Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 2443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colored, dense tan head. Dominating aroma of smoked meat, scents of wood and dark smoked malt. Smokey flavors too of course. Strong malt base; roasty and burnt, with som pleasant sweetness coming trough. Mild bitter aftertaste. Tasty and exotic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcisamong (5) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
I was right into this, a truly smokey taste. I found it becoming slightly too sharp on the palate towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2007
in bottle. medium amber with orange highlights. smoked salmon scent. tastes like applewood smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a lacy off-white head. Plenty of smoke in the aroma, like bacon. Medium body and active carbonation. A lot of smoke up front, then some caramel. The aftertaste is a not-so-pleasant reminder of smoking, which I gave up years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 Dark reddish brown body, uneven porous head. Strong aroma of smoke. Even stronger smoke flavor works in the front with the hops and base lager backing up. Very well-structured beer. Full-bodied, very robust. Threatens to overwhelm but never does (though a second bottle certainly would). Overall very balanced beer and very smooth. Incredibly drinkable. Each time I try this I’m more impressed. A beer like this really demands your attention.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
chicagobears (446) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Pours a reddish bronze a creamy head. Overpowering smoked cheese aroma. The taste is even more smoky than the aroma. This reminds me of when I used to smoke Marlboro. Once I got past the initial shock of the powerful smoke taste I could detect a pretty good tasting brew. However the smoke is just to much for me to overcome. I’m glad I tried this but I don’t plan to have one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2007
Very smoky ribs and bacon scent, very unique, makes me hungry! Dark brown with a touch of red in colour, light head. Slightly metallic, smoky hickory sticks in taste. Again, very unique, and very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a long lasting dirty tannish head. Slight sweet malt present, but masked by a decent smoke profile. The flavor is definately smokey, but more of a bbq smoke, and balanced nicely with a hint of sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2007
My first experiance with a ’smoke beer’. They’re not kidding! Tastes like someone poured liquid smoke into the bottle. Overpowering at first but very pleasent to drink. I can’t imagine drinking more than one of these at a time. And eating bar-b-que or smoked sausage WITH this? Overkill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 [bottle] Dark, murky brown appearance with a very small layer of foam on top. Nice campfire aroma, with some mild sweetness present. Initially, the flavors are quite malty, then the smoke sets in, domination almost all the flavors within the beer. This beer is pretty unique- not really an everyday drinking kind of brew, but when consumed with a huge plate of BBQ meat (as I enjoyed it), or while sitting around a campfire, this beer is excellent.

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