Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 92
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 50 cL bottle purchased at Well's.

A: The bock pours a deep dark chocolate brown color, resembling a cola. The head is thick, welling up to over 2 fingers in size and nearly toppling out of the glass.

S: The beer has a malty grain aroma, somewhat stronger than normal, with a tantalizing smoked body.

T: The bock is as thick as a slab of bacon. The smoked malts dominate the beer from first sip to last, creating a big chewy body that could double as a meal. The malts underlying the smokiness are concentrated almost to the point of grainy sweetness but do come across as somewhat thin at the times when the smoke subsides.

M: Deliciously dark and smoky, this is a flavorful beer that keeps the tastebuds on their toes.

D: I needed a long time to warm up to this style. As I have grown to appreciate it, I find that few beers are so filling but the smokiness is definitely an acquired taste.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby-brown with a 1 finger dirty white head that soon dissipated without much lacing.

S: a nice smoked woodiness, with some smoked meat (bacon, beef jerky) with some smoked pork.

T: The flavor had some sweet burnt caramel, and fresh campfire smoke and minerality. There was a light charred woodiness, smoked meat (bacon) with some saltiness. A beautiful smoky deep roasted character that lingers on. Considered one of the prime examples of style and rightfully so.

M: dry, smoky, with a medium body and a slight oily texture. There was a moderately strong carbonation and nice lingering smokiness long after the swallow.

D: Very good I thought, once you get used to the style and this brand especially, all others will pale by comparison. Multiples may be limited but one or two will be sure to leave you satisfied for the night.

Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was shared with zep9865 during a mini tasting. It poured a dark, dark brown with a one finger off white head that laced the glass. It smells of smoked ham, wood chips, and oak. It's full on ham and is close to Krebs Smoked Porter and the Alaskan Smoked Porter in terms of the nose. The flavor is a little subdued compared to the aromas. It has good flavor and is very heavy on the ham, but subdued compared to other smoked beers that I've had. I do enjoy this one however. It's the lightest smoked beer that I can say that I really like. This is like hog light in a bottle. It drinks between light and medium in body and leaves behind a very ham like aftertaste and is very moist. It's a likable beer and worth a try for sure.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer; dark amber color, moderately clear, nice fluffy head with lots of creamy lace. The head sinks slowly to a thin band on top, vanishing, along with the lace, after a little time passes.

Aroma is full of woody smoke; malt underneath; traces of fruity sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, with lots of intense smokiness reminiscent of smoked sausage; undertones of toasty malt. Lightly sweet with no hop presence or bitterness noted.

Medium-low carbonation; slightly creamy medium body. Lingering smoky aftertaste.

Nice rauch beer but I’m not as much of a fan as I used to be. Seems more like a novelty than anything else; I quite enjoy smoked beers but prefer the smoke to be more of a component of the overall taste than the heavily dominant flavor these days. Once in a while, though, this is just what the doctor ordered. Pair it with the right foods and it's perfect.

Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Deep nut brown. White, light head.

S - Ham and soft rolling smoke.

T - Smooth and warming smoke opening with a malty body. The smoke isn't overwhelming at all. Mid palate is sweet with pumpernickel bread. Salty-smoke finish.

M - Super smooth. Medium body. Soft smoke coats your palate.

D - A slow sipping beer while your palate warms up to it, but well worth the journey.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass.Pours deep ruby red with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of wood smoke, sweet malt. Flavor is smoky with a medium caramel malt and fruit start, light, somewhat dry malt middle and smoky with a hint of hop finish. Light to medium bodied. Side-by-side comparison with the Marzen. This one has more assertive flavors overall. Nice beer. This is the beer that introduced me to Rauchbiers; thanks Schlenkerla!

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a rich, translucent brown with a tinge of red on the edges. A very small, light tan head dissipated quickly, leaving more lacing than I anticipated.

