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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,001
Reviews: 629
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 69
Gots: 38 | 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 Billolick

New York

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

Mid sized bottle w/o freshness dating. Pours a deep, rich shade of dark honey maple, tan head, minimal lacing observed from my sample. Nose is clearly and boldly the expected and yearned for smoke. Big and flavorful brew. Smokey, oily, greasy- ahhh, all the best qualities in a beer! I'm sure this style is not for everybody, but I enjoyed a bottle, with some BBQ chicken, would be great with most types of BBQ fare. Fine quality brew, great with meats and hearty foods.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:54:34 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A-This beer pours a deep shoe-polish brown with a crystal clear body and rocky light tan head. Gentle carbonation.

S- The smoke flavor is woody with a faint bacon note. Hints of sweet toasted malt play a supporting role with not real hop smell.

T- This beer has a big smoked salmon flavor with a long lasting but not over powering smokiness. The smoke is however the main flavor with faint toasted malt flavors in the background. It has a pretty dry finish with a slight tanginess.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a very interesting beer. It think this is one of the most intense smoked beers I've had. The bock characteristics are missing or at least overshadowed by the smoke. Nice to sip but not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 17:36:19 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-01-2014 22:33:57 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Zorro


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this for a while and am almost afraid of what it might taste like.

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is very complex, the smoke is in there but there are many others layers of scent to it. There is a pronounced medicinal odor like calamine lotion and a mint scent. After those scents the soy sauce and pecans scent kicks in.

Taste is a little sweet and very smoky, the sensation that I am drinking bacon is present. There is in the finish a fairly bitter bite that cuts through the smoke. After a bit the smoke clears and you can taste the other flavors. There is a tart tang to this with a little malt.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is a good question. Not a beer I would want to drink everyday, but it is more drinkable than you would think. I have many good ideas for cooking with this, Rauchbier poached Salmon is just one of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 03:49:10 | More by Zorro
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber to medium brown in color with a half finger tall beige head which reduces to nothing almost instantly. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Primary aroma is of wood smoke - a powerful and intense smell. This is followed by some floral hints, heavy roasted malts, and some char.

T: The flavor of this beer is more subtle than I expected, especially based on the intensity of the smell. There is a lot of wood smoke in the flavor with hints of the underlying malts. A slight bitterness in the finish is observed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. I might almost consider this beer to be slightly thin and with some dryness in the finish.

O: No alcohol can be observed in either the smell or the taste which makes this beer easier to drink. Due to the intensity of the smell, I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these in an evening but it is a beer I definitely enjoy. The smell really reminds me of a good BBQ pit.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:41:54 | More by dbrauneis
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't have as much to say as my usual review, so this will be short. On to the beer:

A- Brown cola color. Bubbly head on top with solid head retention.

S- Smoked meats, beef jerky. My mouth is watering!!

T- There are bits of porter-like smoked character, but the smoked meat character is huge in this beer. It's different from anything I've ever had at this point.

M- Medium heavy, fat and chewy with little carbonation.

D- A half-liter will do fine for me, though I would like another. Paired well with the bratwurst I had for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 03:27:28 | More by DoubleJ
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a thin head. The nose is of smokey sausage up front, but it is maltier on the back end, even slightly winey. Taste is similar. Slightly spicy and nicely smokey up front without being overpowering, then a hit of dry malt with a touch of sweetness, and a deep smokiness on the finish. Complex interplay of the malt and smoke make this beer delicious and intriguing. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very nice example of a Rauchbier, and although smokey, it is kept nicely balnced so that the tastebuds aren't quickly worn out. A killer food beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 14:23:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-30-2013 23:15:03 | More by ejimhof
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerka Rauchbier Urbock

Pours a dark brown, off white head. Aroma is of deep smokey malts, bacon, cured pork, oaky smoke. The flavor is of smoked malt, bacon, alittle caramel and soft tea like hop flavor. Mostly just the astringent smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long lasting smokey finish. Overall, similar to the Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen, ashy, charcoal, bacony rauch goodness.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 17:13:34 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 18:11:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 15:18:17 | More by John_M
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 1 finger khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big smoked meat, charred wood, caramel, toasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. Nice and well balanced aromas here. Taste of big smoked meat, charred wood, biscuit, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, herbal spice, and molasses. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, smoke, charred wood, chocolate, and toasted malt for a bit. Fantastic malt balance with the smoky profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden for 6.5% with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an extremely excellent beer; with great balance and smooth drinking. My first true rauchbier as well!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:38:01 | More by superspak
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 22:18:21 | More by beerthulhu
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:57:25 | More by Viggo
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 20:04:38 | More by Bighuge
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:52:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap as part of a tasting at ChurchKey DC. Always nice to revisit this beer particularly if not had on tap.

Not much head given but still a body is a wonderful somewhat clear perfect deep dark brown, somewhere between walnut and chestnut. Red hues tint the edges of the glass

Nose has more malt, while mixing the classic beechwood smoke sense. Doesn't seem as salty as before.

Taste not unlike it's bottled brother but gives a mild tannic finish mixing sweeter malts and smoke with airy like whisps. Maintains solid simple mouthfeel and campfire warmth in the palate.

Overall seems to work and feel better on tap slightly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 03:09:57 | More by smakawhat
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-27-2014 23:53:41 | More by Latarnik
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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love me some smoke!

going to rate this one in compare/contrast with their Marzen, only because their label sort of does

Pours a glossy brown with tan head. Looks rich and malty. Would like it to look smoky, but what the hell does that look like? Anywho...

Smoke aroma. Some pork/bacon. Nice dark non-sweet caramel notes in there. a bit sweet

The sweetness comes out more in the taste. The malt is a bit thicker than the marzen, but I wouldn't call it 'thick' by itself. With that comes the sweetness, but again, I wouldn't call it sweet. The smoke doesn't stick as much as the marzen. To me, the difference is that the marzen is a forest smoke and the urbock is a fireplace smoke. Kind of the same, but you get a different feel.

Anyways, not as dry on the end. Still damn good!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 18:17:20 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 02:02:09 | More by glid02
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 14:58:00 | More by Gusler
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 20:46:51 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 20:38:07 | More by Tone
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 01:20:52 | More by Brad007
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:35:31 | More by Derek
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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