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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
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderfully dark and very smokey beer, blackish with a foam head. Malted down and average mouthfeel. Hot dog in a bottle. Understated carbonation. To me, over the top on the smoke, I can take more moderation, but appreciation for the craftmanship of what it is.

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Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a crystal clear dark brown with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin clumps and streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is all about the smoke but in a more subtle was than the Marzen: smoked meat, smoked cheese, campfire, etc. I am getting a slight whiff of malt if I search for it. Taste is also of the aforementioned smoked items with a nice sweet malt that supports everything. The smoke flavors aren't as powerful in the aftertaste compared to the Marzen, leaving more of a sweet and subtle roast flavor. This beer has a nice mouthfeel with a solid body and a crisp amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good rauchbier and hands down my favorite of the Schlenkerla beers I have tried thus far.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first smoked beer that I ever got ahold of. The style was new to me so I wasn't sure of what to expect. The beer poured out as a dark brown with a generous amount of head on it. The head settled leaving a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell reminded me of bacon, it's had the smokiness of fresh cooked bacon and that was about all on the nose. The taste of the beer was also smokey and even what I found to be a little salty. The mouthfeel was smooth but the flavors kept the drinkability to a minimum for me. Overall I have to say that for a smoked beer it really has those elements all over it. It's not really my favorite style all that much. It is good for those who like them.

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Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours dark amber with a thin head that quickly disappears into just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a strong, smoky aroma in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of flavors of smoky, roasted malts in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very rich.
D: The beer has enough flavor to probably stand up on its own, but it's likely best paired with foods such as barbecue.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Through the surprising and intense aromas of smoke, I try to descern the character of smoke, malt, hops, and other nuances of the beer. But alas, the culmination becomes the essence of smoked salmon.... and I make no qualms about it.

Aroams are intensely of that signature smoke salmon scent- not that it's fishy, but that it's the juicy smokey, meaty aroma that only the phenolics of smoked beachwood and the unami flavor can combine to produce. Sweet with malt, the caramelized starches give the impression of molassas and charred meats.

Flavors however digress from the meat and smoke but don't forego them alltogether. Those subtle notes allow the malty rich toffee flavor, deep bread crust/toast and buttery richness to round out into a combined flavor that begs for bar-b-que. But there's that savory/soy sauce component that won't be ignored. Hops, fruitiness, nor esters have any place in this savory brew.

With the intensity of the flavors and aromas, the beer takes on a lighter body that I expected. Reaching only a moderate apex in creaminess early, the carbonation is quickly disipated and the beer takes on more of an oily-rich texture that leads to a long spicy-smokey flavor that reminds me of rye/cardimon seed/mustard seed.

Obviously unique, but also classy in its advertisement and execution. This is the beer that defines its style much like Urquell and Guiness- no other explanation is needed.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, one very similar to the Märzen, except of course now with the Urbock designation. A picky 6.5% ABV on this offering, at that.

This beer pours a clear, dark caramel-tinted brown hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, mildly creamy, and mostly bubbly true beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky remote islet lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of gamey smoked meat, bready smoked caramel malt, gritty smoked Gouda, generic campfire ash, and more isolated, well, smoke (the thesaurus having duly failed me here). The taste is still big and over the top smoky, sure, but now at least one can discern the caramel malt backbone and singed leafy hops amongst the still heady simmering bacon and infused cheese acridity. My mouth silently cries out for an ashtray.

The carbonation is agreeably involved, but just enough to keep things lively and on the go, the body a somewhat tacky medium weight, and much more smooth than I might have proffered had I been asked at the onset of this affair. It finishes strangely off-dry, the now biscuity caramelized (and smoked, don't ever be forgettin' the smoke!) malt hanging tough, as does the lingering assaulted noble hops, all still under the yoke of the moderately overbearing smoky notes.

Uber alles, this does seem to have a bit of a lighter, booze-lifted essence, that is at once reminiscent of Bocks and actively burning beechwood fires. Still, one hell of a sturdy, gritty, and of course eye and palate-watering smoky deal. Veritable truth in advertising, that cannot be denied, and if there was any homeland beer that Rammstein should hold close to heart, it would be this.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a reddish hue. There is just a layer of off white head.

Smell: Quite smokey, just like I expected. A bit like grilling. There is also some mildly sweet malt in there as well.

Taste: Smoke is the dominant flavor. There is a malty backbone and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: The smoke wasn't as intense as I expected and the bitterness was stronger. I would have liked a little more smoke and to dial the bitterness down just a bit. Another solid offering from this brewery.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by smoked ham notes with some malt. Taste is also dominated by some smoked bacon notes with some nice malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I am not sure if I am getting used to drinking smoke beer but I thought this went down better then the marzen that I had a year or two ago.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pine glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, herbal, and oak/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, herbal, and toast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, and herbal/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and smoke flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors as well with zero estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible rauchbier style. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color of the beer is nearly identical to that of the glass bottle, a dark brownish-amber. A finger of beige-colored head forms and sustains nicely.

Smoke isn't subtle on the nose; this is an aggressively smoky, almost meaty smelling beer. Campfire-like, it reminds me of meat grilling over a wood fire. There's a solid malt character beneath the smoke, semi-sweet, and a slight mineral/metallic twang.

The palate is more balanced than the aroma, initially at least, exhibiting a rich caramelized and toasted malt character that segues into intense smoke and wood flavors. It's a bit metallic, though that's quickly washed away by lingering smoke, which clings to the palate in the finish, eventually melding with the mild hop bitterness.

I can understand why this beer is so revered, but it's not something I can drink a lot of. In small quantities it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

"Rauch" translates to "smoke", and this beer is brewed soley from 100% Beechwood- smoked malt! It’s one of the most unique, and aggressively flavored beers available, and is probably an acquired taste for most people. Anyone who believes that all German beers are the same need only smell this one to have that notion decimated.

The body appears clear through a very deep mahogany-brown color. The creamy ivory head holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of rich Beechwood smoke. The body is full with a gentle carbonation, giving it a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty upfront with a lot of sweet caramel and toffee (and even a touch of chocolate?), then backed by a good dose of bitterness as it heads towards the swallow. It finishes dry with a solid bitterness and a lingering smoke character. Unlike some of the other Schlenkerla beers, the Urbock can build on the palate with its big malt, dense bitterness, and intense smoky character. Still, the smoke is so well balanced against the rich malt & hop that it never really takes center stage. This is not a quaffing beer, rather, it should be enjoyed leisurely. Absolutely worth trying. Exceptional.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber to medium brown in color with a half finger tall beige head which reduces to nothing almost instantly. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Primary aroma is of wood smoke - a powerful and intense smell. This is followed by some floral hints, heavy roasted malts, and some char.

T: The flavor of this beer is more subtle than I expected, especially based on the intensity of the smell. There is a lot of wood smoke in the flavor with hints of the underlying malts. A slight bitterness in the finish is observed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. I might almost consider this beer to be slightly thin and with some dryness in the finish.

O: No alcohol can be observed in either the smell or the taste which makes this beer easier to drink. Due to the intensity of the smell, I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these in an evening but it is a beer I definitely enjoy. The smell really reminds me of a good BBQ pit.

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Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,400 ratings
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