phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut pour. Aroma is obviously smoky. Not a punch in the face smokiness, but rather subtle, still dominating. A bit of grassy hoppiness along with a clean caramel malt body. Taste is also dominated by the smoke, but it is not overly smokey. It’s a good balance between the smoke, a good caramel and biscuity malt body and a clear yeast component that gives the characteristic bock sweetness. Very good.
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear orange/gold with a huge off white head. The aroma is beautiful smoky campfire with hints of bacon, brown sugar and a tiny bit of toasted and caramel malt. The flavor is extremely complex and wonderfully balanced with intense smoked beechwood and oak, brown sugar and caramel flavors come out as it warms. Rich mouthfeel with below average carbonation adding to the depth of flavors. German noble hops are balanced flawlessly with the smoke to add even more complexity and softness to the finish. Just spectacular.
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Christmas Smoke. 0.5L bottle. Pours light copper, light tan head. Aroma of smoked fish, campfire, and burned / charred oak. Sticky malt sweetness. Of course a smoked flavor all through the finish. Sweet toasty caramel sugars and smoke. Oaky tannins, wood bitterness. Very soft body, leaves a lingering smoke character, like a tea-wurst, without the meat.
GJF (1248) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t know, I guess I’m the wrong person to rate smoked beers. It’s a vegetarian eating bacon in a way. I want to like them because I like smoke flavor, but generally they’re too much. This one softens as it warms and I grew to like it, but not too much.
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 500ml bottle.
It pours a different color than most doppelbocks, it is a heller doppelbock It it a beaut though. t is a clear reddish orange with a foamy, but creamy white head that sticks for a nice while and recedes to some nice lacing.
It smells very smokey with campfire, smoked bacon, and smoked oak. There is a subtle kiss of noble hops hiding in the background.
The taste isn’t as smoky as the smell but it is loaded with smoke overtones. This one legitimately has a slight taste of bacon with some syrup. The smokiness is in check, although it lingers with a bit of campfire in the finish. The malts are big and sweet, more so then some of the other Shlenkerla beers and it provides a nice balance to the smokiness.
The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, it makes this one a mouthful, but a pleasant one.
The helles is the only thing better from this great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-27-2010 04:58:41
Beer4000 (4474) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Amber body with a fine, dense medium sized off-white head. Aroma is smoke, malt, ham, grilled mackerel and bonefire. Flavor has smooth and mild malt with much smoke, well integreted bitterness, some caramel and just a hint of alcohol. Very balanced. This is the best I have tasted from Schelenkerla so far.
closey22 (888) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoky as expected. Truly a classic brewery. As per the intended style of a doppelbock, this was a touch light. Smoke did dominate overall, which was not a surprise, but it didn’t leave room for much else. There was the thick slippery mouthfeel of a DB and a nice sweet finsh blended amidst the smokiness. Other than that, it was a smoked beer. Period. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. Truly a one-of-a-kind brewery.
Fin (7409) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Birroteca La Tana del Luppolo, Bologna, Feb 2011 consumed March 8th 2011 There was a very impressive German section of beers within this great little shop. Pours a wonderful reddy brown colour, in fact more red than brown in a certain light. Quite lovely smokiness, not sure that I can get any hoppiness, I think the smoked bratwurst and oakiness are more noted. Soft in the mouth, sweetness, and lovely smoked sausage in mouth, wonderful smokiness, woody flavours, this is quite, quite marvelous. A9 A5 T8 P4 Ov17 4.3
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Svet Piva, Prague. Pours cloudy copper with a 2 " creamy tanned head.Aroma of heavy smoked bacon, summer barbeque gone wrong. Taste is smooth and smokey, well balanced and full bodied. A treat.
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, clear amber orange with strong smoke and orange peel aroma, flavor is great smokey fruit cocktail, bready malts, caramel, lasting finish