Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 865   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3294) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle 0,5ltr: Clear brown coloured brew, with an great smoked ham-like smell. The smokey taste is not so intense as the lower in alcohol beers of this legendary brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
500mL bottle purchased at Davis Beer Shoppe. Prominent smoked malts, as expected in the nose. Nice, pleasant char. Some slight buttery sweetness is also there, but barely. Transparent amber body with a smallish off-white head. Pretty light in color, and a bit of a disappointing head. Starts with a sweet, sticky start, before the roasted malts come through, giving this a big-time bacon and ham flavor. Velvety body, and easy-drinking. This reminds me of the smell of Easter at my grandmotherís house as a kid with Canadian Bacon omelettes....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CarlJonas (227) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2011
Lovely amber color and an aroma filled with sweet oak smoke. Luscious mouth feel with tiny bubbles and lots of malty sweetness. The smokiness is very much there all the way through to the not so very bitter end. Sure this beer isnít extremely complex, itís all oak smoke and malty sweetness, but sometimes thatís all you need.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Aroma is quite heavy on the smoke, notes of smoked sausage and ham, toast and rye bread. Pours a clear amber, white head dissipates quickly to a thin ring of foam. Taste starts with slightly sweet bready malts and strong smoke, toasty, oak, slightly spicy. Minimal bitterness, moderate caramel flavors, alcohol is very well hidden. Medium-full body with low-med carbonation. Very interesting brew, quite strong smoke character but still drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (818) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2011
pours orange-amber with a lasting white head and no lacing. smoky aroma with hints of fruit. taste is smoky but more subtly so than other rauchbiers Iíve had. fruit and hop notes are present and balance the smoke nicely. finish is smoky and bitter but the fruitiness is hanging on. This is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer, perfect for drinking with BBQ.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Pours a clear amber with a soapy lace - the oak lends a much more robust and earthy smokiness than is present in other schlenkerla beers, as well as a much stronger woodiness than the more understated beech - still a lovely nose reminiscent of a campfire - medium bodied - fairly sweet, with a smooth mouthfeel - the smoke is a bit more rough and even a little acidic in comparison to the beechwood in their other beers - the increased hoppiness adds to the moderate acidity - the other elements are a little one-dimensional, but hey, the smoke is why you drink this beer, right - in brief, it smells awesome, but the oak smoke lacks the smoothness and depth that the beech imparts to their other beers - still love it, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (5719) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle, thanks goes to Quack-Duck. Dark amber color with medium beige head. Aroma of bacon, maybe some wood. Taste is again strongly bacon, than malt, caramel and oak. Finish is strongly alcoholic, cognac like but with strong smoke end. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Loveley combination of smoke and malt. Sweet, but not over the top. A hint of balancing bitterness in the end. Dangerously drinkable with no hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6942) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2011
500 ml bottle thanks to yeahnatenelson. Pours a mostly clear orange/copper color with a medium white head that dies out. The aroma is sweet smoky malts, some caramel and sugars. The flavor is dominated by sweet sugary smoked treats, caramel, oak, rich candied fruit, some dryness. Very smooth and well made. Lots of oak here. A liter of this on draft would be awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2176) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2011
Fabulous ruby red color, with fine, flat head. Delicious aroma of bacon and smoke, a little more reserved than most of the other Schlenkerla beers. Starts with a pleasant smoky flavor, paired with bacon. The beer has a voluminous malt body, the alcohol is really not noticeable at any point. The aftertaste is very smoky, with less bacon aroma, again very weighty malty. In the further course the beer keeps his voluminous malt body. The bacon aroma goes back a little, the smoke flavor remains a strong presence until finish!

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