Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,385
Reviews:
709
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
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Photo of MTNboy
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this in the bottle and out of the tap at the brewery. Of course the tap is better. It has a dark brown/red body with an odd colored head I want call off-white but that would not be exactly right. There is Lots of foam. The aroma is very much like an old smokehouse with a little bit of sweetness to finish it off. This is one of their smoother not going to make you gag if you are new to smoked beer styles. Just like all of their beers it will have that ham bacon taste. The mouthfeel is on the heavier end of medium. I only recommend smoked beer especially if you are new to them with meals or for late night sessions.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark orange, some reddish hues, almost ruby, thick medium head forms and settles to a thin layer and medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, real vibrant color, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, very sweet and smokey, a bit of burnt wood, brown sugar, thick and malty, a bit of sweet raisin, very rich, really nice toffee/caramel smokey note, cool aroma on it, I dig it.

Taste is really nice too, intense maltiness, very sweet, big toffee and caramel, a bit of brown sugar, very nice smokiness, mild and subtle, cherrywood and mesquite, raisin, alcohol is well hidden, really nice finish, very light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is great, medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Silky smooth going down, really nice stuff.

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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 sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-18-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Pours as a clear and dark brown beer, topped with a modest off-white head. Shows a fair amount of head retention and decent lacing.

Strong aromas of smoke hit me just after I open the bottle, much more so when in the glass, with reminders of an outdoor fire, smoked meat such as bacon, and even smoked cheese. Very aromatic and interesting

The tastes is much what you'd anticipate based on the smell -- smoked meats and smoked wood. A malty beer, but the earthy hops and heavily smoked malts balance it out so it is not sweet at all.

Mouthfeel is clean and true to the lager yeast profile, with a medium body and low carbonation. I might even say this bottle seemed under-carbonated, but I don't have a lot of experience with the style. Finishes with roasted malt bitterness and smoke.

Overall a very unique and tasty beer. An acquired taste and not an everyday beer, but an amazing melding of smoke and beer. I'd love to try this in its hometown of Bamberg one day!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a color brownish copper color with some light ruby highlights seen shinning through. Upon pouring there is a two finger tan colored head that has a about a 3 min retention time before fading and leaving some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Big on the smoke and the char with some undertones of brown bread and caramel. There are also aromas of char and some meaty smells mixed within giving it a nice campfire like aroma.

Taste – The taste of some darker malts as well as a nice strong smokiness are initially present upfront. Some lighter dark fruit flavors mix with these giving it a moderately taste. The sweetness intensifies a bit as some flavors of caramel come to the tongue. A salty flavor joins the mix more toward the end while the beadier and malty flavors begin to fade. IN the end with the smokiness increasing slightly, a cured but moderately sweet smoked taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is overall rather average, both suiting well the blend of smoky and sweet.

Overall – Lightly sweetened BBQ taste in a glass here. Roasted, smoked with a bit of char, sweet and delicious.

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Photo of Wonka
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 09 FL. OZ.

Appearance – clear and dense ruby; head is off-white, creamy and chunky; lace is artistic in its prominence and strength

Smell – hickory smoked beef jerky; light cheese

Taste – the smell gives one a great idea of what to expect with the hickory smoked beef jerky and light cheese flavors playing lead roles; dominant malt flavor; late its a bit roasty with caramel and of course smoke

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – medium bodied; light carbonation; malts create a very smooth passage; ends a bit dry

I wasn’t sure what to expect since this was my first rauchbier but it was surely a pleasant experience. There will certainly be a return trip to Brauerei Heller-Trum's products.

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Photo of thryn
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sat down to review this beer a few nights ago, only to discover the Intertrons and my computer weren't getting along. But that's all better now, so I'm posting from my notes.

Appearance: Dark brown. Lets a fair bit of light through. Cream-colored head dissipates to a lace on top of the beer.

Nose: It's hard to pick anything out over the smoke -- maybe a hint of caramelized sugar? I love smokebeers (maybe it's a palate compensation for not eating red meat?), so I don't mind that being the overwhelming character in the smell. It makes me want to gnaw on it!

