Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
A wonderfully dark and very smokey beer, blackish with a foam head. Malted down and average mouthfeel. Hot dog in a bottle. Understated carbonation. To me, over the top on the smoke, I can take more moderation, but appreciation for the craftmanship of what it is.
03-18-2008 03:50:11 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
6.5% ABV per the label.
Pours a crystal clear dark brown with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin clumps and streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is all about the smoke but in a more subtle was than the Marzen: smoked meat, smoked cheese, campfire, etc. I am getting a slight whiff of malt if I search for it. Taste is also of the aforementioned smoked items with a nice sweet malt that supports everything. The smoke flavors aren't as powerful in the aftertaste compared to the Marzen, leaving more of a sweet and subtle roast flavor. This beer has a nice mouthfeel with a solid body and a crisp amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good rauchbier and hands down my favorite of the Schlenkerla beers I have tried thus far.
12-23-2011 04:00:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-07-2010 12:22:06 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A: It pours dark amber with a thin head that quickly disappears into just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a strong, smoky aroma in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of flavors of smoky, roasted malts in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very rich.
D: The beer has enough flavor to probably stand up on its own, but it's likely best paired with foods such as barbecue.
05-15-2010 01:57:53 | More by metter98
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
Deep crimson-bronze with a bright tangerine border. The 'pffft' on crown cracking wasn't all that loud and the smallish cap is further evidence of a relative lack of carbonation. The head is the color of oatmeal and is dense and persistent despite its diminutive size. Beautiful beer, acceptable head.
I have a feeling that I'll be using the word smoke a lot during this review since I'll be damned if I can think of many adequate synonyms. The aroma abounds with... uh... smoke. Incredibly so. I knew this beer would be a smoke bomb and it is. Roasted malt soaked in and dripping with bacon grease just about covers it. Oh yeah, I love it! Despite my relative lack of rauchbier experience, I proclaim this one to be definitive.
The flavor is simply outstanding. I was expecting wall-to-wall smokiness that steamrolled everything in its path, but that isn't what this beer is all about. At least as much as the rest of the Schlenkerla line, Urbock retains its beerness in the face of a withering, permeating, all-encompassing smokiness. As befits the style, it's heavily malty, sweet and solid as a rock.
The beechwood-charred, sooty, just short of ashy, smokiness isn't over the top, it's simply at the top. Aficionados of rauchbiers would be hard-pressed to find one this pungent, yet this drinkable. Interestingly enough, bacon grease comparisons don't come readily to mind. It's simply smoke, smoke and more smoke. I almost expect to see puffs and plumes rising off the surface of the beer.
The aftertaste is, go figure, sweetly smoky. It's permeating my mouth in the same way that cigarette smoke permeates my clothes after a night in a brewpub. Only in this case, it's more than welcome. Despite my worries that the carbonation would be inadequate, it's actually pleasantly subdued and enlivening at the same time. Although the mouthfeel isn't as bacon greasy as expected, on reflection, that's a good thing. It is plenty full, though, and makes the beer a joy to drink.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is the Big Kahuna, the Head Honcho, the Top Dog; not only of the Brauerei Heller-Trum lineup, but of all rauchbiers the world over. It manages to combine an eye-watering, palate-flooding amount of smokiness with a superbly crafted urbock, the result of which is a transcendant drinking experience that one is unlikely to find anywhere else.
11-21-2005 16:23:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by smoked ham notes with some malt. Taste is also dominated by some smoked bacon notes with some nice malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I am not sure if I am getting used to drinking smoke beer but I thought this went down better then the marzen that I had a year or two ago.
01-03-2008 15:01:48 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Through the surprising and intense aromas of smoke, I try to descern the character of smoke, malt, hops, and other nuances of the beer. But alas, the culmination becomes the essence of smoked salmon.... and I make no qualms about it.
Aroams are intensely of that signature smoke salmon scent- not that it's fishy, but that it's the juicy smokey, meaty aroma that only the phenolics of smoked beachwood and the unami flavor can combine to produce. Sweet with malt, the caramelized starches give the impression of molassas and charred meats.
Flavors however digress from the meat and smoke but don't forego them alltogether. Those subtle notes allow the malty rich toffee flavor, deep bread crust/toast and buttery richness to round out into a combined flavor that begs for bar-b-que. But there's that savory/soy sauce component that won't be ignored. Hops, fruitiness, nor esters have any place in this savory brew.
With the intensity of the flavors and aromas, the beer takes on a lighter body that I expected. Reaching only a moderate apex in creaminess early, the carbonation is quickly disipated and the beer takes on more of an oily-rich texture that leads to a long spicy-smokey flavor that reminds me of rye/cardimon seed/mustard seed.
Obviously unique, but also classy in its advertisement and execution. This is the beer that defines its style much like Urquell and Guiness- no other explanation is needed.
09-19-2005 18:56:14 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany-hued body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: Bacon-wrapped top-shelf hot dogs smoked atop a wood fire and served with barbecued pork products. Some minor sweetness hints in back, but you gotta look past a whole grocery aisle worth of smoked meat products.
Taste: Roasted, toasted grains and yet another Schlenkerla plate of smoked meats. Charred wood. Sweet, slender maltiness underneath with a bit of creme caramel. Roasty, smoke-laden finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Perhaps Schlenkerla has slowly worked me up the smoke scale to the point where I find this both pleasant and keenly drinkable, but, well, I find it both pleasant and keenly drinkable.
