Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

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 Kinsman
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark and rich brown color with a noticeable but rather thin white head on top. Greets you with a slap in the face of smokey aromas. Savory smoked meats and campfire dominate and leave little room for anything else to come through.

First sip is smokey but it doesn't quite hit you like the first whiff did. Instead, it's there as a nice addition to the base beer without overpowering you. Underlying notes give a slight sweetness with just a bit of a brown sugar and caramel note before the inevitableness that is the Schlenkerla savory smoked meat finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit deceiving until you remember that such a rich and powerful aroma is coming from a 6.6% ABV beer. It's rather light but creamy enough to be enjoyable. Overall, how could you top this beer? Not sure it's possible as this one pretty much defines the style. American craft beer drinkers are used to getting this much flavor and aroma from their big bold stouts and barley wines, but lets not forget even in a modest 6.6% package, you can be blown out of this world.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, almost black in colour sporting a very thin frothy head that dissipates to a ring around the edges of the glass.

Nose is like catching the faint scent of a campfire in the distance while munching on a dark-fruit granola bar.

Taste is very similar to the way I described the nose, with a little more fruity/raisin notes. Smokiness is strong but subtle at the same time and provides a little bitter dry feeling on the finish. Very well-balanced.

Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with thin carbonation but just enough dryness at the end.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- On-tap at Redlight Redlight. Poured into a .5 liter mug. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head.

S- I am absolutely in love with the aroma of the Schlenkerla brews. This one on-tap is phenomenal. It is filled with a lot of smoked malts, yummy!

T- The taste like the aroma is fantastic! It is deliciously smokey and very quaffable. Near perfection!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is amazingly drinkable as I could easily throw back a few mugs and still crave more. This is definitely up there on my favorites list.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the very old school label that comes with this one. The beer itself pours a clear cola like color with a hint of red in the background....could resemble root beer. The head is caramel in color and retains superbly....it is thick and dense....starts out about 2 fingers thick and settles to about one! Carbonation is tough to see and the lacing is quite good, with plenty of sticky goodness clinging to the side of the glass!

S- This totally smells like a sausage shop....pick one that you know of, and that is the aroma that this gives off! Landjaeger sausage to be precise! Smoky, peaty, malty.....these are the main smells that are detected....it is much too hard to get much else out of this on the nostrils. Very nice overall!

T- The flavors follow the aroma closely but to a milder degree. The malt comes out much better....burnt malts in fact. Toasted, meaty yeast/bread, sausage, black coffee/cocoa bitterness in the background, and the finish is of strong hop character....it is actually quite light and doesn't sit on the palate. There are some mild peppercorn and nuttiness throughout as well!

M/O- Light to medium body best describes this one, with plenty of carbonation but it is not in your face. A perfect brew to enjoy with a smoked cheese/meat platter, I could easily enjoy another one of these....it is highly drinkable and easy going, much against what one would think going into it! I highly recommend it and again, this showcases the vast range of German beers that are out there! Cheers!!

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

Deep crimson-bronze with a bright tangerine border. The 'pffft' on crown cracking wasn't all that loud and the smallish cap is further evidence of a relative lack of carbonation. The head is the color of oatmeal and is dense and persistent despite its diminutive size. Beautiful beer, acceptable head.

I have a feeling that I'll be using the word smoke a lot during this review since I'll be damned if I can think of many adequate synonyms. The aroma abounds with... uh... smoke. Incredibly so. I knew this beer would be a smoke bomb and it is. Roasted malt soaked in and dripping with bacon grease just about covers it. Oh yeah, I love it! Despite my relative lack of rauchbier experience, I proclaim this one to be definitive.

The flavor is simply outstanding. I was expecting wall-to-wall smokiness that steamrolled everything in its path, but that isn't what this beer is all about. At least as much as the rest of the Schlenkerla line, Urbock retains its beerness in the face of a withering, permeating, all-encompassing smokiness. As befits the style, it's heavily malty, sweet and solid as a rock.

