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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 71
Gots: 40 | 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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

02-19-2014 01:54:43 | More by rtrasr
Photo of SwillBilly


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my dimpled mug, Urbock is dark brown in color with some ruby highlights when held up to light. Topped by rather small tan head that fades rather quickly to a sheer lacing.

Smell: Bacon in a glass? Pretty damn close and whats better smelling than bacon? Smoked meat and charcoal dominate with just a hint of the dark fruity maltiness that lies beneath. Outstanding.

Taste: Starts with a nice, dark fruit maltiness with a hint of caramel before the smokiness permeates the middle. The middle is smoked meat and campfire embers. No trace of hops or alcohol. Smokiness lingers well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in the mouth than I would expect with a nice creaminess and steady carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: What a unique beer, a standard bearer for the Rauchbier style. Nice and smoky with charred meat and fire embers and hints of dark fruit hidden in the wonderful smokiness. A great beer to sip, would be ideal sitting by the fireplace or around the campfire or bbq. Easy to drink with alcohol well hidden. A fantastic change of pace beer and a beer the everyone should at least try once, though I will definitey buy more of this. Highly recommended, seek and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:57:00 | More by SwillBilly
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4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

THE quintessential rauchbier!! Mild smoke in the nose with a nice malty character. Starts off with a nice toffee flavor that is quickly usurped by the smokiness... And man is it smoky. Mild hops bitterness on the finish... Barely noticeable through the smoke. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 23:03:03 | More by EGreen
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3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Great, dark reddish-brown. Rich head stays with you for the duration of the beverage.

Smell: Smokin' mocha, little beef jerky... Really rich, and more than a little bit odd. Little hoppy at the back end. Believe it or not, this actually works.

Taste: Good... Not a brew I would want to indulge in more than a couple of times a year, but I will enjoy those couple of times. One thing, though... Don't savor this one for too long or she'll start to turn on you. Seriously, don't let this get above 45 degrees. Eat some crackers or something afterwards too, because if you don't cleanse the fuck out of your palate you're gonna be carrying around an aftertaste of tri-tip for the next few hours.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth without sacrificing refreshment value. Malty throughout, with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: I'm gonna do this again, but not terribly often. This is a very interesting libation that will be reserved for special, and smoky occasions here at Chez Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 04:58:46 | More by jeffjfindley
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-14-2014 03:50:27 | More by KeeganRohovich
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought I had tasted smoke flavoured stouts, porters, dark ales, but nothing prepared me for the true smoked aromas & flavours this had. Unbelievable. At one point I thought I was eating it, cos anything with such smokiness in flavour & smell I have gladly eaten in the past (not drank)
A: 1 finger head, with no head retention, alhough a whispy soft creamy film remained on the surface - looked pretty. Very dark, just see through with a dark red hue.
S: My goodness - for those that love smoked (me) it delighted, but I'd imagine this would make others run to the hills. Huge smokey bacon, salmon, anything that has been smoked. Very intense smokiness. After just handling the glass I thought I was around the campfire with the smoke aromas staining my clothes & skin...I felt it was in my skin.
One thing I loved about this was it was like a treasure hunt - once the olefactory membrane gets used to the intense smokiness,other smells & tastes became evident - loved it. Cocoa, chocolate.
T: Smoked...smoked...smoked...dark roasted malts...coffee...smoked...very sweet...a touch of cocoa bitterness.
M: Just loved the complexity, a medium thickness mouthfeel...suited this. Although it left me feeling i was a smoker (which I am not)
D: Excellent, but only 1 or 2 thanks...after 1 I thought I had just tucked into half a pig. Left me feeling a little full. But VERY tasty & I felt if I had more in 1 sitting it might get a little sickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 08:16:15 | More by WHROO
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

06-01-2014 14:07:49 | More by Soterios
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have never had this style beer before. So here is a descripti0on of Rauchbier from the Beeradvocate website:

The Rauchbier style is an old German beer style, its origins go back to the 1500's and to the district of Franconia and the town of Bamberg. It's typically of dark colour and has similarities of the Oktoberfestbier. Green malts are literally dried over an open fire of beech wood, imparting a unique smokiness ("rauch" is German for smoke), the usage of which produces beers of an acquired taste. Imagine a smokiness so robust, so assertive, that it tastes of spiced, smoked meat.

Ok. Now for the review

Pours dark brown to even black in color. A nice foamy white head that leaves chunks on the side of the glass.