11-14-2008 02:53:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
This was the first smoked beer that I ever got ahold of. The style was new to me so I wasn't sure of what to expect. The beer poured out as a dark brown with a generous amount of head on it. The head settled leaving a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell reminded me of bacon, it's had the smokiness of fresh cooked bacon and that was about all on the nose. The taste of the beer was also smokey and even what I found to be a little salty. The mouthfeel was smooth but the flavors kept the drinkability to a minimum for me. Overall I have to say that for a smoked beer it really has those elements all over it. It's not really my favorite style all that much. It is good for those who like them.
07-13-2011 02:20:02 | More by Knapp85
3.8/5 rDev -8%
Poured a clear deep rich amber with a fluffy quite sticky two finger white head,whoo the smoke is huge on the nose like black forest ham smokey with hints of brown sugar but man Iam tellin ya its like smoked ham unbelievable.Now Iam the first one to say Iam not a big fan of smoked beers....yet they still intrigue me,drinking this was like drinking a smoked ham hock with an underlying brown sugar-like sweetness but not overly sweet a nice almost salty finish.This woud have to be the perfect pair with hickory smoked pork I mean what could be better I could see basting a shoulder with this,unique and I enjoyed this beer....somewhat.
05-21-2006 00:40:07 | More by oberon
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Served in a plastic tumbler.
Man, do I loves me the smoke! Even better that I get to revisit this old smoky favorite. It pours a sunset russet-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises smoked bacon, toffee, and clean cedar. The taste puts a bit more char into the smoke and a touch more cedar into everything. The toffee is toned down a decent amount, allowing the slightly maple-y smoke to run as wild as it wants. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' rauch, a classic indeed.
02-14-2011 05:15:41 | More by TMoney2591
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
10-14-2010 23:45:34 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
500ml bottle, one very similar to the Märzen, except of course now with the Urbock designation. A picky 6.5% ABV on this offering, at that.
This beer pours a clear, dark caramel-tinted brown hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, mildly creamy, and mostly bubbly true beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky remote islet lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.
It smells of gamey smoked meat, bready smoked caramel malt, gritty smoked Gouda, generic campfire ash, and more isolated, well, smoke (the thesaurus having duly failed me here). The taste is still big and over the top smoky, sure, but now at least one can discern the caramel malt backbone and singed leafy hops amongst the still heady simmering bacon and infused cheese acridity. My mouth silently cries out for an ashtray.
The carbonation is agreeably involved, but just enough to keep things lively and on the go, the body a somewhat tacky medium weight, and much more smooth than I might have proffered had I been asked at the onset of this affair. It finishes strangely off-dry, the now biscuity caramelized (and smoked, don't ever be forgettin' the smoke!) malt hanging tough, as does the lingering assaulted noble hops, all still under the yoke of the moderately overbearing smoky notes.
Uber alles, this does seem to have a bit of a lighter, booze-lifted essence, that is at once reminiscent of Bocks and actively burning beechwood fires. Still, one hell of a sturdy, gritty, and of course eye and palate-watering smoky deal. Veritable truth in advertising, that cannot be denied, and if there was any homeland beer that Rammstein should hold close to heart, it would be this.
12-27-2013 04:41:56 | More by biboergosum
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
"Rauch" translates to "smoke", and this beer is brewed soley from 100% Beechwood- smoked malt! It’s one of the most unique, and aggressively flavored beers available, and is probably an acquired taste for most people. Anyone who believes that all German beers are the same need only smell this one to have that notion decimated.
The body appears clear through a very deep mahogany-brown color. The creamy ivory head holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of rich Beechwood smoke. The body is full with a gentle carbonation, giving it a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty upfront with a lot of sweet caramel and toffee (and even a touch of chocolate?), then backed by a good dose of bitterness as it heads towards the swallow. It finishes dry with a solid bitterness and a lingering smoke character. Unlike some of the other Schlenkerla beers, the Urbock can build on the palate with its big malt, dense bitterness, and intense smoky character. Still, the smoke is so well balanced against the rich malt & hop that it never really takes center stage. This is not a quaffing beer, rather, it should be enjoyed leisurely. Absolutely worth trying. Exceptional.
10-03-2002 18:06:18 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev -3.1%
On-tap 11/7/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is full of smoke along with roasted malts, caramel and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is likewise very smoky with flavors of lightly roasted malts, some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is one beer that does the smoked flavor quite well and would be one of the first beers I'd look for if I were in the mood of that kind of beer.
11-08-2009 22:41:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Pours with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with amber highlights showing through. The head settles out quickly and leaves light lace.
S - Sweet caramel and (of course) smoke. Some licorice, caraway, and pepper.
T - Caramel and toffee up front with smoked malt notes. Meaty, toasty notes come out in the middle with some darker roast notes of coffee and chocolate. The beer finishes with some cola character and more smoke as well as a charred coffee character that provides moderate bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - Very nice, the combination of the rich, sweet bock malt character with the smoky malt creates something that is almost like a stout or smoked porter. This beer seems more toasted and smoky than what I have had from Schlenkerla in the past and it has a high level of sweetness that helps to balance out the intense smoke. This is well worth trying, though I would stick with the marzen if given a choice of the brewery's beers.
01-11-2011 07:44:28 | More by nickfl
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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