Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
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From:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
Style:
Rauchbier
Ranked #4
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,644
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 12.56%
Reviews:
796
Ratings:
758
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 09, 2022
Added:
Aug 23, 2001
Wants:
  127
Gots:
  150
SCORE
92
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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Rated: 4.13 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by McSeal from Connecticut

Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Heller Trum/ Schlenkerla 'Rauchbier Urbock' @ 6.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to a dark brown in the glass with hints of ruby red along the pint glass with a medium size light tan head leaving a spotty lace after every sip
S-smoke
T-smoke , sweet malts , dark brown bread
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer from the German masters of Rauchbier (I don't enjoy this style of beer)
prost LampertLand
Sep 23, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.31 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jul 27, 2022
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Rated by MHL81 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle. Smell and look make this beer. Perfect for an all day brisket smoking session.
Jun 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by PapaGoom

Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Purchased as a single bottle from The Blue Door for $6.00. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear mahogany, with a three-finger fluffy pale tan head.
S - Smoke comes through extremely well. Oak. Brown bread.
T - The malty smokiness hits me like a bus! Lightly-roasted coffee. Brown bread. Dark toffee on the smokey finish. Definitely on the maltier side, but it isn't sweet at all.
F - Medium-full in body, with decent carbonation. Filling, but easy-to-drink.
O - I've had this beer only once before, and it's exactly how I remembered it! Sort of reminds one of drinking bacon, sans the pork flavor (if you haven't had this before). Super malty, super smokey, and tons of flavor. What's there not to like? Highly recommend!
Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by Beecham from California

Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours coffee colored with a two finger ecru head; solid retention and shards of lace remain

Smell: Lightly smoked malt, toasted brown bread and caramel

Taste: Caramel and toasted brown bread forward with the smoked malt flavors building rapidly; a meaty element arrives, after the swallow, but is offset by the sweeter tones detected on the front end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The smoke element here is deftly handled and I really enjoy the way it melds with the sweeter malts
Mar 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A moderate pour released a fat finger of tan creamy foam which sunk to a rocky head. Sticky lacing surrounds the glass.
Clear dark brown color with fiery ruby highlights.

Bold smell of smoked ham and bacon, dark bready malt and raisins

Smokey, meaty taste that is right on the line of sweet and dry. Moderate bitterness at first that comes from smoked malt, hops are present yet indistinguishable to me. The smoke is mellow, reminds me of standing near a BBQ smoker and burning wet wood. Raisin and baked stone fruits almost add sweetness. The finish is quick, but the smoked meat taste lingers on. Bitterness builds a bit as it becomes semi-dry.

Medium-full bodied with soft lasting carbonation. Very smooth and balanced despite the smoke. Malty like Scotch Ale.
Big flavor similar to Baltic Porter. Higher than average bitterness for Lager, however this is no ordinary Lager. This is one of the best Beers I've tried so far.
Mar 14, 2022
 
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very dark brown with ruby red highlights. Topped with a fine cap of chunky tan foam.

Smells like bacon and roast beef and campfire smoke! Slightly salty, very meaty and smoky. Roasted barley and fresh wood chunks.

Bacon and ham upfront, chocolate and caramel leading into bread crust, salt, root beer/cola, honey, and pepper. The chocolate sweetness and hammy smoke lingers!

Rich mouthfeel, coats the palate but is still pretty clean.

Wow, a wonderful Rauchbier. This is fantastic.
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
.5 L bottle
Glass: 0.4 L Tulip (from Troegs)

Look: Deep brown with dark ruby highlights with held to a light. Opaque in the glass that I used (this tulip is wider than most). Initial 2+ finger beige head lasts forever and ever and leaves tremendous lacing.

Smell: Wow. Smoked ham and kielbasi. Bacon. Brown sugar and some dark honey. Toasted dark bread such as pumpernickel. The smoke is absolutely there and dominant but melds wonderfully well with the malts and the sweetness. I could almost just sit here and enjoy the aroma. Almost.

Taste: Smoke leads off (of course). Malty smoked meats transition to a smokey toasted caramel with chocolate notes. Some campfire appears. Dries out towards the finish but still smokey-sweet. Just like the aroma, everything here melds together very well.

Feel: Medium body with a slight lean towards the thinner side. Smooth. Slightly creamy.

Overall: Very well done and complex Rauchbier. And a very well done bock. A good companion on a chilly rainy or snowy night. And for watching episodes of shows like The Last Kingdom, Vikings Valhalla, or House of the Dragon (when that comes out).
Mar 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by irishevans from California

Feb 08, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by igl from Russian Federation

Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by illtexzona from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Excellent beer for food pairings. Well carbed, dark bitter malt, smoked ham, campfire, bock sweetness. I'd call this and the Marzen the standard bearers for the style. Aecht Schlenkerla can do no wrong in my eyes.
Jan 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by digitizdat

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Refrigerated glass bottle poured into a glass stein.
Deep, dark amber like root beer candy with a light tan head. Darker than I expected.
Smoky sweet reminiscent of a scotch ale but with an integral character and a finish that goes on forever.
Lovely brew. Craving a second.
Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Im still super new to this style as a whole but I adore this so far, deep brown red appearance with a great smoke flavor that isn't overbearing. Trying to not smash the whole glass in ten seconds
Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

Looking very nice in the glass. Darkest brown body with some amber highlights. Small off white head shrinks to a fat collar and covering, leaving rings of lacing.

