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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,272
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark deep brown, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This smells like warm campfire smoke, sweet smoked meat, caramel, and toasted bread.

Even though I don't much like smoked beers, I've found that I like most of the Schlenkerla line. I get some campfire up front, with some honey, molasses, and caramel, and a cured smoked meat thing near the end that's subtle and nice.

This is medium bodied, with a warm and rich mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really nice rauchbier here.

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Photo of Sabre311
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. It's dark but not heavy. Sweet but no sticky. The smoke is there but not over powering. Smells great like a wood after the bon fire.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice rich dark brown body with decent coverage of off white head
Aroma is like burned granary toast, more appetising than it sounds
smoked malt flavour
good solid feel that isn't heavy going which balances & compliments the flavours
Top smoked beer

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Photo of teromous
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a white head with a pinkish light brown head that fades very quickly into a minimal ring.

Aroma: It smells like wood mesquite wood chips. If I was blindfolded I would swear this was a barbeque sauce. It smells fantastic.

Taste: It has this nice sweet caramel flavor right up front but it isn't thick feeling or strong. In the middle to end of the drink the smoke comes out but again it is just enough to give it flavor without being overpowering. The end has this nice bitter slightly herbal bite. This is great. It is a lot like what a nice wood grilled steak would taste like if it was a drink (without the meat flavor). I'm especially impressed with how good this tastes given that it is an import, and that I've waited so long to drink this.

Feel: As I mentioned it has a nice sweetness to the beer but it isn't thick or sticky. It has a medium mouthfeel but edges closer towards the lighter side.

Overall: It's a really fantastic beer. This would be great any time of the year. Even though this is a winter availability, I'm drinking this in the summer and it's light enough that it can be enjoyable when it's hot outside. I highly recommend it, whether you are a fan of smoked beers or not. This just has a great flavor overall. It is a fantastic drinking experience and I will be buying it again.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

These beers are serious. I had the marzen before this one and I think the Urbock has a bit more body and more punch to it. It is dark and sublimely smoky. Super velvety flavor that is full of firepit and smoked meats. Strong bacon in the foreground. Overall sweetness throughout and the body is a bit heavy. I can barely finish this bottle, so it gets points off for feel.

Overall just really weird and tasty, but split the bottle amongst friends.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. My first stab at a smokebeer. I'm not sure I was ready for the depth of the smokiness in the flavor profile. This review will be revisited.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; dark brown with ruby highlights clearly visible; 1 finger medium tan head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: a combination of bacon and charred firewood;

T: follows the nose; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: for me, this is definitely something to pair with food; I was eating smoked gouda and it was fantastic;

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Photo of WestvleterenVIII
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer had a medium head and a very strong smell of smoke. Surprisingly you can taste the malt through all of the smoke. Although the smoke flavor seemed overpowering you want to keep drinking it because malt and oak flavors balance it out. It is slightly bitter.

Overall a good beer...I will try others from this brewer!

I kept smelling my clothes because I felt as if I had been standing by a campfire!

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Photo of stortore
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a stange glass.

Pours a deep, somewhat opaque brown. Medium head, some lacing. Kind of looks like a nitro right after the pour. Smells like, well, smoke. Like a house or camp fire that was put out a little while ago. But in a good way... Lots of malt, some caramel, a little bit of sulphur before the head dissapates. Tastes at first of malt, but then you're sucking on burnt wood chips. It's smoky, but really well balanced with the malt. Surprised that it's not tasting at all meaty to me. Some bitterness on the back end. Good body, very smooth and crisp.

This is a very evocative beer, that I found really enjoyable. It just kept tasting better as it warmed. Definitely will try some of their other Rauchbiers.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark with some head, but not much. Lively
Smell: Malty roastiness, a lot of it, which is extremely fit for a BBQ. Sometimes I can't even identify where the smoked roastiness come from, the beer or the BBQ. There is some fruitiness of the bock.
Taste: Some bitterness of roasted malt, some fruitiness, carbonation, just a bit hoppy.
Body: Medium. Great after taste.

