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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,274
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 105
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of teromous
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a white head with a pinkish light brown head that fades very quickly into a minimal ring.

Aroma: It smells like wood mesquite wood chips. If I was blindfolded I would swear this was a barbeque sauce. It smells fantastic.

Taste: It has this nice sweet caramel flavor right up front but it isn't thick feeling or strong. In the middle to end of the drink the smoke comes out but again it is just enough to give it flavor without being overpowering. The end has this nice bitter slightly herbal bite. This is great. It is a lot like what a nice wood grilled steak would taste like if it was a drink (without the meat flavor). I'm especially impressed with how good this tastes given that it is an import, and that I've waited so long to drink this.

Feel: As I mentioned it has a nice sweetness to the beer but it isn't thick or sticky. It has a medium mouthfeel but edges closer towards the lighter side.

Overall: It's a really fantastic beer. This would be great any time of the year. Even though this is a winter availability, I'm drinking this in the summer and it's light enough that it can be enjoyable when it's hot outside. I highly recommend it, whether you are a fan of smoked beers or not. This just has a great flavor overall. It is a fantastic drinking experience and I will be buying it again.

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Photo of Amalak
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a high quality beer. I had out of a 25 oz. bottle, deep brown in color, mostly opaque, thick foamy brown head.

The scent is incredible. Thick and smokey with a strong bacon smell to it.

Sure enough, it has a bacon-like taste to it. Nice bitter aftertaste. Great beer.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice murky brown with some redness to it. Tight beige head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Tiny bubble carbonation that looks to be pretty light.

S: Smoke! Definitely new to me. Reminds me of smoked gouda cheese, with the smoke and oak (or beech apparently?) scent.

T: Smoked meaty taste, slight hoppy character. Cheesy. I don't know if it was because I thought of smoked gouda before or not. A mild sweetness cuts through in the middle, then there is a drying finish. Bitterness grows and the complexity builds on itself over the course of drinking. A lot of malt flavor.

M: Rich and stout. Higher carbonation than it appears to have, but it is superfine. Just the right amount of tingle.

O: This is great! It's a new taste experience for me. Would probably be wonderful with BBQ pork.

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Photo of Portertime
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We got a shipment of the Marzen at my store and people always give me a strange look when I say the beer tastes like smoked sausage. So I was very excited to try the Urbock because the Marzen was so delicious. I enjoyed it slightly chilled in my Warstiener mug. Poured a thick reddish brown color. The nose was delightful with wonderful smokey malts and a bit of an earthy quality. The taste was heavenly with sweet smoke and peat staying silky smooth on the tongue with a clean finish. One hell of a beer!

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Photo of hmf05
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A beautiful ruby red/brown color

S - Oh man, the smokiness is ever so dominant. I get some nice smoked pork/sausage. It literally smells like smoked meat.

T - A ton of smoked meat. It sort of tastes like bacon or ham. Extremely smooth and very little bitterness. Some have said they get sweet notes and chocolate, but i just get delicious smoked meat.

M - Medium thickness and moderate carbonation

D - I could drink 2 of these, but not really sessionable. I would imagine that it tastes great with a barbecue pairing.

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Photo of EGreen
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

THE quintessential rauchbier!! Mild smoke in the nose with a nice malty character. Starts off with a nice toffee flavor that is quickly usurped by the smokiness... And man is it smoky. Mild hops bitterness on the finish... Barely noticeable through the smoke. Very nice!

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Photo of nomad
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark brownish but very deep red color, popping up a beauty of a thick head aided by good carbonation underneath. Settles to show wisps of stain all over, and a coating lace that is a treat to see on each quaff. This beer just looks right in my stein.

Barbecue!! This beer smells like a sweet onslaught of pork barbecue, like smoking sausages or some ribs. Caramel/toffee behind the delectable smoke turning to more fruit-type notes with time. Hard-pressed to think of a smoked beer as alluring and individual as this.

Taste is peppery, salty, with a great amount of chewy and full flavored smoked meat, but balanced by a smooth malt backbone, most closely of Munich and caramel malts. The Body has a roasty flavor like hard-toasted pork rind covered in touches of plum-like, fruity toffee. Toast and potato chips finish, I swear, but still very beer-like thanks to the bock base.

Full of flavor but with lager ease and drinkability. In fact, the high drinkability of this beer was the most impressive, especially given its highly unique take on smoked malts. A perfect example of a "wow" beer. A must try with food - mine was with juicy pork fillets, collard greens, and green beans. Be sure to let it warm up a little before you open it and some more while in the glass, thus this deep beer can grow on you. In great shape, too, for an imported bottled beer; its seasonal status probably helps with that.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice and served alongside smoked ribs!

