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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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 CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been scared of this one for a while.
Pours dark copper with an off-white creamy head leaving great lacing.
Most prominent aroma is of course the smoky character, seemingly mixing smoked almonds with smoked ham. Very nice! Underneath is a lot of caramel malt, but this beer is definately more focused on the smoke.
As a flavour, its even more noticeable, very woody. Accompanying it is some nice caramel that just can't keep up with the smoke. Grassy and spicy hops are also noticeable, contributing a mild but pleasant bitterness.
Carbontion is just a little too high in my opinion.
Pleansantly surprised with this, I really liked it!

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Photo of JayQue
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rauchbier, the only other smokey beer I have had was Alaskan Smoked Porter. Poured into a thick walled beer mug, this beer has a clear mahogany color, looking ruby red against a light. Medium size off white head with average retention. Some spotty lacing. Pronounced, strong smoky aroma!!!! Like smoked salmon or smoked cheese. Very nice.

Taste is good as well, Big strong smokey taste backed up by solid sweet malt. THis is just right

Mouthfeel is light and sharp...This is a lager.

Drinkability is good, this is a sipping beer. The smokiness is just right, flavor is solid and it is light enough to make you want more.

This one is a winner

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of misinformed
2.62/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Notes from last night (8/10). 500ml bottle in to a pint glass last night.

A- Beer itself is dark, dark brown. Poured with a small off-white head.

S- Intense smoke. All I could think of was bottled Liquid Smoke. Some bacon fat notes as well.

T- Just a huge dose of intense woody smoke. Again I couldn't shake the association with the smell of Liquid Smoke. The smoke dies off pretty quickly, but it was so intense I didn't taste any of the other flavors that might be there. Bitter, and no sweetness at all. Finishes pretty clean.

M- Medium bodied.

D- I opened this on a day I grilled a beef tri-tip roast for optimal tasting conditions, but I still couldn't handle this beer. I only made it 3 or 4 sips in before moving on to something else. The smoke flavor was so strong that it overpowered anything else. The similarity to Liquid Smoke didn't help at all either. It was much smoother than I thought it would be so if I was really in the mood for a nice cold glass of smoke this would probably be what I would drink. Obviously this isn't a style I have learned to appreciate yet, but I do see how someone might enjoy this.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 500ml Wiehenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Cola color with a large, foamy beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Woody/smoky aroma (similar to that of smoked gouda cheese) clearly dominates, with some sweet malts underneath.

Taste: As with the aroma, this beer has the same smoky flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt dominates up-front, with the smoky flavor taking over the finish, alongside mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with balanced carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first rauchbier, and I really like the style. I love smoked gouda cheese, and this basically tastes like smoked gouda cheese+beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-black walnut body with an off white head.

S-smells like mesquite smoke.

T-smoke front, malt with some nice hop flavor at the end.


D-GREAT beer. This is a classic smoked beer. Not overly smoky at all. I would have this beer again.

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

a-Dark reddish brown, nice bit of head that sticks around for some time
s-Smoke, I really get smoked cheese. Mouth watering.
t-Smoke, some malt and some hop bitterness on the finish.
m- Medium bodied. I seem to get some oiliness that sticks around after finishing the beer.
d- Quite drinkable, not sure I could drink it everyday but I could certainly try.

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

A- Deep ruby/brown with some red highlights; nice off-white head that fades to nothing.

S- Smoked malts dominate the nose (very similar to the smoked quality of a smoked gouda).

T- Smokey malts are definitely the dominant flavor; mainly in the front and towards the finish. In the middle is a really nice malt profile though with some notes of oak, it comes and goes pretty fast but really give the beers some more depth.

M- Medium body with a very light carbonation creating a smooth feel that glides over the tongue.

D- Pretty intense smoke flavor with this one, so it's definitely no session beer but is a nice sipper. Would probably be great with some nice dark bread and an aged swiss style cheese.

