Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Nose is sweet smokey wood. Dark deep red with a thin white head. Smooth with very balanced subtle smoke notes. Thin bodied. Not much complexity but mostly enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2007
Smoke flavour is much more present on the nose than in the mouth. Sweet, malty and smoky, this is extremely chewable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (9120) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2007
bottle. Dark colour, smoky nose. Malty, slightly hoppy and very smoky. Very pleasant smokiness is present as well as a touch of roasted malt. Lovelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 bottle at home ... brown coloured ... odd smokeyness mixed with Dashi (japanesse fish stock) ... malt fruits Basic malt beer with the meaty smokeyness coming in back and linger. cant quite get what flavour is. Much more drinkable that id expect but no desire to retry. bottle at jans ... deep red brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft roast and big smoke ... nose ... malt fruits ... not me at all... 2.8

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle. This beer is a deep ruby red with the thinnest beige head. The aroma is a bit strange to me - this smell of smoked, salted meat dominates everything and if it were stronger it would be almost like canned anchovies. It is so strong that it takes away from the flavor which is much better because it isn’t as sharp as the aroma - less salty. Actually very pleasant at this level. It is good to try out but that aroma is gonna keep me away from now on. Otherwise very quenching and easy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Deep amber in color with some orange highlights. Aroma: Alot of smoke, charred wood, smoked meats- pork, and some sweet caramel in the back as well as light notes of fruit. Taste is very smoky, with smoked ribs/sausage, wood, with some caramel malty sweetness and fruit. Finishes smoky and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4445) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2007
Dark red colour, small beige head. Aroma of smoked eel and oak wood. Strong flavours of smoked fish as well, going into hoppy and dark malt flavours. Heavy but tasteful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2009 500 mL. Dark mahogany with red highlights and small but lasting head. Aroma is peppery smoke with some sweet barbecue sauce on a rib hiding underneath. Flavor is initially smoke, smoke and more smoke: but after a few sips the malt comes out from behind the cloud and the barbecue fun really begins. The herby-bitter hops show up a little later to turn the glass towards a balancing act of herbal spices, smooth and earth-rich molasses, jerky, and of course the overarching heart-of-wood smoke. Palate is surprisingly smooth and not quite medium-bodied. Give this one at least half of a (glass) chance and I think you will be pleasantly surprised, even if you don’t like rauchbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Belin questa m’è piaciuta un bel po’, accompagnata ad un buonissimo tagliere di salumi al Pub del Duca. Mamma mia che serata! :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2007
16.9 this is a very clean looking ruby brown lager. a moderate amount of foamy white head rises then sinks to a light whispy cap. nose is sweet malt, smoke and campfire. you know that bonfire/kegger you get on your hoodie. very different, this beer tastes like a liquid bar-b-que. as you drink it, however, the smoke flavor’s intensity seems to fade and more sweet dark malts and some light hops come into play. i also like the tobacco description another rater had mentioned.

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