Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,053
4.19 | pDev: 12.41%
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Wednesday at 04:15 AM
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4.65/5  rDev +11%
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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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not quite dull black, the body's appearance is more a uniformly muddled mahogany brown under a tall fluffy tan head that collapses to an unevenly bubbly, fuzzy sponge collar leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Like the label says, it certainly is sweet and smoky, but it's even smokier than their marzen. That said, relative to the many ostentatiously smoked beers I’ve had stateside, it's still tolerable, and it’s also got this unique character to it I’m having a hard time putting my finger on.

Up front is a sort of spicy smoke, where the thinner body enhances splintery characteristics. The fine, thin carbonation quickly runs into a semi-dry finish where a sort of toasted darker bread element emerges in conjunction with a sweet sort of macadamia-like nut, or maybe even a hint of amaretto.

The savory flavors are so satisfying, actually, that they've got me craving them as I step away to do other things--it doesn't give off that gut bomb of umami that some ultra savory beers trigger in me--it’s actually a refreshing sort of smokiness, which is hard to explain. It's a sort of a dark honey or molasses, but not quite. It may be better described as gingersnaps with mildly burnt bottoms.

Jun 11, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a thick tan head that lingers and good lacing.

Taste sweet smoky malt up front with a hint of bakers chocolate and leather with some sweet caramel mixed in. Medium feel and lingering aftertaste. A good one to enjoy.

May 15, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A clear reddish amber with a three finger tan head.

S- Smoky, a little meaty, earthy, some caramel sweetness, some oak.

T- Smoky/campfire, earthy, meaty, some caramel malts, oak, touch of light fruits.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A well done rauchbier, complex but easy to drink.

May 01, 2021
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zid from New York

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Dunkler Bock is Schlenkerla’s seasonal Bockbier. They’ve named it their “Urbock” or “original Bock.”
It is ceremoniously tapped on the first Thursday in October each year at their Bockanstich. It is brewed with 100% smoked malt made by the brewery. With an original gravity of 17.5, this beer is a standard Bockbier rather than a Doppelbock. This review is for the bottled version of the beer. For me, this beer is as satisfying as beer gets.

It has a wonderful head. It’s a deep, dark brown that has the appearance of a watery amaro. It smells of smoke and in this particular case a touch of oxidation. (I’ve had varying degrees of success purchasing these undated bottles.) The taste starts with smoke, quickly transitions to a rich malt character (like a sweet dark bread), and then finishes dry with some firm bitterness slowly sneaking in. One of the most attractive aspects of this beer is its smoothness. This beer manages to give the impression that it is big and bold, while also being supremely balanced - and it manages this balancing act masterfully. The result is incredible drinkability if you are a fan of Rauchbier of this strength.

Apr 26, 2021
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 55° into my Kozel mug; two fingers of fluffy, rocky mixed bubbles, dark beige head; dark brown almost black color; long cap retention; heavy ring, medium lacing. Smokey, burnt bacon nose. Taste is roasted “burnt ends” from Franklins’ barbecue; roasted malt; toasted brown bread; some sweet malt in background. Medium full body; moderate minus carbonation; no warmth from 6.5% abv; somewhat smooth feeling. Overall, the smoke is mild and the taste/aftertaste is more toast with slight char. Not for me...I could not finish the glass...scored to style.

Apr 25, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a 1 1/2 inch tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is smoky, woody, leather.

Taste is smoked ham, caramel malt, leather, ash, pepper,

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, smoky finish.

Very fine smoky Urbock!

Apr 24, 2021
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officerbill from New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Read some of the other reviews if you want to know the details about the look, smell, etc. I'm going to tell you how this beer feels.
Sitting in front of a campfire with your friends on a pleasant early fall evening. That's what this beer is.

Apr 24, 2021
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark brown-as-expected, nice head, lacing down the glass all. the. way.
S - The best attribute about these Rauchbiers IF you like smoke beers; campfire, bacon, a field of wheat and malt on fire. Like beer Napalm, if you get my drift.
T - A bit more reserved than one would think based on smell alone; good, smoked, smooth, slightly sweet malt profile that is kept in check by the smoke.
F - Gorgeously balanced, walks a slack-line between a regular bock and a smoke beer. Deft.
O - one of my favorite Urbocks, if for no other reason than it has smoked malts.

