Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1100   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a smallish off-white head. The nose is definitely super smokey, with some good meat elements in it. Taste has an immense note of smoke, but a very slight amount of sweetness on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Not bad as a doppelbock and also not bad as a smoked beer, but this combination didnt really work wonderfully for me. When Im able to get past the overwhelming smokiness to really taste the malty sweet flavors of the doppelbock, I really enjoy this beer. But all too ofter the smoke dominates the flavor and the pairing really isnt as nice as Id like. Maybe its the strength of the oak smoke that does it, but Id prefer a lighter smoke flavor (by about 1/3) to allow those doppel flavors to come out stronger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Wonderful salty smoked aroma with loads of smoked ham, terraki and maybe even some smoked fish. Smoke is prominent but is accented by lots of other flavors. Deep copper brown in color. Strong malt backbone which is expected in a dopplebock but then more salty smoked ham comes through in the flavor. This brew would be a perfect compliment to lots of food dishes. Right now it is the perfect compliment to the Wales vs England match for the 6 nations championship. GREAT MATCH!!! Light bitterness and dryness in the brew. Minimal alcohol presence. A very good smoked beer. Not overpowering but still very prominent in the flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (2187) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Oak smoke was a disappointment compared to their beechwood smoke. Lack of smoke means a sweeter malt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2015

May 2012 - An old favourite of mine. Of course, the main flavour is smoke. Tastes a bit like cured meats. Most of the flavour is in the aftertaste. Has a sweetness that balances the smoke. A really good sipping beer. (4.0)

June 2015 - Bottle shared at Pauls. Always nice to revisit. Dark orange, still, small white head. Aroma is smoked ham, chorizo, light copper pipe. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is smoked ham, soft malts, light bitterness. Stands the test of time. (3.9)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (1974) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber, with a big creamy head. Aroma is marvellously smoky, with peat, camp fire and oak, as well as a nice caramel. The body matches the aroma perfectly, with its full creamy texture and soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with burned malts, smoke, oak barrels caramel and a nice and fitting hint of alcohol sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (1696) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 12, 2013
(draught 0,5l @ Netopr (Brno)) Smoked ham aroma. Clear dark amber color. Medium white head. Medium sweet, strong smoked flavour. Creamy texture. Dry, smoked finish. Good smoked beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (3088) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Amber beer with a lasting very nice offwhite head. Malty aroma, smoked, soot, sweet, toffee notes, maybe some vanilla. Malty smoked flavor, roasted, bready, toffee, spicy notes, salami. Malty toffee finish. Smoke is as always hiding some other flavors, but this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omikr0n (906) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours mostly clear amber with decent tan head. Aroma is malt, smoke, honey, sugar candy. Flavor is sweet, malt, honey, smoke, hint of licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Smooth, BBQ type smoke which is well integrated with the beer. Quite characterful fermentation character too, which may be out if style. Overall a fun beer.

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