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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 81
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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 mikeborglum
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ML bottle poured in dimpled mug - Big beer, hardcore smoke! Lots of malt, smoke and alcohol with sausage like smokey flavour. Comes with all the expected aroma too. Great experience! Creamy tan head pours about 2 fingers and quickly settles with some lacework. Sweetish, full body with lots of roasted malt and caramel. Bittersweet finish.

Photo of jdg204
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends and I big a fond farewell to one of our own by "enjoying" a round of this dubious brew together. We were at Porter's Pub in Easton, Pa (fantastic place) and this brew is on their mug club list, so it was going to happen eventually.

A: Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head that provides good lacing.

S: The aroma is like smoked meats (bologna factory) with some boozey undertones.

T: Incredible, it's like I'm drinking sausage and bologna mixed with rich, dark malt (it's as unpleasant as it sounds). Still, this flavor does fit the style pretty well despite my personal tastes.

M: Very full bodied with a very long finish, this is like a meal in a glass.

D: Well this was certainly a unique beer experience that I'm glad I tried, but not one I'll be trying again anytime soon (Rauchbier in general). This really wasn't my style, but I couldn't really pan it as it seemed to fit the criteria of the style in general. It really did deliver on the description, so if you think you'd like it, give it a try!

Photo of keithmurray
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Moretti chalice

Beer pours a dark brown with light tan head

smells are of malts as well as burnt firewood.

Taste is nice rich malt, slight coffee and hint of chocolate/cocoa. Aftertaste is a heavy dose of the burnt firewood flavor that I mention above.

This was my first foray into the style of smoked beers. The beer wasn't that bad, but the smoke profile was definetly what you would call an acquired taste. Perhaps if that smoke flavor were more subdued, this would have been a more enjoyable experience, but it was too overpowering for me to be enthusiastic about exploring this again anytime soon.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Uerige stange.

Burnt umber liquid with a thick column of pearl colored foam resting on top, receding to a half finger of rich creamy suds. Heavy sloppy lacing and a luminescent sheen of legs coat the sides.

Powerful smoke aromatics - only a few select mezcals or Islay single malts come close to this in my experience. The aroma isn't terribly acrid though, but rather all-pervasive - like the way your clothes smell the morning after sitting around a campfire. Tallow, bacon, and thick toasty malt notes add a sort of balance, or at least a counterpoint, to the wood-smoke.

Deep smoke and malt notes on the palate don't leave room for much else at first. Then you start to notice the light hop bitterness, and a touch of bready sweetness mid-palate. Seems funny to describe this beer as "clean," but it is - there are absolutely no off notes. The finish is dry and hints at black pepper. Could maybe do with more melanoidins but who am I to improve upon 332 years of tradition?

Fairly light bodied; lots of carbonation; surprisingly warming - though not particularly astringent.

Drinkability is really very impressive considering the super high smoke character - it tastes very traditional/natural and not at all like "Liquid Smoke."

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

This beer pours extremely smooth with a tan head that lasts forever. I had read about the beer before so I knew it was smoky but I had no idea that it would taste as my vegan friend put it, "like liquid bacon." I thought the smoked beers I have tried before were representative of the style but this blew them out of the water. The others, Stone, Alaskan, anything else purporting to be smoked has nothing on Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. It took some getting used to but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer

Photo of hardy008
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown color with a one finger off tan head with good retention. Smell is smoky, much like smoked ham with some sweet malt. The flavor is smoky and sweet, and still reminds me of smoke ham. Some caramel is present in the flavor. Very much a malt lovers beer. Very smooth and easy to drink, low carbonation, and medium bodied. Many have said Rauchbiers are an acquired taste, but I acquired a taste for them right away. Very drinkable.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby reddish brown with one finger head that slowly died. An intense roasted, smokey malt smell that has obvious "meat" smells as well. A dry, smokey, meaty taste in a thick body but maintains a smoothness that borders on creamy and is not overpowering. In fact, a good balance between the smokiness and some sweet malts as well as a hint of dark fruit is noticeable making this a very enjoyable beer that is great to sip on as it finishes nice and clean.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an Austrian glass mug... about time I put that souvenir to good use! It has a dark brown, slightly red-tinged color to it with a nice tan head. A lot more clear than the Weizen, but I guess that makes some sense considering the relative sub-styles.

Smells like smoked pork... spicy, meaty, substance... I like it.

The taste is really nice... malty and crisp up front, with smoky meaty flavors on the end. A lot more balance to the taste of this one than the weizen variety, the malts come out much more.

I'm a fan, time to look out for more rauchbiers from this brewery.

Photo of tegelaar
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure black darkness. Bit of white head but not a ton, even with a vigorous pour. Lacing is intense with a pure sheet of foam sticking to the sides. Smells very smoky as expected. Taste is less smoky than expected but incredibly refreshing and light for the style. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is very light for such a dark beer. Drinkability is good but hampered by the strong smoke presence. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of bob3701
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Rich clear copper color and a nice tan head that slowly turns to a film. Good lacing. This is one beer I could sit around all night just to inhale the aroma which is just like walking into a smokehouse filled with bacon. Its really smooth with a barely able to detect bock taste. A wonderful smokey after-taste. Makes me want to run out to my local rib joint for a rack.

Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another outstanding rauchbier from this brewery, with a firm smokey character that is part of a well-rounded, characterful complexity.

Deep cola brown, almost black, it has a big, pale tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving a little lace.

Aroma is very smokey, like Lapsang Souchong tea, but with fruitiness (prunes and raisiny wine) underneath and hint of mineral.

Taste is nice, toasty fruitiness with raisiny spice, some prune, light fruity-alcoholic sweetness, accompanied by light but persistent smokey quality, complementing everything. It is mostly dry but with light sweetness before dryish finish and faintly sweet aftertaste. It has a light herbal toasty bitter hint, as well.

Photo of Avagadro
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark red in color with a white head that quickly settles to a ring around the edge of the glass. No noticeable lacing.

S: bouquet is hardy, loaded with smoky bacon and pumpernickel bread.

T: smoke is the main player in the flavor. Very reminiscent of smoked meats.

M: medium to heavy body with little carbonation.

D: a fascinating brew with an amazing flavor. This is one of the smokier rauchbiers I've come across. Worth seeking out.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

closing out smokefest '09

A- beautiful clear deep maroon brown and streaks of golden with an equally beautiful head that resembles cinnamon ice cream. retention, astounding. lace, wispy and delicate. like swiss cheese from the outside but with a firm skin on top. looks better than most non-smoked members of the bock family i've seen.

S- as for the aroma, i expected to be completely demolished by smoke but instead i'm met with a captivating balance of smoky and sweet. i mean hog-on-the-fire smoky and maple sugar + orange juice sweet. like some sick ass glaze on a ham. smoke does not overpower the malty aromas, caramel, lightly roasted, and nicely metallic. very herbal in the nose as well and i could stray from the euphemism of campfire, etc and liken it to something spicier and more exotic. canned chilis in adobo sauce also definitely come to mind. the aroma also calls to mind the aroma of wood smoke and hot metal and warmth and comfort of a house with a wood-burning stove.

T- the roasted malt and smoke flavor pair so well together it's hard to say anything at all. sweetened notes of vanilla and maple sit beneath a gliding blanket of smoky-sweet malt and a deep robust underlying roasted bitterness with the familiar acidic cocoa and mild coffee flavors. hop flavor is firmly situated from start to finish, but the hop bitterness may go unnoticed through the balancing sweetness, and roasted and smoke bitterness. as the brew warms, the fruity caramel and tart flavors of not-so-deeply roasted malt emerge with a fresh woodsy earthiness, soil, clay, and mineral water. seemingly infinitely complex, so many words, yet all these aechtbiers seem so mysteriously indescribable. i've never had a rauchbier from another german brewery and i don't know that i'd even care to after these. finishes out with a trifecta of smoke, sweet/fruity/roasted malt, and herbal hop flavor. an exquisite balance and possibly one of the most ridiculously great beer experiences ever.

MF- perfect carbonation is hard to describe, but when you know, you know. you know? i wouldn't change a thing. bubbles are tight, mellow, and just enough to add a tickling edge to the moderate and drying body. nothing plush or syrupy here, not creamy, not rich. it feels like the leather on a football and i couldn't imagine it to be any better. the smoke is drying, the malt is coating, the alcohol seems to tan my cheeks, and the tannins, well, they just add to the fun.

D- how do i get this in my bar? and who is the local distributor? i've had 3 beers from this brewery and i know, i KNOW that when i get a bottle of the marzen i will have an immediate stiffy. like sushi, if one can get over any taboo that may be associated with this style, squash any fear or apprehension, it will ultimately result in one of the most pleasurable drinking experiences life has to offer. not a session beer for me, but one hell of a beautiful thing.

Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great beer, if of course completely DOMINATED by the smoke. With some thought and consideration, other qualities become apparent. Poured with very little head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is an almost opaque dark, aged cherry wood. Aroma is as stated above Smokey and then some malt and that's about it. Flavor's the same with a little malt and dark ripe fruit sweetness. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is pretty much smoke. And then there's the smokiness. Don't notice the alcohol much. Pretty good beer within the narrow class. Not a session beer unless you're a smoke fanatic.

Photo of TexIndy
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got as an extra from johnnnniee - many thanks...and it completes my Aecht trilogy! Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but a winter seasonal so either very fresh or a year old. Was a dark mahogany color. Had a two finger beige head that settled into a thin foam covering and a thick collar.

The aroma was heavy on beechwood smoke along with smoked meat. Very comparable to the marzen version and much better than the weizen version. For a rauchbier, this may be perfection. The taste followed the aroma with the meaty taste kicking in more. Mmmm...liquid meat. Great liquid smoke finish. Mouthfeel was creamy with low to moderate carbonation. Nice smoky after-taste.

