Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,860
Reviews:
727
Ratings:
1,425
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
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Ratings: 1,425 |  Reviews: 727
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 rypkr
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the marzen but a bit more bittering hops. I'm preferable to my rauchbiers having less detectable hops but overall this beer is still better than 95% per style, just not it's better (and more popular) little brother... schlenkerla marzen.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Premo88
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stange)

L: dark purple-amber-brown, clear, topped by thick inch-and-a-half head of beige foam that is super sticky around the top; brew might be crystal clear ... hard to tell inside at night but light has no trouble punching through and highlighting the darkest of amber colors; keeps a thick collar that blends into a full skin of foam, and as you drink it down, the foam often coats the inside of the glass; as pretty as it gets

S: holey moley we got BBQ! first whiff off the head is like a slab of perfectly dry-rub seasoned pork ribs just off the pit ... and that's inside a house full of air fresheners and a kitty cat (and cat box) and all the other stuff that can junk up a beer's aroma; closer inspection renders much more peat, even raw beechwood, some smoked beech and loads of sweetness off what you'd normally consider lighter malt; the smokey aromas sometimes take on a bit of dust and molasses or even a tangy-but-sweet barbecue sauce; at times there's some charred/burnt wood notes ... like the carbonized bits of burnt wood and ashes at the bottom of a BBQ pit, but the kicker: nothing ever dominates to the detriment of the other notes; the Cadillac of smoked-beer noses

T: close to the nose on a 1-to-1 level but with a bit more peat, some lingering beechwood and then a light aftertaste of those burnt dregs at the bottom of the BBQ pit; the malt is also pushing in some sweetness, giving it a lot of that molasses (smoked molasses) flavor ... smoked maple ... smoked dates/prunes ... though it's never quite as sweet as the nose gets

F: easy all around, enough carbonation to help give it a light crispness inside a medium-weighted slick feel; the combination works nicely

O: a showcase of smoked-beer notes with everything bordering on perfect; in fact, as I grow more and more accustomed to peaty flavors, I imagine myself revisiting this review and leveling it off with 5s across the board; the pour, overall look and aroma are what beer is all about and the rest is dang good, too; like every other Schlenkerla brew I've tried, I will keep this in my year-round rotation

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Photo of BassManTNC
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After I had this beer, I had to run out and have some Lexington (NC) style BBQ. The smokey notes were like I was drinking through a campfire but it was still a good flavor and not just smoke, although that defines it. Be ready for it, that's all I can say.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a mug.

Look: Dark red brown coloration with a thick off white two finger head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Smells of delicious smoked meats with some clean malty notes lingering in the background.

Taste: Smoke meat flavors are bound together with a slight bitterness and finishes with a malty presence.

Feel: The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Perfect for the style and very easy drinking.

Overall: A top notch beer, hands down, bar none. I sure hope heaven is located in Bamberg.

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Photo of cknoch
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 fl oz bottle (no date) poured into a tall cylindrical pub glass. Pours a deep, deep, dark mahogany brown with very little light coming through. Tall, thick tannish head that sticks around a good while. Smell is VERY smokey, a bit of oak, if you've ever been outside a wood fire barbecue, it's a lot like that. But there is also the slightest fruity character in the nose. Taste follows, the smoke hits you right away, and then the slight sweetness, a touch of German hops, and smoke carrying on long into the finish. On the fuller side of medium bodied, but not heavy at all. I'd been waiting ages to find this, and I'm so glad I did. It met and exceeded all expectations!

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

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BaileyMitch
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of token_23223
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdkitchi
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rderedin
2.4/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of madelf66
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) brown bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information, although stamped with MJ.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark brown color with a one inch, foamy mocha head, strong retention and nice rings of lacing.
S: Smoky with aroma of smokehouse pork, coffee, honeysuckle, vanilla, and cumin. A vegetable note (avocado) was evident before it warmed.
T: Again smokehouse bacon/pork flavor really predominant with no more than coffee and honeysuckle notes. Not quite semisweet, but dark malts definitely provide body and heft. Bitterness blends very nicely as part of overall flavor pallet.
M: Medium bodied with solid effervescence. Smokey flavor persists on the palate.
O: Really a beer to take one's time with. After habituating to the overpowering smokiness, it is kind of fun to identify the other flavors. Certainly, a great representative of the Rauchbier style.

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Photo of hman43
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 sweemzander
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,425 ratings