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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 88
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 08-23-2001

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.
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Ratings: 1,185 | Reviews: 658
Photo of Denali
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle - no freshness date

Appearance: Dark brown but not opaque with thick tan head that laced nicely.

Smell: Wow is the aroma smoky. Malt aroma tries to come through as well but is dominated by the smoke.

Taste: Right away the smoky flavor comes through. Smoky flavor is meaty, charcoal and wood like. A little malt sweetness peeks its way through as well.

Mouth Feel: Moderate carbonation and slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: Perfect. Its like, I can't believe these flavors, let me have another, and another.

Comments: I am totally blown away by this beer. Totally bold, over the top, and it doesn't pull its punches. The flavors are incredible. I do not want to have this with food because I don't want to disturb the flavors. Heck, this IS food. I can drink this all day and night.

Photo of inebrius
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is an extraordinarily balanced composition of sweet and smoked malts and bittering hops that just begs to be drunk. Pours a nifty umber underneath a fine and lacy head. Nose is a smoked honey-baked ham on xmas morn. The velvety body pins a sublime aftertaste on the buds and I would love to have a stock of Schlenkerla Urbock whenever the mood calls for one.

If you like beer and smoked foods than get your lips on this my friend. Superb!

Cheers to VENOM for the sample!

Photo of atomicbeer
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been looking forward to this beer for a long time! Pours a bark root beer brown with a big foamy tan head that recedes to a 1/4 inch cap. Aroma is alder smoke big time over a mild beery underpinning. Smooth going down, the adler smoke is not as evident in the taste as the aroma but very very nice indeed mixed perfectly with a caramelly malt and tiny grassy hop flavor. Eminently drinkable. The 16.9 oz is disappearing quickly! Spectacular with pork.

Photo of rudyarmand
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This past weekend, I attended a German beer festival at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Over a dozen other German brewers were represented including many of the top selling brands. I had heard about the smoked beer from Bamberg, Germany, and was very excited to finally try some.

Fortunately I arrived early enough to get my official beer glass and the lines were not too long. It was almost 100 degrees that day and everyone was suffering from the hot summer. I was almost cooking myself, so the smoked beer seemed appropriate. Wow! the smoked Aecht Urbock Rauchbier was sensational! It did indeed smell like meat that had been cooked to perfection over seasoned wood. The taste was wonderful--unlike any beer I had ever tasted. To my surprise, the taste was not overwhelming where you were satiated and wanted only a small taste. The pleasure of the beer continued glass after glass.

I went to Green's package store on Buford Highway the other day and bought a dozen bottles for myself and to introduce to my beer drinking

I plan to always keep this beer around and plan to visit Bamberg on my annual spring beer tour.

Highly recommended!

Photo of tendermorsel
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I have reccomended this to many people over the years and people usually fall into two camps. 1) The worst thing I have ever tasted 2) Truly wonderfull and unique beer and drinking experience.

Very dark brown beer with a nice head that disapated quickly. Wonderful smoky smell to this beer. Bacon liquid smoke and BBQ come to mind. This taste is more of the same. Great smokey flavor. This beer is extremely easy drinking and quite refreshing. A wonderful change of pace from all of the extremely hopped American beers and other styles with tons of additional flavorings and ingredients. This is a true testiment to the Bavarian purity laws. Smokey but extremely crisp and clean.

Also this beer cooks very well. I made a excellent batch of Chili with this beer.

Photo of TexIndy
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got as an extra from johnnnniee - many thanks...and it completes my Aecht trilogy! Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but a winter seasonal so either very fresh or a year old. Was a dark mahogany color. Had a two finger beige head that settled into a thin foam covering and a thick collar.

The aroma was heavy on beechwood smoke along with smoked meat. Very comparable to the marzen version and much better than the weizen version. For a rauchbier, this may be perfection. The taste followed the aroma with the meaty taste kicking in more. Mmmm...liquid meat. Great liquid smoke finish. Mouthfeel was creamy with low to moderate carbonation. Nice smoky after-taste.

