Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier UrbockAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
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
Ratings:
1,385
Reviews:
709
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of msscott1973
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty beer. Dark red/brown in color, a nice tan head.
Intense smoke aroma, some sweet malt.
Smoky, peaty taste. Caramel and toffee.
Very smooth and warming.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schlenkerla pretty much made this style and others pretty much are trying to find their way into it.
Beyond that effort, the "others" still have a long way to go.

Garrett Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table" devotes quite a bit of time about how he got used to this beer and then found out that he could use it to go with most spicy foods. I report on that tonight. I had it with a Thai dish that had soy and oyster sauce, a semi-smokey flavoring. It went well.
I had some Urbock left, so I had it with a red curry sauce... it went considerably less well.
Lesson: don't expect subtle beers to go with food that is too spicy.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elglueckert
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stickydankhop
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A truly unique German beer experience

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.32/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Oily exterior, real brown stuff, bordering on black. Some tan head on it, 1/3". Smells like a steak marinade.

Holy crap, this is smoky as hell, so much meat juice to it. Not my cup of tea. I tried and tried. Some people love this beef hash oil rauchbier. I just can't. Don't take my review for anything other than my displeasure, I like very minimal smoke. This beer has tons of smoke and beef to it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, no visible date. Note there were bits of tan colored something around the lip after I popped the top. DFH tulip.

A: pours a medium brown, partly translucent; ruby with light shining through when held to the light. Aggressive pour yields only 1 finger of light tan head. Very active visible carb. Modest retention and decent lacing.

S: lightly smoky, sweet, and I swear downright peaty. This is the scotchiest beer I've had. Very pleasant smokiness.

T: somewhat sweet arrival, complex, multi-layered malty middle turns to a lapsong souchang tea toward the end. Lingering noble hop and toasty notes on the mildly bitter finish. If this weren't smoked, it would still be a killer dunkel. But it is, so it is off the charts. A sweet beer, but not excessive or cloying. Perhaps not as smoky as the Marzen.

M: solidly midweight, active carbonation. Surprisingly crisp finish for such a sweet beer.

O: a sweet and smoky lager that does not disappoint. I had the Aecht Marzen years ago, and I like this much better.

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

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SMOKE

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Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this is the first smoked beer/ Rauchbier that I actually really enjoyed. The smell of hickory smoked meat and taste follows but it just seems to work really well for me. Highly recommend.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SouthInTheNorth
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Pours an opaque dark amber color. Has an appealing wood-smoke aroma. The smoked malt really comes through in the taste, which is well balanced. Light to medium body, a bit cleaner on the palate than Schlenkerla's doppelbock and not as bitter. Sweet and smoky and very tasty.

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Photo of Skellbop
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A vigorous pour yields an opaque glass of grog somewhere between brown and black. A thick, tan seafoam cap rises above the rim of my favorite Augustiner glass. As it settles, the depths gain clarity and appear more of a milk chocolate brown with some light shining through. The nose is straight smoked meat, like pastrami without the salt. My first sip. The smokiness is overpowering yet there's something more. The sweet malt and amazingly creamy mouthfeel linger like an old friend. The liquid smoke is still present throughout but somehow an afterthought reminding you of the antiquity that is this style. A finely crafted beer no doubt. Still not sure if it's a beacon of light in the fog or a gateway drug, but I like it.

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Photo of Johnct
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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