, smokey, classic German Rauchbier with tons of port flavors.
11-12-2004 02:19:37 | More by RoyalT
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a deep, brown color with some dark ruby that outlines the edges of the beer. The slightly gray-tan head mellows out quickly and leaves decent lacing along the glass. The beer smells wonderful - full of smoked malt, smoked wood chips, burnt barley - extremely reminiscent of campfire nights. The taste hits with a bite tasting of smoke and tight carbonation. As the beer mellows out, the wood chips, charcoal, and sweet liquid smoke start to come out and they work together very well. Low bitterness and no floral essences or hops to be found anywhere. Malt flavors get stronger as the beer gets warmer and the smokey campfire flavors intensify. The body is thick, creamy, and just a bit chewy.
If you're looking for a smoked beer to try - look no further. I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers, but I'm starting to think that maybe it's because I haven't had the right ones yet. The smoked flavor was clearly present and on the forefront, however it was not so strong that the beer was harsh or undrinkable. Great balance.
10-01-2012 18:16:05 | More by tectactoe
2.48/5 rDev -40%
Appearance: Deep, rich, dark brown. Very little head apparent when poured. Slight light penetrates the galss & gives a reddish apearance. Medium carbonation.
Aroma: Very smoky with slight hints of malt. More smoky than I was expecting. You can smell it from a few feet away like your glass was just on fire! Slightly sweet smell detected too...
Taste: Very sweet with slight smokiness. The smoky flavor is not as apparent in the flavor as in the aroma. Very solid malt palette. Rich caramel & burnt toast. Clean finish with ever so slight hop balance.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation (although looked more carbonated when poured). Slightly cloying but finishes fairly clean. Quite thick....
Drinkability: Medium-low. A bit thick for more than 1 small serving. A good experience, but not overly drinakable after one.
06-22-2006 18:53:57 | More by JMD71
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
Dark caramel in body with orange hues around the edges. Head was nearly white and settled somewhat quickly. A couple of floaties where seen doing what they do best floating around. I was skeptical about the ability for a beer to really smell like smoke. I was expecting some heavily toasted malt flavor, but low and behold this really does smell like smoke. There is quite a distinct hickory and oak wood smoke to this and reminds me of some of the local barbeque pits I have around home. Additionally there is a quite recognizable sweet malt aroma which is highlighted by some dark fruit essences. The taste is quite unique and immediately biting on the tongue which covers up some of the initial flavors. Regardless of that I detect essences of the ripe dark fruit which was in the aroma and only some subtle flavors of backwoods campfire. The smoke flavor doesnt come through in the main body of this beer but towards the finish after the biting sensation has all but passed. Good flavor overall but I was expecting a bit more in the smoke in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is very heavy and it definitely feels that way in my stomach. The extremely heavy mouthfeel brings the drinkability down a bit. This is definitely a beer to try due to its uniqueness.
04-05-2005 03:42:37 | More by blitz134
3.58/5 rDev -13.3%
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is liquid smoke and BBQ pork with some metallic and DMS notes.
The flavor is vegetal malts and some sugary sweetness with a lot of burnt smokiness. It has a crisp bitter smoky finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium with velvety carbonation.
Overall, I love the smokiness that comes through. I don't like the off notes in the nose and taste. I'll have to try this one again sometime.
11-02-2007 02:56:26 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev -3.1%
This a a great smoke beer dark amber almost black but amber to the light a nice head and lace
Smoky malts almost a barbq smookyness with a slight alcohol finish
Very smooth and smoky taste very nice the smoke finishes and lingers leaving a smoky taste in the mouth
Drink it warm and slow
11-22-2010 02:34:02 | More by bishopdc0
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance - Pours dark with ruby hues when held to light. Nice off-white head that sticks around.
Smell - SMOKY, campfire, charcoal, wood-oven, ...you get the point.
Taste - Sweet malts, ending semi-dry and smoky. Flavors of meat cooked over an open woodfire. So good.
Mouthfeel - Great body, good carbonation, dry finish
Drinkability - Definitely a good pairer. About to have some chili with this. I would love this by the campfire or any BBQ.
09-20-2007 23:43:51 | More by Doomcifer
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.
Appearance: Ruby tinged brown with a decent clarity through the darkness, slender tan lace stays put almost all of the way down the glass.
Smell: Smells of the same smokiness of a smoked Gouda cheese or imported German ham. Faint grain in a charred kind of aroma with a growing maltiness.
Taste: Thick medium to full body, deeply textured carbonation to bring on a smooth mouth feel. A tight ball of chewy maltiness hits the palate first with its sweetness. Smokiness is multi-level, with straight on smoke flavours to woody, charred and mild charcoal flavours. Hop? Where are they … the smoke is here and here to stay. Mild spicy alcohol and warming in the back. Maltiness stays, it does not disappear it just is an underlying flavour pretty much throughout. Slight caramel and toasted grain flash past the palate before another round of smoke flavour hits. Light residual sweetness is played by the leftover smoke flavours.
Notes: An obvious acquired taste. Love it or hate it. I love it but it is not a brew that I could drink more than once in a while. I love to visit it especially when I am having BBQ or any kind of grilled meat. I paired it with some cheeses, aged sharp cheddar and a ripe sheep’s milk cheese.
06-30-2002 17:07:01 | More by Jason
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
I suggest visiting this brewery's excellent website before sampling this Franconian treasure. This review is based on a 1 pint, .09 oz brown bottle, with the label mostly written in old German script. The body is a magnificent, ruby mahogany color, mostly clear. Not much of a head on my sample, but there is a lasting, beige collar and very attractive, sheet lacing.
