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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 82
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of Crosling
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gadzooks! This was tasty!

The color was a reddish brown. Healthy head with some lacing.

Staggering aroma. The smokiness from the beechwood smoked barley and the sweetness from the traditional bock malts (Don't know what they are) made this honestly smell like barbeque ribs. Very smoky in the aroma with underlying notes of cherry, chocolate, caramel and grapes.

Previously I have had the weizen from this brewery and the smokiness is much milder in the bock. Very juicy. Very smoky. Ripe fruits and smoked bacon dominate the palate.

This beer was awesome.

Crosling, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlenkerla Urbock (bottle)
A: snifter. Rich mahogany color, rubyesque. Nice tan head. Good retention and light lacing.

S: wonderful aromas of smoked bacon and some apples.

T: great smoked cured pork, with the sweet urbock apple and pear notes.

M: medium mouthfeel. Great body. Mild carbonation level.

D: all I need is a platter of pulled pork and some sweet BBQ sauce

paulthebeerguru, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a duvel tulip glass from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A- Pours a dark mahogany with hints of ruby hues throughout. Produced a solid two fingers width of white head that eventually dissipated into the ring.

S- Oh boy, reminded me of opening up a fresh bag of beef jerky. These aromas were so intense, it was ridiculous. Getting lots of smoked wood and smoked meat in the nose. Extremely pungent.

T- While I enjoyed the aroma, the taste was a little bit more complex. Like the nose, I'm getting a lot of smoked wood and meat. Thoroughly enjoyed the massive malt backbone. My favorite part of this beer was the malt sweetness that was released at the end of each sip. Really offered a nice contrast to the robust smoke flavors.

M- Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. The only negative I have is that at some points the creaminess almost seemed to have a slick, oily feel to it.

D- I wouldn't be able to drink this everyday, but this was a damn good beer and relatively easy to drink. It would have been a lot more difficult if it had a higher viscosity.

Overall, this beer is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. However, for someone like me who enjoys a smoked beer every now and then, this one is hard to beat. I have never had a beer that was so robust in flavor and aroma. Every ingredient was noticed and was used to perfection.

rhinos00, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of timmay41
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.

timmay41, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, dark brown beer with a beige one finger head.

S - Burning firewood and dried smoked meats hit your nose hard. Very roasty and toasty, salty and smoked. A pure delight for any fans of smokehouses or campfires.

T - A huge, bold mouth of salty, smokey flavors. The brain thinks smoked meat, cured meats, smoked fish, beef jerky and the like. Not only do you taste all this on the palate, it pairs very well with any of these foods. A dry hopped, toasty dry wood finish rounds this beer off.

M - Medium bodied with a clean, dry finish.

O - I had this when i first started drinking beer, and Ive been a fan since. Truly an epic rauchbier. I plan to have some of this in Bamberg soon. If you havent had Rauchbier before, split a bottle with a friend or two (and some meats and cheeses). Its worth the experience.

BeerForMuscle, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of tviz33
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues and no head even with an aggressive pour.

S- Tons of smokiness and everything you can associate with smoke. Beef jerky, campfires, chimneys, and all that. But in a good way.

T- Smoked hickory and brisket with a faint sweetness to pull the whole thing together. Balances the saltiness of the smoke

M- Medium feel, but thinner than I expected. Lightly carbonated.

O- I had no clue what I was getting in to with this beer but its surely worth your money.

tviz33, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, but as I doubt this year's has reached shelves yet, probably 2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Schlenkerla's Urbock is an excellent, rich, yet quite drinkable (for me) beer that's quite possibly the pinnacle of the style (Spezial's and Schlenkerla's Marzen are also quite good...). Intensely rich, smoked malts with caramel sweetness undertones, joined to a bit of complexity from possible specialty malts and hops. An excellent beer for fall through spring, wish this was available in the states at German prices (<1euro/bottle), but instead it's a luxury at $5 per bottle.

