Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 664
Hads: 1,227
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 96
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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Germany

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 Jacobob10
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a stein.

Dark brown in color with a small, bubbly off-white head that diminishes fairly quickly. The aroma and flavor is all smoked malt. No hops or yeast present. Just think about biting into smoked meat. Full bodied with long lasting flavor.

I prefer the Märzen over this without question. It's lighter on the palate and more drinkable. My least favorite so far from a brewery with otherwise world class beers. (441 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer pours a beige fine thick stable foam and a dark brown body. Smell is smoke. Taste is smoke as well but with a great malty backbone. It is like eating smoked pork on a slice of bread. Even better if you combine with pork. If you dig smoke in your beer and like malt, it doesn't get better than this one (311 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Wow. The appearance isn't particularly special, but everything else is. The smoky aroma fills my nose, with subtly sweet accents. The smoke isn't overpowering, but it is very present. The flavor is led by the wonderful liquid smoke, which just seeps into my mouth. Layered throughout is that subtle sweetness, which is mostly present on the back end. Very low bitterness. Given the flavors it is also incredibly clean and drinkable. Silky smooth and delicious. Not quite sure what this beer is lacking to make it a "5". (528 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into slightly fluted stange
Aroma of smoke
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – a few islands and archipelagoes of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark amber, clear, continually rising bubbles
Flavor begins with smoke followed by roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5
Not quite as tasty for me as the marzen, but still quite enjoyable. (534 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Huge head, lasting long, almost black color, hints of ember.

Aromas of smoked ham, campfire, malt, bread with hints of salt.

Taste is defined by its huge, warm smokiness. This goes along with burned malts, also toffee and pine. Even more intensive and sweeter than the "Schlenkerla Märzen", but all in all quite similar, which is, in this case, not a bad thing. Smoked maltiness lingers on the tongue for a while, but not too intensive. Carbonation is well in balance with the overall medium-body, not too notable, adding up to a slightly too sweet and otherwise smooth mouthfeel. (585 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Druncle_C
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

German efficiency strikes again...
Why would one eat a rack of ribs and attempt to drink a beer with saucey fingers?
Solution: put the smoked ribs in a blender and add beer. No mess @ 6% (188 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Nose: big wood fire smoky malt dominates.
Pours dark brown under a thick, rocky off-white foam cap.
Big wood smoke flavors weave around the typical bock spicy malt flavors suggest bacon.
Very smooth and creamy with medium to medium high body and medium to medium low carbonation
The perfect beer to drink with a BLT. (317 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recently I found that the quantity of my German bruviews was lacking and as such I decided it was time to give that tasty (denoting I've had it before) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum a go... and if that isn't a mouthful of a name wait until I review Dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot entsprechend gebrautes Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock von Heller-Trum, gefährliches zeug! [I added that last "gefährliches zeug!" purely for emphasis]

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stein.

A: A nice deep brown, almost cola like body presents a stark antithesis to the creamy 2cm ecru head. Looks delicious and thought out and no doubt tastes the same.

S: As Darth Vader once proclaimed "The rauch is strong with this one.", in the case of this Rauchbier (or "smoke beer" to non-German tongues) this is indeed a peat-smoke infused brew, with some well-added smoked salami for effect. There is nary another ingredient to be whiffed behind the veil of hickory, much to the delight of Rauchbier drinkers everywhere.

T: Quintessentially brilliant - a rauch schinkenspeck sandwich in a bottle. The flavour is a taste of every glorious thing that has ever been smoked in a beer with notes of the above plus more; roasted caramel, touch of salt, with an earthy hop finish. Balance between malt and hops is spot on and whilst the smoke can be overpowering for some if you get used to it - power to you.

M: Medium bodied with that classic creamy Weizen carbonation.

D: You know the last time I had this beer was before I began reviewing and I was taken aback by the smoke "too much!" I thought, but now (in my finite tasting wisdom) I can't stop drinking this amazing Ale. It is only a brew I would recommend for people who have tried other odd flavoured beers like Lambics or Sahtis and nodded their head in silent approval - it is not a beer for the craft-novice let me make that clear. For a non-smoker like myself (I have had an occasional Cuban cigar) it was a bit of a struggle acclimatasting [a new word for the Doktorhops lexicon] to smoke flavours but now I am there, oh yes.

