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:
1,379
Reviews:
707
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
117
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,379 |  Reviews: 707
Photo of IsaacHarris
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Ruds
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half litre German glass with a handle

Mid brown in colour to dark chestnut (late in the season) with a head on the small side

Big smokey smell to this beer - thinking frazzles (UK bacon flavoured crisps!)

In addition to the obvious smoked flavour of this beer I also get a malty bitterness particularly in the aftertaste

A similar smoked taste to the other Schlenkerla beers (but not noticeably greater than the Weizen or Maerzen), but being from the bock family has a stronger alochol taste to it

Just smelt the empty glass 15 minutes after drinking - smells like a BBQ pit !

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BMoldy
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep black, with a large tan head that subsides in about a minute, leaving behind some staggered lacing.

S: Very rich, showing a great range of smoke and malt aromas, from burnt wood to rye toast to smoked bacon. Like inhaling a campfire, and I mean that in the best way possible.

T: Initial stout-like roasted/chocolate malt profile becomes progressively smokier, with a faint hint of the characteristic smoked meat flavor also being present. Though relatively bitter in the beginning, the malty sweetness comes out as the smoke fades away. Ends on a lightly smoky, somewhat sweet note that lingers around faintly till the next sip.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body with a very mild carbonation. Relatively smooth, albeit slightly slick finish.

O: Delicious. Much more complex than its Weizen brother, with a less assertive barbecue character and more of a noticeable malt presence. Really a perfect beer for this time of year. Thanks a lot to Brandon/pixieskid for bringing this back for me from Bamberg!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer; dark amber color, moderately clear, nice fluffy head with lots of creamy lace. The head sinks slowly to a thin band on top, vanishing, along with the lace, after a little time passes.

Aroma is full of woody smoke; malt underneath; traces of fruity sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, with lots of intense smokiness reminiscent of smoked sausage; undertones of toasty malt. Lightly sweet with no hop presence or bitterness noted.

Medium-low carbonation; slightly creamy medium body. Lingering smoky aftertaste.

Nice rauch beer but I’m not as much of a fan as I used to be. Seems more like a novelty than anything else; I quite enjoy smoked beers but prefer the smoke to be more of a component of the overall taste than the heavily dominant flavor these days. Once in a while, though, this is just what the doctor ordered. Pair it with the right foods and it's perfect.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is strong, it smells mostly like smoked meats and malt, along with some bready malt and wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, it's mainly smoked meats/malt, but there's also some wood, caramel malt and a bit of sweet dark fruit noticeable, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate, soft carbonation. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before february 2012

A- Very dark brown with lots of ruby hints. Very little head forms even if hard pouring and it disappears immediately. Looks quite lifeless

S- Bready and caramel malts among a strong, dense smoked aroma that reminds of burnt wood. A hint of fruitiness on the back of things

T- As the aroma suggested, despite being so strong on the smoked part, malts still play a very important role in this beer. Quite distinct and dense notes of caramel and grainy malts that can be easily felt among a strong, vivid smoked feel, that besides a burnt wood character has a light 'burnt bacon' character, as ianjsullivan pointed in the previous review. A slight hint of dark fruits may also be found. Finishes with a touch of bitter hops that bring a little freshness to the beer's overall feel

M- Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice and simple, nothing too interesting on the mouthfeel part

O- A nice, warming beer; perfect for winter. Decent complexity and suprising drinkability given its strong smokiness

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 pint 9oz poured into a wine glass. The bottle lists the ABV but not a DBD or BOD.

A: Dark brown with red tints and a think brown hot coco foam head which leaves small dotty lacing.

S: Smoke, bacon, sweet malt, wood, and earthy.

T: Sweet malt, smoke, woodiness, char, coffee, burnt bacon, with slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium and dry.

O: A very nice camp fire aroma is carried through into the beer. The wood flavor is present but not overpowering; it is pleasant. This is a very enjoyable beer for cold weather.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,379 ratings.
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