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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RexTalionis (2514) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured deep copper brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is smoke, smoked beef and charred wood. Flavour is at first very intense smoke and smoked meat. Smooth and as it gets warmer the smoke is still there but not as overwhelming as it was at first. Smoked sweetness detected in the end. A great one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skvader (110) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2010
Really good smoke beer! The oak notes are very present and gives a new dimension to the smokyness which becomes more reminiscent of smoky Whiskey than of meat and sausages as the original

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (2783) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Bottle from 5 points bottle shop. Had my first bottle a couple weeks back at a better temperature and it was everything I would expect from Schlenkerla. This particular glass I’ve poured myself is a little too cold. It seems sweeter with more vegetal esters and less smokiness, not at all the amazing brew I indulged in last time. I am noticing how low the carbonation is in this. No head remains. As the brew comes up in temp, that lovely campfire, barbecue-like smoke gains strength. This was supposed to be a departure from the marzen or urbock, but it’s not much of one. I certainly can’t complain. The smoke is similar to beechsmoke, still meaty and lingering. This strongly reminds me of their urbock, maybe just slightly fruitier. Absolutely wonderful smoked offering when served closer to cellar temperature.
[November 28, 2013]
Bottle from Argonaut. I am sad to say that it has been far too long since my last taste of Schlenkerla. My recent disappointment in a few American smoked beers lead me to return to the roots of the style. I can safely continue to maintain that Aecht Schlenkerla makes the world’s finest smoked beers with no one else even in contention. I almost weep tears of joy upon sipping this beautiful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (657) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2010
Clear quite deep amber colour with off-white soapy head. Aroma is smoky sausage, some fruit and hops. Makes me hungry. Taste is rich sweet, caramel, dried fruit, spicy hops, malty, oily. Warming alcohol that doesnt go over the top. Oh I can definitely see this with cheese.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours a surprisingly light copper color with a small white head that has average retention. The aroma is smoked ham sandwich on rye, not an uncommon smell for me to pick up in Aecht Schlenkerla beers. Some sweet malty notes back it up. The flavor is rather typical for beers from these guys. Sweet pale malt, caramel, and a hammy intense smokiness. Pretty nice mouthfeel, smooth with medium-plus body and average carbonation. Long smoky meaty finish that sticks with you. Overall, nothing really wowed me, and I’ll say I like the Urbock better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4252) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Draught at Rovers thx to Clyx 2012-02-15, still smokey! New rating 3,6 ie new average 3,9 Bottle picked up at the SB today, cons 2010-12-06 Göteborg AR: fine smoked sausages, AP: dark coppar colored body, 3 cm high froty wee bubbly light beige head F: first some light smokey birch sauna, then a rich and round toffee, and then again a pritty short smokey finish. Medium + bitterness, medium carbonation, a bit oily in concistence, and yes there are are some vanilla beans.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quack-Duck (7958) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2010
*** GERMAN BEER RATING #2500 *** bottle. Clear brown colour, mid-sized off-white head. Smoky nose. Full-bodied, solid malty base with sweet hints, lots of woody smoke in the middle part. Bitter hops blend in towards the lingering, smoky finish. A delicious smoked beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours out in a clear amber colour with a small white head. Big intense smoke aroma of ham, tar, bacon, oak and salt. Nearly full-bodied with strong notes of wood, bacon, salt, licorice and ham. Long Smokey finish of bacon, oak and mild alcohol. Not complex but will calm down most "smoke-heads".

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
Not much to say but this: this is liquid smoked chese in a bottle. Looks good too! Dark golden, unlasting head. Leavs no lacing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
5th Epic and Rare, courtesy of dkachur I believe. Amber appearance. Flavor and aroma match - sausage. Pure smoked sausage. A little bitter on the finish. Another beer from these guys I can respect but not really care for.


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