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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 875   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


3.1
   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, itís about the only flavor I can pick out actually, but not bad. (1511)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13851) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
Bottled 500ml (from Utobeer, 3.50£, BB 08/2011)
Clear deep copper color, small white head. Smokey typical Schlenkerla-nose. Medium to full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smokey, sweetish malty flavor. Combination gives hints of licorice in the finish. Quite strong alcohol presence, but otherwise much "easier" beer than normal Maibock or Urbock.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours copper with white head. Smells of smoke, some sweet malt. Tastes of caramel, smoke, pepper, dark fruit, some underlying bitterness on the finish. Full bodied.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Aroma of chipotle and caramel. Appearance is red and clear with medium carbonation. Tastes of bacon, pine, and smoke. I do not like this at all. If you like the taste of burning peat, this may be the beer for you.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Date: 3/6/2011 Source:Other Smoky caramel aroma. Clear copper golden with small white head. Smoky bacon with bready biscuit malts. Sweet with touch of spicy hop notes. Medium to full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet bready and smoky. I like it a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1012) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
Deep chestnut pour. Aroma is obviously smoky. Not a punch in the face smokiness, but rather subtle, still dominating. A bit of grassy hoppiness along with a clean caramel malt body. Taste is also dominated by the smoke, but it is not overly smokey. Itís a good balance between the smoke, a good caramel and biscuity malt body and a clear yeast component that gives the characteristic bock sweetness. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours clear orange/gold with a huge off white head. The aroma is beautiful smoky campfire with hints of bacon, brown sugar and a tiny bit of toasted and caramel malt. The flavor is extremely complex and wonderfully balanced with intense smoked beechwood and oak, brown sugar and caramel flavors come out as it warms. Rich mouthfeel with below average carbonation adding to the depth of flavors. German noble hops are balanced flawlessly with the smoke to add even more complexity and softness to the finish. Just spectacular.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2011
A Christmas Smoke. 0.5L bottle. Pours light copper, light tan head. Aroma of smoked fish, campfire, and burned / charred oak. Sticky malt sweetness. Of course a smoked flavor all through the finish. Sweet toasty caramel sugars and smoke. Oaky tannins, wood bitterness. Very soft body, leaves a lingering smoke character, like a tea-wurst, without the meat.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1364) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
I donít know, I guess Iím the wrong person to rate smoked beers. Itís a vegetarian eating bacon in a way. I want to like them because I like smoke flavor, but generally theyíre too much. This one softens as it warms and I grew to like it, but not too much.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (9095) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 500ml bottle. It pours a different color than most doppelbocks, it is a heller doppelbock It it a beaut though. t is a clear reddish orange with a foamy, but creamy white head that sticks for a nice while and recedes to some nice lacing. It smells very smokey with campfire, smoked bacon, and smoked oak. There is a subtle kiss of noble hops hiding in the background. The taste isnít as smoky as the smell but it is loaded with smoke overtones. This one legitimately has a slight taste of bacon with some syrup. The smokiness is in check, although it lingers with a bit of campfire in the finish. The malts are big and sweet, more so then some of the other Shlenkerla beers and it provides a nice balance to the smokiness. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, it makes this one a mouthful, but a pleasant one. The helles is the only thing better from this great brewery. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-27-2010 04:58:41


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