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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%

1 pint. 6 oz. Brown bottle with a classy German style label. Poured into a standard 12 oz tall mug.

A - deep garnet(ruby) like brown that shows it's clarity quite nice despite it's dark body. Semi lasting tan colored head provides a ring of lace that holds to the glass the entire way down.

S - smokiness of wood and charcoal. It's like a backyard BBQ. Small hints of roasted malt.

T - smoked oak flavor with a charcoal like character. Again, a lot like one of my excellent barbecue outings here in my backyard. The wood smokiness just keeps coming. Some overly roasted malts with the alcohol giving off a slight slickness. I detected no hops.

M - medium bodied with it's thickness giving a joyfully smooth mouthfeel.

O - most probably wouldn't like this, but it's still well made. This is something I could enjoy on occasion. It's different, but still pretty good in it's own way. Reminds me a lot of the country outings I'm accustomed to during summer and autumn. Some may not like this, but I do and I appreciate it's quality as well as the class Brauerei Heller possess.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber to medium brown in color with a half finger tall beige head which reduces to nothing almost instantly. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Primary aroma is of wood smoke - a powerful and intense smell. This is followed by some floral hints, heavy roasted malts, and some char.

T: The flavor of this beer is more subtle than I expected, especially based on the intensity of the smell. There is a lot of wood smoke in the flavor with hints of the underlying malts. A slight bitterness in the finish is observed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. I might almost consider this beer to be slightly thin and with some dryness in the finish.

O: No alcohol can be observed in either the smell or the taste which makes this beer easier to drink. Due to the intensity of the smell, I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these in an evening but it is a beer I definitely enjoy. The smell really reminds me of a good BBQ pit.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: This being an Aecht beer, the smokiness was front and center, with a lot of malt as well.

T: Tasted of a good deal of malt and the aforementioned smoky quality. There were also hints of caramel and what seemed to me to be chocolate. Also, a certain kind of woody aspect permeated the flavor. In general, a well rounded, smooth flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As is the case with all of Aecht beers, you'll either like them or not. This is a pretty solid, drinkable beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby brown. Pretty clear when held to light. My sample had very little head with large bubbles that settled almost immediately.

S - Wood smoke is aggressive. Smells salty? Reminds me of my jeans the day after hanging out at a bonfire. For some reason I get a 'pork' like aroma but that is probably just my imagination. I'm thinking about getting BBQ later tonight!

T - Not as much malt as I expected. The aggressive smokey aroma made me think the flavor would be too aggressive but the taste isn't as aggressive as the smell. The finish is somewhat clean and a little bitter. The smoke resides at the front roof of my mouth.

M - Very thin and a little slick. Very slight alcohol warmth.

O - A very interesting style. It is more drinkable than I remember. I'll use this as a measuring stick for craft interpretations of the style.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of their better ones despite the fact that they all taste real similar.

stark, deep garnet and clear, it tops off with a half inch of tan, wooden foam - polymorphous bubbles - with staying power, leaving collar and welling up at call to the bottom.

the aroma is typical, comfortingly familiar of the brewery, but somehow one of their better, and of course the char dominates. faintly floral in nature, definite caramelized meat, only delicate malt presence, alcohol nil.

a surprising balance of malt and char. again, no real alcohol present. the flavor, though somewhat full/balanced, perhaps lacking a little malt - it's a straight bock, so maybe it's only supposed to be subtle. there's a tree-pine pitch/sap, flowery thing a bit in the background (alcohol?). all in all tastes great.

fairly round, yet medium-light body - nice. very clean.

very drinkable. daydreaming of its fresh excellence.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown in color. Appears clear in the glass, but it's so dark it's hard to tell. Forms a moderate sized oxidized yellow tan colored head. Some mild lacing.

S: strong aroma of smoke with heavily roasted malts. However smoke is not overpowering.

T: taste is malty, with a lot of peat, dirt, and earth. There is some noticeable smoke, but as with the aroma, the smoke is more of a pleasant accent than an overpowering annoyance. Mildly sweet. Long lingering finish. Mild bitterness.

M: medium bodied with mild bitterness. Lower carbonation levels

O: good beer. Paired with BA's brown ale beef and barley soup recipe and it was a damn fine pairing.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a very smokey aroma, almost like I was near a bbq because there was a slight sweet smell. Its head is a light brown with decent head retention and nice lacing down the glass. The beer itself was brown and murky, but yet it was still enticing. As for the taste it starts upfront very smoky and ends with a slightly burnt taste. I had a medium mouthfeel and the smokiness would not stick around forever. Overall a good beer and I would also like to experiment cooking with it.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,390 ratings.
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