Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2528   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kiwano (17) - USA - AUG 17, 2007
I had this poured into a glass from a cold bottle. I think the review would be slightly different if I waited a while for the beer to warm up and open up a littlle bit. My first smokebeer or rauchbier to taste or review. The beer pours a very dark almost opaque brown or dark amber. There was almost no head (possibly because the bottle it came in was cold?) It has a very smoky and woody smell and similar dark smoky taste that stays in your mouth for a while after taking a sip. It is not overwhelming though and even though it is smoky it is still somewhat lighter than I would have expected. A lighter body than I would have though and little bits of carbonation as well. If you like smoky flavors this is a good beer. It’s not too heavy and the smoke flavors aren’t too overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Poured a dark copper amber with a medium creamy beige head, leaves a slight lace. The aroma is rich and smokey, slight meaty notes, thick aroma. Very genuine and intense smoke taste and aroma. Not as good as the urbock, but still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 As we head into the summer months, the yearning for BBQ is building. Well if you are like me and live an apartment in which you have no place to BBQ, fret not apartment dwellers for the beer gods bring you Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen (It sure it is mouthful and almost ridiculous to pronounce)! For those you that have never heard of or tasted a smoke beer, it is an experience. Smoked beers get their name because they expose the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs. It actually tastes like smoked meats – seriously, it is like bottled BBQ. The beer’s aroma was like standing next to a BBQ smoker. The finish was refreshing and quite pleasant though. It is actually difficult to describe anything else but the strong flavor of BBQ. This is not a beer which I recommend anyone to buy a whole case of – matter of fact it is one of the few beers I would tell someone to have just once in a while. That being said, it is something which I won’t forgot and I’ll be sure to pick up some next time the BBQ blues hit me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mhot55 (99) - USA - AUG 8, 2007
BACON IN A BOTTLE! at first there’s just an overpowering smoke taste. after the first sip though, the beer comes through. bitterness and sweetness (malt & hops) flavor are blended with the smokiness. nice change. great w/ bbq, meats, dogs,etc. i must admit, i don’t think i could drink 2 in a row- just too much smoke. even towards the end of the bottle, it felt like enough. i’ll grade this brew based on the 1st half of the glass, the second half the flavor changes from 7 to 6, and mouthfeel goes down a little (getused to the smoke)."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - AUG 6, 2007
Bizzare. I’ve never tasted a beer like this before. Tasted of smoked meats (probably to be expected but my pallate was still surprised). I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2681) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of toasted dark bread, light hops of herbs and smoked gouda for the yeast with smoke and charcoal in the background. Small fizzy head that’s off white, mostly diminishing with good lacing. Color is a clear dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic and finishes lightly bitter. Plalate is light to medium, between dry and watery with lively carbonation (very fine bubbles) and a dry finish. Good beer, high points for the unique aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
Beautiful appearance - deep ruby-black body with a lovely little creamy off-white head and some lace. Aroma of - I kid you not - smoked salmon. Definitely not just smoked or wood notes, but a sweet meat-like aroma with the smokiness. Some molasses in the nose as well. Watery dark-malt taste followed by a rich smoke & ash aftertaste with that sweetness that makes me think of salmon or sweet meat. Thin ferric hops - metallic and not pleasant. This tastes like something one could easily become sick from. Very smooth and creamy body with decent carbonation. An interesting novelty-beer, but compared with the smoked beers I’ve thus far enjoyed, I can’t say I care for this all that much.

   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 (9164) - 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.

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