A = Very dark, almost black beer with mahogany tones. 1 finger of rich tan head.

S = I kid you not, the first thing I get is smoked pork. Smoked meats, charred wood, dark fruit, earthy and roasty.

T = Sweet fire-roasted malts, plums, smoked meats and a charred woodiness. Touch of salt. Hop bitterness is practically nonexistent, but there is a charred, almost ashy charcoal-like bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts in this bock-styled beer. I'm not picking up any cheese-like qualities as some other reviews have stated.

M = Full bodied and robust, like liquid BBQ. Very easy to drink. I was expecting this to be a rough style to get used to, but this has blown me away.

O = I like to imagine myself having one of these in a wooden stein as I sit in front of a roaring fireplace in an old world tavern. Rich, decadent and meaty, this is the perfect cold weather beer, and a perfect companion for BBQ and smoked meat. My first example of a rauchbier, I will be searching out more examples of the style in the future.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a very dark amber with a good full head.

S- Smells like smoked ham or bacon, with a bit of sweetness

T- Again, tastes like smoked meat, but also a little like a sweet bread.

M- Full and not terribly carbonated.

O- This is definitely a beer to seek out. I love smoke and smoked foods, so I had been hunting this one down for a long time. If you love smoke and you love beers with complexity and a lot of flavor, this is your beer!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; very dark brown but not cloudy, frothy tan head, the contrast of the beer color with the foam is just beautiful

smell; some malts but mostly very smokey and strong, like smoked deer with blunt juniper cured ham undertones, this might be hop florals trying to come through the smoke but it's a stretch to say this.

taste; very, very smokey malts, might have some rounded sweetness but mostly smoke. This is exactly what this style should be. Very rich, the robust notes of a Bock pair perfect with the smooth smoke. Very strong flavor but remains pleasant.

mouthfeel; frothy, massaging, and thick on the palate. Ridiculously nice!

drinkability; heavy but tasty enough for one to drink this in quantity but it will lose some of its richness, best to enjoy only a few at a time.

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Photo of GMB
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier's Urbock yields a beautiful deep brown-nose colored brew. The body seems opaque at first , but turns out iridescent when viewed against a light source, revealing ruby and burnt umber highlights. The ecru head rises to a picture-perfect inch-and-a-half, and shows no sign of receding at first. It takes its time as it slowly drops, leaving behind some sticky foam around the edges of the top of the brew, and an island of foam atop the body worthy of an italian cappuccino. Carbonation is gentle. I expect a rich, full mouthfeel with lots of viscosity.

The beer offers two distinct olfactory experiences. First, there is the light, slightly smokey aroma that fills the room as soon as the cap is popped. Then there is the complex bouquet of aromas that assert themselves when the brew is held close to one's nose. Roasted smokey aromas in the center, surrounded by molasses, burnt-butter-braised prunes and raisins, and toasted pumpernickel bread.

The brew is full and rich on the palate. It took me about 15 seconds to swallow my first sip. The aromas of the nose are converted to flavors on the palate, and are accompanied by iris flowers, toasted almonds, and a hint of dried tobacco leaf.

What's especially impressive about Urbock is that, despite its dominant smoke flavors, it doesn't send me into "smokey bacon and barbecued meats" land. Sure, those flavors are present, but there's a sophistication in this beer's flavor profile that is absent from any of the other smoked beers I've tasted in this style. I think that the malty backbone of the duppelbock style deserves some of the credit. But most of it goes to the brewers at Aecht Schlenkerla, who have produced something special here.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours deep ruby brown, very dark, though with ruby highlights around the edges showing the true clarity of the beer. Head is two-fingers when poured, khaki-coloured and fluffy. As it settles in, it leaves some nice clingy lacing down the sides of the glass.

Nose is intense and pure, sausages roasting over an open campfire. There's just enough sweetness from the malt to keep that big smokiness from becoming completely one dimensional, but there's no mistaking the nose for anything but a full-on, balls-to-the-wall rauchbier.

Taste is almost an exact replica of the nose. Massive smokiness is dry, again with the feel of sausages over an open campfire. Richness of the malt comes through a bit more clearly here, lending a bit of underlying caramel to really bring the sausage effect out, and with a bit of a crisp bitterness on the finish. Amazing balance and clarity between all three aspects - the massive smoke, the underlying malt, and the finish light bitterness from the hops. Can't imagine a better example.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium-full bodied, full carbonation that isn't too sharp. Again, beautiful and near perfect.

