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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 Durge
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep but clear mahogany brown-black with a moderate fizzy head of a grey brown color and weakly laced at best. The aroma brings strong smokey winelike quality, burnt oak, deep and luscious, speaks of ham and licorice clove and molasses. Quite nice and complex! The taste suggests lots more smoke over molasses in a near full bodied brew with some malt sweetness. A luscious feel to the tongue, smooth and edible. There's a coffee bean bitterness. Not a session brew but highly enjoyable, big time unique and a flavorful experience. Don't miss trying this smokey treat, great with the left over ham, mmm....

Durge, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep maroon with very active carbonation. Fine particulates can be seen when the beer is held up to the light. Lumpy tan head has nice retention. Leaves spots of lace and a slight ash-like residue.

S: Smoky, but not so much so as their Marzen. In this beer, the smoke is well balanced with molasses and caramel aromas. There is a slight pepper tingle in the background.

T: Well balanced. Smoke isn't over the top. Instead, it complements the flavors of molasses and toffee to create a nice harmony. Because of the smoke, the hops don't need to do too much to offset the beer's sweetness. Nonetheless, they provide a mild pepper presence that adds an extra layer of complexity. Finishes with a linger smoke flavor that lasts well into the night.

M: Medium body feels a little under carbonated.

D: Perfect with smoked sausage. The lighter smoke flavor makes this beer a bit easier to take all alone. But it still goes best with smoked meats and heavy cheeses. A very nice beer.

Rayek, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of DigitalHype
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt bottle

Nice, dark reddish brown color. Lots of creamy, tan head. Slight bit of lacing is present.

I'm somewhat a novice with this style. Finding it a bit difficult to describe beyond the overwhelming, and expected smoke. Reminds me so much of the smoked fish, I used to get with my Dad, in Cape Canaveral, FL. I can make out a little bit of pear on the nose. But, mainly just smoke. :)

First sip. Nice rich smoke-pit. Roasted malt, coffee, and hits of well-aged scotch whiskey. Slight rusty bitterness that plays off the campfire smoke, quite nicely.

This is a bit thinner than expected. I'm enjoying this, and thinking of some interesting food pairings. But, I can't help thinking this should have just a little more body.

DigitalHype, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red tinge and clear. A bit of beige head, thins out quickly. Not all that much lacing but decent. Look, it looks like a bock, inside-out and upside-down. I'll give it good marks for that.

Intense, delicious dark wood smoke. Meaty, dark and delectable, like burnt chops or something. But still with a good maltiness behind it, and not even a roasted maltiness but rather a syrupy, amber malt character. Truly excellent aroma.

Taste is again with the exquisite smoke flavours with a strong mesquite BBQ character infiltrating on all sides. Meaty, potent and attention-grabbing, but this too is sweet and malty. Mouthfeel though lets it down, it's incredibly thin.

Drinking though this is probably the smoothest of the Schlenkerla Rauchs - although it's been a long time since I drank the Marzen, and really you'd have to have them all lined up in a row to really compare them because the smoke is always the dominant factor. This one though is pretty well-balanced and very drinkable.

laituegonflable, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red brown, definite hints of ruby when held to the light. A filmy head of pure white foam. Decent enough.

Huge and intense smoke aromas on the nose. It's like sticking your nose into the remnants of a recently deceased campfire. Something dark and jammy in there as well, but not particularly sweet. Like crisped, honey roasted beef. Amazing. What a powerful and rich rauch nose. Man I love rauchs.

Taste is disappointingly thin, compared to the aroma, but it has a nice ashy charcoal bitterness to it. A really like rauchs to have a bit of sweetness behind the smoke, and this one doesn't. But it continues the burning ashy character at least - certainly charcoal. Mouthfeel particularly thin.

Still, this is an impressively robust rauch. One that leaves everything up to the smoke character, and you have to appreciate it for that.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of SwillBilly
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my dimpled mug, Urbock is dark brown in color with some ruby highlights when held up to light. Topped by rather small tan head that fades rather quickly to a sheer lacing.