Sweet malty smoky aroma with a little ham.

On tasting, full flavored, a little sweeter and meatier than the Marzen version. Smoke malt use is again superbly balanced so as not to overwhelm the base beer. A hint of bitterness on the back end.

Mouth very close to full, finish a progression of sweet/smoke/light bitterness.

Overall, if you enjoy or want to try smoke beers, this is the brewery to seek out. Masters of their craft.
Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours very dark brown with red highlights, with a modest tan head that lingers well. Excellent lacing.

Aromas of old smoke, tobacco, toasted bread, faint dark fruits.

Caramel and toasted malts on the tip of the tongue. Plenty of savory smoke in midstream. Straight out smokehouse goodness. There is some subtle earthy/grassy hop lurking in the background. The brew trends somewhat sweeter as it warms, but maintains a solid savory quality.

Medium bodied, smooth, and decently carbonated, with a drying finish.

Another excellent Rauchbier from these folks.
Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by icemanexit from Indiana

Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: deep reddish brown with a small khaki head.
S: refreshing pine, Scotch whisky, tar, and wood stove.
T: caramel, pine, rich malt, and a little dry at the end.
F: smooth, could use a little more carbonation.

This is my first ever rauchbier and I'm intrigued. Excellent beer, delicious.
Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
16.9oz bottle into a .25L Schlenkerla tasting glass.
L: Pours a med-dark brown with a ruby toned base. 2 finger creamy pockmarked light beige head with good retention to a thick skin. Some sticky lacing and banding dependent upon drinking time spent. Light but visible carbonation.
S: Smoky toasted caramelized malts, dark moist brown bread, leather, lightly floral with a hint of cedar wood.
T: Caramelized chocolate malts, smoked grains interspersed throughout, suggestions of smoked baby lace swiss cheese with subtle hints of smoked meat namely pork. A touch of hop bitterness and very light citrus zest flow throughout along side raisins and figs. It is moderately sweet and is gently drying within the finish. There is light cedar resin.
F: An effectively ornamented clean med-heavy bodied mouthfeel with a brisk start, a slightly dense, smooth creamy central axis and a semi-sticky colorful finish.
O: An incredible tasting rauchbier. Sensuously crafted & smoked, there's nothing else quite like it. In the realm of smoked beers it is world-class. Compared to it's brothers Marzen and Eiche rauchbiers: Urbock has a bit more depth in flavor than the Marzen and the Urbock it is not as sweet as Eiche which notably has a different wood smoke taste. All are world-class.
Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured bottle into shaker pint. Deep dark brown with a cream nice colored. Great looking beer.

Nose is smoked Gouda with an underlying sweetness.

Taste follows: smoky sweet Caramel malt, bit of dark dried fruit.

Feel is light, sweet on the edge of the mouth, medium.

A bocky rauchbier for sure. Really good looking. Jerky in syrup.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
L: Dark body, tan lasting head, moderate lacing.
A: Malty smoky aroma. Fairly strong.
T: Savory taste, like a malty brisket to start. Finishes with a creamy malty backbone that leaves smoke.
F: high/ medium feel, not much carbonation but it isn’t needed. Creamy and a little syrupy. Fuller body brew.
O: a great smoky boch. Any person who likes dark brews would be well served to try this. Once the weather cools a bit I’m sure it will serve the winter months well.
Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown, nearly black with ample tan head. Smell and taste are dominated by smoke. A bit of a sweet caramel malt backbone, with some dark fruit. Light and easy drinking for such a dark beer. A bit thin. Overall this is all about the smoke and the malt. The smokiness is a bit aggressive, but oddly addictive.
Sep 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Eman17 from Illinois

Aug 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Aug 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Jul 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jun 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Ever since I’ve had their Rauchbier Marzen I’ve been on the hunt for all the other variants. We’re moving up, as this is the second highest rated beer in the style. I love Rauchbiers of any kind, but these guys set the bars high with the last one. Let’s see where this one falls

Pours almost completely jet black with a thick finger of tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose on this one really goes beyond the smoke, with much more depth than I expected. I’m picking up on aromas of campfire smoke, rich toffee, earthy hops, dark toast, and brown sugar

Just as the aroma suggested, this has a crazy depth in flavor unlike any Rauchbier I’ve had before, but more so up front. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dark bread, earthy hops, smokey oak, raisin, light pepper, and caramel. The swallow brings notes of campfire smoke, dark doughy malt, toasted grain, and medium roast coffee

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a velvety smooth beer. Finishes mostly dry with with a light bitterness

Yet another incredible beer from these guys. I could toss back a whole case of this. Drinks a lot lighter than the 6.6% it is, but the depth of flavor suggests even higher abv which is weird. Either way, incredible
Jun 17, 2021
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1554 ratings