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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   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.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5563) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (6878) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle, thanks goes to Quack-Duck. Dark amber color with medium beige head. Aroma of bacon, maybe some wood. Taste is again strongly bacon, than malt, caramel and oak. Finish is strongly alcoholic, cognac like but with strong smoke end. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Loveley combination of smoke and malt. Sweet, but not over the top. A hint of balancing bitterness in the end. Dangerously drinkable with no hint of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2011
500 ml bottle thanks to yeahnatenelson. Pours a mostly clear orange/copper color with a medium white head that dies out. The aroma is sweet smoky malts, some caramel and sugars. The flavor is dominated by sweet sugary smoked treats, caramel, oak, rich candied fruit, some dryness. Very smooth and well made. Lots of oak here. A liter of this on draft would be awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2228) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2011
Fabulous ruby red color, with fine, flat head. Delicious aroma of bacon and smoke, a little more reserved than most of the other Schlenkerla beers. Starts with a pleasant smoky flavor, paired with bacon. The beer has a voluminous malt body, the alcohol is really not noticeable at any point. The aftertaste is very smoky, with less bacon aroma, again very weighty malty. In the further course the beer keeps his voluminous malt body. The bacon aroma goes back a little, the smoke flavor remains a strong presence until finish!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Simply a lovely beer, needed a longer lasting head and slightly more vibrant body to be a perfect-drinking dopple. Bottle from Quack-Duck, and a fantastic one at that. Deep brown with just enough amber to keep it translucent. Smells like caramel and molasses, and slightly like earthy fruits (raisin, plum). Wonderful smoky smell. Smoked flavor is medium-to-strong, iron and molasses sweetness (moderate-to-high sweetness) with a tinge of both sourness and of bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
In short: An abundance of smoked over clean, crisp sugary sweet malts. Great beer even a tad too sweet/sugary
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed moderately fresh approximately 2 months after purchase
The look: Clear bright golden body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention
In long: Nose as smoky as you would expect from a Schlenkerla. But far from the greasy smoky breakfast for their Urbock or the campfire & burning straws of their Marzen, the Schlenkerla Doppelbock proposes a cleaner smoke character with a distinctive smoked oak character. Taste has a surprising amount of crystal-malt-like crisp sugary cereals. Feels like caramel-color hard candies at times, borderline refined white sugar. A bit too sweet imho to match the excellence and drinkability of the Marzen or even the Urbock. Very clean and crisp. No alcohol presence whatsoever. I love a beers that have a nice smoky character. I also like beers that don’t. Bottom line: I love beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (17494) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014
2014-01-16, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 8-4-7-3-15=37
Amber color, clean, with good head. Strong smoke aroma, maybe too sweet; Japanese sauce. Full bodied, semi-sweet, smoked but cloying; the final is industrialized.

2013-02-06, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 8-5-7-4-16=40
The aroma is sweet and smokey. The flavor is smooth, round, very sweet, with a lot of smoke and just a touch of firewood.
Very good, but I still find this one too sweet and less harmonious to compete with the Märzen and Urbock.

2012-12-19, bottle, bb 04/2011, about 2 years old, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Hazy dark amber color, with small head. The malt and smoke aroma is sweet and mature. Sweet mouthfeel, full bodied, with good malts, caramel, light fudge; the oak smoke is more pungent that the usual one, and it blends better with the thicker body; quite fat. At this age, it’s delicious.

2011-03-27, bottle, courtesy of Papsø, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Beautiful amber color; medium sized creamy head. Wonderful smoke and malt aroma. Good body strength; strong malt flavor; I find the sweetness to be excessively cloying; correct bitterness level, but contrasting the smoke. Very good, but excessive compared to Märzen and Urbock.

2011-01-14, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Dark mahogany color with ruby shades; creamy head. The aroma is wonderful, deep; smoked sausages, sweet, with light presence of ashes. The body is not very strong, medium, but it’s quite round; good caramel flavor, sausage smoke, moderate sweetness, and a very light sour touch that increases the drinkability; but it misses the bite of the Märzen and Urbock also on draught. It has a correct bitterness, with a pleasant alcohol warmth, but too lean on the malts in the final.
Excellent, I’m having a second glass…

2010-12-03, bottle, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Amber color with copper reflex; the medium-sized head is short lived. The fresh smoke aroma is very nice; but a bit later loses intensity. Full bodied, with a very good malt and caramel flavor; elegant smoke character, well blended; it has a good degree of sweetness, that contributes to create a biscuity touch. Very interesting, but less character than the Urbock and Märzen; anyway, a good number of bottles will find the way to my cellar.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rocbyter (2000) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Sweet malt and lightly robust smoky aroma. Clear orange color with a small tan head. Sweet beginning quickly getting a smoky finish with a noticeable medicine finish. This is one that I will have to age.


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