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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 82
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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 drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a stange for some reason. Beer is dark brown with a thick head of small bubbles that completely coats the glass. Beer is clear and carbonation appears to be minimal.

Aroma is quite hickory with a lot of smoke. There is also some sweetness in there but its mostly smoke.

Beer is medium to light in body and the smoke is the dominant flavor in here. It finishes pretty cleanly and the smokiness kind of lingers in your mouth but not as an aftertaste. There is some mild caramel in there if you can see past the smoke. Overall its pretty good. Not my favorite of the bunch but a damn fine one.

Photo of Mdog
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark brown, big head, nice lacing.

Smell: Smoked ham.

Taste: Starts with some nice sweetness, then a smooth smoky flavor reminds me of smoked honey ham.

Drinkability: Kind of pricey, plus smoked beers are more a special occasion beer.

Singles were 30% discounted so I picked this one up because I've always wanted to try it, but the price tag had always scared me off. Very pleasantly surprised, nice smoky flavor without being too over-the-top. Definitely reminded me of smoked ham. Mmmm ham beer.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice.

A - Wow this beer pours a deep mahognay colour with a thick off white head that stays the distance and laces the glass

S - Heavy smoked wood from the bottle. Once poured has some smoked cheese aromas about it.

T - Such beautiful smokey malts that turn to smoked bacon and schenken speck, a hint of sweetness, but this beer is awesome

M - Full body and low carbonation, absoulte work of art.

D - What an experience this beer is. A+ all the way.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, into a Paulaner .5L mug,

A: Pours a dark blood red/brown with a soft off-white head, fair retention.

S: Smoke all the way, barbeque, unique and outstanding smoked wood nose. More of a direct smoke nose when compared with the marzen.

T: Robust full smoke flavour, bacon and wood. Definite bock sweetness, and almost a sweet smoke flavour in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad thin a points, full aftertaste.

D: As with the marzen this is a crazy experience. Delicious stuff, the ultimate BBQ beer. Every BBQ restaurant should have this stuff in bottles. Went well with a charcoal grilled Memorial Day burger.

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark red with a tan head. This is an awesome looking beer. The aroma is lots of meaty smoke with a little roasted malt. The flavor is heavy on the smoke with some darker malts and some dark fruits mixed in as well. As the beer warms, the smoke becomes more intense. Medium mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours dark amber with a thin head that quickly disappears into just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a strong, smoky aroma in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of flavors of smoky, roasted malts in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very rich.
D: The beer has enough flavor to probably stand up on its own, but it's likely best paired with foods such as barbecue.

Photo of EtOHMD
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having recently had a rauchbier on tap at the other side, this one caught my eye today in the beer store. 16.9oz brown bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with visible carbonation and small whitish head that quickly dissipates. The smell is great, smoky as expected immediately calling to mind backyard bbq's and fireplaces. Taste follows especially up front but back end has some smoother maltiness. Agree with other reviews that mouthefeel is somewhat thin and would not be able to go for more than 1 of these, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

Photo of Naugros
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from the bottle at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It's part of their MBA program (Master of Beer Appreciation), so I was compelled to try it, but I had wanted to try a rauchbier anyway.

The beer is a dark brown in color with a very thin, tan head. The carbonation is not high, but any more might have not worked well with this style.

The smoke comes to you immediately. It smells like a campfire. If you didn't know that German for smoke was rauch, then you'd be able to infer that from the first whiff. It almost smelled like a bottle of Liquid Smoke.

The first taste was exactly like the smell, but then the aftertaste took me aback a little. It tasted a bit like Baco's at first, but I assume that came from the sliders I was eating with them, so I cleared my palate and found a little different flavor. If you've ever been in a house that burnt down after the fire department was gone, you know the taste of this beer. There is a sweetness from the malts and there is no discernible hops flavor.

The beer has got good body and has a pretty clean wash and the smoky aftertaste does not wear out its welcome.

At first I felt that I would not be able to finish this beer, but the tongue gets used to the smoky flavor and it becomes more and more welcome with each mouthful. Although I completed it, I'm not sure I'd order another. Perhaps this is just not my style.

Photo of buschbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of tan head. It is brown. The aroma is smoky like barbeque. The taste is smoky as well with some burnt caramel malt. The mouthfeel is medium. It is another good rauchbier. This one is more subtle than the marzen. I preferred the stronger smokiness of that one. I did confirm my suspicion. This beer is great with grilled meat!

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poiurs a beautiful rusty garnett with a nice off-white head and a good amount of lacing.

S: great smoky character atop plenty of wood and a bit of sweetness. Fairly one dimensional but it's definitely done right.

