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:
1,386
Reviews:
710
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
119
For Trade:
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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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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with very little tan foam, but an average amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of of smokey Bar-B-Q'd bacon, bacon, bacon. The flavor was the same as the aromoa. Nice sweet/bitter finish on the Urbock.
A nice pleasant surprise. But, if for some reason you don't care for smoked bacon, this is not a beer for you, for sure!

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

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : the aroma is nicely smoked.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and smoke complex flavors with notes of caramel, wood and coffee. Finish is roasted and very well rounded.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the German Rauchbier style.

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Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another from Viggo. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled jan 31/2011.

pours deep brown, but holding it to the light shows good clarity and a lovely dep red hue. a small cap of fine dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a bit of fine lace.

aroma is good. smoke, a bit more chocolatey. nice malt backbone. whole wheat bread. light alcohol. earthy. bit of caramel.

taste is great. smoke is even more restrained than the previous, with a great chocolatey character coming out. dark and milk chocolate. hints of coffee, without the bitterness. bit of caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit. earthy and slightly woody.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. excellent smokey character that balances really well with the base beer. definitely my favourite of the schlenkerla lineup that i've had. tasty rauch!

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark orange, some reddish hues, almost ruby, thick medium head forms and settles to a thin layer and medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, real vibrant color, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, very sweet and smokey, a bit of burnt wood, brown sugar, thick and malty, a bit of sweet raisin, very rich, really nice toffee/caramel smokey note, cool aroma on it, I dig it.

Taste is really nice too, intense maltiness, very sweet, big toffee and caramel, a bit of brown sugar, very nice smokiness, mild and subtle, cherrywood and mesquite, raisin, alcohol is well hidden, really nice finish, very light spiciness.

Mouthfeel is great, medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Silky smooth going down, really nice stuff.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured deep ruby and clear. Medium-sized head is creamy and white in color. Aroma is distincively deep and roasted with sweetish smoked ham-like malts, some ash and a hint of hops. Rich flavor is full of smoked, sweetish malts and the finish is medium bitter. Some sourish, coffee-like roastedness in the finish too. Palate is supersmooth and silky, medium bodied and slick. Fuller and more biter than märzen. Can't say this is my style.

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Photo of ThirstyH
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review, but surely not my first beer!

The first words out of my mouth after my first sip were "sh*t, that's smoky." I wholeheartedly stand by that statement.

Pouring into my mug, this beer is dark as hell. I hold it up and can barely see some light coming through. It pours with a decent amount of light-tannish head.

Out of order, I know, but I took that first little sip before I really smelt it to make sure I didn't spill any. The strong, smoky flavor stayed in my mouth. Bacon?

The smell echoes this smokiness. Kinda... pungent.

The taste got better with time and as the beer warmed up a little bit. Hints of something sweet in there. Caramel? The strong aftertaste mellowed out and it became easier to drink without being overpowered. I still can't help but think of oil right out of a pan of bacon or speck mixed in with beer.

I don't think I've had a smokebeer before, so maybe I just wasn't ready for this but I ended up drinking less than half of it.

Still, an interesting drink. I may even try it again way down the road (perhaps after trying less intense smokebeers?). Especially if I had the right cheese and someone to split it with.

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Photo of KenC
1.77/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I asked the guy at the store what he had that was unique and different. Wow, did I get that!

Hmm.. I opened the bottle not knowing what to expect.

It's a really deep, dark color. I was ready to be impressed.

It has a smell that screams "Oscar Mayer Bacon".

It poured with very little head. Than it tasted just like it smelled... and the after taste; just too overbearing to be called good or enjoyable.

No lacing.

99% went down the drain. They should leave this brew in their 700 year old cellar.

Maybe I should just go back to APA's or IPA's

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

A: Two fingers of incredibly thick, slightly tan head on top of a absolutely black beer. Beautiful lacing. The head didn't stick around quite as long as I would like it too be there.

S: Smells like straight bacon with a bit of a malt background. Insanely pungent. You can really smell the smoke. Hint of sweeet caramel.

