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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 74
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by timmay41:
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light, foamy head and a dark brown color that's lighter at the top and bottom of the pint glass. But any notable elements from the appearance are overshadowed by the...

Smell: Overwhelming. This beer is the liquid form of kielbasa. Crazy strong smoky, sausage-y roasted malt sweetness. I laugh when I think of the ads touting Budweiser as being beech wood aged; THIS is beach wood smoked, baby.

Taste: Again, liquid form of a kielbasa boiled dinner. Balanced smoky and rich sweetness, almost juicy.

Mouthfeel: It's like the beech wood smoking continues in one's mouth. The body of the rauchbier is pretty light, actually. But very nice.

Drinkability: Hmm, not so much a session beer. But seriously, when I first had this beer I thought it was a love-hate situation: I'm genetically predisposed to this kind smoky delight while I can appreciate people loathing it. But it's a really rewarding taste for those who can acquire the taste, and I think it's possible. But a must drink for fellow Polish folks.

Oh, and forewarn your significant other about the particular strain that is the rauchbier fart.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:58:17 | More by timmay41
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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]

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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.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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