Overall, this is the classic rauchbier. I would rank just above their marzen and way above the weizen. Most highly recommend especially if you want to try the rauchbier style - might as well start at the top. For me, I love the style but the meaty aroma and flavor would be too much after one so this is an every couple months style. When I want to have a rauchbier this one will jump to front of mind for sure. Rotation - not avail in TX so got as an extra. If avail here, I'd have every couple months. As-is, keep trading for it. Definite on-tap if I can find it.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

This is one hell of a beer.

A - Clear, but a very dark brown. A finger, slightly less, of off white foam rises. The retention is moderate, falling to a thick collar. There's actually quite a bit of lacing.

S - Smoky, but amazingly complex. BBQ and mesquite flavors come to mind. Oak, sausage, BBQ potato chips, even a touch of brown sugar. This couldn't get any better.

T - All the smoke and mesquite from the nose are present, but instead of dominating, they ride a wave of wonderfully sweet malt. Spicy flavors kick it at first, reminding me of coriander, cumin, red pepper, and even a touch of garlic. The sweetness takes over with rich molasses notes and a healthy dose of what seems like vinegar. The finish is full of the actual smoke and wood notes, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. This stuff is like liquid barbeque sauce.

M - Medium bodied, quite creamy, very substantial for a lager. Carbonation is low but this works perfectly.

D - For a beer that's this far off the beaten path, this is pretty damn drinkable. I'm already looking forward to having another one before too long. Though I've enjoyed my other two experiences with Aecht Schlenkerla (the Marzen and Weizen) this one broke new ground. It wasn't simply a thin beer with smoke overtones, it was an entire symphony of cohesive flavor.

Highly recommended.

Photo of Afterburner
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with smallish head that retires quickly, leaving no lacework.

Smell: Mmmmm. Strong smoky aroma, of course. Many describe it similar to bacon, but I don't get that myself. It has more of a campfire smell to me. Also some pungent malt. And some phenolic medicinal notes, like camphor.

Taste: The smoke dominates the flavor profile, particularly during the finish. Mid-palate sees hints of malt coughing its way out from behind the clouds of smoke, but they're quickly obscured. The finish is smoke and hops. The smoke character is, again, not like bacon (not salty enough). It's what I imagine smoked maple syrup would taste like, if someone were to bother smoking maple syrup.

Mouthfeel: Thickish, but not full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I love these beers. If I were the sort of person who could settle down and drink just one type of beer regularly, it would be this one.

Overall: This is the King of Smoked Beer, and with good reason. The only smoke beer I've ever had that was better was the peat-smoked Adelscott, from Fischer. I love smoke beers with a passion, and you should too.

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4.92/5  rDev +19.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +19.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of mhewes
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in Bamberg

A : It was a nice dark brown with a good head

S : BBQ, bacon, smoked pork, heaven.

T : The only way to describe it was liquid bacon. Really rich. Also, lots of smoke flavor.

M : Rich, creamy, meal in a glass

D : I loved this beer and wish I could easily get it on draft here. I've had it in the bottle but that in no way compares to the goodness on tap.

Photo of taez555
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a rather clear dark ruby red brown with a samll but thick white/tan head.

The nose was simply amazing. Smoke, meat, molases, wood, some slight hints of spice. Basically the best way to describe it is that it smells like a cross between a beefstick and smoked gouda.

The taste is even more interesting. You'd think with the nose it'd knock you over with the meat taste. But... it actually starts off very malty instead. Roasted malt, slight chocolate, dark sugar, molases, and a nice even bitterness. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Simply a nice even dark beer taste. But then as the beer continues across the tongue the meat and smoke flavors hit you. Meaty and smokey. Just like the nose. Smoked gouda or a beefstick. Very unique.

It ends with a very smooth hop bitterness complimented by the smoked meat flavor.

You either love this beer or hate it. Maybe not the most vegatarian friendly tasting beer. Simply though, it is the best of it's style. A perfect balance of all the flavors, with a nice sepperation too. Almost as you're drinking a fine french bordeaux, but of smoke and malt.
A must try if you like smokey beers.

Be careful, a good burp might bring the flavor back for up to a few hours after trying this beer. ;-)

Photo of PaintballDad
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In my adventures and travels 5 years ago I came across a small town in Germany named Bamberg I was there with the 173rd Airborne this town is know for its exceptional smoked beers. Now at first you might think smoking a beer sounds crazy but let me tell you have a big old plate of jager schnitzel with a few of these.... so heavenly... I'm not going to go into detail about this beer but I must tell you its is a must for any beer connoisseur for the sheer experience.

