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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 73
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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

I am not a great lover of Rauchbier so I approached this with trepidation, especially since there were three different Aecht beers. I wasn't sure which one to try. I don't know about the others but this one is an excellent example of why you would make and drink Rauchbier. It was the best I have had since being in Germany.

The Urbock poured a dark brown with reddish tones and a small white head that was short-lived. The aroma is smokey loveliness that is reminiscent of an outdoor BBQ at is best. There is a sweet malt base to the smell that has hints of caramel and dates but the first and last smell is smoke.

The taste is surprisingly lighter on the smokiness than I expected. It is a well-rounded beer with a nice malty sweetness, smoky bacon, and hints of caramel to balance it.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected and clean with that hint of smokiness lingering. I could easily have gone to a second, but would not make a steady diet of the Rauchbiers. This was a well-balanced Rauch.

rdrummer, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of Litterbean
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for the smokey stuff.

This one has a brown body that's tinged with mahogany. A white head sits atop which settles down quick.

The smell, as would be expected, is full of smoke. The malts are sweet behind it but are easily masked and lost behind the veil of hickory goodness.

The flavor is a blend of the traditional bock characteristics which are tasty on their own (bready malts, some spice, alcohol) plus a full blown hickory smoke flavor. Very assertive and powerful. As a one-shot, this is great. Any more than one, however, and you may become sick, both of the flavor and to your stomach. Still, it tastes awesome and is a really unique and great brew.

Litterbean, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

MrHassellYaHurd, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev -3.1%

AugustusRex, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of foles
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of this brewery's marzen offering, so was keen to give this more powerful rendition a go. The presentation was near perfect, with a lovely head and a solid dark colour. The smell was the characteristic smoked sausages, and the taste was actually not much different to that of the marzen, but a little heavier and a bit more of a kick. The syrupy quality sometimes found in the Marzen was less obvious here, and overall it was enjoyable.

The only problem was a slight mustiness that is present. Im not sure if that is normal or not.

foles, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Longstaff
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks are deceiving with this beer, it looks like a normal dark malty German bock. But once you get whiff, you know this is a smoked beer and is like smelling your clothes after a weekend of camping and sitting around the fire. The big malty bock backbone and the strongish alcohol flavor match very well with the smoked flavor. Easier to drink than the Marzen. A bottle of this would make a great lunch with some smoked fish, radishes, onions, bread and cheese.

Longstaff, Jun 06, 2002
Photo of OnThenIn
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of incredibly thick, slightly tan head on top of a absolutely black beer. Beautiful lacing. The head didn't stick around quite as long as I would like it too be there.

S: Smells like straight bacon with a bit of a malt background. Insanely pungent. You can really smell the smoke. Hint of sweeet caramel.

T: In the actual taste the meaty, smoke is not overbearing. Instead it blends perfectly with caramel, slight bitterness, earthy, and woody. Incredibly unique and incredibly enjoyable. It is not overly sweet and the smoke/bacon flavor lingers nicely at the end. There is also just a hint of bitterness in the middle towards back end of the taste.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation. Rather what I would expect from this beer.

D: It has the body and flavor of a considerably higher in alcohol beer. Really just a pleasure.

OnThenIn, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mechanicalprints
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of beerhawk41
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

beerhawk41, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mjohn27603
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fl. oz. bottle. Ruby to brown colored in appearance. Before I even drink the beer, the aroma is smoke filled. It reminds me of smoked salmon or smoked cheese. First sip - wow! Smoked gouda definitely, charcoal. Some sweetness present, roasted flavor. A slight bitter aftertaste. You would have a tough time chug-a-lugging this beer. Hard to rate because it so unique. Choose when you're looking for a change and want something different. I just checked out the website they list on the bottle and saw that they sell 5 liter party kegs of this stuff in Germany.

mjohn27603, Nov 02, 2002
Photo of Hugh37
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hugh37, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of ithacabaron
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear burnt caramel. Head is khaki colored and foamy.
Aroma is of landjager, malt, charcoal, and burnt brown sugar.

Taste is of pork fat and charcoal smoke. Very reminiscent of spiced German sausage. Malt is relevant but not aggressive, creating a slightly thinner than desired mouthfeel, but supporting the smoky flavors.

This does not have a high drinkability due to the true potency of the intense smoked meat flavor, (drinkable, but not a session beer or anything), but I've gone back several times to buy more, so it certainly is a beer that makes you want to return to it again and again. Gets extra drinkability points for this. Also, this would be awesome with some grilled hot brats.

For the style, and excellent example -- good to have every once in a while when you're in the mood.

ithacabaron, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Rennpferd
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured dark and molasses in color but clear near the edges of the stein. It had a nice three finger head that clung to the edge of the stein as it receded. There was no active carbonation.

It smelled smoky and spicy like popular tree burning.

It has a nice malt and spice tang. It was lite and refreshing. It was lite bodied.

I liked it a lot. I found it very drinkable and well balanced.

Rennpferd, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of trevorjn06
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

trevorjn06, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of NCBeernut
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ruby to brown. Pretty big head on this one that leaves some decent stringy lacing. Smell and taste are all straight woody smoke. Literally a burning campfire in a bottle that completely overtakes anything else that might be in there. Interesting at first but pretty one-dimensional. This is a taste I only want so much of. Smooth chewy mouthfeel though. Drank with my Thanksgiving turkey. I feel like this really needs to be paired with some big pungent cheeses or charred meat.

NCBeernut, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Grundle20
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is brown, but clear, in color. There's a good sized tawny head to the beer that displays respectable retention and some patchy lacing.

Smoke, straight up. The scent is basically an interplay of various smoked food smells like gouda and meat.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The smoke comes through again but less pronounced than in the smell. There's actually a surprising amount of German hop character that lends a nice crisp, and refreshing touch to an other wise smooth and medium bodied beer. A bit of caramel and Munich malt peaks through the haze as well. The finish has warm presence of smoke which carries on in to the aftertaste.

The beer really isn't that bad for drinking, but I'm almost positive nobody would want to drink more than one of these without food to go with it.

Bottom Line:
Definition of a rauchbier in my opinion, if you're interested in the style this is the one to get.

Grundle20, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of pdoran10
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly translucent very dark brown color with half a finger of white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

Smell is salty bacon goodness. Not pronounced or overwhelming, but true salty meat going on here.

Taste is slight caramel up front that quickly shifts to salty jerky and smoked wood flavors. Big tasty smoke bomb here. I'm diggin it for sure.

Mouthfeel is moderate with lowish carbonation. Solid and works well with flavor profile.

Nice flavors, but couldn't have many of these. The smoked flavor is only nice in small doses and can get overwhelming after a while.

pdoran10, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of falcon1
3/5  rDev -27.4%

falcon1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of flyingPharmacist
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

flyingPharmacist, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Vsarmatov
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Vsarmatov, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of EGreen
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!

EGreen, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of jtw5877
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very complex beer. Intense smokiness, at times the flavor inspires me, but sometimes it is just too smoky, I am a newcomer to this style, and it is a big sort of flavor, the smokiness dominates the smell, and aftertaste. Perhaps I am reviewing this too hastilly. It is a great beer, but I am not completely used to the intensity of this smokiness and at times it crowds my ability to taste other flavors. I will re-evaluate this beer on a periodic basis as I become accustomed to the style.

jtw5877, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of craigdb
5/5  rDev +21.1%

craigdb, Sep 04, 2014
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rtrasr
5/5  rDev +21.1%

rtrasr, Feb 19, 2014
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.