Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 756   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1067) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
16.9 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-24-11. The aroma is smoky, of course. Bacon and campfire scents. Reminds me of a Caol Ila Scotch. The aroma isn’t as strong as that on the other beers from this brewery that I have tried. Dry, chalky smell. Roasted green grape and sausage scents. The smell isn’t as overwhelmingly awesome as I had hoped, but it certainly is quite good. Pours a gold to light amber color. Surprisingly light in color. Small amount of slow-rising bubbles. Small amount of short-lasting beige head. Smoke hits the palate right away. Fruity, juicy base that reminds of that of an English ale, surprisingly. Chalky, dry smokiness. The taste is closer to what I was hoping for than was the aroma. Meaty and lemon juice flavors. Charred oak-type taste reminiscent of that present in bourbon and rye whiskey. Long, dry, smoky aftertaste. Also a tongue-numbing chalkiness late in the aftertaste. Full body. Could stand to be a bit livelier. Easy to drink. There is a good base beer here topped with good smokiness. My only complaint is that I would prefer it to be smokier still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2011
rigtig dejlig frisk røg! Malt, rugbrød, tøv og røg, rødgylden, klar med hvidligt tæt skum. meget sød og blød.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1594) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2011
50 cl bottle from De Bierkoning. Copper color. Beige, lasting head. Aroma’s of smoke, caramel-sweetness & aromatic hops. Flavor is caramel malty sweet, smoky and somewhat bitter. Firm body. Bit dry finish with good bitterness. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirLimpsalot (2066) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2011
D: Mycket rökig och salt S: Förvånansvärt len och inte alls lika rökig som smaken (nästan lite synd) E: Lite tunn vätska och vattnig eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Aroma does seem to have a bit more complexity and nuance than the other Schlenkerla beech smoked beers and the smoke is a wee bit less intense. The smoke is still front and center in the flavor, but the rich, sweet malts of the dopplebock style carry the smokey intensity well. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (1930) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle from Beer Ritz. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Dark fruit, smoke, wood and raisin aromas. Flavours of smoky bacon, dark fruits, dates and caramel. Fruity finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color with a soapy white head to go with it. S: Definitely quite a bit of smoke, though not quite as campfire heavy as their other beers. There’s a definite oak smell to this (apparently the use of oak is one of the main things that sets this beer apart from their others) it, and just very woody overall. A slight meaty character, which I tend to pick up in smoked beers. T: I can actually taste a decent amount of sweetness from the beer, which has a doppelbock recipe. There is still a lot of smoke and a hint of saltiness to it. There is a touch of fruit underneath, maybe apples. Perhaps it’s the saltiness, but I actually do get some bacon here. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The smoke sort of lingers on the tongue. D: While their beers aren’t always my thing, this was surprisingly good. Certainly quite smokey, but enjoyable and different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours a light reddish with a small head. Aroma is wood, musk smokeyness. Taste is smokey bacon bits. Palate is thick but a bit sticky. A weird but interesting beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 20110609: Bottle 500ml at home, thanks to Yngwie for the maternity gift. I really needed a rerate of this as I was frankly not anywhere near expecting what I got when I tasted this the first time, and was put off by the intensity. Pours a clear amber with an inch of dense, offwhite head. Aroma is loads of smoked beech, tends towars oak, some caramel sweetness. Taste is very sweet and medium bitter with intense smokey dryness lingering for quite a while. Medium to full body, oily texture and soft to average carbonation rounds off a very complex and interesting beer. 20110122: 6 4 5 3 11 Bottle 500ml shared courtesy of Yngwie. Pours clear ruby red with small, off-white head. Aroma of smoke, sausages, bacon, smoked ham. Taste is light sweet, acidic and bitter, feels like eating fried bacon with tons of HP Sauce on the aftertaste. Light to medium body, thin to slick, average carbonation. This was a bit too much smoked ham and bacon for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4043) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Lovely bacon bits and ham aroma, it only reminds me of beer every now and again. The smoke is very clean - not clingy like hickory. Good bottle, good cap, clear honey gold with a huge head. This was a chore to drink - creosotic, briny, more a cooking ingredient than a beer, the smoke came off as stale -- and this isn’t my first rodeo with rauch or smoked beers. Bittering was unpleasant. I’m sure that the brewmaster will think that he threw his pearls before swine, but this was not very enjoyable. New Leaf Market.

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