T: smoke and almost a bit of gamey meat. Another impressive smoked beer from the folks over at Heller Trum.

M: a little bit on the thin side for flavors this full.

D: a great beer for a few ounce glass, but a little more than that (especially without an accompanying food pairing) and this will get overwhelming.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange.

4.5 A: Clear mahogany color. Three fingers of sticky frothy/creamy hybrid head with excellent retention and lots of randomly placed lacing.

4.0 S: Smoke, smoKE, smOKE, sMOKE SMOKE! This smells like a campfire or, more precisely, one's clothes the day after hanging out by a campfire. Underlying malt is pretty hard to pick out, but I think I'm getting bready malts.

3.5 T: The smoke is nearly as aggressive in the taste as well. It's perhaps too smoky for my tastes, but it's still a well crafted beer. Anyway, campfire smoke, musky dankness, toffee, and some crystal sweetness.

4.0 M: Medium body, yet there's a large thick and chewy aspect. Carbonation is good, but a little aggressive. I imagine this is as smooth as a Rauch will get.

3.5 D: This is my first true Rauchbier and it's quite a ride. The smoke flavor is massive and I probably wasn't prepared. I'll try to find a bunch more of these, then come back to this one and see if I feel any different about it.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense scents of smoked meat and leather (jerky). Dark brown pour with a thick tan, fluffy head.

Smokey, salty sweetness on the nose, a touch of spice, and fruit aroma (pear/peach?); reminiscent of BBQ sauce.

Taste is an interplay between smokey and salty (fishy in a good way) with a nice malt backbone. The finish is sweet and smokey as well. Hops are no where to be found.

Med/carbonation, light bodied and oh so drinkable. Very well balanced and the smoke isn't overpowering in the slightest. Overall very enjoyable and pleasantly surprising.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown, with red highlights poking through.

S: Smells of burned bonfire. I also smell some cooked meat.

T: I can only pick up in taste similar to what I smell. Deep bonfire, "woodsyness," as well as cooked meats perhaps sausage or brats.

M/D: Seems very light, and would need to be consumed with the right foods. I just couldn't get into this beer. It was somewhat overwhelming in taste and smell. I attribute that to my lack of exposure to this style. I would like to try again, now that I know what to expect.

Photo of mondegreen
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Dark pour with a thin head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the outside of the glass. Very dark.

S: Mainly smoke. Maybe a touch medicinal in the nose. Smells interesting. I love smokey beers, so I feel right at home.

T: The smoked malt really shines, but I get a bitter/sour effect on the aftertaste. Not sure of an age on this beer, so I hope it isn't old. I know it was shelf stored and not refrigerated, so age could be a problem.

M: A little too thin for my liking. I love the big smokey flavor, but I need more body. Just a touch too watery.

D: Hard to say. I could enjoy the smoke sip after sip, but the aftertaste is wearing on me. I haven't seen any mention of this issue in the other reviews I've read, so I'll chalk it up to this bottle. I would love to try it again, especially from a different source.

Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into a Stone pint glass. Retention is there, no lacing. Deep red-brown.

You know what it smells like. Camp fire and Band-Aid, equal parts. Excellent smoky malt aroma.

On the palate, I get the smoky wood upfront, then a burnt sweet raisin on the back end. Slight creaminess. Pretty complex lager here, I really like it.

Slightly syrupy and hefty in feel. Feels bigger than it is.

While it makes me thirsty, it does beckon sip after sip. Not that I have shelves full of options in this style, but this just became my go-to Rauchbier!

Photo of ujsplace
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours an incredibly thick, foamy head that is long lasting and laces extremely well. The liquid is a deep brown with just a hint of dark amber around the edges.

Smells of smoked ham (makes my mouth water) and smokey malt sweetness.

Tastes very much like it smells. Big smokey flavors and just a hint of mild malts. This would be an excellent marriage of flavor with any smoked meat - most notably ham, but sausage, brats, pork (anything in the pork family that is smoked).

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, mildly carbonated and leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

To me, this is a great beer experience. I let my wife, mother-in-law and father-in-law take a sip and let's just say the ladies weren't into it. You will definitely be wowed by this and it is an acquired taste to be sure. I'm actually really digging this brew. I just popped my smokebeer cherry with this, but I am already anxious to try more Rauchbier to see how this measures up.

Photo of juju7
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from this brewery. I dare say all their beers seem to pretty much taste the same to a degree, but when they taste this good..who cares? That familiar bacon, roast, bushfire smokiness. Perhaps not as pronounced as some of their other beers. No hop action to speak of but that doesn't matter. A medium weighted body, hardly any bitterness but lovely dry smokiness all the way down. Lovely stuff.

