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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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92
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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 88
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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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Ratings: 1,185 | Reviews: 658
Photo of Estarrio
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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

Pours a deep, clear burnt caramel. Head is khaki colored and foamy.
Aroma is of landjager, malt, charcoal, and burnt brown sugar.

Taste is of pork fat and charcoal smoke. Very reminiscent of spiced German sausage. Malt is relevant but not aggressive, creating a slightly thinner than desired mouthfeel, but supporting the smoky flavors.

This does not have a high drinkability due to the true potency of the intense smoked meat flavor, (drinkable, but not a session beer or anything), but I've gone back several times to buy more, so it certainly is a beer that makes you want to return to it again and again. Gets extra drinkability points for this. Also, this would be awesome with some grilled hot brats.

For the style, and excellent example -- good to have every once in a while when you're in the mood.

Photo of wdf210
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours an opaque deep brown color with garnet highlights and a solid one finger khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by smoked malt and peat, with plasticy phenols and an earthy note. Sweet caramel and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor is fairly complex. Caramel malt provides a slightly sweet backdrop for a showcase of flavor. Smoke and peat dominate, but subtle nuances phenols are also present, slightly plasticy, but also spicy and peppery at the finish, which is a touch bitter. Soy sauce, tobacco, and tar surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with light carbonation.

Overall, not nearly as smoke dominant as most rauchbiers I've tried. This bottle has been in the fridge a couple years, so it may have mellowed. Worth a try!

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

I poured a capped bottle into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a deep, rich mahogany with tints of cherry hues when back lit. The head was light tan, thin and dissipated quickly to a small ring around the collar. There was modest lacing consisting mostly of thin long legs that trailed down the glass as I drank the beer.

S: It had the smoke in spades. Under the woody smoke aroma was the smell of burnt malts and dark fruits.

T: It exhibited all of the tastes that were hinted at in the aroma. I felt like I was eating a bowl of charred oatmeal heavily dosed with molasses and burnt plums. It had a nice zesty tangy flavor of grapefruit that complemented the malts and gave the drink a balance I was not expecting.

M: It was a light bodied brew with a slightly sour front followed by a malty sweet middle and a zippy zesty finish. There was a clean aftertaste that surprised me given the low ABV. Nice balanced carbonation.

D: Light body, moderate ABV and complex flavors with a clean finish. That's a nice recipe for a very drinkable beer.

Photo of thecheapies
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown with a huge collar. Head is puffy and khaki in color. Looks rich and beautiful.

Smoked summer sausage, sweet smoked malts, caramel, roasted grain, vanilla, and bacon. Unreal meaty. So aromatic. The nose is pouring off of this beer.

Meaty smoke, bitter roasted malts, earthy hops, and a long bacon finish. So woody and smoky that I feel like I'm falling in love with pork rinds all over again. Dry smoke with a hearty bitterness, but the tailend is sweeter and smokier. How about I get this is a smoked strong bock? I get that it's a doppelbock. So weird how this amazes. A straight balls-to-the-wall Rauchbier. Well carbonated. Lots of action in the mouth.

I love this brewery. Because it kicks ass. Another am amazing rauchbier.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours dark with ruby hues when held to light. Nice off-white head that sticks around.

Smell - SMOKY, campfire, charcoal, wood-oven, ...you get the point.

Taste - Sweet malts, ending semi-dry and smoky. Flavors of meat cooked over an open woodfire. So good.

Mouthfeel - Great body, good carbonation, dry finish

Drinkability - Definitely a good pairer. About to have some chili with this. I would love this by the campfire or any BBQ.

Photo of timontheroad
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a one-inch light tan head. The head faded after a few minutes to about an eighth inch film that left some great lacing.
Smell: The aroma is heavy smoke, with some light roasty sweet malt smells.
Taste: The smoke flavor is right up front, but there's a very nice sweet flavor in the background. It's like taking a nice big bite of sugar cured and smoked ham- wow! There's also some nice caramel and raisin like flavors that sneak up on you
Mouthfeel: Nice body to this beer, it really goes down nice even considering the smokiness. Superb!
Overall: What a great beer, gotta try this one with some good BBQ- can't imagine it could get much better than that.

Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown, root beer like coloring yields a thick masculine head that disappears quickly.

The scent is sweet smokiness. Tanned leather, BBQ ribs, sweet molasses, camp fire coals and ash all make a wondrous appearance.

The taste follows the nose both in smoke and sweetness. The sweetness blends into smoked meats. The smokiness blends into sweet grains. A well blended and tasty array, there's a robustness but its countered with a ease of drink. Love it!

Photo of Josiah2729
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

A-Black with creamy head, some lacing

S-Smoke! Smells like bacon, smokey-malty smell

T-Smoke, taste like bacon or other smoked meat, then tastes of malt, then a finish of smoke again

M-some carbonation medium thickness

O-great smokey rauchbier, I have heard that this was the standard, I was not disappointed.

Photo of xungmound98
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SwillBilly
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/7/14

A looks fairly dark until held to the light, has a clear maroon glow, big short lived tan foam leaves lots of random lace

S its smokey no doubt, smells like campfire clothing, smoked meat, faint coco and hard toffee, earthy notes, salty brine, smells like it should

T less smoke then the nose but that still leaves plenty, more chocolate, earthy notes are strong, similar to the nose but not quite the same levels of smoke

M lighter side of medium, stops just short of foam, intense smokey aftertaste just keeps going

O it is what it claims, lots of smoke, super easy to drink, I'm wishing I had some BBQ to eat with this

I bought this one to make some sauce the ribs I'm making and I think I'll need to grab another bottle to eat with them.

Photo of budgood1
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours out of the half litre bottle a deep garnet colour, with a thick but fine head. very little laciness. intense smoke aroma. not overpowering but definitely the star of this brew. some underlying maltiness; sweet notes of caramel and chocolate. the charred flavours and smokiness in the taste profile intermingle quite nicely with a neatly balanced malt bill. sweet toffee and caramel...some choco and coffee flavours on display...all accompanied by the all ever present delicious smokiness that makes this bock beer outstanding. it's layered and complex. mouthfeel is about perfect, and the body is about perfect for a bock style. finishes dry. drinkability is very good, although one might want to pair this with some sort of cured meats and bold cheeses. on it's own, a half litre or maybe a full litre might be enough at one time. i like this beer and will revisit it again under the right circumstances. yummy stuff.

Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Hugh37
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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