Taste: Smoke is less pronounced than in the nose. It has a moderately strong malt character and is a bit metallic in the aftertaste -- that metallic thing makes it a 4 instead of a 4.5.

Mouth: not oily or cloying. Actually a little thin for what the taste suggests, and though the body is true to the bock style, it could stand to be a bit thicker to support the sweetness and smoke. Carbonation is noticeable.

Drinkability: If you like a smokebeer, not too hard to knock a couple of these back.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time with this beer, having previously enjoyed her sisters from Brauerei Heller Bamberg (Marzen and Weizen). The Urbock pours a dark burnt copper color, clear but low light transmission, nice thick spitty off-white foam. The aroma is all smoked malt, like a campfire with some sweetness. The taste is smoky sweetness with a bitter after-bite (evidence of some hops). Jarringly smoky, but not abrasive once you know what you're getting. Really good all around.

The only real negative is the price, it's always about $3.99 per bottle no matter where I find it (in the USA). Still a very solid beer and a necessary purchase if you're into rauchbiers.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brought back a bottle with me to beijing. no dating.

clear, relatively dark amber brown. nice head fades to a thin but ever persistent layer. some lacing, but sparse and thin.

very smokey aroma. definitely a rich wood smoke. hints of leather and smoked bacon. otherwise "clean" of other aromas. maybe a whiff of fermentation.

flavor is definitely smokey too, but a solidly sweet, almost syrup-like, caramelized maltiness in the background lasts throughout. again some smokehouse bacon or ham. maybe smoked gouda. savory meatiness, with phenolic note in the backend. again a malty backbone underlies the whole thing. mild to moderate bitterness peaks at the middle and boldly lasts into the finish, but the focus is on the smokiness throughout.

not too thin or watery, but not as substantial as i'd hoped. still, quite smooth, with a lively, prickly carbonation. a trace of astringency in the finish.

i paired half the bottle with some chinese dishes utilizing mushrooms, soy sauce and bean paste. this was an interesting pairing recommendation from garret oliver's brewmaster's table. it was okay, but not spectacular. probably needed dishes with stronger mushrooms, or a less smokey rauchbier (the marzen version was milder and may have worked better here.)

i then had the second half with some generic smoked ham (pan-seared), mustard, and smoked gouda. a much better pairing.

this is definitely the more robust and smokey of the schlenkerlas, and more akin to what i was hoping for in a smoked beer. nice, but an acquired taste nonetheless.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany-hued body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Bacon-wrapped top-shelf hot dogs smoked atop a wood fire and served with barbecued pork products. Some minor sweetness hints in back, but you gotta look past a whole grocery aisle worth of smoked meat products.

Taste: Roasted, toasted grains and yet another Schlenkerla plate of smoked meats. Charred wood. Sweet, slender maltiness underneath with a bit of creme caramel. Roasty, smoke-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Perhaps Schlenkerla has slowly worked me up the smoke scale to the point where I find this both pleasant and keenly drinkable, but, well, I find it both pleasant and keenly drinkable.

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Photo of johnd513
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first smoke beer and WOW! I was not prepared for this. Pours dark brown with an offwhite head with nice thin lacing. Smell is huge, smoked ham and bbq. The taste is smoky salty sweetness and smoked meat. This beer has medium body and is nicely carbonated. I was happy drinking the pint size bottle but I don't think I would drink another one especially with the high price tag. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous smoked brew. Nicely crafted all around but an assertive and very deep smoked character make it stand out.

Presentation: O.5L brown bottle. Old fashion, medieval design label with seal of the brewery, name and style. Notes brewing according to the Reinheistgebot. Back label notes tradition, intent, and main brewing procedure. Lacks an apparent date of bottling or freshness. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown pour with a nice ecru head, fine retention and lacing.

S - Smoked wood, rings of German smoked meats and cheese, pungent, characteristic, and very assertive. Roasted malt coated in smoke through and through with a faint sweet note in the background.

T - Smoke picks up forcefully the taste in sync with the nose. Smoked notes cover all taste, over a nice malted sense, even a tiny sense of sweet caramel and a bitter touch in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with little but adequate carbonation. Dry finish with a tangy note.

