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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,018 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 74
Gots: 40 | 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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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-01-2014 07:39:22 | More by BAsbill
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-28-2013 01:11:00 | More by DRBiser
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-29-2012 15:06:26 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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hannydawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-18-2011 19:28:03 | More by hannydawg
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/27/2010. Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, charred malt, smoke. Flavor of sweet meats with a smoky, charred body and charred malt finish. A sweet, meaty, smoky, hearty palate. I enjoyed this one more than the Marzen. Very nice smoked.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:36:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-24-2013 13:04:29 | More by egrace84
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-12-2012 23:34:31 | More by mattparsons
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gritz147

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-25-2014 03:47:23 | More by gritz147
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-04-2012 07:32:53 | More by JohnnyP3
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SDG1070

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-01-2013 10:45:53 | More by SDG1070
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-26-2012 03:12:11 | More by ortie
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-03-2013 23:33:10 | More by Sturmthis
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a nice brownwhite head. Looks like motor oil.

Not as thick as it looks. But oh goodness it tastes thick, even if it don't feel thick. BACON AND CHEESE. Like, a bacon and cheese sandwich. And, yes, drinking bacon and cheese is a thought that appeals to me.

Unlike their smoked marzen, which is too concerned with putting up a proper front of beeriness to really let loose, Heller-Trum's smoked Urbock cranks the smoke up to 11. For those of us who like a SMOKEY smoke beer, this one is a must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 03:54:17 | More by mynie
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-22-2014 02:27:21 | More by tom10101
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with expatsteve during World Cup final pre-game.

Pours a dark, rusty amber with a short creamy tan head that revives well with a bit of a swirl and exhibits a nice viscosity.

Nose is dominated by smoke obviously, as notes of dark fruit and copper struggle through.

Taste is again mostly smoke, with some bock-y sweet maltiness and fruit. Finish is clean as most of the smoke is overtaken by the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than anticipated with creamy-light carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty smoked bock. I think I prefer New Glarus' Smoked Rye Bock with its complexity but this is tasty nonetheless. A bottle or two would probably be it for me though.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 17:40:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a deep copper with a tiny tan head. Head leaves no lacing.

Smell: Smells like BBQ. Incredibly smoky. It almost smells like meat fresh off the grill. I didn't give it a 5 because it does smell a little bit fake.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Again, smoked meats. I tasted the BBQ notes very heavily, but my girlfriend noted bacon. An odd but very interesting tasting beer. The mouthfeel is chewy and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: This is one of the most interesting beers I've had to date. Powerful and agressive. Some people will probably be turned off, especially those of a weaker palate, but I love it. The richest tasting brew my taste buds ever came across.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 05:20:29 | More by santoslhalper
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet/brown with a thin off-white head. Very little visible carbonation.

The smell is less intensely smokey than the other Schlenkerla rauchbiers. Sweet malty notes form the backbone while the smoke is very much up front and center stage. Not terribly complex, but very nice simple balance.

The taste is yet again fronted by the slightly tangy smoke flavor, followed by nutty notes and a slight apple-like tartness.

Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:33:11 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poiurs a beautiful rusty garnett with a nice off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: great smoky character atop plenty of wood and a bit of sweetness. Fairly one dimensional but it's definitely done right.

T: smoke and almost a bit of gamey meat. Another impressive smoked beer from the folks over at Heller Trum.

M: a little bit on the thin side for flavors this full.

D: a great beer for a few ounce glass, but a little more than that (especially without an accompanying food pairing) and this will get overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 12:22:06 | More by Thorpe429
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with best before date 04/2010.
The pour produces garnet-like dark brown fluid with reddish hue topped by contrasting light tan creamy head that dissipates forming thin yet firm film. Smoke & soot from burnt wood is by far the most prominent aroma followed by melanoidins, subdued prunes and well masked soft alcohol. The smoky, bitter and prune like sweet fruity flavors of the smooth, creamy and slightly greasy fluid correspond to the aromas. Excellent, without any harsh, burnt or charred flavors. This brew brings a sensation of small cooking chambers blackened from smoke & soot that were in use in ancient times and can still be seen in preserved rustic farm houses. An interesting beer, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:43:04 | More by crnipeter
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animal69

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear deep brown color w/ a thin off-white cap which dissipates rather quickly leaving a nominal lace in my stange

S- wow, prob. the smokiest smell i've came across, that's about it, some dark fruit and a caramel-ish note buried in there, WAY deep in there

T- taste follows suit, very strong smoke that covers just about everything, i do get some malty bock-like flavors like caramel and nuts but it's almost undetectable due to the smoke, you gotta dig deep to find it

