Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
1,385 Ratings
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:
117
Gots:
118
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,385 |  Reviews: 709
Photo of ryanonline
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark and amberish with somze serious opacity and a very thin dissipating white head.

Smells like straight smoked salty bacon. Period.

Tastes like straight smoked salty bacon. Period.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are goood.

BACON!!!! Deliciousss!!! Filling space requirements! !!

 280 characters

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

Poured on tap as part of a tasting at ChurchKey DC. Always nice to revisit this beer particularly if not had on tap.

Not much head given but still a body is a wonderful somewhat clear perfect deep dark brown, somewhere between walnut and chestnut. Red hues tint the edges of the glass

Nose has more malt, while mixing the classic beechwood smoke sense. Doesn't seem as salty as before.

Taste not unlike it's bottled brother but gives a mild tannic finish mixing sweeter malts and smoke with airy like whisps. Maintains solid simple mouthfeel and campfire warmth in the palate.

Overall seems to work and feel better on tap slightly.

 635 characters

Photo of jayhawk73
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Adam!

Pours a really dark brown w/ nice carbonation and little lacing. Nice one finger cocoa head which disappears quickly. Nose is fairly amazing... especially for the style. Smoke... and then more smoke, followed by beechwood, bacon, split pea soup. Really nice, and not overpowering nose. Taste is really good- a little more balanced than the nose. Fairly similar to the nose except the taste of hops in the background. Malt as well on the aftertaste. Feel is medium to medium full with a fairly thin finish. Overall- this is a great beer, there's a reason it's #2 for the style. Cheers.

 599 characters

Photo of Josiah2729
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

A-Black with creamy head, some lacing

S-Smoke! Smells like bacon, smokey-malty smell

T-Smoke, taste like bacon or other smoked meat, then tastes of malt, then a finish of smoke again

M-some carbonation medium thickness

O-great smokey rauchbier, I have heard that this was the standard, I was not disappointed.

 344 characters

Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small white head.

Aromas are guess what, smoky. Like smoked meats, charred wood, spices, and a hint of vanilla.. Subtle, but nice.

While the aromas are nice, they don't quite do enough justice to the flavors. Very nicely balanced between smoke and sweetness. Notes of lightly sweet tea, cream, and breads mix with the charred smoke elements. Finish has some mineral hoppiness and some lingering smoke.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and nicely carbonated

Overall, this is an excellent rauchbier. Expertly balanced and a pleasure to drink.

 570 characters

Photo of gc4hokies
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, this is the first rauchbier for me so I don't have any context for comparison.

This came in a 1pint 9oz bottle. Appearance is dark like a cola but I didn't have the best light. Head was off white/tan with good lacing.
Aroma is like a smokey campfire! You do get a malty aroma but the smoke is dominant.
Taste is the same, smokey with a hint of caramel. Finishes sweet. No bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a 6.5% beer.

Overall, this was a treat. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again. I can't say if this is great for the style, but as an intro to smoked beers, it worked for me.

 615 characters

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

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner seidel

BBE July 2011

A- Jet black with hints of ruby in the light. Excellent clarity with a 3 finger creamy tight head. Retention is good as is lacing.

S- Due to the intense smokiness, this reminds of any smoked food i have ever eaten - pork, bacon, fish etc. Underneath this there is a hint of dark chocolate and toffeeish malt.

T- Toasted and biscuity sweet malts linger underneath the smoke. Finish does manage to retain a lot of bock like sweetness. Lager clean.

M- Moderate carbonation and body.

D- An intense smokey experience while still retaining bock-like malt sweetness. Very tasty and im sure an excellent pairing for a lot of foods.

 683 characters

Photo of Hachiman
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark, almost black red-brown. No head to speak of.

Smells of savory smoke. Began looking for barbeque....

Doesn't taste as assertive as it smells. Have tasted better, fuller-flavored rauch beers.

Needs a little carbonation. Feels very watery and thin.

 268 characters

Photo of clint1019
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby-Brown Color with a thin bubbly head.

S - Has a deep smokyness and a slight malt aroma.

T - Has a strong smoky malt flavor and a slight bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied.

O - A very smokey yet a very nice dark beer. I haven't tried it yet, but I think this beer would be great with a nice grilled steak or BBQ.

 325 characters

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a treat! A friend surprised me with this bottle, knowing that this beer is brewed not far from my birthplace.
It pours a deep clear mahogany brown with a off white head building about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates fast, but leaves good lacing.
The smell is naturally full of rich smokey flavors. Almost like smoked ham, or of a smokehouse.
Tasting the beer those smokehouse notes will greet you up front, but not as strong as the smell of the beer announced. They will be balanced immediately by sweet malty flavors in the middle. I can also detect brown sugar, honey and some plum in there.
The finish combines all the flavors with the help of some mild flowery hops and ends in a mild bittersweet linger.
A great medium bodied delicacy which I highly recommend as a must try for any beer advocate.

