joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bold, challenging beer. Clear, dark amber colour w/ long-lasting creamy head. Assertive smoked ham aroma. Medium bodied. Rich smoked ham flavour w/ an underlying maltiness. Smooth, dry finish w/ a touch of hop bitterness.
DougShoemaker (3148) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong smoked sausage aroma, that might intimidate the first time drinker. Garnet, with a medium toffee head. Smokey, pork hocks flavour, oddly bitter, like burnt almonds. Full bodied, complex. Is there a more unigue beer on the planet?
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 Eating prosciutto while walking in a damp, smoked filled tunnel...Wooden torchlight in hand, you finally reach the end of the corridor and find a creamy apple pie waiting for you...Quite an illuminating, heavy fog...
The tap version at the Schlenkerla Ausschank in Bamberg is even a little smokier if you can imagine that, but also very drinkable. The lingering, coating smoke is beautifully blended with quaffability, and the finishing drying effect just makes you want to have more. As good as the bottle, though more quenching.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Phenomenally smoky, but not as much so as the Urbock. A symphony of flavors pour forth from this beer. It’s in-between Urbock and Weizen in terms of smokiness.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one had little head to speak of, a rich, clear mahogany color, and an aroma of perfumy hops and smoked malt. Not as sausagey rich as the Urbock, I loved the dry, leathery smokey malt aspects, while maintaining a sweetness and significant hop flavor. The finish was dry and rather bitter, entirely appropriately, I thought. Very good.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours with a fine-bubbled root beer kind of glass clinging head which covered the product for a moment then went ’convertible’, exposing the beer to the elements above. dark brown like an ancient car body sunken into a river embankment. the first whiff of any schlenky is always a thrill: barbequed beer. yum. an acquired taste i’d say, generally shocking at first sip but gorgeous by bottle’s end. sure there’s as much smoke as a tire fire, (tho much more attractive), but if you can bend your nose around the christmas ham and smoked salmon, there’s caramel and even a little apple or peach. medium palate, pleasantly sweet, not the rush of the urbock, but a grand savory celebration, even for vegetarians.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly less intense version of Schlenkerla’s Urbock, quite good and would work well both cold or at room temperature as opposed to the Urbock which I would never drink cold under any circumstances. Probably a bit better for beginners or those not used to smoked beer.
Nate (3358) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep smoky aroma, like smoked sausage or bologna or other fatty smoked meats. Brown to darkish red in color with small off-white head. Medium carb with medium oily palate. Sweetish start (like a light maerzen) with medium hops character. Sweet smoky fatty finish and after. One of the best smoked beers I’ve tried (though I haven’t tried many yet).
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The smokey aroma reminds me too much of smoked meat for me to really enjoy too much. However, the overall taste isn’t too bad, I just don’t personally like the smell.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good. The smokiness acts a bit like hops, adding pleasant bitterness. The underlying beer seemed fruity and nice, though too simple.