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Photo of GFM
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Enjoyed outside next to my fire pit. Pours a cola color with ruby highlights and limited head and lacing. Carbonation bubbles clinging to the glass. To continue the metaphor, it's feel is like that of a flat cola. Intense smoke scent with some sweetness--like a slice of smoked maple bacon. Smokiness continues into the taste. It's as if each sip was infused with smoke. Despite the predominant sweet smokey flavor, I still experienced ample hop bitterness, particularly toward the end of the sip. Spectacular. (9.5)

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Photo of sjccmd
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights. Quite attractive. Small light tan head that recedes quickly leaving a ring of bubbles around the glass.

Aroma is initially ham. Very meaty smoke. Campfire as well, but mostly salty smoked meat. Sweet dark fruit from the malts follow. Clean lager character. Little hop aroma. Perhaps some typical herbal noble hops.

Dark fruit mingles with meaty smoke in the flavor. Surprisingly balanced as compared to the smoke heavy nose. Raisiny and toasty malts. Burnt sugar as well. Smoke delivers more woody, campfire notes in the flavor. Bitterness is firm but with little distinctive hop flavor.

Rich and full mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. Finish is long. Sweet malts, hop bitterness, and smoke linger on the palate.

Smokey, but balanced. As I drink it, different aspects come in and out of focus, smoke vs. dark lager character. Very nice.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I mean.. It's the strangest beer ever. It's pure smoked meat on the nose, and the taste is salty, smokey dark German ale. Other tasters mentioned smoked salmon. Very odd.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a one-inch light tan head. The head faded after a few minutes to about an eighth inch film that left some great lacing.
Smell: The aroma is heavy smoke, with some light roasty sweet malt smells.
Taste: The smoke flavor is right up front, but there's a very nice sweet flavor in the background. It's like taking a nice big bite of sugar cured and smoked ham- wow! There's also some nice caramel and raisin like flavors that sneak up on you
Mouthfeel: Nice body to this beer, it really goes down nice even considering the smokiness. Superb!
Overall: What a great beer, gotta try this one with some good BBQ- can't imagine it could get much better than that.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date

Look - Pours a deep garnet with tan head. Excellent retention and distribution. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Delicious aromas of burnt meat, smoky wood, and the faintest bit of burnt caramel. Cereal malt is present, smells like crispix. 4.5 paws.

Taste - I love this beer, tastes like a wonderfully seared slab of beef. At one point in my life I would have thought that sounded disgusting in a beer, but it is so rich robust and delicious. 4.75 paws.

Feel - Perfect amount of body and carbonation for the flavor profile. 4.75 paws.

Overall - I used to think all rauchbiers tasted like campfires, but my palate has shifted and I must say I love this beer. 4.5 paws.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, almost black in colour sporting a very thin frothy head that dissipates to a ring around the edges of the glass.

Nose is like catching the faint scent of a campfire in the distance while munching on a dark-fruit granola bar.

Taste is very similar to the way I described the nose, with a little more fruity/raisin notes. Smokiness is strong but subtle at the same time and provides a little bitter dry feeling on the finish. Very well-balanced.

Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with thin carbonation but just enough dryness at the end.

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Photo of twosheds
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark drown with a thick tan head.

Smells like fire, smoke, and wood with a touch of malty sweetness

Taste is initially sweeter than I expected it to be, but the smokiness is definitely there in the aftertaste and nose. Really great balance of flavors for a beer with such a strong smoke character. It's not necessarily complex, but very unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but full bodied.

This beer is very good and one of my favorite smoked beers, but one of myfavorites in general.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice and served alongside smoked ribs!

A = Very dark, almost black beer with mahogany tones. 1 finger of rich tan head.

S = I kid you not, the first thing I get is smoked pork. Smoked meats, charred wood, dark fruit, earthy and roasty.

T = Sweet fire-roasted malts, plums, smoked meats and a charred woodiness. Touch of salt. Hop bitterness is practically nonexistent, but there is a charred, almost ashy charcoal-like bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts in this bock-styled beer. I'm not picking up any cheese-like qualities as some other reviews have stated.

M = Full bodied and robust, like liquid BBQ. Very easy to drink. I was expecting this to be a rough style to get used to, but this has blown me away.

O = I like to imagine myself having one of these in a wooden stein as I sit in front of a roaring fireplace in an old world tavern. Rich, decadent and meaty, this is the perfect cold weather beer, and a perfect companion for BBQ and smoked meat. My first example of a rauchbier, I will be searching out more examples of the style in the future.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum! Smokey and a little sweeter than their usual release. Best enjoyed in the hallway at the Schlenkerla while sitting at a table and watching the tourists come and go in a great rush!

