Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3604) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 This is an amazing experience. Dark browish colour with a medium mostly lasting head. Aroma and taste of smoked malts, pork and sausage. Once you get used to the taste, you are hooked..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
Robe brune aux reflets acajou surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse. Arômes de bacon et de viande fumée. Saveurs de viande fumée.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Tasted 10/14, First "smokebeer" out. Taster #3 out of 6 smoke beers that night. 18.9z bottle. Brownish hue and a quickly dissapating head. Good dose of smoke. This was more of a sugary, syrup smoke. Medium malt roast. Seemed less smoky than the weizen. Smooth malt flavors and mild hop finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
MattShizzle (542) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
YUCK!!!!!! This is horrible! Very nasty smoke, almost meat-like flavor. Don’t know how anyone can drink this. At least it makes a decent marinade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Definitely not as potently smoky smelling or tasting as the Urbock. A slightly chewier palate but at the same time somehow thin. Went well with a little plate of smoked sausages & brats, pumpernickel, pretzels and broccoli served with a beer & cheese sauce (alright, so it was a fondue).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Im re-rating this for a 3rd time in a few weeks. We had this in small samples at the pechams beer tasting, and they brought some ham out so we paired the 2 and omg, this is a seriously amazing beer. Aroma is smoked out it tits. Smoked ham and cheese with cigars thrown in there with some bardyard thats been drying in the sun for a few years then concentrated into 1 big fast burn, excellent! Taste is like a bbq’d steak toped with the smokiest ham ever and smoked cheese. And a great balancing sweetness. I need to have a few of these in my house at all times i think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005
I was told I must try a rauchbier, because it’s like drinking liquid carbonated bacon. This one’s not overcarbonated, it pours with a head like a good whipped cream or soft-serve ice cream, and it tastes like a smoked meat. What could be better and manlier than a beer that tastes like meat? Not much. You really have to be tough to drink an entire 1 pint + bottle of this tasty baconey delicious smokey beer, but I am that tough. Hulkamania rules.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
meobello (2) - ITALY - OCT 15, 2005 does not count
questa birra fa parte della mia collezione di bottiglie. regalata dal mariancha e dal fontana in gita a bamberga. affumicata. ottima

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Aroma: salty, lovely smoke, firewood, fresh hops, nice malt. Appearance: dark raisinred w/ greybeigetintet white head, very beautiful and appetizing, sets uneven and rustic. Flavor: refreshing, some bitteness, small sweetness, smokiness lingers about, a bit watery, a little sourish, maltbitter. Palate: pretty watery but refreshing. It leaves quite a weak impression, not strong at all but nice. Previous rating entered 10/13/2005, sampled 2004. It seems the beer is quite different now. 7/3/6/3/12 Amber yellow lager appearance with OK head. Smells of smoke (så klart) and malt, and hops; put simply: like beer... and something smoked over hot juniper wigs, or the like. Well, the taste is bitter and malty, not as sourish as one might hope but it’s really quite decent, however not very harmonic to the taste (as with the aroma). Something boring doesn’t become fantastic just because of some smoke scent added to it (!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Combining complexity and drinkability, this is the first beer I *ever* bought an entire crate of. Need I say more?


Well, it goes awfully noce with smoked herring with egg yolk :-)

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