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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 86
Gots: 64 | 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 paytoplay
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin whisp of a head, nut brown ale color. Dark rich flavors help to balance out the smoke. Goes great with roasted or cured meats and nuts. At first you think the smoke is going to be overwhelming but it always seems to be in the background adding to the complexity of the beer. Very well made and very consistant. Something I would think in this style of beer to be very difficult. Though widely available locally a rare beer. Would like to see this in a cork enclosed 750ml for aging.

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby brown, and smells of smokey outdoors. Quite an incredible smell that makes you want to eat some smoked sausage. Has a decent off-white head that sticks around and leave lacing. The flavor is quite like the smell, a little bit of metallic, yet really smokey and tasty. This is a great example of the style, and should be sought out if you have never had a smoked beer. It is quite strong tasting with a medium to heavy body. I don't think I could drink too many of these, and my mouth tastes like I smoked a cigar when I'm finished with the bottle.

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

Had this on tap in Bamberg

A : It was a nice dark brown with a good head

S : BBQ, bacon, smoked pork, heaven.

T : The only way to describe it was liquid bacon. Really rich. Also, lots of smoke flavor.

M : Rich, creamy, meal in a glass

D : I loved this beer and wish I could easily get it on draft here. I've had it in the bottle but that in no way compares to the goodness on tap.

Photo of jophish17
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from Arbor Place Bev, Douglasville, GA. Enjoyed as it should be - with grilled BBQ

Aroma: The smoked flavor brings a lot of character to the nose, and wurst comes to mind

Appearance: The body is a semi-transparent dark brown, with a golden tint, and a super-thin head that just rings the glass ever so slightly, leaving essentially no lacing

Taste: A very smooth beer with the smoked malt being the only thing that comes out. The taste is as if I am gnawing on jerky. It is so dominant, yet not offensive as it really walks that line between delicious and too much. Virtually no sign of hops in this beer

Feel: Medium-bodied, this one is a nice sipper that just glides over the tongue. Very little carbonation

Drinkability: I've only had a handful of smoked beers, but this one is the best to date as far as drinkability goes. But, with that said, I can't rate the drinkabilty too high simply because its not something I am in the mood for very often, and I really do need to be eating meat when I am - otherwise I will be salivating for BBQ until I get some.

The rauchbier's from Schlenkerla are all good beers for certain occasions, and the ur-bock has proven to be a great match with grilled meat this Memorial Day

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

Served in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Dark amber-brown color, bubbly beige head, trails and blips of lace.

Smells like wood smoke - campfire, bacon, smoked salmon - with rich brown bready malt, and more mildly, ripe banana, singed raisin, and grass.

Tastes smooth and balanced, with plenty of smoke. Smoky roast and rich mildly sweet malt complement each other very well. Some banana and raisin. Grassy hop bitterness becomes noticeable, and the sweetness mostly fades. Smooth natural smoke permeates everything. Long finish of brown bready malt, bitterness, and smoke.

Finely, smoothly carbonated. A bit of slickness. A pleasure to drink.

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

16.9oz bottle into SA glass

A: brown with burgundy. one finger slight off white head

S: smoke, ham, pork sausage. smells like a hibachi

T: smoker chips hit first but a malty sweetness comes through in nice balance. woody

M: medium bodied with a little more carbonation than expected. a little sweet

D: I love rauchbiers and this is another damn fine one from them. That said, 1 or 2 at a sitting is the limit with the urbock. The marzen or the weizen? i could have more

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

16.9oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a deep dark brown with some ruby highlights. Has a nice head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is of course smoke, but it is a bit more subdued than other of the Schlenkerla line. Love that campfire!

Taste is again a subtle smokiness. Campfire and roasted meat.

Overall, this is a really nice smokedbeer. My favorite of the Schlenkerla brews, pairs nicely with a smoked cheddar and french rolls.

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

The Urbock pours a very dark brown or ruby color with a thin wispy head. It looks like a nice dark beer with nothing to hide.

Once the glass gets within 6 inches of my nose I can smell that famous smokiness. This stuff smells smokier than any other beer I've ever smelled (except the other Schlenkerla beers of course!). It instantly reminds me of smoked meats and beer jerky.

Tastes very, very good. Its also very, very smoky! Its definitely intense but you get over that and can really enjoy the uniqueness of this style. There is some malt sweetness that goes very well with the smoke taste.

The finish is very smooth and its quite drinkable. I'll have to give the other styles a chance and see what other flavors stand out that make them different.

Photo of Portertime
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We got a shipment of the Marzen at my store and people always give me a strange look when I say the beer tastes like smoked sausage. So I was very excited to try the Urbock because the Marzen was so delicious. I enjoyed it slightly chilled in my Warstiener mug. Poured a thick reddish brown color. The nose was delightful with wonderful smokey malts and a bit of an earthy quality. The taste was heavenly with sweet smoke and peat staying silky smooth on the tongue with a clean finish. One hell of a beer!

