Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
1,393 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

Added by taez555 on 08-23-2001

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Ratings: 1,393 |  Reviews: 716
Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a murky semi-dark amber to brown color with a sustaining finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Nice looking semi-filmy lace coated and ended up spider webbing slightly.
The aroma had a nice sweet smoky meaty somewhat bacon-like character with a smooth sweet wood/slightly oaky and ended with a little bit of sweet earth, maybe some earth.
The flavor took all of those prior mentioned aromas to pull it together nicely, mostly sweet with a touch of spice, somewhat like chicory but super light (honestly, I'm probably only dreaming that, not even sure why I got what I think was chicory). Mild aftertaste of some oak, sweetness and meat with a mild smoke to it.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Super nice smoothness rounded out the feel very nicely.
Overall, a very well done rauchbier with some bock qualities coming about nicely. Would love to have again.

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

1pt, 0.9oz bottle served in a Weihenstephaner glass. No date.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of amber when held up to the light. Initial 1/4" thick light tan head died back to a 1/16" persistent pillowy head. Some occasional islands and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Very nice woody smoke aroma, with a bit of a grilled meaty aroma under it.

Taste: Good woody smoky taste up front, then a nice sweet bock/doppelbock taste in the middle, then a lingering smoky finish with some hints of bacon and phenol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, light carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A great beer. I don't think I could have another bottle of this size in one evening, but I would definitely get it again. Very tasty and went well with food (balsamic chicken with rice pilaf) and I think it would go with a wide range of food. But good by itself after the meal to sip and savor.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with mahogany veining. Minimal head retention. It's very aromatic with the smoke. It smells like Christmas ham. There's a nice chocolatey and peaty undertone of malt beneath the plethora of smoked meat. This is a BBQ brisket in a glass. It's Schlenkerla, what do you expect? Beautiful smoked beers.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark, ruby brown color with a tan colored creamy, full head, good amount of lacing and retention, looks nicely carbonation as well.

A: Deep aromas of smoke, char, smoked teriyaki beef, smoked soy sauce, smoked wood, earthy with a slight smoked herb or spice, roasted malts.

T: Like the nose, deep notes of smoke, char, smoked beef, teriyaki, wood, finish is dry with a slight spice and herb notes, smoked malts linger in the finish, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, smooth almost like an oatmeal stout, dry finish.

O: Very tasty, I enjoy smoked meats and this has lots of smoked aromas and flavors, very drinkable, smooth mouthfeel, we need six-packs in southern CA.

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Photo of erk0607
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Rich, dark mahogany brown with a medium tank head consisting of tinby bubbles giving it a smooth appearance.
Smell: Like smoked beef jerkey. Bread. But mostly smoked meat.
Taste: First thing I got was bread, followed up by copious amounts of smokiness, roastiness, wood, wood chips.
Feel: Slick with a medium body that foams up easily and also goes down smooth. Flavors cling to cheeks and tongue.
Overall: Very unique beer. I was expecting campfire in a bottle but I got smoked jerky. None-the-less, I enjoyed it and would probably get to share with beer-newbies to introduce a strange-by-modern-standards style.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Libeertarian
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/25/17:

Mostly clear, a deep ruby or garnet color, close to red wine in direct light, but seems brown. Definitely darker than the Märzen equivalent which I had less than 12 hours prior. And that seems to just barely go for the head as well, which is a creamed coffee shade of brown rather than a brownish tan, but equal in its dense, moderately retaining fluffiness. Little or no lace. Smells like just a slightly boozier, dark fruitier, toastier, and earthier version of the Rauchbier Märzen, but still about the same very woody and smoked pork aromas. Equal parts bock and pulled pork. Sweet, plum and toffee flavors, less meaty, more overtly wood smoky and smoky-tart. Extra dry and semi-astringent by the finish. Lingering metallic and charcoal/ember aftertaste. Medium to full in body, not quite syrupy. Mild, softer, finer carbonation. Tiny amount of warmth to match it’s lower mid-range percent ABV. Overall, not as nuanced as the ASR Märzen, but almost just as good to my tastes.

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Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuy50
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a deep dark brown with little carbonation. Nose is SMOKE! Deep smoked wood chips, with hickory dominance. Taste follows the nose. Some malts, smoked hickory, and a bit of sweetness. Really smooth and well balanced. Mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Copper colored - small tan head - little lacing.

Yes- the smoky smells are pronounced and welcomed. But there is an earthiness to it that makes this stand out.

Creamy smooth caramel malts with less smokiness in the flavor than in the smell. Tiny bit of spice, Some graham cracker - maybe a burnt one. But surprisingly easy to drink, and a little brown sugar in the finish - growing increasingly sweet as it warms.

Like having this on hand to accompany various meats and cheeses. Good stuff.

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

Photo of Bammer21
3.09/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mnine
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the marzen but a bit more bittering hops. I'm preferable to my rauchbiers having less detectable hops but overall this beer is still better than 95% per style, just not it's better (and more popular) little brother... schlenkerla marzen.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Premo88
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stange)

L: dark purple-amber-brown, clear, topped by thick inch-and-a-half head of beige foam that is super sticky around the top; brew might be crystal clear ... hard to tell inside at night but light has no trouble punching through and highlighting the darkest of amber colors; keeps a thick collar that blends into a full skin of foam, and as you drink it down, the foam often coats the inside of the glass; as pretty as it gets

S: holey moley we got BBQ! first whiff off the head is like a slab of perfectly dry-rub seasoned pork ribs just off the pit ... and that's inside a house full of air fresheners and a kitty cat (and cat box) and all the other stuff that can junk up a beer's aroma; closer inspection renders much more peat, even raw beechwood, some smoked beech and loads of sweetness off what you'd normally consider lighter malt; the smokey aromas sometimes take on a bit of dust and molasses or even a tangy-but-sweet barbecue sauce; at times there's some charred/burnt wood notes ... like the carbonized bits of burnt wood and ashes at the bottom of a BBQ pit, but the kicker: nothing ever dominates to the detriment of the other notes; the Cadillac of smoked-beer noses

T: close to the nose on a 1-to-1 level but with a bit more peat, some lingering beechwood and then a light aftertaste of those burnt dregs at the bottom of the BBQ pit; the malt is also pushing in some sweetness, giving it a lot of that molasses (smoked molasses) flavor ... smoked maple ... smoked dates/prunes ... though it's never quite as sweet as the nose gets

F: easy all around, enough carbonation to help give it a light crispness inside a medium-weighted slick feel; the combination works nicely

O: a showcase of smoked-beer notes with everything bordering on perfect; in fact, as I grow more and more accustomed to peaty flavors, I imagine myself revisiting this review and leveling it off with 5s across the board; the pour, overall look and aroma are what beer is all about and the rest is dang good, too; like every other Schlenkerla brew I've tried, I will keep this in my year-round rotation

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Photo of BassManTNC
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After I had this beer, I had to run out and have some Lexington (NC) style BBQ. The smokey notes were like I was drinking through a campfire but it was still a good flavor and not just smoke, although that defines it. Be ready for it, that's all I can say.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a mug.

Look: Dark red brown coloration with a thick off white two finger head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Smells of delicious smoked meats with some clean malty notes lingering in the background.

Taste: Smoke meat flavors are bound together with a slight bitterness and finishes with a malty presence.

Feel: The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Perfect for the style and very easy drinking.

Overall: A top notch beer, hands down, bar none. I sure hope heaven is located in Bamberg.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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