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

I had all three smoke variations at a recent testing and this is the one that stood out the most. As with all three Schlenkerla smoke beers, the rich smokey aroma is something close to heaven. The dark color gives us Americans visions of barbecue, but that is not where the taste goes. Smooth milk chocolate and caramel set off this urbock. If you search, the smoothness may even tell your brain that vanilla is present. With the smoke as its backbone, it creates an interesting mix. A smokey caramel taste continues into the aftertaste which lingers because of a mildly thick mouthfeel. Smoke beers are not for everybody, but there is little doubt who makes the best. This is their best offering.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pure black with a small tan colour head.

The smell is smoked meat, burning wood, very interesting.

The taste is sweet and malty.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Overall a great beer very original and tasty. I don't think it was quite as good as the marzen but still worth looking out again.

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Photo of mwa423
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown but when held up to a light there is plenty of red. (Suspiciously close to the color of cooked bacon...more on that later)

Smell - A lot of smoke, meat, and spice smell.

Taste - This tastes spot on like bacon, I am dead serious. I had one bottle left and ate it with scrambled eggs for breakfast, absolutely fantastic combination.

Mouthfeel - Excellent

Drinkability - Very good, not at all a session beer but a pint was excellent.

Drinking this was an experience and it's unlike anything I have tried before. I doubt I would ever buy it again, but it is certainly worth one try for any beer geek.

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Photo of Florida9
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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Photo of SilentSabre
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with smoke beer. I was not disappointed. This stuff poured a dark brownish red colour with a really nice 25mm or so head that stayed for a while. The smell is absolutely awsome. Not an unpleasant smoke smell like burning leaves or something, but a meaty smoke smell like a hickory smoked ham or ribs or something. Very delicious smell indeed. The taste wasn't what I was expected as I have heard only bad about this stuff. I thought the taste was fantastic. Like taking a sip of a nice Oktoberfest type brew while having a mouthful of ham and bacon. Who wouldn't like that?! Very impressed; will buy again.

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

Wow, what an interesting beer!

A- color was a clear red to medium brown. Two finger head that stayed for a good while. Ample carbonation

S- This is the interesting part. It smelled like a roasted pig in a campfire with burning and browning meat. It's was almost like taking a whiff in a beef jerky bag. Intense!

T- I was expecting a very strong flavor but was pleasantly surprised by a sweet but meaty malt flavor with earthy and smokey tones.

M- Chewy highly carbonated smokey feel

D- This is my first experience with a rauchbier and it was very enjoyable. I can't say I will be craving this type of beer every week, but I will definitely try this beer again.

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

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear deep dark ruby red color with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles that were small, but seemed like they wanted to be there for a while. After about a minute, the head receded to a small ring around the top of the beer at the glass. Already there is a little lacing being left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Very clean and noticeable smoke aroma that is really earthy. There is a slight roast in there, but the smoke aroma is the key player here. I don't get any hops or anything else for that matter. There is a good bit more toastiness coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor is sweet and malty with a defined smoke flavor that is overpowering, but not to the point of making the beer undrinkable. The malt is there and gives you a sweet dark caramel malt backbone with some toasty flavors and a little bit of dry bread crusts to wash it down. The beer is a solid medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. The finish is malt balanced with the smoke flavor staying with you long into the finish. I can't pick up the 6+% ABV in the beer at any time...I would put it more as a ~5% beer by the flavor.

Opinion: This beer is a nice experience. It is not one that I would drink all the time...not even if I lived in Bamberg, but it has a unique flavor that I would certainly like to try somewhat frequently to keep my palate in check. It is not for the faint of palate, but it is a stamp in history that everyone should at least try once to see if they either love it or hate it.

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

It poured dark and molasses in color but clear near the edges of the stein. It had a nice three finger head that clung to the edge of the stein as it receded. There was no active carbonation.

It smelled smoky and spicy like popular tree burning.

It has a nice malt and spice tang. It was lite and refreshing. It was lite bodied.

I liked it a lot. I found it very drinkable and well balanced.

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

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A: Ruby-red with a small, white head.

