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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.

Added by taez555 on 08-23-2001

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle with my wife this afternoon. One of her favorite beers enjoyed on a beautiful autumn-like day.

A: Dark walnut hue. When held to the light, the beer becomes more transparent and I notice the slow ascension of bubbles throughout the glass. There is an off white head that recedes to a quarter inch and holds steady, leaving a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: This aroma defines rauchbier, in my opinion. Smoke, campfire, burning meats, summer sausage, roasted malts. The scents are absolutely fantastic.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Fabulous smoky taste, with a salami or sausage flavor in there, as well. This is to beer what Lagavulin is to single malt scotch. Everything is balanced so well - this is a pleasure to drink. This beer is perhaps the perfect pairing with a meat and cheese spread.

M: Very smooth, thin to medium bodied. The smoky aftertaste is delightful. Alcohol hidden very well.

D: Very drinkable, though I find one glass to be sufficient. This brewery sets the standard for German rauchbiers. Highly recommended.

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

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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 TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Man, do I loves me the smoke! Even better that I get to revisit this old smoky favorite. It pours a sunset russet-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises smoked bacon, toffee, and clean cedar. The taste puts a bit more char into the smoke and a touch more cedar into everything. The toffee is toned down a decent amount, allowing the slightly maple-y smoke to run as wild as it wants. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' rauch, a classic indeed.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky mahogany brown with a nice sized tan cream head leaves fine evenly dispersed lacing, not bad. Aroma: Smoked pork you choose variety sausage, bacon, etc. However, this one seems to be much more complex then the Marzen and Weizen from Aecht Schlenkerla. A huge undertow of malt here the bock presence along with alder wood smoking process equals appetizing. Taste: Doesn't destroy or ruin your palate with the smoked meat varieties it opens a whole new realm of balanced flavor between the herbal German hops and bock variety malts with underlying fruit notes masked with the smokiness just tastes incredible. Smoked meats still flow along your palate yet it's not overdone within the Urbock, but definitely a beer you have to be in the mood for. Mouthfeel: Medium body smoked malts give it a heavier tone carbonation is smooth going down. Drinkability: Pure flavorfulness of the malts makes this a slow sipper, however it can still become an addicted oddity of the beer world. The heavily smoked malts start to call out to you and the cravings come for this flavor and then all of a sudden many American micro versions of a rauchbier can never be smokey enough. That's when you make your way back to the beer store to hunt down some Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier straight outta Bamberg.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of rab53
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle w/o freshness dating. Pours a deep, rich shade of dark honey maple, tan head, minimal lacing observed from my sample. Nose is clearly and boldly the expected and yearned for smoke. Big and flavorful brew. Smokey, oily, greasy- ahhh, all the best qualities in a beer! I'm sure this style is not for everybody, but I enjoyed a bottle, with some BBQ chicken, would be great with most types of BBQ fare. Fine quality brew, great with meats and hearty foods.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap as part of a tasting at ChurchKey DC. Always nice to revisit this beer particularly if not had on tap.

Not much head given but still a body is a wonderful somewhat clear perfect deep dark brown, somewhere between walnut and chestnut. Red hues tint the edges of the glass

Nose has more malt, while mixing the classic beechwood smoke sense. Doesn't seem as salty as before.

Taste not unlike it's bottled brother but gives a mild tannic finish mixing sweeter malts and smoke with airy like whisps. Maintains solid simple mouthfeel and campfire warmth in the palate.

Overall seems to work and feel better on tap slightly.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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 t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean with an average carbonation. Tastes of strong smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, and hint of grain. Overall, a very good Rauchbier.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Old Bay, in New Brunswick, NJ:

Pours dark brown with a large head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of smoked meat with Scotch-like undertones.

The taste is of smoked meat with Scotch-like undertones as well. Very robust/rich.

It is smooth and full-bodied. Very long finish.

A nice one to pair with the obvious - smoked meats. My favorite of the three Rauchbiers I've had from this brewery. Drinkable for style, though still a "special occassion" brew.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Nearly clear mahogany appearance, sturdy, lasting, creamy foam on top.
Aroma wafts around the atmosphere on first cracking the crown and pouring the brew...smoke and meat, and all those associations...smoked salmon and sausage...a beefy nose, yes, indeed. Rich and invigorating.
Taste: full, massive, muscle-y...like drinking meat! Weird, eh? But, a refreshing change of pace on the palate... the smoke never abates, and I can remember the tinfoil around the fish, from when my dad smoked his salmon...brings back memories...rich and tangy on the tongue...the bock that lies underneath adds to the tastiness of this brew, which cannot be denied.
Extraordinarily unique...a malty thing, dominated by the smoke and it's tenacious associations....

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Photo of GClarkage
1.82/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

07/16/05- Purchased at a Sonoma wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no dating. Poured into a 24oz glass mug.

Appearance- Black pour with a small 1/2 inch head and minor lacing.

Smell- Cured bacon. Make that burnt cured bacon. Very undesireable scent for me.

Taste- The scent does not lie. Basically a cocktail of liquid smoke, charcoal and bacon that has been marinated in sea salt and salt in a frying pan on high for a whole day.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel was perfectly fine. Lower carbonation and an easy swallow.

Drinkability- Well, this was my last attempt ever I think at a Rauchbier. I wanted to go out in good fashion by trying a highly rated one. This proves that Rauchbiers or smoked beers are not my cup of tea. I wanted to give it good makrs, because you are supposed to rate accoring to style, which this one hits dead on. But I just can't. If you like smoked beers, go for it, it's all yours. An aquired taste to be sure.

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was shared with zep9865 during a mini tasting. It poured a dark, dark brown with a one finger off white head that laced the glass. It smells of smoked ham, wood chips, and oak. It's full on ham and is close to Krebs Smoked Porter and the Alaskan Smoked Porter in terms of the nose. The flavor is a little subdued compared to the aromas. It has good flavor and is very heavy on the ham, but subdued compared to other smoked beers that I've had. I do enjoy this one however. It's the lightest smoked beer that I can say that I really like. This is like hog light in a bottle. It drinks between light and medium in body and leaves behind a very ham like aftertaste and is very moist. It's a likable beer and worth a try for sure.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,399 ratings
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