Apr 23, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with ruby hues on the edges. Its opaque when resting due to the dark color but the translucent nature shows itself when held to lights. Large tan colored head dissipates at a moderate rate. Aroma is intensely smoky, literally smells like a campfire. There are some sweet malts on the back end and subtle herbaceousness but really it’s nearly all smoke on the nose. I actually really dig the aroma it’s just very one dimensional. Taste is more balanced, obviously not as smokey, it’s notbaly more bitter than I would have guessed. Some unsweetened cocoa, earthy notes. Sweet malt characters are actually very mild, which I think prevents the balance I would have hoped for. Taste is lighter side of medium bodied, it has a clean finish but drinkability is still on the lower end of the spectrum. Overall a good beer, I can’t claim to be a rauchbier expert but my understanding is this is one of the standards of the style. I don’t think this is something I’d visit often, but a unique and enjoyable beer.


Apr 14, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Deep brown with a few bubbles, but not much. Smells of eaty smoke, caramel malt, earthy hops. Tastes a little sweet up front, cut by smoke, earthy hops, lightly spicy hops, then more caramel sweetness. Finishes with equal parts smoke and caramel. Medium body, maybe even medium heavy. Despite being a little hefty for its size, it's very easy to drink. Delicious.

Apr 06, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish copper with over a finger of off-white head. The first thing noticeable in the nose is a hearty maltiness. The smoke certainly follows - it's subtle but not weak.

The flavor is similar to the nose. The smoke is secondary, but very complimentary, to the bready malts. The mouth feel is creamy and the body is lighter than I expected but hearty enough to carry the flavors and not seem thin.

This beer paired perfectly with the smoked meats that are at the center of my family's traditional Easter dinner.

Apr 04, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark clear brown color with excellent beige head and nice curtain lacing. Smokey, malty smell and taste. Biscuit and pumpernickel bread with a bit of honey sweetness. Some chocolate. Excellent beer!

Mar 14, 2021
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Radome from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Saint Arnold Icon snifter.

L - The beer appears deep brown and opaque in the glass, but when held up to the light you can see around the edges that it has brilliant clarity and ruby highlights. The head is surprisingly light in color, off-white and thick at first. It drops to a thin sheet of tiny bubbles, along with lacing and fascinating sheets of bubbles just under the surface whenever the glass is swirled.

S - Of course the aroma is dominated by the smoke this beer is famous for. It's like the charcoal and partly burnt logs of a hardwood campfire, or, wait, is it a just-extinguished Cuban cigar? Occasionally I catch a whiff of non-burned oak, that could make sense, since it apparently spends some time in casks. Way down at a lower level is some rich, bready malt, characteristic of a bock.

T - Flavors are not as inviting as the aroma. The smoke is definitely there with an ashy, or charcoal-like quality. the base beer is indistinct, but bock seems the best description, although it has sharp edges from the intense smokiness that come across as an almost tannic astringency. I assume that harsh note is from the smoked malt, similar to the acrid effect from highly kilned grains like roasted barley.

F - Medium to light body with low carbonation that belies the constant rise of bubbles you see visually. Moderate bitterness that I assume is from hops, although maybe strengthened by that tannin-like effect from the smoked malt. Low alcohol presence.

O - Everyone should try this beer and see for themselves what they think of a true classic example of an unusual style. I enjoy it, and I sample it every so often when I see it, but mostly for the unusual aspects of it, not because it is the most delicious beer I know.

Feb 07, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Mahogany coloured beer, large beige head. INTENSE and pretty extreme aroma of smoked meat and burnt-out ruins of wooden houses, hints of tar. The flavour is also intensely smoky, but there is also a malty sweetness to back it up. Moderate hops in the finish. You have to be impressed (one way or another) by this beer - but I have trouble deciding if I really LIKE the overwhelming smokiness. I know a lot of people LOVE it - I’ll just say: Give it a try!

Jan 20, 2021
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep opaque mahogany color with a slight hint of ruby and a cream colored 3 finger head that dissipated to a frothy one finger head. Head dissipation was slow, with a consistent film and heavy lacing. Nose of smoky malt, oak, and brown bread crust. Flavor starts with sweet malt followed by a beautiful smokiness, charred oak and pork, brown bread, molasses, dates, and a hint of black licorice on the finish that lingers with a bit of smokiness. It is important to ensure this beer is just a bit colder than room temp or you will not pick up the flavors. Let it roll around on your tongue before swallowing. Medium heavy body with moderate - light carbonation. This has some silkiness that is very pleasant. The taste of this beer is very well balanced but it is a Rauchbier so it is an acquired taste. Overall, this is absolutely fantastic!

