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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Got this one bottled at the Binny’s Oktoberfest in St. Charles, Illinois. What can I say, this is one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever tried. Smells like sticking your head into a barbeque, looks as black as coal, and tastes like grilling. This would be great to spice up some baked beans or as a nice marinade, but it’s a bit much to drink a lot of them, actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2006
My first smoked. And boy, was it ever. Dark brown clear color, medium tan head. Strong burnt wood aroma. So strong, I was kind of afraid to taste it. But the smoky taste wasn’t nearly as oppressive as the smoky smell. You can really taste the malty marzen qualities, along with the smoke. Not too bad. I don’t think I’ll be drinking this regularly, but I bet I’ll be drinking it again. Leave it to the Germans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Lovely aroma of smoked bacon and sweet malt. pours a dark brown amber color with head the quickly dissapates into a film. flavors are smokey, rich, with lots of malt. could use a bit more body. definitely a down grade from the Urbok, but still very pleasant and interesting. cheers for rauchbier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2006
16 oz bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a celar dark brown with an average size beige head. Aroma is smoke and hickory, and a bit of toffee. Tastes like it smells, is VERY smokey and some nuttiness as well, and perhaps even a little hoppiness in the finish? Or maybe it is just roastiness..it is hard to tell but there is something very bitter under the smokiness. There is also some coffee and a little bit of chocolate in the finish. pretty complex beer. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark brown, ruby against the light with a thick light brown head. This is the best smelling beer I’ve encountered in its own very unique way. Rich, almost like slow roasted barbeque, an amazingly rich smoky scent. Tastes like it smells, a smoky flavor that makes me feel like I’m drinking beef brisket. A carmelized sweetness hides in the smoke. Very interesting and enjoyable, with a smooth rich finish to top it off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Very interesting style I was pleased to try. Made me think I was eating something off a bon-fire. Smoky, bitter taste. Different, and very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
greenmanalishi (506) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
Certainly different, certainly an aquired taste. a coke-brown marzen with an overwhelming taste of a decent european smoked sausage that dominates all other flavours. liquidized salami isn’t quite my thing at this stage in my beer-tasting evolution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3348) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Sampled today (from bottle) at Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati... This is a superb rauchbier. Color is dark brown (cola) and is surprisingly clear. Aroma and flavor are both an amazing smoke with a hint of meatiness behind it. The smokiness is rich and completely permiates this brew, but it’s a bit hard to describe. It isn’t like burned or charred wood, it isn’t artificial in taste or smell, and it isn’t overpowering. It is meatly, rich, and satisfying. The finish is dry, slight char, and some bittering hops come through. Medium body, but full on the tongue. Overall, this beer has a rich and complex malt base and deep smokiness to it. It is a wonderful sipping beer and would probably be well acoompanied by fine cigar and would also go great with many types of food. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying it again, the other rauchbier offerings from this brewery (they also make a wheat and ur-bock version), and other smoked beers in gerneral. 500 mL bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2380) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Dark copper approaching cola color. Moderate, tight-bubbled off-white head. Huge nose of smoked bacon, tobacco, leather, earth. Notes of sweetness, reminiscent of baked brown sugar, behind the smoke. The flavor is full of smoke and bitter tobacco but with a delicate sugary sweetness, too. Moderate carbonation, clean, but with the lingering aftertaste of smoke and bitter hops. Dry in the end. I was quite impressed at the start with the rich complexity of aromas and flavors, but a little of this beer went a long way for me. Once I passed 12 ounces, I was thinking enough already. Still, the first 12 ounces were outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006
I really appreciate this unique brew. A friend said it reminded them of beef jerkey. I can agree. Very heavy with the smoke flavor to the point where it really does become a bit too overpowering to anything else in the beer. Yet, somehow it works well.

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