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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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1,400 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,642
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
1,400
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
125
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,400 |  Reviews: 720
Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrendanHurley
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: poured from a tall brown pint bottle. No clear freshness date. Poured into Weistephaner Weiss glass with a light head, probably more appropriate to use a Fest Stein glass.
Smell: The scent of roasted malts immediately followed by a rich smokiness completely identifying the to smell of smoked meats.
Taste: A rich dark dunkel with the right smokey flavor to fufill its strong scent. This is absolutely an acquired flavor, but is incredible when it is what you are looking for. One of my favorite German styles.
Feel: A thick full body that matches the beer's identity.
Overall: This style of beer has become one of my favorite beer styles and is because of the Schlenkerla Urbock, the best and original of its kind.

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Photo of scottme
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle from Bitter Virtue, Southampton, UK.
Smokey bacon flavoured beer! Dark liquid but very transient head. Smoke on the nose. More carbonated than I expected. Slips down all too easily. Truly delicious with great length. Must get some more.

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Photo of MattSn
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of morebeergood
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with smokey aroma immediately emanating from the bottle then seeping from the glass with bacon on campfire feeling. Taste is a wonderful caramel malt oozing of sweet maple smoked bacon. Warming smooth finish. Great beer.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a murky semi-dark amber to brown color with a sustaining finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Nice looking semi-filmy lace coated and ended up spider webbing slightly.
The aroma had a nice sweet smoky meaty somewhat bacon-like character with a smooth sweet wood/slightly oaky and ended with a little bit of sweet earth, maybe some earth.
The flavor took all of those prior mentioned aromas to pull it together nicely, mostly sweet with a touch of spice, somewhat like chicory but super light (honestly, I'm probably only dreaming that, not even sure why I got what I think was chicory). Mild aftertaste of some oak, sweetness and meat with a mild smoke to it.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Super nice smoothness rounded out the feel very nicely.
Overall, a very well done rauchbier with some bock qualities coming about nicely. Would love to have again.

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

1pt, 0.9oz bottle served in a Weihenstephaner glass. No date.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of amber when held up to the light. Initial 1/4" thick light tan head died back to a 1/16" persistent pillowy head. Some occasional islands and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Very nice woody smoke aroma, with a bit of a grilled meaty aroma under it.

Taste: Good woody smoky taste up front, then a nice sweet bock/doppelbock taste in the middle, then a lingering smoky finish with some hints of bacon and phenol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, light carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A great beer. I don't think I could have another bottle of this size in one evening, but I would definitely get it again. Very tasty and went well with food (balsamic chicken with rice pilaf) and I think it would go with a wide range of food. But good by itself after the meal to sip and savor.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with mahogany veining. Minimal head retention. It's very aromatic with the smoke. It smells like Christmas ham. There's a nice chocolatey and peaty undertone of malt beneath the plethora of smoked meat. This is a BBQ brisket in a glass. It's Schlenkerla, what do you expect? Beautiful smoked beers.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark, ruby brown color with a tan colored creamy, full head, good amount of lacing and retention, looks nicely carbonation as well.

A: Deep aromas of smoke, char, smoked teriyaki beef, smoked soy sauce, smoked wood, earthy with a slight smoked herb or spice, roasted malts.

T: Like the nose, deep notes of smoke, char, smoked beef, teriyaki, wood, finish is dry with a slight spice and herb notes, smoked malts linger in the finish, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, smooth almost like an oatmeal stout, dry finish.

O: Very tasty, I enjoy smoked meats and this has lots of smoked aromas and flavors, very drinkable, smooth mouthfeel, we need six-packs in southern CA.

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Photo of erk0607
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Rich, dark mahogany brown with a medium tank head consisting of tinby bubbles giving it a smooth appearance.
Smell: Like smoked beef jerkey. Bread. But mostly smoked meat.
Taste: First thing I got was bread, followed up by copious amounts of smokiness, roastiness, wood, wood chips.
Feel: Slick with a medium body that foams up easily and also goes down smooth. Flavors cling to cheeks and tongue.
Overall: Very unique beer. I was expecting campfire in a bottle but I got smoked jerky. None-the-less, I enjoyed it and would probably get to share with beer-newbies to introduce a strange-by-modern-standards style.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Libeertarian
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/25/17:

Mostly clear, a deep ruby or garnet color, close to red wine in direct light, but seems brown. Definitely darker than the Märzen equivalent which I had less than 12 hours prior. And that seems to just barely go for the head as well, which is a creamed coffee shade of brown rather than a brownish tan, but equal in its dense, moderately retaining fluffiness. Little or no lace. Smells like just a slightly boozier, dark fruitier, toastier, and earthier version of the Rauchbier Märzen, but still about the same very woody and smoked pork aromas. Equal parts bock and pulled pork. Sweet, plum and toffee flavors, less meaty, more overtly wood smoky and smoky-tart. Extra dry and semi-astringent by the finish. Lingering metallic and charcoal/ember aftertaste. Medium to full in body, not quite syrupy. Mild, softer, finer carbonation. Tiny amount of warmth to match it’s lower mid-range percent ABV. Overall, not as nuanced as the ASR Märzen, but almost just as good to my tastes.

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Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuy50
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a deep dark brown with little carbonation. Nose is SMOKE! Deep smoked wood chips, with hickory dominance. Taste follows the nose. Some malts, smoked hickory, and a bit of sweetness. Really smooth and well balanced. Mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Copper colored - small tan head - little lacing.

Yes- the smoky smells are pronounced and welcomed. But there is an earthiness to it that makes this stand out.

Creamy smooth caramel malts with less smokiness in the flavor than in the smell. Tiny bit of spice, Some graham cracker - maybe a burnt one. But surprisingly easy to drink, and a little brown sugar in the finish - growing increasingly sweet as it warms.

Like having this on hand to accompany various meats and cheeses. Good stuff.

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Photo of heerboth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mnine
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,400 ratings
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