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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Like it’s brother the Urbock, this beer screams smoke from the top of its lungs. It’s incredible to smell, and while it might be a bit much for some people it head dead center for me. Truly, a rauchbier for rauchbier lovers. The bottle alone reminds you of some dark cool evening walking thru the German town of Bamberg, soaking in all the goodness that is there. The beer pours out a medium brown color, one finger thick off-white foamy head, which had some staying power. Held up to the light, you could see some garnet and a touch of brown. Aroma is smoke. Pure and simple. Campfire smoke, meat smoking over s grill, burning paper. Mouthfeel is creamy and smoooth. Flavor is more smoke, but its not overly done. Just right. Reminds me of a very well done smoked black forrest ham. Underneath it all are some sweet malts which really binds it all together and makes this beer really a treat to have. Outstanding beer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PintPilgrim (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
strong smoked aroma that can only be described as campfire in a glass. pours deep copper with dark beige foam. crisp flavour and perfect amount of roasted malts. great as a singular evening beer but definately can be drank in numbers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusgus (235) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Smoked, burnt and malty sweet aroma. Hints of chocolate. Bread and campfire smoke. Grainy. Meaty - sausages. Copper coloured. Average head. Malty full palate with roasty dry and smoky finish that lasts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
dark purple amber color with a light brown head. light smoky sweet earth aroma. thin slightly watery smooth body. smoked molasses flavor with a floral oak undertone. very tasty and easy drinking

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Bottle conditioned and purchased from the LCBO. A beautiful dark pour, with a deep red tinge when held up to the light. Head is off-white and effusive, slowly reducing to an ethereal level of lacing on the surface of the drink (think of those satellite pictures of clouds in the atmosphere). You can smell this drink from the other side of the room. Reminds me of when we get back from a camping trip and I’m airing out all our gear which has been next to a campfire for several nights. Clouds of smoke in the flavour, which although peculiarly meaty, has a fairly watery mouthfeel. Decent level of carbonation. Overall, a bit of a one-dimensional beer, but what a dimension! I imagine it would be perfect with sausages and by the fire on a cold night.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1455) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2007
Dark amber beer, off-white frothy head, smoked bacon aroma. Slightly sweet flavor like heavily smoked ham laced with brown sugar. Interesting and tasty, but I was in the middle of a post-dinner session. Should have had it with food. Next time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2007
Oh, damn good beer sampled many times at many outside fireplaces, espicially at Møn, where we had two of them. Also sampled at many beerspeeches. An always true lover. Compared to the Refsvindinge Skibsøl this is a thirstquencher, which I might agree. I can drink it as a thirstkiller, but ½ a liter, hmmmm. Perfect for any smoked food, such as smoked fish, spegepølle (salami), firefood and after a ......marathon

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Mmmn. Smoke. Amber color with the strong smell of roasted pork and campfire. Smoked bacon in the body.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Finally drove myself to drink this one. Nose of smoke and molasses, barbecue. Flavor of smoke and pork loin. Watery mouthfeel. I bought all of these smokebeers without paying attention to the label. I have since learned that this is a beer genre I can’t stand. I’m sure it’s good for the style but I am not a fan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
500 ml bottle. pours very dark red which looks brown unless held against light. has a neverending medium sized beige head. aromas are pure smoke. i cant pick out anything else and thats waiting from fridge cold to room temp. flavours are of camp fire with undertones of malt with hops rounding out the finish. this is a very well brewed beer and it truely is a drinking experience. something id definatly have to be in the mood for.


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