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 dyoung3
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Whole Foods P St in Washington DC. Poured it up in a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter than I expected. I suppose considering the smoked nature of the grain I figured there would be a darker color. Head was of dense lacing closest to the beer rising two to three inches ending in larger bubbles.

Smell: Obviously smoke, reminds me of hamhock, sausage, the smell of your clothes after you camp or grill, etc. Some malt characteristics squeeze through but definitely second to the smoke.

Taste: Smoke still dominates on the palate but the beer itself is pretty balanced with more hops up front with an interesting malty-sweet finish. Interesting because it's a "different" kind of sweetness, almost like your sucking on an two-year Werther's Original that's been sitting on your grandmas coffee table for a couple of years. All of this in a somehow pleasing way.

Mouthfeel: Great body, light effervescence; thought the beer was around 8% or 9% until I found the ABV hidden on the back.

Overall: Tough beer to judge and for me definitely more of a "food" beer. The smoke components can wear you out quickly but they are a welcome novelty. Absolutely would recommend with grilled meats - couldn't think of a better pairing than Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock and ribs.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice murky brown with some redness to it. Tight beige head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Tiny bubble carbonation that looks to be pretty light.

S: Smoke! Definitely new to me. Reminds me of smoked gouda cheese, with the smoke and oak (or beech apparently?) scent.

T: Smoked meaty taste, slight hoppy character. Cheesy. I don't know if it was because I thought of smoked gouda before or not. A mild sweetness cuts through in the middle, then there is a drying finish. Bitterness grows and the complexity builds on itself over the course of drinking. A lot of malt flavor.

M: Rich and stout. Higher carbonation than it appears to have, but it is superfine. Just the right amount of tingle.

O: This is great! It's a new taste experience for me. Would probably be wonderful with BBQ pork.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours darkish brown with a light tan buoyant head. Lacing is substantial but not sticky.

Smells like an Islay single malt scotch. Real smokey and leathery.

Before the smokiness comes through, a sweet malty character is your introduction to this beer. Then comes through the smokey flavors. Really powerful, intense, almost overpowering smokey flavors. Like the kind of barbecue brisket that has the smoke rings around the edges. I could go for some barbecue right now.

Soft mouthfeel, medium bodied beer. The smokiness makes it rather rich - I couldn't see myself downing more than one of these at a time.

Wow, is this the world's first barbecued beer? No, man, it's RAUCH beer. Been around for centuries!

Unique style and enjoyable, though not an everyday beer for me.

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Photo of codfeast
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured in to an HB stein, very dark amber. almost no head at all.

S: smoke, leather, and sambuca

T: Bacon, hickory, BBQ.

M: Heavy in the mouth, almost chewy, bubbly carbination.

O: If you love smoked foods, and BBQ what is not to love about this beer.

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Photo of zep9865
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter. Pours dark brown, perhaps a slight shade below what you would expect from a stout. Light tan head that rides up the curves of my snifter.

The smell of this beer is fantastic. It reminds me of the smell of my hoodie after a fall or winter bonfire. Burnt wood and smoke are all over the place, which gives me no clue what to expect taste wise from this beer. Exciting element.

Never had a rauchbier before so i had absolutely no idea what to expect. Beer hits palate like a typical brown before tailing into oak and smokiness. i didn't expect the beer to taste like it smells, but it does, which is awesome. The aftertaste includes some nice hops.

I've been working on trying new beers and this one did not disappoint in the least bit. I could kill some of these on a winter night, fittingly by a bonfire. Aasher just informed me of its smoked ham-like taste, which i can't believe i didnt catch onto.

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was shared with zep9865 during a mini tasting. It poured a dark, dark brown with a one finger off white head that laced the glass. It smells of smoked ham, wood chips, and oak. It's full on ham and is close to Krebs Smoked Porter and the Alaskan Smoked Porter in terms of the nose. The flavor is a little subdued compared to the aromas. It has good flavor and is very heavy on the ham, but subdued compared to other smoked beers that I've had. I do enjoy this one however. It's the lightest smoked beer that I can say that I really like. This is like hog light in a bottle. It drinks between light and medium in body and leaves behind a very ham like aftertaste and is very moist. It's a likable beer and worth a try for sure.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin body look, of light red, amber like consistency... with a quick bubbling into a tan head.

The beer smells of roasted, burnt wood, oats, nuts and perhaps dried oak.

The beer tasted like a barbecue in my mouth. Smokey, robust, malty... caramel... burnt, and crisp...


wow, this beer really surpassed my expectations.

I will buy it again.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: An auburn brown semi opaque color. light tan head with good retention and lacing tops it off.

S: Scotch barrel. Burnt hot dog and oak chips, this shit is gamey.

T: Smoke and sweet nutty qualities dominate. Bacon fat and burnt bacon at the same time swim inside this glass of peaty liquid. Killer and unique.

M Soft but long lasting

O: Unreal

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out a pitch,black body with a light tan head that initially stood three fingers tall but fell to about an inch after three minutes or so.The lacing is choppy and spiderwebbed.

S-Bacon,soy,some charred malts,beef jerky and a few subtle hints of dark fruit.Smells a touch synthetic or forced is the reason for the 3.5.