The aroma is bacon cooked over a campfire. The dominant flavor is of course, smoke. The body is lighter than a lot of bocks. Drinkability suffers because the smoke flavor quickly grew tiresome.

Over a decent beer with some unique flavors, worth trying.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Michigan (thanks Eric!).

A: Dark brown, cola colour, off-white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Sausage? Smokey, spicy, bready, with a little nut & caramel.

T: Spicy, bready, a little nut & caramel, dark raisin, pleasant bittersweet balance. It's smokey, but not as much as the aroma seemed to indicate.

M: Fairly full body is creamy, with a little syrupy sweetness in the finish. Carbonation is moderate.

D: It's fairly bold, but the drinkability is decent.

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean with an average carbonation. Tastes of strong smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, and hint of grain. Overall, a very good Rauchbier.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy brown hue with two fingers of frothy tan foam. A nice-looking brew.

Smell: right up front is the powerful, rich smoke aroma; this then subsides into a long tail of sweet malt and vanilla. I rather like it.

Taste: again, rich smoke starts off the party, after which some complex malt flavors develop on the palate. Raisins, vanilla and a light fruitiness tail off into a richer and smokier finish. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creaminess. This combines with a rich silkiness to leave a smooth, rich mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm deriving a lot of enjoyment from drinking this beer. I feel like I could drink a ton of it and not get tired of it; there are so few really good smoked beers out there, I'll take this whenever I can get it.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark orange, some reddish hues, almost ruby, thick medium head forms and settles to a thin layer and medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, real vibrant color, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, very sweet and smokey, a bit of burnt wood, brown sugar, thick and malty, a bit of sweet raisin, very rich, really nice toffee/caramel smokey note, cool aroma on it, I dig it.

Taste is really nice too, intense maltiness, very sweet, big toffee and caramel, a bit of brown sugar, very nice smokiness, mild and subtle, cherrywood and mesquite, raisin, alcohol is well hidden, really nice finish, very light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is great, medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Silky smooth going down, really nice stuff.

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is lovely - deep scarlet red. Very nice clarity. Some little bubbles form a nice little peninsula in an otherwise headless surface. I love this aroma. Great smoke characteristics. Almost like smelling a campfire from a distance. Woody and dry. This is a nice tasting brew. Not for the weak however. I don't think the smokiness here is quite as strong as say a Batch 5000, but it is nice. A little more subdued. Quite a bit of sweetness coming through too. Probably from the bock style backbone of this rauchbier. (Maybe that is why I prefered the Batch 5000 a little more than this. Less sweet from what I remember.) The body of this is medium to full. Maybe a little syrupy sweetness coming through. Beer conosieurs do need to give this a try.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.21/5  rDev -46.6%
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 cjgator3
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- On-tap at Redlight Redlight. Poured into a .5 liter mug. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head.

S- I am absolutely in love with the aroma of the Schlenkerla brews. This one on-tap is phenomenal. It is filled with a lot of smoked malts, yummy!

T- The taste like the aroma is fantastic! It is deliciously smokey and very quaffable. Near perfection!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is amazingly drinkable as I could easily throw back a few mugs and still crave more. This is definitely up there on my favorites list.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/7/14

A looks fairly dark until held to the light, has a clear maroon glow, big short lived tan foam leaves lots of random lace

S its smokey no doubt, smells like campfire clothing, smoked meat, faint coco and hard toffee, earthy notes, salty brine, smells like it should

T less smoke then the nose but that still leaves plenty, more chocolate, earthy notes are strong, similar to the nose but not quite the same levels of smoke

M lighter side of medium, stops just short of foam, intense smokey aftertaste just keeps going

O it is what it claims, lots of smoke, super easy to drink, I'm wishing I had some BBQ to eat with this

I bought this one to make some sauce the ribs I'm making and I think I'll need to grab another bottle to eat with them.

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish-red color with a frothy head into my fluted glass. Nice presentation there.

Aroma is thick and smoky with smoked peat sticking out the most for aromas. Hard to describe.

