Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 987   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
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 (1815) - 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 isnít 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. Thereís also a nice lingering smoky finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a pretty good overall brew. For just $4.99 a bottle, Iíd definitely buy this again. Itís certainly one of the better (if not the best) smoked beers Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11866) - 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 thatís 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 Iíve 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 Iíve ever had. Itís 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 (3623) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jolo (1003) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle 0.5l. A clear red amber colour with an average high, good lacing, off-white head. An aroma of malt, caramel, wood smoke and alcohol. The taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. A medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation and a long finish. A really nice rauchbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3778) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2016 Bottle. Amber, short to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, smokiness and some bacon, faint oaky vanilla. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some smokiness and bacon, faint vanilla and alcohol. Finish is average to long, malty and sweetish, some smokiness and alcohol, faint bacon and vanilla. Nice smoky one from Bamberg Ė bit too sweet and too much alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Clean, bright amber with a ceamy tan head. Aroma is a light, distant smokiness with slight cold-weather forest aroma in there too (from the oak?) Flavor reveals a more refined, infused smoke flavor than the Urbock. Crisp maltiness, light caramel, touch of super-clean bitterness, and a long and light smoke linger. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Fine oak smoke aroma, with caramel, vanilla & a spiciness I suspect the hops. Beautiful red brown with a minimal head. Lighter in the mouth than expected, clean through. Smokes more balanced in the flavor, though a little blandly. Crisp finish

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