D - Close to a sipper. Drinks nicely with the right mindset.

Notes: Certainly a brew not ready for all palates, occasions, or even smoked sessions, but quite the awesome beer in any case. Knowing what is coming, and in the right moment this can be wonderful. It´s not rough around the edged, not at all, but there is nothing shy about the German smoked profile here.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcpal
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 12oz mug.

All I have to say is WOW. This one was bizarre. Warned by bartenders that it was intense and most wouldnt like, but I have to say I think I enjoyed it.

A: Crimson colored with a fluffy dark head that stayed there for the full beer. Great lacing.

S: Pulled BBQ pork straight off the spicket. Out of control.

T: Were back to the BBQ here, didnt let you down. As advertised. Couldnt believe how much I liked it. This is really like having a liquid meal.

M: Good enough. Did I mentioned this had BBQ characteristics.

D: Obviously, this would be perfect with some good BBQ but also good on its own. Couldnt drink every day but a nice treat.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a snifter

this beer poured a nice deep chestnut brown with a decent head that dissipated into a ring around the edge of the beer.

the smell is definitely very smokey; the smoked malt comes through very distinctly in the aroma and is reminiscent of a smoked sausage or beef jerky. there is some sweetness in the smell, but it does not come though very strong through the smokiness.

the taste is similar to the smell, but a little more balanced between the smokiness and the sweetness of the malt. there is some malt sweetness initially which gives way to that beach wood smoked flavor that lingers well into the aftertaste. this brewery adheres to the german purty law, so you know that the smokiness is coming straight from the beach wood smoked malts. while this is not a beer that you would crack open to quench your thirst, it would be very enjoyable with a meal of smoked cheese or meat.

the mouth feel is decent. the malty-ness gives this beer a full body and mouth feel. like i said, this beer would go great with a meal of smoked meat or cheese.

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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcents
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a very smokey aroma, almost like I was near a bbq because there was a slight sweet smell. Its head is a light brown with decent head retention and nice lacing down the glass. The beer itself was brown and murky, but yet it was still enticing. As for the taste it starts upfront very smoky and ends with a slightly burnt taste. I had a medium mouthfeel and the smokiness would not stick around forever. Overall a good beer and I would also like to experiment cooking with it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, caramel, smoked bacon

T-caramel, dark roasted malt, smoke,earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a really well-done Rauchbier, great blend of flavors

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep, dark brown beer with a beige one finger head.

S - Burning firewood and dried smoked meats hit your nose hard. Very roasty and toasty, salty and smoked. A pure delight for any fans of smokehouses or campfires.

T - A huge, bold mouth of salty, smokey flavors. The brain thinks smoked meat, cured meats, smoked fish, beef jerky and the like. Not only do you taste all this on the palate, it pairs very well with any of these foods. A dry hopped, toasty dry wood finish rounds this beer off.

M - Medium bodied with a clean, dry finish.

O - I had this when i first started drinking beer, and Ive been a fan since. Truly an epic rauchbier. I plan to have some of this in Bamberg soon. If you havent had Rauchbier before, split a bottle with a friend or two (and some meats and cheeses). Its worth the experience.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tegelaar
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure black darkness. Bit of white head but not a ton, even with a vigorous pour. Lacing is intense with a pure sheet of foam sticking to the sides. Smells very smoky as expected. Taste is less smoky than expected but incredibly refreshing and light for the style. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is very light for such a dark beer. Drinkability is good but hampered by the strong smoke presence. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a nice tan head. This looks very appetising.

S - Woodsmoke, some malts. Nice, in the sense of what is expected from a Rauchbier.

T - Interesting, there is a nice sweetness on the front palate and a gentle but noticeable smokiness as the flavours progress. It isn't as harsh as expected but nice. I get a small amount of bitterness on the end as well. Very good.

M - Medium body, average carbonation. This is a reasonably substantial beer but it isn't cloying.

D - This is tough. The beer is nice to drink and is something I want to drink but it is odd and not something you want to have more than one of.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,385 ratings.
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