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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: 67 | 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 rootbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes:11-6-10

A: pours dark brown with a finger of light brown head.
S: very smoky, just a bit of malt but mainly smoke
T: the flavor of a bock is noticeable , bit of caramel, and well smoke but not overpowering
M: smooth, lingers around for awhile.
D: an acquired taste, great with grilled meat.

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a a great smoke beer dark amber almost black but amber to the light a nice head and lace
Smoky malts almost a barbq smookyness with a slight alcohol finish
Very smooth and smoky taste very nice the smoke finishes and lingers leaving a smoky taste in the mouth
Drink it warm and slow

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Deep but transparent brown with ruby highlights. A finger of barely tan head, smooth & creamy. Stretches of lacing.

Smells of heavily smoky, meaty, woody, rich, like smoked salmon without the fishiness. There's a subtle, underlying chocolate note, too. Awesome smell, can't stop smelling this one.

Taste is heavyily caramel up front, then in the rolls the smoke -- not quite as thick as the smell suggests, but definitely prominent. Roasty, even charred undertones. Turns sweet at the finish with restrained smoky roast in aftertaste.

I expect this to feel like a bacon milkshake, but it's surprisingly medium-bodied & smooth, with a velvety texture.

For as bold a taste & smell as this presents, it's very easy-drinking. I think the mouthfeel has a lot to do with it, & the bold flavor subsides a bit, mellowing out. Great beer!!

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.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/brown color with a finger of creamy, tight light tan head that recedes slowly. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rich, woody smoke aroma with hints of bacon (just a tiny bit) and a rich, roasted and malty background. There is some sweetness present.

Flavor is woody, smokey and toasty with a clean feel to it. It begins with a malty and wood/earth flavor with hints of smoked bacon and moves towards a smooth malt taste. Toward the tail end more smokiness is evident and this helps to dry the finish a bit. Aftertaste is sweet and clean malt flavors, toastiness and a nice smoke flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium/high carbonation and a nice mouth-coating creaminess.

Overall this beer is well balanced and delicious, surprisingly easy to drink too. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mainly drank this one out of the bottle, but a brief look revealed an amber/brown-ish colored beer with an off-white/tan head, like a Marzen, but a bit thicker.

S - Smell is of caramel and molasses, and lots of smoky character! It's almost like a smoked sausage or beef jerky character. As odd as that may sound, it's actually quite pleasant and unoffensive coming from a beer.

T - Taste if of rich, smooth caramel malts w/molasses notes, lots of "woody" character, and an almost meat-like flavor (I think of sausage/brats as I drink it). A very different flavor from what I'm used to, and yet, a quite delicious one! Somehow, the smoke/meat-ish elements blend amazingly well into beer. This is truly for the open-minded beer connoisseurs though.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and moderately carbonated, yet very smooth and pretty easy to drink.

D - Although it's a bit on the hearty side, I could happily enjoy a couple pints of it.

Overall - This was actually my first time trying a Rauchbier, and I honestly have to say this is a new style I've fallen in love with. However, it's very unique, and will probably come as an acquired taste for many. Nonetheless, something tells me I'll be coming back to this one regularly during the Winter, and enjoying some sausage or bratwursts with it!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Not quite opaque dark mahogany with tan, creamy head. I'm a sucker for a good looking dark.
smell: Yep, that's a Rauchbier. This is my first of the style and this nose nails it; "Imagine a smokiness so robust, so assertive, that it tastes of spiced, smoked meat." (to quote from the style guide). One reviewer called this "hot dog in a bottle".
taste: A lot smoother and subdued than expected. Very tasty.
mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation.
drinkability: Good stuff. Not sure I'll be loading up on it, but glad i tried it.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish edges. Has a small, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Deep and smoky. This smells like smoked cheese or meat. It literally smells like there should be bacon bits in this beer. Behind the smokiness, there is a bit of a sweet malty smell to it.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Towards the back, it gains a malty character with the same smokiness detected in the smell. The flavor is more subdued than I was expecting but still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and light-bodied but not disappointingly so.

Drinkability: Rauchbiers are certainly unique brews. I've never known a beer that tasted and smelt like meat. This is the first rauchbier I've had but I'll certainly be looking to try more of them in the future.

Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color of the beer is nearly identical to that of the glass bottle, a dark brownish-amber. A finger of beige-colored head forms and sustains nicely.

Smoke isn't subtle on the nose; this is an aggressively smoky, almost meaty smelling beer. Campfire-like, it reminds me of meat grilling over a wood fire. There's a solid malt character beneath the smoke, semi-sweet, and a slight mineral/metallic twang.

