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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 73
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 08-23-2001)
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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark orange, some reddish hues, almost ruby, thick medium head forms and settles to a thin layer and medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, real vibrant color, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, very sweet and smokey, a bit of burnt wood, brown sugar, thick and malty, a bit of sweet raisin, very rich, really nice toffee/caramel smokey note, cool aroma on it, I dig it.

Taste is really nice too, intense maltiness, very sweet, big toffee and caramel, a bit of brown sugar, very nice smokiness, mild and subtle, cherrywood and mesquite, raisin, alcohol is well hidden, really nice finish, very light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is great, medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Silky smooth going down, really nice stuff.

Viggo, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured deep ruby and clear. Medium-sized head is creamy and white in color. Aroma is distincively deep and roasted with sweetish smoked ham-like malts, some ash and a hint of hops. Rich flavor is full of smoked, sweetish malts and the finish is medium bitter. Some sourish, coffee-like roastedness in the finish too. Palate is supersmooth and silky, medium bodied and slick. Fuller and more biter than märzen. Can't say this is my style.

CuriousMonk, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ThirstyH
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review, but surely not my first beer!

The first words out of my mouth after my first sip were "sh*t, that's smoky." I wholeheartedly stand by that statement.

Pouring into my mug, this beer is dark as hell. I hold it up and can barely see some light coming through. It pours with a decent amount of light-tannish head.

Out of order, I know, but I took that first little sip before I really smelt it to make sure I didn't spill any. The strong, smoky flavor stayed in my mouth. Bacon?

The smell echoes this smokiness. Kinda... pungent.

The taste got better with time and as the beer warmed up a little bit. Hints of something sweet in there. Caramel? The strong aftertaste mellowed out and it became easier to drink without being overpowered. I still can't help but think of oil right out of a pan of bacon or speck mixed in with beer.

I don't think I've had a smokebeer before, so maybe I just wasn't ready for this but I ended up drinking less than half of it.

Still, an interesting drink. I may even try it again way down the road (perhaps after trying less intense smokebeers?). Especially if I had the right cheese and someone to split it with.

ThirstyH, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of KenC
1.73/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I asked the guy at the store what he had that was unique and different. Wow, did I get that!

Hmm.. I opened the bottle not knowing what to expect.

It's a really deep, dark color. I was ready to be impressed.

It has a smell that screams "Oscar Mayer Bacon".

It poured with very little head. Than it tasted just like it smelled... and the after taste; just too overbearing to be called good or enjoyable.

No lacing.

99% went down the drain. They should leave this brew in their 700 year old cellar.

Maybe I should just go back to APA's or IPA's

KenC, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of incredibly thick, slightly tan head on top of a absolutely black beer. Beautiful lacing. The head didn't stick around quite as long as I would like it too be there.

S: Smells like straight bacon with a bit of a malt background. Insanely pungent. You can really smell the smoke. Hint of sweeet caramel.

T: In the actual taste the meaty, smoke is not overbearing. Instead it blends perfectly with caramel, slight bitterness, earthy, and woody. Incredibly unique and incredibly enjoyable. It is not overly sweet and the smoke/bacon flavor lingers nicely at the end. There is also just a hint of bitterness in the middle towards back end of the taste.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation. Rather what I would expect from this beer.

D: It has the body and flavor of a considerably higher in alcohol beer. Really just a pleasure.

OnThenIn, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a frothy white cap. Good retention and a ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Nice smoke bacon balanced nicely with dark fruit and caramel malt. Woody and reminds me of camping.

T- Follows the nose. Smoke level is high but not immensely. It allows the dark fruit and caramel malt to be noticed and effectively balance this out. Fairly sweet.

MF- Light body that is slightly creamy. Smooth carbonation.

DB- Very nice smoked beer. High in the smoke level but the rest of the beer makes for a balanced, enjoyable experience.

cbutova, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of CarfiCZ
1.38/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Purchased in 12/2010 Prague, pivotéka časy.Pravděpodobně-mean I do not like this style of beer, awful bitter taste. I bought 0.5 liters and I drank only 0.1, I had to dump the rest. I'll have a bitter beer, but this is extreme. RECOMMENDED PSPil am from the same brewery as weizenbock and I enjoyed it

CarfiCZ, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with amber highlights showing through. The head settles out quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Sweet caramel and (of course) smoke. Some licorice, caraway, and pepper.