Food match: I couldn't help but think that the entire menu of a Bavarian pub would work with this, especially anything pork related - if you see "schinken" on the menu: Get it. (2,278 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/7/14

A looks fairly dark until held to the light, has a clear maroon glow, big short lived tan foam leaves lots of random lace

S its smokey no doubt, smells like campfire clothing, smoked meat, faint coco and hard toffee, earthy notes, salty brine, smells like it should

T less smoke then the nose but that still leaves plenty, more chocolate, earthy notes are strong, similar to the nose but not quite the same levels of smoke

M lighter side of medium, stops just short of foam, intense smokey aftertaste just keeps going

O it is what it claims, lots of smoke, super easy to drink, I'm wishing I had some BBQ to eat with this

I bought this one to make some sauce the ribs I'm making and I think I'll need to grab another bottle to eat with them. (790 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Of all of the Schlenkerla’s, this is my favorite, closest to the "bacon" experience. Smoked malts rule in this beer, dark and nutty, lots of the cured meat, smoky taste of hickory bacon. An acquired taste for sure, but a must try (231 characters)

Photo of EGreen
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (270 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little embarrassed that I've never written a full review for a lager. So many ales. Figured I'd write about one of my Old World favorites:

A - Lovely amber brown twinkles a hazy red against the light. Sudsy cappuccino head. Looks more like a brown ale than what I imagine when I think German lager

S - Nose is roasted and smoky. Packed with allspice, cured meat, caramel, molasses, chicory, sawdust and fired peat.

T - I find some smoked beers can push beyond toasted and into the medicine-y. Not so this. It’s a magnificent amalgam of buttery toast, woodsmoke, and bacon, with a zesty peppery sharpness from the hops that prevent its being out-and-out sweet.

M - Medium to light-bodied, and extremely refreshing for something this full and flavorful

O - Balance and drinkability. This is the benefit of a beer whose recipe has been refined over centuries. I love the imperialized, bourbon-aged, dry-hopped, coffee-infused craft scene as much as anyone, but hell if this doesn't make you appreciate the unadorned craftsmanship of old Europe.

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up with hesitation, as I had yet not had a rauchbier I liked. This was the gamechanger. Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a one-finger or so head. Deep smokiness in the nose, which corresponds to the flavor. Like delicious slow-smoked pork, with just a hint of malty sweetness. A bit effervescent on the tongue, almost overwhelming the taste profile. But overall, very very good. (390 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 April 2014

Appearance: Pours a rich amber-brown with a dirty white one finger head. Crystal clear beer with strong amber accents- this one really looks pretty. The head is froathy but not creamy. Great lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of soft smokiness and malt sweetness. The smokiness is rather subdued in the nose.

Taste: A magnificently complex blend of sweet malts and dark smoke. The smoke in this one compliments the malt backbone and does not overpower it entirely, though it is certainly the dominant flavor in this beer. The malt backbone really carries the smoke softly and smoothly over the palate in the entire duration of a sip- you get a nice pop of somewhat harsh smokiness up front which really mellows out in the middle and then leaves a nice sweet finish at the end. Marvelous.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied.

Overall: This is a magnificent beer. I was truly impressed with how the malts and smoke complimented each other in this beer. Rather than the smoke being overpowering or playing second fiddle to a sweet Bock beer, both flavor elements combined in a truly masterful brew. The ABV on this one isn't too high at only 6.6%, but if you LIKE a Rauchbier, this one will really sneak up on you since it is so smooth and easy to drink. A must try. (1,313 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Color is dark golden brown with a thick tawny-tinted head. Massive nose that we associate with smoked meat, a peaty savory smell. Pleasantly foamy in the mouth in the German style.

Sweet with malt which helps mellow the billows of smokiness. After the initial smoke-out, the flavor does remind me of the common smoked Gouda cheese. Body is not exactly thin, but it's more on the lighter side. A persistent candy taste. A whiff of pepperoni.

This is hard to describe, but it's well worth tasting. The intense smoked malt is ever-present, but it's a good example of how a crazy flavor can work in a beer. Not expensive. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. (711 characters)

Photo of JC333
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smell of this beer is worth the purchase price....a price that is very reasonable.

The smell is campfire slash smoked sausage and the taste is smoked sausage coated in hops. An extremely complex beer that deserves to be sipped and savored.

The uniqueness factor wouldn't have me drinking this often, but when I do....it will easily be enjoyed. (350 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stein.

German bier. Always tasty, always a pleasure to look at. The beer is foamy, with a pillow-like head a finger and a half thick. The head is cream colored. Beneath is a dark brown liquid with lighter blonde hues at the base. It's a simple appearance, but flawless and attractive.

When I put this beer to my nose, I'm immediately stuck by the similarity between this beer and a smoked ham. It's dead on. It's also very much like a campfire, smoky, woody, and with sweet hints of malt.

The taste doesn't deviate much from what the nose led me to expect. There's more smoked ham, sweet malt, campfire and woody notes, as well as a slight saltiness and some caramel notes. There are some lighter malt notes at the finish.

Like many a good german beer, this beer is complex, creamy with low to medium carbonation, a smooth finish, and very clean. The beer is like a camping trip or a Thanksgiving ham in a bottle. (951 characters)

Photo of GMB
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier's Urbock yields a beautiful deep brown-nose colored brew. The body seems opaque at first , but turns out iridescent when viewed against a light source, revealing ruby and burnt umber highlights. The ecru head rises to a picture-perfect inch-and-a-half, and shows no sign of receding at first. It takes its time as it slowly drops, leaving behind some sticky foam around the edges of the top of the brew, and an island of foam atop the body worthy of an italian cappuccino. Carbonation is gentle. I expect a rich, full mouthfeel with lots of viscosity.