Photo of kmo1030
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark ruby brown that is just light enough to see through. its a got a two finger head that falls to a thick film that laces well.
the aroma has got that smell of sausage or smoked bacon that is the hallmark of a good rauchbier. nuts and caramel can be found in there too, but the smoke dominates.
the taste has got plenty of smoke, but is balanced with some soft nutty caramel and powdered cocoa. it's got a toasted (maybe a little burnt) sourdough type flavor. you pick up some notes of dark fruitiness nearly buried underneath the smoke, mainly of the fig, raisin type variety.
the body is fuller medium, with soft carbonation, giving it the nice chewy mouthfeel this kind of beer deserves.
good drinkability the smoke doesn't hinder things in the way you might think, and as you drink it recedes a little letting other flavors shine. the best rauchbier i've had to date.

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear golden copper color. It pours with a big frothy white head that fades fairly quickly.

s: Mild sweet malts and smoke. The smoke is mild at first, but becomes more pronounced over time. I think I smelled some toasted poppy seeds as well.

t: A hint of smoke upfront gives way to moderately sweet, peaty malts. The finish is like eating a camp fire, but in a good way. Tastes a bit like burnt pretzels, also in a good way.

m: This was well carbonated and crisp feeling. The charred smoke flavor lingers for a long time.

d: I'm not often in the mood for smoked beers, but this is one I'd like to have again.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep brown with only the faintest of ruby around the edges. Light has a hard time passing through the one, with half an inch of thick tan head that left heavy lacing.

S - BEANS, smokey beans and meat. This is the dominat arome from this beer, there is little to no noticable malts or hops, the aroma is simply taken over by this smoked meat and beans smell.

T - An over the top extreme flavors of BBQ, as if they simply squeezed a steak and pork`n`beans into a glass.

M - Full-bodied and syrupy in texture but very smooth and leaves a formitable aftertaste that lasts long ofter the beer.

D - For what the beer is it is a work of art, but can only be truely appricated once in a while.

Photo of Pencible
2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a dark and clear tan with fluffy white head. It had an interesting smell like smoky malt and oak. It tasted even more interesting like hickory smoked ham or bacon, with salty roasted malt flavors. It was slightly thick with some carbonation and a smooth yet strong smoky aftertaste. Overall this was extremely unique, like drinking a black bean and ham soup with a porter base. Weird.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of smoke, bacon, and caramel. The taste has more caramel in it than does the aroma, and it masks some of the smoke, and bacon. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I will certainly drink this again with some good BBQ.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderfully dark and very smokey beer, blackish with a foam head. Malted down and average mouthfeel. Hot dog in a bottle. Understated carbonation. To me, over the top on the smoke, I can take more moderation, but appreciation for the craftmanship of what it is.

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

Wow, what an interesting beer!

A- color was a clear red to medium brown. Two finger head that stayed for a good while. Ample carbonation

S- This is the interesting part. It smelled like a roasted pig in a campfire with burning and browning meat. It's was almost like taking a whiff in a beef jerky bag. Intense!

T- I was expecting a very strong flavor but was pleasantly surprised by a sweet but meaty malt flavor with earthy and smokey tones.

M- Chewy highly carbonated smokey feel

D- This is my first experience with a rauchbier and it was very enjoyable. I can't say I will be craving this type of beer every week, but I will definitely try this beer again.

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

My first time with this beer, having previously enjoyed her sisters from Brauerei Heller Bamberg (Marzen and Weizen). The Urbock pours a dark burnt copper color, clear but low light transmission, nice thick spitty off-white foam. The aroma is all smoked malt, like a campfire with some sweetness. The taste is smoky sweetness with a bitter after-bite (evidence of some hops). Jarringly smoky, but not abrasive once you know what you're getting. Really good all around.

The only real negative is the price, it's always about $3.99 per bottle no matter where I find it (in the USA). Still a very solid beer and a necessary purchase if you're into rauchbiers.

Photo of vtfan77
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Normally I would not have picked this up, as I have been reluctant to delve into this particular style. However, on a recent trip to the Tap House at Ghent, my mostly beer-ignorant friend had a bottle of the Marzen and proclaimed it one of the best beers he'd ever had. Encouraged, I went to a local Farm Fresh and picked up a Marzen and an Urbock. He drank the Marzen again, and I tried this one... and so begins my foray into rauchbiers.

A- The bottle had some dust on it, so it is possible that this beer is not as fresh as it should be. However, it pours a deep reddish brown with a rather decent head, even without a particularly vigorous pour.

S- Smoky as all hell. Smoked meats and campfire smoke are the most prominent aromas. The malt is present, though, with a bit of an underlying sweetness (this is a bock, after all).

T- The smokiness hits right away, with a salty, smoked meat flavor. Beneath that is a nice layer of sweet, chocolaty malt. The hops are surprisingly strong, adding a moderate bitterness to the finish.

M- Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation is almost a bit too much as it stings the tongue should the beer linger too long.