The beechwood-charred, sooty, just short of ashy, smokiness isn't over the top, it's simply at the top. Aficionados of rauchbiers would be hard-pressed to find one this pungent, yet this drinkable. Interestingly enough, bacon grease comparisons don't come readily to mind. It's simply smoke, smoke and more smoke. I almost expect to see puffs and plumes rising off the surface of the beer.

The aftertaste is, go figure, sweetly smoky. It's permeating my mouth in the same way that cigarette smoke permeates my clothes after a night in a brewpub. Only in this case, it's more than welcome. Despite my worries that the carbonation would be inadequate, it's actually pleasantly subdued and enlivening at the same time. Although the mouthfeel isn't as bacon greasy as expected, on reflection, that's a good thing. It is plenty full, though, and makes the beer a joy to drink.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is the Big Kahuna, the Head Honcho, the Top Dog; not only of the Brauerei Heller-Trum lineup, but of all rauchbiers the world over. It manages to combine an eye-watering, palate-flooding amount of smokiness with a superbly crafted urbock, the result of which is a transcendant drinking experience that one is unlikely to find anywhere else.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Rauch" translates to "smoke", and this beer is brewed soley from 100% Beechwood- smoked malt! It’s one of the most unique, and aggressively flavored beers available, and is probably an acquired taste for most people. Anyone who believes that all German beers are the same need only smell this one to have that notion decimated.

The body appears clear through a very deep mahogany-brown color. The creamy ivory head holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is of rich Beechwood smoke. The body is full with a gentle carbonation, giving it a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is richly malty upfront with a lot of sweet caramel and toffee (and even a touch of chocolate?), then backed by a good dose of bitterness as it heads towards the swallow. It finishes dry with a solid bitterness and a lingering smoke character. Unlike some of the other Schlenkerla beers, the Urbock can build on the palate with its big malt, dense bitterness, and intense smoky character. Still, the smoke is so well balanced against the rich malt & hop that it never really takes center stage. This is not a quaffing beer, rather, it should be enjoyed leisurely. Absolutely worth trying. Exceptional.

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Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel/mahogony with a 4 fingers+ light tan head. Very good head retention& good lacing

S: Like walking into a smokehouse with hints of caramel

T: Smoked ham with a strong side of caramel & hint of hops. Maltyness sneaks in as it warms, along with some faint treacle/molasees. Finishes dry, with more caramel & smokyness

MF: Rich, bordering on thick bodied, perfect carbonation & super balance style-wise, loads of malt to counter the smoke

this drinks a lot easier with some BBQ or some other complimentry food. & add another ,5-1 point when you drink this in Bamberg on draft/outta the barrel. Drinking a half liter at the source with a nice schweinhaxen & some other Franconian goodies takes it to a straight across the boards 5. This the gold stanard for rauch biers IMO, although they have serveral respectable rivals in Bamberg. Had this bottled many times in Germany & this bottle was as good as any I had there! A world classic

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Photo of stumac
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first beer, in a long time, that I am not drinking with my girlfriend. She's on a mini vacation :(

this is best drunken out of a pint glass with a rather small mouth opening.

This brew pours up a clean dark brown color with amber edges. A nice dark tan head with very nice lacing. the nose is doughy, roasted sweet German malts, subtle smokiness, bitter foreign chocolate. the taste is toasty malts, some more dough character, subtle hop undertone, decent smokiness, caramel. medium bodied, low carbo. While not as smoky as their Marzen, this is probably my favorite German beer of all time.

I have a little cold so I think thats why I cant smell the "intense" smoke like everyone else can. damn...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled March 2007
I am definitely looking forward to this brew, unfortunately this beer was not available while I was actually in Bamberg. This beer pours with a brilliantly clear body, but you can hardly tell that as it is so dark. When held up directly to a bright light it shows beautiful dark ruby hues, but otherwise sits in the glass a very dark, deeply burnt amber color. It is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, dirty tan, to pale brownish head. As I pour this brew it is immediately quite apparent that this is a smoked brew. Beech smoke, yet with out the sharp acrid notes of actual smoke, is the dominant characteristic of this beers nose. Really reminds me of the smell my jacket takes on after a cold evening spent round a campfire.