Aroma is fascinating. Maplewood smoked bacon from Vermont? Or, is it salt cured country ham from Kentucky, or Virginia? In any event, the aroma has led me to crave a smoked side of pork.
Mouthfeel reveals a tingly carbonation, medium body, and a mild hops bite.
Taste mirrors the aroma, with maplewood smoked bacon. The malt is, actually, smoked over beechwood from the forests near Bamberg. The wood smoke is so pervasive here, that it's impossible to identify the bittering hops. This is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Code, so there ARE hops in here. At room temperature, some doppelbock flavors of molasses and dark fruits try to emerge, but are smoked into a faint echo by the omnipotent beechwood charring. It is my opinion that this is an exceptional taste for a beer. Very unique, certainly, and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind this brew is obvious.
Not an everyday "beer", but WOW!, what an experience! Their website is <http://www.smokebeer.com>
04-24-2004 22:22:09 | More by merlin48
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
Mid sized bottle w/o freshness dating. Pours a deep, rich shade of dark honey maple, tan head, minimal lacing observed from my sample. Nose is clearly and boldly the expected and yearned for smoke. Big and flavorful brew. Smokey, oily, greasy- ahhh, all the best qualities in a beer! I'm sure this style is not for everybody, but I enjoyed a bottle, with some BBQ chicken, would be great with most types of BBQ fare. Fine quality brew, great with meats and hearty foods.
06-19-2005 23:54:34 | More by Billolick
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a half finger of an egg shell colored head. Clear translucent black body. Hardly any retention.
Smells like a pleasant camp fire. Very cleanly smoked.
Tastes like the smell, smoke and then some Carmel toffee malts. This has a nice subtle bock beer base. The big simple flavor of the smoke blend with the subtle bock beer nicely. As this warms a slight alcohol warmth and taste comes out.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation. The flavors linger for just a moment with a touch of clean hop bitterness.
Overall this is a great beer. Quite drinkable and very interesting as I've only had a few smoked beers. I'd love to try this again with some BBQ food.
$6 a 500ml
04-23-2012 18:31:32 | More by Homebrew35
5/5 rDev +21.1%
Appearance: huge head that dimples, dark brown, medium carbonation
Smell: pepper, campfire smoke, pork, and spice
Taste: huge smoky wood taste, spice, pork, burnt malt
Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium light body
Drinkability: I feel sort of bad giving this all fives, but truth be told I believe this is the benchmark for my favorite style. If I could have one beer for the rest of my life this is it. The smoke is not subtle--it is amazing. The other flavors are very complex. This hides the alcohol well. Everything a rauch should be. Everything a beer should be. This is the beer for me.
02-28-2009 02:37:59 | More by tigg924
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
The beer pours dark red with a tan head. This is an awesome looking beer. The aroma is lots of meaty smoke with a little roasted malt. The flavor is heavy on the smoke with some darker malts and some dark fruits mixed in as well. As the beer warms, the smoke becomes more intense. Medium mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.
05-27-2010 04:02:34 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Opened 1pt .09 oz bottle and poured into standard beer mug.
Pours a nice soda brown colored brew with a light foamy head across the top of the beer.
Smokey smell of the brew makes itself known with out even smelling the beer - nice. Nice bacon smell awakes the senses.
Taste is a savory Smokey taste, small bits of malt but mostly dry. Mouth feel is really nice and finish is full and pleasant.
Really good beer, I don't know why I haven't tried this sooner.
02-28-2008 09:42:07 | More by mattster
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance: poured a clear , darker reddish brown , with am inch of tan head.
Smell: As with the marzen... SmokY!! The smell is of delicous smoked fish and meats( and malts). This one seems to have just a hint of burnt sugar/ caramel quality and perhaps more smoked marine quality than meat like the marzen has. The smoke seems a bit more tamed.
Taste: Ah heavenly smoke! The flavor instantly reminds me of smoked mullet , also other smoked meats and game come to mind. A nice roasty / burnt maltiness , smoke is more controlled than the marzen version. A nice edge of burnt bitterness provides a good balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium , very smokey finish.
Drinkability: I find this one more pleasant and drinkable than the marzen they make. They are both exellent , but the flavor profile on this one appeals to me a bit more. Seems to be equally complex , but with more restraint , and a bit more marine quality in my mind.
This paired soooo f'in welll with: Hickory Farms smoked summer sousage with Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar and Swiss on Top , on Ritz crackers. MMnn , damn good!!
12-26-2006 07:05:39 | More by Byeast
3.69/5 rDev -10.7%
The smell of this beer is worth the purchase price....a price that is very reasonable.
The smell is campfire slash smoked sausage and the taste is smoked sausage coated in hops. An extremely complex beer that deserves to be sipped and savored.
The uniqueness factor wouldn't have me drinking this often, but when I do....it will easily be enjoyed.
03-09-2014 03:58:50 | More by JC333
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
As smoked beers go, this is one of the best. Deep brown pour with a lighter brown head that dissipates into a constant ring. Great lacing. Aroma is exactly the same as the smell of a charcoal barbeque grill when you first open it to light it. Bacon, malt, and oak are mixed nicely in the flavor. Not as overpowering as the Marzen version. I only wish this one was easier to find.
12-05-2008 19:20:50 | More by magictrokini
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.