Photo of PaintballDad
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In my adventures and travels 5 years ago I came across a small town in Germany named Bamberg I was there with the 173rd Airborne this town is know for its exceptional smoked beers. Now at first you might think smoking a beer sounds crazy but let me tell you have a big old plate of jager schnitzel with a few of these.... so heavenly... I'm not going to go into detail about this beer but I must tell you its is a must for any beer connoisseur for the sheer experience.

Photo of herman77
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a very pronounced red hue to it. Even more red/dark ruby color to it when held up to a light. There is actually some clarity to this beer. Nice thick tan head. A little bit of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet smoke. Soy sauce. Beef jerky! It seriously smells like a fresh bag of beef jerky.

T: Some sweetness to start then the malt takes over. Lots of malt, but not toasted malt, just malt. The smoke is there the whole time, its more pronounced in the finish. Dried dark fruits near the end. Leaves a lingering smoke taste that lasts a long time. Smooth finish. The length of the finish almost rivals certain kinds of scotch. No sign of hops or any bitterness.
I can see why this would go perfect with BBQ or a grilled steak.

M: The body is actually not as heavy as I thought it would be. It has a great creamy, mouth coating feel. Pretty light carbonation, but it seems to fit this beer quite well.

D: Surprisingly very drinkable. Great for a fall or winter night, you have to be in the right mood for this beer though.

Very interesting in a very good way. Curious to see what other Rauchbiers are like.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle that lets off a decent sized hiss when opened. Poured vigorously into an imperial pint glass. The shape of the bottle really allows the beer to "glug-glug" on its way into the glass. Served fairly cold, but allowed to warm to near room temperature before finishing the review.

A- Pours a deep burgundy to brown with surprisingly good clarity. Holding this directly up to light reveals a much lighter beer, almost red. The head quickly dissipates, leaving behind a rocky off-white foam that clings unevenly to the sides of the glass. Beading is visible near the top of the glass despite the deeper color. Rauchbiers can vary so much in color within the style, but this is how I always envision one.

S- Completely overtaken by a wonderful smokiness. An underlying maltiness that is the foundation of the smoke stack: bread, carmel, and a small amount of darker fruits. No alcohol, no hops, no yeast. Rauchbier as it should be.

T- A crescendo of smoke throughout the taste timeline that has trouble building as the palate becomes acquianted with the beechwood smoke. Finishes with a malt sweetness that really complements the smoke character. No alcohol detected and no hop character or bitterness. The non-Rauchbier beer characteristics are nice, but their true value is in not interfering with the smoke. So classic and so well done.

M- Thinner than it appears, resulting from a medium body with a spritzy carbonation and a medium to dry finish. Not a big beer, but the body (or lack thereof) adds to the drinkability, which is probably needed for those who aren't used to the intensity.

D- What an outstanding beer! I hope I make it to Bamberg someday to test the drinkability of several Rauchbiers. Its amazing that despite the oddity and intensity of the style, this is a beer that I want served by the liter.

Photo of becktone
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 1-19-10

Eye: Deep dark brown in color, mahogany. Head is tan in color and is a thick blanket over the beer, lacing is sheets leaving thick rings showing the process of how much of the glass has been drank. All in all this is one good looking beer, extremely clear with ruby highlights and a good looking creamy head, who could say no? Coupled with the aroma this brew's appearance is a Tour De Force.

Nose: Total smoked meat, smoked greasy bacon. Awesome! Much different than the Aecht Marzen, that had much more of a raw smoke to it, this is more of a smoked meat, smoked bacon...makes my mouth water. Sweet salty smoked bacon. Also some malt under there, but pretty background, its noticable if you get past the smokey meat, it supports and does a nice job doing so. Green smokey pine. This is one of the most interesting beers that I've ever put my nose to, definitely the king of Smoked, or Rauchbiers. American micro "smoked" porters and stouts have nothing on this.

Tongue: Great malt backbone supports the smokiness, and smoked greasy bacon. The first thing that hits my tongue was roasted malts and bitterness from them and some charred black malt. Some sweet malt does make it through as well. Smokiness and char linger long after the beer has been swallowed. Believe it or not, hops are here for bittering purposes, even maybe a tinge in flavor as well...can be picked out because they're hops but not distinguished...just hops. At the finish alcohol is present, not big or outstanding, but present...not enough to detract from the flavor profile though. Not smokey in the same way as the Marzen, that was more campfire smoke and general smoke....this is definitely smoked meat. Its so potent I am transported to a smokehouse, a wood structure with full bodied cows, pigs, and whatnot hanging from meat hooks. Really it does transport me there, its like you're there...This is how I imagine a smokehouse would be...all the sensations. Excellent!