M- a med. bodied brew w/ a decent level of co2

D- starts of pretty tasty, but at about half way through it gets a bit cloying

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:52:32 | More by animal69
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scottfrie

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. My first of the style.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany red with a couple fingers of fluffy dark brown head that took its time receding into a thick film leaving a sheet of lace down the glass as it went.
S: This smells potently of smoked salmon and lapsang souchong tea with a touch of sweet malt beneath the smoke.
T: As with most smoked foods I’ve encountered, the large smoke character on the nose is more subtle on the palate. It’s there in a smoked-salmon-without-the-fish kind of way, especially in the aftertaste, but the base beer is actually rather sweet, malty and spicy. The sweetness is reminiscent of honey.
M: The body is on the thicker side of medium, and the carbonation is bubbly and tingly. Mouthfeel has some good heft to it.
O: I was surprised this didn’t really remind me of smoked meat. Obviously there is no fishiness to the beer, but I just can’t get my uncles fresh smoked salmon with its salty and smoky flavors out of my head. Overall this was enjoyable, and I look forward to seeking out more beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:17:44 | More by scottfrie
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Budlum

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour produces one inch of foamy, tan head that lasts about one minute before leaving a thin layer behind. The body is a rich mahogany and red with a great deal of clarity.

The nose of this beer is icredibly unique and naturally, smoky. The smoke aromas are presented reasonably and do not overpower the senses. A sweet, barbecue, mequite, bourbon, brown sugar and molasses smell mix for a sweet/smoky blend. This smells a lot like beef jerky.

A brief, smooth malt presence precedes a strong rush of smoke flavors to start this beer. This initial sweetness seems to extend as this beer warms. The complexity of the smoke flavors is quite good. Mesquite, molasses, fresh tomatoes and a cigar smoke flavor all mix as one for a unique experience. The finish is strong with a salty smokiness that does not overpower this delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is relatively creamy and leaves a slight coating on the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability is only average for this powerful beer. The flavors are delicious but this sytle easily overpowers the palate after one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:08:07 | More by Budlum
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The fire alarm in my Apartment sounded as soon as I opened the bottle, I placed a hand over the bottle top and fought hard to prevent the spraying water from the activated sprinklers entering my beer. As I waved goodbye to the Fire Engines, I retired to finish the beer. Whooaahhhh……….

The first Rauch Bier that I have reviewed, and I am looking forward to it immensely.

A deep clear chestnut brown body that has a tanned head that sits atop this offering. Carbonation is high at first and adds to the uneven large bubbled head, but this soon dissipates.

Aromas are very intense. No punches pulled here. When I lived in England, there was a local High-Class Family Butchers that prepared their own smoked sausages. The nose from this beer reminded me so much of the shop smell from the many offerings of home-made smoked Sausages that all dangled from the hanging racks at the back of their Butchers Shop.

Tastes also place me in this Butchers Shop. Some of the smoked sausages I bought here were incredibly salty and dry. This beer also reflects that characteristic. Starts with a slowly burnt oak-wood smoky ember characteristic that then introduces the palate to a light brick charcoal astringent salty essence that pleases. Burnt but not scorched. Nice. The middle has a slight sweetness that is soon dampened by the long dry smoky finish. Overall a unique beer style that is probably fair to say is drunk occasional, rather than often.

Quite an extraordinary beer nonetheless – flame grilled by medieval dragons no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 21:14:17 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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kagent777

Utah

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the trip to Las Vegas past November. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A nice solid brown beer with a few particulates floating if held to the the light. The constant stream of carbonation bubbles make this one a lively beer with a constant thin film of a head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: The dominant smell is smoke like a nice campfire. The smoke truly smells "woody." The malty sweetness caries through, as well.

Taste: The taste is a complex mixture of smoke and malts as well. The smoke does not dominate, like in the smell. This one is actually pretty balanced (for a rauchbier). Smoke at first, sweetness in the middle, and finishing with a kind of bittersweet note. A "woody", not barrel, taste is noticeable and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is softer than I thought it would be and the body is middling.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, as I can get a few smoke beers here in SLC, but not many. The smoke beer style is a take it or leave it for a most people, I would think. If you have an adventurous friend they may enjoy sharing this beer. I do enjoy the style, although one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 04:23:08 | More by kagent777
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt sienna color with a small bubbly off white head.

Scent of roasted malts, smoke, and some chocolate. Nice smoke/bacon character keeps from being distracting like many other smoked beers I have had before.

Taste of roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and smoke. Finishes with a smoke/ham flavor and faint roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:29:04 | More by paco1029384756
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.