Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 756   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Pours a nice rich copper color with an off white head. Aroma is smoke, charred wood, and some toast. Flavor is caramel, some fruit, smoke, toast, and some charred wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3130) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2010
On tap @ Ølbaren. Pours a clear red amber with an off-white head and lacings. Sweet with aromas of smoked malts and hints of alcohol. Smooth full body. Soft carbonation. Dry smokey finish with warming alcohol notes. Less Schinken than other Schlenkerla beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft @ Brouwers; served clear copper with thin white head; lovely light cream and dry smoked malt with oaky dryness and vanilla cookies; not harsh at all; light texture with smooth, rich smoke, campfire and oak; unexpectedly lovely; just so damn rich and drinkable without being a mess of bacon and dirty smoke; am I starting to grow up with the recent enjoyment of smoked beers?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté chez Gingerman (New York, NY). Arôme: Odeur de céréales et de fumée avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée et de caramel avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #2971)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
Tap. Pours to an amber body with a dense white head that’s deeply creamy. Aroma of deep oak smoked salmon and malt. Flavor is smoke, yeast, and banana. Subtle oak. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Elegant smoke effortlessly rises from maple-laced honeyed malts , creating a seamless, polished Heller Rauchbock (don’t know what else to call it, to be frank) that is graced by touch of herbal hop aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the translucent golden amber.
-The mouthfeel on this one (on tap) is absolutely perfect. Round enough to let you know it’s a potent brew, yet luxuriously smooth. The bottle is a tad softer as carbonation is not as prickly.
-Candied, phenolic allusions appear from time to time.
-Alcohol is well concealed by the smoked malts, making an appearance in the finish only.
-That aroma is something else. The oak smoke personality, with some herbal hops, almost emulates peat smoke at times.

Bottles and on tap at The Gingerman, NY.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2163) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 Draught. This might be the smokiest rauchbier ever. Pours a dark red and smells like - smoke. Rerate. Liked it much better in 2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
From the barrel at the London Drinker festival 11/03/10. Copper coloured with a slight, white head. Aroma of sweet malts, wood smoke and a touch of marmalade. Flavour had sticky malts, oak and a hint of bacon. Alcohol balanced the sweetness and smoke well. Interesting, but a half pint was about the right quantity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4757) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2010
On tap at In de Wildeman as Schlenkerla Eicken Rauch Doppelbock (8.2% ABV). Copper, off-white head. Heavy smoked malts aroma. Salty meats, good smokiness to balance the sweet malts. There is an added complex and dry side that may be due to the oak barrels, but the smoky malts overpower much else. Still interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap... first true smoked, I believe. Unbelievable how smokey, bbq, bacon like this smelled. tasted similar. while i would say it’s a "cool" beer to try, wouldn’t say I love the taste or could drink more than one.

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