edit: Now I'm starting to get some vinous characteristics...this is one serious beer....vinous characteristics akin to Cabernet Sauvignon. This would be a killer beer to cook with, from beer butt chicken, to using is as a marinade, to using it in a burger this beer would be a great one to cook with.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is heavy with low carbonation as befits the bock part of this. Can't ask more from the feel aspect of this, it can't be beat. This is one hell of a drinkable beer, its easy to drink...I love it. The only problem is though I'd like to drink more than one of these, after a while the taste buds become used to the smokiness and smoked meat that it offers and it becomes less potent and mind blowing as I near the end of the bottle. The palate becomes accumulated to it. However this is prolly the fourth or fifth bottle I've had in the span of two months. For a single beer that costs about six dollars thats pretty regular. Definitely give this a try, hugely worth it. I'll always be coming back to this beer...Its a shame that this was my first smoked beer, it being one of the best I'll be disappointed with all others I try....

Photo of Fitzgerald
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 16.9 bottle of this beer after reading about it. I've been looking for a nice smoked beer and since Schlenkeria started brewing ale in 1678 they must be pretty good at it.

A- Poured into a pint glass nice mahogany color with a nice creamy head and quite a bit of lacing both stayed around.

S- Wow this is what I was looking for, wood smoke and malty scents.

T- Taste the smoky malt right away followed with some herbal spice all of it lingers awhile.

MF- Full, dry and nice lingering feel.

D- This is a nice beer huge nose and smokey flavor it would be great with nice meal or like I drank mine sitting by the fire. I don't think of it as a session beer,my eyes might start watering.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous smoked brew. Nicely crafted all around but an assertive and very deep smoked character make it stand out.

Presentation: O.5L brown bottle. Old fashion, medieval design label with seal of the brewery, name and style. Notes brewing according to the Reinheistgebot. Back label notes tradition, intent, and main brewing procedure. Lacks an apparent date of bottling or freshness. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown pour with a nice ecru head, fine retention and lacing.

S - Smoked wood, rings of German smoked meats and cheese, pungent, characteristic, and very assertive. Roasted malt coated in smoke through and through with a faint sweet note in the background.

T - Smoke picks up forcefully the taste in sync with the nose. Smoked notes cover all taste, over a nice malted sense, even a tiny sense of sweet caramel and a bitter touch in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with little but adequate carbonation. Dry finish with a tangy note.

D - Close to a sipper. Drinks nicely with the right mindset.

Notes: Certainly a brew not ready for all palates, occasions, or even smoked sessions, but quite the awesome beer in any case. Knowing what is coming, and in the right moment this can be wonderful. It´s not rough around the edged, not at all, but there is nothing shy about the German smoked profile here.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz medicine bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. $6.

A: Mahogany in color, nice red accents when held to the light, small tan head that reduces to a couple of spotty bubbles on top of the beer and a few spots of lacing. Excellent clarity. Nice looking beer.

S: Smoke, wow this is intensely smoky. Fairly acrid smells like a campfire mixed with some very malty smells, both caramel and just a hint of chocolate as well. The smoke is strong, and honestly reminds me of clothes worn around a campfire that have sat in a bag for a few days. Nice here.

T: Liquid smoke, barbecue sauce and smoked meats. Very malty, smoked malts, caramel, and a little bit of roastyness as well. Vanilla undertones are underneath the enormous smoke flavors. Slightly booze. As it warms, the smoke subsides and becomes a little less acrid and all the flavors meld together quite nicely. Very flavorful.

M: Fairly light bodied, which holds this back. For some reason this beer feels like it needs to be a lot thicker than it is. Lower carbonation and a fairly dry finish. A little more body would help me enjoy this beer a lot more.

D: Fairly easy to drink, there are a ton of flavors going on here, and letting this warm up a lot helps all the flavors to meld together and mix nicely. Nice beer that is great in the winter, and would pair nicely with just about any strongly flavored meat. Recommended.

Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A beautiful clear garnet color, capped with a 3/4" rocky cream colored head. Good head retention and some impressive lacing as well, but no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Highly smoky and phenolic... smells of smoke, bandaids and salt... very "bacony". There's some faint sweet crystal and roasted malt aroma in there as well, but no discernable hops.

T- The underlying bock recipe really shines through on the palate. The smoky and phenolic components are perceived as less dominant and more in-balance with the malt. The smoke seems to linger on the tongue forever. The finish consists of smoky caramel and some roasty/hoppy bitterness.

M- A reasonably firm, creamy body, with some super-soft carbonation. It could stand to be a little thicker and more viscous though. Good overall mouthfeel nonetheless.

D- I don't find any rauchbiers to be very drinkable... but this one goes down a bit easier than others I have tried. Still, one bottle is enough for me in a sitting.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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