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: 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 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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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 fl oz bottle (no date) poured into a tall cylindrical pub glass. Pours a deep, deep, dark mahogany brown with very little light coming through. Tall, thick tannish head that sticks around a good while. Smell is VERY smokey, a bit of oak, if you've ever been outside a wood fire barbecue, it's a lot like that. But there is also the slightest fruity character in the nose. Taste follows, the smoke hits you right away, and then the slight sweetness, a touch of German hops, and smoke carrying on long into the finish. On the fuller side of medium bodied, but not heavy at all. I'd been waiting ages to find this, and I'm so glad I did. It met and exceeded all expectations!

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Photo of hman43
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with ruby hues. The head is brown and has moderate retention.

Smell: It has a deep, pleasant smoky aroma. There are also wood aromas with some oak. There are hints of malt in the background with a ever so slight hint of fruit.

Taste: There is a rich combination of malt and smoked flavors. The malts have a maillard flavor to them. The smoke includes oaken wood flavors as well as traditional smoked flavors. There are also hints of plums in the background notes with a touch of floral elements.

Feel: It has a moderate body that is towards the heavy side with bitterness and smoked elements that last long into the finish.

Overall, this is a complex smoky beer with combinations of rich malts and smoked elements with hops and esters in the background notes.

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Photo of donspublic
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into wine glass(only thing available), nice 2 finger tan head, recedes after a minute pretty good lacing. Dark brown in the glass, very little light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, bacon, ham, all good things that are smoked. Taste is sweet malt with a hammy/bacon smoke flavor has a mild earthy bitterness on the finish. It is so easy to go Wong on this style, but this is truly well balanced. Thanks to the girl working at Tony's in Shreveport that told me to get this

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Photo of matuka123
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've tried this before and I've tried Märzen by this Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier bramd too. This brewery. I love the smell of this. Just ham, meaty, meat, barbecue, smoky ham meat! I can imagine how delicious this is with christmas/xmas Ham that we eat here in Finland when its christmas. Delicious.

Bootle looks very cool and kind of royal and looks more royal than Märzen I think. It looks kind of Ruby black. Reddish but strong black/brown. Dark brown with some rubeh ruby red on it. Small white creamy head, not much head for me. Lightly carbonated, not highly carbonated. Smell is delicious to me. Pork bacon savory salty smoky. :D
Taste=just tastes good and nice basic dark bock beer. Smoky ham type of taste. It's more in the smell than in the taste. But it tastes like it smells and feels smooth and light. Scrumptious. I'd like to drink this with a rhyebread sandwich that has mustard and ham in the middle. Delicious combo during holidays.

Overall, great beer. Delicious bock urbock. I find it easier to drink than Märzen slightly and the bottle looks cooler as well. I do recommend this. Not top tier beer but very good.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely dark ruby red, murky appearance.

Thick white head; decent lacing.

Smells like a fresh pig just pit on the spit. The ham smell borders on the obnoxious, it is so strong.

Medium mouthfeel.

The taste follows the nose; this tastes like delicious barbecued pork. If that appeals to you, welcome to heaven. If it doesn't, run for the hills my friend. Perhaps the most flavorful beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to have this for awhile.
The appearance is a dark reddish brown with a bit of clarity.
The aroma is a nice intense BBQ smokiness, and big malt sweetness.
The taste is woody smokiness with a chocolate malt sweetness that mixes well.
Has a nice medium plus palate with a smokiness that lingers pleasantly.
Overall this is another awesome rauchbeer that I would love to have at the source.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle in Atlanta.
Clear dark brown body with a very good head.
Very smooth, near full feel with pepper carbonation.
Very smoky aroma and flavor but not quite to the level that would totally mask some dark bread notes.
Overall: excellent for style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L : Passed this up several times, finally decided to give it a whirl. It's pronounced "Aeisht Shlinkowla RowchbEErh". Anyways! This Urbock pours hazelnut from the bottle and forms a dark chocolate black in the duvel. The head is puffy and large, 3 fingers, and gradually recedes to a finger and sticks. Lace left on the glass sparsely.

S : Aaaand the aroma is like walking into a butcher shop. Cured hard meats, smoked salami, with a light herbal freshness and bright malts.

T : The smoke comes out first, giving way immediately to pastrami, then to roasted malts, and finally to a semi-bitter twist of cilantro, celery, and citrus rind.

F : Fabulous, as expected. Very wet, very dense, very malty and creamy. Nice carbonation pops things up a bit. Finish is slightly smokey.

O : The Urbock isn't half bad, but nowhere near the stature of their Marzen. I really thought this was going to have more flavor popping out than it did; instead it gives you a nip of smoke and then disappears into a light German Bock.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells and tastes like a camp fire. For me, this is nothing more than a novelty. Interesting on the first sip, but getting harder and harder to finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear mahogany with emphasis on brown great head of off white foam.

Great wood chip barbecue/smokie aromas. Sneaky amount of sweet malt in there.

Huge smoke right off the bat with some malty sweetness ...bbq in a glass.

Smooth mouthfeel and very easy to drink despite the intense smoke.

So good.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This smoked bock pours a dark brown color with a slight amber tint and a medium foamy white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is assertive, like many beers from this brewery. It has an incredibly rich character of smoked meat with a hint of sweetness. The flavor lives up to the scent. It is aggressively smoky and has a flavor profile that I think is somewhere between the marzen and the eiche doppelbock. Like the marzen there are strong hints of smoked meat, but like the eiche doppelbock it is also reminiscent of a campfire. There is a slight sweetness to the flavor as well. The taste of alcohol is also surprisingly assertive given that this is only a 6.5% beer. With many beers this would be a negative comment, but combined with the smokiness it is in this case a positive thing in my opinion. The finish has a lingering smokiness. The body is on the high end of medium, but of course slightly lighter than the eiche. I could easily see many people picking the marzen as their favorite from this brewery, but for me this one is the best. This beer is truly a smoked beer masterpiece and probably the best example I have ever tried of this intriguing style.

