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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of ujsplace
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours an incredibly thick, foamy head that is long lasting and laces extremely well. The liquid is a deep brown with just a hint of dark amber around the edges.

Smells of smoked ham (makes my mouth water) and smokey malt sweetness.

Tastes very much like it smells. Big smokey flavors and just a hint of mild malts. This would be an excellent marriage of flavor with any smoked meat - most notably ham, but sausage, brats, pork (anything in the pork family that is smoked).

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, mildly carbonated and leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

To me, this is a great beer experience. I let my wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law take a sip and let's just say the ladies weren't into it. You will definitely be wowed by this and it is an acquired taste to be sure. I'm actually really digging this brew. I just popped my smokebeer cherry with this, but I am already anxious to try more Rauchbier to see how this measures up.

Photo of juju7
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from this brewery. I dare say all their beers seem to pretty much taste the same to a degree, but when they taste this good..who cares? That familiar bacon, roast, bushfire smokiness. Perhaps not as pronounced as some of their other beers. No hop action to speak of but that doesn't matter. A medium weighted body, hardly any bitterness but lovely dry smokiness all the way down. Lovely stuff.

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 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.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle that lets off a decent sized hiss when opened. Poured vigorously into an imperial pint glass. The shape of the bottle really allows the beer to "glug-glug" on its way into the glass. Served fairly cold, but allowed to warm to near room temperature before finishing the review.

A- Pours a deep burgundy to brown with surprisingly good clarity. Holding this directly up to light reveals a much lighter beer, almost red. The head quickly dissipates, leaving behind a rocky off-white foam that clings unevenly to the sides of the glass. Beading is visible near the top of the glass despite the deeper color. Rauchbiers can vary so much in color within the style, but this is how I always envision one.

S- Completely overtaken by a wonderful smokiness. An underlying maltiness that is the foundation of the smoke stack: bread, carmel, and a small amount of darker fruits. No alcohol, no hops, no yeast. Rauchbier as it should be.

T- A crescendo of smoke throughout the taste timeline that has trouble building as the palate becomes acquianted with the beechwood smoke. Finishes with a malt sweetness that really complements the smoke character. No alcohol detected and no hop character or bitterness. The non-Rauchbier beer characteristics are nice, but their true value is in not interfering with the smoke. So classic and so well done.

M- Thinner than it appears, resulting from a medium body with a spritzy carbonation and a medium to dry finish. Not a big beer, but the body (or lack thereof) adds to the drinkability, which is probably needed for those who aren't used to the intensity.

D- What an outstanding beer! I hope I make it to Bamberg someday to test the drinkability of several Rauchbiers. Its amazing that despite the oddity and intensity of the style, this is a beer that I want served by the liter.

Photo of becktone
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Deep dark brown in color, mahogany. Head is tan in color and is a thick blanket over the beer, lacing is sheets leaving thick rings showing the process of how much of the glass has been drank. All in all this is one good looking beer, extremely clear with ruby highlights and a good looking creamy head, who could say no? Coupled with the aroma this brew's appearance is a Tour De Force.

Nose: Total smoked meat, smoked greasy bacon. Awesome! Much different than the Aecht Marzen, that had much more of a raw smoke to it, this is more of a smoked meat, smoked bacon...makes my mouth water. Sweet salty smoked bacon. Also some malt under there, but pretty background, its noticable if you get past the smokey meat, it supports and does a nice job doing so. Green smokey pine. This is one of the most interesting beers that I've ever put my nose to, definitely the king of Smoked, or Rauchbiers. American micro "smoked" porters and stouts have nothing on this.

