Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Aroma: salty, lovely smoke, firewood, fresh hops, nice malt. Appearance: dark raisinred w/ greybeigetintet white head, very beautiful and appetizing, sets uneven and rustic. Flavor: refreshing, some bitteness, small sweetness, smokiness lingers about, a bit watery, a little sourish, maltbitter. Palate: pretty watery but refreshing. It leaves quite a weak impression, not strong at all but nice. Previous rating entered 10/13/2005, sampled 2004. It seems the beer is quite different now. 7/3/6/3/12 Amber yellow lager appearance with OK head. Smells of smoke (så klart) and malt, and hops; put simply: like beer... and something smoked over hot juniper wigs, or the like. Well, the taste is bitter and malty, not as sourish as one might hope but it’s really quite decent, however not very harmonic to the taste (as with the aroma). Something boring doesn’t become fantastic just because of some smoke scent added to it (!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Combining complexity and drinkability, this is the first beer I *ever* bought an entire crate of. Need I say more?


Well, it goes awfully noce with smoked herring with egg yolk :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Dark brown with a tan rocky head. Unmistakable smoky aroma dominates. Malty flavor with a smoky character that extends well into the finish. Any hop flavor or aroma overwhelmed by the smoke, although some bitterness shows through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (5740) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 5, 2005
Bottled(500ml). -my first rauchbier, had this one with a few friends and we couldn’t agree is there aroma of smoked bacon or smoked cheese, I’m for bacon, aroma is mostly smokey bacon that almost drown other flavor, easy drinkable but I’m not pretty sure am I going to try it again because I don’t like bacon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6218) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 Medium finely laced head topping a dark wine-red clear body. Aroma is mostly smoke, like smoked sausage minus the sausage. Some malts as well. Taste is sweet malts quickly overpowered by the smokiness, the fading into a smoky smooth bitterness. Aroma is smokier than the taste. Somehow the smoke makes it feel silkily smooth. Taste settles in the mouth as you drink. A very interesting beer; so interesting, in fact, that drinking it in greater quantities requires some practice. It is more than worth the effort, though. (0.5l bottle. Rerated.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Clear dark amber pour with a small white head. Smokey bacon aroma. Malty smoked flavors, bacon and smoked meat flavors. Salty. Very drinkable, quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark brown, with a nice, lasting beige head. Rather dry, not that heavy but solidly smoked throughout. The smoke almost drowns any other flavour, and takes some getting used to. But whenerver that happens, this turns out quite quenching. I doubt that smoked beers will ever be a clear favourite though. 091200

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a clear brown, with a firm head. Aroma is, well smokey, very smokey even. Taste is smokey, like liquid smoked salami :-). I really likes this, but i have to be in ’the mood’ to drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2005
This beer makes me want to cook a potroast soaked in the stuff and I lingered over it, sipping, for a lovely long while. Hard for some folks to swallow maybe--nobody else at my table liked it beyond a taste or two--but although this beer may go over the top on the smoke (more than a lot of other smoked beers), that’s the way I like it--big and chewy like a hunk of beer jerky. Not much point in being too complex because this beer is all about the smoke.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Sigh. Why do I keep trying these things? Aroma of Little Smokies, you know, those nasty little vienna sausages that have been soaking in liquid smoke for a few years. Flavor matches. Smoke, touch of wood, that is about it. Although it isn’t my bag, I can see how some folks might really flip for the stuff. It is a well made beer, just not my thing.

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