Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 2127   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2005
Smoky aroma and taste!! Red to brown in colour. Not really my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2005
Bottled. It’s smoked sausages. Never known an aroma like it, and I rather liked it. The smokiness carries through in the flavour but (thankfully) in a measured way, has a nice malty bite to it. Almost a cheesy palate and aftertaste. On it’s own it’’s good, must buy more to try with food where it coudl be amazing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
Jesus. This tastes like smoked ham hocks in a glass, or beef jerky or something. I like rauchbiers, but this, this was a bit much. Unfortunately, none of my friends would drink mine, so down the drain it went.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2005
Great beer, nice smoky flavor, but quite mild, I expected it to be overpowering, but it wasn’t. small head, ruby color, quite balanced, maybe abit too sweet, but not by much. I enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours very dark with an immediately noticeable smokey aroma. I enjoyed this beer as it is meant to be enjoyed: with some nice smoked ham in a stoneware lager glass. Very well suited to drinking with anything smoked or spicey. Definitely the very best of the smoke beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kyzr (1150) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Very smokey aroma, nice light color with brown head. Flavors of smoked pork belly and cheddar cheese. After the smoke clears, slight malt, but too much smoke for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2920) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
Aroma:smoked bacon appearance:Brown with a good head Flavor:Taste a lot of smoke. Palate:Smoke and smoke If you like smoked beer is the best one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Brown with an ok head. Aroma from smoked fish, licorice, tar and sweet fruits. Smoky flavor, spicy, bready, smoked fish and with pepper in the finish. Different but quite ok...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Had this many times before I started rating, but the experience is well remembered. Gotta say you either like this one or hate it. Somewhat coca-cola colored after pouring, thin lacy head, and the great taste of smoked gouda cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Bottled. A deep brown coloured beer with a whitish head. The aroma obviously has smokiness but not as much as expected, it is much more subtle than that. It is a meaty smokiness, and this really comes out in the taste which is devine. It is so, so tasty; my only criticism being that it needs a little more body. A World classic beer. Score 4.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 4.3, 4.2 and 3.8. Average becomes 4.1

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