Wikipedia describes the German Rauchbier style as:
"Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. The Rauchbiers of Bamberg in Germany, Schlenkerla in particular, are the best-known of the smoked beers."
And RateBeer lists the commercial description of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock as:
"(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bamberg’s strong beer season (October through December). Matured for months in ancient rock-cellars underneath Bamberg and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask. Similar to, but much bigger than the classic Maerzen style."
Perhaps I am biased by my high regard for Schlenkerla brews, but I cannot agree more with the nearly 1,300 RateBeer raters who have, on average, given Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock an overall rating of 99/100. You need to know that I have a penchant for "big," richly flavoured, dark beers with a higher ABV. I also LOVE smokey beers. Well, this delight has moved to number 1 on my smoked beer list!
I enjoyed this bock at room temperature in a snifter. The beer poured a dark, nearly black colour with an off-white head that did not cling nor last long. The nose was, as to be expected, very smokey; but nothing compared to the smokeyness experienced by the taste buds! I could not get enough of this delight, and was sincerely sorry at my last quaff. At 6.5% ABV, there was absolutely no alcohol experience (dangerous? :). The mouth feel was light so I could easily have had another. This is just one incredibly high quality, fine beer!
Chris the Beer Blogger
from Das Cooler
at The Keg n Cork Liquor Company
P.S. This Urbock has supplanted my favorite smoked beer, 8 Wired's The Big Smoke which supplanted my original fav, the rare Ise Kadoya Imperial Smoked Porter (well worth the sampling if you ever get the chance).
P.P.S You definitely want to try Haand's Norwegian Wood. Not an explicitly smoked beer but, being brewed in the traditional Norwegian style, it has an awesome smokey backdrop.