Tongue: Great malt backbone supports the smokiness, and smoked greasy bacon. The first thing that hits my tongue was roasted malts and bitterness from them and some charred black malt. Some sweet malt does make it through as well. Smokiness and char linger long after the beer has been swallowed. Believe it or not, hops are here for bittering purposes, even maybe a tinge in flavor as well...can be picked out because they're hops but not distinguished...just hops. At the finish alcohol is present, not big or outstanding, but present...not enough to detract from the flavor profile though. Not smokey in the same way as the Marzen, that was more campfire smoke and general smoke....this is definitely smoked meat. Its so potent I am transported to a smokehouse, a wood structure with full bodied cows, pigs, and whatnot hanging from meat hooks. Really it does transport me there, its like you're there...This is how I imagine a smokehouse would be...all the sensations. Excellent!

edit: Now I'm starting to get some vinous characteristics...this is one serious beer....vinous characteristics akin to Cabernet Sauvignon. This would be a killer beer to cook with, from beer butt chicken, to using is as a marinade, to using it in a burger this beer would be a great one to cook with.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is heavy with low carbonation as befits the bock part of this. Can't ask more from the feel aspect of this, it can't be beat. This is one hell of a drinkable beer, its easy to drink...I love it. The only problem is though I'd like to drink more than one of these, after a while the taste buds become used to the smokiness and smoked meat that it offers and it becomes less potent and mind blowing as I near the end of the bottle. The palate becomes accumulated to it. However this is prolly the fourth or fifth bottle I've had in the span of two months. For a single beer that costs about six dollars thats pretty regular. Definitely give this a try, hugely worth it. I'll always be coming back to this beer...Its a shame that this was my first smoked beer, it being one of the best I'll be disappointed with all others I try....

Photo of Fitzgerald
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 16.9 bottle of this beer after reading about it. I've been looking for a nice smoked beer and since Schlenkeria started brewing ale in 1678 they must be pretty good at it.

A- Poured into a pint glass nice mahogany color with a nice creamy head and quite a bit of lacing both stayed around.

S- Wow this is what I was looking for, wood smoke and malty scents.

T- Taste the smoky malt right away followed with some herbal spice all of it lingers awhile.

MF- Full, dry and nice lingering feel.

D- This is a nice beer huge nose and smokey flavor it would be great with nice meal or like I drank mine sitting by the fire. I don't think of it as a session beer,my eyes might start watering.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous smoked brew. Nicely crafted all around but an assertive and very deep smoked character make it stand out.

Presentation: O.5L brown bottle. Old fashion, medieval design label with seal of the brewery, name and style. Notes brewing according to the Reinheistgebot. Back label notes tradition, intent, and main brewing procedure. Lacks an apparent date of bottling or freshness. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown pour with a nice ecru head, fine retention and lacing.

S - Smoked wood, rings of German smoked meats and cheese, pungent, characteristic, and very assertive. Roasted malt coated in smoke through and through with a faint sweet note in the background.

T - Smoke picks up forcefully the taste in sync with the nose. Smoked notes cover all taste, over a nice malted sense, even a tiny sense of sweet caramel and a bitter touch in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with little but adequate carbonation. Dry finish with a tangy note.

D - Close to a sipper. Drinks nicely with the right mindset.

Notes: Certainly a brew not ready for all palates, occasions, or even smoked sessions, but quite the awesome beer in any case. Knowing what is coming, and in the right moment this can be wonderful. It´s not rough around the edged, not at all, but there is nothing shy about the German smoked profile here.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz medicine bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. $6.

A: Mahogany in color, nice red accents when held to the light, small tan head that reduces to a couple of spotty bubbles on top of the beer and a few spots of lacing. Excellent clarity. Nice looking beer.

S: Smoke, wow this is intensely smoky. Fairly acrid smells like a campfire mixed with some very malty smells, both caramel and just a hint of chocolate as well. The smoke is strong, and honestly reminds me of clothes worn around a campfire that have sat in a bag for a few days. Nice here.

T: Liquid smoke, barbecue sauce and smoked meats. Very malty, smoked malts, caramel, and a little bit of roastyness as well. Vanilla undertones are underneath the enormous smoke flavors. Slightly booze. As it warms, the smoke subsides and becomes a little less acrid and all the flavors meld together quite nicely. Very flavorful.