Taste is full of smoked peat that flows into flavors reminiscent of a bock (caramel, grainy malt) in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering smoked peat, caramel and grainy malt. Decent.

It's a smoked beer for sure and a good one. The brewery has their own smoked takes on certain styles and this is certainly drinkable. I would not drink more than one in a sitting but this is more subtle than their other offerings.

Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The smell is sweet and smoked. Distinct notes of salami and delicatessen.

The liquid is clear, the colour dark brown-red. The compact two-finger head is pale brown.

The taste got a hint of bitter metal, but the dominant flavour is a mellow smoked one with a touch of salt. There is a growing clean bitterness in the aftertaste as well as a semi-sweet pleasant salami/sausage-like smoky flavour.

The carbonation is fresh, the liquid mid-smooth and a little sticky.

A full flavoured bock without those raw alcoholic flavours with a very mellow and elegant smoke, way better than the bottled version. Asking the publican regarding this, he thought it might be because of the cask and the freshness (this beer was filled just a few days ago),

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smoke, smoke, and more smoke. As it warms caramel malt flavors sneak out but smoke is the overarching theme here.

Tastes as it smells. Smoked malt flavors up front leave room for a bit of sweet malt flavors that come out midway through the sip. The sweetness is fleeting and the smoke flavors take over again before a finish that leaves...smoke on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could actually have another.

Overall this is the biggest smoked beer that I've had and I will certainly revisit it again at some point in the future. Not as well-balanced as the marzen but if smoke is what you're looking for then look no further.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time with this beer, having previously enjoyed her sisters from Brauerei Heller Bamberg (Marzen and Weizen). The Urbock pours a dark burnt copper color, clear but low light transmission, nice thick spitty off-white foam. The aroma is all smoked malt, like a campfire with some sweetness. The taste is smoky sweetness with a bitter after-bite (evidence of some hops). Jarringly smoky, but not abrasive once you know what you're getting. Really good all around.

The only real negative is the price, it's always about $3.99 per bottle no matter where I find it (in the USA). Still a very solid beer and a necessary purchase if you're into rauchbiers.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is strong, it smells mostly like smoked meats and malt, along with some bready malt and wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, it's mainly smoked meats/malt, but there's also some wood, caramel malt and a bit of sweet dark fruit noticeable, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate, soft carbonation. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour a murky garnet to almost brown color, the head dinosauric in size, the texture frothy and as it decays, leaves behind large sheets of fine lace. "Smoky to the MAX!" and I like it, hints of malt and caramel sweet, a real treat to the nose as well as the palate. Start is ambrosial, the top middling in its feel. Perkily acidic and the hops masterful and pleasant in their bite, very dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste, if you like “Smoked” beers, this is a must try.

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a brown with a decent head, good retention.

The taste and smell are amazing. There is smokiness with a bit of pork, like smoked sausage. The flavor is not overwhelming though and would allow you to drink a couple of these without killing your tastebuds. Great effort.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: This being an Aecht beer, the smokiness was front and center, with a lot of malt as well.

T: Tasted of a good deal of malt and the aforementioned smoky quality. There were also hints of caramel and what seemed to me to be chocolate. Also, a certain kind of woody aspect permeated the flavor. In general, a well rounded, smooth flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As is the case with all of Aecht beers, you'll either like them or not. This is a pretty solid, drinkable beer.

Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a nice tan head. This looks very appetising.

S - Woodsmoke, some malts. Nice, in the sense of what is expected from a Rauchbier.

T - Interesting, there is a nice sweetness on the front palate and a gentle but noticeable smokiness as the flavours progress. It isn't as harsh as expected but nice. I get a small amount of bitterness on the end as well. Very good.

M - Medium body, average carbonation. This is a reasonably substantial beer but it isn't cloying.

D - This is tough. The beer is nice to drink and is something I want to drink but it is odd and not something you want to have more than one of.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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