Photo of cocojoe
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown. Creamy tan head.

S: Clean, oaky bacon smoke. Dark toasty quality. Sweet and creamy.

T: Creamy, nutty, toasty front. Smoke is still present and delicious. Finishes a little more dry, and slightly roasty.

M: Creamy, clean medium body.

O: Really delicious. Not as sweet as I recall the Marzen being. Incredible smoked beer. Really gives smoked beer an incredible name. Really warming without being to sweet/high in alcohol. Love this.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

closing out smokefest '09

A- beautiful clear deep maroon brown and streaks of golden with an equally beautiful head that resembles cinnamon ice cream. retention, astounding. lace, wispy and delicate. like swiss cheese from the outside but with a firm skin on top. looks better than most non-smoked members of the bock family i've seen.

S- as for the aroma, i expected to be completely demolished by smoke but instead i'm met with a captivating balance of smoky and sweet. i mean hog-on-the-fire smoky and maple sugar + orange juice sweet. like some sick ass glaze on a ham. smoke does not overpower the malty aromas, caramel, lightly roasted, and nicely metallic. very herbal in the nose as well and i could stray from the euphemism of campfire, etc and liken it to something spicier and more exotic. canned chilis in adobo sauce also definitely come to mind. the aroma also calls to mind the aroma of wood smoke and hot metal and warmth and comfort of a house with a wood-burning stove.

T- the roasted malt and smoke flavor pair so well together it's hard to say anything at all. sweetened notes of vanilla and maple sit beneath a gliding blanket of smoky-sweet malt and a deep robust underlying roasted bitterness with the familiar acidic cocoa and mild coffee flavors. hop flavor is firmly situated from start to finish, but the hop bitterness may go unnoticed through the balancing sweetness, and roasted and smoke bitterness. as the brew warms, the fruity caramel and tart flavors of not-so-deeply roasted malt emerge with a fresh woodsy earthiness, soil, clay, and mineral water. seemingly infinitely complex, so many words, yet all these aechtbiers seem so mysteriously indescribable. i've never had a rauchbier from another german brewery and i don't know that i'd even care to after these. finishes out with a trifecta of smoke, sweet/fruity/roasted malt, and herbal hop flavor. an exquisite balance and possibly one of the most ridiculously great beer experiences ever.

MF- perfect carbonation is hard to describe, but when you know, you know. you know? i wouldn't change a thing. bubbles are tight, mellow, and just enough to add a tickling edge to the moderate and drying body. nothing plush or syrupy here, not creamy, not rich. it feels like the leather on a football and i couldn't imagine it to be any better. the smoke is drying, the malt is coating, the alcohol seems to tan my cheeks, and the tannins, well, they just add to the fun.

D- how do i get this in my bar? and who is the local distributor? i've had 3 beers from this brewery and i know, i KNOW that when i get a bottle of the marzen i will have an immediate stiffy. like sushi, if one can get over any taboo that may be associated with this style, squash any fear or apprehension, it will ultimately result in one of the most pleasurable drinking experiences life has to offer. not a session beer for me, but one hell of a beautiful thing.

Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. There is some visible ruby colored light visible along the edges of the glass. The head retains very well. The smoked malt hits the nose right up front and it's quite prominent. It's that nice campfire smell and it's bready. The smoked malt hits the nose right up front and it's quite prominent. It's that nice campfire smell and it's bready. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth and creamy. The drinkability is very high. This is a most excellent beer.

Photo of IceAce
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of newly varnished mahogany and smells like a freshly opened can of Blue Diamond almonds...the BBQ style. The nose is communicated through a tight, almost creamy full-finger collar of foam which leaves a dense lace in its wake.

Entry consists of a snoot full of soot as the smoky aroma attacks the olfactory. Mid-taste, if concentrated upon, sports a doppel-like dose of roasted malt centered on the rear of the tongue supported by low-lying carbonation. I found this taste by exhaling as I siped in an effort to keep my sense of taste from being blown away by this German version of Liquid Smoke™.

