Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

1,389 Ratings
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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Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of gatorlove
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of diablo14
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silver0rlead
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is intense, with big roasted malt, smoked bacon, floral hops and some slight sweetness. The flavor is also initially roasty, followed by some big smoked meats (bacon, beef jerky), some coffee, caramel, floral hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the light side but appropriate for the style, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good for a beer with a huge malt profile. This is my first rauchbier, but it was excellent...nothing gimmicky about this beer.

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Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick76
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The sweetest of the Aecht beers. The aroma is sweet as well as smokey. The appearance is a deep maroon brown and the head is smaller than the other Aecht beers. The sweet flavor in this one is similar to molasses. The palate could be a bit thicker. Overall this is the best of the Aecht smoke beers but still very smokey.

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zaphodchak
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nose is incredibly smoky, mesquite wood. Dark, almost opaque body. Taste is overpoweringly smoky (but good!) with very faint apple and heavy malt. Complemented by smoked Gouda, for obvious reasons. Mouthfeel is almost insubstantial, not the focus of this beer. Highly drinkable, especially with cheeses.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of donniecuffs
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ. Poured a deep mahogany brown, near-black, with less than one-finger of beige head. Smelled like liquid kielbasa; roast malt, toast, biscuit, smoke, and even some bitter chocolate and coffee came through in the nose. The taste was immensely smokey at first, with a malty dissolve, and a slight coffee finish, with a smoke aftertaste. Thicker yet more carbonated than expected, which eased the intake commensurately. Truly an excellent specimen of the style, if not the bellwether.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice dark amber color, but not as dark as i thought it would be. i can clearly see through it for the color.

Smells are smokey and have a sweet smell, like a teriyake sauce being cooked on a wood bbq.

Taste is smokey, but not as smokey as i would have thought. taste is sweet too. i would say all in all the aroma and the taste are very equal and balanced.

The mouthfeel is almost full, but not quite full, in my opinion. but there's nothing wrong with it by any means.

Overall i say this one is extremely drinkable. from some reviews i have read, it seemed like people said its wither good or bad. i say this one is one to try, and i love it. i think its one i could drink all day long.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Chestnut

Aroma: Smoky malt

Taste: Very smokey aroma; smokey, malty, hoppy flavor; slightly bitter

Remarks: One of my early attempts at ratings. Bought at Heinrich's Supergetrânkemarkt in Kornwestheim.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hman43
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with ruby hues. The head is brown and has moderate retention.

Smell: It has a deep, pleasant smoky aroma. There are also wood aromas with some oak. There are hints of malt in the background with a ever so slight hint of fruit.

Taste: There is a rich combination of malt and smoked flavors. The malts have a maillard flavor to them. The smoke includes oaken wood flavors as well as traditional smoked flavors. There are also hints of plums in the background notes with a touch of floral elements.

Feel: It has a moderate body that is towards the heavy side with bitterness and smoked elements that last long into the finish.

Overall, this is a complex smoky beer with combinations of rich malts and smoked elements with hops and esters in the background notes.

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Photo of Skidz
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out brown and sits dark crimson red in the glass with a small, off-white head that fades fast.

Nice and smokey with a great oily aroma. Coffee and roast grains build up behind along with a simple chocolaty aroma.

Smokiness is tremendous in the flavor and is accompanied by a dry yeasty backing, as well as some mild grassiness. Finish is dry and oily.

Smooth, medium body with nice light carbonation. A good smoked beer, but nothing I'll be craving anytime soon.

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

500ml bottle 6,5% Abv
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: The beer looks dark brown/black in the glass, but a back light reveals it to be a beautiful dark red. The head is a good size, beige in colour, lasts pretty well and leaves some good lace on the way down.

Smell: Ah, the beauty of Bamberg malt! Tons of smokey bacon and/or smoke trout, campfire smoke, Black-forest ham, very meaty, a touch of salt and an underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: The flavour is a little lighter on the smoke than the nose and allows some of the base notes to come through. That said bacon smoke still dominates with some campfire, wood, a fair amount of sweet dark fruits and some roasted malt. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fairly high level of super smooth carbonation. A pleasure to drink, I could just gulp this down.

Overall: Not quite as good as their Eiche, but still a great Rauchbier. I really wish I could get beers from Schlenkerla
locally, they would become a staple!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JohnTurano
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of IceAce
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of newly varnished mahogany and smells like a freshly opened can of Blue Diamond almonds...the BBQ style. The nose is communicated through a tight, almost creamy full-finger collar of foam which leaves a dense lace in its wake.

Entry consists of a snoot full of soot as the smoky aroma attacks the olfactory. Mid-taste, if concentrated upon, sports a doppel-like dose of roasted malt centered on the rear of the tongue supported by low-lying carbonation. I found this taste by exhaling as I siped in an effort to keep my sense of taste from being blown away by this German version of Liquid Smoke™.

Continuing to exhale as I sipped provided a glimpse of hop bitterness before I became overcome (again) by smoke as this delectable Urbock fades away like a campfire slowly dying out in the wee hours of the morning. The residual taste in my mouth is almonds...the BBQ ones...I swear.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark and rich brown color with a noticeable but rather thin white head on top. Greets you with a slap in the face of smokey aromas. Savory smoked meats and campfire dominate and leave little room for anything else to come through.

First sip is smokey but it doesn't quite hit you like the first whiff did. Instead, it's there as a nice addition to the base beer without overpowering you. Underlying notes give a slight sweetness with just a bit of a brown sugar and caramel note before the inevitableness that is the Schlenkerla savory smoked meat finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit deceiving until you remember that such a rich and powerful aroma is coming from a 6.6% ABV beer. It's rather light but creamy enough to be enjoyable. Overall, how could you top this beer? Not sure it's possible as this one pretty much defines the style. American craft beer drinkers are used to getting this much flavor and aroma from their big bold stouts and barley wines, but lets not forget even in a modest 6.6% package, you can be blown out of this world.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with expatsteve during World Cup final pre-game.

Pours a dark, rusty amber with a short creamy tan head that revives well with a bit of a swirl and exhibits a nice viscosity.

Nose is dominated by smoke obviously, as notes of dark fruit and copper struggle through.

Taste is again mostly smoke, with some bock-y sweet maltiness and fruit. Finish is clean as most of the smoke is overtaken by the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than anticipated with creamy-light carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty smoked bock. I think I prefer New Glarus' Smoked Rye Bock with its complexity but this is tasty nonetheless. A bottle or two would probably be it for me though.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into the appropriate Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with crimson undertones.

S: One of the most unique noses I've ever experienced in a beer. Smoked malt mixed with the aromas of pork! Bacon comes to mind.

T: Smoked malt permeates the mouth. A bit of a sweet finish. The smoke is not overwhelming, in fact it's well balanced. Interesting, the pork does not show up in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: A very interesting beer. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. Would pair wonderfully with some BBQ, sausage, or sharp and smoky cheese.

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Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,389 ratings.
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