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 | website

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
Reviews:
696
Ratings:
1,331
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
17.43%
 
 
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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 superbly....it 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 detected....it 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 character....it 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 these....it 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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Photo of drmeto
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L:
-pours a clear copper-ruby with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-chocolate,caramel,bready,woody,campfire,peppers,nutty,BBQ
T:
-spicy,woody,smoke,coffee,caramel,bready,onions,a touch of burned plastic,nutty
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium,creamy body
-no alcohol detectable
O:
Fantastic,just like everything else i've tried from Schlenkerla

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into cylinder glass. The color is a beautiful deep, dark, ruby read with a creamy two-finger light-tan head and impressive lacing. It's a beautiful beer. It smells like your clothes do after sitting around a campfire on a drizzly night. This is the smokiest smell I've experienced in a beer. But it's more than smoky; it's like a barbeque. There is a fruity sweetness, as well. It is an incredibly fragrant beer. The taste is quite smoky but as it warms in the glass you begin to taste some chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee, and some caramel. It is dry and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. This beer is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and quite drinkable at 6.6% ABV. This is my first experience with this style and I see this beer as being more appropriate paired with food than for casual drinking. That said, it is very tasty.

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

Delicious. All the smokiness of good barbeque (an excellent pairing, by the way), but the mild sweetness, bready notes, and definite spice esters layered beneath all that obfuscating smoke. Great beer if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper slightly hazy body, sandy-colored head that quickly fades. Big barbecue smoke and faint sweet malt dominate the nose. The taste is also predominantly smoke and barbecue tang/spice, but there are fairly easily discernible sweet toffee malts and even prune and chocolatey notes behind it. Good smoke finish. Medium body, perfectly lively but unobtrusive carbonation.
Like its counterpart Marzenbier, this one provides tons of smoke character, but has a stronger, sweeter, and more rounded presence of the malt. Definitely works out to be more balanced, at the expense of drinking like liquid smoke and nothing else. A gem in its own way.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely get a ton of the liquid smoke / burnt wood chip / dying campfire smell off this one. Lots of dark, roasted malt up front, as well as some burnt, black coffee flavor. More of the husky smoke / bbq flavor on the end. Unique for sure, but I liked it personally

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Photo of matuto
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (exp. 04/2016), in a glass mug. Dark with red tones. Dense foam. Aroma of smoked malt, also present on mouth. Heavy body and smooth. Low drinkability.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taphouse, Copenhagen - Poursdark black with a medium tan head. Smell - smoked, roasted malts to the fore. Taste - smoke, roasted coffee with a dry bitter finish. Very well balanced with the smokiness not overpowering the flavours.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Dark copper brown in color. Pours a pillowy two inch head which has a tan color.

aroma- Smokiness dominates that aroma and a little bot if malt sweetness is evident in the background.

taste- Despite the nose the smokiness does not the over power the flavor. There's a good amount of caramel sweetness and toasty/nutty malts in the flavor that gives a nice balance to smokey flavors. In fact as it warms the smoke fades into the background more as a compliment to the sweet malt flavors.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a clean finish.

overall- The discrepancy between what the aroma shows and what the taste is actually like is very surprising. The aroma is overwhemingly smokey, but in the taste its only in the background adding flavor to the toasty sweet malts. A very surprising beer and a great one at that.

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Photo of john0721
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle

Dark brown, off white head which mostly diminishes.

The nose impressed me with its wonderful smoky BBQ aroma.

The flavor fell off a bit from nose, but still was like a liquid BBQ, nice smoky flavor without being overpowering.

This is one I will be seeking out again.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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