Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 981   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1941) - FINLAND - OCT 9, 2011
Lasiin kaatamallani oluella on valkea vaahto ja olut on kuparin värinen. Sen tuoskussa on mallasta, savua ja pekonia. Maku on makea, savuinen ja pekoninen. Nestemäistä savupekoniahan tämä. Suutuntuma on paksu ja täyteläinen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bit think for eight percent but has the awesome smoke that we’re all after big oomphs of smokey goodness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
500 mL bottle poured into a dimpled Eichhof mug. Tips the scales at no darker than bronze, with a solid khaki head. Luscious smokey aroma, recalling smoldering bonfires and smoked cheese especially. Not quite as meaty as the other Schlenkerla offerings. Flavor is smooth and salty, plenty of ham/bacon notes, wood, black coffee, fire. An excellent smoked beer, full and nourishing on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle. Amber body with an off-white head, slowly diminishing. Smoky aroma with notes of bread, oak wood, caramel and herbs. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture and lively carbonation. The smoke taste in this beer is not as meaty, bacon-like as their marzen nor was the beer as complex. Too, the smoke and oak taste clashed a little with the doppelbock sweet caramel characteristics, perhaps because there’s a little too much sweetness. Still, an interesting smoke beer with lots of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours a dark off-amber color. Thin light tan head. Aroma is mild and smoky. Flavor is malty, some vanilla, oak and smokiness with some hints of fruit. Overall very good and worth a try. I personally prefer the Urbock.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1800) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy dark golden/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a little while, but there isn’t much lacing at all. Aroma is very smoky, the brew smells mostly like smoked meat, along with a bit of bready malt. I just love the smoky, meaty aroma of this brew! The beer tastes like smoked meat, bready malt and a little bit of caramel. There’s also a nice lingering smoky finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think it’s a pretty good overall brew. For just $4.99 a bottle, I’d definitely buy this again. It’s certainly one of the better (if not the best) smoked beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11768) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 21, 2011
courtesy of Per - hazy red-amber beer with a poor head retention; solid aroma of smoked bacon; some light woody tones in the background; full-bodied and pretty heavy; a late tart bitter smokiness; the finish is slightly soapy with long smoky malty and late woody notes

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to a bubbly collar. As a smoked beer fan, the aroma is heavenly. Just a big smoky campfire in a glass. Summer sausage, sweet caramel malts and a hint of earthy herbal malts. The taste is more of the same with some bitter hops up front and a smoky presence that’s a little spicier than the aroma. The finish comes back to where the aroma started with a mixture of sweet caramel malts and heavily smoked oak and smoked meats. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and a bit beefier than some of the other beers I’ve had from Schlenkerla. I love smoked beers and Schlenkerla does them better than anyone on the planet. This particular beer is one of the top smoked beers I’ve ever had. It’s bigger and more complex than most and has the absolutely unmistakable Schlenkerla character. Everyone should try this beer, but smoked beer lovers HAVE to get their hands on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
queenholly (3619) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle. Woodsy smoky aroma with a hint of sweetness and malt. Amber with a small tan head. Wood smoke, bacon, earth, slight dark fruit flavor. Very light, pleasant bitter finish. Wow, Baby!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - SEP 13, 2011
Pours a red copper color with a white medium sized head. Aroma of smoke (not as much smoked sausage as in the normal Schlenkerla, but more wood and tar) and malty toffee/caramel notes. Flavour is smoky with notes of caramel and dried fruits. Light bitter finish. Mediumbodied with average carbonation. Great.

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