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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 86
Gots: 65 | 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 JuliusCaesar
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JGam115
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich russet brown, fluffy off-white head. Maple bacon gristle, BBQ smoke deliciousness. Sweet malt and smoky goodness.

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.

Photo of abrodsky
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bikeboy1
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoke beer not my thing

Photo of cultclassic89
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of danlib21
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a small tan head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass.
Aroma is of smoky sausage.
Flavor is smoky and sweet.
This is a great smoky beer. Very drinkable. Beers like this remind me that I need more imports.

Photo of Tanked
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of Roguer
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful solid black beer, topped with a beige/tan head. Very fluffy, nice retention, and big chunks of lacing. Clear upon closer inspection, with garnet highlights.

From a distance, sweet, overripe dark fruit are the dominant aroma, carrying along yeasty banana notes. Up close, the smoke really comes through: a strong, oak-fire (actually beechwood) aroma that reminds one of a fireplace up close (and only slightly of bacon).

The smoke aroma is dominant up close, but then the first sip touches your tongue and lips, greeting you immediately with a sweet, bready malt profile reminiscent of a Doppelbock. Grapes, prunes, and fruitbread. Then, the smoke enters on mid-palate and finishes strong, giving it a lovely, pronounced, but not overpowering smokey feel. The wood is quite powerful.

Smooth, incredibly easy to drink, with a long smokey - and yet somehow wet and juicy - finish. Impeccable balance.

A perfectly integrated Rauchbier. This is truly how the masters of the style integrate such pronounced flavors into an almost delicate, and certainly delectable beer. Really, really fantastic. If I rated this only to style, it might earn 5.0s across the board.

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Vogt52
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jguerratke
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of pesceuomo0023
3.8/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Jacobob10
3.8/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

great with spicy lamb pizza.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.