Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 805   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - DEC 19, 2010
500 ml bottle in Germany, thanks to Bottleman. Poured a coppery amber with a smallish white head. Aroma is dominated by the rich, somewhat meaty smokiness. The smoke flavor is not so strong as with their other beers. I appreciated the beer as a whole more than their others. Has a strong, somewhat sweet malty body and a spicy, bitter hop presence. The alcohol is not very noticable at all. A pretty awesome experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1854) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours an orange-amber into the glass, with a fully diminished head that reduces to no lace. The nose is of awesomely smoked peat, smoked pork, wood, grilling campfire, some bacon and spent ash. The flavors are of sweet malt, earthen smoked oak, spent campfire, smoked peat, and finish with a smoky bitter. After the finish, the effervescence contains smoky fringes, really hitting on ash and sweet spent grilling (pork/peat) campfires. The drinkability is superb, as the mouthfeel is smooth, with a decent body that slides down the palate in wonderful integration. Awesome job with this smoked!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2010
(bottle) Clear, deep amber colour with a copper shine and a big and tanned foamy head. Profound smoke malty aroma, moderately sweet with notes of saumon fumé, bacon and a salty touch. Sweet and slightly bitter flavour, full bodied with a pleasantly smooth carbonation. Pronounced smoke flavours as expected from a Schlenkerla brew, just a tad more fishy than fleshy, accompanied by shades of caramel, earthy notes and even a tinge of hops; sweet and slightly bitter smokey finish with a light but warming alcoholic note shining through. Just another Schlenkerla gem. 18.XII.10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hirigalzkar (2361) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle. Big dissapointment. Didn’t like the mix of very sweet and heavy smoked malt´. It was just too much for me really...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
500mL courtesy of Travlr. Pours a light amber with a thin, white head. Aroma is huge hickory smoked bacon, barbecue pork, honey maple glazed barbecue, rich leather. Taste is creamy, huge bacon, honey malt sweetness coming through, big time barbecue abounding. Malt-forward, sweet barbecue, honey, rich body. Hilarious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle, from Schlenkerla-shop.de. A two-finger thick head sits patiently on top of the steadily sparkling deep amber body. Nice layers are left as the creamy, off-white head slides down the glass as I’m enjoying the beer. Quite subtle on the nose, at least compared to the Urbock or Märzen. Smoke, damp forest, caramel notes, hints of prunes, figs and dates, and some caramel. A faint alcohol touch and some grains and grassy hops too. The smoke parts reminds me of both smoked meat, smoked and then roasted sausages and a bit like smoked fish. It’s full-bodied and creamy on the palate, with a slight alcohol burn down the throat. A bit too smooth actually. There’s a whole bunch of complexity in the flavor as well. Some bitterness, but not much. Far from overly sweet, but sure on the sweet side, with caramel. Else there’s wood notes, smoke, alcohol hints, dried fruits, cured meat and some grassy hop hints. The end stays for a long time, very long. Wow, this was a real treat! It’s dangerously easy drinking, at least when cold, a bit more demanding when it heats up a bit. It’s really tasteful, and it has the looks of a super model. Due to Norwegian tax rules it was pretty expensive getting a crate of these, but it was certainly worth each damn penny. Or øre as the Norwegian equivalent is. Now I’m looking forward to the rest of the winter. 101217

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2010
at ølbaren clear dark amber, small head. very smoked aroma, lots of smoke, one of the most smoked aromas i’ve sampled. smoke is more dominant, the rest is a little more subdued. flavor is sweet, smoked, caramelly, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
A beautiful golden copper lager. Smokey aroma, reminds me of good bacon. A nice malty, smoke flavor. Medium thin mouth feel. The oak smoke really comes though. One of my favorite lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Picked up a 500ml bottle from Heritage Liquor in Maplewood, MN. Pour a semi-clear golden amber colored brew with a creamy and long lasting beige head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma of smoked peat, a hint of cotton candy, a touch of bacon, and floral hops. Taste is quite smooth. Medium to full bodied, flavors of caramel malt, cotton candy, plenty of smoked malt, along with candied wintergreen and a touch of ham. Finish continues the smoked sweet caramel aftertaste with a short dry bitterness. Most excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours clear amber into a stem glass. Off-white head with limited retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet smoke aromas. Sweet and full with caramel upfront and smoke from front to back. Lasting sweet smoke finish.

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