 817 characters

Photo of russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light brown pour out of the bottle, much darker in the glass. Wispy light brown head with nice lacing.

S: Basically the same smokey, meat-like smell is coming from this as the Marzen. Roasted malts all the way.

T: Not quite as full as I wanted it to be. All smoke up front, all malt at the end.

MF: Light, carbonated well. The beer coats the mouth.

O: Forgettable, wouldn't get it again. It isn't bad, just wanted something different from the Marzen.

 457 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass, big light tan head thats dense and clings to the glass, very nice. Color is brown with amber hints on the edge.

Smell is smooth, deep smoke, i'm not entirely sure of the type but its not intense or burned but pleasant. Mild hints of malt sweetness.

Taste is smoke flavor upfront intergmingled with the maltiness to balance.

Mouthfeel is very good, for something so different and strong on one flavor it is balanced well and slightly dry, slight clinging of flavors to tongue on the finish.

Overall, the smoke is just right and a solid malt balance to clean it up, clean flavors and somewhat dry finish are nice.

 642 characters

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

I picked this up out of curiosity more than anything because my friend told me that this beer was "bacon in a bottle", and he was right.
I paired this beer with some habanero cheese, cracers, and some kalamata olives.
This is one of those beers that you will either love or hate, there is no middle ground here. I just happen to think they are fantastic! you can totally taste the smokey, meaty flavor that this style of beer is known for.
If drank in moderation, paired with the right cheese and bread/crackers, this could be one of the most enjoyable experiences you could have with beer. I will definately be splitting a bottle of it with my father later this year.

 670 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours quite dark. Has the look of cola. Big foamy,yet level head slowly fades. Can hear the crackle of the bubbles popping away. Bits of lacing.

S-At first whiff my first thought was 'Oh god it smells like bacon". Behind the smokey meat surprise is some dark maltiness. Salty and mildly sweet. Smoke prevails here.

T-The smokiness is not as overpowering as expected. I am happy that the smoke is a bit mellower. Not as much bacon as in the nose. A more mild flavor. A bunch of dark sweetness. An almost barbeque flavor too. Unique and a bit enjoyable as well.

M-Medium bodied. Smooth with mellow carbonation.

O/D-Definitely a individual style. Worth a try. I just could never see myself craving a rauchbier. Not my style I guess. Couldn't finish.

 753 characters

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out a clear, dark brown color with a nice off white colored head, decent retention, a little bit of lace.

lots of smoke and sweet maltiness mingle perfectly in the aroma. mostly smoked turkey and smoked ham come to mind balanced by a nice sweet grainy malt. a slight fruitiness comes in as it warms.

follows the aroma. smoke is at the forefront, but the sweet bock like toasty, grainy malt is right there to even things out. again, many smoked meats come into my head. the balance of smoke to malt couldnt be better.

smooth, medium bodied. easy srinking, even with all the smoke.

a great beer, not something you could drink pint after pint of, but still easy drinking. look forward to more of the schlenkerla offerings.

 810 characters

Photo of Pahn
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving tight, sticky rings of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark red and leaves spots and islands of lacing.

Smell: Smoked meat and light, fresh bread, with some darker malts in the background. Whiskey-like booziness comes out of nowhere and works beautifully with the smoke.

Taste: Subtler than expected from the nose or bottle description. Smooth, creamy feel with subtle maltiness. Lots of smoke in the finish. Some cake-like flavor in the aftertaste. Highish back end bitterness.

Throughout the flavor is subtle with a nice smokiness, but unfortunately the flavor is often a bit muddy. Not really coming together for me. A few sips combine the smoke with a really pleasant pastry sweetness, but usually it's bland malt and relatively uninteresting smokiness. Some dreaded band-aid flavor comes out as well, probably from the larger % of smoked malt used in the beer's production (unpleasant and a little pepperminty; doesn't help anything at all).

The best sips are good, but still kind of one note: sort of empty up front with a nice convergence of smoke, deep malt, and fresh bread on top of the big bitterness hit before the smoky aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden well, but it tastes like most of the flavor was also hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Nice creaminess, but distractingly low carbonation. Bitterness is good to punch up the flavor, but the low carbonation is a serious problem here...

Overall: Not too impressed. Still has some of the allure of a nice Schlenkerla rauchbier, a beautiful aroma, but problems in the flavor and mouthfeel are pretty inexcusable in comparison to how good their other beers are. I used the word 'subtle' a lot, but that may be generosity.

Pairs okay with (veggie) burgers, but even in that context it didn't really sing.