Smells upfront of roasted pig. I have had above ground (baboy) pig roasts from the Philippines. This beer smells wonderfully of that memory. Very very smoky. I have never imagined a beer even smelling any thing like this. Unusual but yet incredible.

Taste. Wow. I do not know what to think. Smokey, bitter chocolates, roasted pork taste, peppery, again...smokey.

Mouthfeel is very chewey to me. Sweet and thick. They suggest pairing this with bbq meats...but this beer is so thick I think IT would fill you up without food.

I had a hard time drinking more than 8 oz of this. Do not get me wrong..I liked it...but plan to buy this one for a bbq....and serve small amounts in a snifter glass to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:24:30 | More by Trueant1
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Tulip

Paired with Dutch Boerenikaas and Gouda Cheese

Appearance: Very dark smokey color, no head. Amber hues when held up to light.

Smell: Beef jerky x100. Intense smokiness, BBQ, smells like a stack of southern ribs. Wow.

Taste: This is my second smoked beer i've had. I've had Yazoo's SUE, which it says in it's description is derived from the Bamberg, Germany Rauchbiers. With all due respect to SUE, an amazing beer no doubt, this one is just superb. It tastes like a Beef Jerky flavored beer. If you like beef jerky, smoked sausage, and beer, there is no way you would not like this. The aftertaste is so smooth, the smokiness just turns into an almost hefe like aftertaste. A new favorite.

Mouthfeel: Perfect levels of Carbonation, very smooth and full flavor all the way to the end.

Overall: If you've ever been curious about "Smoked Beer", this is the original. And the best. What a well crafted beer, it tastes like a beef jerky beer. Pairs extremely well with dutch cheeses, the flavor is so satisfying that I could sip on this all day. Will be buying this whenever I see it. This has moved into my top 10, and perhaps into my top 5 after a few more tastings. As a huge fan of Hefeweizens and Kölsch beer from Germany, there is a similar taste down to the yeast, and this takes all the smoothness and craftsmanship and adds a whole new level of flavor. Please, do yourself a favor and buy a bag of your favorite beef jerky and one or two of these and make an evening of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:53:05 | More by Roman5150
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

07-17-2014 13:32:23 | More by Desimoaj
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, clear brown with a big, frothy tan head. The head and its persistent, sticky lacings retain quite well.

Wow, there is that big smoke flavor that I loved about Schlenkerla's Weizen. The two actually smell somewhat indistinguishable. There is some subtle sweetness mixed with smoked pork shoulder and freshly doused campfire.

What a flavor! There is a big, sweet, roasted malt character with hints of chocolate and caramel. This quickly mingles with a charred wood and smoke goodness. The mingling of the flavors reminds me of eating a burned marshmallow off a charred stick at a campfire. Amazingly this is extremely smooth and well balanced. There is a suggestion of hop bitterness in the end that mixes perfectly with the acidic smokiness.

Thick and well carbonated, this brew has a delightfully, creamy mouthfeel.

What an amazing beer. I was blown away by the Weizen but that did not prepare me for this wonderful flavor. I can't wait to try the Marzen!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 01:06:18 | More by Estarrio
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-08-2013 19:54:37 | More by Hellmeh
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; no "best by" or "bottled on" date; no ABV %; purchased for $3.99 from the WIne Expo on Santa Monica and Yale; "brewed according to the Bavarian purity-law" written in Gothic style script on the label.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights; rocky, mocha-hued head; a good b-cup's worth of lace, but not much in the way of head retention.

Aroma: Delightfully sweet and smoky with hints of molasses, mesquite and, yes, barbecued meat.

Taste: Decidedly likes its nose; tangy and sweet with huge notes of smoky, meaty (sic!) goodness; creamy, almost silky, mouthfeel; medium bodied.

Notes: I never imagined a beer could taste meaty...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 06:29:03 | More by Mustard
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a .25l Schlenkerla tulip it poured a crystal clear ruby-brown with ebony undertones and a dense tan long-lasting two-finger head. The reflected light in the bottom of the glass really shows off this beer's color beautifully.

Aroma is amazing- very straightforward and taughtly composed at first glance yet underneath is a sumptuous complexity. The smoke hits you first and it is definitely omnipresent but that soon gives way to spicy elements (black pepper, nutmeg), creamy malt, dark caramel, figs, sawdust, cheese and stone ground mustard. So complex and multi-faceted at its core. This aroma is both wonderfully evocative and timeless .

