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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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RATINGS: 2129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 Smells like the morning after you’ve had a campfire burning. Very dark color, tan head. Rich smokey flavor! Tastes very similar to smell. I want to soak some brats in this!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Dark brown. Thick tan head. Smoky malt aroma. Smoke, wood, roasty malt flavor. Body is a little lighter than I would like. First smoked I’ve rated, have to try more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Appearance connotes dark smoke. Decent smoked aroma and definitely a smoky mouthful, yet balanced and not overwhelming. Good for cook-outs.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2005
The aroma is right out there in the front, smoked ham/bacon. Dark tawny brown body with a light tan coloured, foamy head. Taste is not as full on as the aroma promises but still the characters come through, along with caramel, oak, and a touch salty. The body is a little bit thin which could is a good thing as it makes it easier to drink. Finish is long and dry. This beer was quite a treat! Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bottle. The famous "salami" beer from years past. A dark tea brown color with a foamy light brown head. Strong smoked ham aroma with a malty meat flavored finish. I prefer the Urbock, as this one seems too one dimensional. Smoked to the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
I actually love this very smokey amber. I think of BBQ when I drink this. Very well done!! A little dry but they have wonderfully captured to me the essence of BBQ.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Bottled. Pours a brownish amber, with a light beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of major smoke and kielbasa sausage and canadian bacon and maybe some malt squeezing its way through. Upfront, the flavor is fairly intensely smokey but it mellows into a pleasantly malty sweet flavor and finishes dry. I’m getting a slight bit of hop bitternes though no hop flavor can compete with the smoke. Body is on the thin side but the carbonation is perfect. Decent beer for the style though I highly doubt I could drink more than one per.....year. Wish I had some eggs to go with this beer.

Edit: I poured the rest of this beer in the marinade for my beef jerky and it gave it a great smoke flavor without the artificial-ness of liquid smoke.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottled. Pours a deep ruby/amber color. Now this beer smells like real smoke, like barbeque or something. Smells like a mixture a meat, burning pine, and oysters. Strong smokey flavor dominates. It does seem to have quite a bit of a malty character as well. Bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2469) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Fiery bronze. Fully sustained rocky wisp of head. Resplendent nose of anise-spiced smoked poultry, tobacco, and perfectly ripe black plums. Wafts of straw and clean lager yeast sneak into the nose. Creamy, but with an equal amount of chalkiness to match. Understated medicinal sharpness quells the deceptive fruitiness. Dab of caramelized malt and maple glaze sweetness lies sandwiched between the chalky-edged dryness and smoky bacon. Intensity of the smoke, coupled with the spiciness of the hops, leave the palate numb. So polished and elegant, but magically rustic, as well. Lush malt notes deposit tongue hugging starches and lightly husky malts (Pils?) which act as an eternal undergird to the body. Dangerously quaffable due to the impeccable attenuation, but, amazing, it retains its satisfyingly smoky and bready girth. Firm, depth-lending punch of minerals compounds the dry, herbal twinge of hops, along with the gentler fruitiness that lurks beneath. Finishes commandingly bready and perpetually smoky with a crowning stroke of straw. Hail to the wonders of double-decoction mashing. After all these years, this still hails as THE quintessential Rauchbier.

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.


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