Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock – Smoked Beer Review

The Drink: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock
Type: Smoked Beer (Rauchbier)
ABV: 5.1% IBU: 30
Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

Anytime I stop by a new craft beer store or venture to a new tavern, there’s two types of beer that I’m always looking for first – sour and smoked beers.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is a smoked beer. In German the name means original smoked beer and the beer is still served directly from a wooden barrel, the same tavern where it was first served in 1405. Note to self, definitely want to visit there at some point!

The Urbock is brewed summer, matured for months in their ancient Schlenkerla rock-cellars underneath Bamberg, the city where the beer is brewed. The beer is brewed for Bamberg’s strong beer season (October through December) in fall.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock pours a dark brown, almost black color.

The aroma is delicious, a smokey, greasy aroma with hints of bacon that make my mouth water.

It was smooth across my tongue, with just a mild bitterness in the middle.

It has this taste that I can’t forget. It’s like a beer that has bacon grease poured into it. It has a smokiness around the edges that lingers on my tastebuds.

It’s a full bodied beer, it’s a big beer, loaded with taste, without having too much of an alcohol taste.

Overall, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock earned an above average four on the Passion For The Pint scale. It’s not really the type of beer that I could drink every day, but I wouldn’t mind being forced to do that. Hands down, it’s one of my favorite smoked beers.

What’s your favorite smoked beer?

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About the author /


I'm a former coffee blogger, but I’ve been getting to know some really good craft beers and really getting into home brewing. I couldn’t resist starting this little project called Passion For The Pint. When I’m not blogging about coffee or beer, you can find me exploring New Orleans’ wide range of eateries, rooting for the New York Yankees (don’t hate me, I’m originally from New York), working out to burn off the beer calories or reading about beer.

  • Darrell

     I recently had a couple great smoked beers, likely subtler in their smokiness than the Schlenkerla. The first was the Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon(it’s labelled as that overseas but as Rauch Geek Breakfast in America). A subtle yet reasonably potent smokiness with a definite hint of smoked ham(or pork rinds…like well cooked or thoroughly dried/crispy bacon). Pretty unique! The other was a Norwegian old style farmhouse smoked ale brewed with juniper. 
    That was Norwegian Wood from HaandBryggeriet-or Haand Brewery,  west of Oslo in Norway. Just a hint of the juniper-I was expecting a bit of a gin-like flavor, but a wonderfully subtle smokiness… http://haandbryggeriet.net …I had originally seen a video review of their Dark Force Wheat Stout on http://www.beergeeknation.com …by beerichituba in ‘contributors’.

    • http://www.passionforthepint.com Mike Crimmins

      I’ve been hearing of Mikkeller, it’s definitely on my list to try if I ever see any. I know exactly what you’re saying with the pork rindness!

      Where did you get the Norwegian beer? Was it here or over seas?

  • Darrell

    I  picked up three of the Norwegian beers here…in the city. I had heard of a program where an importer would supply subscribing establishments with ttwo different imported and/or distinctive beers a month. But they seem to have had a supply problem or something. But I did  unexpectedly find three varieties-that smoked beer & two stouts, Very good stouts too-at a great(visited quite regularly)store http://www.sherbrookeliquor.com .

    • http://www.passionforthepint.com Mike Crimmins

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for something like that at the stores near me.

      It sounds like you live near a real winner.

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