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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Half-litre bottle opened on its BBD (late Apr 2013) and poured (twice) into my Westmalle chalice.

You know what you are going to get from these guys, or at least you should.

This was everything I expected anyway: smokey and malty, with enough body and alcohol to sit back and enjoy, which I did.

Plenty of others have already pontificated long and hard about this fine brew, I agree with most of them (that scored it high and liked it).

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy brown hue with two fingers of frothy tan foam. A nice-looking brew.

Smell: right up front is the powerful, rich smoke aroma; this then subsides into a long tail of sweet malt and vanilla. I rather like it.

Taste: again, rich smoke starts off the party, after which some complex malt flavors develop on the palate. Raisins, vanilla and a light fruitiness tail off into a richer and smokier finish. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creaminess. This combines with a rich silkiness to leave a smooth, rich mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm deriving a lot of enjoyment from drinking this beer. I feel like I could drink a ton of it and not get tired of it; there are so few really good smoked beers out there, I'll take this whenever I can get it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer; dark amber color, moderately clear, nice fluffy head with lots of creamy lace. The head sinks slowly to a thin band on top, vanishing, along with the lace, after a little time passes.

Aroma is full of woody smoke; malt underneath; traces of fruity sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, with lots of intense smokiness reminiscent of smoked sausage; undertones of toasty malt. Lightly sweet with no hop presence or bitterness noted.

Medium-low carbonation; slightly creamy medium body. Lingering smoky aftertaste.

Nice rauch beer but I’m not as much of a fan as I used to be. Seems more like a novelty than anything else; I quite enjoy smoked beers but prefer the smoke to be more of a component of the overall taste than the heavily dominant flavor these days. Once in a while, though, this is just what the doctor ordered. Pair it with the right foods and it's perfect.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark deep brown, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This smells like warm campfire smoke, sweet smoked meat, caramel, and toasted bread.

Even though I don't much like smoked beers, I've found that I like most of the Schlenkerla line. I get some campfire up front, with some honey, molasses, and caramel, and a cured smoked meat thing near the end that's subtle and nice.

This is medium bodied, with a warm and rich mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really nice rauchbier here.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The unfiltered version... on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, but with amber orange hilights. Head retention and lacing are excellent in this beer, something I was not expecting. On the nose... when it comes to smoked beers, does it get any better then this? There is a rich, sweet, smoked meat aroma to this beer, and I'm immediately put in mind of black forest ham and smoked salmon. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but after sitting in the glass and drinking this beer for a while, I'm hugely impressed by how well the brewer has melded in the smoked flavors to the underlying sweet malt. Ultimately, the sweet, malty bock flavor dominates the flavor profile (a good thing), but the smokey flavor is always there in the back ground. Very, very impressive. Mouthfeel is rich and full, and this beer is suprisingly drinkable considering the amount of smokey flavor one gets.

This is really good stuff!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a thin head. The nose is of smokey sausage up front, but it is maltier on the back end, even slightly winey. Taste is similar. Slightly spicy and nicely smokey up front without being overpowering, then a hit of dry malt with a touch of sweetness, and a deep smokiness on the finish. Complex interplay of the malt and smoke make this beer delicious and intriguing. Very smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very nice example of a Rauchbier, and although smokey, it is kept nicely balnced so that the tastebuds aren't quickly worn out. A killer food beer.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Michigan (thanks Eric!).

A: Dark brown, cola colour, off-white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Sausage? Smokey, spicy, bready, with a little nut & caramel.

T: Spicy, bready, a little nut & caramel, dark raisin, pleasant bittersweet balance. It's smokey, but not as much as the aroma seemed to indicate.

M: Fairly full body is creamy, with a little syrupy sweetness in the finish. Carbonation is moderate.

D: It's fairly bold, but the drinkability is decent.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a Coca Cola dark brown color with some tan around the glass, but basically no head.

The aroma is classic Schlenkerla rauchbier. There’s a wonderful fatty and salty bacon smokiness, meaty smoked ham, leather, ash, and just woody smoke.

The flavor starts off with that smokiness in the front and then there’s a wonderful brown sugar and caramel sweetness that cuts it off. The two really play wonderfully with each other. The finish then gets into an herbal and woody bitterness on the end.

The beer is light medium and drinks quite easily, despite being so big on the flavor and complexity.