T-The initial taste is coppery with light smoke,bitter chocolate,burnt toast and some porter-like malts.

M-I wasn't sure what to expect in the mouthfeel department.This beer was smooth but complex with a dry smokiness and good viscosity.

O-My first Rauchbier and it was delicious!

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug - Had it with some awesome Grilled Lamb chops.
A - A very deep brown color with hues of amber red in the light. The head poured stong in the begining and died to a slight film.
S - Wow. Imagine walking into your favorite BBQ smokehouse. Bacon hits you right away, the kind of bacon thats starting to char in the pan full of fat. Awesome roasted and charred meats. The smokiness is there in full force, and even reminds my of back in Seattle with smoked alaskan salmon. There is also a great spice on the back end.
T & M - With the smell I expected heavy, but the beer is suprisingly light and only medium bodied and light on the mouth. Not overly smooth but drinkable. The Taste is what you really want to get to though. Bacon, more meat, and smoke. I imagine if I cooked all day at the campfire and had tons of cooked meet sitting on the plate and somehow combined that whole experience into a bottle it would taste something like this. The charred aspects are very unique and special, mix that with the ash and soot and you have a special taste. The spice on the back end is awesome as well and leave a great taste in your mouth on the back end.
O - I was not expecting this. When I think of other smoked beers I think of some slight notes in the nose. This beer goes above and beyond. After this beer I feel like I just ate an awesome BBQ dinner.


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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip-like glass.

Color was solid dark but against light gave off tints of red that appeared clear. Head was full off-white and fell to a strip. Lacing left leveled rings after each consecutive drink.

Unlike the more campfire Märzen the Urbock was packed with smoked meat - Smoked Ham, hotdog or bacon. Absolutely over the top smokiness - no identifiable malt aromas underneath.

Smoke is present throughout but left to sit for a moment, the malt comes out with a low sweetness that helps balance the flavor. Smoke wins on aftertaste but is not hard to handle with food.

Nothing bad with mouth-feel, pretty smooth medium body. An easy drink.

I think the smoke is a bit much in this guy, more of a novelty experience than enjoyment but again it paired well with food.

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

A: very dark, bleak brown. tan fluffy head lessens with moderate retention.

S: very woody smoke aroma. wood smoked bacon actually. there is definitely a mealiness/meatiness to this smoke. a little bit of toast, but you really have to look for it through the smoke.

T: similar to the nose. rich smokiness is very reminiscent to roast pig. however, not as intense as the smokiness in the nose. lots of smoke in the finish as well. a good linger that tastes like a night around the campfire.

M: very bold medium body with medium carbonation.

D: im a sucker for this style so im loving this. if you like smoke, smoked meats, smoked cheese, smoked anything you will like this beer. great representation of the style from one of the best rauchbier makers.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours like a solid dark lager with a off white head and a nice clear copper body. and as i was expecting the smokey bomb of a noted "bacon" smell i got a nice interesting foreground of munich that was quite beery but not something heavy handed. not bacon but apples and peat malt. and beechwood. palate was quite lean but with a nice carbonation that feel like a lager. had a latitude but it was rather quick from beginning to end. palate of smoked malt, dextrose, munich, apple malty and a ardbeg scotch without the citrus notes. the meatiness is there but its let off into something quite grainy. this is still a beer and a great great great food beer.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at my mini German beer tasting from a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a dark brown color with an inch plus of thick cream colored head.

S - I got pure smoke from this, and I enjoyed every second of it! To me it smells of smoked cheddar cheese with bacon mixed in. An absolutely incredible smelling beer, and very potent.

T - Not as smoky as the smell. Hints of caramel come through in the taste to counteract the smokiness and make the beer much smoother than the smell would suggest.

M - Medium bodied with a nice finish and little burn. Very nice going down.

O - I was pleasantly surprised with this one, having been disappointed by the first couple German beers we tried. Bump up in score for the ridiculousness of the smell. Wish I could give it a 10 for smell.

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

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a mug. Pours a dark brown with an off-white head comprised of perfectly uniform bubbles. The head starts off about 1" high and quickly settles down at 1/8".

This beer's aroma was evident when I first removed the bottle cap. A woody smokiness that only becomes more evident as it is poured, this is one seriously smokey beer. The smokiness is what I associate with a good barbecue, with hints of fatty meat underlying the charred wood. Beyond the smoke, there is a hint of sweet malt, maybe caramel, but it is hard to say.

Sweet, smooth, and decidedly less smokey than it smells, this is a seriously tasty beer. Malty and sweet, but not overly so, with hints of vanilla and barley grains. The smoke balances out the sweet and vice-versa, so that neither one overpowers the other. Very good!

Medium bodied with no bitterness, this is easy on the mouth, though somewhat harsh on the nose.

Very good, and one I'd highly recommend if you want to try a smoke beer but have been scared off by the smell.

