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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
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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 beergoot
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, dark reddish-brown body with a nice head. Heavenly aroma (for a smoked beer): charred wood; charcoal; deeply smoked sausage. Outstanding oily smoked flavors infused with a richly roasted malt character; nice bitterness and sweetness throughout, too. Medium-heavy body; rich and chewy.

I'm a big fan of smoked beers, and this beer is one of the premier examples of what a strongly smoked beer can be. The beauty of this particular beer is that the undeniably smokey flavor and smell can be so well-tamed and balanced with the other malt and hop notes (primarily the malt). Yes, it is definitely about the "rauch", but there is so much more with this beer, and so you get some honest balance and complexity with the style. A deservedly prime example of the best of this type of beer and well-worth the experience.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a straight glass.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with nice clarity. It looks a little thin pouring down into the glass. The head is a two finger mocha color with moderate retention. There's a lot of spiderweb lacing left down the glass.

S: Very strong smokiness - not just in a woody motif, but reminiscent of ham when taking its mild sweetness into consideration. There is a caramel backbone behind it all, but it takes a bit of hard work to discern it through the smoke. It's a damn good aroma - one that permutes into something slightly more chocolaty as further whiffs are taken - with the only real detractor being a slight note of plastic.

T: As expected, smoky meat opens the flavor profile, before turning into vaguely sweet caramel maltiness after the midtaste. The plastic in the aroma is nearly nonexistent in the taste, thankfully. I kind of expected this to be a little more heavy handed than the marzen version, but it's actually just as subtly flavored, if not more so. The main difference here is a slightly chocolaty finish. It's not too sweet nor too bitter, just balanced to near-perfection. Like their marzen, it's one of the most complex lagers I've ever savored, with multiple layers of flavor - like dried fruit and grassy hops - revealing themselves behind the main show of smoked malts.

M: Smooth and a little syrupy, but easy to drink. Very creamy up until the wet, almost decadent finish. Actually, it isn't that easy to drink, if only because it's something that should be savored rather than chugged.

O: I am convinced that Schlenkerla is starting to spoil me with their rauchbiers. Take it from a man who normally dislikes bacon - this is excellent.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours looking a bit thin. Medium tan head that dissipates rapidly. Some good lacing left. Color is a mid brown.

S: Smells like a sausage. Very smoky. Some malt. Light hops.

T: Like the smell a huge smoke note. Lighter than the Marzen version. Good bitter note and alcohol comes through a bit.

M: Carbonation is a bit agressive and the alcohol seems to cut through more than it should.

Overall a fun beer with some interesting charachteristics. The Marzen version was similar but I thought it was better. The urbock seemed a little light overall which let some more agressive notes comes through in the taste and finish. Certainly unique.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had all three smoke variations at a recent testing and this is the one that stood out the most. As with all three Schlenkerla smoke beers, the rich smokey aroma is something close to heaven. The dark color gives us Americans visions of barbecue, but that is not where the taste goes. Smooth milk chocolate and caramel set off this urbock. If you search, the smoothness may even tell your brain that vanilla is present. With the smoke as its backbone, it creates an interesting mix. A smokey caramel taste continues into the aftertaste which lingers because of a mildly thick mouthfeel. Smoke beers are not for everybody, but there is little doubt who makes the best. This is their best offering.

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Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red with shades of brown. A big, foamy, frothy light-brown head leaving behind good lace and decent retention.

S: Perfect nose. Wood smoke, roasted malt, earth.

T: I'm going to be straight with this one...the best tasting Rauchbier on the market. Incredible. Less smoky than the Marzen, which in my opinion is great because it allows the other flavors to come through. Extremely balanced with delicious malt and wood flavor. The finish is exquisite.

M: Super smooth, the easiest drinking Rauchbier I've tasted, and tons of flavor with the right amount of carbonation.

O: Simply the top Rauchbier in the world. When you see this, no matter if you like the style or not, buy it!

Note: Pairs very well with a robust, high-quality cigar.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark tea/cola color, with big, blooming, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Intriguing boquet of woodsmoke, burning leaves, and smoked bacon.
Taste-Smoked malt, liquid smoke, caramel, honey ham, charred beechwood. A bit of a dry finish and all wonderfully balanced strong flavors. Not for everyone, but classically crafted and a great match for smoked or BBQ'd meats, or just to sip slowly on a cool night by a warm fire.

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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. There is some visible ruby colored light visible along the edges of the glass. The head retains very well. The smoked malt hits the nose right up front and it's quite prominent. It's that nice campfire smell and it's bready. The smoked malt hits the nose right up front and it's quite prominent. It's that nice campfire smell and it's bready. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth and creamy. The drinkability is very high. This is a most excellent beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, brown color with some dark ruby that outlines the edges of the beer. The slightly gray-tan head mellows out quickly and leaves decent lacing along the glass. The beer smells wonderful - full of smoked malt, smoked wood chips, burnt barley - extremely reminiscent of campfire nights. The taste hits with a bite tasting of smoke and tight carbonation. As the beer mellows out, the wood chips, charcoal, and sweet liquid smoke start to come out and they work together very well. Low bitterness and no floral essences or hops to be found anywhere. Malt flavors get stronger as the beer gets warmer and the smokey campfire flavors intensify. The body is thick, creamy, and just a bit chewy.