M: Fairly light bodied, which holds this back. For some reason this beer feels like it needs to be a lot thicker than it is. Lower carbonation and a fairly dry finish. A little more body would help me enjoy this beer a lot more.

D: Fairly easy to drink, there are a ton of flavors going on here, and letting this warm up a lot helps all the flavors to meld together and mix nicely. Nice beer that is great in the winter, and would pair nicely with just about any strongly flavored meat. Recommended.

Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A beautiful clear garnet color, capped with a 3/4" rocky cream colored head. Good head retention and some impressive lacing as well, but no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Highly smoky and phenolic... smells of smoke, bandaids and salt... very "bacony". There's some faint sweet crystal and roasted malt aroma in there as well, but no discernable hops.

T- The underlying bock recipe really shines through on the palate. The smoky and phenolic components are perceived as less dominant and more in-balance with the malt. The smoke seems to linger on the tongue forever. The finish consists of smoky caramel and some roasty/hoppy bitterness.

M- A reasonably firm, creamy body, with some super-soft carbonation. It could stand to be a little thicker and more viscous though. Good overall mouthfeel nonetheless.

D- I don't find any rauchbiers to be very drinkable... but this one goes down a bit easier than others I have tried. Still, one bottle is enough for me in a sitting.

Photo of animal69
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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.17/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rauchbier, not my thing. Looks ok, deep brown, neat little free flow carbonation. Smells like bad beef jerky and soy sauce.

Taste = meat juice + malt. Actually, that would suffice for the review.

Mouthfeel, if you don't enjoy the taste, its hard to enjoy whatever complexities may be evidence from throwing a roasted pig or something into the boil. Drinkability, this is damn challenging.

Photo of crnipeter
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.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ML bottle poured in dimpled mug - Big beer, hardcore smoke! Lots of malt, smoke and alcohol with sausage like smokey flavour. Comes with all the expected aroma too. Great experience! Creamy tan head pours about 2 fingers and quickly settles with some lacework. Sweetish, full body with lots of roasted malt and caramel. Bittersweet finish.

Photo of jdg204
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends and I big a fond farewell to one of our own by "enjoying" a round of this dubious brew together. We were at Porter's Pub in Easton, Pa (fantastic place) and this brew is on their mug club list, so it was going to happen eventually.

A: Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head that provides good lacing.

S: The aroma is like smoked meats (bologna factory) with some boozey undertones.

T: Incredible, it's like I'm drinking sausage and bologna mixed with rich, dark malt (it's as unpleasant as it sounds). Still, this flavor does fit the style pretty well despite my personal tastes.

M: Very full bodied with a very long finish, this is like a meal in a glass.

D: Well this was certainly a unique beer experience that I'm glad I tried, but not one I'll be trying again anytime soon (Rauchbier in general). This really wasn't my style, but I couldn't really pan it as it seemed to fit the criteria of the style in general. It really did deliver on the description, so if you think you'd like it, give it a try!

Photo of keithmurray
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Moretti chalice

Beer pours a dark brown with light tan head

smells are of malts as well as burnt firewood.

Taste is nice rich malt, slight coffee and hint of chocolate/cocoa. Aftertaste is a heavy dose of the burnt firewood flavor that I mention above.

This was my first foray into the style of smoked beers. The beer wasn't that bad, but the smoke profile was definetly what you would call an acquired taste. Perhaps if that smoke flavor were more subdued, this would have been a more enjoyable experience, but it was too overpowering for me to be enthusiastic about exploring this again anytime soon.

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Uerige stange.

Burnt umber liquid with a thick column of pearl colored foam resting on top, receding to a half finger of rich creamy suds. Heavy sloppy lacing and a luminescent sheen of legs coat the sides.

Powerful smoke aromatics - only a few select mezcals or Islay single malts come close to this in my experience. The aroma isn't terribly acrid though, but rather all-pervasive - like the way your clothes smell the morning after sitting around a campfire. Tallow, bacon, and thick toasty malt notes add a sort of balance, or at least a counterpoint, to the wood-smoke.

