I started my Christmas beer drinking with Schlenkerla Eiche.
Eiche is German for oak which the malt is smoked over rather than beechwood in Schlenkerla's other beers. I like the smoky bacon punch you get with Schlenkerla Märzen but I know it's too much for some. This is far more restrained, a hint of smokiness in the aftertaste rather than a smack round the chops. It reminded me a bit of the draught Lagerbier in another Bamberg pub, Brauerei Spezial.