Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Style: German 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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Photo of KooVee
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
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 -25.1%
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 crotharagain
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrilliumFan
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.7%
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 sunnovgoat
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of detgfrsh
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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 +20.8%
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 pauldig
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RandyV
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mini review:

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

Smells like smokey beef jerky and some roasted malt.

Taste is smokey beef as well, some coffee, and sweet caramel.
As it warms, a big sweetness comes out.

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 +15.7%
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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Photo of mehak
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Intense smoke flavor and smell, feels like there should be some anise flavor added (first rauchbier I have had, so maybe not). Light body. I would share this with a couple friends and pair it with something that goes with the smokey flavor.

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Photo of JabbeerJaw
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Baviera
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Golfontap
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cardfan212
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Dark opaque brown with no head but a small layer of sand colored bubbles. A very robust color to the body.

Smell - Very heavy smell of chocolate on the forefront followed by a bit of a beef jerky, campfire type smoky smell. Not as smoky on the nose as I would have expected.

Taste - The chocolate from the smell carries over to the taste along with a lot of sweet bready malt. The taste lingers for a long while before evaporating to a pleasant bit of smoke that doesn't overpower everything. On the verge of single trick, it isn't horribly complex, but it is rich and balanced and lovely.

Feel - Thick heavy body with an active peppy fizz. The carbonation keeps it from being too tough of a drink.

Overall - Incredibly pleasant to drink, but it's definitely a slow drink with how heavy it is. Surprisingly approachable despite its intimidating classification as a "smoke beer."

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Photo of FBarber
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft.

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopsputin
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: dark, muddy brown color with a hint of ruby red/purple towards the bottom of the glass where light is penetrating. a nice 2 finger tan frothy head

s: lots of campfire smoke and charred wood up front. some meaty bacon behind that. caramel malts, generic sweet berries and a touch of herbal hops to close it out and help balance out the aroma

t: follows the nose pretty well. it starts with that charred wood and campfire flavor that dominates the tongue. behind that is smoked bacon and a nice amount of sweet caramel malts. just a touch of noble hops and more campfire to finish. awesome taste

m: medium mouthfeel with mid-high carbonation. the carbonation really helps to accent the smokiness in here

o: excellent Rauchbier. smoke is definitely the dominant aspect in the aroma and taste, but it has just the right amount of sweet malt and hops to balance the beer out. delicious, and each sip leaves you wanting more

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Photo of Devonking
2.66/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tcsox
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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