Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 929   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4268) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle at GBBF ’11. Smells amazing! Tastes rich smoked genuis. Thin on the finish, but there is more than enough flavour before then.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sactodd (18) - Citrus Heights, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Rich amber appearance, thin to light body. Off white head quickly diminishes with virtually no lace. Aromas of sweet wood smoke, toasted malts, slight honey. Overall very smooth brew with tastes of sweet and smoky caramel/honey sweetness. The finish is sweet, smooth, and smoky, with a tiny hint of alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chuwy (35) - JAPAN - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle in Yokohama, brought over from London. I get a fair bit of oak and alcohol in the aroma. Pours a clear light hazel colour. off white cream head fades fast. Taste wise, I get a slightly cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, high alcohols and oak are certainly evident. The smoked malt taste quite peaty alos in it’s strength, bordering on harshness. Very sweet (it Is a dopplebock, after all). Sappy sweet - tannins? Bitter finish with smoky oaky malt sweetness. Smoky oaky - I like that. Soft carbonation, full body, thinnish syrupy mouthfeel. That oak just seems like oak mixed with sap/syrup and sugar. Weird. I suppose that is what they went for, being a doppelbock (you may tell it’s not my fav style). Would like this one drier on the tongue, personally. Not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped. I guess beech smoked beers are more my thing. I thought I would go for this one. I’m not sure if the oak is overdone. I think the beer is a tad sweet, even for a doppelbock. Needs a fuller body to back up the sweetness or bump her up to 45IBU. Improves as shewarms but the oak flavour increases also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a moderate tan head that was gone after the second sip and left virtually no lace. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with smoked meat along with a lesser amount of wood smoke and malt. The flavor is similar and delicious with an ample amount of smoked meat and a bit less of wood smoke. Malty as well. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1695) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Appearance: bright orange, short off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma: sweet wood smoke, toasted malts, a whiff of vanilla and citrus (!?). Taste: smooth, sweet and smoky, with evidence of toasty brown bread, some light brown sugar, with hints of cherry and (again) a hint of citrus. Finish: mellow, lingering smokiness, with a bit of sweetness and restrained bitterness from the Hallertau hops. Notes: The smoky character of this beer is much more restrained and delicate than in their other variants, but it definitely works. The overall character of the beer is also lighter than what you’d expect in a normal doppelbock as well. It was really good. Would probably be the perfect beer for barbecue, but I had it (wasted it) on pizza.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2011
500 ml bottle.
Pours a beautiful dark brown colour with a small, thick, slightly off-white head on the edges. Aroma of lovely smoked wood, birch leaves, oak and quite heavy malts. Flavour of heavy smoked malts, oak, birch leaves and nuts. 8% abv is well hidden, no hint of alcohol what-so-ever. Full bodied, maybe a tad too thin mouthfeel with a long, smoked malty finish. I must say that this is one heavy beer and has everything that a smoked beer should have. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a beautiful crystal clear reddish amber body under a one finger fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is as beautiful as ever for a Schlenkerla beer. Sweet and smoky with a very clean aroma. It smells pretty similar as far as the intensity of the smoke goes, but the quality is a bit more delicate. The flavor is sweet up front, fading to a delicate yet intense smokiness. I think I actually prefer the regular version, this one is a little softer and less in your face and not quite as bacon-y. Medium to full bodied with a little bit of clingy sweetness on the finish. Nice soft fizzy carbonation. Still a pretty great Smoked, but I’ll take the regular Marzen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear, golden amber with light off white head. Aromas of smoked ham, caramel, honey, roast and wood. Grainy, smoky malts, touch of hop flavour. Finish is semi sweet, lingering maltyness and smoked wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5142) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2011
50cl bottle. Pours clear, ruby-amber coloured, small to mid-sized lacy off-white head; sweet smoky ashy nose, mingled with aromas of caramel, grilled salmon and burnt furniture; solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied, soft; aromatic hops show up in the caramelly-smoky and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
On tap at the Rake, 7th Feb 2011. Rich amber appearance. Extremely strong smoked meat flavour and nose. Similar to their Urbock.

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