nuplastikk (5032) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Glad to finally score this one. Big, ruthless, burnt bacon tinged smokalicious aroma. Wow. Complex. Somehow keeps the drinkability of the Marzen while adding some depth. The oaky tones really complement the smokiness. Flat out phenomenal for the style, an awesome, classy addition to the Schlenkerla family. Smooth creamy malt tones. Pungent, fruity, lager yeast tones which resonate in the aftertaste.
Kristall-König (2451) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Das Flaschenetikett ist nicht wie bei den anderen Schlenkerla-Bieren in einem gelblichen Pergamentton, sondern ist in eichengrün gehalten.
Im Duft sehr fein rauchmalzig und weniger robust als die buchenholzgeräucherten Biere. Antrunk schinkig-rauchig, eher sanft, gleichwohl sanft auf der Zunge. Mitte malzig und im Verein mit der wohlbemesenen Rauchigkeit sehr dicht und etwas schokoladig. Keine alkoholischenSpuren. Dunkelmalziger und schinkenrauchiger Abgang.
Ein excellentes Rauchbier!
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Battersea BF 11 and Keg at the Rake (of was it the C&K?) in recent months. Everything that you’d expect from this brewery but for me a tad rich and cloying. I was in Bamberg last November and had hoped to try this then. Urbock was sublimely sessionable from the wood at Schlenkerla but the regulars there warned us that this beer is considered far too sweet for local tastes and I can see why now. Nevertheless a world class sipper..
LinusStick (2990) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious smoked beer. Aroma was great. Smoky bacon and beef jerky. Pour was a nice medium gold with a few rising bubbles and a thin off white film for a head. Taste was nice and smoky. The sweetness of the doppelbock seems a little off when paired with the heavy smoke flavor. Seems kind of muddled and leaves a slightly astringent flavor in the mouth after the swallow. Medium light carbonation. Love this brewery as they make the best smoked beers out there!
anders37 (19112) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty smokey caramel aroma. Fruity malty smokey flavor with oaky hints and hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty smokey caramel finish.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 4/16/2011. This smoked beer pours a slightly cloudy amber brown color form a 50cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is smoky, meaty, bready and sweet. A medium bodied Smoked beer. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Lots of meaty smokiness throughout, not overpowering by very prevalent. You can still taste the sweet malts but the smokiness help balance them. These guys really do know how to make smoked beers. Perhaps a touch of wood in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
piscator34 (2114) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample. Pale copper in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of peppery woodsmoke and slightly sweet pale malts. In terms of taste, the smoke is definitely different than other Schlenkerla products; a bit more spicy and smooth, with a more wooden (as opposed to smoked meat) character. The general maltiness plays a stronger role here too. Medium bodied with no alcohol heat.
gunnfryd (12299) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber colour with an off-white head. aroma is smoked, caramel, malt, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, smoked, malt, caramel, hop, alcohol. Nice beer.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is smoked meat. Flavor is smoke with some sweet malts trying to get through. Love these smoked beers.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle picked up in Chicago and served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.
THe pour brings a copper-hued brew with a very strange white head. It started out quite frothy with large bubbles, and then comes a reverse head. The two eventually meet and form a nice, dense white head with good retention. A bit of lacing on the glass and a thin collar throughout. This was the highlight of the beer for me. The nose is overwhelmingly smokey with a bit of a meat character and not much playing behind it.
The taste is similar in terms of what the smoke does. Here I can get a bit of the smoked oak, though I can’t say it really adds a positive dimension. The underlying doppelbock is completely gone and I don’t get anything that would indicate this was the base. The taste brings a bit too much tannin and is overwhelmingly smokey. I suppose it’s not that the level of smoke is bad, it’s just that there’s really nothing else there. A bit of an astringent, bitter finish. Really not a fan of this though I could see how one could enjoy it. My least favorite Schlenkerla beer to date.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-19-2011