Smell: Bacon in a glass? Pretty damn close and whats better smelling than bacon? Smoked meat and charcoal dominate with just a hint of the dark fruity maltiness that lies beneath. Outstanding.

Taste: Starts with a nice, dark fruit maltiness with a hint of caramel before the smokiness permeates the middle. The middle is smoked meat and campfire embers. No trace of hops or alcohol. Smokiness lingers well after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in the mouth than I would expect with a nice creaminess and steady carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: What a unique beer, a standard bearer for the Rauchbier style. Nice and smoky with charred meat and fire embers and hints of dark fruit hidden in the wonderful smokiness. A great beer to sip, would be ideal sitting by the fireplace or around the campfire or bbq. Easy to drink with alcohol well hidden. A fantastic change of pace beer and a beer the everyone should at least try once, though I will definitey buy more of this. Highly recommended, seek and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of stumac
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first beer, in a long time, that I am not drinking with my girlfriend. She's on a mini vacation :(

this is best drunken out of a pint glass with a rather small mouth opening.

This brew pours up a clean dark brown color with amber edges. A nice dark tan head with very nice lacing. the nose is doughy, roasted sweet German malts, subtle smokiness, bitter foreign chocolate. the taste is toasty malts, some more dough character, subtle hop undertone, decent smokiness, caramel. medium bodied, low carbo. While not as smoky as their Marzen, this is probably my favorite German beer of all time.

I have a little cold so I think thats why I cant smell the "intense" smoke like everyone else can. damn...

stumac, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz brown bottle, pop off...nice ditty about the beer on the label...very classy looking bottle

Appearance: Beautiful dark walnut beer with ivory cap; the head soon reduces to a thick ivory film

Smell: Smokehouse; there are INTENSE aromas of smoked meat...this is odd, but quite nice...it's like thick-cut smoked bacon being fried in the morning

Taste: Applewood smoked cheddar cheese and bacon...it's strange, simple, and upfront...and delicious

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Not huge, but 1-3 would be nice

Conclusion: This is a damn weird beer, my first of the style; it's odd, delicious, awesome!

BedetheVenerable, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Overpowering smoke and meat aroma which is indistinguishable from cooking sausage. Awesome I can't imagine a better smoked aroma.

Appearance - Nutty brown with a slight creamy head that quickly dissipated

Taste - A very heavy non-lively taste. A bitter hop bite near the end. Hints of subdued malt sweetness. Obviously the smokey taste flavor. Without the smoke I'm suspicious how good this beer would be. With it however it is something that can't be passed up.

Mouthfeel - I would have preferred more carbonation to move the beer across my palate

Drinkability - One of these is highly drinkable especially if paired well with food. However more than one might let palate fatigue set in.

jwhawkins81, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of letsgopicnic
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a stein

dark brown but still able to see through it.
smoke, hints of bacon, vary appealing.
hints of bacon, smoke, not as heavy as i had anticipated, vary tasty i feel like i could drink this as a session beer, but i do wish that is was a bit stronger.
medium bordering on heavy.

letsgopicnic, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of schuim
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown beer with a white head. The head stays on for a long time.
The aroma is smoked with intense aroma of smoked ham and campfire.
The taste is malty and rich. The smoke in the aroma is more intense than in taste. There is a very intriging mix of sweet malt and smokiness.

A warming mouthfeel that suits the Bock season of dark cold days. It is a destinct bottem fermented yeast character.
The aftertaste changes from sweet malts to a more dry bitterness mixed with smoke. Although there is a lot af flavour it still is a very drinkable beer.

schuim, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smokie... Smokie. Looks great, smells, smokie. Taste is good, until the after. If you like smokie beers this one is good for you. I don't prefer it so much. Mouthfeel is alright. Drinkability is no so great because of the smoke. Having said all of that, I do have to give props for this unique beer. I would drink it daily but I did give it decent marks because of the difference.

soupermirl, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A true blue Rauchbier served at just over fridge temperature with a roast beef sandwich. A traditional German stange will be my vessel of choice.

