Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSkull (1368) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
Both the aroma and taste oozes with smoked sausage, smoked ham and roasted (and smoked) malt. A small minus is that the taste gets a little too sour in the long run. But otherwise a great smoke-beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2011
(500 ml bottle from Global Beverage) Pours auburn-amber, bright and clear. Two fingers of level off-white head. Aroma of pure smoked meat - Easter ham and maple-cured bacon. Mouthfeel smooth and meaty. Flavor of sweet smoked goodness over a nice thick caramel malt base. Itís just a great balance here, the smoke is so beautifully integrated, and I love the 8%! A smoke masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
bottle This hazy amber pour had minimal carbonation. The aroma was of salami, uncooked bacon and other lunchmeats. Itís nice and smokey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean medium amber hue with a small and fading head and okay lace. The aroma is what you expected, smoky wood , tobacco and meat vapours run amok along with some nice caramel and pils malt notes. A touch of apple and rum raisin as well. The taste is a moderate smoked meat and earthy overtone with a sweet wood and caramel background. While this beer is a bit one note, it is a note played very well. Much like the nose, there is a subdued fruity quality I like as well. The mouth feel is smooth and a tad oily with an ashy finish, way under carbonated, nearly flat. Overall an okay brew but I prefer the Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen much much more, my least favorite of the five Schlenkerla beers I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holy (835) - GERMANY - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle opened at my wifeís 30th birthday party - courtesy of Bierkrug and shared with some locals. Bierkrug warned me that this was a great beer - he was right! This was the surprise of the evening for me, the smoke compliments the DB really well - balance is also good. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 bottle. lightly hazed dull caramel body with a medium-sized off-white head. requisite hearty and slightly-sweet smelling smoked pork belly nose complete with husky cracked and toasted grains, transparent yeast and indiscernable hop aromatics. not having the ruachbier marzen side-by-side i canít make a clear and detailed comparison of the smoked oak vs. beechwood character, but the smoke is hearty and leathery, leaning a bit more towards sweet-glazed smoked meat with a lighter smoked wood / campfire character. medium-full body, moderately chewy with a silken texture across the middle but showing some roughness on the edges. a nice variant from one of the worldís great brewing treasures, but a proper comparison with the marzen and urbock would definitely help dial in the evaluation here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (433) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
huge smoke aroma and flavor. the oak comes through in the nose, slighty sweet, light toasty bread, some raisin/dark fruit quality on the tongue. smoky flavor makes you think it should be served warm, which makes the mouthfeel a bit dissonant when consumed. legendary for a reason.

   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.

   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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5225) - 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.

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