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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 2129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
light brown/red body with an off-white head.smells just like bbq liquid smoke.tastes just like it too.a little to much smoke for me.if this we some tri-tip id love it,but as a beer,its a bit much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 (bottle) The bouquet reminds me of Parma bacon. Dark red-amber colour with a thick lightly tanned head. The smoked bacon aroma leaves not much room for more, but is great anyway. Even the initial taste is quite smoky, but offers a lot of more impressions; flavours of smoked bacon, toasted malts and burnt wood with a long dry finish, crispy carbonated and lighter bodied than expected. I have to visit Bamberg to get the whole bunch of its great beers as soon as possible.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2005
I wonder if Mushy was serving this to the trailhands on Rawhide? I swear that’s teryaki beef jerky. The head is nice, the aroma is different, but different is good. This is pure genius. I’m not sure how to describe soft, as a mouth-feel, but this is it. This is very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2005
Beautiful mahogony pour ,fluffy sponge like head.The aroma of beef jerky permeates the air.The taste is smoky sweet maltiness with a touch of german hops(they use hop extract) who knew.I liked it a lot but would I want a keg no way! great change from the pale ale grind though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2005
Dark brown appearance with a trace of red; average head, good lacing. Intense, woodsy aroma that hinted of pepperoni. Smooth, roasted malt taste with mild bitterness. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and a long lasting, balanced finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (3349) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 5, 2005
Bottled:
Aroma is full of dark smoked meat notes. Dark amber to dark brown color, big fluffy off-white head. Full bodied, light sweetness, malty and full of smokiness. Quite harsh bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176)
- Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Reddish / brown colour with fairly small and fast disappearing off white head. Aroma has a strong smokyness with a touch of meat. Flavor has a nice sweetness that keeps the smoke in the background, actually not that bad.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BATLMULLET (127)
- Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
On tap, Map Room Chicago Feb 2005. Unusual that the aroma was not as strong as the flavor. Not overpoweringly smoky at all. Very summer sausage-y. Fairly dry throughout, including the finish. Nice brown coloring and medium mouthfeel. Not my usual thing, but absolutely had to try one while it was available. Quite good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2005
16.9oz bottle. My dad is on his way to Germany and is going to bring me back some great beers, so I thought I might pull this out of my cellar and give it a try to celebrate the nearing arrival of my German beer. Served at 57° in my NB worthy glass. Pours reddish brown with a light off white head. No sediment apparent. Amazingly enough, the aroma is smokey, like smoked ham. It seems to be both sweet and smokey. The aroma is sweet at first, then the smoked ham flavor kicks in. This is my 2nd smoked beer, the first was a smoked porter, which seemed a easier vessel in which to take the smoke flavor, this is just a lighter beer and the smoke takes center stage. Besides the smoke, which, by the way, is not over the top, there is a nice malty flavor with some notes of brown sugar. The finish is smokey. Mouthfeel is about medium, not light, but not very heavy either. I feel that I should re-rate this after I get more experience with smoked beers, which might prove to be somewhat difficult... All in all, a must try, but maybe a better beer to go with a meal, especially bbq or cheese, than to just sip on.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1493) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Smoky German farm sausage taste and aroma with warm malty-sweet underpinnings. Rounded hop dryness. Medium body, translucent Bock-like appearance with slight head. Long smoky aftertaste and dry tongue! Acrid feel. Probably only slightly healthier than chewing tobacco, but a must-try for all beer-imbibing lunatics. 50cl bottle was slightly cooled. **RE-RATE** added a substantial overall & flavor up-rate. Real great stuff, like drinking artisan wood-smoked ham from Tyrol. I beleive!!!


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