Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Bamberg’s speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask in the historical brewery tavern.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pitti (1) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2006 does not count
This is my first rating and I give all points since this is the beer that achieves great attention. It takes one to get into it, but than you will never forget it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
bottle. Dark golden brown with light brown almost vanishing head. Aroma offers plenty of smoked malt and some earl grey tea. Flavor is really well balanced between malt, smoke, sweetness and hops. Finish lingers on for more than a minute with smoke, malt and hops. Really well balanced and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 500 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore - pours deep auburn, with a pretty big beige head. Huge wood-smoke aroma, smells like burning hickory. Nice aroma that reminds me of a crisp fall day. I didn’t pick it up at first, but after Sir Brockmore shoved a bottle of Laphroaig under my nasal passage, I did certainly detect a similar peatiness to the scotch. Nice. Flavour is good, smokey again, but with a subtle sweetness in there as well. Smokey (I’m noticing a pattern here) finish. I really enjoy this one, after having come to appreciate the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 500ml bottle, shared with VeloVampire - pours a very dark brown, with a relatively thick off-white head on top. Smokey, peaty malt in the aroma which reminded me quite specifically of Laphroaig scotch. Flavour is again quite smoky, but not overwhelmingly so, with a good amount of sweet malt in the background for balance. The aroma is actually stronger than the flavour, at least as far as the intensity of the smoke is concerned. Not really a beer for the uninitiated to the style, but interesting nonetheless, and the best of the style (of which I’m not really a fan) that I’ve had to date. Drinkable, though not something I would regularly seek out despite its availability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MPA (866) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 Bottle. Dark brown with a reddish glow and a dense off white head. Smoke and malt in aroma. Sweet flavour of malt and smoke. Soft. I like this very much... Re-rate from draught (former rating: 7-3-8-4-15): red brownish with a beige head. Smoke in abundance along with sausage and wood. Sweet malt flavour with a little tartness, harsh in a good way and a huge amount of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6801) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2006
500. Pours a nearly opaque dirty brownish black. Thin off-white head dozing around on top. Humongous smoky peppery bacon nose. Humongous smoky peppery bacon palate. The body’s medium, low-ish carb, no alcoholo bite, fairly clean finish. A little peppery smoke sticks to the back of your throat. Overall, this is a very clean, drinkable, pleasurable, complex, satisfying beer. But first and foremost ya gotta be in the mood for smoky pepper bacon. If you’re not, keep walking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
taunusmies (337) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2006
Looks great in the glass with a medium head. Aroma is rich and smokey. This beer has some character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2006
This is a tour de force of smoke! It might best be described as a liquid, smoked salami with alcohol. I adore it and could drink mas after mas of it. It’s sad that it’s not more widely available in Denmark. It should be a stable in most bars...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Dark brown, maybe a bit greenish or bluish? Nice carb. Packs nice hoppy bitterness underneath the rauch. Re-rate: This has slowly grown to be one of my favourites. I keep finding new twists from it. It’s much more than just rauch..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 23, 2006
Sampled from the brewery in Bamberg, straight from the wooden barrel. A really wonderful beer that pairs well with typical food from the area. It’s a little smokier than the others but enjoyable nonetheless.

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