The best Schlenkerla, and also the last one that I needed to try.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red brown, definite hints of ruby when held to the light. A filmy head of pure white foam. Decent enough.

Huge and intense smoke aromas on the nose. It's like sticking your nose into the remnants of a recently deceased campfire. Something dark and jammy in there as well, but not particularly sweet. Like crisped, honey roasted beef. Amazing. What a powerful and rich rauch nose. Man I love rauchs.

Taste is disappointingly thin, compared to the aroma, but it has a nice ashy charcoal bitterness to it. A really like rauchs to have a bit of sweetness behind the smoke, and this one doesn't. But it continues the burning ashy character at least - certainly charcoal. Mouthfeel particularly thin.

Still, this is an impressively robust rauch. One that leaves everything up to the smoke character, and you have to appreciate it for that.

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Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with amber/mahogany edges when held up to a light source and a huge frothy dark beige head that has excellent retention throughout, leaving large chunks of lacing throughout the glass.

Beautiful smokey aroma with smoked chocolate malts, charcoal, BBQ, burnt wood notes and subtle hops.

Very smooth drinking medium body, especially since it is so smokey. Huge smoked malt flavor with hints of oatmeal, chocolate malt, barbecued bacon, charcoal and subtle hop presence. The smokiness is not overbearing and I actually wish there was more of it. This beer is awesome!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby reddish brown with one finger head that slowly died. An intense roasted, smokey malt smell that has obvious "meat" smells as well. A dry, smokey, meaty taste in a thick body but maintains a smoothness that borders on creamy and is not overpowering. In fact, a good balance between the smokiness and some sweet malts as well as a hint of dark fruit is noticeable making this a very enjoyable beer that is great to sip on as it finishes nice and clean.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby-brown with a 1 finger dirty white head that soon dissipated without much lacing.

S: a nice smoked woodiness, with some smoked meat (bacon, beef jerky) with some smoked pork.

T: The flavor had some sweet burnt caramel, and fresh campfire smoke and minerality. There was a light charred woodiness, smoked meat (bacon) with some saltiness. A beautiful smoky deep roasted character that lingers on. Considered one of the prime examples of style and rightfully so.

M: dry, smoky, with a medium body and a slight oily texture. There was a moderately strong carbonation and nice lingering smokiness long after the swallow.

D: Very good I thought, once you get used to the style and this brand especially, all others will pale by comparison. Multiples may be limited but one or two will be sure to leave you satisfied for the night.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with thin tannish head. Nose is a little smokey but not that much, I really had to sniff to get some good nose. Taste was smokey the moment it hits the mouth and down. It tasted of smoke and something else I could not put my finger on. Someone below aid ham and that seems pretty close. Some type of meat. Overall,it lived up to its name and it was different for me. Good beer and a great beer for a change of pace.

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Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB 06/2008, Served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: brown-ish hue with liquidy caramely hints, coming with a very creamy and tight beige froth, on top of moderate fizziness. Looking good.
S: very deep and thick note of salty&smoked fish and meat (esp. the famous Hunanese-style), beech-woody, and underlined by a rich caramely-nutty maltiness (w/o the sweet edge). Being intense and heavy, the aroma slightly lacks complexity as in other sister products.
T: incredibly delicious with a prevalent smokey salt-sweetness as in smoked ham as well as Chinese smoked longan-fruits (with shells), then leading towards a dry-ish hoppiness and rather bitter finish, against a solid backdrop of nutty malts. The long finish is herbal- and woody- bitter, on top of an everlasting and intense smokiness. Simply superb...
M&D: mildly spritzy and softly textured, this beer drinks absolutely great, smooth, and refreshing, with a full body yet very little hint of alc. Having tried the draught version last month at the NWAF 2008 that was spot-on, I first had some reservation about this bottled version; but now it's proved to be almost just as nice. For me this is a more-ish smoked beer, and a brilliant drink.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A-This beer pours a deep shoe-polish brown with a crystal clear body and rocky light tan head. Gentle carbonation.

S- The smoke flavor is woody with a faint bacon note. Hints of sweet toasted malt play a supporting role with not real hop smell.