Deep smoke and malt notes on the palate don't leave room for much else at first. Then you start to notice the light hop bitterness, and a touch of bready sweetness mid-palate. Seems funny to describe this beer as "clean," but it is - there are absolutely no off notes. The finish is dry and hints at black pepper. Could maybe do with more melanoidins but who am I to improve upon 332 years of tradition?

Fairly light bodied; lots of carbonation; surprisingly warming - though not particularly astringent.

Drinkability is really very impressive considering the super high smoke character - it tastes very traditional/natural and not at all like "Liquid Smoke."

Photo of BreworFerment
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours extremely smooth with a tan head that lasts forever. I had read about the beer before so I knew it was smoky but I had no idea that it would taste as my vegan friend put it, "like liquid bacon." I thought the smoked beers I have tried before were representative of the style but this blew them out of the water. The others, Stone, Alaskan, anything else purporting to be smoked has nothing on Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. It took some getting used to but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer

Photo of hardy008
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown color with a one finger off tan head with good retention. Smell is smoky, much like smoked ham with some sweet malt. The flavor is smoky and sweet, and still reminds me of smoke ham. Some caramel is present in the flavor. Very much a malt lovers beer. Very smooth and easy to drink, low carbonation, and medium bodied. Many have said Rauchbiers are an acquired taste, but I acquired a taste for them right away. Very drinkable.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby reddish brown with one finger head that slowly died. An intense roasted, smokey malt smell that has obvious "meat" smells as well. A dry, smokey, meaty taste in a thick body but maintains a smoothness that borders on creamy and is not overpowering. In fact, a good balance between the smokiness and some sweet malts as well as a hint of dark fruit is noticeable making this a very enjoyable beer that is great to sip on as it finishes nice and clean.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an Austrian glass mug... about time I put that souvenir to good use! It has a dark brown, slightly red-tinged color to it with a nice tan head. A lot more clear than the Weizen, but I guess that makes some sense considering the relative sub-styles.

Smells like smoked pork... spicy, meaty, substance... I like it.

The taste is really nice... malty and crisp up front, with smoky meaty flavors on the end. A lot more balance to the taste of this one than the weizen variety, the malts come out much more.

I'm a fan, time to look out for more rauchbiers from this brewery.

Photo of tegelaar
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure black darkness. Bit of white head but not a ton, even with a vigorous pour. Lacing is intense with a pure sheet of foam sticking to the sides. Smells very smoky as expected. Taste is less smoky than expected but incredibly refreshing and light for the style. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is very light for such a dark beer. Drinkability is good but hampered by the strong smoke presence. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of bob3701
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Rich clear copper color and a nice tan head that slowly turns to a film. Good lacing. This is one beer I could sit around all night just to inhale the aroma which is just like walking into a smokehouse filled with bacon. Its really smooth with a barely able to detect bock taste. A wonderful smokey after-taste. Makes me want to run out to my local rib joint for a rack.

Photo of Offa
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another outstanding rauchbier from this brewery, with a firm smokey character that is part of a well-rounded, characterful complexity.

Deep cola brown, almost black, it has a big, pale tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving a little lace.

Aroma is very smokey, like Lapsang Souchong tea, but with fruitiness (prunes and raisiny wine) underneath and hint of mineral.

Taste is nice, toasty fruitiness with raisiny spice, some prune, light fruity-alcoholic sweetness, accompanied by light but persistent smokey quality, complementing everything. It is mostly dry but with light sweetness before dryish finish and faintly sweet aftertaste. It has a light herbal toasty bitter hint, as well.

Photo of Avagadro
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark red in color with a white head that quickly settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. No noticeable lacing.

S: bouquet is hardy, loaded with smoky bacon and pumpernickel bread.

T: smoke is the main player in the flavor. Very reminiscent of smoked meats.

M: medium to heavy body with little carbonation.

D: a fascinating brew with an amazing flavor. This is one of the smokier rauchbiers I've come across. Worth seeking out.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
93 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.