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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,083 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 77
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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 klewis
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one

A: Pours dark red with a big foamy head. Good sustain with lots of lacing.

S: Pleasant smoky with a smell of beef jerky and cedar.

T: A dry smoked flavor with a subtle intensity. Earthy and woody qualities with a malty backbone.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth texture with a lasting smoke flavor.

D: God, I love these beers.

klewis, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, maple syrup amber-brown with a creamy, persistent, light khaki head that laces well. Nose is wonderfully smoky! Smoked ham and other assorted meats come to mind. Delightful. Campfire works too! I can pick up some caramelly malt amidst the smokiness, but it's a bit one-dimensional. Sweetish malt flavors up front, before the smoky meat settles in. I really like the sweet/smoke/salt dynamic in this beer. Finish is smoky and slightly bitter. Yum! Medium bodied with a smooth, gentle feel. Very good beer.

alexgash, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown / dark burgandy color with a fluffy 2" head that lingers. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: the smokey aroma is easily detectable and very pleasant.

Taste: hearty roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and a mild bitterness wrapped in a mildly smokey tone that is not overwhelming nor offensive. Mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Long smokey aftertaste. Medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: a perfect beer for BBQ beef or ribs. But by itself it is still a nicely drinkable beer.

Gavage, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Imperial pint glass a dark amber-brown color with about two fingers of off white head. Smells of smoked ham, smokey bacon, beef jerky, roasted toasty malts. Tastes almost just as it smells. Smoked meaty flavors prevail with a nice touch of malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter, smokey aftertaste. Another great rauch from Schlenkerla. I enjoyed this beer with a nice, smokey pulled pork BBQ sandwich. It paired beautifully.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoked aroma is extra meaty on this one. Tall, froathy cream colored head holds strong. Dark chestnut colored beer with an amber hue. Chocolate and dark malt in the flavor along with some smoked wood towards the finish. Moderately sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. The marzen was the first for me so I compare the other smoked beers to it. The smoked aroma is stronger, but the taste is weaker. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of flavor, but it's less intense. My recommendation is have at it.

HappyHourHero, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absolutely unbelievably good stuff. Pours a dark brown with a thick, medium-brown head. Smokiness fills the room. Definitely got me excited for a trip to East Coast Grill tonight. Taste reminds me of the Smokey Pig back home - mild north carolina bbq. However, the smokiness doesnt overwhelm the brew. A huge malt presence balances this beer impeccably. mouthfeel is super thick, but in a good way. i really think that the thickness pairs well with the smokiness.

wow, gotta go buy another one of these.

Lnedrive14, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with a nice brownwhite head. Looks like motor oil.

Not as thick as it looks. But oh goodness it tastes thick, even if it don't feel thick. BACON AND CHEESE. Like, a bacon and cheese sandwich. And, yes, drinking bacon and cheese is a thought that appeals to me.

Unlike their smoked marzen, which is too concerned with putting up a proper front of beeriness to really let loose, Heller-Trum's smoked Urbock cranks the smoke up to 11. For those of us who like a SMOKEY smoke beer, this one is a must-try.

mynie, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Byeast
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured a clear , darker reddish brown , with am inch of tan head.

Smell: As with the marzen... SmokY!! The smell is of delicous smoked fish and meats( and malts). This one seems to have just a hint of burnt sugar/ caramel quality and perhaps more smoked marine quality than meat like the marzen has. The smoke seems a bit more tamed.

Taste: Ah heavenly smoke! The flavor instantly reminds me of smoked mullet , also other smoked meats and game come to mind. A nice roasty / burnt maltiness , smoke is more controlled than the marzen version. A nice edge of burnt bitterness provides a good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium , very smokey finish.

Drinkability: I find this one more pleasant and drinkable than the marzen they make. They are both exellent , but the flavor profile on this one appeals to me a bit more. Seems to be equally complex , but with more restraint , and a bit more marine quality in my mind.

This paired soooo f'in welll with: Hickory Farms smoked summer sousage with Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar and Swiss on Top , on Ritz crackers. MMnn , damn good!!

Byeast, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of tendermorsel
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I have reccomended this to many people over the years and people usually fall into two camps. 1) The worst thing I have ever tasted 2) Truly wonderfull and unique beer and drinking experience.