T- This beer has a big smoked salmon flavor with a long lasting but not over powering smokiness. The smoke is however the main flavor with faint toasted malt flavors in the background. It has a pretty dry finish with a slight tanginess.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a very interesting beer. It think this is one of the most intense smoked beers I've had. The bock characteristics are missing or at least overshadowed by the smoke. Nice to sip but not a session beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a rich, translucent brown with a tinge of red on the edges. A very small, light tan head dissipated quickly, leaving more lacing than I anticipated.

The aroma is bacon cooked over a campfire. The dominant flavor is of course, smoke. The body is lighter than a lot of bocks. Drinkability suffers because the smoke flavor quickly grew tiresome.

Over a decent beer with some unique flavors, worth trying.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 50 cL bottle purchased at Well's.

A: The bock pours a deep dark chocolate brown color, resembling a cola. The head is thick, welling up to over 2 fingers in size and nearly toppling out of the glass.

S: The beer has a malty grain aroma, somewhat stronger than normal, with a tantalizing smoked body.

T: The bock is as thick as a slab of bacon. The smoked malts dominate the beer from first sip to last, creating a big chewy body that could double as a meal. The malts underlying the smokiness are concentrated almost to the point of grainy sweetness but do come across as somewhat thin at the times when the smoke subsides.

M: Deliciously dark and smoky, this is a flavorful beer that keeps the tastebuds on their toes.

D: I needed a long time to warm up to this style. As I have grown to appreciate it, I find that few beers are so filling but the smokiness is definitely an acquired taste.

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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 cjgator3
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- On-tap at Redlight Redlight. Poured into a .5 liter mug. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head.

S- I am absolutely in love with the aroma of the Schlenkerla brews. This one on-tap is phenomenal. It is filled with a lot of smoked malts, yummy!

T- The taste like the aroma is fantastic! It is deliciously smokey and very quaffable. Near perfection!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is amazingly drinkable as I could easily throw back a few mugs and still crave more. This is definitely up there on my favorites list.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/7/14

A looks fairly dark until held to the light, has a clear maroon glow, big short lived tan foam leaves lots of random lace

S its smokey no doubt, smells like campfire clothing, smoked meat, faint coco and hard toffee, earthy notes, salty brine, smells like it should

T less smoke then the nose but that still leaves plenty, more chocolate, earthy notes are strong, similar to the nose but not quite the same levels of smoke

M lighter side of medium, stops just short of foam, intense smokey aftertaste just keeps going

O it is what it claims, lots of smoke, super easy to drink, I'm wishing I had some BBQ to eat with this

I bought this one to make some sauce the ribs I'm making and I think I'll need to grab another bottle to eat with them.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I mean.. It's the strangest beer ever. It's pure smoked meat on the nose, and the taste is salty, smokey dark German ale. Other tasters mentioned smoked salmon. Very odd.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Nose: big wood fire smoky malt dominates.
Pours dark brown under a thick, rocky off-white foam cap.
Big wood smoke flavors weave around the typical bock spicy malt flavors suggest bacon.
Very smooth and creamy with medium to medium high body and medium to medium low carbonation
The perfect beer to drink with a BLT.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours quite dark. Has the look of cola. Big foamy,yet level head slowly fades. Can hear the crackle of the bubbles popping away. Bits of lacing.

S-At first whiff my first thought was 'Oh god it smells like bacon". Behind the smokey meat surprise is some dark maltiness. Salty and mildly sweet. Smoke prevails here.

T-The smokiness is not as overpowering as expected. I am happy that the smoke is a bit mellower. Not as much bacon as in the nose. A more mild flavor. A bunch of dark sweetness. An almost barbeque flavor too. Unique and a bit enjoyable as well.

M-Medium bodied. Smooth with mellow carbonation.

O/D-Definitely a individual style. Worth a try. I just could never see myself craving a rauchbier. Not my style I guess. Couldn't finish.

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Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown color with garnet highlights and a solid one finger khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by smoked malt and peat, with plasticy phenols and an earthy note. Sweet caramel and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor is fairly complex. Caramel malt provides a slightly sweet backdrop for a showcase of flavor. Smoke and peat dominate, but subtle nuances phenols are also present, slightly plasticy, but also spicy and peppery at the finish, which is a touch bitter. Soy sauce, tobacco, and tar surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with light carbonation.

Overall, not nearly as smoke dominant as most rauchbiers I've tried. This bottle has been in the fridge a couple years, so it may have mellowed. Worth a try!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,350 ratings.
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