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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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While for the classic "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier" traditionally beech has been - and still is - used, the malt for "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" is kilned with Oak wood. The resulting Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in the "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and amber color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers. www.Smokebeer.com


1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Very dissapointed in this one. This by far is my least favorite Schlenkerla smoked beer.. NO head, NO lacing, and NO carbonation quickly bring sadness to me. This is quickly exemplified by the poor toasted charcoal bitter flavor of the smoked bock beer. This beer has very distinct alcohol punch, that when combined with the sharpness of the smokiness, creates an overall negative flavor and an even worse lasting palate.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Pint bottle. Snifter. Poured out much lighter in colour than I remembered, now being in a well lit apartment. Nearly clear rust orange colour with a minimal, scummy looking white head. Whatever, I bet this has been sitting on the shelf for some time. An intense smolder overwhelms the aroma, with some red pitted fruits mostly hidden in the background. A bit of licorice, perhaps even a bit of cherry cough syrup impressions come through, as well. The flavour is everything I expected from the nose. Thin bodied and not as severely smokey as the original rauch. Slick in mouthfeel, almost oily and gently carbonated. Earthy notes as well as smoked oak wood, cough drops and soy sauce impressions in the finish. Odd and not pleasant. I do love me some smoked beers, but this one just isn’t doing it for me. Based on the appearance of the pour, my guess is this bottle is severely past date. Will definitely re-rate when given the opportunity to taste it fresh on draught.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4649) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2011
500ml bottle from Bierkompass

BBE(?) 06/2011 - Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma has notes of wood, smoke, ash, bacon and malts. Taste is quite sweet with notes of malts, bacon, smoke, oak and vanilla. Smooth, slightly sweet and warming finish. Great, well balanced smoked bock.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1747) - FINLAND - OCT 9, 2011
Lasiin kaatamallani oluella on valkea vaahto ja olut on kuparin värinen. Sen tuoskussa on mallasta, savua ja pekonia. Maku on makea, savuinen ja pekoninen. Nestemäistä savupekoniahan tämä. Suutuntuma on paksu ja täyteläinen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bit think for eight percent but has the awesome smoke that we’re all after big oomphs of smokey goodness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
500 mL bottle poured into a dimpled Eichhof mug. Tips the scales at no darker than bronze, with a solid khaki head. Luscious smokey aroma, recalling smoldering bonfires and smoked cheese especially. Not quite as meaty as the other Schlenkerla offerings. Flavor is smooth and salty, plenty of ham/bacon notes, wood, black coffee, fire. An excellent smoked beer, full and nourishing on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2330) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle. Amber body with an off-white head, slowly diminishing. Smoky aroma with notes of bread, oak wood, caramel and herbs. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture and lively carbonation. The smoke taste in this beer is not as meaty, bacon-like as their marzen nor was the beer as complex. Too, the smoke and oak taste clashed a little with the doppelbock sweet caramel characteristics, perhaps because there’s a little too much sweetness. Still, an interesting smoke beer with lots of flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours a dark off-amber color. Thin light tan head. Aroma is mild and smoky. Flavor is malty, some vanilla, oak and smokiness with some hints of fruit. Overall very good and worth a try. I personally prefer the Urbock.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1538) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy dark golden/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a little while, but there isn’t much lacing at all. Aroma is very smoky, the brew smells mostly like smoked meat, along with a bit of bready malt. I just love the smoky, meaty aroma of this brew! The beer tastes like smoked meat, bready malt and a little bit of caramel. There’s also a nice lingering smoky finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think it’s a pretty good overall brew. For just $4.99 a bottle, I’d definitely buy this again. It’s certainly one of the better (if not the best) smoked beers I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10377) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 21, 2011
courtesy of Per - hazy red-amber beer with a poor head retention; solid aroma of smoked bacon; some light woody tones in the background; full-bodied and pretty heavy; a late tart bitter smokiness; the finish is slightly soapy with long smoky malty and late woody notes


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