Very dark brown beer with a nice head that disapated quickly. Wonderful smoky smell to this beer. Bacon liquid smoke and BBQ come to mind. This taste is more of the same. Great smokey flavor. This beer is extremely easy drinking and quite refreshing. A wonderful change of pace from all of the extremely hopped American beers and other styles with tons of additional flavorings and ingredients. This is a true testiment to the Bavarian purity laws. Smokey but extremely crisp and clean.

Also this beer cooks very well. I made a excellent batch of Chili with this beer.

tendermorsel, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour produces one inch of foamy, tan head that lasts about one minute before leaving a thin layer behind. The body is a rich mahogany and red with a great deal of clarity.

The nose of this beer is icredibly unique and naturally, smoky. The smoke aromas are presented reasonably and do not overpower the senses. A sweet, barbecue, mequite, bourbon, brown sugar and molasses smell mix for a sweet/smoky blend. This smells a lot like beef jerky.

A brief, smooth malt presence precedes a strong rush of smoke flavors to start this beer. This initial sweetness seems to extend as this beer warms. The complexity of the smoke flavors is quite good. Mesquite, molasses, fresh tomatoes and a cigar smoke flavor all mix as one for a unique experience. The finish is strong with a salty smokiness that does not overpower this delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is relatively creamy and leaves a slight coating on the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability is only average for this powerful beer. The flavors are delicious but this sytle easily overpowers the palate after one bottle.

Budlum, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of jmc44
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16.9 oz bottle. Nice that the label is mainly still in German as well.

Pours a slightly ruby brown, with ample head. Beer is slightly hazy, not as crisp or clear as similar beers.

Smells absolutely wonderful. Behind the powerful smell of smoke;similar to, but not quite, a smoked meat are underlying notes of roasted malts and light tofee. The different odors blend together nicely to present a very appetizing aroma.

Just like the aroma, the flavor is that of smoke - I liken it to the smoke flavor applied to a sausage. Behind the smoke are typical bock flavors; malty sweetness, with a hint of caramel, and some bread-like flavors. The hops used in brewing must be minimal, as there is no real bitterness to note.

Despite being a full beer, it goes down surprisingly easily. As the beer continues to warm (I started it at about 45 degrees) the beer becomes a bit fuller but the flavor remains relatively unchanged and constant.

This is a fantastic beer. If you are not a smoker, do not hesitate to try it - although it definitely smells like smoke, it is more like wood-fired oven smoke than , say, cigars or cigarettes. A very good example of the style, likely the best I have had outside of Germany.

jmc44, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, clear brown with a big, frothy tan head. The head and its persistent, sticky lacings retain quite well.

Wow, there is that big smoke flavor that I loved about Schlenkerla's Weizen. The two actually smell somewhat indistinguishable. There is some subtle sweetness mixed with smoked pork shoulder and freshly doused campfire.

What a flavor! There is a big, sweet, roasted malt character with hints of chocolate and caramel. This quickly mingles with a charred wood and smoke goodness. The mingling of the flavors reminds me of eating a burned marshmallow off a charred stick at a campfire. Amazingly this is extremely smooth and well balanced. There is a suggestion of hop bitterness in the end that mixes perfectly with the acidic smokiness.

Thick and well carbonated, this brew has a delightfully, creamy mouthfeel.

What an amazing beer. I was blown away by the Weizen but that did not prepare me for this wonderful flavor. I can't wait to try the Marzen!

Estarrio, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deepest, darkest mahogany, with a very long-lasting two-finger tan head.

Spicy-sweet-smoky nose that strongly suggests sausage. Faint roastedness behind that.

Rich in the mouth, and quite dry but not really bitter, with more of the sausage notes but also the roastedness coming to the fore as well. Finish is chewy with slight bitterness.

A big, distinctive brew that nevertheless seems well balanced. Not too sweet and not too bitter, but still full in body and flavor. A beer that really delivers loads of flavor without slamming you on the head with big sweet malt or bitter hops.

tcfishler, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of jdoolin
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz bottle with a pretty badass looking label, poured into a mug.

Appearance: Clear, dark brown with a very nice, frothy, 2 finger head that receded very slowly and never really went away.

Aroma: Incredible! Has a nice caramel and toasted malt flavor in the background, but it blends SO well with a prominent smoke aroma. It doesn't smell quite like roasted meat, but more like a real chipotle pepper. If you like smoke, you have to at least smell this beer. Definitely one of my favorite aromas in the beer world. I kept smelling the bottle after I had emptied it and finished the beer. ;-)

Taste and Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation. Just enough hops for balance a tad on the sweet side, although I do detect a faint hop flavor. A caramel malt sweetness accompanied by a bit of toastiness hits up front and never leaves, but an absolutely delicious smoke flavor, but not like bacon or smoked meat like some people say. Similar, but not quite. It's more like a wood charcoal smokiness. Like a chipotle without the pepper. Simply delicious.

