Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2891) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bias against smoky beers (quite strong here) clouds my judgment. Nice presentation and aroma, unsavory for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1499) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle procured at Half Time Poughkipsie. Yup the 8% helped my aching self after the Zipline at Hunter Mountain. Rich and sweet smokiness abounds in all aspects of this brew. While my two compatriots appreciated the "meaty smokiness" it was too large a critter for their NASCAR palates. Nice to see some variation from this solid brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 500ml bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks. Pours a translucent copper color with small off-white head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is robust with rich smoke notes that conjure-up the mental image of a sausage smokehouse. The flavor compares favorably to the nose, rich tasty smoke at the forefront meets dopplebock in the middle with nice tangy bitter hops following up on the back end. The palate is full and satisfying with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering smoke and hops. Overall: I love this stuff, I really must visit the Bamberg brewery someday and pay homage to the smoke beer gods. x

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2011
0.5l bottle @ Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri, Oslo. Pours a clear light brown/ruby-brown body with a small sidesticking bubbly head. Aroma is light maltish sweet with hints of caramel, some dark fruits and a quite clear note of smoke. Also some notes of forest and cortex in this doppelbock. Light oily to near sticky mouthfeeling, average to soft carbonation and medium bodied. Tastes also light sweet with good notes of smoke. Also some hints of alcohol and roses. Ends quite smoky with a ashy aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle shared by fred82, thanks! Man i love the beers from this brewery. Its like liquid bread! Deep amber pour, with an intoxicating aroma of sweet bready malts. Touches of sugar and smoke mingle amongst the great malts. A real treat! Sweet malty finish with a great bacon, sausage kick. Incredible beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Pours a cloudy orange with medium white head. The smoky aroma is hitting me before I even get my nose to the glass. The nose is all about NC BBQ. Beautiful smoky aroma but not heavy or overbearing. A little like a campfire in your mouth, but in a good way. Can definitely tell the difference between the Oak and the Beech. I am sure these beers are not for all but I really like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mabel (7425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
[3807-20110708] 1pt0.9floz bottle. Smoky fresh sneaker leather aroma. Slightly hazy, orange brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. More smoky band-aid and slightly bitter flavour has something like a vanilla finish. Medium body. Not a fan. (6/3/4/2/11) 2.5
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, JoeMcPhee)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry, JoeMcPhee, jerc & mabel -- c/o JoeMcPhee. Pours a very bubbly golden-orange with a spare diminishing fizzy off-white head. Aroma: Whoa, that’s a lot of smoke, along with some malt in the background, dark fruit and wood. Flavour’s nice and smoky along with toasted caramel malt, wood and dark fruit. Average to medium bodied. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
2011-07-08. Golden body with a modest beige head. 3+ Very smokey aroma, malt is present in a secondary capacity. 7+ Flavour of malt with toasty accents, the smoke is more restrained and sophisticated than expected, building slowly as you go. Smooth average bodied palate. 3+ Light smoke lingers into the aftertaste. My favorite Schlenkerla by a large margin (Damning with faint praise?), it actually allows the underlying beer to come through a bit more than the others. Has some lovely highlights, but the smoke is still too much for me to drink this on my own. Bottle courtesy of JoeMcPhee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2011
4 oz sample. Clear amber, nice big beige head. Aroma of smoke, oak, iodine, smoke, reminded me of the few scotches I’ve had but without the insane alcohol and medicinal quality. Taste of burnt bacon, wood, caramel.

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