Pours a 3cm head of off-white foam, made up of small, densely packed bubbles, giving a very frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a thin, spotty film lingering atop the body of the beer and a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with heavy patterns and marbling clinging to all sides of the glass. The body is a very dark brown-amber color, with light revealing full amber hues around the perimeter of the body. Carbonation not visible through the nearly opaque (80% opacity) beer.

Aroma of heavy campfire smoke with smoked ham, notable caramel-like characters, and some slight cellar mustiness. Rich and intense, an excellently expressive version of the style.

The overall flavor palette is of heavy smokiness resembling campfire and smoked ham, caramel-like sweetness, modest dry leaf-like characters, and a hint of underlying cocoa. Front of palate experiences rich caramel sweetness with lighter smoke, as from a light grass fire, a bit of leaf-like dryness, and faint basement mustiness. Mid-palate of heavy campfire smoke with smoked ham, notably heavy caramel-like sweetness, and some dried leaf-like characters. Back of palate finds heavy smoked malt (campfire and smoked ham), with heavy caramel sweetness, slight cocoa, and some continued drief leaf characters. Aftertaste of pleasant, heavy caramel-like sweetness with moderate campfire smoke and smoked ham, dried leaves, and some mineral-like qualities.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3), a bit more carbonation would be ideal, but this is still quite good for the smooth, smoky flavors embodied in this particular lager and the style in general. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

falloutsnow, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mora2000, May 27, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep and clear ruby orange or stained mahogany, with a one inch sandy head that leaves a good bit of lacing behind on the glass.

S: Not as overpowering as I would have imagined, I mean that smokey meaty scent is there but is not overpowering if that is what you are expecting to find.

T/MF: On the tip of the tongue the malt is quite sweet (sort of like a caramel) as it should be not at all off putting, as the beer slides further back into the mouth the smoke aspects of the beer begin to take over in pleasing ways, there is a strong and pronounced smoke to the beer of course like cured ham or bacon but not so strong as to taste as if those things were put in a blender than bottled, there is an underlying sweetness that keeps this in check and is quite nice actually, very impressed with how this beer stacks up against some of these other reviews. The beer finishes with a prolonged and pleasant not too bitter but bitter enough smokey malt flavor to remind you again that this is a smoked beer.

D: My first true experience with this style and it was not bad at all, really met my expectations of the style though I can't say this is a beer I'd reach for every time the time drinking this was enjoyable.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of MLasoski
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into a pint glass

A: This beer has a very deep, opaque, mahogany color in the body. The head isn't as impressive, but this beer definitely looks intriguing.

S: A very obvious smokiness with a sweeter aroma to it.

T: Try to imagine beef jerky in liquid form and that is what this beer tastes like. There is a smoked-meat flavor that is definitely apparent.

M: Starts out tasting like beef jerky (or smoked wood) and finishes with a sweet, but bitter flavor.

D: I would love to buy this beer again to have it with a steak or pork roast, but I wouldn't buy this to drink in my leisure. A very, very good beer though.

MLasoski, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of geexploitation
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing appearance, with ruby red highlights in the midst of coffee-dark brown, with a wheat-colored head that sticks around in the form of a substantial ring. Huge smoke aroma, like smoked gouda cheese dominates, but there's a discernable sweet malt backing typical of any German bock. On the palate, the smoke is there and up front, but the initial taste of this beer is quite sweet, with bock-y malts (molasses, big time) showing through. The smoke mixes well with those malts in the mid-palate, while the finish switches with a snap over to pure smoke. The finish holds on for a while. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, owing to the huge malt component, but drinkability, without a food to match this with, is pretty low. Without that, the smoke is a bit much for me to down a whole 500 ml bottle.

geexploitation, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a surprising red color, with a very big head.

I detected a rich dark malt in the nose, with a light lingering smoky aroma. Not nearly as smoky as their Weizen.