Overall, this is the classic rauchbier. I would rank just above their marzen and way above the weizen. Most highly recommend especially if you want to try the rauchbier style - might as well start at the top. For me, I love the style but the meaty aroma and flavor would be too much after one so this is an every couple months style. When I want to have a rauchbier this one will jump to front of mind for sure. Rotation - not avail in TX so got as an extra. If avail here, I'd have every couple months. As-is, keep trading for it. Definite on-tap if I can find it.

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, with red highlights. A large, dense, beige head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Smoked salmon. Sweet toasted malt.
T: Similar to the nose. Smoked salmon/meats are huge and up front. Some sweet and toasted malt.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not hard to drink, but one bottle is plenty.

Pretty much the same thing as the Marzen. I probably could not tell the difference between the two. This one might have a little more sweet malt, but it is hard to tell. This is a world renowned brewery, and their beers are without a doubt worth a try. I am just not the biggest Rauchbier fan. A must for fans of the style though.

Photo of mryan
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review...im half thru with this beer and all i can say is wow!...i typically drink lighter beers like a good crystal wissbier...i am a avid bbq er and love smokey flavor..this is like drinking the smokey flavor i usually have to wait all day to taste after smoking ribs to get...not a beer id drink every day but ill be drinking this one alot more

Photo of Otesanek
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No head, and barely any bubbles on top, but the color and clarity are great, sorta deep brownish-red, kinda soy sauce colored, but brilliantly clear. Aroma of sweet smoke, faint milk chocolate and blackstrap molasses. Flavor comes in with chocolate, a sorta light milk chocolate, clean smoke and a great mineral-slate character, like smelling someone's fireplace while walking around outside during a wet winter. Wow that's a little much huh? Finishes with a nice clean crisp bitterness that leaves the palate clear and ready for another sip. Perfect body, and easy to drink, although as much as I love this beer, I don't think I'd be up for 3 or 4 of these in an evening, the smoke could get oppressive.

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

On-tap 11/7/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of smoke along with roasted malts, caramel and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very smoky with flavors of lightly roasted malts, some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is one beer that does the smoked flavor quite well and would be one of the first beers I'd look for if I were in the mood of that kind of beer.

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


A: Ruby-red with a small, white head.

S: Bacon, Ham, Caramel, Smoked wood.

T: Smoked ham, Caramel, Grain, Smoke and some pleasant bitterness at the end.

M: A bit sweet but ends with some much needed bitterness. Body is quite thin but packed with flavor.

One of the best smoked beers available.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this bottle on 4th Oct 2009, best by 04.2010 (thanks Oblivious!).
Poured a red brown clear brew with nice cream coloured head that lasted well. No lacing observed.
The smell was a nice subtle blend of a mild hefeweisen (with slight banana) coupled with the subtle smokey bacon aroma.
The taste was much milder and more subtle than I was expecting (I have had the Schlenkerla Marzen before and also had a seriously smokey brew from Sieben Sternbrau in Vienna). The smoke didn't really hit until after the swallow, but even then it was subtle and mellow. The smokiness was reminiscent of some German smoked cheese, not really smokey bacon-like at all.

Overall; very nice to drink, especially with food, but more of a "once-off" beer really.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 8 oz goblet at the Broken Barrel Tavern. Had to try this one since it's not easy to come by. Never had this style of beer, Rauchbier, German for smoked beer.

Pours dark brownwith a small cream head that leaves little lacing.

Smell is sweet smokey malts

Taste is a very aggressive smoked malt flavor with some bitterness on the way down. The smoke is a little overwhelming at first.

Reading the description of a Rauchbier, this beer is very true to the style, so I had trouble rating this one. It's definitely worth trying as this is a unique bee style. However, I don't think I could drink more than one of these at a sitting.

Photo of armock
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to champ103 for hooking this up in a trade.

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Gotta love a face full of smoked malt very roasty

T - Lots of smoked malt upfront but not as strong as their Marzen

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I could drink this all night another excellent Rauchbier from Aecht Schlenkerla a beer that everyone should try at least once

Photo of batty
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in cambridge, ma. october 09.

pours an incredibly dark brown, pretty much black brew with off-white tan head, medium dense with some bigger bubbles present. drops quick, ok lace.

smells like bbq, but more balanced than other smoke beers i've tried.. some sweet malt in there too, and bit of spice.

very well balanced, and GREAT with food. nice sweet up front, strong smoke middle and just balanced with some hop on the end. i'm getting a little orange in there that blends just right.. interesting.

mouthfeel is slick and smooth, fairly low carbonation

again, awesome with food.. having some with homemade pizza now, and it is the perfect accompaniment.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smoke, smoke, and more smoke. As it warms caramel malt flavors sneak out but smoke is the overarching theme here.

Tastes as it smells. Smoked malt flavors up front leave room for a bit of sweet malt flavors that come out midway through the sip. The sweetness is fleeting and the smoke flavors take over again before a finish that leaves...smoke on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could actually have another.

Overall this is the biggest smoked beer that I've had and I will certainly revisit it again at some point in the future. Not as well-balanced as the marzen but if smoke is what you're looking for then look no further.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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