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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stange. Deep ruby brown with a medium fizzy white head that lasts. Smells of smoked ham with an after-smell of sweet dark malts. Taste is not as smoky as the smell at all; the sweet malts start out in the beginning, sort of like a schwarzbier, and then the smoky flavors come in and blend quite well.

After seeing countless "ugh, rauchbiers" posted in "beers you can't stomach" threads, I was a bit apprehensive to try this, but I knew I had to, and I'm glad I did. This is a great and unique style, and I'll definitely be trying more.
For anyone else who is apprehensive about them, this is an excellent one to try the style with.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a color brownish copper color with some light ruby highlights seen shinning through. Upon pouring there is a two finger tan colored head that has a about a 3 min retention time before fading and leaving some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Big on the smoke and the char with some undertones of brown bread and caramel. There are also aromas of char and some meaty smells mixed within giving it a nice campfire like aroma.

Taste – The taste of some darker malts as well as a nice strong smokiness are initially present upfront. Some lighter dark fruit flavors mix with these giving it a moderately taste. The sweetness intensifies a bit as some flavors of caramel come to the tongue. A salty flavor joins the mix more toward the end while the beadier and malty flavors begin to fade. IN the end with the smokiness increasing slightly, a cured but moderately sweet smoked taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is overall rather average, both suiting well the blend of smoky and sweet.

Overall – Lightly sweetened BBQ taste in a glass here. Roasted, smoked with a bit of char, sweet and delicious.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent, clear mahogany color with a voluminous bone colored head. Excellent lacing through out the drinking left on the sides of the glass. For the aroma, I picked up some fruit esters underneath the wonderful charred wood scents. After a taste I found it to be similar to that of smoked Gouda cheese, meat, some hoppiness, with a soft bready finish. Very complex. Something about the mouth feel reminded me of a menthol cigarette. Nice and light bodied, for the seasoned connoisseur of smoked beer.

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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 Steamer
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark caramel with a light beige head. The strong smell bacon hits you immediately; like fat-back bacon frying over an open campfire with hickory smoke in the air. Taste follows the smell but surprisingly not as strong, like liquid smoke; smooth for such a complex beer. Full bodied with medium carbonation. This is an intense beer that takes you to the edge without going over. I'll definitely try this again but next time with a nice serving of BBQ'd baby back ribs!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love me some smoke!

going to rate this one in compare/contrast with their Marzen, only because their label sort of does

Pours a glossy brown with tan head. Looks rich and malty. Would like it to look smoky, but what the hell does that look like? Anywho...

Smoke aroma. Some pork/bacon. Nice dark non-sweet caramel notes in there. a bit sweet

The sweetness comes out more in the taste. The malt is a bit thicker than the marzen, but I wouldn't call it 'thick' by itself. With that comes the sweetness, but again, I wouldn't call it sweet. The smoke doesn't stick as much as the marzen. To me, the difference is that the marzen is a forest smoke and the urbock is a fireplace smoke. Kind of the same, but you get a different feel.

Anyways, not as dry on the end. Still damn good!

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Photo of Roman5150
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Tulip

Paired with Dutch Boerenikaas and Gouda Cheese

Appearance: Very dark smokey color, no head. Amber hues when held up to light.

Smell: Beef jerky x100. Intense smokiness, BBQ, smells like a stack of southern ribs. Wow.

Taste: This is my second smoked beer i've had. I've had Yazoo's SUE, which it says in it's description is derived from the Bamberg, Germany Rauchbiers. With all due respect to SUE, an amazing beer no doubt, this one is just superb. It tastes like a Beef Jerky flavored beer. If you like beef jerky, smoked sausage, and beer, there is no way you would not like this. The aftertaste is so smooth, the smokiness just turns into an almost hefe like aftertaste. A new favorite.

Mouthfeel: Perfect levels of Carbonation, very smooth and full flavor all the way to the end.