Now, take the palate of the perfect bock beer- residual maltiness, alcohol, bitterness, and toasted malt all in perfect harmony- and add that evocative smokiness and spiciness to add up to this experience. It is almost too good to be true. The finish is long lasting smoke and malt, gently fading away.

I could drink a ton of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 02:40:44 | More by TongoRad
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-10-2013 02:37:38 | More by ViragS
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown porter color. Thin head, low/medium viscosity. Low/medium clarity.

Aroma: Smoky bacon aroma, which covers most of the nose. Some toffee and brown sugar notes.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and raisin flavor, definitely appropriate for the bock style. Malts are mediated by smoky bitterness, that is reminiscent of roasted soybeans. Raisins across the whole palate, with some sugars in the finish. A well-constructed bock that is augmented and improved by the smoked character.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with the smokiness being almost counterintuitively refreshing. Low/medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable both as a bock and as a smokebeer. Malts and smoke balance each other well, and neither overwhelms the palate. Slightly lighter body supports the complex cross of flavors. Sessionable for smoke beer fans

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 04:09:47 | More by expatsteve
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-17-2014 04:58:14 | More by Kevinpitts
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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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 09:55:08 | More by BDJake
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United Kingdom (England)

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half litre German glass with a handle

Mid brown in colour to dark chestnut (late in the season) with a head on the small side

Big smokey smell to this beer - thinking frazzles (UK bacon flavoured crisps!)

In addition to the obvious smoked flavour of this beer I also get a malty bitterness particularly in the aftertaste

A similar smoked taste to the other Schlenkerla beers (but not noticeably greater than the Weizen or Maerzen), but being from the bock family has a stronger alochol taste to it

Just smelt the empty glass 15 minutes after drinking - smells like a BBQ pit !

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 20:00:44 | More by Ruds
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Side Note: Eat it with bacon, pour it over bacon into a glass, or dip the bacon into the glass and eat it. Either way it makes for a better tasting because it really brings out more of the smoke flavor from the beer.

A: Rich dark brown with a ting of red that you can barely see through. Pours with a very nice white 2 finger head that shrinks down to around to about 1 while drinking

S: Probably my favorite part of the beer. If you love bacon and smoked beer, this is perfect for you. The smokiness is not as sweet like other smoked beers its a more subtle and well balanced aroma

T: A slight sweetness overcomes the taste at first, but quickly changes to a heavy and smooth smokiness and then finishes with a slightly more pronounced sweetness at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O: One of the best representations of a smoked beer that you can get. The german's always do it right when it comes to smoked beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 20:16:15 | More by codsmith
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4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark caramel with a light beige head. The strong smell bacon hits you immediately; like fat-back bacon frying over an open campfire with hickory smoke in the air. Taste follows the smell but surprisingly not as strong, like liquid smoke; smooth for such a complex beer. Full bodied with medium carbonation. This is an intense beer that takes you to the edge without going over. I'll definitely try this again but next time with a nice serving of BBQ'd baby back ribs!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:47:06 | More by Steamer
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-05-2013 06:53:36 | More by Bix
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour produces one inch of foamy, tan head that lasts about one minute before leaving a thin layer behind. The body is a rich mahogany and red with a great deal of clarity.

The nose of this beer is icredibly unique and naturally, smoky. The smoke aromas are presented reasonably and do not overpower the senses. A sweet, barbecue, mequite, bourbon, brown sugar and molasses smell mix for a sweet/smoky blend. This smells a lot like beef jerky.

A brief, smooth malt presence precedes a strong rush of smoke flavors to start this beer. This initial sweetness seems to extend as this beer warms. The complexity of the smoke flavors is quite good. Mesquite, molasses, fresh tomatoes and a cigar smoke flavor all mix as one for a unique experience. The finish is strong with a salty smokiness that does not overpower this delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is relatively creamy and leaves a slight coating on the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability is only average for this powerful beer. The flavors are delicious but this sytle easily overpowers the palate after one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:08:07 | More by Budlum
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one that you will either love or hate. I loved it. The beer is a mysterious dark brown/black that pours with a slight head. The nose is full of smokiness, and the taste is one of smoked ham/bacon with a big malty underpinning. The smoke becomes less shocking as I made my way through the beer, or perhaps my palette was just overwhelmed. I don't know if I could have more than one of these beers at a sitting, but I wouldn't need to - it really is a meal in itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 17:27:44 | More by ColForbin
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-07-2013 01:19:39 | More by flyingPharmacist
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.