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Photo of bigbodybussey
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance - poured to a dark brown, almost black appearance. Very clear with an inch of thick tan head and some lacing.

Smell - Smells of smoked and charred oak firewoods, some caramel malt, grain, and maybe some coffee. It smells identically like a cooked over campfire.

Taste - Immediately the smokiness covers your entire mouth. The smokiness resembles oak or hickory barbecue smoke. When the smoke bomb clears, you get a nice light sweetness with some hops, mild bitterness, and definite earthiness. The presence of coffee is extremely mild, but lingers in the back of your mouth with the mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium thickness brew with a constant carbonation presence. It is very smooth going down.

Drinkability - This is truly a unique beer, however, this beer has a definitely overpowering smokiness that needs to be paired with a meal to truly enjoy it. Not a daily drinker, but definetly one for special occasions.

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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 drtth
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear rich mahogany color with a ½" creamy light tan head that persists fairly well and leaves respectable lacing.

Smell: The aroma is definitely wood smoke (which we know is Beechwood, but I'd not be able to identify it from aroma alone). At first it seems a somewhat unidimensional aroma but as the beer warms its the chocolate character emerges from hiding but remains in the background.

Taste: The flavor is full of rich chocolate and dark caramel from the malt. This provides a nice backbone for the smoky flavor. Although many people describe this as tasting like bacon, for me it definitely smoky. There is also some hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, quite dry and both bitter and lightly smoky at the same time

Drinkability: This is a fine beer but I've found with this one as I do with many of the smoked beers I've tried, the smoke conceals some of the things I enjoy in a bock. This was worth a try and I did enjoy it, but that said I'll probably not repeat it very often and given a choice I'd go for the Helles lager from the same brewery since in that beer the smoke is more subtle and for me is better integrated with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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 ktrillionaire
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep translucent chestnut-mahogany hue, with about threefingers of khaki head, leaving behind massive lacing.

S - Smoke, similar to mesquite, with an intangible aromatic quality attached that is best described as something close to an ozone smell. Lots of wood. Not as strong aromatics as the Marzen.

T - The smoke is not as dominant in the taste, though it is omnipresent. Underlying malt sweetness is apparent, as is bitter hops on the finish. Smoke lingers beyond all else.

M - Decent feel, the carbonation could've lasted longer.

D - This beer is so potent in flavor, that it becomes taxing rapidly.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another olympic beer to be added - i like all the other schlenkerlas but this is made for the gods or maybe by them.

Urbock is arguably the style that has been devised by the gods - possibly Zeus himself - to be smoked on open fire and served to me.

I have nothing to add chaps other than get some!!!

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally enjoying this brew thanks to TMoney2591.

Poured into a Spaten mug, this Urbock is a very dark, root beer brown with a slowly developing, but large head.

The smell is amazing. Smoked meats, mostly sausage and bacon. Bonfire and grill smoke blowing in my face, but in a pleasant way. I'm very pleased with this aroma.

Taste mimics the nose well, while not quite as intense. However, as the beer warms, the taste intensifies and keeps me wanting more. It becomes quite smoky and meaty. Yum. Some bitterness follows behind the smoke.

This actually drinks pretty smoothly. Medium bodied and carbonated just right.

I will have no problem finishing this bottle, and I will continue to seek out more like this. Being the first Rauchbier I have had, I have a feeling this one sets the bar pretty high.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a nice cherry-stained wood appearance, clear, with some tan rocky head that leaves a little lacing. Pretty color, better head than the marzen. Smell is ok, some smokiness and some nuttiness, though it is quite muted. Taste is pretty good, some nice charred smoke flavors with some nuttiness and a bit of maltiness in there. My only complaint is that the smoke flavors aren't quite as rich and flavorful as some other rauchbiers I've had--this one flirts with the ashy side of smoke, which I do not like. It doesn't go quite as far on the ashiness as Weyerbacher's Fireside Ale, but it's not perfect. I'm looking for flavors of roasted pork, BBQ, etc. Medium mouthfeel, clean and light on the palate, without moving too fast to get any flavor. Decent drinkability, though the ashiness came out as the bottle came along, making it a bit tougher toward the end.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola brown-black with ruby highlights and an ecru head that puckers and leaves trailers of lace. Nose is pure smoked dried sausage. Smoky malts are underlain with barley malt syrup, rain forest honey and red berry followed by sandalwood and Werther's Originals. Whiskey barrel finish. Light to medium, round and prickly.