T: In the actual taste the meaty, smoke is not overbearing. Instead it blends perfectly with caramel, slight bitterness, earthy, and woody. Incredibly unique and incredibly enjoyable. It is not overly sweet and the smoke/bacon flavor lingers nicely at the end. There is also just a hint of bitterness in the middle towards back end of the taste.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation. Rather what I would expect from this beer.

D: It has the body and flavor of a considerably higher in alcohol beer. Really just a pleasure.

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

A- Dark red with a frothy white cap. Good retention and a ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Nice smoke bacon balanced nicely with dark fruit and caramel malt. Woody and reminds me of camping.

T- Follows the nose. Smoke level is high but not immensely. It allows the dark fruit and caramel malt to be noticed and effectively balance this out. Fairly sweet.

MF- Light body that is slightly creamy. Smooth carbonation.

DB- Very nice smoked beer. High in the smoke level but the rest of the beer makes for a balanced, enjoyable experience.

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Photo of CarfiCZ
1.43/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Purchased in 12/2010 Prague, pivotéka časy.Pravděpodobně-mean I do not like this style of beer, awful bitter taste. I bought 0.5 liters and I drank only 0.1, I had to dump the rest. I'll have a bitter beer, but this is extreme. RECOMMENDED PSPil am from the same brewery as weizenbock and I enjoyed it

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

A - Pours with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with amber highlights showing through. The head settles out quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Sweet caramel and (of course) smoke. Some licorice, caraway, and pepper.

T - Caramel and toffee up front with smoked malt notes. Meaty, toasty notes come out in the middle with some darker roast notes of coffee and chocolate. The beer finishes with some cola character and more smoke as well as a charred coffee character that provides moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very nice, the combination of the rich, sweet bock malt character with the smoky malt creates something that is almost like a stout or smoked porter. This beer seems more toasted and smoky than what I have had from Schlenkerla in the past and it has a high level of sweetness that helps to balance out the intense smoke. This is well worth trying, though I would stick with the marzen if given a choice of the brewery's beers.

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Photo of goldbot
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, tawny brown color, mostly clear and brilliant but a good amount of yeast floats around. Thinnish tan head leaves a long-lasting haze on the surface. Good amount of active carbonation. Intense smoke aroma; meaty and earthy. Rich, robust malts create a slightly sweet odor. The flavor is not quite as smoky; instead of overpowering, the smoke complements a sweet and complex malt profile. Slight floral hop flavor with a nice balancing bitterness. Light to medium in body with a substantial yet airy mouthfeel. The intensity of the smoke aroma was a bit off-putting at first but the flavor of this one is a great mix of smokiness and malt sweetness, with just enough hop bitterness to balance it all out.

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Photo of theopholis
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an authentic Aecht Rauchbier glass

Appearance- Pours deep ruby red/brown. The body is quite dark, but has gorgous ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is quite clear for a beer this dark. Head is two-fingers when poured, off-white and fluffy. As it settles, the fluffiness turns to a wonderful creaminess, and it leaves some nice clingy lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell- Lots of smokiness. It kind of masks the maltiness and malt sweetness from coming through in the nose.

Taste- Starts out with a very nice smokiness that is dry. This is not as smoky as the MArzen version of the beer. If that one is too smoky, try this one. The malt comes through a bit more clearly here,. This is much more complex than most rauchbiers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, full carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite nice.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very smokey, roasted malts, bacon, a hint of mint, and firewood.

t - Tastes of bacon, smokey roasted malts, toasted malts, firewood, and charcoal.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very good example of a rauchbier, it's insanely smokey and bacony. I enjoyed it, and would have it again.

