Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1062   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1561) - - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma is very smokey but very inviting. Amber colored. Taste is smoky but it is very smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Nearly clear copper pour with a 1 finger, creamy, soapy beige head. Aroma is definitely recognizeable as oak smoke, some light caramel, tobacco (not smoke), old capsite, wet grass, spice and a bunch more awesome smoke. Flavor is sweet and smoky up front, some caramel and malt sweetness, toffee and bready notes, a decent dose of planty and spicy hops and some grilled fruit and bread to the finish. Medium body with a creamy, oily feel throughout and an all around light to moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff, I really need to buy more Schlenkerla beer for the cold months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5761) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a lighter orange color with a white head of foam. The aroma has some hefty bacon presence on top of a light malt bill. This one isnt as heavily smoked as Ive experienced from this brewery in the past, but I think its for the best, here. Nice sipping beer, and would double nicely as a marinade on some pork chops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
I think Im having an affair with Oak. Oak is ok, I think though that the elm is a sexier tree. And as for the silver birch, well, move over Ms Berry, your time is up, the silver birch had better not have an owl hole in it or it is gonna be violated. Oh god, someone put me out of my misery. Classic Schlenkerla if a little less smokey bacon. Thats good for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at Bow. Clear copper brown, thin layer of white bubbles on top. Big big sausage smoke, spicy oak, huge smoke, soft roast, soft boozy treacley malts on the nose. Surprisingly restrained palate, sweet treacle, soft toffee, smooth smokey oak underneath, meaty smoke comes back in the finish, along with a touch of warmth. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2012
From Capones. Wow, this is the first new Aecht offering Ive had in years. Pours hazy deep copper with minimal off-white head. Nose is huge rauchy caramel malt, oaky camp fire smoke, and bacon. I smelled this one as soon as I popped the cap. Tastes actually somewhat sweet, with a medium body, a lot of smokiness and oakiness, and quite a bit of earthy and fruity flavors (figgy fruit). Finishes smoky, malty, fruity, and oaky, with a lot of caramel flavor. This one is unique and excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. The first time I had one of these (the marzen), the smoke was just too damn strong. Since then Ive grown to love the smoke. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange amber color. Just a finger of frothy beige head. Retention is below average, but a small ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: When you smell this, your nostrils get porked. Slow roasted and smoked pork, bacon, campfire all in great balance, but not without plenty of power. Not much else can get passed the smoke, but thats fine since it smells so wonderful. 4.0 T: Again big smokiness with both porcine and campfire components. Sweet caramel from the base along with a robust neutral maltiness and toastiness. A little less smoky than the nose (I can taste the base) but still quite potent. A bit boozy, but nothing out of hand. 3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and a bit syruppy. 4.0 D: This brand is the one to go to when you want slapped silly with smoke. Very tasty. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-03-2012 02:54:51

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1796) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on October 5th, 2012. Dual rating with Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Appearance: Pours a almost clear brown copper.
Aroma: Smoke, some bacon/pork, lighter/sweeter than the Urbock.
Taste: Smoke, not a ton of pork/bacon, faint hop, sweet maltiness underneath, possibly from beech smoke, faint caramel.
Palate:Medium medium light body, quick finish.

Summary: Another solid smoke beer from Brauerei Heller. I think of the bottled versions Ive had, prefer the Marzen version the most as of now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2012
Aroma: The smell is clearly smoky, a bit of tar and peat, some wood. Very much like a traditional wood sauna.
Appearance: The brew is clear amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.
Taste: Upfront sweet, brown sugar, sweet bread, smoked meat, sweet sour bitter nuances (mango chutney?).
Palate: Low carbonation, soft and oily, a rather dry finish.
Overall: A pleasant moderated rauchbier.
Note: Bottle. Reviewed 2010-12-03.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
500ml poured into Schlenkerla pint. Pours a nice amber with a 2-figer thick head. Particulate residues are present. Aroma is smoky but less than the urbocks, and the fact that they are using another wood (oak) to smoke their malt is apparent. Were also definitely in doppelbock territory! Another thing to be noted, and a bit strange, is the strange perception of "salt" in the aroma...never witnessed this before! Taste is medium-light sweet, less sweet than the urbock, and only slightly bitter. Body is is medium and texture is slick and hmmm...maybe a little oily. But it doesnt have the body that the urbock has thats for sure. Carbonation is soft, very small bubbles here, and actually pretty pleasant. Finish is medium-long with some bitterness and ashy feeling. Overall a really good offering from Schlenkerla, once again! The alcohol content is treacherous, you dont feel its 8% abv at all! A really comforting drink on a chilly autumn or winter evening. No wonder they brew it in winter...!

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