Monument to balance and drinkability for the style. I need to line up some of the other releases from this brewer to tease out the differences.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle with a distinct shape, served cool into a goblet.

It has a deep brown hue with off-white head. Not really any retention to speak of but a bit of lace is left behind.

Aroma is smokey but not over the top. Like a nice American porter with a hint of smoked malt.

Flavor is a bit stronger than the smell would suggest. It's definately a smoke beer. Good strong malt backbone lends itself to the smoked malts. It's not for the faint of heart but it can be enjoyed under the right circumstances.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall an interesting beer and one that would have totally taken me by surprise if it weren't for Fort Collins Brewery and their Z lager.

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Photo of ufotofuturo
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After taking a shot at Aecht Marzen a while ago, and after finding myself in a rather smoky mood at the liquor store, I thought I'd give this one a try. Glad I did, too. It retains the phenomenal, meaty, charred scent characteristic of Aecht's brews, but with a slightly richer flavor that's more in line with what one would expect of such a well-presented beverage. Mouthfeel, again, is slightly more watery than I'd hope, but still drinkable, and the taste lingers pleasantly in the mouth for a while. Would probably buy again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a stange for some reason. Beer is dark brown with a thick head of small bubbles that completely coats the glass. Beer is clear and carbonation appears to be minimal.

Aroma is quite hickory with a lot of smoke. There is also some sweetness in there but its mostly smoke.

Beer is medium to light in body and the smoke is the dominant flavor in here. It finishes pretty cleanly and the smokiness kind of lingers in your mouth but not as an aftertaste. There is some mild caramel in there if you can see past the smoke. Overall its pretty good. Not my favorite of the bunch but a damn fine one.

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Photo of Mdog
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark brown, big head, nice lacing.

Smell: Smoked ham.

Taste: Starts with some nice sweetness, then a smooth smoky flavor reminds me of smoked honey ham.

Drinkability: Kind of pricey, plus smoked beers are more a special occasion beer.

Singles were 30% discounted so I picked this one up because I've always wanted to try it, but the price tag had always scared me off. Very pleasantly surprised, nice smoky flavor without being too over-the-top. Definitely reminded me of smoked ham. Mmmm ham beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice.

A - Wow this beer pours a deep mahognay colour with a thick off white head that stays the distance and laces the glass

S - Heavy smoked wood from the bottle. Once poured has some smoked cheese aromas about it.

T - Such beautiful smokey malts that turn to smoked bacon and schenken speck, a hint of sweetness, but this beer is awesome

M - Full body and low carbonation, absoulte work of art.

D - What an experience this beer is. A+ all the way.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, into a Paulaner .5L mug,

A: Pours a dark blood red/brown with a soft off-white head, fair retention.

S: Smoke all the way, barbeque, unique and outstanding smoked wood nose. More of a direct smoke nose when compared with the marzen.

T: Robust full smoke flavour, bacon and wood. Definite bock sweetness, and almost a sweet smoke flavour in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad thin a points, full aftertaste.

D: As with the marzen this is a crazy experience. Delicious stuff, the ultimate BBQ beer. Every BBQ restaurant should have this stuff in bottles. Went well with a charcoal grilled Memorial Day burger.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark red with a tan head. This is an awesome looking beer. The aroma is lots of meaty smoke with a little roasted malt. The flavor is heavy on the smoke with some darker malts and some dark fruits mixed in as well. As the beer warms, the smoke becomes more intense. Medium mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings