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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of beerluvr
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a nearly white creamy head over dark amber liquid with slight hints of garnet red. Nose is intensely much so that I can smell the smoke emanating from the glass 1&1/2 feet away from me as I jot down the tasting notes! The taste is wonderfully smoky, sweet & pungent with excellent mouthfeel, not much in the way of hoppiness here, but when there's this much flavor packed into a beer like this it's hardly missed! Finishes long with huge notes of smokiness with sweet malts coming in behind. Just a fantastic example of the Brewers art here! For the novice: try it, if you don't like it...try it again. It may take 3 or 4 bottles, but once you acquire the taste it's nothing short of one of the greatest drinking experiences you'll ever have!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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