Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Clear brown pour with a clear body and lively carbonation. The aroma is smoked salmon, bacon, charred meats, and all sorts of pleasantly placed smoke characteristics. The flavor holds smoky bready malts with toffee and caramel being most predominant. More smoky wood, campfire, smoked salmon, and bacon comes through. Mild graininess with a slight floral hop bitterness. Palate is medium bodied with lively fine bubbled effervescence and and chewy body. Clean, smoky finish. Another delicious beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6247) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Bottled from Systembolaget Deep golden with a small, white head. Loads of tar. Sweet with oak and som e violet. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a clear copper color with a finger-thick white head that settles into a thin film on the beer. Aroma of smoked pork, wood, campfire, well-done bacon, and burnt sweet toast. Flavor of smoked pork, burnt toast, caramel malts, toasted sugar, peat, nectarine, honey, and corn syrup. The flavor drops out a little from the nose. Medium-full bodied, with a smoky, syrupy mouthfeel and a quick metallic, then lingering smoky finish. Sweet and smoky, and I liked this way more than I expected. All of the Aecht Schlenkerla beers are great, and this and the dunkel are the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Aroma: Intensely smoky, camp fire, bacony nose, very inviting, would be great next to some barbequed pork. Appearance: Amber pour with a fast-fading off-white head. Taste: Rich caramel malt, smoky, bacony backbone, nicely bitter finish. Palate: I thought the mouthfeel was pretty thin. Overall: Very tasty. I really enjoy the beechwood smoked version as well and will probably do a side-by-side comparison to see how the msoke character differs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours orange with a medium well retained head and some bit of lace. The aroma is very woody and smoky but this is not without a nice dose of fruitiness and some mineral character. The smoke in the aroma is a very sweet smoke I kept thinking of Christmas hams and bacon. The flavor has a nice spicy on smoky character right up front and the fruity almost sweet malt again gives this a cured bacon character. the beer has a nice dose of bitterness not from any distinct hop likely because of the dominant character of the smoke and malt, er um.. the smoked malt... whatever. Despite the smoke the beer retains the character of a dopplebock almost perfectly with a nice semisweet malt, some spiciness, and a nice creamy texture with just a tinge of warmth from the alcohol. This retains the style on the label far better than say the Marzen or Weizen do, not that that makes those bad beers... I guess it just makes this one all the more remarkable. The beer is nicely full on the palate and the carbonation is low but just right to perfectly present this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2306) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Pours a clear orange amber with minimal bubbly head. Aroma holds phenomenal smoke and oak; not multi-faceted, but beautifully balanced. Flavor is much more subdued, with lighter smoke and wood presence and a touch of sweeter malt. Palate is very light, particularly for an 8% "doppelbock." Very interesting, and tasty, but the combination of styles and how to categorize this is truly befuddling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
the smoke flavor is in your face with long stench of smokey goodness. despite that there is plenty of sweet malts with strong wood flavor, little hops but the taste is ideal with cheeses ad BBQ all the way. not to be drunk by itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1824) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Aroma of burnt oak, campfire, peat and slight caramel. Appearance is reddish light brown with white head. Flavor matches the nose with a very slight milk chocolate taste. Palate is bubbly and creamy. Good and different on the Doppelbock side of things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
The commercial deScription is spot on. A smoother, creamier version of the rauchbier. I do appreciate anything with smoke, but I still prefer the ’punch you in the face’ aroma and flavor of the marzen and urbock, as oppossed to this mellow, vanilla campfire presented here. The flavor is definitely like licking a burnt piece of wood. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle. Copper with a short, foamy white head. Aroma is very appetizing! Barbecue cooking on the pit with pork and sausage smothered in a tomato and brown sugar based sauce. That’s it in a nutshell. Taste is smoky but sweet. Sweet malt, caramel, light bits of brown sugar atop burning wood, barbecued meats and smoke. Body is medium with a very soft carbonation. Ends with more smoke, burnt wood, barbecue, and caramel. This is delicious! It’s unfortunate that this was not out during the summer. Would go perfect with any cook-out.

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