Dec 30, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

i have always liked these beers a lot, but have a newfound appreciation again with this one, not sure how i have missed it until now, but its surely among the most special smoked beers in the game, cool that they smoke their own, and that this one is aged a little longer and uses a little more of that malt, at least according to the label, yields a wildly robust yet mellow beer not quite like anything else i have ever had, even others from these guys that employ the same malts i suspect, this is wholly unique and perhaps the best of the lot, although its been awhile for me with a few of them. in any event, its mostly clear deep reddish brown past crimson and mahogany to almost chestnut, really deep, with a frothy creamy burlap colored head that doesnt go anywhere, just gorgeous! the nose is ever so slightly sweeter than the taste, maple and molasses sweetness from the grain, but the flavor pushes the smoke even more forward, the perfect amount of malt for this to be balanced in shocking complexity, its insanely smoke driven, but its also rich and baked, lightly bitter too but never astringent, and the smoke has so much flavor, like i taste the actual wood it came from in here, along with some highly compatible german lager yeast, just so many layers to this and it warms up brilliantly. caramel and dried cherry and raisin and fig and cigar and wet tobacco and dried pepper and fallen leaves, so perfectly autumnal, just wonderful. i am a fast drinker generally, and getting faster all the time it seems, but i intentionally slow down with this one and let each sip evolve for minutes and minutes on my palate, all just extraordinary. quite possibly the worlds best smoked beer right here, no kidding!

Dec 17, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours brown in color with just a hint of light creeping through, two-finger creamy off-white head has fantastic retention and leaves some lacing behind as it settles

S- the aroma is a nice balancing act of smoke and sweet malt. Initial aromas of smoked meat, campfire, bandaide, soot and pine tar. Malty aromas of dark bread, toffee, raisin and fig preserves.

T- initially sweet and malty with notes of bread crust, fruit cake, caramel and raisin. Mid-palate brings out the smoke that gives flavors of smoked pork, campfire and charred wood. The finish gives notes of black licorice, burnt brown sugar, brown bread and caramel. Smoke lingers long after the finish

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky and velvety finish

O- the way that they are able to balance the malty and smoke notes makes this an outstanding beer. The sweet malty notes match well with the smoke so that nothing overpowers the beer

Dec 03, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Extremely dark brown, verging on black. Two fingers of khaki head with excellent retention.

Smell: A toasty, savory, smoky scent like fresh barbecue.

Taste: Like smoked bacon, accompanied by a slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with good carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic and unique beer that everyone should try.

Nov 30, 2020
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artiefufkin from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what's advertised, it's the benchmark of the style. Surprised the smokiness is more woody than campfire, but not unpleasantly so. Rauchbier is required on the journey through the styles, and you can't go wrong with the classic.

Oct 16, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored this in line with the average, but truth be told, I can’t drink it. Live and learn, try different beer, it’s just not my style. I’m sure it’s a great beer if this is your kind of thing. That’s why I scored it the way I did. I couldn’t dump all over such a highly rated beer, but I just couldn’t get it down. Liquid smoke, that’s how I would describe it, and it was more than I could handle.

Oct 12, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - no date, but fairly fresh - poured into a pilsner stem at 38°F.

Pours a deep mahogany brown, sitting nearly black in the glass, but when held to the light, the beer appears quite clear, with brown-garnet highlights. Two fingers of khaki head forms, before receding to a foamy collar, leaving some wispy lacing behind.

Nose: Some darker malt notes appear, with brown bread, treacle, and a little bit of roast, but the smoked malts definitely dominate. Wood smoke, charcoal, ash, soot, pine tar, bacon, and baked ham, complete with the cloves and all. Really smoky, savoury, and even slightly meaty.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with some semi-sweet dark lager grains, not too dissimilar from a Märzen. Brown bread, burned toffee, caramel, black treacle, and some subtle cocoa and espresso. There's a whisper of licorice, and some faint dark fruit notes, but obviously, the dominant presence here is smoke. On the front end, the smoke is woody, with campfire, charcoal, ash, and char, yet it avoids being acrid or bitter in any way. As it progresses, the smoky notes shift towards smoked ham, like bacon (English bacon, not American streaky bacon). At this point, against all odds, some fruity lager yeast notes manage to peek through, before quickly falling back behind the smoke. The meaty note also fades, revealing some more malt character, and just a touch of spicy Noble hops. Smoke lingers well into the finish, and makes itself at home.

Mouthfeel/Body: Typical of a good dark lager, the beer is both crisp and fluid, yet hearty and malty. It's a beautiful balance, and in the case, the heavy smoke and roast flavours do add to the perceived weight of the beer. Effervescence is right where it should be, and the beer doesn't fight back. Drying finish from the smoke.

Overall: Not only is this the smokiest rauchbier I've had, but interestingly enough, it's also the most balanced. It has depth of malt character, and while the smoke is intense, other elements still shine, perhaps making this a somewhat "complex" rauchbier. No question, this will be a bit jarring to someone who isn't expecting it, or who doesn't enjoy smoky flavours in beer, but those who do, this is a must try. Let it warm up a bit. The smoke mellows and allows the malt to shine a bit more.

Oct 07, 2020
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