Thick and chewy & I mean chewy; it coats the mouth quite well and the flavors really linger on the palate. This beer is actually chewy enough that I perceive it as being much warm than the actual 50ºF (10ºC) serving temperature would suggest. Of course the smoke flavors are dominant, but there is some much malt packed into this brew that it is quite noticeable as well. Sweet notes of caramelized grain, toffee, lightly charred bread crust (though not the astringent burnt character but the smoke character one get in that char) and other malt flavors play a significant, yet clearly supporting role here. This at times makes me think that I am eating a nice, hearty, chewy, crusty bread that has been cooked over a smoky fire. While fairly thick, it still goes down so smooth, with a perfectly creamy mouthfeel to it.

The alcohol is only at 6.5%, yet this beer drinks much bigger than that; it has really captured what in my mind is a chewy Bock like character. I have been semi-regularly brewing a Rauch Märzen because of sampling this and Spezial's beer fresh at the source. I have been toying with brewing a Bock version for the last couple years and this has sealed the deal; I definitely need to brew a couple kegs of this up. This is just so damn tasty and wonderful.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown. Generous off-white head receding to a big ring. Aroma is heavily smoky, you’ve got to like this aspect. There’s just tons of ham, bacon, pork. It’s intensely meaty and feels like a meal in itself, very expressive and one that you can smell from far. In this ragard, this can do wonders as a welcome home beer or a barbecue apetizer. It remains rather sweet too with its maple suggestions, peppery and salty, there’s even leather and woody flavours in there. This is pretty complex with tons of character. The oldest sharp smoked cheddar you’ll come across. Body is medium-thick, fulfilling with a bit above average carbonation. Mild bitterness in the finish balances from the rather sweet malts. Fantastic. Probably the smokiest beer on the planet and it will never get on your nerves. Actually, I wished some brewery would make something smokier and as pleasant than this, but this is an old man’s daydream. Nevertheless, this remains the father of smoked beers and an experience to enjoy as often as possible. A truly unique product of great appeal.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date

Look - Pours a deep garnet with tan head. Excellent retention and distribution. 4.25 paws.

Smell - Delicious aromas of burnt meat, smoky wood, and the faintest bit of burnt caramel. Cereal malt is present, smells like crispix. 4.5 paws.

Taste - I love this beer, tastes like a wonderfully seared slab of beef. At one point in my life I would have thought that sounded disgusting in a beer, but it is so rich robust and delicious. 4.75 paws.

Feel - Perfect amount of body and carbonation for the flavor profile. 4.75 paws.

Overall - I used to think all rauchbiers tasted like campfires, but my palate has shifted and I must say I love this beer. 4.5 paws.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you've sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into an Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, no date.

A - The beer is a totally clean deep mahogany brown color with a well-formed ivory head that consists of densely packed creamy bubbles. A sudsy pile is left with spotty lacing caked to the glass.

S - Very sweet malts falls behind a bold aroma of delicately smoked wood chips that's not overpowering or overwhelming to me at all. In fact, it's got really specific complexities of bacon bits, maple syrup boiled over an open flame, and faint charcoal, not just "smoke."

T - A touch of toasted Vienna and bready Munich malts add light sweetness to the beer, giving the smoked malt a really good base to expand on. Smoke is much less potent in taste than flavor, subtly adding applewood smoked bacon and smoked meat notes to the beer.

M - A wonderful lack of excessive carbonation allows this medium bodied, malty beer to be as smooth as it can be; almost creamy feeling, with a subtly sweet dry smoked finish.

