Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,847
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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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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Lucular from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Enjoyed outside alongside a bonfire. Perhaps because of the smokiness of the fire, this didn't seem nearly as smoky as I expected. Overall a delicious beer that reminded me of a brown ale (or doppelbock, I suppose) with notes of dark bread, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Sep 19, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*** general note, please allow this to warm up a bit, like many other beers this needs to be within the 41˚f area to shine.

If there was ever a style of beer that you'd simply need to have great taste in beer to appreciate then the rauchbier lager style would be one of those beers for advocates. What makes this beer ranked "outstanding", if not world-class, is the complexity and simplistic ingredients that yield one of the smokiest beers I have ever had - next to The Bruery Smoking Wood beer.

Pouring a brown semi-transparent, red hue in the light, from the intense smoking of Schlenkerla's exclusive malt process really aligns well with bock tradition. Though a style akin to the märzen this one has a bit more alcohol and malt profiles.

Bacon in a glass is how I was originally introduced to this beer. I gave this to a friend and he told me he smelled notes of chocolate and licorice. I noticed this more in the taste though.

Let's not beat around the bush, there is heavy smoke in each and every sip. The alcohol is more of a body feel than a taste which is great at 6.6% and the body is medium-heavy, slightly syrupy, and intense. There is a spicy hop note that hits on the back end, it is very rounded though but clearly there. The front notes are similar to my comment from my friend chocolate malt and black licorice. Outstanding flavor.

Aug 22, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium body with close to medium carbonation
Aroma reminds me of the butcher shop I worked in as a kid. It is everything smoked, ,smoked ham foremost, bacon, molasses, roasted malts, doughy,yeasty bread
Taste is similar but heavy on the smoke. Lots of smoked ham, brown sugar, overcooked sweet bread
This is a classic and full of flavor and rich aroma. But if unfamiliar this might freak some people out.
I love it but again some people might not be ready for the smoked ham. Definitely something you have to at the very least try once

Jul 03, 2020
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elNopalero from California

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

I love this stuff! Since they switched to cans I haven’t seen anything else in bottles, so I grabbed this immediately. Dusty, no idea how long it was sitting out, but fortunately it’s not a style that is fresh dependent.

Pours with just the thickest head of foam. Wonderful smoke house campfire aroma. It’s delightfully smokey, with a lingering sweetness from the base malt. Oh it’s simply delicious.

Jun 29, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Rich and smoky, mahogany-colored beer - has sweet chew of fruits like dates and caramel and molasses, with smokiness woven throughout, suggesting something almost savory and charred - medium-full-bodied, a little sticky, a lotta smoky...

Jun 23, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle - dark mahogany with khaki head leaving lots of foamy /frosty lacing. On a side note I visited this brewery in Bamberg about 20 years ago and drank this beer on tap while eating roast goose. Nose is all smoky roast malt. Taste follows with a very mild and smooth smoky aftertaste. A fantastic version of the style. Probably not for everyone, definitely an acquired taste. Lots of great memories in this, train stations,bratwursts,kellerbier,xmas markets,toasted nuts,ham sandwiches......

Jun 21, 2020
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Anders91 from California

1.32/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Look: dark brown can see through the edges a bit, off white head

Smell: smoked meat, like right off the bbq, roasty malt. The smell gets to be a lot, and I didn’t really care for it. I can still smell it in my nose the next morning. Do yourself a favor don’t drink this beer

Taste: as my friend put it, funky taste. Kinda like the smell, but weird other stuff too. Very strong, and not my thing. Can also still taste it, please please don’t drink it xD

Feel: woody

Feb 15, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

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

A rich malty color with suspension being unfiltered and had a nice head. The aroma is awesome. Smells like smokey bacon or pork. Tastes a little less smokey than the Weizen I just had, but delicious in every way. The smokiness is awesome. This one is more bacon like. Has a better beer character and easy drinking. A mouthfeel that is also exceptional. I will pick these up again they are landmark Rauchbiers. Poured into an Imperial Pint Nonic from a 16.9 ounce bottle.

Jan 27, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml. bottle with noted date. Sampled on Jan 16, 2020.

Deep mahogany brown pour underneath a lingering tan head and lacing. Beautiful.

Vibrant aroma of smoked malts, sausage, and floral sensation. Enticing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full.

The taste i sweet and smoky through and through with a satisfying clean and floral finish. A really nice beer.

Jan 16, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Continuing through some notes:
Poured the bottle into the glass: Nice dark brown looking beer. Nice head that dissipates into a thin coating. Smell is intense! Lots of smoke. Malt is evident through the "bacony" notes. Hops? Can't smell 'em! Smoke dominates. Taste is sweet meats (pork/bbq). Nice bitterness at the end, but doesn't really balance the sweet smoky malt. Feel is medium: lighter than you'd think. Overall, a different beer for sure. I like it. I don't know if I'd be able to handle more than one or two in a session, bu it's definitely unique!