Notes: Rauchbiers certainly aren't for everybody, but they sure are for me. At the time of this review, I've had this one and the Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier, and I have to say I like this one a lot more. I just love the flavor and the combination of the maltiness and smokiness. It goes together like peanut butter and chocolate. Drinkability does suffer a bit because as good as it is, I wouldn't want very many at once. But I do think I'll have to have one of these onhand all the time.

It also paired very well with my homemade barbeque ribs. Hell yeah!

jdoolin, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really did not know what I was getting into when I purchased this beer. While browsing at Sam's in Durham, I looked through the German section in hopes of locating a new Bock style to taste. Seeing Urbock on this label, I purchased the beer and took it home. Then I did a little BeerAdvocate research and discovered the characteristics of the rauchbier style. Surprise, suprise! Here are my thoughts on this beer and style (of which I've tried only one).

Nice color; it's a deep dark red with a nice head and lacing that hangs around throughout the session. The aroma is intense: typical Bock elements (sugary and malty) obscured by a heavy hickory smoke. It's hard to get past the smokiness. I find it difficult to discern anything behind the smoke!

The flavor is intensely smokey, with some traditional Bock characteristics. Again, it's difficult for me to get past the smoke, but I can detect sweet, bready malts with some caramel. Very interesting.

This is probably not for me. Perhaps it's just that I don't find smokey things particularly attractive. I'm sure, with some experience and practice, I could learn to feign interest in it, but I doubt I'll give this style much of a chance.

CWiggins, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a familiar one like the marzen brewed by the same people. This one pours out dark ruby, with low head, that does leave lacing

Aroma of smoke with some citrus and some not much of a fruitiness character.

Flavors of smoke with some of what seems to be a bock but it is masked heavily by the smoke. It is clean with some fruitiness and some citrus character. Yet it is hard to distinguish from the smoke.Which is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation and body, with some lingering smoke character in the aftertaste.

Overall if you do not like smoke beer this is a try, to say you have had, otherwise. If you like smoke beer this is a nice interpretation of one a must have.

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for the smokey stuff.

This one has a brown body that's tinged with mahogany. A white head sits atop which settles down quick.

The smell, as would be expected, is full of smoke. The malts are sweet behind it but are easily masked and lost behind the veil of hickory goodness.

The flavor is a blend of the traditional bock characteristics which are tasty on their own (bready malts, some spice, alcohol) plus a full blown hickory smoke flavor. Very assertive and powerful. As a one-shot, this is great. Any more than one, however, and you may become sick, both of the flavor and to your stomach. Still, it tastes awesome and is a really unique and great brew.

Litterbean, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a dense one finger head. The foam settles very slowly to thin cap that leaves behind a nice sheeting of lace.

Smell; there's a definite woody, smoky aroma going on, but not quite as strong as the marzen. I'm not really able to pick out any other aromas out of this one, but I'm not really all that surprised. Even so it smells pretty good.

Taste; those smoked flavors are definitely the frst to hit you as expected, but there's also some sweet caramel malts, with a little bit of caramel as well. Finishes a touch bitter, with some nice, but not overwhelming smoked meat flavors, with some hints of rye bread. This seems a bit more balanced than the marzen was, and a beer will have to buy again. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation, and a much better drinkability than I was expecting.

I have been putting this one of for a while in fear of how it would taste. Turns out, it's pretty darn good. I think I will have to get more of this during the summer time while I'm grilling meat.

RedHaze, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into mug of the same size. Pours very dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a frothy light beige head that settles at about a quarter of a finger.

This is my first experience with a Rauchbier. I was expecting smoky, but this is much more than I had in mind. It smells just like smoked sausage or even possibly a black forest ham. It's so overpowering there's no other aromas that make themselves known, but I guess that's the point of the style.

Flavor is luckily much more complex than the aroma. Still very smoky, but a nice maltiness as well. Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malts along with even a little touch of chocolate and minimal hops.

Warm, chewy mouthfeel..but then it tastes like I'm eating a piece of meat, so why shouldn't it feel like it too? Definitely an acquired taste as the description states. Decent drinkability, but I doubt I could drink more than one on a night.