The palate is more balanced than the aroma, initially at least, exhibiting a rich caramelized and toasted malt character that segues into intense smoke and wood flavors. It's a bit metallic, though that's quickly washed away by lingering smoke, which clings to the palate in the finish, eventually melding with the mild hop bitterness.

I can understand why this beer is so revered, but it's not something I can drink a lot of. In small quantities it's very enjoyable.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice 2finger fizzy and little fluffy head fades somewhat quickly then slows over clear dark molasses coffee brown color. It leaves a nice lacing too.

Nose comes on strong with lots of smoke, smoked meat and cheese like aroma, some dark malts with a little roast and plenty of dark crystal, touch of sweetness, some dark wheat and boch like malty lager aroma.

Taste brings lots more smoke, again with the smoked cheese and some smoked bacon flavor. Some light sweetness with more heavy dark shears and malts and more boch flavors. Some light roast and touch of minerality. Some light hops in the background with some bitterness and light noble grassy herbal hop flavors. Finishes still somewhat sweet and a little sticky. More of the minerality salty like flavor is there with a little lingering molasses and plenty of smoke flavor, a little creamy malt late and some lingering bitterness.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is a little lower with the sticky finish, minerality salty flavor, and heavy smoke which are all tolerable but knock it down a bit.

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.

Photo of johncampbell
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!

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

After trying the Marzen version of their rauchbier, I had to give this one a whirl too.

A- pours a clear hue of sepia topped by a quickly dissipating finger of beige head

S- more peaty and less hammy than the marzen, a bit more like a campfire than smoked meat but still very delicious- especially in smelling the original malt characteristics beneath the smoke

T- a bit more subdued than the marzen as well, with just as many layers but not as over-the-top smoky and hearty as i expected

M- medium body with slight crispness and a bit more smokiness than the original sip, believe it or not

D- drinks well enough, but it doesn't leap out and scream for more

Photo of MBPChead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just about to open the bottle and see what lurks inside. I've been waiting to try this one as well as several of the other Rauchbiers from the brewery. That being said, here goes.

Look: Beautiful dark amber and ruby brown in color, with a thick creamy billowy head. Simply beautiful

Smell: Right off the bat it exhibits a smoked meat and wood aroma (particularly sausage, but also some ribs and steak) with a lurking presence or roasted malt caramel and brown sugar, followed by freshly baked bread and a slightly nutty characteristic. Wonderful smell overall.

Taste: The nose doesn't lie, right off the bat I get the flavor of spicy smoked German sausage, charred ribs, and beef jerky. It also exhibits a brown sugar quality that reminds me of barbecue sauce and exhibits a slight roasted bitterness character that reminds me of coffee as well as the flavor or char. Good overall, not as good as I expected but still quite tasty.

Feel: Smooth with a tingly feeling on the tongue at first that leads into a slightly thick creamy sensation. Quite pleasing to say the least.

Drinkability: This thing really gives you a wallop, I've had one and I'm already done I don't need anything else after this.

Final notes, Quite a good beer overall. Looks and smells wonderful and is very potent. Tastes pretty good, and feels very good, but one of these will be more than enough.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle with my wife this afternoon. One of her favorite beers enjoyed on a beautiful autumn-like day.

A: Dark walnut hue. When held to the light, the beer becomes more transparent and I notice the slow ascension of bubbles throughout the glass. There is an off white head that recedes to a quarter inch and holds steady, leaving a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: This aroma defines rauchbier, in my opinion. Smoke, campfire, burning meats, summer sausage, roasted malts. The scents are absolutely fantastic.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Fabulous smoky taste, with a salami or sausage flavor in there, as well. This is to beer what Lagavulin is to single malt scotch. Everything is balanced so well - this is a pleasure to drink. This beer is perhaps the perfect pairing with a meat and cheese spread.

M: Very smooth, thin to medium bodied. The smoky aftertaste is delightful. Alcohol hidden very well.

D: Very drinkable, though I find one glass to be sufficient. This brewery sets the standard for German rauchbiers. Highly recommended.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been scared of this one for a while.
Pours dark copper with an off-white creamy head leaving great lacing.
Most prominent aroma is of course the smoky character, seemingly mixing smoked almonds with smoked ham. Very nice! Underneath is a lot of caramel malt, but this beer is definately more focused on the smoke.
As a flavour, its even more noticeable, very woody. Accompanying it is some nice caramel that just can't keep up with the smoke. Grassy and spicy hops are also noticeable, contributing a mild but pleasant bitterness.
Carbontion is just a little too high in my opinion.
Pleansantly surprised with this, I really liked it!