Overall: If you've ever been curious about "Smoked Beer", this is the original. And the best. What a well crafted beer, it tastes like a beef jerky beer. Pairs extremely well with dutch cheeses, the flavor is so satisfying that I could sip on this all day. Will be buying this whenever I see it. This has moved into my top 10, and perhaps into my top 5 after a few more tastings. As a huge fan of Hefeweizens and Kölsch beer from Germany, there is a similar taste down to the yeast, and this takes all the smoothness and craftsmanship and adds a whole new level of flavor. Please, do yourself a favor and buy a bag of your favorite beef jerky and one or two of these and make an evening of it.

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

Deep dark brown, root beer like coloring yields a thick masculine head that disappears quickly.

The scent is sweet smokiness. Tanned leather, BBQ ribs, sweet molasses, camp fire coals and ash all make a wondrous appearance.

The taste follows the nose both in smoke and sweetness. The sweetness blends into smoked meats. The smokiness blends into sweet grains. A well blended and tasty array, there's a robustness but its countered with a ease of drink. Love it!

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Photo of tviz33
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues and no head even with an aggressive pour.

S- Tons of smokiness and everything you can associate with smoke. Beef jerky, campfires, chimneys, and all that. But in a good way.

T- Smoked hickory and brisket with a faint sweetness to pull the whole thing together. Balances the saltiness of the smoke

M- Medium feel, but thinner than I expected. Lightly carbonated.

O- I had no clue what I was getting in to with this beer but its surely worth your money.

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

Pours a black (amber when held up to light) with reasonable but not amazing head and lacing. Note: does die down fairly rapidly, but this isn't going to affect the nose. It's potent regardless ;)

Smell is beef jerky, Scotch, and smoky ham (and/or salmon). Get quite a lot of alcohol from the Scotch but also do get some malt conveying the Bock element.

Taste is definitely smoky but not overbearing. Has a mounting "twiggy" character which I really enjoy.

Big on ash and just smoke in general, but all seems in balance to me.

Having previously had some overbearing beers from Aecht Schlenkerla I've worked my way up to dealing with their smoke and now I feel I've earned my stripes and this definitely seems a lot easier to handle. It almost makes me want to take on the next tier of Rauch-y goodness.

Still have to get over the mind @^#! of consuming smoke in a liquid rather than solid (meat) format. The smoke flavour is oddly tied up with protein for me.

Would do again, and keen to continue exploring their other beers.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock has a thin, off-white head and minimal lacing. The appearance is reddish-brown, and it would be clear, but for all of the pretty big gray chunks floating throughout. The aroma is of wood smoke, but maybe some underneath sweetness can be picked up. Taste is of smokey sweetness, maybe some dark fruit, and just a shade of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock finishes not too dry and smokey. It all comes down to whether you enjoy smokey things or not.


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Photo of sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-18-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Pours as a clear and dark brown beer, topped with a modest off-white head. Shows a fair amount of head retention and decent lacing.

Strong aromas of smoke hit me just after I open the bottle, much more so when in the glass, with reminders of an outdoor fire, smoked meat such as bacon, and even smoked cheese. Very aromatic and interesting

The tastes is much what you'd anticipate based on the smell -- smoked meats and smoked wood. A malty beer, but the earthy hops and heavily smoked malts balance it out so it is not sweet at all.

Mouthfeel is clean and true to the lager yeast profile, with a medium body and low carbonation. I might even say this bottle seemed under-carbonated, but I don't have a lot of experience with the style. Finishes with roasted malt bitterness and smoke.

Overall a very unique and tasty beer. An acquired taste and not an everyday beer, but an amazing melding of smoke and beer. I'd love to try this in its hometown of Bamberg one day!

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Photo of takemetothelion
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recommended by my brother as a true beer off the beaten path, so I picked up a small bottle for $5 at Bootleggers with a few other ales. This was definitely a huge highlight of the night. Pour into a regular glass.

A- Dark Amber, 1.5 finger head that didn't stick around, almost no visual carbonation with some good lacing going on.

S- Good god this is special. My first smoked beer and certainly not my last. What a relaxing and euphoric experience as smoked ham and gouda filled my nostrils. What an exciting sensation.

