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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3721) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is very smoky and meaty. Flavor is the same super smoky and a total bacon bomb. KInda gets old after a few ounces. While I appreciate the time and effort to make a beer like this I can only have so much before getting a headache. Smoked and meaty out the wazoo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2011
25/06/2011 1pt 0.9 Fl. Oz. bottle (so 50cl) @ Gentse Biervereniging: Proeverij nieuwe bieren 2011(just a little extra) - (2011-273) Thanks to Klaas for the bottle!

Pretty clear amber to copper red beer, small unstable light beige head, non adhesive. Aroma: smoke upfront, no surprise. Also a bit sour, even fishy (?), bbq meat. MF: little to no carbon, medium body. Taste: sour notes, sweet malts, only then there’s some smoke arriving. Aftertaste: bitter with more sour touches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (9501) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2011
500 ml bottle. From bierzwerg.de.
Clear dark copper colour with small light tan head. Balanced aroma of heavy smoke, Bocky malt and mild sweetness. Some sweetness, smoke and strong Bocky malt in flavour. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2011
50cl bottle, BBE 06/2011
A very pleasant aroma – smoky and fresh at the same time. Taste has some heavy smoke and strong salty liquorice. Also some hints of wood. Mouthfeel is rather dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3581) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle 0,5ltr: Clear brown coloured brew, with an great smoked ham-like smell. The smokey taste is not so intense as the lower in alcohol beers of this legendary brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3545) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
500mL bottle purchased at Davis Beer Shoppe. Prominent smoked malts, as expected in the nose. Nice, pleasant char. Some slight buttery sweetness is also there, but barely. Transparent amber body with a smallish off-white head. Pretty light in color, and a bit of a disappointing head. Starts with a sweet, sticky start, before the roasted malts come through, giving this a big-time bacon and ham flavor. Velvety body, and easy-drinking. This reminds me of the smell of Easter at my grandmother’s house as a kid with Canadian Bacon omelettes....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CarlJonas (231) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2011
Lovely amber color and an aroma filled with sweet oak smoke. Luscious mouth feel with tiny bubbles and lots of malty sweetness. The smokiness is very much there all the way through to the not so very bitter end. Sure this beer isn’t extremely complex, it’s all oak smoke and malty sweetness, but sometimes that’s all you need.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Aroma is quite heavy on the smoke, notes of smoked sausage and ham, toast and rye bread. Pours a clear amber, white head dissipates quickly to a thin ring of foam. Taste starts with slightly sweet bready malts and strong smoke, toasty, oak, slightly spicy. Minimal bitterness, moderate caramel flavors, alcohol is very well hidden. Medium-full body with low-med carbonation. Very interesting brew, quite strong smoke character but still drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2011
pours orange-amber with a lasting white head and no lacing. smoky aroma with hints of fruit. taste is smoky but more subtly so than other rauchbiers I’ve had. fruit and hop notes are present and balance the smoke nicely. finish is smoky and bitter but the fruitiness is hanging on. This is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer, perfect for drinking with BBQ.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Pours a clear amber with a soapy lace - the oak lends a much more robust and earthy smokiness than is present in other schlenkerla beers, as well as a much stronger woodiness than the more understated beech - still a lovely nose reminiscent of a campfire - medium bodied - fairly sweet, with a smooth mouthfeel - the smoke is a bit more rough and even a little acidic in comparison to the beechwood in their other beers - the increased hoppiness adds to the moderate acidity - the other elements are a little one-dimensional, but hey, the smoke is why you drink this beer, right - in brief, it smells awesome, but the oak smoke lacks the smoothness and depth that the beech imparts to their other beers - still love it, though.

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