Photo of JayQue
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rauchbier, the only other smokey beer I have had was Alaskan Smoked Porter. Poured into a thick walled beer mug, this beer has a clear mahogany color, looking ruby red against a light. Medium size off white head with average retention. Some spotty lacing. Pronounced, strong smoky aroma!!!! Like smoked salmon or smoked cheese. Very nice.

Taste is good as well, Big strong smokey taste backed up by solid sweet malt. THis is just right

Mouthfeel is light and sharp...This is a lager.

Drinkability is good, this is a sipping beer. The smokiness is just right, flavor is solid and it is light enough to make you want more.

This one is a winner

Photo of zaphodchak
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nose is incredibly smoky, mesquite wood. Dark, almost opaque body. Taste is overpoweringly smoky (but good!) with very faint apple and heavy malt. Complemented by smoked Gouda, for obvious reasons. Mouthfeel is almost insubstantial, not the focus of this beer. Highly drinkable, especially with cheeses.

Photo of misinformed
2.62/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Notes from last night (8/10). 500ml bottle in to a pint glass last night.

A- Beer itself is dark, dark brown. Poured with a small off-white head.

S- Intense smoke. All I could think of was bottled Liquid Smoke. Some bacon fat notes as well.

T- Just a huge dose of intense woody smoke. Again I couldn't shake the association with the smell of Liquid Smoke. The smoke dies off pretty quickly, but it was so intense I didn't taste any of the other flavors that might be there. Bitter, and no sweetness at all. Finishes pretty clean.

M- Medium bodied.

D- I opened this on a day I grilled a beef tri-tip roast for optimal tasting conditions, but I still couldn't handle this beer. I only made it 3 or 4 sips in before moving on to something else. The smoke flavor was so strong that it overpowered anything else. The similarity to Liquid Smoke didn't help at all either. It was much smoother than I thought it would be so if I was really in the mood for a nice cold glass of smoke this would probably be what I would drink. Obviously this isn't a style I have learned to appreciate yet, but I do see how someone might enjoy this.

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

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 500ml Wiehenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Cola color with a large, foamy beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Woody/smoky aroma (similar to that of smoked gouda cheese) clearly dominates, with some sweet malts underneath.

Taste: As with the aroma, this beer has the same smoky flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt dominates up-front, with the smoky flavor taking over the finish, alongside mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with balanced carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first rauchbier, and I really like the style. I love smoked gouda cheese, and this basically tastes like smoked gouda cheese+beer. Fantastic.

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

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-black walnut body with an off white head.

S-smells like mesquite smoke.

T-smoke front, malt with some nice hop flavor at the end.


D-GREAT beer. This is a classic smoked beer. Not overly smoky at all. I would have this beer again.

Photo of bpfishback
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-Dark reddish brown, nice bit of head that sticks around for some time
s-Smoke, I really get smoked cheese. Mouth watering.
t-Smoke, some malt and some hop bitterness on the finish.
m- Medium bodied. I seem to get some oiliness that sticks around after finishing the beer.
d- Quite drinkable, not sure I could drink it everyday but I could certainly try.

Photo of TommyW
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby/brown with some red highlights; nice off-white head that fades to nothing.

S- Smoked malts dominate the nose (very similar to the smoked quality of a smoked gouda).

T- Smokey malts are definitely the dominant flavor; mainly in the front and towards the finish. In the middle is a really nice malt profile though with some notes of oak, it comes and goes pretty fast but really give the beers some more depth.

M- Medium body with a very light carbonation creating a smooth feel that glides over the tongue.

D- Pretty intense smoke flavor with this one, so it's definitely no session beer but is a nice sipper. Would probably be great with some nice dark bread and an aged swiss style cheese.

Photo of bigbodybussey
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance - poured to a dark brown, almost black appearance. Very clear with an inch of thick tan head and some lacing.

Smell - Smells of smoked and charred oak firewoods, some caramel malt, grain, and maybe some coffee. It smells identically like a cooked over campfire.

Taste - Immediately the smokiness covers your entire mouth. The smokiness resembles oak or hickory barbecue smoke. When the smoke bomb clears, you get a nice light sweetness with some hops, mild bitterness, and definite earthiness. The presence of coffee is extremely mild, but lingers in the back of your mouth with the mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium thickness brew with a constant carbonation presence. It is very smooth going down.

Drinkability - This is truly a unique beer, however, this beer has a definitely overpowering smokiness that needs to be paired with a meal to truly enjoy it. Not a daily drinker, but definetly one for special occasions.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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