T - Caramel and toffee up front with smoked malt notes. Meaty, toasty notes come out in the middle with some darker roast notes of coffee and chocolate. The beer finishes with some cola character and more smoke as well as a charred coffee character that provides moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very nice, the combination of the rich, sweet bock malt character with the smoky malt creates something that is almost like a stout or smoked porter. This beer seems more toasted and smoky than what I have had from Schlenkerla in the past and it has a high level of sweetness that helps to balance out the intense smoke. This is well worth trying, though I would stick with the marzen if given a choice of the brewery's beers.

nickfl, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, tawny brown color, mostly clear and brilliant but a good amount of yeast floats around. Thinnish tan head leaves a long-lasting haze on the surface. Good amount of active carbonation. Intense smoke aroma; meaty and earthy. Rich, robust malts create a slightly sweet odor. The flavor is not quite as smoky; instead of overpowering, the smoke complements a sweet and complex malt profile. Slight floral hop flavor with a nice balancing bitterness. Light to medium in body with a substantial yet airy mouthfeel. The intensity of the smoke aroma was a bit off-putting at first but the flavor of this one is a great mix of smokiness and malt sweetness, with just enough hop bitterness to balance it all out.

goldbot, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of theopholis
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an authentic Aecht Rauchbier glass

Appearance- Pours deep ruby red/brown. The body is quite dark, but has gorgous ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is quite clear for a beer this dark. Head is two-fingers when poured, off-white and fluffy. As it settles, the fluffiness turns to a wonderful creaminess, and it leaves some nice clingy lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell- Lots of smokiness. It kind of masks the maltiness and malt sweetness from coming through in the nose.

Taste- Starts out with a very nice smokiness that is dry. This is not as smoky as the MArzen version of the beer. If that one is too smoky, try this one. The malt comes through a bit more clearly here,. This is much more complex than most rauchbiers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, full carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite nice.

theopholis, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very smokey, roasted malts, bacon, a hint of mint, and firewood.

t - Tastes of bacon, smokey roasted malts, toasted malts, firewood, and charcoal.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very good example of a rauchbier, it's insanely smokey and bacony. I enjoyed it, and would have it again.

mdfb79, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Ego
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

38 inches of snow here... might as well down a beer.

the head is more subdued on this than it's fellow brew mates, it settles in quickly and becomes a nice layer on top of a deep ruby hue, some light does pass through but a GPS would help, plenty o' carbonation rises from the top, lacing is clingy and consistent, nice looking glass o' beer.

ah, the joy of rauch, this is a pretty intense one, like sticking your head over a dying fire, the malt is definitely singing here, smoked meat aroma galore, absolutely fills up your head with smoky goodness, the wood flavors in the back are delightful, this is beer ? damn! I do also sense a touch of dark fruit in the background, man, I could sniff this all damn night like my dog sniffs asses. outstanding. this is drool worthy.

taste etc...
looking at the carbonation you would think this would have more carb bite, but it is actually ultra smooth, up front this is thick and malty, and just when you think it might turn super sweet you get that flavor of licking some ash and it balances out. the smoke aroma then fills your passages as you bask in the afterglow of a nice sip, this beer sets a mark, a standard, it is super easy to drink but you want to savor it to go through the trip of each sip.

if you remotely like rauchbier you need to come here. period.

paired with some extra sharp wisconsin white cheddar

Ego, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 09 FL. OZ. bottle. Pours a black color with a small head. Some lacing. Great aroma. Smells of mesquite, A1 steak sauce, barbecue sauce, and smoke. Taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma but still very flavorful. A smoky, barbecue flavor to it. Some sweet maltiness as well, but it mostly tastes like camping. I don't find Rauchbiers to be all that drinkable but this one is somewhat easy to quaff, considering. Very good rauchbier.

PicoPapa, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown with hint of red up to light. very little head, solid lacing.

S: strong aroma of mesquite, roasted nuts, malt, hint of carmel.

T/M: earthy, wood, mild bread, sweet malt, fascinating flavor, med/light body, goes down very smooth.

D: This beer is fascinating and I bet goes very well with BBQ. The initial smokiness is intense, but mellows within a few minutes. I don't know why so many fellow beer geeks hate this style. It's very unique and highly enjoyable. Give the true liquid smoke a try! ;)

BeerLover99, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/27/2010. Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, charred malt, smoke. Flavor of sweet meats with a smoky, charred body and charred malt finish. A sweet, meaty, smoky, hearty palate. I enjoyed this one more than the Marzen. Very nice smoked.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of redraider2323
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim in NYC for sending me a bottle:

A - brownish black, grayish foam, a little cloudy

S - YES! BBQ in a glass. I want this channeled into my apartment through hte HVAC. Smells like a smoke pit.

T - brown bread, smoke, a little BBQ like tang

M/D - medium thin mouthfeel, dry and drinkable. A personal favorite.

redraider2323, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Deep nut brown. White, light head.

S - Ham and soft rolling smoke.

T - Smooth and warming smoke opening with a malty body. The smoke isn't overwhelming at all. Mid palate is sweet with pumpernickel bread. Salty-smoke finish.

M - Super smooth. Medium body. Soft smoke coats your palate.

D - A slow sipping beer while your palate warms up to it, but well worth the journey.

vfgccp, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted alongside the marzen. Pours a near black with two fingers of head and some webby lacing.