The beer offers two distinct olfactory experiences. First, there is the light, slightly smokey aroma that fills the room as soon as the cap is popped. Then there is the complex bouquet of aromas that assert themselves when the brew is held close to one's nose. Roasted smokey aromas in the center, surrounded by molasses, burnt-butter-braised prunes and raisins, and toasted pumpernickel bread.

The brew is full and rich on the palate. It took me about 15 seconds to swallow my first sip. The aromas of the nose are converted to flavors on the palate, and are accompanied by iris flowers, toasted almonds, and a hint of dried tobacco leaf.

What's especially impressive about Urbock is that, despite its dominant smoke flavors, it doesn't send me into "smokey bacon and barbecued meats" land. Sure, those flavors are present, but there's a sophistication in this beer's flavor profile that is absent from any of the other smoked beers I've tasted in this style. I think that the malty backbone of the duppelbock style deserves some of the credit. But most of it goes to the brewers at Aecht Schlenkerla, who have produced something special here. (1,746 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been looking forward to this beer for a long time! Pours a bark root beer brown with a big foamy tan head that recedes to a 1/4 inch cap. Aroma is alder smoke big time over a mild beery underpinning. Smooth going down, the adler smoke is not as evident in the taste as the aroma but very very nice indeed mixed perfectly with a caramelly malt and tiny grassy hop flavor. Eminently drinkable. The 16.9 oz is disappearing quickly! Spectacular with pork. (451 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown from pint sized bottle.

Smells of smoke, smoked malt, meat cooking over a campfire.

Smoke is dominant, but there is a nice malty backbone. Tastes of bacon, ham with a hint of sweetness.

A little thicker than the Marzen

Love a good Rauchbier and this one is up there with the best. (302 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out cola brown and fills the glass with darkness. The body gives way to ruby highlights in the light. Fluffy lightly tanned head. Plenty of good looking lace.

Intoxicating smoky aroma emanates from the glass and comes through wonderfully in the taste with smoked meat/Gouda like flavor.

Brown sugar and caramel sweetness sticks in behind the smoke bomb that is the Urbock and sticks on the lips. Heavy medium body but fairly effervescent. Drinks nicely.

While heavily smoked there is still some finesse. Love Schlenkerla bier! (536 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, one very similar to the Märzen, except of course now with the Urbock designation. A picky 6.5% ABV on this offering, at that.

This beer pours a clear, dark caramel-tinted brown hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, mildly creamy, and mostly bubbly true beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky remote islet lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of gamey smoked meat, bready smoked caramel malt, gritty smoked Gouda, generic campfire ash, and more isolated, well, smoke (the thesaurus having duly failed me here). The taste is still big and over the top smoky, sure, but now at least one can discern the caramel malt backbone and singed leafy hops amongst the still heady simmering bacon and infused cheese acridity. My mouth silently cries out for an ashtray.

The carbonation is agreeably involved, but just enough to keep things lively and on the go, the body a somewhat tacky medium weight, and much more smooth than I might have proffered had I been asked at the onset of this affair. It finishes strangely off-dry, the now biscuity caramelized (and smoked, don't ever be forgettin' the smoke!) malt hanging tough, as does the lingering assaulted noble hops, all still under the yoke of the moderately overbearing smoky notes.

Uber alles, this does seem to have a bit of a lighter, booze-lifted essence, that is at once reminiscent of Bocks and actively burning beechwood fires. Still, one hell of a sturdy, gritty, and of course eye and palate-watering smoky deal. Veritable truth in advertising, that cannot be denied, and if there was any homeland beer that Rammstein should hold close to heart, it would be this. (1,662 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
2.66/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Sorry beer peeps, I just don't get the smoke beer-thing. Looked nice, a dark brown with a small head. Aroma was a sweet and potent smokiness. I gave it the benefit of the doubt as I really like smoked meats in general. Unfortunately, the smoke flavor was just too much for me. I definitely don't want it as part of my beer. I get that a lot of people might enjoy these, not me. Looked like a decent beer, mouthfeel was pleasant but that overpowering smokiness was just a killer. (478 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, full head.
That full smoky Schlenkerla nose with a little deep malt and sugar and alcohol.
The sweetness of this one overpowers the smoke and the malt flavors a bit. Certainly bigger than the Maerzen, but tastes less smoky and has less defined flavors. A little too sticky for me.
Silky smooth. I opened another bottle one night when I had a cold. I couldn't smell it and couldn't taste much of it either, but the smoothness of this beer made up for it.

Good smoke beer, but to me it doesn't stand up to the Maerzen. Now patiently awaiting the 1 December release of the Oak smoke. (591 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.