Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Clear rufous. Small eggshell head soon dies after decanting. Simple but fairly pleasant aromas of wintergreen, smoked grass clippings, petroleum jelly, prosciutto and light manure. Takes a vigorous swirl to coax the mineral and characterful lager yeast. Some muted fruity esters, as well. Curiously scant carbonation. Sturdy residuals are countered by that signature Heller-Trum cleanness which gives way to oily prosciutto and petroleum-jelly-tinged smoke. Firm base of woodiness is tastefully incorporated, as it’s clean to the point of exuding with a ghostlike presence yet manages to deepen some the "greasier" rauch character. Secondary grains barely exude with a dry and cookielike twinge, yet are simultaneously bouncy with vague notions of straw. Delightfully luscious and hearty bock character gracefully buoys the wood-laden smoke. After a few sips, the drinkability suffers as things teeter on the brink of medicinal due to the alcohol combining with the unfermented sugars. Little in the way of mineralic snap to be found, though the yeast compensates nicely to add lift as well as character. Gentle ashy scratchiness provides a welcome contrast to the slippery esters. Closes with a fleeting glimpse of biscuity Munich malt and fruity slickness, with a floral and vaguely peppery hop zing along with sweeter dabs of red licorice and brown sugar. As one can expect from this brewery, this is exceptionally clean and devoid of flaw. But with appropriate levels of carbonation along with a better showing of some dusty dextrins, this likely would be downright divine. Otherwise, as is, this is just a tad sweet/sugary. Pretty nice, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Pours a copper amber with minimal head and lacing. Aroma forward with smoke, caramel, and sweet malt. Flavor is actually a lot more complex than the aroma let on. If more smoke beers were like this one, I could definitely start enjoying the style a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - MAR 21, 2012
#1339 draught; Nose is some sweet apricot, medium sweet smoke, red apple, sweet alcohol whiff, feel is medium, carb Is mediumweak, taste is quite heavy cedar, sweet mediumweak smoke, cooked vegetables, then sweet, broad malt,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DutchDrebus (5409) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2012
Clear copper colour with a small white head. Smells bacon, bacon and bacon. Tastes bacon, malts, wood and smoke. And bacon. Nice carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Considering that Rauchbier is my favorite style, this is the best Rauchbier that I’ve ever had,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy copper amber color with a tiny white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Smells like smoked cheese and cured meat, with some toffee. Taste is very smokey with sweet malts, barely, caramel, toffee, faint citrus notes from the hops, and some booze. This is almost a smoked barely wine. Texture is very smooth and creamy. After taste is clean and warm from the alcohol. This one’s dominant character is the smokiness, but it has a lot of other complex flavors and a lot to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14126) - DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber7brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, smoke, meat and a little caramel. Flavour is malt, smoke, oak, medium sweet, meat, little caramel, little toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (15772) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, wood and rather smoky - bacon. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 130312

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle: Another gem from oakbluff’s cellar during my latest Winnipeg tasting. Pours hazy orange, with a tawny hue. Thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is bacon, campfire, cedar smoke, and prunes. Great nose, really jumps out of the glass at you. Flavours of tar, creosote, bacon, sweet fig, so much smoke, and so very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (3968) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2012
.5l bottle from ’Kuca Piva’ in Zagreb. Pretty, golden deep orange, clear, with light soapy bright white head. Low carbonation, and loses it quickly. Aroma of champagne yeast, oak, light smoked ham. Great body, alc weight and the smoke go so well together, finishes crisp and relatively dry. Slightly oily and smooth. light wood smoke, ham/pork. A bit tame in the end for the brewery, but very nice.

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