Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours very dark with an immediately noticeable smokey aroma. I enjoyed this beer as it is meant to be enjoyed: with some nice smoked ham in a stoneware lager glass. Very well suited to drinking with anything smoked or spicey. Definitely the very best of the smoke beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Very smokey aroma, nice light color with brown head. Flavors of smoked pork belly and cheddar cheese. After the smoke clears, slight malt, but too much smoke for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
Aroma:smoked bacon appearance:Brown with a good head Flavor:Taste a lot of smoke. Palate:Smoke and smoke If you like smoked beer is the best one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Brown with an ok head. Aroma from smoked fish, licorice, tar and sweet fruits. Smoky flavor, spicy, bready, smoked fish and with pepper in the finish. Different but quite ok...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Had this many times before I started rating, but the experience is well remembered. Gotta say you either like this one or hate it. Somewhat coca-cola colored after pouring, thin lacy head, and the great taste of smoked gouda cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8576) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Bottled. A deep brown coloured beer with a whitish head. The aroma obviously has smokiness but not as much as expected, it is much more subtle than that. It is a meaty smokiness, and this really comes out in the taste which is devine. It is so, so tasty; my only criticism being that it needs a little more body. A World classic beer. Score 4.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 4.3, 4.2 and 3.8. Average becomes 4.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 23, 2004
Thin brown body, much like a cola. Head is large, foamy and soapy, sand color. The foam is very long lasting and leaves behind A LOT of lacing. Smell is ham, wood smoke, blood and clay - rather pungent. Thin bodied, taste begins very smokey but is simultaneously encountered by a sweet, watery, malt background that includes some light chocolate. Aftertaste is sweet malt and smoked cedar. This beer is not that great. I’m guessing it has such a high rating because this is the first smoked beer people have had, as this beer is readily available in most places. Luckily I had the opportunity to try the Altenmünster Rauchenfelser Steinbier last weekend and I was treated to a much better smoked flavor without the annoying sweetness that this beer has. I really feel this palate is unbalanced and not matched tastefully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is smoked bacon, campfire smoke and more smoked bacon. A medium bodied marzen. Holy smokes this beer is smoky. But, behind the smoke is a nice malt backbone that is slightly sweet. Like the Urbock, once your palate gets over the initial smoke shock, this turns into a very smooth nice flavorful beer. Not as smoky as the urbock, but it still very intense. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is smoky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blackwell1978 (2) - USA - DEC 10, 2004 does not count
wow, very unique flavor. tastes like HEAVILY smoked bacon (more smokey than bacon-ey.) pours brown w/ a bit of red, very short lived head. smells just like it tastes, a grille that had bacon cooked on it 30 minutes ago :-) Worth a try for the unique flavor, but not making it one of my regulars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 criminy. hands down the strongest rauch I tasted in bamberg, and it’s still crazy in the bottle, back here. Just like drinking bacon. ymmv. actual tasting notes: aroma is smoky mesquite, caramel malt. medium/heavy body. flavor is bacon foremost, sweet caramelized malt, not a terribly sweet finish.

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