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Photo of Chris_Burton
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I should preface by saying I really don't know much about German beer in general and even less about Rauchbier in particular.

Very dark brown but not quite jet black. Not much head, which goes away fairly quickly. Smokiness is definitely the main event here, both in smell and taste. The nose has some fruit in it, cherry perhaps? Not much fruitiness in the taste, more hints of chocolate one may expect from a dark beer, although the predominant flavour is plenty of salty meat that I presume is unique to this style. But still, loads of smoke from every angle! Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp.

As a sidenote, I gave a 1/3 to my friend who doesn't usually venture away from pale lager. His first reaction was "wow, it tastes of bacon!" He seemed to like it though, so take from that what you will. Personally I really enjoyed it, although the powerful flavour would make it difficult to get through much more than half a pint in one sitting.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown with a nice ruby red highlights. Crystal clear with a 2 finger foamy tan head that fades to a lacey film which sticks to the side with every sip.

S: Imagine a smoked candied ham and that gets you in the ball park. From the aroma alone, I can tell that this will have less smoke, and more sweet malt compared to this Marzen.

T: My first impressions from the nose seem to vindicate my assumptions on the taste profile. Definitely more subdued on the smoke front and higher on the sweet malt department compared to the Marzen. Lots of different layers of smokey qualities are featured in this brew. Starts out with a nice woody smoke, and fades into a lingering charcoal like flavors. A brilliant sweet malt balances everything nicely. Malt features caramel, toasted grain, and roasted malt. To sum it up: sweet malt and subtle smoke.

M: Lots of crisp carbonation with a chewiness bringing this brew to closing in a full bodied.

O: This is a very complex brew. Not a lot of hop character, but a ton of malt sweetness that plays well off of the layers of smokey components. For someone who is new to the Rauchbier style, this is one I would suggest trying first. The smokiness is definitely present, but the sweet malt helps make this more approachable for this style of brew that often times requires an acquired taste.

Paired with Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar and Garlic Salami

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Photo of magpieken
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0.5l 06/2015. Pours a bright, dark, ruby brown with a creamy tan head which lasted well and left some excellent lacing. Aroma of smoked bacon and charred wood. Medium sweetness and lots of different smoky flavours. Medium full body. Smooth texture. It was like drinking a packet of 'Cheese & Bacon Ball' which I found quite off putting initially but quite enjoyable by the end. 8.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pine glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, herbal, and oak/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, herbal, and toast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, and herbal/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and smoke flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors as well with zero estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible rauchbier style. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first rauchbier and overall it was an enjoyable taste bud opening experience. I had it with Chinese food (sesame chicken) and I believe it was a good pairing. I want to try it again with grilled meats or BBQ. This does not seem like a beer to have alone.
It poured a dark but clear copper/brown with a massive foamy head. The pungent smell of bacon, beef jerky and smoked Gouda hits your nose! I can understand how it would be a turn off, but for me it worked. The taste was surprisingly malty and sweet. However, the finish has a bitter, dry and smoky finish which lingers in your taste buds. A very robust, full bodied and filling beer; one is quite enough. Overall, I would have this one once in a while and with a hearty meaty meal. I'm glad I tried it and I hope to get to know more of this style.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, no obvious date:
Pours a nice deep brown, but with a bit of clarity. Large bubble soapy head forms a thin layer on the top, perhaps just off white. The nose is dried sausage-like smokiness, burnt wood, but perhaps a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is subdued smoke that adds a mild salty note to what is the more prevalent molasses-like dark malt flavor. There is also a woodiness as well, like a barrel aged beer. The body is a bit heavier than I expected, I'd say medium tending towards medium heavy. Carbonation is not very strong. As the beer warmed a bit, the smoked wood flavors strengthened slightly, to the benefit of the overall flavor.

A pretty straightforward beer. Simple and flavorful. If you like a lot of smoke in your rauchbier, this might not work for you. For me the muted smoke works, and the beer behind it has a richness to it that I can't explain well. Definitely will not shy away from this beer in the future.

Edit: had on tap 12/28 - smoke more pronounced in taste, but I am not sure how old the keg is (likely not a popular beer at the location I was having it). Will keep my review as is.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.