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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2616) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
Bouteille de 50 cl. Couleur rousse très foncée, pas de collet. Arome fumé, mais pas plus que ça. Goût fumé faible. Elle n’est pas mauvaise, mais ordinaire.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
I have to go back and have this again. My impression was smoke and smoke, sweet malt and a little bitterness. I had too many beers to taste before it, and I had it with strong smoked meats and sauerkraut, and I am sure that my palate was not able to do the beer justice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Wow, interesting beer. I don’t think I can drink more than 4 or 5 oz a day. The smoke flavor just becomes too much. Poured out clear amber in color with a small khaki head. Aroma is pure smoke. Smells like a small fire is smoldering in my glass. There is just a hint of malt hidden behind the smoke aroma and really no hop presence. Taste is smoky and sweet malts. The smoke flavor seems similar to that of an Oak Cask aged Irish whiskey like Jameson Gold. But instead of the bright fresh wood taste and smell this is more charred wood embers in the flavor. I do taste some hops on the tongue and some bitterness does remain in the aftertaste. But the key player here is the smoke infused malts present throughout the taste profile. No mistake about it, it’s a smoke beer. For me this beer should shine when accompanied with the correct food. It goes OK with sharp cheddar cheese.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Pour is deep amber with a nice long lasting tan head...smell is strongly smokey with bacon, BBQ, and something sweet...taste is sweet with smoke overpowering any of the malt flavor that should be there...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2006
Draught. Clear brown colour with a longlasting tan head. Has a smoked aroma with some hints of sausages. Malty and slightly smokey flavor. Has a long malty slightly smokey aftertaste, with some bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2006
really darkbrown,with a red gloom(like chestnut-colored hair) head not very high,creamy-coloured) by opening the bottle,the beer has a really intensive smoke smell ,as if one would sit on the fire-place(like smoke from wood).in the glass too,that smoke smell is there,but when smelling longer,something malty is hidden behind(very hidden) by drinking the smoke impression is still there,but now,it remembers more smoked pork than wood.but not only smoky, it ’s a bit hoppy in the mouth, and even a little bit of malt comes trough.Fizzy little bubbles. tasts more refreshing than one expects by smelling. Aftertaste smoky,and an interesting bitterness. I would not drink it for accompagnating smoked meat,that would be a bit too much smoked things the same time.(such a meal wouldlack of contrasts!perhaps one could try it with something other) for me,that’s a beer one can drink with some friends at an evening or so,with friends,to discuss about it. very uncommon,special,makes a (change!! By the way,nice bottle,has some "historic" flair,design of the label fits the content very well!!)

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2006
Very dark and very smokey. I love to smell this beer, however it doesn’t feel as great to acctually drink. Maybe it could be a bit more fizzy?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
clear dark brown with a white head. big beef jerky aroma with a hint of hops. big smokey beef jerky flavor that is almost too much to take. this beer almost seems like it is some kind of smoked meat product in liquid form. light body with slightly fizzy carbonation. long lasting dry smokey finish with a hint of european hops. a very interesting beer that everyone should try but make sure you have a few people to share the bottle with.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11664) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
Dark red brown with a fluffy head, some lacing. Aroma of smoke, tar, smoked meat. The meat seems even more present in the flavour.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2006
My first impression was that it smelled like a roast. I was close but it wasn’t until my friend mentioned the word Bacon, that I realized the true essence of this beverage. It poured to a little head and a deep copper color. The aroma was good, interesting, thought-provoking and rancid all in one. The beer was unexpectedly smooth on the palate but I felt like I was drinking striaght cholesterol and fat. I kept looking at the glass to see if a layer of fat was going to form. it did not. an interesting drink to try but I will never drink this again. A true hate it or love it.


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