Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 2271   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2006
This is a delicious beer. Thanks again, so much to Shrubber85 for the bottle. Very dark brown body, quickly receding tan head. Definitely a very smokey aroma. Medium carbonation was nice, The sweetness of the malt is very well balanced with the smokey taste. The aftertaste is also very pleasant, perhaps a little spicey, reminiscent of a fine smoked gouda cheese. At any rate, this is a style I’ll need to look at more closely in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 7, 2006
Bottle (...also often sampled at the Dominikanerstrasse): Dark amber coloured with reddish sparks, small, lacing off-white head; strong roast-malty nose, also charcoal and wood in the aroma; sweet-bitter (like from ashes...) flavour, quite full bodied, oily texture; long smoky, malty finish with a moderate delicate bitterness. A class of its own ! Hard to drink for beginners, but the next one is always better...............

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2006
On draught at Schlenkerla. Thanks to Helmut, Knut & Herman for welcoming us to Bamberg so graciously at the pub. And what a pub it is!! (oops, that’s for another part of the site). Beautiful autumn, brown color with slightly tan head. The aroma is just incredible with bacon and woody smells. The flavor is also nice and smoky with malt, bacon, & very little bitterness detectable. It is very smooth and medium-bodied. It goes down easy! Especially after a 9.5 hour flight and a 2.5 hour train ride through the snow! We have had quite a bit of fun homebrewing with Weyermann rauchmalt but this experience will have us experimenting with it much more. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 28, 2006
Had one of these from a bottle tonight. The only thing I noticed on the label when I bought this one was the word Marzen. Imagine my surprise! Sharp nose of hot-dogs, and smoked pork chops. A little much at first but calmed down somewhat after the brew had a chance to breath. Pours a dark garnet. The average creamy off white head has fair lacing and retention. The flavor is primarily sweet. The caramel malt is underlying an intense grilled smoke tone. Complex to be sure. The medium body is creamy and soft. Though I can appreciate a much different style than I’m used to, not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Ridiculous (and delicious) heavy smoky aroma of burnt salami. Low carbonation lets charred wood flavors come through - very smooth mouthfeel lets smoky flavors linger. Flavor is much weaker than the nose, with some meaty malts. Honestly, such a huge aroma inundates all other aspects of the beer. If you like it, you love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (817) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Smokey bacon/ham scent... seriously. Near black with red highlighting (I love that look in a beer). Very strong unique smokey taste. Hickory like. Low Carbonation. The smoked taste really sticks to the tongue and lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vulcanmeister (200) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Hazy brown color with a thin frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet smoke. Flavor of smoke with hints of salt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 Pours to a clean red-hued brown body with a light beige head. The aroma is smoked black-pepper gouda cheese and burning paper. The flavor is sorta strange. It’s like it’s trying to be a smoked cheese but also is pretty light. Not really strong and smoky like I thought it would be. Still, pretty unique and definitely drinkable. The palate is lightly dry, smoky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 22, 2006
dark and clear copper color, tall thick foamy light tan head. aroma is like smoky clothes after a night by the campfire. kind of reminds me of waking up after burning man. charred wood and paper smells. flavor is malty smokin’ like Alex Smoke!! for those not on the "Grime" tip, it’s smokin like Nightmares on Wax’ Smoker’s Delight. You know, the smoked ham bit is not as strong as I expected, more of a background note. finish is a little bit burned hay. nice beer for the beginning of spring that’s still stuck in winter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Smells exactly like smoked gouda. Looks great, but taste is too much for me. Very complex, yet very nasty... to me atleast. Prob. won’t buy again.

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