Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 2101   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2004
pours amber with a decent sized pocked head. smokey almost hickoryaroma. overwhelming smoke flavor like a grilled piece of meat. there is a bit of sweetness underneath this that tastes of brown sugar. very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Bottle. Metallic/smoky nose. Good woody smoke flavor, very similar to the taste of BBQ smoke. Slight metallic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - NOV 24, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown colour, brownish head. Smoked nose, smoked cheese, smoked pork meat, speck, burnt wood. Taste is smoked too, like smoked ham. Creamy mouthfeel, slight "clear-your-palate" sour finish, maybe from roasted malt. A beautiful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Bottle. Brownish beer with a big beige head. Big smokey aroma. Smoke flavor and malt, but it doesn’t live up to it’s aroma and the lighter body misses slightly. When fresher there’s a nice smoke flavor with a bit of caramel backing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
The first thing I noticed was the aroma. Never seen (smelled) a beer with such a potent aroma, and certainly never felt the smell of smoked pork bacon in a beer ! The head was light brown, pretty high and slow to disppear. The body was a beautiful deep, dark ruby red, and very promising. The flavour confirmed the aroma impression : very smoky, very filling too. Why I almost felt like I was drinking a whole meal! There was also a caramel second taste well concealed under the smoky first taste. My conclusion is, this is a very good beer for long Winter evening, in front of a fireplace, preferably sitting at my Stammtisch (habitual table) in a Bamberg restaurant ! Prost !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2004
whoa....now that’s a smoky aroma. smells like burned malt, beef jerky, roast pork tenderloin. really cannot distinguish between hops and smoked malt. the flavor is not as smoky as the aroma suggests, but still phenomenally burnt/dark/caramelized and malty. surprising hops finish to somewhat balance the aftertaste. an awesome experience, although not something i could drink more than once every few months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7700) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Wow....5 for appearance. Deep orange/ruby color with a medium ecru head. Huge aroma of malt, smoke, sausage, poontang, and scotch...like the aroma of a German maiden who stuffed a weinerschnitzel up her peckergrabber. Tastes malty, with a wonderfully delciious taste of weiners, campfire smoke, burnt hot dogs, and smoked salmon...the taste is more sausagy than salmony, but it almost defies description. It is simply delectable, and perhaps the most unique taste I have ever tasted. Palate is medium, and the finish is smooth, smoky, and crisp. I bought two of these...one for me and one for a trade, but I’ll be going back for more. The best rauchbier I have ever had...bar none. To appreciate this, you must have some palate experience with a variety of beers...otherwise, you may find it harsh or "odd". As for me, I’ve got a kielbasa in my hand and I’m going to Germany with it to find a fair maiden.........

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Bottle. Dark brown color, smoked fish aroma and taste, light sweet, Medium body, smoked fish finish. Reminds me of a small Danish island " Bornholm ".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
Trying to keep an open mind and palate. Just weird, way different from anything else I’ve tried. Strong smoked aroma. Was deciding factor in choosing ham for dinner. Brings forth thoughts of wet wood on a fire, smoked ham and fish. As long as you don’t try to gulp it, it actually goes down fairly well. Not bad, but you can’t really rate it in comparison to beers of different styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
Bottle: Pours a dark brown body with thin beige head. Smells of smoked sausage. Tastes of strong smokey flavours. Can’t even take more then one sip!. Disgusting, what kind of lottery did my mouth just lose.......and I mean Lose!!!!!!! Not my style!

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