There was a rich smoky flavor with a strong aftertaste. The malt was there, but as an undertone. As expected, it was not bitter.

A very good beer, the best of theirs IMHO.

connecticutpoet, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The unfiltered version... on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, but with amber orange hilights. Head retention and lacing are excellent in this beer, something I was not expecting. On the nose... when it comes to smoked beers, does it get any better then this? There is a rich, sweet, smoked meat aroma to this beer, and I'm immediately put in mind of black forest ham and smoked salmon. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but after sitting in the glass and drinking this beer for a while, I'm hugely impressed by how well the brewer has melded in the smoked flavors to the underlying sweet malt. Ultimately, the sweet, malty bock flavor dominates the flavor profile (a good thing), but the smokey flavor is always there in the back ground. Very, very impressive. Mouthfeel is rich and full, and this beer is suprisingly drinkable considering the amount of smokey flavor one gets.

This is really good stuff!

John_M, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Stoneman78
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone OG tulip glass
A- Pours the darkest of browns, head is tan, creamy, and mostly sustaining, nice sticky lacing on the glass
S- Nose is dominated by smoke reminiscent of a campfires and BBQ meats, plenty of burnt wood, tinges of charcoal, truly unique, I loved this!
T- Initial taste is just like eating ribs in the south, plenty of smoke, roast, and carbon burning, I am flabbergasted by how much smokiness is in this beer and could only imagine how awesome this would be with a plate of beef brisket, sweet malts are also in there as well, finish is sweet like molasses
M- Medium/full-bodied beer, creamy texture, good carbonation
D- This seems to be the ultimate food-pairing beer and is slightly overwhelming to drink by itself (feels like I'm drinking a meal), truly one of the most unique beers I've had in a while, this is a must-try if you can get your hands on it
Buy again? Probably
Personal score- 88/100

Stoneman78, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered version on tap at Maxs

Deep amber with a thin, tan head with good retention. Great lacework too! On the nose, this is glorious. Smoky bacon with a great brown sugar/caramel character, lending an almost BBQ like aroma. Mild tobacco smoke is also present. The opening flavors are smoky with a woody, smoky bacon character with a prominent earthy hop bite. Excellent. Mild sweetness with caramel and brown sugar mid palate, before a dry, smoky finish. Medium in body with high carbonation, a touch higher than it needs to be. This beer is a joy to drink, especially this fresh!

DefenCorps, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Sixpoint
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unique! Points for style for this one. This beer is grand; I love its esoteric nature.

I had a bottle of this at Spuyten Duyvil (where else?). My sample poured a deep red; almost mahogany. The head was impressive -foamy and clung to the side of the glass.

The aroma? Definitely smelled the beechwood, but other aromas were evident as well. Got deep caramels and melanoidins from a decotion mash?... Definitely a complex brew, not too much hops though...

Taste? Like no other. Smoke, smoke, and more smoke. I could actually feel the essence of the beechwood bellowing up inside. Pretty divine...

The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied, slightly chewy and viscous. I think this beer would age well.

Overall, a drinkable brew, but I think I would have to set my limit as one or two 20oz. brews in a sitting.

Sixpoint, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a very pronounced red hue to it. Even more red/dark ruby color to it when held up to a light. There is actually some clarity to this beer. Nice thick tan head. A little bit of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet smoke. Soy sauce. Beef jerky! It seriously smells like a fresh bag of beef jerky.

T: Some sweetness to start then the malt takes over. Lots of malt, but not toasted malt, just malt. The smoke is there the whole time, its more pronounced in the finish. Dried dark fruits near the end. Leaves a lingering smoke taste that lasts a long time. Smooth finish. The length of the finish almost rivals certain kinds of scotch. No sign of hops or any bitterness.
I can see why this would go perfect with BBQ or a grilled steak.

M: The body is actually not as heavy as I thought it would be. It has a great creamy, mouth coating feel. Pretty light carbonation, but it seems to fit this beer quite well.

