JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled September 2011; this Rauchbier brewed with Oak Smoke Malt aroma reminded me of a smell that would linger on your coat the day after being around a camp fire. Strong head, amber, medium bodied, moss, earth and burnt oak all in the flavor. My first taste of this beer I thought the smokiness was over bearing but it settled on my palate.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a slightly hazy orangy copper with a thin wispy head.
The smell is lots of smoke. Smells like a bonfire with really no other smell being apparent. I love it!
The taste is extremely smoke-forward followed by an assertive bitterness that increases toward the finish. The smoke seems more pronounced and forceful in this beer compared to the others from Schlenkera. Very nice.
I love smoke beers and I have to say that the ones from Schlenkera are probably the best examples made. While I prefer the Urbock over this one, it is still exceptional. Just perfect for a fall evening.
BeerSkull (1368) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(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. It’s just a great balance here, the smoke is so beautifully integrated, and I love the 8%! A smoke masterpiece.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This hazy amber pour had minimal carbonation. The aroma was of salami, uncooked bacon and other lunchmeats. It’s nice and smokey.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Holy (835) - GERMANY - OCT 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle opened at my wife’s 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.
3fourths (8804) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 can’t 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 world’s great brewing treasures, but a proper comparison with the marzen and urbock would definitely help dial in the evaluation here.
lachrymalisis (440) - Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.