Drinkability - wow. When a beer is this intense, for the drinkability to be this high is a true achievement, taking near-perfect balance. Just a phenomenal beer, and like pretty much everything they put out, an absolute benchmark of the style.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a treat! A friend surprised me with this bottle, knowing that this beer is brewed not far from my birthplace.
It pours a deep clear mahogany brown with a off white head building about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates fast, but leaves good lacing.
The smell is naturally full of rich smokey flavors. Almost like smoked ham, or of a smokehouse.
Tasting the beer those smokehouse notes will greet you up front, but not as strong as the smell of the beer announced. They will be balanced immediately by sweet malty flavors in the middle. I can also detect brown sugar, honey and some plum in there.
The finish combines all the flavors with the help of some mild flowery hops and ends in a mild bittersweet linger.
A great medium bodied delicacy which I highly recommend as a must try for any beer advocate.

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Photo of jfromnj
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

unbelievably spectacular. This beer has a wonderful "smokiness" that is truly unique. The taste hits you with hints of wood, caramel, and bacon. This is a medium bodies beer that has a smooth feel and is very easy to drink. I loved this beer and it has become a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of jmc44
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16.9 oz bottle. Nice that the label is mainly still in German as well.

Pours a slightly ruby brown, with ample head. Beer is slightly hazy, not as crisp or clear as similar beers.

Smells absolutely wonderful. Behind the powerful smell of smoke;similar to, but not quite, a smoked meat are underlying notes of roasted malts and light tofee. The different odors blend together nicely to present a very appetizing aroma.

Just like the aroma, the flavor is that of smoke - I liken it to the smoke flavor applied to a sausage. Behind the smoke are typical bock flavors; malty sweetness, with a hint of caramel, and some bread-like flavors. The hops used in brewing must be minimal, as there is no real bitterness to note.

Despite being a full beer, it goes down surprisingly easily. As the beer continues to warm (I started it at about 45 degrees) the beer becomes a bit fuller but the flavor remains relatively unchanged and constant.

This is a fantastic beer. If you are not a smoker, do not hesitate to try it - although it definitely smells like smoke, it is more like wood-fired oven smoke than , say, cigars or cigarettes. A very good example of the style, likely the best I have had outside of Germany.

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Photo of numenor1
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark garnet brown. Head subsides to a very sticky collar. The smell is tremendous. Smoked gouda, summer sausage and wondrous barbecued pork all rolled into one. More deserving of a 5 in this category than any other beer (except their Maerzen). Great malty richness, similar to a doppelbock, but smoke all over the place. Starts off a bit sweet with some hop jabs then smoke takes over, and then malty breadiness begins to balance the smoke through the finish. Hops support just enough to balance. Truly fantastic. Mouthfeel is medium, yet full and creamy with medium low carbonation. Truly a thing of beauty. Extremely drinkable. A tremendous beer.

I still think i prefer the Maerzen over this, as the smokiness is not quite as dominant in this one. Also the maerzen seemed to have a stronger hop profile than this, though I last had it ultrafresh at the Tavern in Bamberg, so my opinion may be skewed there.

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Photo of reddomino
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while...

Pours a pleasing chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a nice tan head that (unfortunately) doesn't stick around for to long. The smell reminded me of a nice Islay Sotch, like Ardbeg or Laphroaig. Pungently smokey, I like it. The taste is fantastic! Smoked pork, nutty cheeses, a slight fruitiness, followed by a slight alcohol warmth. Love that smokey aftertaste. Lightly carbonated with smooth mouthfeel and a medium body that is on par for the style. I'm going back tomorrow for a rack!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very umber to coppery color with a rich tan head that leaves faint traces of lacing down the glass.

The nose is definitely smokey, sweet malt with a hop undertones that is dominated by the smokiness.

The flavor is outstanding! the smoke is very strong and works exceptionally well with the maltiness and the fine hops present. The taste is a balanced contrasts of deliciousness.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and pleasantly matches my expectations.

Overall this is a damned fine beer and I just loved it. I will definitely be buying more of this one.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Rauchbier poured darkly into my tulip glass, settling with a minimal light head. The aroma wafting from the glass was amazing, beaming with richly layered alder-smoky cherry malt with a cola-tinged edge and dark fruit esters. Powerful and sublime. The taste matched the aroma but was less sweet than expected. Well balanced delicious cola-tinged alder-smoked malts, again with dark fruit notes and now some bacon undertones. Nice levels of hoppiness and cola lingered in satisfying finish. Carbonation and a medium smooth body rounded out the flavors perfectly. Excellent!

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Photo of Roman5150
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Tulip

Paired with Dutch Boerenikaas and Gouda Cheese

Appearance: Very dark smokey color, no head. Amber hues when held up to light.

Smell: Beef jerky x100. Intense smokiness, BBQ, smells like a stack of southern ribs. Wow.