D: Surprisingly very drinkable. Great for a fall or winter night, you have to be in the right mood for this beer though.

Very interesting in a very good way. Curious to see what other Rauchbiers are like.

herman77, Feb 27, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

costanzo_mike, Nov 01, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

maltlikker, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of barknee
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this brew is a deep mahogany, creating a .25 inch mocha colored head after pouring, that dissipates from the center of the glass after 5 minutes, although remains around the edges through the experience. The nose has a moderate malty - smokiness that is similar to a tea called Lapsang Souchong, a tea that is prepared over smoldering pine needles. This particular brew's malt is smoked over smoldering beechwood logs to impart its smoky nose and flavor. The smoky flavor is pronounced and forward, much more so than the nose would suggest. The aftertaste lasts upwards of 1 minute+ The structure of this beer is akin to a brown ale, but an underlying acidity brightens the taste and allows the flavors to emerge from its smoky / peaty confines. The mouth feel is lacking a bit of weight and roundness, but its composition does allow for spirited and effortless consumption, surprisingly so for a brew that has such profound and intense flavors. I would robustly recommend this brew based on the premise of its pure, unadulterated and unusual style. A perfect accompaniment to winter stews and well seasoned meat dishes. This is one of the few Rauchbier's (Smoke Beers), which are prepared and brewed in house start to finish. A superb example of the style!

barknee, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of beerfairy
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, off-white head.

S: Smoky, like smoked ham or smoked sausages.

T: Tasted smokey but not overpowering, very smooth, goes excellent with a good smoked sausage.

M: Surprisingly full for a lager. Medium-low carbonation.

D: Fantastic beer, very drinkable. Finally, a terriffic smoked beer to compare all others to.

beerfairy, Oct 05, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz bottle with a pretty badass looking label, poured into a mug.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown with a very nice, frothy, 2 finger head that receded very slowly and never really went away.

Aroma: Incredible! Has a nice caramel and toasted malt flavor in the background, but it blends SO well with a prominent smoke aroma. It doesn't smell quite like roasted meat, but more like a real chipotle pepper. If you like smoke, you have to at least smell this beer. Definitely one of my favorite aromas in the beer world. I kept smelling the bottle after I had emptied it and finished the beer. ;-)

Taste and Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation. Just enough hops for balance a tad on the sweet side, although I do detect a faint hop flavor. A caramel malt sweetness accompanied by a bit of toastiness hits up front and never leaves, but an absolutely delicious smoke flavor, but not like bacon or smoked meat like some people say. Similar, but not quite. It's more like a wood charcoal smokiness. Like a chipotle without the pepper. Simply delicious.

Notes: Rauchbiers certainly aren't for everybody, but they sure are for me. At the time of this review, I've had this one and the Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier, and I have to say I like this one a lot more. I just love the flavor and the combination of the maltiness and smokiness. It goes together like peanut butter and chocolate. Drinkability does suffer a bit because as good as it is, I wouldn't want very many at once. But I do think I'll have to have one of these onhand all the time.

It also paired very well with my homemade barbeque ribs. Hell yeah!

jdoolin, Dec 07, 2006
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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%

tbryan5, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of mikey711
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I review this beer with a heavy heart in honor of my grandfather. He is German, and will soon be leaving this life for the next. Love you grandpa.

A cloudy burnt orange with a think three finger lacy off white head.

Smoked gouda cheese, which is one of my favorite cheeses, some peet smokiness, a bit of earthiness, and a little sourness.

The gouda flavor is pleasant as it the smokiness, but it is not overpowering. It reminds me of sitting around a campfire. Never before have I felt that a beer would go so well with either cooking food or eating certain foods.

The mouthfeel is light and acidic, but there is some creaminess. I could easily drink multiple of these especially during an oktoberfest party.

mikey711, Jul 16, 2009
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
93 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.