Stuedmaster (285) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of caramel malt, honey, and smoke. Dark amber pour with a small white head that leaves lacing. Rich, sweet flavor with a creamy mouthfeel and the right amount of smoke. Has a meaty taste, like smoked salmon. Has a smooth, sweet, refreshing palate, with a slight amount of tartness. This would pair well with many kinds of food, an excellent rauchbier.
teromous (114) - - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark transparent bronze and brown colored body with a fluffy off-white eggshell colored head that stands up pretty good.
Aroma: Smells like smoked sausages, a bit of rosemary, and a spicy clove scent. I feel it is important to note that the label does state "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" and the back explains that the malt is kilned with oak wood, which would explain the smoked sausage aroma...so it’s not a bad thing. It reminds me of summer campfires and cookouts. It’s hard to explain why the aroma is so unique and pleasant...it just is.
Taste: Wow there is this caramel sweetness mixed with a hint of smokey flavor. It’s not as rich as I would expect from a Doppelbock...a bit thin, but still tasty. Most of the flavor comes from the smokey presence.
Mouthfeel: Despite the smokiness it is not bitter or acrid which is a plus. It does feel rather thin for a Doppelbock, but it is smooth.
Overall: It’s a very nice and unique beer especially if you consider the smoke flavor and aroma. For this reason alone I would say give it a shot. It’s not the malty sweet caramel Doppelbock you are probably used to, but it is its own beast. The spicy quality of the beer wins a merit on their own. This is a great beer to pair with food. Have fun with it.
tillmac62 (317) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a subtle garnet hue. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.
Rich nose of bacon cooking over an oak campfire. Underneath is a subtle caramel sweetness. The aroma is less intense than the Marzen and Urbock variants.
Almost full bodied with a rich texture that is oily and creamy. Below normal carbonation level with almost no effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is near World Class. It is reasonably intense, a bit complex and exceptionally well balanced. It begins with a burst of oak smokiness that lacks the meaty aspects of the nose, that slowly blends, rather than fades, with a rich underlying sweetness. Both caramel and biscuit notes are present. Here is where the rich malts of a doppelbock kick in. In the middle, a balancing mild bitterness emerges over a vanilla note. The finish is a slow fade of oak smoke and sweetness with a slight note of alcohol.
Tayeth (319) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Geruch sehr angenehm nach Rauch, Schinken und Holz. Geschmack geht dann etwas nach Kohle, aber hauptsächlich nach Bacon, Rauch und etwas nach Rosmarin. Sehr lecker, aber nur in kleinen Dosen zu genießen.
gueuze (462) - - FEB 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vorsichtiger Rauchgeruch. Im Geschmack dann vollmundig und leicht rauchig. Nicht so schlimm wie die Anderen. Vollmundig, aber nicht süß. top
Chopper925 (253) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear brown color, medium fast diminishing head. Full bacon, smoked ham aroma, deep and rich, but not deterring. Full-bodied taste, light sweet, medium balanced bitter. Goes down the throat like oil, low carbonated, could be a bit fresher, medium nearly thick mouthfeel. Leaves a nice, but not annoying smokiness on your tongue, just great.
Great smokebeer, even better than the also great Märzen.
UrbanCaveman (117) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a mug at approximately 40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a clear golden red, almost orange-tinted, and forms quite a thick pale beige head that leaves crazy amounts of lacing as it slowly recedes. Bubbles line the bottom of the glass, and rocket upwards sporadically rather than in columns.
Smell: Dark, dank smoke swirls out of the glass, redolent with scents that remind me of a pork shoulder going in my smoker on a spring afternoon. There’s a sweetness underlying the smoke, like caramel. The smoke scent itself, while allegedly oak, reminds me more of burning a mix of peat and hickory.
Taste: Oh my, that is a smooth-drinking beverage. The taste opens with a sweet caramel malt that seems to have been aged in oak barrels, which is suddenly overtaken in the middle by the taste of fire-blackened pork still dripping with fat. As it progresses, the meaty essence gives way first to charred and ashy wood, and by the finish, to a peaty soot. While there are allegedly Hallertau hops present, I can find no hop character to this beer (which is a plus for me), beyond the slight earthy-peaty tone to some of the smoke. There is no indication at all that this contains alcohol, just sweetness and smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, this feels like silk along the palate.
Overall: My first encounter with a Schlenkerla, and assuredly not my last. While the label says "doppelbock", I’d call this more of a rauchbier, as the primary characteristic is the smoke - there’s nowhere near the level of bready, toffee, caramel, nutty, or dark fruit flavors I would associate with a doppelbock, nor the sticky mouthfeel. That being said, it’s quite good for a smoked bier!
Franckg (203) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Le goût fumé prend beaucoup de place. Malheureusement, le côté sucré de la bière est plutôt caché par ces effluves fumées.
tricksta_p (1509) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sweet malts, smoked bacon, charred wood, smoked ham. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a light bitter finish. This is like drinking smoked pork straight from the barbecue.
melush (1079) - SPAIN - JAN 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl
@ Cerveceria Seny.
A: Brown / Marron.
T/S: Smoked bacon, malt, sweet / Bacon ahumado, malta, dulce.