Clearish dark reddish brown color with a small beige foamy head that fades out quickly leaving some good sticky sheets and strings of lace.
Aroma is quite unique with a smokey twinge rendering some hints of bacon, bar-b-que sweetness, and wet ashes. Not much else really comes through but the smokened senses which isn't all that bad but would have liked to seen some more complexity within the aroma with some malts or something.
Taste is sweet and tangy with a smokey character that adds subdued salty meats, touches of bar-b-que or mustard sauces, charcoal, and jerky. Overall its not really coming across as anything else but smoke for character, which is fine, but I'd like to see an already good beer then add touches of smoke then take a subpar beer and add lots of smoke to cover up the fact that its really not all that good to begin with. And thats what I'm perceiving with this.
Feel is lightly creamy with tangyness and quite smooth and close to medium bodied but has some slight watery notions late in the finish. An OK beer to have an occasion but more or less I think I'll use it to marinate and cook up some porkchops or steak with. I think it'll work very well in that department.
Served In: Pint Glass
Schlenkerla's Urbock pours mahogany with explosions of tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A two finger dirty white head formed on the pour and eventually fell to a respectable crown leaving patchy lacing on its way down.
While their Marzen has more of a smoky bacon aroma, the Urbock reminds more of strong campfire smoke. There is some nutty and caramel maltiness once I get past the smoke. There seems to be a bit too much smoke in here and it's blanketing the other aromas.
The maltiness is much more pronounced in the flavor than the nose suggested. A bready nuttiness and caramel maltiness end up being a nice compliment to the smoke. The smokiness while still large and in charge is much more subdued than in the aroma.
Medium bodied with a silky smoothness. The carbonation creates a velvety texture on the swallow and the smoke lingers for awhile leaving the feel of a thin film on your tongue.
For a beer with this amount of smokiness this is incredibly easy drinking. Next time I'll pair this with something smoked from the grill.
As this beer warms the malts begin to shine. In my opinion, they were a little heavy handed with the smoked malts but it was a good beer none-the-less. The marzen is still my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla.
Price: $3.69 Served In: Pilsner Glass
Pours a dark reddish brown with minimal foam. Smell hits you right off the bat with the smoky character that you expect. I so love this style. The smoky-ness is front and center, but there is also a very mild sweetness in there. First taste gives more of the same -- smoked malts, and that usual bock sweetness. Ends with a super slight bitterness that fades quickly. Feel is thin, I suppose as expected.
Overall, I like this one, but understand I am predisposed to this style. Just like smoked porters. Also, this was brewed about a half-hour away from where I grew up in Germany. So since these types of beers were ones that I "sampled" as a youngster, I also like these German styles probably a bit more than most people. If you like smoked beers, this one is one to try at least once.
Served In: Pint Glass
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