O - From Bamberg, known for their Rauchbier, comes this iconic brew, expertly blending bold and complex smoke aromas with malty sweetness for a pleasing and unique pint. While balanced to me, it remains polarizing to some, but always worth a try. If unfit for consumption for some, it remains a wonderful beer to cook with!

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Photo of Arinthos
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with deep ruby hues. Little head and no lacing

S: Smoky and malty very obvious beechwood smoke like smoked meat over a campfire.

T: smoky follows the smell very closely to my palate not overpowering the malt does come through

M:heavy body due to malt profile with a very light amt of carbonation

O:If you enjoy smoked foods this pairs very well.

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Photo of armock
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to champ103 for hooking this up in a trade.

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Gotta love a face full of smoked malt very roasty

T - Lots of smoked malt upfront but not as strong as their Marzen

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I could drink this all night another excellent Rauchbier from Aecht Schlenkerla a beer that everyone should try at least once

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Photo of Bierman9
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb! Better than their Märzen! Deep, dark, clear chestnut hue, with a fine, creamy tan head which fades quickly. Great smoky/malty nose... Unbelievable aroma of smoked meats. Lovely! Quite smooth and almost full-bodied... The extra sweetness present by being a Bock makes this a wonderful bier. A perfect level of sweetness with a huge dose of Rauch! Awesome! Dry finish with smokiness lingering long and hard. Mmmmm!!

Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.6
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of hardy008
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown color with a one finger off tan head with good retention. Smell is smoky, much like smoked ham with some sweet malt. The flavor is smoky and sweet, and still reminds me of smoke ham. Some caramel is present in the flavor. Very much a malt lovers beer. Very smooth and easy to drink, low carbonation, and medium bodied. Many have said Rauchbiers are an acquired taste, but I acquired a taste for them right away. Very drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suggest visiting this brewery's excellent website before sampling this Franconian treasure. This review is based on a 1 pint, .09 oz brown bottle, with the label mostly written in old German script. The body is a magnificent, ruby mahogany color, mostly clear. Not much of a head on my sample, but there is a lasting, beige collar and very attractive, sheet lacing.

Aroma is fascinating. Maplewood smoked bacon from Vermont? Or, is it salt cured country ham from Kentucky, or Virginia? In any event, the aroma has led me to crave a smoked side of pork.

Mouthfeel reveals a tingly carbonation, medium body, and a mild hops bite.

Taste mirrors the aroma, with maplewood smoked bacon. The malt is, actually, smoked over beechwood from the forests near Bamberg. The wood smoke is so pervasive here, that it's impossible to identify the bittering hops. This is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Code, so there ARE hops in here. At room temperature, some doppelbock flavors of molasses and dark fruits try to emerge, but are smoked into a faint echo by the omnipotent beechwood charring. It is my opinion that this is an exceptional taste for a beer. Very unique, certainly, and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind this brew is obvious.

Not an everyday "beer", but WOW!, what an experience! Their website is <http://www.smokebeer.com>

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Photo of Roguer
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful solid black beer, topped with a beige/tan head. Very fluffy, nice retention, and big chunks of lacing. Clear upon closer inspection, with garnet highlights.

From a distance, sweet, overripe dark fruit are the dominant aroma, carrying along yeasty banana notes. Up close, the smoke really comes through: a strong, oak-fire (actually beechwood) aroma that reminds one of a fireplace up close (and only slightly of bacon).

The smoke aroma is dominant up close, but then the first sip touches your tongue and lips, greeting you immediately with a sweet, bready malt profile reminiscent of a Doppelbock. Grapes, prunes, and fruitbread. Then, the smoke enters on mid-palate and finishes strong, giving it a lovely, pronounced, but not overpowering smokey feel. The wood is quite powerful.

Smooth, incredibly easy to drink, with a long smokey - and yet somehow wet and juicy - finish. Impeccable balance.

