Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2317   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2006
(0.5L Bottle) Pours dark brown. Aroma of smoke. Taste is pretty much the same, with some dough flavoring as well. It’s a great beer to eat with food, but I could only drink one or two alone. It’s not one of my favorites, but is definitely worth drinking once in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Its been I while since I had this style of smoked beer... and I know why again. I will try to be objective though. Dark tawny reddish brown with a very soapy tan head. Aroma is like barbecue sauce and wood - smell is very thick. Med / full bodied with very little carbonation. Taste is over-the-top smokey, woody and barbecue sauce like. Its been many many years since I’ve eaten red meat, but it tasted meaty. Mouthfeel is smooth. Okay if you are into it, but I will never need another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
nimbleprop (5962) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2006
If this beer wasn’t labeled "trendy" it wouldn’t sell a bottle. Although the appearance is inviting, dark color - stoutish head, the flavor is WAY too smoked to be palatable. Imagine if someone made a beer out of lox... and you’re drinking it. Overpowering and far too simple to be anything more than a one beer stand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a tan head that diminishes to a ring but continues to lace. Aroma of barbeque smoke and malts. Flavor is really heavy on the smoke. Its wonderful. Lightly sweet malt and intense smoke fading to a light hop bitterness and drying out on the finish. I have been looking for this beer for ages, and it certainly lives up to the hype. Complex and interesting, and very enjoyable to drink. My wife says “its gross” but then she drinks strawberry margarita coolers… $3.49 at Total Wine, Jacksonville FL.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Reddish black, foamy beige head. Smells like Canadian bacon. Seriously. Really great aroma. Flavors is smokey, as one might expect, but also nice notes of caramel and molasses to balance it out. Crisp, clean palate. Even some hints of coffee as it warms. Thanks, Santa!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2006
Very, very smoky! A ltittle too much smke in it but looks nice with its compact black colour. Hard to found more tastes in it, maybe some bread? The smoke is too dominant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Pours an ashen brown that thins a bit in the light. Nose is powerful roast smokiness up front and intense. Palate is a bit lager watery. Flavor is strong all smoke up front that mellows as warms and more is consumed. A malty sweetness increasingly comes through. Definitely well-made, but a style that will not be enjoyed across the board.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle: I still don’t know what to make of this, fortunatly I’ve got the Urbock and Weizen to try as well. Pours a nice mahogany color. Aroma was smoked bacon. Flavor was very similar, though there was a little sweetness that came through. It was very interesting. And I look foward to the others. I’m just not sure if it’s for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
Strong smokehouse odours. Bacon, jerky, salmon. Quite unique. Pours a dark ruby red, thin head. Strong smoke flavour, salmon. You’d better like beef jerky to tackle this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
(05.23.06) One pint, 9 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL Poured deep dark brown with small white head. Soft carbonation. Intense smoky aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts dry with caramel and burnt malt flavors. Some wisp of malt sweetness. Finished dry with burnt malt flavor and bitterness. Very good smoked beer steeped with burnt wood-like flavors. Not for the meek.

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