If you're looking for a smoked beer to try - look no further. I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers, but I'm starting to think that maybe it's because I haven't had the right ones yet. The smoked flavor was clearly present and on the forefront, however it was not so strong that the beer was harsh or undrinkable. Great balance.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark and rich brown color with a noticeable but rather thin white head on top. Greets you with a slap in the face of smokey aromas. Savory smoked meats and campfire dominate and leave little room for anything else to come through.

First sip is smokey but it doesn't quite hit you like the first whiff did. Instead, it's there as a nice addition to the base beer without overpowering you. Underlying notes give a slight sweetness with just a bit of a brown sugar and caramel note before the inevitableness that is the Schlenkerla savory smoked meat finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit deceiving until you remember that such a rich and powerful aroma is coming from a 6.6% ABV beer. It's rather light but creamy enough to be enjoyable. Overall, how could you top this beer? Not sure it's possible as this one pretty much defines the style. American craft beer drinkers are used to getting this much flavor and aroma from their big bold stouts and barley wines, but lets not forget even in a modest 6.6% package, you can be blown out of this world.

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint and 9. Really dark, nearly black pour. Nice layer of high contrast white on top.

Aroma, smoked bacon or ribs. Some molasses and very light dark chocolate.

Taste, not as much meat, but plenty of smoke. The wood smoked malt with toffee and molasses. Some earthy qualities from the smoked malt as well.

About mid bodied, carbonation just right. Clean and easy to drink for me. Abv maybe a percent high to drink a bunch of, but it could be done if the price was right.

Been so long since I last had this one. I remember liking the Marzen better, but obviously the pallet has changed because now I find this the superior rauch. I consider Eiche more of a Dopplebock, so I'd say this is their best Rauch.
Wish it were cheaper than $5, could drink this often.

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Photo of tronester
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark brown with pure ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin creamy tan head. Aromas hint of BBQ and some brown sugar. Taste begins with a smoky molassas, then an ashy charcoal middle, and an earthy, creamy finish. Mouthfeel is rich, perfect. Overall an amazing beer. I love the smoke component. This is probably closer to the taste of beers of centuries past than other modern interpretations.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pure black with a small tan colour head.

The smell is smoked meat, burning wood, very interesting.

The taste is sweet and malty.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Overall a great beer very original and tasty. I don't think it was quite as good as the marzen but still worth looking out again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of Zimbo
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is a gorgeous silky smooth smokiness of light summer sausage. Medium dark brown colour with some inital large-ish bubble on the side of the glass which over time do disappear.
At the bottom of the glass there is a reasonable orange sparkle to the eye. Thin wispy line of tan head throughout the drink. Light but long smoky flavour which is on the lighter side of medium but still quite silky.
Very nice but without the meaty complexity, sophistication and seemingly gentle force of the doppelbock.

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

Schlenkerla has always been one of my favorite Bamberg beers, especially after drinking it fresh from the source. I've reviewed some of their other styles, but was surprised that I hadn't chalked off my favorite.

A -- Clear, deep, chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a firm, slow-settling, light tan head.

S -- Rich smokiness right up front, reminiscent of camp fires and fire places. Verges on phenolic, but never tumbles over that ledge.

T -- The taste is more of the rich smokiness with the slightest character of roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Unlike most Bocks you'll find.

M -- The mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium body.

O -- Overall I would rate this beer higher in the taste and overall enjoyment categories if it had just a touch of sweetness from malt, as a good Bock will have. As it is, this is classic Franconian Rauchbier for anyone looking to sample the style. Some call it an acquired taste, but Brauerei Heller keeps the smokiness mellow and tasty without hitting you over the head.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep and rusty red, with light tan carbonation and some attractive web-like lace.

Nose is delectably smoky, like bacon and oysters somehow. Quite unusual and highly appealing right away.

Flavor is, naturally, very much smoke, with some nicely charred wood in there, too. It's a rich and strong flavor profile, and will instantly drive anyone away who doesn't already love smoked foods. For me, this is absolutely a treat and a beer I wish I could get easier around here. Will be drinking more of these in the future, as soon as I can get my hands on them!

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Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown color with garnet highlights and a solid one finger khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by smoked malt and peat, with plasticy phenols and an earthy note. Sweet caramel and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor is fairly complex. Caramel malt provides a slightly sweet backdrop for a showcase of flavor. Smoke and peat dominate, but subtle nuances phenols are also present, slightly plasticy, but also spicy and peppery at the finish, which is a touch bitter. Soy sauce, tobacco, and tar surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with light carbonation.

