Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Found at Wine Sampler. Pours a brownish black with a small head. A friend called this "liquid ham" and for the first half, it really was. Other aromas and flavors such as smoke and maltiness arise in the second half. Aroma and taste of unsalted pork. Balanced creamy mouthfeel. Lingering meaty alcohol finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 bottle. dark brown color. large head. smokey aroma. very good. very soft and smokey. really enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2006
I love this great smokey flsvor. Feels like I’m eating and drinking at the same time. If you love BBQ smells and flavors this is the guy for you. Used it to cook ribs and they came out great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Pours deep red with a mid-sized off-white head. Big smoky aroma. The smoke flavor is more subtle than that of the Schlenkerla Urbock, but the base beer is better. Toasted malts and caramel pave the way for a fairly strong smoke finish. An excellent Marzen with an excellent smoky twist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2006
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby with a brilliant glow when held to the light. Small beige fizzy head with decent retention due to the fairly active carbonation. Aroma is everything that you could ask for from an unapologetic smoke beer. Campfire smoke, beef boullion, toasted malt, and bacon. Summed up in one word- mouthwatering! I could just smell this beer and be happy for an hour. Flavor has alot of toasted malt, fairly dry at first taste. Then the smoked meat bomb that is the beauty of this beer hits you like a train on the finish. Minimal amount of alcohol on the finish that lingers around forever. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very active, yet soft, carbonation yielding a fairly creamy texture. This is the tops as far as Smoked beers go. Truely amazing, everything you could want from a Smoke beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Wha’d we say? I had this once with AC and apparently didn;t enter. Remember something about smoked melted gouda on a leather baseball mitt, grape leaves, and humidors. It was absolutely delicious and exciting and I remember the high rating. Will be drinking this again for sure and getting a more detailed comparison of this series. This should be a standby beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 Transparent brown- nose/taste hickory smoke pit unusual yet wonderful beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (892) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
From the Bottle: Pours a deep mahagony color with little head. Aroma is of ham, maybe some burnt notes of greese. A little bit of alcohol, smoke from a campfire on the nose, but mainly ham. A nice amount of carbonation lacing rising to the top. Taste is also of ham, while I smelled little more than ham I taste nothing BUT ham. Quite interesting, I agree that it might be great with some yellow cheeses or maybe salami. Even has a little bit of a gouda taste to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
16.9oz bottle. My third of the Schlenkerlas I bought a couple months back. Pours a clear brown with a red tinge with a medium-large frothy khaki head. Head stayed throughout, and the lacing was so thick there was just one big lace in my glass. The first aroma I pick up on is of course smoked malts (think campfire), a little metal, and pepper. Not quite as smoky in the flavor, though it is dominant. Some roasty malts in there as well. A little bit of a slight bitter, chalky finish with some charcoal ash. Could have a little more carbonation, but a solid beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2197) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2006
From the bottle.

I’ve had this one sitting in my cellar for six months or so; I was inspired by Oakes’ latest column ( http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-621.htm ) to pull it out and give it a taste.

Pours an elegant clear caramel brown without much head. Smoked malt of course dominates the aroma, with a bit of dry-cleaner’s shop in there as well. The flavor is not as powerfully smoky as the aroma, at least on the front side of each sip. This gives the caramel malts a chance come through, rich and slightly sweet, before the smoke intermingles with mild bitter hops to provide the finish.

I’m relative newcomer to smoked beers; in some ways the smoked malts remind me of a strongly dry-hopped IPA in the mouth-drying finish. I can’t say that I’m to the point where I prefer the smoke to the hops, but this is interesting and enjoyable as well.

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