Taste: This is my second smoked beer i've had. I've had Yazoo's SUE, which it says in it's description is derived from the Bamberg, Germany Rauchbiers. With all due respect to SUE, an amazing beer no doubt, this one is just superb. It tastes like a Beef Jerky flavored beer. If you like beef jerky, smoked sausage, and beer, there is no way you would not like this. The aftertaste is so smooth, the smokiness just turns into an almost hefe like aftertaste. A new favorite.

Mouthfeel: Perfect levels of Carbonation, very smooth and full flavor all the way to the end.

Overall: If you've ever been curious about "Smoked Beer", this is the original. And the best. What a well crafted beer, it tastes like a beef jerky beer. Pairs extremely well with dutch cheeses, the flavor is so satisfying that I could sip on this all day. Will be buying this whenever I see it. This has moved into my top 10, and perhaps into my top 5 after a few more tastings. As a huge fan of Hefeweizens and Kölsch beer from Germany, there is a similar taste down to the yeast, and this takes all the smoothness and craftsmanship and adds a whole new level of flavor. Please, do yourself a favor and buy a bag of your favorite beef jerky and one or two of these and make an evening of it.

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Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"You either love this style of beer, or you hate it". (*wink, wink, Inebrius).

If the marzen was Tommy Chong, than this is Cheech. The fuller, more rounded, and generally more likeable partner. Don't get me wrong, the marzen was great as well. This is just legendary.
Lucious deep garnet in color. Medium beige head has some stick to it.
Lovely smoky aroma. Meaty, woody and just sultry. Seems a little more subdued than the marzen, but probably because there are more aromas to contend with. Malty bock notes are noticed, with fruity and chocolate hues.
What truly stands out in the taste is how well crafted of a bock this is. Smoke aside, this would stand by itself as a great example. Large amounts of dark fruit (plum, prune) sweetness, with maybe a touch of sweet apple. Chocolate is a big time player here as well. Smoke integrates wonderfully, and never overpowers, it just adds some autumnal, woody, campfire notes.
Velveteen mouthfeel. It skates across the tounge. Low, but steady carbonation ensures the silkiness lasts the duration.
Probably the most drinkable rauch (or smoked beer) I've had. It is as easy to guzzle as it is to savor.
Udderly delightful.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a glass mug.

A - deep, dark, clear amber color with a great head and good retention

S - strong 'campfire' like smoked malt aroma

T - initially sweet malt up front and turns strongly smoky as it moves across the tongue; mild noble hop flavors are also noticed with a slight hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a fantastic rauchbier and one of my favorites. However, it is a bit strong to session this one, even if it is so wonderful.

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Photo of merlin48
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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>

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Photo of Roguer
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful solid black beer, topped with a beige/tan head. Very fluffy, nice retention, and big chunks of lacing. Clear upon closer inspection, with garnet highlights.

From a distance, sweet, overripe dark fruit are the dominant aroma, carrying along yeasty banana notes. Up close, the smoke really comes through: a strong, oak-fire (actually beechwood) aroma that reminds one of a fireplace up close (and only slightly of bacon).

The smoke aroma is dominant up close, but then the first sip touches your tongue and lips, greeting you immediately with a sweet, bready malt profile reminiscent of a Doppelbock. Grapes, prunes, and fruitbread. Then, the smoke enters on mid-palate and finishes strong, giving it a lovely, pronounced, but not overpowering smokey feel. The wood is quite powerful.

Smooth, incredibly easy to drink, with a long smokey - and yet somehow wet and juicy - finish. Impeccable balance.

A perfectly integrated Rauchbier. This is truly how the masters of the style integrate such pronounced flavors into an almost delicate, and certainly delectable beer. Really, really fantastic. If I rated this only to style, it might earn 5.0s across the board.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bottle and poured into an imperial pint glass. Clear deep mahogany tone with a building frothy light beige head that settled down to a thin cap and collar and leaving a webby patchwork of lace.
Smell: smokey doesn't do it justice. Forest fire aftermath with an underlying meaty quality. Some countering caramel and malt sweetness with chocolate hints. But, in all truthfulness, it's all about the smoke here.
Taste: Just amazing how the differing types of smoke-infused tastes emerge. Smoked ham first, then some smoked Gouda cheese (one of my favorite cheeses), and then some smoked bacon. The smoky taste just permeated all aspects of the taste here, leaving a charred taste which the malt character couldn't contain. As each taste moved back, it left a moderate bittering on the tongue like when walking through a burnt out area right after a wildfire. There is a solid malt character here consistant with a bock beer but the smoke taste is simply so prevalent that it struggles for attention.
Feel: full, dry, and chewy.
Overall: While I really am taken with this style, it remains so potently smokey that I can only take in one and not all that often. So the drinkability takes a minor hit. Still, Brauerei Heller-Trum has certainly mastered this style of beer and has a devoted fan. Everyone should try this particular beer at least once.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.