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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2310   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.


3.6
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
My first rauchbier. Smells like bacon, tastes like slow cooked ribs. The smoke isn’t so dominating in the flavor, it is a well balanced component of the malty flavor, not the only flavor in the beer. Quite tasty

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Hard to really contribute too much more to the website with this review. Initial woodfire smoke aroma followed up with smoked hock. Very well balance flavour that makes it quite more-ish and very sessionable. Good, even carbonation but a bit short on the finish. Very solid.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Found at Wine Sampler. Pours a brownish black with a small head. A friend called this "liquid ham" and for the first half, it really was. Other aromas and flavors such as smoke and maltiness arise in the second half. Aroma and taste of unsalted pork. Balanced creamy mouthfeel. Lingering meaty alcohol finish. Interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 bottle. dark brown color. large head. smokey aroma. very good. very soft and smokey. really enjoyable.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2006
I love this great smokey flsvor. Feels like I’m eating and drinking at the same time. If you love BBQ smells and flavors this is the guy for you. Used it to cook ribs and they came out great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Pours deep red with a mid-sized off-white head. Big smoky aroma. The smoke flavor is more subtle than that of the Schlenkerla Urbock, but the base beer is better. Toasted malts and caramel pave the way for a fairly strong smoke finish. An excellent Marzen with an excellent smoky twist.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby with a brilliant glow when held to the light. Small beige fizzy head with decent retention due to the fairly active carbonation. Aroma is everything that you could ask for from an unapologetic smoke beer. Campfire smoke, beef boullion, toasted malt, and bacon. Summed up in one word- mouthwatering! I could just smell this beer and be happy for an hour. Flavor has alot of toasted malt, fairly dry at first taste. Then the smoked meat bomb that is the beauty of this beer hits you like a train on the finish. Minimal amount of alcohol on the finish that lingers around forever. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very active, yet soft, carbonation yielding a fairly creamy texture. This is the tops as far as Smoked beers go. Truely amazing, everything you could want from a Smoke beer.


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