Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 981   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5244) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2012
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours copper with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of barbecue and smokiness, some caramel and nuttiness in the malts, and floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average texture. Not bad, but I donít know if itís one of the best smoked beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3361) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 22, 2012
On tap at Qbrick. Dark orange-brown, thin head. Canít really tell the difference in aroma between the regular beech smoked ones and this oak smoke brew, but the taste is remarkably different. Coca-Cola dark translucent brown. Initially this seems milder than the regulars, but it the sweet deep maltiness kicks in. Sweet, smooth, with a mild aftertaste. Ramped up stuff. Couldnít be smoother, but it might stand just a little less sweetness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Eeeeeooooo. All I have to say is smoked salmon. Bottle from bev warehouse ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4480) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2012
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big wood, smoked meat, charcoal, raisin, molasses, caramel, toffee, banana, apple, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. The smoked aspect compliments the standard doppelbock aromas nicely. Taste of caramel, molasses, raisin, smoke, wood, ham, toffee, biscuit, pepper, light citrus, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of smoke, caramel, molasses, biscuit, and fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors, with more standard doppelbock flavors going on; without the smokiness becoming too overwhelming. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all. Dangerously smooth to drink for 8%, but is definitely great to sip on. Overall this is an excellent and highly enjoyable smoked doppelbock. Great balance of flavors, without the smoke being over the top. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2152) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color, only the faintest head. Rich malt smell, lots of smoke, but a "clean" smelling smoke with a crispness to it. The smoke is first in the taste, followed by the traditional doppelbock maltiness, then the smoke overpowers the malt again. It is really a smoke show here. Fairly sweet throughout too. Soft texture, medium body, low carbonation but still tingles the tongue. The doppelback flavor is lost in the smoke and the appearance was average. Still a good drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2247) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2012
16.9 oz bottle. Aroma is nice and smoky, as expected; reminds me of smoked fish. The wood comes through, too. Pours hazy copper with a medium collapsing off-white head; collapses into a collar of big-bubbly foam. Taste is sweet and smoky with a light tang. Flavor is a bit appley. Carbonation and body are medium. Another great smoked beer. I prefer the weizen and the marzen over this, but this is really good. All taste buds still present and accounted for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Oh sweet lord gross. Tastes like tree bark and burnt bacon. Whoever rates this beer high better check if they still have taste buds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2809) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Bottle @ Abseits, Bamberg. Very nice rauchbier, very strong but easy drinkable. Full of taste: smokey and some fruity sweetness (port), nice strong aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Benzai (12776) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2012
Shared with Dutchdrebus @ In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Clear orange to copper color, small white to off-white head. Smell and taste malts, smoke and an incredible lot of bacon. Average carbonation and body. Not my thing at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7247) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of smoke (ham, salmon, ash), band-aid, alcohol, fish sauce, cake icing. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. This is my second experience with the bottles that just showed up in CO, and I did this review with glasses of Maerzen and Urbock (also new batches that just arrived) side by side for comparison. The Eiche has the most meaty smoke character, and itís even fishy, which is both neat and icky...under the smoke, not much, just some caramel and bread really, some band-aidy plastic and maybe some apricotty hops which are pleasant on their own but donít mesh very well with the meaty smoke. Some weird candy-cake smell comes out at times too, which also clashes. So, some good aspects, but really jumbled and messy. The Maerzen is ridiculously ashy this time, like a cigarette ashtray...unpleasant even, almost like a carpet fire, some yucky phenols perhaps (plastic/rubber). Itís usually not like that, but itís the worst aroma of the three. As is usually the case in bottle form, the Urbock wins. Iíve had better batches, but itís got the usual nice woody and lightly meaty smoke (turning ashy the less liquid that remains in the glass), rich bready malt, some dark dried fruit (dates), and nice herbal hops. Both the Maerzen and Urbock offered solid lasting heads (Urbock being the largest and creamiest), whereas the Eiche head disappears completely almost immediately. The Eiche is also the lightest in color by quite a margin (Urbock being slightly darker than the Maerzen), although that doesnít affect the score, just an observation. In the mouth, the Eiche is the biggest loser...overly sweet and quite fizzy, absolutely no fun to drink. Gotta say Iím surprised and disappointed in the Eiche...expected way, way, way better. But even the mighty Urbock isnít quite up to par this time, so it was probably just an off time at the brewery in general (and hopefully temporary, gulp!).

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