Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Style:
German Rauchbier
Ranked #2
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,928
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 12.44%
Reviews:
753
Ratings:
1,471
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
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Winter
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Gots
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
Notes: 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 Anders91
1.32/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Look: dark brown can see through the edges a bit, off white head

Smell: smoked meat, like right off the bbq, roasty malt. The smell gets to be a lot, and I didn’t really care for it. I can still smell it in my nose the next morning. Do yourself a favor don’t drink this beer

Taste: as my friend put it, funky taste. Kinda like the smell, but weird other stuff too. Very strong, and not my thing. Can also still taste it, please please don’t drink it xD

Feel: woody

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rich malty color with suspension being unfiltered and had a nice head. The aroma is awesome. Smells like smokey bacon or pork. Tastes a little less smokey than the Weizen I just had, but delicious in every way. The smokiness is awesome. This one is more bacon like. Has a better beer character and easy drinking. A mouthfeel that is also exceptional. I will pick these up again they are landmark Rauchbiers. Poured into an Imperial Pint Nonic from a 16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml. bottle with noted date. Sampled on Jan 16, 2020.

Deep mahogany brown pour underneath a lingering tan head and lacing. Beautiful.

Vibrant aroma of smoked malts, sausage, and floral sensation. Enticing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full.

The taste i sweet and smoky through and through with a satisfying clean and floral finish. A really nice beer.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Continuing through some notes:
Poured the bottle into the glass: Nice dark brown looking beer. Nice head that dissipates into a thin coating. Smell is intense! Lots of smoke. Malt is evident through the "bacony" notes. Hops? Can't smell 'em! Smoke dominates. Taste is sweet meats (pork/bbq). Nice bitterness at the end, but doesn't really balance the sweet smoky malt. Feel is medium: lighter than you'd think. Overall, a different beer for sure. I like it. I don't know if I'd be able to handle more than one or two in a session, bu it's definitely unique!

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Photo of ccadwell
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One pint poured into a glass. Dark brown with amber hues when held to a light. Off white , bubbly head like a latte. Smell of smoked ribs and caramelized BBQ sauce and brown sugar. Taste like it smells but add a puff of a cigar, with roasted malts. Medium bodied but the smokey taste makes it feel heavy. Some hops but otherwise not bitter.

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap from the wooden keg at Bavarien Lodge in Lisle IL. This is an amazing beer, near perfection. Extremely powerful and rich, but not overwhelming at all. Medium heavyweight with 8% ABV. Spectacular malt with the typical smoky oak aroma and flavor.

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Photo of HermannTheGerman
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like Smoked Beers. This is it. Full of flavor. Nice head. Balanced carbonated. More intense than the Märzen and not sweet. Beautiful hoppie notes. I love it.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark amber-brown color, with a 1 ½” of mocha tan foam, micro and medium bubbles, even hold, 2+ mins. Aromas of smoked malts, campfire, charcoal, smoked meats, and hints of caramel malts. The taste is robust, kilned malts, smoked ham, light caramel malts, subtle toffee, brown bread, and notes toasted grain. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium to full body, medium carbonation, with a smooth, semi-dry finish and lingering semi sweet chocolate notes. The overall flavor is robust, dark roasted malts and smoked BBQ but the taste changes as it warms up and sweeter notes of caramel become prominent. This is the perfect fall season beer; its complex taste and hearty body will WOW your taste buds.

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Photo of Rubicj
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - An incredibly dark looking beer, almost looks like molassess. Pours with no head, so few bubbles you can see your reflection in it.
S - A unique smell, very remincent of a southern BBQ.
T - WOW. Southern BBQ is exactly right. Tastes like the buisness end of slow-cooked smoked beef. It's savory, with a hint of bitter and a sweetness remincent of buttery steak.
F- I almost wish there were a few more bubbles, but I understand it might start obscuring that delicious taste.
O - A hearty meal replacement.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very characterful amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has wondrous smoke and generous caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced caramel malt and an infusing well balanced smoke flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A great Rauchbier

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: One pint brown bottle with no dates. Served in a seidel.

Appearance: The thick, dense, two finger, tan colored head stays around for a very long time and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a beautiful, very dark brown color with some reddish amber hues on the edges.

Smell: It's a thick and rich aroma of smoked beef, ham, charcoal and burning wood. There are some milder notes in the background of sweet malt and brown sugar.

Taste: The strong, smokey and meaty flavor coats the palate first, but as the beer goes down, sweeter flavors emerge of caramel, toffee, graham crackers, wood and grains.

Mouthfeel: It goes down silky smooth, it's creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A brewing masterpiece. It has the rich, complex aroma and flavors (with a good balanced between all the different elements), the silky texture and the great looks. Rauchbiers as a whole are strong on the senses and not for everyone, but those who like this rather obscure and underappreciated style, will love Schlenkerla's take on it with their Urbock. There's a reason it's considered one of, if not the best Rauchbier in the world.

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Photo of Holderness
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a deep clarified brown body with two fingers of thick, light tan head produced with aerated pour. Good retention and great lacing. Looks very stately
S -- Smoke, roast, ham, toasted brown bread, sauna
T -- Intensely smokey and roasty. Almost tastes like a rich German dinner or something
F -- Thick and chewy, with a medium- carbonation. Lingering smokiness on the finish
O -- A very unique offering that is sure to excite the folks who like their beers SMOKEY!