T- Very smooth bacon and gouda, though not ashy. Not as strong of a smoke taste as the intense smell suggests, while offering a good yeast component.

MF- Fat and full, no sizzle from carbonation, but very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, high marks for this one. Not something I would buy super often but when I am looking for something weird and relaxing I'll snag one. Or if I'm trying to throw someone a curveball I'll recommend it.

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Photo of AmitC
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So this is my first Rauchbier bought on the spot at the recommendation of a fellow customer at my favorite beer shop.

This is the Urbock version in the classic 1 pint .9 fl oz German bottling style.

Poured into a traditional Weihenstephan hefe glass. Very easy pour so did not create a lot of head. Deep brown color with copper and ruby hues. Clear with very fine suspensions. A lot of bubbles rising up in the glass. Head is clearly tan colored about two fingers thick. Excellent lacing on the sides by the receding head.

Not so much of smoke as the person above had described. A subtle but still comparatively strong smoke and wooden aroma. Malts are very faint if at all there. Aroma is almost all smoke dominated. Nothing else going on to be significant. Some faint lager character.

Taste is smoke bitter. Dominated by smoke, creepy smoke. Leaves a rather peculiar feel on the tongue afterwards. Very brazen and bold flavored. Almost like ashes put into your mouth.Some wooden character as well. A little bit of roasted malts. Finish is a mix of malt and smoke. Very subtle and good.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Astringency is almost non existent except for too much smoke in the taste.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a very dark amber with a good full head.

S- Smells like smoked ham or bacon, with a bit of sweetness

T- Again, tastes like smoked meat, but also a little like a sweet bread.

M- Full and not terribly carbonated.

O- This is definitely a beer to seek out. I love smoke and smoked foods, so I had been hunting this one down for a long time. If you love smoke and you love beers with complexity and a lot of flavor, this is your beer!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half khaki head. Long retention and nice lacing. Walnut color with decent clarity.

S- Bacon. Classic rauchbier, clean and smoky...almost paradoxically.

T- Smoky malts, bacon flavor. Smooth and smoky.

M- Velvety and wet. Great feel.

O- Best beer I've had in the style. Tasty, smooth and smells like heaven...er...bacon.

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Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, clear, gets a small head that has little retention and lacing.

S/T - A little weak on the nose. Oak smokiness is prevalent, with a moderate pine bitterness in the finish. Some toasted bread sweetness.

M - Medium/full body, with delicate, cask-like carbonation. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of astringency.

O - I couldn't help but compare this one to their marzen. I didn't get the depth of flavor out of this one that I found in the marzen, although the taste is still good and well balanced. It's impressive how they get that much smoke presence while still maintaing depth and complexity. This one also finishes with a much stronger hop bitterness than the marzen which some might like.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a dark brown colour with a decent off-white head.

Smells strongly smokey, possibly one of my favourite smells ever.

Tastes smokey and boozey, leading it to have a sweet, peppery heat as well as the smoked malts.

Overall a brilliant beer.

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Photo of cocojoe
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown. Creamy tan head.

S: Clean, oaky bacon smoke. Dark toasty quality. Sweet and creamy.

T: Creamy, nutty, toasty front. Smoke is still present and delicious. Finishes a little more dry, and slightly roasty.

M: Creamy, clean medium body.

O: Really delicious. Not as sweet as I recall the Marzen being. Incredible smoked beer. Really gives smoked beer an incredible name. Really warming without being to sweet/high in alcohol. Love this.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Deep, dark brown with red highlights. Has 2-3 fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Campfire smoke, bacon and wood.

Campfire smoke and smoked cherrywood. Smoked beef sausage and lesser notes of bacon. Underneath are notes of caramel, bread, brown sugar and cocoa.

Medium-full bodied, silky, smooth and refreshing.

I’m really surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The smoke wasn’t as intense as I anticipated and tasted just right. Nice to MEAT you, Rauchbier.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into an Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, no date.

