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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 806   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Smokey malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle. I am not a big smoked fan, but I gotta say, I enjoyed this one a lot more than the other Schlenkerla offerings, as the smoke is definitely not as -in-your-face powerful. It is still very smokey, for modern American craft beer standards. Plenty of bacon, but also plenty of sweet sticky malt. Sweet, but not overly so. If you are indeed a fanatic of smoked beers, I think you will quite enjoy this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
yackery (156) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Pours a minimal head that dissolves to nothing in under ten seconds. Lacing is likewise minimal but definite though quick. Body is a beautiful, clear copper. Aroma is smoked bacon / ham. Excellent! Don’t know how anybody could smell anything under this. Wait, a little floral. Taste is appropriately medium salty. Palate is livevly on the lips and middle of the tongue with a definite, bitter finish. There is nothing cloying or even sweet about this smoked dopplebock. Love it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2011
500ml bottle. Glad to finally score this one. Big, ruthless, burnt bacon tinged smokalicious aroma. Wow. Complex. Somehow keeps the drinkability of the Marzen while adding some depth. The oaky tones really complement the smokiness. Flat out phenomenal for the style, an awesome, classy addition to the Schlenkerla family. Smooth creamy malt tones. Pungent, fruity, lager yeast tones which resonate in the aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2318) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2011
Das Flaschenetikett ist nicht wie bei den anderen Schlenkerla-Bieren in einem gelblichen Pergamentton, sondern ist in eichengrün gehalten. Im Duft sehr fein rauchmalzig und weniger robust als die buchenholzgeräucherten Biere. Antrunk schinkig-rauchig, eher sanft, gleichwohl sanft auf der Zunge. Mitte malzig und im Verein mit der wohlbemesenen Rauchigkeit sehr dicht und etwas schokoladig. Keine alkoholischenSpuren. Dunkelmalziger und schinkenrauchiger Abgang. Ein excellentes Rauchbier!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle at the Battersea BF 11 and Keg at the Rake (of was it the C&K?) in recent months. Everything that you’d expect from this brewery but for me a tad rich and cloying. I was in Bamberg last November and had hoped to try this then. Urbock was sublimely sessionable from the wood at Schlenkerla but the regulars there warned us that this beer is considered far too sweet for local tastes and I can see why now. Nevertheless a world class sipper..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
A delicious smoked beer. Aroma was great. Smoky bacon and beef jerky. Pour was a nice medium gold with a few rising bubbles and a thin off white film for a head. Taste was nice and smoky. The sweetness of the doppelbock seems a little off when paired with the heavy smoke flavor. Seems kind of muddled and leaves a slightly astringent flavor in the mouth after the swallow. Medium light carbonation. Love this brewery as they make the best smoked beers out there!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2011
Draft @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty smokey caramel aroma. Fruity malty smokey flavor with oaky hints and hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty smokey caramel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
Sampled on 4/16/2011. This smoked beer pours a slightly cloudy amber brown color form a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is smoky, meaty, bready and sweet. A medium bodied Smoked beer. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Lots of meaty smokiness throughout, not overpowering by very prevalent. You can still taste the sweet malts but the smokiness help balance them. These guys really do know how to make smoked beers. Perhaps a touch of wood in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1997) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Bottled sample. Pale copper in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of peppery woodsmoke and slightly sweet pale malts. In terms of taste, the smoke is definitely different than other Schlenkerla products; a bit more spicy and smooth, with a more wooden (as opposed to smoked meat) character. The general maltiness plays a stronger role here too. Medium bodied with no alcohol heat.


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