Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 995   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clouded auburn brown color with a beige head. Tons of smoked meat in the aroma. Delicious flavor with a lingering mesquite smokiness. Great aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Pours a dark caramel color with no head. Overpowering aroma of wood smoke-like a campfire. Flavor is largely smoke with some underlying caramel malt sweetness. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Sampled September 2011; this Rauchbier brewed with Oak Smoke Malt aroma reminded me of a smell that would linger on your coat the day after being around a camp fire. Strong head, amber, medium bodied, moss, earth and burnt oak all in the flavor. My first taste of this beer I thought the smokiness was over bearing but it settled on my palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orangy copper with a thin wispy head. The smell is lots of smoke. Smells like a bonfire with really no other smell being apparent. I love it! The taste is extremely smoke-forward followed by an assertive bitterness that increases toward the finish. The smoke seems more pronounced and forceful in this beer compared to the others from Schlenkera. Very nice. I love smoke beers and I have to say that the ones from Schlenkera are probably the best examples made. While I prefer the Urbock over this one, it is still exceptional. Just perfect for a fall evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
Both the aroma and taste oozes with smoked sausage, smoked ham and roasted (and smoked) malt. A small minus is that the taste gets a little too sour in the long run. But otherwise a great smoke-beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2011
(500 ml bottle from Global Beverage) Pours auburn-amber, bright and clear. Two fingers of level off-white head. Aroma of pure smoked meat - Easter ham and maple-cured bacon. Mouthfeel smooth and meaty. Flavor of sweet smoked goodness over a nice thick caramel malt base. It’s just a great balance here, the smoke is so beautifully integrated, and I love the 8%! A smoke masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
bottle This hazy amber pour had minimal carbonation. The aroma was of salami, uncooked bacon and other lunchmeats. It’s nice and smokey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean medium amber hue with a small and fading head and okay lace. The aroma is what you expected, smoky wood , tobacco and meat vapours run amok along with some nice caramel and pils malt notes. A touch of apple and rum raisin as well. The taste is a moderate smoked meat and earthy overtone with a sweet wood and caramel background. While this beer is a bit one note, it is a note played very well. Much like the nose, there is a subdued fruity quality I like as well. The mouth feel is smooth and a tad oily with an ashy finish, way under carbonated, nearly flat. Overall an okay brew but I prefer the Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen much much more, my least favorite of the five Schlenkerla beers I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle opened at my wife’s 30th birthday party - courtesy of Bierkrug and shared with some locals. Bierkrug warned me that this was a great beer - he was right! This was the surprise of the evening for me, the smoke compliments the DB really well - balance is also good. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 bottle. lightly hazed dull caramel body with a medium-sized off-white head. requisite hearty and slightly-sweet smelling smoked pork belly nose complete with husky cracked and toasted grains, transparent yeast and indiscernable hop aromatics. not having the ruachbier marzen side-by-side i can’t make a clear and detailed comparison of the smoked oak vs. beechwood character, but the smoke is hearty and leathery, leaning a bit more towards sweet-glazed smoked meat with a lighter smoked wood / campfire character. medium-full body, moderately chewy with a silken texture across the middle but showing some roughness on the edges. a nice variant from one of the world’s great brewing treasures, but a proper comparison with the marzen and urbock would definitely help dial in the evaluation here.

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