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Photo of Ego
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

38 inches of snow here... might as well down a beer.

eyes...
the head is more subdued on this than it's fellow brew mates, it settles in quickly and becomes a nice layer on top of a deep ruby hue, some light does pass through but a GPS would help, plenty o' carbonation rises from the top, lacing is clingy and consistent, nice looking glass o' beer.

nose...
ah, the joy of rauch, this is a pretty intense one, like sticking your head over a dying fire, the malt is definitely singing here, smoked meat aroma galore, absolutely fills up your head with smoky goodness, the wood flavors in the back are delightful, this is beer ? damn! I do also sense a touch of dark fruit in the background, man, I could sniff this all damn night like my dog sniffs asses. outstanding. this is drool worthy.

taste etc...
looking at the carbonation you would think this would have more carb bite, but it is actually ultra smooth, up front this is thick and malty, and just when you think it might turn super sweet you get that flavor of licking some ash and it balances out. the smoke aroma then fills your passages as you bask in the afterglow of a nice sip, this beer sets a mark, a standard, it is super easy to drink but you want to savor it to go through the trip of each sip.

verdict?
if you remotely like rauchbier you need to come here. period.

paired with some extra sharp wisconsin white cheddar

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 09 FL. OZ. bottle. Pours a black color with a small head. Some lacing. Great aroma. Smells of mesquite, A1 steak sauce, barbecue sauce, and smoke. Taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma but still very flavorful. A smoky, barbecue flavor to it. Some sweet maltiness as well, but it mostly tastes like camping. I don't find Rauchbiers to be all that drinkable but this one is somewhat easy to quaff, considering. Very good rauchbier.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown with hint of red up to light. very little head, solid lacing.

S: strong aroma of mesquite, roasted nuts, malt, hint of carmel.

T/M: earthy, wood, mild bread, sweet malt, fascinating flavor, med/light body, goes down very smooth.

D: This beer is fascinating and I bet goes very well with BBQ. The initial smokiness is intense, but mellows within a few minutes. I don't know why so many fellow beer geeks hate this style. It's very unique and highly enjoyable. Give the true liquid smoke a try! ;)

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

Reviewed on 4/27/2010. Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, charred malt, smoke. Flavor of sweet meats with a smoky, charred body and charred malt finish. A sweet, meaty, smoky, hearty palate. I enjoyed this one more than the Marzen. Very nice smoked.

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Photo of redraider2323
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim in NYC for sending me a bottle:

A - brownish black, grayish foam, a little cloudy

S - YES! BBQ in a glass. I want this channeled into my apartment through hte HVAC. Smells like a smoke pit.

T - brown bread, smoke, a little BBQ like tang

M/D - medium thin mouthfeel, dry and drinkable. A personal favorite.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Deep nut brown. White, light head.

S - Ham and soft rolling smoke.

T - Smooth and warming smoke opening with a malty body. The smoke isn't overwhelming at all. Mid palate is sweet with pumpernickel bread. Salty-smoke finish.

M - Super smooth. Medium body. Soft smoke coats your palate.

D - A slow sipping beer while your palate warms up to it, but well worth the journey.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted alongside the marzen. Pours a near black with two fingers of head and some webby lacing.

The aroma is a campfire roastiness with light notes of sweet plum and cherry.

The flavor has a deep smokiness with some cigarette and and coffee grinds. More flavorful than the marzen, that is for sure. I'm not a huge fan of smokiness, but this beer doesn't make it a focal point like some style failures I have tasted in the past. Rather, it is a complementary aspect to the other flavors in the beer.

The body is medium and feels somewhat watery. Overall this is a top notch rauchbier, definitely the best I have tried to date although I have often stayed away from this style in the past.

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

A-a dark brown with some mahogany highlights. Pours with a nice creamy tan head

S-Bacon, BBQ, Smoke, All sooo Good and expected for the style. The smoke over powers everything but hey, this is a smoked beer and I love me a pound of bacon.

T-Same as smell but now with a decent amount of sweetness to back it up. The bittering components add a slight complexity, but definitely smoke, BBQ, Bacon, all dominate.

M- Medium bodied with no astringency.

D- Great beer, loved every minute of it, of course I love me a smokey bacon BBQ beer and this is one that tops the cake for me.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,386 ratings.
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