S: Bacon, Ham, Caramel, Smoked wood.

T: Smoked ham, Caramel, Grain, Smoke and some pleasant bitterness at the end.

M: A bit sweet but ends with some much needed bitterness. Body is quite thin but packed with flavor.

One of the best smoked beers available.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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 gc4hokies
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tegelaar
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure black darkness. Bit of white head but not a ton, even with a vigorous pour. Lacing is intense with a pure sheet of foam sticking to the sides. Smells very smoky as expected. Taste is less smoky than expected but incredibly refreshing and light for the style. Hints of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is very light for such a dark beer. Drinkability is good but hampered by the strong smoke presence. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a nice tan head. This looks very appetising.

S - Woodsmoke, some malts. Nice, in the sense of what is expected from a Rauchbier.

T - Interesting, there is a nice sweetness on the front palate and a gentle but noticeable smokiness as the flavours progress. It isn't as harsh as expected but nice. I get a small amount of bitterness on the end as well. Very good.

M - Medium body, average carbonation. This is a reasonably substantial beer but it isn't cloying.

D - This is tough. The beer is nice to drink and is something I want to drink but it is odd and not something you want to have more than one of.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcpal
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 12oz mug.

All I have to say is WOW. This one was bizarre. Warned by bartenders that it was intense and most wouldnt like, but I have to say I think I enjoyed it.

A: Crimson colored with a fluffy dark head that stayed there for the full beer. Great lacing.

S: Pulled BBQ pork straight off the spicket. Out of control.

T: Were back to the BBQ here, didnt let you down. As advertised. Couldnt believe how much I liked it. This is really like having a liquid meal.

M: Good enough. Did I mentioned this had BBQ characteristics.

D: Obviously, this would be perfect with some good BBQ but also good on its own. Couldnt drink every day but a nice treat.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a snifter

this beer poured a nice deep chestnut brown with a decent head that dissipated into a ring around the edge of the beer.

the smell is definitely very smokey; the smoked malt comes through very distinctly in the aroma and is reminiscent of a smoked sausage or beef jerky. there is some sweetness in the smell, but it does not come though very strong through the smokiness.

the taste is similar to the smell, but a little more balanced between the smokiness and the sweetness of the malt. there is some malt sweetness initially which gives way to that beach wood smoked flavor that lingers well into the aftertaste. this brewery adheres to the german purty law, so you know that the smokiness is coming straight from the beach wood smoked malts. while this is not a beer that you would crack open to quench your thirst, it would be very enjoyable with a meal of smoked cheese or meat.

the mouth feel is decent. the malty-ness gives this beer a full body and mouth feel. like i said, this beer would go great with a meal of smoked meat or cheese.

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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcents
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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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, caramel, smoked bacon

T-caramel, dark roasted malt, smoke,earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a really well-done Rauchbier, great blend of flavors

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 fl oz bottle with no freshness date, Brewed According to the Reinheitsgebot 1516 on the label.

Appearance: Ruby tinged brown with a decent clarity through the darkness, slender tan lace stays put almost all of the way down the glass.

Smell: Smells of the same smokiness of a smoked Gouda cheese or imported German ham. Faint grain in a charred kind of aroma with a growing maltiness.

Taste: Thick medium to full body, deeply textured carbonation to bring on a smooth mouth feel. A tight ball of chewy maltiness hits the palate first with its sweetness. Smokiness is multi-level, with straight on smoke flavours to woody, charred and mild charcoal flavours. Hop? Where are they … the smoke is here and here to stay. Mild spicy alcohol and warming in the back. Maltiness stays, it does not disappear it just is an underlying flavour pretty much throughout. Slight caramel and toasted grain flash past the palate before another round of smoke flavour hits. Light residual sweetness is played by the leftover smoke flavours.

Notes: An obvious acquired taste. Love it or hate it. I love it but it is not a brew that I could drink more than once in a while. I love to visit it especially when I am having BBQ or any kind of grilled meat. I paired it with some cheeses, aged sharp cheddar and a ripe sheep’s milk cheese.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,397 ratings
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