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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 833   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Pint bottle. Itís hard to not rate a beer highly when it lives up to what it says it is. As stated, deep amber color with a thin white head, but the smokiness is there from the first sniff, and the taste does not disappoint. This was my first "smoke beer" and Iím glad to say the smokiness is not overpowering yet very much evident, or I might have been put off by the style. Very, very nice.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2809) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2015
[Tap] Deep amber in color with a large and lasting off-white head. Aromas of meaty smoke, oak, peat and sweet toffee. Flavors are more sweet than smokey. Toffee, earthy malts, vanilla and milder wood smoke. Lively carbonation. Lingering toffee and brown sugar. Tasting notes from 8/2014.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3156) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
500ml bottle, amber-copper color, with a small bubbly beige head, with a nice smoked, toasted,biscuity, caramelized, bread malty nose, with some smokey ham, meaty, smoked mussel, toffee, brown sugar, sugar pie accents, and a Grahamís cracker, sponge toffee, caramel chip cookie dough, subtle fruity yeast, earthy smoked peat moss note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a warmth sweet toasted, biscuity, caramelized, bread, smoked malty, toffee, fruity yeast, dark dried fruit character, with some smoked ham, smoked mussel, sugar pie, caramelized breadcrumb, fruitcake, sponge toffee, faint Grahamís cracker, brown sugar flavours, leading towards a warming toffee, caramel brown sugar, biscuity, caramelized, toasted, bread, smoked maltiness finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1615) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from the National Winter Ales Festival. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Light smokey aroma. The flavour starts sweet with caramel notes and a big lingering smokey bacon finish. Very smooth feel. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (981) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 26, 2015
Pours a clear dark amber/coppery color, topped with a fairly small white head. Smokey aroma is not too strong, but still very easy to pick up. The taste is slightly sweet and very smokey (bacon quality), a bit too strong on the smoke-side for me, but still easily drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sjohnh (311) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Wasnít sure where this would pitch between a dopplebock and a smoked beer. Unsurprisingly given the maker it leans more towards the latter but this is far from a one dimensional beer. Itís dark amber, verging on brown, with the slightest of white heads. Thick and creamy texture. Nose is very smoky and meaty; taste is more of a blend of smoky wood and sweet malt. The alcohol comes in part way through but not in an overpowering way, and there is a really pleasant dryness to the finish. Great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
revolution2718 (290) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours clear amber, minimal head. Smells like oak smoke, ham, charcoal grill. Taste matches, quite smoky, smoked meats, finishes a bit bitter. Good, not as good as marzen.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bakulator (31) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Clear brown color, medium fast diminishing head. Full bacon, smoked ham aroma, deep and rich, 3rd best rauchbier ever:-)

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pedrens (67) - SPAIN - FEB 17, 2015
Pufff una buena doppelbock pero con la q para mi gusto se han pasado con el humo...huele casi solo a humo y sabe a humo con algo de dulce de la DB...no me ha molado nada. No me he podido terminar ni la mitad...no es para mi

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5962) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2015
Sample at the Paas monthly tasting. Smokey aroma. No head. Clear amber pour. Lots of bacon/smoke in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuedmaster (285) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Aroma of caramel malt, honey, and smoke. Dark amber pour with a small white head that leaves lacing. Rich, sweet flavor with a creamy mouthfeel and the right amount of smoke. Has a meaty taste, like smoked salmon. Has a smooth, sweet, refreshing palate, with a slight amount of tartness. This would pair well with many kinds of food, an excellent rauchbier.


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