 1,905 characters

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. My first of the style.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany red with a couple fingers of fluffy dark brown head that took its time receding into a thick film leaving a sheet of lace down the glass as it went.
S: This smells potently of smoked salmon and lapsang souchong tea with a touch of sweet malt beneath the smoke.
T: As with most smoked foods I’ve encountered, the large smoke character on the nose is more subtle on the palate. It’s there in a smoked-salmon-without-the-fish kind of way, especially in the aftertaste, but the base beer is actually rather sweet, malty and spicy. The sweetness is reminiscent of honey.
M: The body is on the thicker side of medium, and the carbonation is bubbly and tingly. Mouthfeel has some good heft to it.
O: I was surprised this didn’t really remind me of smoked meat. Obviously there is no fishiness to the beer, but I just can’t get my uncles fresh smoked salmon with its salty and smoky flavors out of my head. Overall this was enjoyable, and I look forward to seeking out more beers of the style.

 1,088 characters

Photo of dansmcd
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice thick off white head above a very dark copper body.

S - WTF! I have never come across anything like this in a beer. I expected smoky but bloody hell! Ham hock over an open fire is the best way I can describe it. Wish I could go higher than 5 for smell.

T - As with the nose, a sweet charred piece of pork on a barbeque. Rich malts, slightly bitter. A slightly burnt flavour with tarragon and hickory. So good.

M - Bold body and not too creamy. Lightly carbonated.

O - Not a sessionable beer, but perfect to savour over 45 minutes on a cold night. This is only the second rauchbier I have tasted, and it's uniqueness and quality hit me like a mallet. I'll have my eyes peeled for them from now on but this is a tough act to follow.

 743 characters

Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a reddish hue. There is just a layer of off white head.

Smell: Quite smokey, just like I expected. A bit like grilling. There is also some mildly sweet malt in there as well.

Taste: Smoke is the dominant flavor. There is a malty backbone and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: The smoke wasn't as intense as I expected and the bitterness was stronger. I would have liked a little more smoke and to dial the bitterness down just a bit. Another solid offering from this brewery.

 625 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first smoked beer that I ever got ahold of. The style was new to me so I wasn't sure of what to expect. The beer poured out as a dark brown with a generous amount of head on it. The head settled leaving a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell reminded me of bacon, it's had the smokiness of fresh cooked bacon and that was about all on the nose. The taste of the beer was also smokey and even what I found to be a little salty. The mouthfeel was smooth but the flavors kept the drinkability to a minimum for me. Overall I have to say that for a smoked beer it really has those elements all over it. It's not really my favorite style all that much. It is good for those who like them.

 698 characters

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with ruby hue. Almost white head that quickly fades.

The smell is almost all smoke. BBQ but more of a woody feel.

The taste is a hint of chocolate in the middle with a huge smokiness on the back that lingers for a bit.

the mouthfeel just a tad heavier than I expected but is still fairly light.

As to be expected this beer is amazing to pair with the right foods.

 380 characters

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep, dark brown beer with a beige one finger head.

S - Burning firewood and dried smoked meats hit your nose hard. Very roasty and toasty, salty and smoked. A pure delight for any fans of smokehouses or campfires.

T - A huge, bold mouth of salty, smokey flavors. The brain thinks smoked meat, cured meats, smoked fish, beef jerky and the like. Not only do you taste all this on the palate, it pairs very well with any of these foods. A dry hopped, toasty dry wood finish rounds this beer off.

M - Medium bodied with a clean, dry finish.

O - I had this when i first started drinking beer, and Ive been a fan since. Truly an epic rauchbier. I plan to have some of this in Bamberg soon. If you havent had Rauchbier before, split a bottle with a friend or two (and some meats and cheeses). Its worth the experience.

 820 characters

Photo of jgurley
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Chan's in Destin and poured into a Willibecher pint glass. Beautiful dark red with a big head that laces wonderfully. I immediately love the smell. Not so much bacon, but to me, smoked brisket. Smooth, malty, nice bitterness, surprisingly drinkable. I was intimidated by this style, but I am so happy to have finally gotten hold of one. Mouthfeel is remarkably lighter than I expected. Slightly oily, not extremely carbonated. Fairly clean and smoky finish and an absolutely delectable aftertaste. I will buy several next time I go to Destin.

 564 characters

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

Aecht Schlenkerka Rauchbier Urbock

Pours a dark brown, off white head. Aroma is of deep smokey malts, bacon, cured pork, oaky smoke. The flavor is of smoked malt, bacon, alittle caramel and soft tea like hop flavor. Mostly just the astringent smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long lasting smokey finish. Overall, similar to the Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen, ashy, charcoal, bacony rauch goodness.

 402 characters

Photo of JayS2629
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first smoked beer and it was amazing!

It pours a deep amber with a light tan head that has descent retention and lacing.

The smell is a sharp whiff of camp fire, and hickory smoked bacon! My first thought was bacon with an underlying sweet, butterscotch like maltiness and earthy notes of leather and herbs.

The taste is hickory smoked bacon, hamhock, butterscotch and caramel malts, earthy hops lightly compliments some nutty tones. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and smooth. Delicious savory sipper.

 522 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.