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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2005
A give this beer an exceptional rating being that it is so distinct. This is my first Rauchbier but this thing was an event. It smells like hikory smoke and a barbeque in a bottle. The taste is almost akin to smoked sausage and beer. I bet this would be excellent to cook with or to use as a compliment to cheese and crackers. Almost a meal, not meant for a sixer, but enjoyable in its own right.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Copper colored, small head of white which quickly clears to naught. Smoky nose, mouth watering. Crisp, medium bodied, ample malt and wondrefully smoked. Easy to drink, great with cheese.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUN 9, 2005
Not much head, tea colored. Smells like tar and some smoke. A bit oily mouth feel.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Nose is smoke, brown sugar, rich clean malt. Deep ruby with a light tan head. Flavor is Smoke, honey, rich malt, caramel, light ash, solid but not overwhelming hop bitterness. Lingering smoke in the finish, honey, caramel. Brilliant. Original rating: 7/3/8/3/16 -- 6/5/05 Thanks to Tim for getting me to jump into smoked beers. Tasted @ Smokeless. Nose is smoke, bacon, fish, woody. Deep ruby body, frothy off-white head. Quite (not overpoweringly) smoky, sweet malt, fish, light iodine. A bit of hop & caramel in the finish. The finish of this leaves me wanting more.. More.. MORE!!!!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - JUN 4, 2005
bottled, smoke aroma, dark brown hue, thin off white head. very tasty flavor, dominated by roasted malt and smoke.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2005
Raison or dark tea coloured, a very slight head. The aroma is misleading, I started off thinking smoke but finally settled on tar, some raison, and slight spices. The taste is sweeter than the smell belies, some tar though. The palate is oily, mildly carbonated, and naturally it lingers in the mouth. A good beer, but one of these is enough for one sitting.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle at the Royal Mile, Des Moines. Pours a reddish brown...slight beige head. Wow, the aroma was all over the place as it poured....smoky, woody, malty--all to the extreme. It’s funny--I like it but the thought of drinking the entire bottle seems daunting. Let’s taste it. The aroma was much more intimidating than the flavor....smoky malts, more hop bitterness than I anticipated, and still more smoked malt flavor. Medium bodied...dry in the end. Very interesting and tasty beer.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
The taste to me of this brew is of smoked whitefish, the brunt wood smell is too overpowering for me. A nice colour and a good head retention.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Pours copper color with a quarter inch tan creamy head. Aroma is of smoked meat, kielbasa, maybe even cheese. Smells great if I’m eating dinner but I must admit I’m a little hesitant to drink it. For the style though I would guess that this is the perfect aroma. Flavor is smoky of course yet malty compares to a porter yet lacks the sweetness of one but very full of roasted flavor. As you get deeper into the beer the strong smoke flavor seems to fade and the malts grow stronger. On the palate it is a little dry but very smooth. It is definitely a sipping beer but a good tasting experience as I had never even heard of this style. I liked it and I’m glad I gave it a try!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3696) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2005
Bottle, at No. 5. Red with off white head. Aroma very smoky. Flavor first very smoky, then you almost forget it and like it. Then it’s sweet of smokemalt. Light body, watery, long duration.


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