Overall, not nearly as smoke dominant as most rauchbiers I've tried. This bottle has been in the fridge a couple years, so it may have mellowed. Worth a try!

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Photo of Thiestru
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local bar had this, surprisingly, and since I hadn't had a rauchbier in a long time, I decided I needed to try it. Much to my boon, too!

Poured from a large bottle into a standard pub glass, by which I mean a cracked Miller Lite glass. Take the bad with the good, I suppose.

Appearance: Dark brown. Nearly opaque. One-finger head, very brief retention, no lacing. Possibly the fault of the chilled glass.

Smell: Smokey. Typical of rauchbier, and a good indication of the flavor....

Taste: Smoked bacon. Would go well with meat dishes, mainly pork, beef, and salmon. Very enjoyable. Faint sweetness. Others have noted its 'campfire-esque' leanings, and it's a good observation. In fact, it makes me think of something else, but more on that later.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, but hearty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable after the first few sips. Would go really well with a meal, but definitely works on its own. Not a sessioner though.

Overall, this is quite a fine rauchbier. It feels strangely anachronistic, because its old-world suggestions stand out against modern-day America; it brings to mind a bygone time. Recommended to all dark beer lovers, or anyone seeking something a little bit different. Prost!

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pint 0.9floz bottle into a glass mug.

A- A dark smokey black with a slightly off white head taht dissipates fairlyquickly and leaves a slight lacing upon the top of the beer.

S- Intensely smokey. Smells somewhat of smoked meats with a strong scent of wood. Slightly sweet with some notes of the malt and a vanilla aroma.

T- Starts off slightly sweet for the first few milliseconds before moving into a very strong almost overpowering smokey flavor. Tastes vary strongly of smoked meats and burnt malts. The taste of a nice bock is very apparent under all of the smokey flavor after you take a few sips. It is very sweet and malty with a slight breadiness. Has a nice intense smokey finish.

M- Full body with a heavy mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

O- A very interesting beer. I could see this being very good with some good meats or cheese. Not sure I would drink this on it's own again ever again though. It is very intense and almost overpowering at first. But moves into being very drinkable after the first few sips. A very solid beer.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Rauchbier, looking forward to trying it.
Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark amber with a large cushion of medium tan head that sticks around a while but slowly dissipating.

S- Sweet smokiness. Like when you open a smoker full of pork butts covered in a brown sugar based rub. Wet chunked hardwood charcoal.

T- Follows the nose well, sweet smokiness. Brown sugar cured bacon smoky. Taste is interesting, very complex. Would go very well with some Kansas City style barbecue.

M- Not much carbonation. Medium bodied beer. Slightly dry finish.

O- An interesting beer. Glad I picked one up. Would go great with smoked meats.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of an egg shell colored head. Clear translucent black body. Hardly any retention.

Smells like a pleasant camp fire. Very cleanly smoked.

Tastes like the smell, smoke and then some Carmel toffee malts. This has a nice subtle bock beer base. The big simple flavor of the smoke blend with the subtle bock beer nicely. As this warms a slight alcohol warmth and taste comes out.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. The flavors linger for just a moment with a touch of clean hop bitterness.

Overall this is a great beer. Quite drinkable and very interesting as I've only had a few smoked beers. I'd love to try this again with some BBQ food.
$6 a 500ml

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby in the Stiegl stange with a creamy beige head that lifts to half an inch and leaves patchy lacing.

Big smoky aroma as expected, akin to summer sausage, with a light scent of bandaid in the background.

Smoked bacon with perceptible roasted malt. The long, subtle finish has a light bitterness.

Soft texture of cotton jersey with a full body and light alcohol. Light carbonation with astringency long into the finish.

An easy drinking, comfortable beer, suitable for winding down after a stressful day.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled pint mug.

A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color forming a medium beige head. Medium to low retention and lots of lacings left

S: Very particular. Very smoky as expected. Bacon. Roasted malts, honey, brown sugar

T: As the nose, very roasted and smoky. Bacon, honey, roasted malts, smoked wood. Sweet candy/brown sugar upfront. Sweeter than the Marzen version. End is roasted bitterness

M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent beer, excellent drinkability. The best Rauchbier ever! :)

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer, not much head, slow ring and lost of sudsy lace. Smells like smoke. Lots of smoke. Ok, some bacon too. Taste like smoke. Lots of smoike. Ok, some bacon too. Mouth is medium, good carb, balance way out of whack. I wouldn't try this again, but I was glad to experience.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cola black/brown with a rich creamy head. Nice pretty lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Burnt, smoked hardwoods. Campfire smokiness. That warm cozy aroma that fills the room when you open the fireplace up to stoke it or add a fresh clean log. Awesome.

T: smoked woods. Again, almost identical to the smoke one associates with a campfire or a warm cozy fireplace.

M: Thick and creamy with really nice carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

O: This is the second of these smokebeers I've tried and they just get better and better. The best part about these are the amazing nose - and the nostalgia. It brings back good memories of camping all summer long in Oregon.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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