The aroma is a campfire roastiness with light notes of sweet plum and cherry.

The flavor has a deep smokiness with some cigarette and and coffee grinds. More flavorful than the marzen, that is for sure. I'm not a huge fan of smokiness, but this beer doesn't make it a focal point like some style failures I have tasted in the past. Rather, it is a complementary aspect to the other flavors in the beer.

The body is medium and feels somewhat watery. Overall this is a top notch rauchbier, definitely the best I have tried to date although I have often stayed away from this style in the past.

alcstradamus, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of HoldensHomebrew
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a dark brown with some mahogany highlights. Pours with a nice creamy tan head

S-Bacon, BBQ, Smoke, All sooo Good and expected for the style. The smoke over powers everything but hey, this is a smoked beer and I love me a pound of bacon.

T-Same as smell but now with a decent amount of sweetness to back it up. The bittering components add a slight complexity, but definitely smoke, BBQ, Bacon, all dominate.

M- Medium bodied with no astringency.

D- Great beer, loved every minute of it, of course I love me a smokey bacon BBQ beer and this is one that tops the cake for me.

HoldensHomebrew, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The smell is sweet and smoked. Distinct notes of salami and delicatessen.

The liquid is clear, the colour dark brown-red. The compact two-finger head is pale brown.

The taste got a hint of bitter metal, but the dominant flavour is a mellow smoked one with a touch of salt. There is a growing clean bitterness in the aftertaste as well as a semi-sweet pleasant salami/sausage-like smoky flavour.

The carbonation is fresh, the liquid mid-smooth and a little sticky.

A full flavoured bock without those raw alcoholic flavours with a very mellow and elegant smoke, way better than the bottled version. Asking the publican regarding this, he thought it might be because of the cask and the freshness (this beer was filled just a few days ago),

bark, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes:11-6-10

A: pours dark brown with a finger of light brown head.
S: very smoky, just a bit of malt but mainly smoke
T: the flavor of a bock is noticeable , bit of caramel, and well smoke but not overpowering
M: smooth, lingers around for awhile.
D: an acquired taste, great with grilled meat.

rootbeerman, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a a great smoke beer dark amber almost black but amber to the light a nice head and lace
Smoky malts almost a barbq smookyness with a slight alcohol finish
Very smooth and smoky taste very nice the smoke finishes and lingers leaving a smoky taste in the mouth
Drink it warm and slow

bishopdc0, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet/brown with a thin off-white head. Very little visible carbonation.

The smell is less intensely smokey than the other Schlenkerla rauchbiers. Sweet malty notes form the backbone while the smoke is very much up front and center stage. Not terribly complex, but very nice simple balance.

The taste is yet again fronted by the slightly tangy smoke flavor, followed by nutty notes and a slight apple-like tartness.

Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

MrHassellYaHurd, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Deep but transparent brown with ruby highlights. A finger of barely tan head, smooth & creamy. Stretches of lacing.

Smells of heavily smoky, meaty, woody, rich, like smoked salmon without the fishiness. There's a subtle, underlying chocolate note, too. Awesome smell, can't stop smelling this one.

Taste is heavyily caramel up front, then in the rolls the smoke -- not quite as thick as the smell suggests, but definitely prominent. Roasty, even charred undertones. Turns sweet at the finish with restrained smoky roast in aftertaste.

I expect this to feel like a bacon milkshake, but it's surprisingly medium-bodied & smooth, with a velvety texture.

For as bold a taste & smell as this presents, it's very easy-drinking. I think the mouthfeel has a lot to do with it, & the bold flavor subsides a bit, mellowing out. Great beer!!

OneDropSoup, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours deep ruby brown, very dark, though with ruby highlights around the edges showing the true clarity of the beer. Head is two-fingers when poured, khaki-coloured and fluffy. As it settles in, it leaves some nice clingy lacing down the sides of the glass.

Nose is intense and pure, sausages roasting over an open campfire. There's just enough sweetness from the malt to keep that big smokiness from becoming completely one dimensional, but there's no mistaking the nose for anything but a full-on, balls-to-the-wall rauchbier.

Taste is almost an exact replica of the nose. Massive smokiness is dry, again with the feel of sausages over an open campfire. Richness of the malt comes through a bit more clearly here, lending a bit of underlying caramel to really bring the sausage effect out, and with a bit of a crisp bitterness on the finish. Amazing balance and clarity between all three aspects - the massive smoke, the underlying malt, and the finish light bitterness from the hops. Can't imagine a better example.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium-full bodied, full carbonation that isn't too sharp. Again, beautiful and near perfect.

Drinkability - wow. When a beer is this intense, for the drinkability to be this high is a true achievement, taking near-perfect balance. Just a phenomenal beer, and like pretty much everything they put out, an absolute benchmark of the style.

JohnQVegas, Nov 15, 2010
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.