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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 secondtooth
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of florianfloc
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of wo87810
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thiestru
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BlakeDaSnake
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Caml
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of Leipziger
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of an egg shell colored head. Clear translucent black body. Hardly any retention.

Smells like a pleasant camp fire. Very cleanly smoked.

Tastes like the smell, smoke and then some Carmel toffee malts. This has a nice subtle bock beer base. The big simple flavor of the smoke blend with the subtle bock beer nicely. As this warms a slight alcohol warmth and taste comes out.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. The flavors linger for just a moment with a touch of clean hop bitterness.

Overall this is a great beer. Quite drinkable and very interesting as I've only had a few smoked beers. I'd love to try this again with some BBQ food.
$6 a 500ml

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear ruby in the Stiegl stange with a creamy beige head that lifts to half an inch and leaves patchy lacing.

Big smoky aroma as expected, akin to summer sausage, with a light scent of bandaid in the background.

Smoked bacon with perceptible roasted malt. The long, subtle finish has a light bitterness.

Soft texture of cotton jersey with a full body and light alcohol. Light carbonation with astringency long into the finish.

An easy drinking, comfortable beer, suitable for winding down after a stressful day.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a dimpled pint mug.

A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color forming a medium beige head. Medium to low retention and lots of lacings left

S: Very particular. Very smoky as expected. Bacon. Roasted malts, honey, brown sugar

T: As the nose, very roasted and smoky. Bacon, honey, roasted malts, smoked wood. Sweet candy/brown sugar upfront. Sweeter than the Marzen version. End is roasted bitterness

M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent beer, excellent drinkability. The best Rauchbier ever! :)

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer, not much head, slow ring and lost of sudsy lace. Smells like smoke. Lots of smoke. Ok, some bacon too. Taste like smoke. Lots of smoike. Ok, some bacon too. Mouth is medium, good carb, balance way out of whack. I wouldn't try this again, but I was glad to experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bluHatter
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cola black/brown with a rich creamy head. Nice pretty lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Burnt, smoked hardwoods. Campfire smokiness. That warm cozy aroma that fills the room when you open the fireplace up to stoke it or add a fresh clean log. Awesome.

T: smoked woods. Again, almost identical to the smoke one associates with a campfire or a warm cozy fireplace.

M: Thick and creamy with really nice carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

O: This is the second of these smokebeers I've tried and they just get better and better. The best part about these are the amazing nose - and the nostalgia. It brings back good memories of camping all summer long in Oregon.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,402 ratings
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