Jan 12, 2020
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ccadwell from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One pint poured into a glass. Dark brown with amber hues when held to a light. Off white , bubbly head like a latte. Smell of smoked ribs and caramelized BBQ sauce and brown sugar. Taste like it smells but add a puff of a cigar, with roasted malts. Medium bodied but the smokey taste makes it feel heavy. Some hops but otherwise not bitter.

Jan 05, 2020
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap from the wooden keg at Bavarien Lodge in Lisle IL. This is an amazing beer, near perfection. Extremely powerful and rich, but not overwhelming at all. Medium heavyweight with 8% ABV. Spectacular malt with the typical smoky oak aroma and flavor.

Dec 22, 2019
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HermannTheGerman from Germany

4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like Smoked Beers. This is it. Full of flavor. Nice head. Balanced carbonated. More intense than the Märzen and not sweet. Beautiful hoppie notes. I love it.

Dec 19, 2019
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robotic_being from Florida

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

Pours a clear, dark amber-brown color, with a 1 ½” of mocha tan foam, micro and medium bubbles, even hold, 2+ mins. Aromas of smoked malts, campfire, charcoal, smoked meats, and hints of caramel malts. The taste is robust, kilned malts, smoked ham, light caramel malts, subtle toffee, brown bread, and notes toasted grain. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium to full body, medium carbonation, with a smooth, semi-dry finish and lingering semi sweet chocolate notes. The overall flavor is robust, dark roasted malts and smoked BBQ but the taste changes as it warms up and sweeter notes of caramel become prominent. This is the perfect fall season beer; its complex taste and hearty body will WOW your taste buds.

Nov 13, 2019
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - An incredibly dark looking beer, almost looks like molassess. Pours with no head, so few bubbles you can see your reflection in it.
S - A unique smell, very remincent of a southern BBQ.
T - WOW. Southern BBQ is exactly right. Tastes like the buisness end of slow-cooked smoked beef. It's savory, with a hint of bitter and a sweetness remincent of buttery steak.
F- I almost wish there were a few more bubbles, but I understand it might start obscuring that delicious taste.
O - A hearty meal replacement.

Sep 28, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very characterful amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has wondrous smoke and generous caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced caramel malt and an infusing well balanced smoke flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A great Rauchbier

Sep 08, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: One pint brown bottle with no dates. Served in a seidel.

Appearance: The thick, dense, two finger, tan colored head stays around for a very long time and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a beautiful, very dark brown color with some reddish amber hues on the edges.

Smell: It's a thick and rich aroma of smoked beef, ham, charcoal and burning wood. There are some milder notes in the background of sweet malt and brown sugar.

Taste: The strong, smokey and meaty flavor coats the palate first, but as the beer goes down, sweeter flavors emerge of caramel, toffee, graham crackers, wood and grains.

Mouthfeel: It goes down silky smooth, it's creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A brewing masterpiece. It has the rich, complex aroma and flavors (with a good balanced between all the different elements), the silky texture and the great looks. Rauchbiers as a whole are strong on the senses and not for everyone, but those who like this rather obscure and underappreciated style, will love Schlenkerla's take on it with their Urbock. There's a reason it's considered one of, if not the best Rauchbier in the world.

May 23, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a deep clarified brown body with two fingers of thick, light tan head produced with aerated pour. Good retention and great lacing. Looks very stately
S -- Smoke, roast, ham, toasted brown bread, sauna
T -- Intensely smokey and roasty. Almost tastes like a rich German dinner or something
F -- Thick and chewy, with a medium- carbonation. Lingering smokiness on the finish
O -- A very unique offering that is sure to excite the folks who like their beers SMOKEY!


Feb 15, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a clear mahogany brown and briefly floats a 2in head of cream colored foam that reduces to a cap and leaves stepped and webbed lacing.

Aroma is smoked malt that can intimate bacon and campfire in one whiff and band aid the next, but the flavors stick with the savory pork, apple, and caramel.

Mouthfeel leans a little fuller than medium and finishes wet.

Overall a tasty classic.

Feb 03, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with some light seeping through when held up to the light. There's an inch of creamy and dense beige foam on top. The aroma is of smoked beechwood and there's an undertone of sweet, dark malt. I'm tasting that sweet, dark malt and then the smoked flavor kicks in and lingers after the finish. The mouth is dense and faintly sticky.

Feb 03, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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

Pours an almost clear, deep mahogany coloration with an amber tint and a medium, creamy head. Smells of rich bready, caramel malt and a strong smokiness reminsicent of fried bacon. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by rich bready, caramel malt and a strong smokiness that evokes campfires and fried bacon. There is a very mild, grassy and slightly bitter hop presence to this as well though. Finishes with a light bitterness and more smoke coming through in the aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

This is basically a richer, slightly sweeter and less hoppy version of their Märzen, with a somewhat creamier mouthfeel as well. Fantastic stuff.

Dec 22, 2018
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KooVee from Finland

4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Dec 14, 2018
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