D- I imagine the drinkability could be quite good in certain circumstances, provided this was being sipped alongside a suitable food item. Even without said food I'd say it's above average, provided one is in the right mood. I just happened to be in the right mood tonight.

Well, what can I say? It's a smoked beer. If you didn't want a smoked beer, then you shouldn't have bought it. I'll reiterate the sentiments of many of the other reviewers and say that this is definitely not an everyday beer. However, on the right occasion, I imagine it could be downright blissful. The "age" of the bottle didn't seem to do this sample any harm, although I can't know for sure, as I've never had a "fresh" one. Nevertheless, this is still a damn good beer. Recommended, provided you know what you're getting into.

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

Opened 1pt .09 oz bottle and poured into standard beer mug.

Pours a nice soda brown colored brew with a light foamy head across the top of the beer.

Smokey smell of the brew makes itself known with out even smelling the beer - nice. Nice bacon smell awakes the senses.

Taste is a savory Smokey taste, small bits of malt but mostly dry. Mouth feel is really nice and finish is full and pleasant.

Really good beer, I don't know why I haven't tried this sooner.

Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
Binny's Orland

Schlenkerla's Urbock pours mahogany with explosions of tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A two finger dirty white head formed on the pour and eventually fell to a respectable crown leaving patchy lacing on its way down.

While their Marzen has more of a smoky bacon aroma, the Urbock reminds more of strong campfire smoke. There is some nutty and caramel maltiness once I get past the smoke. There seems to be a bit too much smoke in here and it's blanketing the other aromas.

The maltiness is much more pronounced in the flavor than the nose suggested. A bready nuttiness and caramel maltiness end up being a nice compliment to the smoke. The smokiness while still large and in charge is much more subdued than in the aroma.

Medium bodied with a silky smoothness. The carbonation creates a velvety texture on the swallow and the smoke lingers for awhile leaving the feel of a thin film on your tongue.

For a beer with this amount of smokiness this is incredibly easy drinking. Next time I'll pair this with something smoked from the grill.

As this beer warms the malts begin to shine. In my opinion, they were a little heavy handed with the smoked malts but it was a good beer none-the-less. The marzen is still my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla.

Photo of foles
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of this brewery's marzen offering, so was keen to give this more powerful rendition a go. The presentation was near perfect, with a lovely head and a solid dark colour. The smell was the characteristic smoked sausages, and the taste was actually not much different to that of the marzen, but a little heavier and a bit more of a kick. The syrupy quality sometimes found in the Marzen was less obvious here, and overall it was enjoyable.

The only problem was a slight mustiness that is present. Im not sure if that is normal or not.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had a number of Schlenkerla beers before, and this one had a similar salty smoked-sausage flavor that was not unsurprising. Still, this brewery is unique in the world of beer as I know it, nothing else I've had tastes quite like this beer does.

Appearance was a copper-red although it was a bit flat. Aroma was an astringent liquid smoke astringency, and was more of a burning flavor intensity than it was a savory smell. Flavor was coppery and spicy and actually a bit less smoky flavor than I expected. Mouthfeel was a bit flat.

I got this bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Photo of sloejams
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Having not had a rauchbier in awhile, I decided to give this a go.

It has a copper caramel color with a pinky finger head. The aroma is sharp - definitely bacon. A slight roasted malt is there as well, but it's well buried. And this is all the same in the taste.

I really enjoyed the taste. But even this bottle grew tiresome to drink. I think it's just too much smokey flavor.

Photo of illidurit
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Eichhof Bier mug. Very dark brown body with ruby hues. Nice rocky tan head of 2 fingers leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is of honey glazed ham, with a nice smoked character and burnt caramel.

Taste is less smokey than the smell, but it's still there with a meaty sweetness. There's also a soft fruitiness akin to that of an altbier.

Finish is dry and smokey, carbonation is modest. Pretty mellow and easy to drink.

Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB 06/2008, Served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: brown-ish hue with liquidy caramely hints, coming with a very creamy and tight beige froth, on top of moderate fizziness. Looking good.
S: very deep and thick note of salty&smoked fish and meat (esp. the famous Hunanese-style), beech-woody, and underlined by a rich caramely-nutty maltiness (w/o the sweet edge). Being intense and heavy, the aroma slightly lacks complexity as in other sister products.
T: incredibly delicious with a prevalent smokey salt-sweetness as in smoked ham as well as Chinese smoked longan-fruits (with shells), then leading towards a dry-ish hoppiness and rather bitter finish, against a solid backdrop of nutty malts. The long finish is herbal- and woody- bitter, on top of an everlasting and intense smokiness. Simply superb...
M&D: mildly spritzy and softly textured, this beer drinks absolutely great, smooth, and refreshing, with a full body yet very little hint of alc. Having tried the draught version last month at the NWAF 2008 that was spot-on, I first had some reservation about this bottled version; but now it's proved to be almost just as nice. For me this is a more-ish smoked beer, and a brilliant drink.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.