Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 981   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6472) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2011
bottle, clear amber orange with strong smoke and orange peel aroma, flavor is great smokey fruit cocktail, bready malts, caramel, lasting finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. The other Aecht rauschbiers hit you like a punch in the face (that you didn’t ask for, but you know you deserved), so it’s a nice surprise that this one is more of tasteful interaction where you have a safe word and have asked to be slapped a bit. Pours bright amber, maybe with just a slight hint of haziness, or is that my imagination? Smallish head. Nose presents smoke, sweet malts (dark and sweeter caramels, bread, wood, slight hint of bacon covered in maple syrup). Great balance of sweet and smoky that is also found in the taste. A hint of hops coming through the malt and smoke as well as a salty note. Dry finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
500ml bottle from Winooski.
Appearance : Clear shiny copper colored with a small white creamy head.
Aroma : Nice meaty smoke with notes of white sugar and caramel. Woody notes.
Taste : Woody and meaty smoke. Some white sugars. Some hops and sugars on the finish with lots of smoke. Smoke less present on taste than aroma. Finish is a little bit bitter and quite dry.
Overall : Very nice beer. Nice nose and taste. More sweetness than the Marzen but still well balanced. Soft carbonation but with a nice fizz. on the palate. Very clean and elegant stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaghana (5380) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAR 5, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 Bottle 50cl from Quack-duck many thanks. A clear amber -brown beer with medium head. Nose is on malt, toasted malt and off course smoke. A creamy like beer, sweet, with a porter like body and an amazing smoke presence pure and wood like, good bitter chocolate like notes. Long aftertaste, caramel and malty sugar notes with smoke flavor going to aches at the finish. Yeast is not fruity which leads the body from the caramel-sweet side to a spicy-smoke finish, really a great brew, vanilla, tobacco and resin notes at the finish. The beer has 8° but alcohol is well hidden, for the one who like smoked beer this is wonderful, and very drinkable, a dream, the masterpiece merge between oak aged porters and German smoked beers. So Quack-duck many thanks for this one, if you can get some more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (5359) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle, thanks Yngwie! :-) Pours a deep nougat brown body with a small white head. Aroma is a beautiful, mild smokey caramel blend; not as insistent as the other version but oh so subtle and nice. Taste is a magnificent multi-layered blend of smoke, caramel, wood and meaty undertones, the smoked meat surfacing occasionally. Full-bodied and extremely smooth. Best rauch I’ve had so far! :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
Vom holz at the ausschank. Served in a goblet. Dark golden brown colour with a thick head. The aroma has smoke, caramel....different smoke than the normales, lighter and drier, but just as strong. Starts strong on the palate - muscular pale malts, caramelized notes and alcohol all to the fore, signifying a well-made and assertive doppelbock. Then, it all gives way to an elegant, refined oak smoke finish, almost with white pepper notes from the alcohol, something I’m more accustomed to finding in a tripel. The full package is appealing - it’s a definitive statement not only of Schlenkerla’s awesomeness but also of the beauty of doppelbock for the Frankisches weinachtsaison, fitting as naturally as gluhwein and lebkuchen. A real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed from a 16.9oz bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a deep brown color, with a moderate light brown head. Wondrous notes of smoked meats and German character malt come through in the nose; an intoxicated array of bacon, raisons, caramelized brown sugar, and just a touch of wood. The palate replicates many of the aromas, showing a deep and rich smoke note, followed by a nice but not over-the-top amount of malt depth and complexity. Again, oak shows through, but only slightly, adding to the painting, rather than completely covering the canvas. The finish leaves a lingering note of smoke. Overall, an outstanding beer, by any measurement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 01/08/2011. Clear golden amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet smoke, caramel and light bread aroma. Sweet smoke, caramel and toasty flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/4/16 - 3.9 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Clear copper body with a small brown head. Big smoke and salt aroma with a bready background. Big salt and smoke flavor with light bready notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle courtesy of yngwie.Pours deep amber with an off-white head.Aroma is smoked ham, malt, alcohol an burnt wood.FLavor is sweet and smoked with some oak and ham.Medium body, average carbonation.Very nice smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Very distinct smoky flavor, the doppelbock amlts really stand up to the strong smoke flavors

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