A - The beer is a totally clean deep mahogany brown color with a well-formed ivory head that consists of densely packed creamy bubbles. A sudsy pile is left with spotty lacing caked to the glass.

S - Very sweet malts falls behind a bold aroma of delicately smoked wood chips that's not overpowering or overwhelming to me at all. In fact, it's got really specific complexities of bacon bits, maple syrup boiled over an open flame, and faint charcoal, not just "smoke."

T - A touch of toasted Vienna and bready Munich malts add light sweetness to the beer, giving the smoked malt a really good base to expand on. Smoke is much less potent in taste than flavor, subtly adding applewood smoked bacon and smoked meat notes to the beer.

M - A wonderful lack of excessive carbonation allows this medium bodied, malty beer to be as smooth as it can be; almost creamy feeling, with a subtly sweet dry smoked finish.

O - From Bamberg, known for their Rauchbier, comes this iconic brew, expertly blending bold and complex smoke aromas with malty sweetness for a pleasing and unique pint. While balanced to me, it remains polarizing to some, but always worth a try. If unfit for consumption for some, it remains a wonderful beer to cook with!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with almost no head to speak of

S: Starts off with the signature smokiness as well as some wood and a salty maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Plenty of smoky goodness with woody notes and quite a bit of maltiness. Smoke fades away towards the end, leaving more wood and malts than anything else

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little too watery

O: Another winner from the guys over in Bamberg. A little light in the feel, but plenty of smoky, woody goodness. Not cloying in the least bit. Excellent

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Photo of SmashPants
1.73/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: solid brown 500mL bottle, nice German label.

Appearance: nice, almost jet black with chocolate brown highlights. I can't even see the carbonation through the thick body.

Aroma: woah, that's different. Before I judge this beer, I'd like to say that I haven't had a proper rauchbier before. Smells of off meat, smoke and rot.

Taste: flavour across the palate follows the nose - tastes of rotting meat, smoke, rancid bacon and cigarette stubs.

Aftertaste: all of the flavours linger for a quite a time, which was... pleasant.

Mouth feel: though I don't like the beer (I think purely because I am not used to the style), I will admit that the thick body and low carbonation works beautifully well to carry the flavour across enormously.

Overall: I think that once I get used to Rauchbiers and smoked beers in general, I would have to admit this is a good one. I'll have to try a few less intense ones first and try this one again some day.

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Photo of cbeer88
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed off 500ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass, but I also recently drank a lot of this at the annual brewery tapping party.

Appearance: Very dark brown in body color, head looks like coffee foam but no more than a finger and a half, even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Smoke and wood dominate anything else that is there.

Taste: More smoke and more oak, but the malt flavors are much more balanced in the taste. Burnt caramel is in there, some caramelized brown sugar, and a faint bit of spice to cap things off.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully full bodied and low carbed. Exquisite.

Drinkability: Yes please. Too strong for a session beer, but if you like a good rauchbier, you can throw these down all night.

Overall: I love rauchbiers, and I've had a lot of them, including everything from Schlenkerla numerous times. This is my favorite, and IMHO, THE best rauchbier out there. Rating to style, I just don't know where I would knock it down. It knows what it is and it does it perfectly. It deserves a 5.

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Photo of Motorcharge
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with very little foam, though may have been due to how I poured it. Low carbonation.

S: Excellent pork BBQ smoky smell. Smells is if someone filtered it through charcoal from a pig smoker after smoking pork all day.

T: Tastes exactly how it smells. Stronger taste than I expected but that was a pleasant surprise. Awesome finish, slightly bitter, though bitter is a stronger word than I'd like.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. Slight bitterness that twists the mouth a little, but it just makes you want to drink more. Very little carbonation made drinking it quickly quite easy.

O: I'm lucky enough to have 3 craft been bars here that have thousands of beers between their coolers and taps and a beer store with several hundred beers as well. I've tried countless beers over the years and come to love a handful that I'd recommend to anyone, but this is leaps and bounds better than anything I've had before. It was a little pricey at $5 a beer (retail store, not a bar) but well worth it. My only complaint is how fast it goes haha.

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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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