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Photo of AleWeizengarten
2.86/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark, mahogany wood brown with a nice uniform light-tan head. Instant smoky overdose in the nostrils, like walking into a smokehouse. Very malty with taste is pure essence of wood grilled beef jerky. Hard to get over the thick smoke, but when paired with some sharp cheddar I changed my tone a bit. When I say "paired with sharp cheddar" I actually meant chased the fucker with four cheese Cheez-Its, but the flavor combination speaks for itself, just works.

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

Side Note: Eat it with bacon, pour it over bacon into a glass, or dip the bacon into the glass and eat it. Either way it makes for a better tasting because it really brings out more of the smoke flavor from the beer.

A: Rich dark brown with a ting of red that you can barely see through. Pours with a very nice white 2 finger head that shrinks down to around to about 1 while drinking

S: Probably my favorite part of the beer. If you love bacon and smoked beer, this is perfect for you. The smokiness is not as sweet like other smoked beers its a more subtle and well balanced aroma

T: A slight sweetness overcomes the taste at first, but quickly changes to a heavy and smooth smokiness and then finishes with a slightly more pronounced sweetness at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O: One of the best representations of a smoked beer that you can get. The german's always do it right when it comes to smoked beers.

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Photo of hmf05
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A beautiful ruby red/brown color

S - Oh man, the smokiness is ever so dominant. I get some nice smoked pork/sausage. It literally smells like smoked meat.

T - A ton of smoked meat. It sort of tastes like bacon or ham. Extremely smooth and very little bitterness. Some have said they get sweet notes and chocolate, but i just get delicious smoked meat.

M - Medium thickness and moderate carbonation

D - I could drink 2 of these, but not really sessionable. I would imagine that it tastes great with a barbecue pairing.

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

A - Translucent and unclouded red/brown body with a big clinging off-white head. Looks good.

S - Without even getting close to it, I can smell salted, smoked meats, and a touch of chocolate. When I bring it closer, the smoked meat is very prominent, and I pick up some dark fruit. Makes sense that this is how this beer should smell.

T - sweet chocolate and dark fruits are one the front, with a touch of dry meaty smokiness as a background. I am amazed that I am not tasting anything on the back of my tongue. It's got virtually no lingering aftertaste. It's a pretty good beer, but surprisingly light on the flavor.

M - smooth, fairly thick, but not very heavy. Interesting in-between sort of body. Works well

D - This seems like something that must be paired with food. I like it, but it seems like it should serve a complimentary role to a meat dish. So that's what I'm going to do. Pretty drinkable.

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

I usually do not like smoked or barrel flavored beers. This is an exception. The aroma alone is enough to make you want to drink it. It's also a perfect dark brown. It goes down smooth and has an aftertaste that is very pleasant. A little acid burn after a bit - I think I'll have some kraut and sausage.

Beers like this make me want to go to Germany. When I was 12 and 13 we went there two summers in a row and I drank my first legal beers. But I didn't appreciate it like I do now.

Every sip of this takes you deeper beneath Bamberg where this taste (and SMELL) has been oozing out of for centuries.

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Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep brown with a fizzy off-white head that leaves spots of lacing as it recedes.

The smell is sweet and smoky. The smoke is like campfire almost with a burnt scent while the sweet malt adds an almost fruitiness to the brew along with the hops.

The flavor follows. It has more of an earthy flavor with the smoke mixing with the bitterness of the hops. It still sweet and malty though and that provides the balance.

This is the quintessential Rauchbier.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly translucent very dark brown color with half a finger of white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

Smell is salty bacon goodness. Not pronounced or overwhelming, but true salty meat going on here.

Taste is slight caramel up front that quickly shifts to salty jerky and smoked wood flavors. Big tasty smoke bomb here. I'm diggin it for sure.

Mouthfeel is moderate with lowish carbonation. Solid and works well with flavor profile.

Nice flavors, but couldn't have many of these. The smoked flavor is only nice in small doses and can get overwhelming after a while.

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

Deep ruby in color, more brown really. Light brown creamy two finer of head that dissipates to a film and laces well.

Smells like an amazing BBQ joint. Rich hickory smoke, malt sweetness and hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste is on par with the smell: Big hickory smoke taste, nutty, malty sweetness, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.

Creamy, slightly coating, medium in body.

I've been becoming more and more a fan of smoke beers, and this has tipped the scale. Maybe it's just a phase, but I'm in love.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark red. Big puffy off-white head eventually settles at a finger leaving some lacing.

Smells like grilled, salty, smoky ham.

Smoky ham and campfire logs are still big but less intense in the taste allowing many other flavors to shine through. Caramel, maple-y sweetness, cola, dark fruits, slight chocolate and roasted malt. Reminds me of a smoky doppelbock (as it probably should). Dark bread in there as well (rye?). Really great stuff and surprisingly complex.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

An awesome, unique German lager. Definitely an acquired taste but underrated in my book. I liked this much better than their Marzen rauchbier.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Man, do I loves me the smoke! Even better that I get to revisit this old smoky favorite. It pours a sunset russet-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises smoked bacon, toffee, and clean cedar. The taste puts a bit more char into the smoke and a touch more cedar into everything. The toffee is toned down a decent amount, allowing the slightly maple-y smoke to run as wild as it wants. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' rauch, a classic indeed.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,383 ratings.
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