Appearance- This beer's color even looks smoked... it's a burnished brown, the hue of bacon. Its crown is simply astounding, bordering on impossible... four to five full fingers of head, thick and supple. Even after five minutes, the crown is denser than a fat kitchen sponge. Gobs and gobs of lacing dress the glass, it's a beautiful beer.

Smell- The fireplace in the great room... going for hours, creating that aroma that wafts through the neighborhood. A perfect, glorious display of smoked malt that one can really only marvel, like it or not. It's brilliant, especially due to the subdued floral notes I'm picking up underneath the peaty character.

Taste- I remember the first time I sampled this beer on tap at FireWaters in Hackensack... it was like a liquid ham sandwich, but that was it. Now, a few years later, I realize it is so much more than that. The smoked malt dominates and anchors the flavor profile, but then a cameo of molasses and the surprisingly prominent hop bitterness balances the malt sweetness and the result is most refreshing and enjoyable. The endless smoky, yet bright finish is extraordinary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As if this beer hasn't already won me over, the mouthfeel only adds to the experience and allows the nuances of smoked malt, molasses, and hops to unfold their bountiful properties. A classic in every regard, there's something to be said for this brewery's absolutely stunning offerings.

yelterdow, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of cpn920
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured dark mahogany/amber with minimal head.

Smells like a fireplace fire. I also got the smell of Skoal chewing tobacco...brings back bad memories when I tried that back in HS and ended up sick as a dog.

Tastes like you would expect, very smoky with a bacon flavor. I had read this in other posts and expected it to be a real heavy beer but it really isn't.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is very low for me. I'm glad I tried the style but it isn't for me. Based on the taste I'm sure that this is a great representation of the stylye, but again, not for me. Maybe I'll revisit it in a couple years but for now, no thanks.

cpn920, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's clear and a dark nut brown color. There's plenty of light getting through giving it some nice ruby highlights. There's not much going on with the head. What little bit was there looked vanilla in color. It disappeared very quickly and left no lacing to speak. Doesn't look like there's too much going on in the carbonation department.

Smell: Now this is a smoked beer. The aroma is wall to wall smoke. Imagine the aroma of an old German with brats abound cooking. That's the picture I'm getting. Smoke's the predominant aroma and it's tough to draw much more out of it. There's a nice roasted malt aroma lingering about. It's not very deep and there's not too much else going on. Nonetheless, it's a very unique smell that's nicely done.

Taste: Not surprisingly, it features an overwhelming smoke flavor. The old German pub still comes to mind. It's a very nice flavor that really lingers on the palate for a long time. Roasted malts are noted. They work well with the predominant smoke flavor. It's an interesting combo that I haven't quite encountered in a beer before. Alcohol is not noted. Finishes...smoky. Big surprise there.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a minimal level of carbonation. It's relatively smooth, but I think I'd like more bubbles. Drinkability is pretty average if you ask me. The strong smoke flavor is really unique and, while I like it, it's not something I'd drink very much of.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is a mouthful. Not just the name, but the beer as well. It's got a really nice, unique smoke flavor. I think that's the extent of its purpose. It's probably typical for the style. I don't have any prior experience for comparison. For what it is, it's good. I can't say it's something I'd seek out frequently in a beer. But, it's definitely very nice and should be experienced by every BA at least once.

prototypic, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. The label lists an abv of 6.5%.

Appearance: Brown body with a small cream colored head.

Smell: Smokey bacon. If you're not a fan of pork and meat products in general than this probably isn't a beer for you.

Taste: Smokey beef jerky flavor followed by a nice bitter finish. Smokiness stays on your palate for awhile. Really lovely stuff.

BierFan, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light-medium brown color with a nice fine-bubbled light tan head that has great retention.

Smell is very smoky and delicious, it makes my mouth water. Has a smoked pork type smell...nearly ham like. Hints of sweet malts and chocolate.

Smoke flavor is heavy, but not overpowering. Malts find a way to make their presence known in other ways as well, adding to the complexity of this beer in the form of bittersweet chocolate and toasty alcohol flavors. Very nice...a must try for rauchbier fans. I would buy this again in a heartbeat. Went well with some North Carolina style BBQ.

