Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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4.56/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
05-17-2014 18:31:19 | More by TheCuriograph
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-09-2014 15:45:08 | More by QueerBeer
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.