Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Aroma smoke, camp fire, bacon, salt, blt. Pour deep golden orange white head good lace. Taste malty balanced by big smokey salty hit of farmers thick cut bacon, touch of earthiness and taste of dobblebock sweetness. MF medium body fine fizzy carb. Overall good balanced beer that tastes like bacon a lot which I enjoy however not something I could drink everyday.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6293) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled500ml. -Trade with shrubber85 (thanks Roger!)
Beautiful red amber coloured, medium sized pale beige head, mild and pleasant smoked panceta nose. Sweet malty, smoked panceta and light hoppy with no trace of alcohol. Sweet and woody smokey finish. Of course, Schlenkerla didn’t disappoint me this time either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Smoke and bacon aroma with light malt. Smoke and malt flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Light caramel and smoke lingers with malt and light mineral notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3234) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours clear amber color with small white head. Aroma is more campfire than smoked meat, but it still has that meaty smell. Smokey flavor with some sweet caramel. Alot different than their other beers. Medium body with minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2012 Bottle @ Hessen Haus (and now multiple bottles at home including a bottle courtesy of doodler for my 28th birthday, grazie Scott!). Dark orangish brown appearance. Smoky, fatty fucking meaty aroma with tons of smoked ham. Rich, dark caramel malty, big smoked, glazed ham/meaty flavor that’s somewhat spiced but super smooth. Some toffee, light maple syrup, a bit of chocolate, and lots of caramel. Meaty aftertaste. Super easy to drink and really no noticeable sign of the 8% abv. Pure goodness. I love you, sexy.

Previous scores: 3/26/11: 4.3, 3/28/12: 4.5, 5/23/12: 4.6

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer is a pretty clear gold with a white head, decent head and retention. The aroma is awesome, just what you’d expect. Tons of smoke and pork, just like it should be. The taste is like the aroma, tons of smoke and pork, mixed with some light grass. It is wonderful and way to easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Re-rating - less fruity on the taste this time, but major smoked beef thing going on. Overall, better than the last time. Previous rating 26/03/11 6+5+7+3+10= 3.1 500ml bottle. Beautiful cherry cola colour with gentle carbonation and a nice head. The nose is malty with smokey bacon and salami notes. The taste is full flavoured with gammon and fruits. The palate has a big structure, it is rich and complex throughout and has a long finish, though it doesn’t clean. Overall, this is a great beer, especially with food. However, it is so rich that I would definitely not want a second.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2624) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
They snuck this one in on me, saw it on the shelf and had no idea it existed before then! Pours a bright golden-amber color, clear, but no head, large bubbled carbonation is light. Aroma is just beautifully smoky, reminds of campfire and my grandmother’s burned down house. Only hints at salami type meatiness. There is a light toffee behind it. Flavor is more on the toffee type melanoidin malts, maybe a little flabby, with the smoke coming up behind. Finish is light and undercarbonated with alot of lingering sweetness and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle from ogivlados trade with shrubber85 (huge thanks!)
Ooh, I was so looking forward to this one. Heller just owns. Anyway, this started off well with a superb red-amber colour topped with a white head. A sublime smoked ham, no, panceta nose, slightly buttery, ending in bubblegum... whoa. The taste was a bit of a letdown after that, an attack of sweet maltiness carrying with it that same lovely panceta smokeyness, but going nowhere. So yeah, the smokey notes are lovely as usual and it turned relatively balanced in the end, but I was expecting more... Obviously, it’s still an above average smoked, and I’d definitely have it again. But after some other beers they make.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
500ml bottle. Rating #238. Clear copper pour with a big bubbly white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Nice smoky aroma, almost like a nice smoked fish. Big smoke in the flavor as well, it’s about the only flavor I can pick out actually, but not bad. (1511)

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