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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 865   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
500ml bottle from WLV liquors. Pours a light orange brown with some red in it and a creamy off white head. Lots of smoke off that nose. Wood, ash, earthy smoke, some meatiness, really appetizing. Sweet malts that are bready and earthy with that wood and smokey flavor coming through. Bitter in the finish with residual sweetness. Really tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7430) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2011
50cl bottle, courtesy of and shared with Gnoff. Orangée, blanche. Arôme de malt fumé, allant sur la bacon, sucré avec toujours ce côté fumé qui reste très agréable avec en retrait ce fini boisé de chêne. Le tout reste dans la lignée, copeaux de bois tel que s’aventurer dans un fumoir à viande des Ardennes. Bière typique dans la lignée de Aecht, fumé à souhait, pointe de chêne, sucrée, malt avec en retrait le profile de houblon Hallertau rappelant que on a ici une bonne bière allemande pour une amertume légère rajoutant ce côté plaisant épicé du houblon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a clear amber color with a smooth off white head. The nose is smoky, but doesn’t have as much "meat" to it as the Urbock or Marzen. The flavor has nice notes of barbecue, liquid smoke, a little malty sweetness, some bread, and a bit of drying alcohol on the back end. Pretty well balanced overall and a nice change of pace from the Beech smoked brews. You can definitely tell a difference.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MPayne (13) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
I find this a perfect pairing for smoked pulled pork BBQ. Pours a dark amber hazy color with a thin head. The aroma hits you immediately with a strong smokey oak smell reminiscent of single malt scotch. Strong malted start with a very smooth finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
Bottled. A deep reddy brown coloured beer with an off-white puddle of head. A superb smoky aroma with vanila oaky notes. Same in the mouth. Woody and smoky. Bacon like. Full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. A long smoky finish. Very tasty. Intense yet seems to be more friendly than the lower strength Schlenkerla beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a Aecht Schlenkerla glass. Pours a nice amber color, lots of head, no lacing at all however. Smells of smoke and bbq. Smoke upfront on the taste, with a litle bit of sweetness in the finish. No alcohol on the palate, very easy drinker for 8%. Quality smoked beer!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4057) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle at GBBF ’11. Smells amazing! Tastes rich smoked genuis. Thin on the finish, but there is more than enough flavour before then.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sactodd (18) - Citrus Heights, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Rich amber appearance, thin to light body. Off white head quickly diminishes with virtually no lace. Aromas of sweet wood smoke, toasted malts, slight honey. Overall very smooth brew with tastes of sweet and smoky caramel/honey sweetness. The finish is sweet, smooth, and smoky, with a tiny hint of alcohol heat.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chuwy (35) - JAPAN - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle in Yokohama, brought over from London. I get a fair bit of oak and alcohol in the aroma. Pours a clear light hazel colour. off white cream head fades fast. Taste wise, I get a slightly cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, high alcohols and oak are certainly evident. The smoked malt taste quite peaty alos in it’s strength, bordering on harshness. Very sweet (it Is a dopplebock, after all). Sappy sweet - tannins? Bitter finish with smoky oaky malt sweetness. Smoky oaky - I like that. Soft carbonation, full body, thinnish syrupy mouthfeel. That oak just seems like oak mixed with sap/syrup and sugar. Weird. I suppose that is what they went for, being a doppelbock (you may tell it’s not my fav style). Would like this one drier on the tongue, personally. Not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped. I guess beech smoked beers are more my thing. I thought I would go for this one. I’m not sure if the oak is overdone. I think the beer is a tad sweet, even for a doppelbock. Needs a fuller body to back up the sweetness or bump her up to 45IBU. Improves as shewarms but the oak flavour increases also.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a moderate tan head that was gone after the second sip and left virtually no lace. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with smoked meat along with a lesser amount of wood smoke and malt. The flavor is similar and delicious with an ample amount of smoked meat and a bit less of wood smoke. Malty as well. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. Really enjoyed this one.


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