Phocion, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of brdc
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is similar to other Heller-Trum rauchbiers, golden brown, with a tan head that dissiaptes quickly leaving good lacing.
Smell is just terrific - I know a lot of people hates this, but I find it stimulating, and matches perfect with most meats, if smoked even better. Woodburning fireplace, salami, bacon, roasted sausages.
Taste is also impressive: malted, roasted meats, hints of alcohol, sausages.
Mouthfeel is what I expect from rauchbier, medium-bodied.
Very easy to drink with smoked sausages, the prototypical smoked beer.

brdc, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, and its the beer i remember the best because of how interesting and delicious it was. Poured very dark into a Schlenkerla glass with big lacing and a large white head. Odor was of smoke, hickory wood and malts. Taste is fantastically jerk-o-licious. super beefy smokiness. Nice malt underneath makes it so its not just a one-trick pony. Im always amazed when i have a good rauchbier about how you can make a beer taste like this. Very full and excellent drinakability. Makes me think i'm sitting by a fire. mmmm.

aforbes10, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of jtell
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown/red without much head. Lacing shows up down the glass. Smell is of smoky meat. Extra smokey bacon was my first thought. Tastes of smoke and a little malt. Has a slight peaty flavor. Really quite smokey. Slight bitter finish. This is my first Rauchbier and boy is it like nothing else. Still not sure if it is a style for me. Drinkability is limited because of the strong smoke. If you like real smokey flavors, I think you would really enjoy this. It was a little too extreme in the smokiness for me but I am glad I tried it.

jtell, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i was lucky enough to spend some time in bamberg this summer, where i sampled this guy's little brother, the maerzen. i was super excited to see this at chuck's in chagrin falls. the aroma is absolute heaven. i wish i knew what kind of wood is used to produce this smoke; i'd love to make an attempt at reproducing it. smoke is the dominant characteristic, but i'm totally okay with that

it looks like a dark brown ale or schwarzbier. the head on it sustains itself nicely

it's fairly bitter, actually, and there's a good amount of malty sweetness floating around under the smoke flavors. the smoke is prevelent enough that i can't really imagine what the beer would taste like without it, but i doubt it is meant to be a beer with a smokey hint. it's a smoke beast and i love it!

bruachan, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a clear dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Has a small tan head that recedes. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is smoke dominated, but a little less powerful than in the marzen. Also, unlike the marzen, there is a slight hop presence in the aroma.

Bold smokey flavor with a light sweetness and just a slight amount of hops. Finishes mildly sweet with a lingering smokiness.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Another great smoked beer from this brewery. Quite similar to the marzen - with a little less overall smokiness (if that's possible), a slight notion of hops, and a bit sweeter at the finish. Quite enjoyable and drinkable.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 24, 2006
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2.68/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

A - A deep brown color with a one finger head that lingers for about a minute before vanishing. No lacing.

S - Burnt hickory. Heavily smoked jerky. Caramel malt. A lot of campfire. This actually smells . . . nostalgic. I kind of like the smell, but it certainly difficult to rate because it is something so bizarre that whatever opinion I will be wrong on account of there being nothing fundamentally right about the concept of this beer. After a few sips the smell is no longer inviting. The nostalgia is replaced by painful memories . . . memories of the last time I sipped the beer.

T - Burnt hickory. A bit of a caramel malt in the foretaste. Mostly campfire in the aftertaste. As in gnawing on blacken logs. There is also some faint hop bitterness. It is strange to say the least. After a few sips it is horrendously univiting. This isn't even an acquired taste, drinking this is like eating campfire ash. It just goes against the natural order.

M - Smooth, thick, somewhat refreshing, although the flavor makes me believe otherwise.

D - Not good. It is worth trying, especially if you are a masochist. I tried to have this with some food (teriyaki pork loin, tortillas with black bean and corn salsa and jalapeno foccaccia) and nothing worked well (the salsa wasn't too terrible, but it was better without the beer). I imagine that the only successful pairings with this would be meat so heavily smoked that the beer's smokiness is overshadowed, but at that point, why not just have different beer? I was scared of this one, I really wanted to enjoy it, but it proved too repulsive. I have to give this to the drain. This is one style that I am glad not to see many breweries imitating in the states.

Note: Everything here, save the drinkability, was reviewed "to style." It's taste was not a "pleasant" smokiness, unlike the aroma.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 18, 2006
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.