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

A- Love the very old school label that comes with this one. The beer itself pours a clear cola like color with a hint of red in the background....could resemble root beer. The head is caramel in color and retains is thick and dense....starts out about 2 fingers thick and settles to about one! Carbonation is tough to see and the lacing is quite good, with plenty of sticky goodness clinging to the side of the glass!

S- This totally smells like a sausage shop....pick one that you know of, and that is the aroma that this gives off! Landjaeger sausage to be precise! Smoky, peaty, malty.....these are the main smells that are is much too hard to get much else out of this on the nostrils. Very nice overall!

T- The flavors follow the aroma closely but to a milder degree. The malt comes out much better....burnt malts in fact. Toasted, meaty yeast/bread, sausage, black coffee/cocoa bitterness in the background, and the finish is of strong hop is actually quite light and doesn't sit on the palate. There are some mild peppercorn and nuttiness throughout as well!

M/O- Light to medium body best describes this one, with plenty of carbonation but it is not in your face. A perfect brew to enjoy with a smoked cheese/meat platter, I could easily enjoy another one of is highly drinkable and easy going, much against what one would think going into it! I highly recommend it and again, this showcases the vast range of German beers that are out there! Cheers!!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fairly thick black color. The head is thick, and frothy. The nose you get a nice smoke smell, but it is somewhat mellow. The taste is smoky. It also has other flavors. There's a hint of coffee in it. Delicious.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty beer. Dark red/brown in color, a nice tan head.
Intense smoke aroma, some sweet malt.
Smoky, peaty taste. Caramel and toffee.
Very smooth and warming.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schlenkerla pretty much made this style and others pretty much are trying to find their way into it.
Beyond that effort, the "others" still have a long way to go.

Garrett Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table" devotes quite a bit of time about how he got used to this beer and then found out that he could use it to go with most spicy foods. I report on that tonight. I had it with a Thai dish that had soy and oyster sauce, a semi-smokey flavoring. It went well.
I had some Urbock left, so I had it with a red curry sauce... it went considerably less well.
Lesson: don't expect subtle beers to go with food that is too spicy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.32/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Oily exterior, real brown stuff, bordering on black. Some tan head on it, 1/3". Smells like a steak marinade.

Holy crap, this is smoky as hell, so much meat juice to it. Not my cup of tea. I tried and tried. Some people love this beef hash oil rauchbier. I just can't. Don't take my review for anything other than my displeasure, I like very minimal smoke. This beer has tons of smoke and beef to it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, no visible date. Note there were bits of tan colored something around the lip after I popped the top. DFH tulip.

A: pours a medium brown, partly translucent; ruby with light shining through when held to the light. Aggressive pour yields only 1 finger of light tan head. Very active visible carb. Modest retention and decent lacing.

S: lightly smoky, sweet, and I swear downright peaty. This is the scotchiest beer I've had. Very pleasant smokiness.

T: somewhat sweet arrival, complex, multi-layered malty middle turns to a lapsong souchang tea toward the end. Lingering noble hop and toasty notes on the mildly bitter finish. If this weren't smoked, it would still be a killer dunkel. But it is, so it is off the charts. A sweet beer, but not excessive or cloying. Perhaps not as smoky as the Marzen.

M: solidly midweight, active carbonation. Surprisingly crisp finish for such a sweet beer.

O: a sweet and smoky lager that does not disappoint. I had the Aecht Marzen years ago, and I like this much better.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this is the first smoked beer/ Rauchbier that I actually really enjoyed. The smell of hickory smoked meat and taste follows but it just seems to work really well for me. Highly recommend.

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

Pours an opaque dark amber color. Has an appealing wood-smoke aroma. The smoked malt really comes through in the taste, which is well balanced. Light to medium body, a bit cleaner on the palate than Schlenkerla's doppelbock and not as bitter. Sweet and smoky and very tasty.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A vigorous pour yields an opaque glass of grog somewhere between brown and black. A thick, tan seafoam cap rises above the rim of my favorite Augustiner glass. As it settles, the depths gain clarity and appear more of a milk chocolate brown with some light shining through. The nose is straight smoked meat, like pastrami without the salt. My first sip. The smokiness is overpowering yet there's something more. The sweet malt and amazingly creamy mouthfeel linger like an old friend. The liquid smoke is still present throughout but somehow an afterthought reminding you of the antiquity that is this style. A finely crafted beer no doubt. Still not sure if it's a beacon of light in the fog or a gateway drug, but I like it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours very dark ruby brown, with a large, light tan head. Aroma bacon, campfire, smoke. Taste smoke, coffee, ash campfire, barbecue. It's ok.

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Photo of Tele
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 1.5.16

A: 4.25 Pours very dark reddish brown, with a large, light tan head.

S: 4.25 So much smoke on the nose. Lots of hickory, smelling of smoked salmon. There is a mild, underlying malt profile adding a bit of caramel and coffee.

T: 4 Starts off a bit sweet with a big dose of smoke. Again, tastes like a campfire and smoked salmon. Very nice, but somewhat uninteresting due to the intensity of the smoked malt. Some ash and berries linger on the finish with very mild bitterness.

M: 4 Pretty nice body and great carbonation. The intensity of the flavor hurts drinkability somewhat.

O: 4 Pretty interesting beer and definitely one of the smokiest I’ve had to date. I could see this going very nicely with some intensely flavored or spicy food.

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