Continuing to exhale as I sipped provided a glimpse of hop bitterness before I became overcome (again) by smoke as this delectable Urbock fades away like a campfire slowly dying out in the wee hours of the morning. The residual taste in my mouth is almonds...the BBQ ones...I swear.

Photo of beergoot
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, dark reddish-brown body with a nice head. Heavenly aroma (for a smoked beer): charred wood; charcoal; deeply smoked sausage. Outstanding oily smoked flavors infused with a richly roasted malt character; nice bitterness and sweetness throughout, too. Medium-heavy body; rich and chewy.

I'm a big fan of smoked beers, and this beer is one of the premier examples of what a strongly smoked beer can be. The beauty of this particular beer is that the undeniably smokey flavor and smell can be so well-tamed and balanced with the other malt and hop notes (primarily the malt). Yes, it is definitely about the "rauch", but there is so much more with this beer, and so you get some honest balance and complexity with the style. A deservedly prime example of the best of this type of beer and well-worth the experience.

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4.84/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of DerBayer
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another olympic beer to be added - i like all the other schlenkerlas but this is made for the gods or maybe by them.

Urbock is arguably the style that has been devised by the gods - possibly Zeus himself - to be smoked on open fire and served to me.

I have nothing to add chaps other than get some!!!

Photo of pmcadamis
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a huge three finger creamy tan head that receded within minutes to a very thin lace. Color is black and it's almost purple when held up to the light.

Smells like a campfire with hints of beef jerky, sausage,barbeque sauce and smoked pork. The wet-campfire smell reminds me of how my dad (a firefighter) smelled when he came home from work when I was a little kid.

Tastes very barbeque-like, also quite salty. Initial taste is almost like soy or terrryaki, but the aftertaste is more of a woody mesquite flavor. Decent carbination, and the alcohol is almost undetectable. Somewhat sweet, but yeah, definitly salty. Smells and tastes like autumn weather when people are BBQing and burning leaves. It makes me think of football and hooded sweatshirts.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and actually very light considering this beer's intense flavor.

This is a very meaty, salty beer! As I kept drinking, the salty soy sauce flavor was a little overwhelming. With this beer, a little goes a long way. Not a session beer. I liked it at first, but after the first half it became almost undrinkable (hence the low drinkability score).

This is my first rauchbier, and although I enjoyed the novelty of the smoke flavor, this one was maybe a little too powerful for my taste. I should have tried the Marzen first. If you are drinking this, check out the website for Schlenkerla....it's very interesting. This beer has alot of history behind it.
The first time I reviewed this beer (above), I was not ready for or expecting the intense smokey flavor of a rauchbier. I recently revisited this one, and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I am starting to develop a taste for rauchbiers...as long as you know ahead of time what to excpect, Schlenkerla's Urbock is a damn fine brew. I have re-evaluated my scoring (originaly I gave this 3.5,4.5,3.0,3.0, and 1.5 respectively for a score of 3.25.

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4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this Rauchbier on tap and from a bottle. This review is for a bottle I had at the Nachbar during the Schnitzelburg Walk in Germantown, Louisville, KY. Poured into a glass mug.


do I really need to say more?

the beer poured dark, dark brown with a hint of amber in the light, like coca-cola. It had a lingering creamy tan head that left a thick lace in the glass.

The aroma was rich and beautiful like a smokehouse full of freshly curing meats marinated in maple syrup.

The flavors of the smokehouse come on strong and rich with big bacon and charred wood in front of a slightly sweet smoked malt backbone. This is a meal in a glass.

Low-medium carbonation and a medium-full body rounds this out to a near perfect beer and definitely one of the top smoked beers in my book.

I can't drink buckets of this brew like I can with Rodenbach, but I have wonderful memories built around the rich, smokey characteristics of this beautiful beast.

One of the world's greatest breweries!

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4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually do not like smoked or barrel flavored beers. This is an exception. The aroma alone is enough to make you want to drink it. It's also a perfect dark brown. It goes down smooth and has an aftertaste that is very pleasant. A little acid burn after a bit - I think I'll have some kraut and sausage.

Beers like this make me want to go to Germany. When I was 12 and 13 we went there two summers in a row and I drank my first legal beers. But I didn't appreciate it like I do now.

Every sip of this takes you deeper beneath Bamberg where this taste (and SMELL) has been oozing out of for centuries.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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