A perfectly integrated Rauchbier. This is truly how the masters of the style integrate such pronounced flavors into an almost delicate, and certainly delectable beer. Really, really fantastic. If I rated this only to style, it might earn 5.0s across the board.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500ml bottle and poured into an imperial pint glass. Clear deep mahogany tone with a building frothy light beige head that settled down to a thin cap and collar and leaving a webby patchwork of lace.
Smell: smokey doesn't do it justice. Forest fire aftermath with an underlying meaty quality. Some countering caramel and malt sweetness with chocolate hints. But, in all truthfulness, it's all about the smoke here.
Taste: Just amazing how the differing types of smoke-infused tastes emerge. Smoked ham first, then some smoked Gouda cheese (one of my favorite cheeses), and then some smoked bacon. The smoky taste just permeated all aspects of the taste here, leaving a charred taste which the malt character couldn't contain. As each taste moved back, it left a moderate bittering on the tongue like when walking through a burnt out area right after a wildfire. There is a solid malt character here consistant with a bock beer but the smoke taste is simply so prevalent that it struggles for attention.
Feel: full, dry, and chewy.
Overall: While I really am taken with this style, it remains so potently smokey that I can only take in one and not all that often. So the drinkability takes a minor hit. Still, Brauerei Heller-Trum has certainly mastered this style of beer and has a devoted fan. Everyone should try this particular beer at least once.

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Photo of marc77
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby in color, with a thin head. The clarity is excellent and is indicative of ample lagering. As with their Marzen, the powerful smoked beechwood aroma dominates. A rich, decocted melanoidin aroma can be discerned beyond the heavily smoked malt. It's quite full bodied, and although the aroma would indicate liquid smoke sausage, pronounced Munich malt flavors manage to balance the smoke flavor. Although hop flavor is negligable, hop bitterness does a good job to balance the fairly complex malt flavors and is actually fairly high for a bock. The finish is clean and surpisingly dry. This is a tremendously flavorful brew. I would love to make a spicy chili using this beer as a base.

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Photo of kinger
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smokey treat indeed! Wow I'm constantly amazed at how diverse beer can be and this one is amazingly out there. Aroma is heavily smoked malty and meaty, how could this not deserve a 10. Pour is dark and opaque creating a fluffy off white head leaving generous amounts of lacing. Mouthfeel is creamy and surprisingly delicate. Flavor is in step with the aroma. Smokey and rich and so good. Next time I'm picking up some meats and cheeses and having one hell of a go at it. Incredible.

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Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"You either love this style of beer, or you hate it". (*wink, wink, Inebrius).

If the marzen was Tommy Chong, than this is Cheech. The fuller, more rounded, and generally more likeable partner. Don't get me wrong, the marzen was great as well. This is just legendary.
Lucious deep garnet in color. Medium beige head has some stick to it.
Lovely smoky aroma. Meaty, woody and just sultry. Seems a little more subdued than the marzen, but probably because there are more aromas to contend with. Malty bock notes are noticed, with fruity and chocolate hues.
What truly stands out in the taste is how well crafted of a bock this is. Smoke aside, this would stand by itself as a great example. Large amounts of dark fruit (plum, prune) sweetness, with maybe a touch of sweet apple. Chocolate is a big time player here as well. Smoke integrates wonderfully, and never overpowers, it just adds some autumnal, woody, campfire notes.
Velveteen mouthfeel. It skates across the tounge. Low, but steady carbonation ensures the silkiness lasts the duration.
Probably the most drinkable rauch (or smoked beer) I've had. It is as easy to guzzle as it is to savor.
Udderly delightful.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a glass mug.

A - deep, dark, clear amber color with a great head and good retention

S - strong 'campfire' like smoked malt aroma

T - initially sweet malt up front and turns strongly smoky as it moves across the tongue; mild noble hop flavors are also noticed with a slight hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a fantastic rauchbier and one of my favorites. However, it is a bit strong to session this one, even if it is so wonderful.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
92 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.
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