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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 781   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


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (310) - Vienna, - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Loved it! Deliciously smoky aroma that is not overwhelming at all, with smoked ham, honey, sweet caramel malts, oak, and a minor herbal hop noise. The taste is sweet, woody, and smoky, devolving into a drier finish. There’s a minor suggestion of alcohol, but it’s overwhelmed by the sweet malts and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation and a smooth body. I found it more drinkable and engrossing than the Urbock.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (319) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Amber, cloudy, rocky head, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1308) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Dark pumpkin orange, with hints of brown at the thick parts. Not much head, but a lovely foamy film that sits on top of the beer. The body doesn’t look amazing, but the color is great. The aroma is an amazing -- AMAZING -- peat smoke. Brings me flashbacks to childhood campfires. Smoked bacon and grilled meats. If you didn’t know this was a beer, you might think your nose was over a grill. I can’t say enough about the aroma: it taps directly into a sense of childhood simplicity, like a carnival or a backyard picnic. The flavor, again, is smoked meat: bacon and smoky, blackened brisket. Not like a barbecue, but like meat slowly smoked over coals and blackened wood. It’s not a spiciness, a la a chipotle ale, but rather like a dry, smoky Rauchbier or a Russian peat-smoked tea. The feel of the beer is slick and oily. It has a thickness on the back end. I do have to say that this is best consumed in small doses. And while it might pair well with a smoked BBQ, it might also be overkill. It might pair even better with a sweeter sauce.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmmbeer (1250) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 1 pint bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent lightened amber with a tint of orange when held to a light source, no head but some frog eyes upon the surface. Near to zero carbonation, aroma of SMOKE (pure smoke, with fish and bacon), leather, and sex- OH YEAH! Hits the mouth with an extremely wide body, malt was smoked with German perfection, middle has an almost Arctic Char (fish) quality to the taste, finish is delightful with heavy strides of smoke and notes of sweetness. That was NICE.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_cross (617) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
A while since I drank this, but I remember a) the slightly fishy smoked aroma, b) finding it very drinkable, and c) the distinct and unique aftertaste of sweet chestnuts. Liked this stand-out beer an awful lot.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaBeer1972 (1344) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle from Yankee in Sturbridge. Poured into a tall lager glass. Light amber color. Thin off-white head. Excellent smoky aromas with light oak. Flavor is complex. Light sweetness. Good bitterness. Smoke and vanilla notes. Plenty satisfying. I really like this one!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whoisghost (78) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2014
Pours a nice iced tea colour with a very light brown head. At certain angles the copper colour really shines through and there’s a great visible carbonation. Aroma of smoked meats and leather. Great smokey flavour - bacon, leather, charcoal and a very slight licorice.tjis would go excellently with smoked cheese on a cold day. Holy horn . Where do they hide the 8%? Beer is nice and dense with a light carbonation that doesn’t over power. Coats the mouth well and keeps me coming back.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyW68 (1108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Light appearance. Aroma is pleasant malty sweetness. Taste is overwhelming sweetness. Good, not great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2141) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Intense feu de malt qui laisse respirer un cortex sucré imposant et complexe. La texture est suave et presque vicieuse avec les malts fûmés qui grattent le palais avant d’être nettoyés par un cortège de caramel chaud. Brillant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"looks pretty light for a doppel, significantly lighter than the urbock. different wood made a siginificant difference in the aroma and flavor. full bodied, full of oak and slightly less smokey than the rauch beirs. the smoke and sweet malt compliment eachother to make a nice and tasty, aromatic brew."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5159) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Amber pour with light white head and lace. Aroma is medium smoke, light brown sugar, oak, and raisins. Flavor is large sweet malt, smoke, pepper, fruitiness and a touch of earthy bitters. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A well hidden 8% abv. a really surprising beer for me


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