My favorite smoked beer, fo sho.

twiggamortis420, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of 88blkiroc
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Strong smell of bacon, smoked ham and woodfire smoke. Awesome if you love bacon like I do.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, cola colored. Thin light tan head that dissipates quickly. Small light brown bubbles appear in the head that almost look like liquid fat bubbles.

Taste: Similar to how it smells, dark but not thick, smoked pork/bacon flavor. Good amount of carbonation. Leaves a strong smoke aftertaste. No alcohol taste, its overpowered by the smokiness.

Definitely a different experience. If you love bacon or pork you will like this beer. Could go very well with similar tasting foods or smoked cheese. A must try for any real beer fan.

88blkiroc, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Overwhelmig aroma of wood fireplace at first, then a smoked sausage aroma. No visible head, and no lacing. Taste is very smoky. Cant really discern any other flavor. Lingers on the palatte. Might work with the proper food pairing. Certainly not a drinkable beer in my opinion. Review numbers wil bear in mind that skoked beer probably is not my favorite.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: huge head that dimples, dark brown, medium carbonation

Smell: pepper, campfire smoke, pork, and spice

Taste: huge smoky wood taste, spice, pork, burnt malt

Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium light body

Drinkability: I feel sort of bad giving this all fives, but truth be told I believe this is the benchmark for my favorite style. If I could have one beer for the rest of my life this is it. The smoke is not subtle--it is amazing. The other flavors are very complex. This hides the alcohol well. Everything a rauch should be. Everything a beer should be. This is the beer for me.

tigg924, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured dark and molasses in color but clear near the edges of the stein. It had a nice three finger head that clung to the edge of the stein as it receded. There was no active carbonation.

It smelled smoky and spicy like popular tree burning.

It has a nice malt and spice tang. It was lite and refreshing. It was lite bodied.

I liked it a lot. I found it very drinkable and well balanced.

Rennpferd, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark dark amber color, clean and clear when held up to the light.

Smells just like the best thing ever. Barley and fireplace.

Malts hit the mouth at first and the lingering taste of woodsmoke hangs out behind.

Great smokey taste, but perhaps a bit overpowering.

The smoke taste is quite powerful. I've found that drinking them before smoking is not as pleasurabe as after.

donteatpoop, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. I had this beer following the Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weiss beer and the similarities were great.

A= This beer poured a clear red-tinged brown color with a 1/4" off white head that dropped fast. Only a few spots of lace remained.

S= Lots of sweet carmelly malt aroma coupled with a big stiff smoke note. These two scents battled back and forth throughout the entire glass.

T= Taste was a collision between a caramel malt bomb and a woody smoke bomb. The malt was sweet and bakery fresh while the smoke was pungent and provided a nice counterbalance to the sweetness. The finish was dry and smoky.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp dry mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D= Like all of the Schlenkerla Rauchbiers, this one is hugely smoky yet still retains a high drinkability. Recommended for those wanting to experience a true German smoked beer.

spointon, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A very dark brown with a very quickly leaving white head and a relative low carbonation

Smell- smokey nose with sweet malts trying to fight over it and break through

Taste- A decent balance of smoked beer flavor and sweet sugary burned malts, a pretty good balance of those two flavours, great long finish lasting even for over 20 mins later, even a slight bitter kick in the finish,

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied smooth malty feel

Drinkabilty- To me this is a beer that would be ideal with good spicey food or some great summer bbq food, to me of their three main beers by this company this was by far the best and if I try again it would be this one with food paired up.

Stunner97, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - Poured a medium amber, forming a 1 inch tan head. Light lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Very smokey aroma, along with a noticeable sweet malt smell.

T - Wonderful flavor of smoked meat and spices, along with a decent malt backbone. This tastes just like an outdoor bar-b-que smells.

M - Medium bodied. Very full mouthfeel that coats the palate completely and sticks to it. Smooth finish.

D - Very full unique flavor with this beer. If you want something different, this is it. While I dont think I would drink more than one of these at a time, I would definitely keep this in the rotation. I've been wanting to try a Rauchbier for a while, and I have to say I wasnt the least bit disappointed. Highly recommended!!!!

beeragent, Feb 04, 2009
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.