tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Kippered beef. Beef stew. Salted bacon. Morning wet campfire wood, tobacco, wet leather and a touch of caramel sweetness. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. The flavor is not as smoked as the nose would lead me to believe. Salted fish, a hint of bacon, and toasted caramel. Medium bodied with a decent dry finish.
SaintMatty (7159) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2015 500ml Bottle - Brown in colour with red tinges. Roasted, smoky aroma. Malty and smoky taste with a hint of maple syrip sweetness and a nice roasted bitterness. Nice but a bit watery and the aftertaste lingers a bit too long for my liking so loses some marks in that respect. 3.2 (2008)
Draught (Schlenkerla, Bamberg) - So much better than the first time, or maybe it is just that I am more accustomed to and appreciative of rauchbier now. Smooth and very smoky, yet not overwhelmingly so. Decent amount of body. Delicious and it makes it even more enjoyable to drink this in the surroundings of such an atmospheric and historic place.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 25oz bottle and served in a Bell’s dimpled mug. This beer poured a dark brown with some mahogany highlights around the edges of the glass. A large, rocky head of tan foam lasted throughout the glass, leaving behind a nice amount of lace. The aroma of the beer was a bit shocking at first. It was made up of smoked ham, tobacco, and more smoke. Awsome!!! The flavor of the beer consisted of smoked malt, ham, and pipe tobacco. Not overwhelmingly smokey, but it added a nice depth and element of flavor to the beer. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. The smoke was heavy in the aroma of this beer but not intrusive on the flavor. Pretty good.
MWS (10) - Central, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you like smoked beer, this is a great smoked beer. Has a small head, strong, smoky aroma. The smokiness is strong but not overpowering, and not sour like some rauchbiers. Smoke is nicely balanced with the malt. Color is a nice deep brown. Palate is nice and full but a touch oily.
This is Shlenkerla’s best beer. Heavier than the Weizen, and lighter than the Urbock.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours brown with thin tan head,wonderfull smoked bacon/ham nose.I have never smelled a beer like this.It makes my mouth water just smelling it.Tastes like it smells smoaky/salty,nice dry bitter finish,slight smokey notes,very interesting..very good!!!
NachlamSie (3397) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2016 Bottle. Pours a rather dark amber with a small head. The nose is a blast of bacon and BBQ. Tons of straight up smoke with caramel as an afterthought. The flavor is awesome: loads of cigar smoke, heavy handed bacon, a bit of biscuits, a faint nutty finish. Mm, tasty ashy notes here too. This is full bodied, well rounded, amply smoky, and a satisfying beverage. I’d love to pair this with some ribs.
[August 26, 2008]
Bottle in a side by side with Schlenkerla Urbock. The pour is a cloudy dark red with a tall off white head. Ah, there’s the familiar smoky, meaty aroma. Of course, both of these bad boy are among the smokiest of beers I’ve ever encountered. This one seems to lead more towards a sharper nose, like bacon with plenty of genuine smoke hitting my nostrils. It’s like standing over a campfire, allowing the clouds to waft directly into my olfactory glands. The mouthfeel is reasonable and fairly carbonated, just a hair lighter than the urbock. Again, sharp, defined, and delightful smoky qualities tantalize my palate. Lots of bacon, campfire, and cigars are noted. There is no real indication that this beer was intended to be a marzen. This is 100% about the smoke. I search high and low for more smoked brews but Schlenkerla continues to prove its dominance in the style. Nothing else even touches the intensity here.
[December 20, 2010]
Brauerei Heller is the undisputed champion of smoked beers. The hardest part for me is to actually pick a favorite one. The marzen, eiche, fastenbier, and urbock are all contenders. It is hard to find one negative thing to say about these truly beautiful creations. They are all very subtly different from one another while still maintaining a nearly identical, powerful and unmatched smokiness. The marzen may be one of my preferred because of its lack of any character to get in the way of the magnificent smoked qualities. The sparse and accessible canvas of a marzen is enough to really hit home the smoky goodness.
Bottle at WoB LoDo. I forget how good this beer is from time to time. Take a classic, crystal clean marzen, then add the richest, deepest smoke possible. Each sip is an awakening. I’ve yet to find another smoked beer that can compete with the timeless classic.
Defreni (3094) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske. Flot mørkebrun rødlig øl. Duft af røg som også trænger godt igennem i smagen. Maltbasen kan godt smages med en smule karamel. Flot øl.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 this beer is great. my friends introduced it to me as the "ham sandwhich beer" and, try as i might, i actually cant come up with a better description. if you can possibly imagine drinking a smoked ham and cheese sandwhich, you have this beer. is that a messed up way to describe beer? oh well, its true. awesome beer.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing smoked beer, i’ve tried others that were possibly smokier, more like drinking liquid smokey bacon than anything (can become cloying) but this works better and is a better beer because it’s so dry in the finish.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow smoky routes here. smells of a bonfire in the morning. just delicious. good balance though too and very drinkable. It does finish ultra dry though which i liked. try tis today smokiest rauch beer i’ve found yet!