82/100

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a clear mahogany brown and briefly floats a 2in head of cream colored foam that reduces to a cap and leaves stepped and webbed lacing.

Aroma is smoked malt that can intimate bacon and campfire in one whiff and band aid the next, but the flavors stick with the savory pork, apple, and caramel.

Mouthfeel leans a little fuller than medium and finishes wet.

Overall a tasty classic.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with some light seeping through when held up to the light. There's an inch of creamy and dense beige foam on top. The aroma is of smoked beechwood and there's an undertone of sweet, dark malt. I'm tasting that sweet, dark malt and then the smoked flavor kicks in and lingers after the finish. The mouth is dense and faintly sticky.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear, deep mahogany coloration with an amber tint and a medium, creamy head. Smells of rich bready, caramel malt and a strong smokiness reminsicent of fried bacon. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by rich bready, caramel malt and a strong smokiness that evokes campfires and fried bacon. There is a very mild, grassy and slightly bitter hop presence to this as well though. Finishes with a light bitterness and more smoke coming through in the aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

This is basically a richer, slightly sweeter and less hoppy version of their Märzen, with a somewhat creamier mouthfeel as well. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of KooVee
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany with average foam. Very appetizing aroma that brings to mind the best sausages / cured meat. Associations of a fire crackling under a summer night sky.

Taste is not very assertive at first, but it keeps on building to a very long finish. First the phenols from 4vg appear, then a subtle maltiness with caramel notes, changing into smokiness, with dark chocolate at the end. Tasting this beer is a journey with every sip. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced.

A classic and a benchmark, yet feels fresh and cutting edge. Craft versions of the style are almost always cruder.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

De Decervecitas. En vaso hefe de Bavaria. Viendo Los 100 2x09-10. Como suele ser normal en la casa, fuerte ahumado algo pasado de rosca que oculta demas matices, aunque al menos en este caso no desagrada

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of smoked meats. Taste is very meaty, a bit to much for my liking, a bit of smoke and wood. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of deedric
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head forms that falls quickly, but a film of bubbles remains.

Big malt aroma with big additions of smoke, bacon, maillard, products. No hop discernable in the smell.

Taste follows smell with big, lovely malt up front, smoky bacon, almost a salty sensation in the middle of the sip. Notes of chocolate and coffee join the party as well. There is also hints of a sweet, bready, malt character that balances the smokiness. Low to no hop flavors, at least for my palate. A nice long smoky finish, yet clean due to no additional fermentation products.

Medium mouthfeel and relatively high carbonation that add a distinct fizz to the mouth. No astringency, clean finish.

This is an excellent smoked bock beer. Despite the fact that the smoky character gets all the attention, this is a well brewed beer with an extremely clean profile. The sweet malts provide a lovely counterpoint to the smoky character. I have had the marzen a few times, it was great to finally get to try the Urbock.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark brown with a ruby hue when held to the light. The pour produces a small, beige head that diminishes rapidly to a thin cap of moderately lasting foam, leaving a pasty, thin, webby lacing. Aroma is malty, grilled hotdog and briney with a note of sweet malts. Taste is smooth, smoked bacon/ham, sweet malt with a slightly bitter, spicy bite in the finish. The carbonation is full and crisp. Complex though it sounds simple.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one, finally found it in store. 500ml bottle. Very dark brown with a finger of tan head. Smells like smoke and dried meat. Feels a little heavy. Solid malt body, a touch of hop bitterness, and a lingering taste of smoke/meat. Excellent.

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Photo of rodndtube
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The king of the rauchbiers that is produced by the best rauchbier brewery. Everything comes together at the top for this supreme rauchbier. A little bit smokey for many and a taste of great bacon permeates.

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Photo of RandyV
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice smoke beer. Has a lingering aftertaste of smoked meats, as expected. To me, the Alaskan and Stone smoked porters are the gold standard for the style. Still, this is the European traditional Rauchbier and they know what they're doing, that's for sure.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini review:

Almost black, with some ruby tinges and a lacy off white head.

Smells of a deep smoked hunk of beef, bold roasted malts give it a sweet caramel bread like element, and a light nondescript hop aroma is just detectable in the background.

The taste is dominated by a robust smokey beef flavor, some coffee roast , and a sweet brown sugar type maltiness
As it warms, a big sweetness comes out but the hops balance it very well. Also interestingly, there is a char aspect to this one, much like the coveted burnt ends of quality bar-b-q.

Very unique beer, enjoyable as a every so often treat, but not something I would drink on a weekly basis.

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Photo of LDjr
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a goblet.

Look: Dark ruby, brown with no head. Generally clear but with minor haze. Small layer of tan bubbles.

Smell: Very heavy smoke followed by bacon/beef jerky. Pleasant.

Taste: Smoke, bacon, and bready malt. Chocolate notes come through as well. Balanced hop bitterness but not much flavor. Pleasant smoke flavor lingers but not overpowering. Rich and balanced.

Mouth Feel: Big body but balanced with firm carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: Incredibly pleasant to drink. Definitely able to have more than one during a sitting. Quite approachable.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1471 ratings