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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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Schlenkerla has always been one of my favorite Bamberg beers, especially after drinking it fresh from the source. I've reviewed some of their other styles, but was surprised that I hadn't chalked off my favorite.

A -- Clear, deep, chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a firm, slow-settling, light tan head.

S -- Rich smokiness right up front, reminiscent of camp fires and fire places. Verges on phenolic, but never tumbles over that ledge.

T -- The taste is more of the rich smokiness with the slightest character of roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Unlike most Bocks you'll find.

M -- The mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium body.

O -- Overall I would rate this beer higher in the taste and overall enjoyment categories if it had just a touch of sweetness from malt, as a good Bock will have. As it is, this is classic Franconian Rauchbier for anyone looking to sample the style. Some call it an acquired taste, but Brauerei Heller keeps the smokiness mellow and tasty without hitting you over the head.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep and rusty red, with light tan carbonation and some attractive web-like lace.

Nose is delectably smoky, like bacon and oysters somehow. Quite unusual and highly appealing right away.

Flavor is, naturally, very much smoke, with some nicely charred wood in there, too. It's a rich and strong flavor profile, and will instantly drive anyone away who doesn't already love smoked foods. For me, this is absolutely a treat and a beer I wish I could get easier around here. Will be drinking more of these in the future, as soon as I can get my hands on them!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown color with garnet highlights and a solid one finger khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by smoked malt and peat, with plasticy phenols and an earthy note. Sweet caramel and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor is fairly complex. Caramel malt provides a slightly sweet backdrop for a showcase of flavor. Smoke and peat dominate, but subtle nuances phenols are also present, slightly plasticy, but also spicy and peppery at the finish, which is a touch bitter. Soy sauce, tobacco, and tar surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with light carbonation.

Overall, not nearly as smoke dominant as most rauchbiers I've tried. This bottle has been in the fridge a couple years, so it may have mellowed. Worth a try!

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

A local bar had this, surprisingly, and since I hadn't had a rauchbier in a long time, I decided I needed to try it. Much to my boon, too!

Poured from a large bottle into a standard pub glass, by which I mean a cracked Miller Lite glass. Take the bad with the good, I suppose.

Appearance: Dark brown. Nearly opaque. One-finger head, very brief retention, no lacing. Possibly the fault of the chilled glass.

Smell: Smokey. Typical of rauchbier, and a good indication of the flavor....

Taste: Smoked bacon. Would go well with meat dishes, mainly pork, beef, and salmon. Very enjoyable. Faint sweetness. Others have noted its 'campfire-esque' leanings, and it's a good observation. In fact, it makes me think of something else, but more on that later.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, but hearty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable after the first few sips. Would go really well with a meal, but definitely works on its own. Not a sessioner though.

Overall, this is quite a fine rauchbier. It feels strangely anachronistic, because its old-world suggestions stand out against modern-day America; it brings to mind a bygone time. Recommended to all dark beer lovers, or anyone seeking something a little bit different. Prost!

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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pint 0.9floz bottle into a glass mug.

A- A dark smokey black with a slightly off white head taht dissipates fairlyquickly and leaves a slight lacing upon the top of the beer.

S- Intensely smokey. Smells somewhat of smoked meats with a strong scent of wood. Slightly sweet with some notes of the malt and a vanilla aroma.

T- Starts off slightly sweet for the first few milliseconds before moving into a very strong almost overpowering smokey flavor. Tastes vary strongly of smoked meats and burnt malts. The taste of a nice bock is very apparent under all of the smokey flavor after you take a few sips. It is very sweet and malty with a slight breadiness. Has a nice intense smokey finish.

M- Full body with a heavy mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

O- A very interesting beer. I could see this being very good with some good meats or cheese. Not sure I would drink this on it's own again ever again though. It is very intense and almost overpowering at first. But moves into being very drinkable after the first few sips. A very solid beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Rauchbier, looking forward to trying it.
Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark amber with a large cushion of medium tan head that sticks around a while but slowly dissipating.

S- Sweet smokiness. Like when you open a smoker full of pork butts covered in a brown sugar based rub. Wet chunked hardwood charcoal.

T- Follows the nose well, sweet smokiness. Brown sugar cured bacon smoky. Taste is interesting, very complex. Would go very well with some Kansas City style barbecue.

M- Not much carbonation. Medium bodied beer. Slightly dry finish.

O- An interesting beer. Glad I picked one up. Would go great with smoked meats.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,385 ratings.
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