Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2317   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2006
Medium brown, a touch murky. Well formed thin head. Expressive nose of chocolate and classic smoky beech, a touch sweet. Nice bouquet but not totally convincing. Not as good on the palate, again nice smokey touches, some malt sweetness but not much else. A bit simple but it would be unfair to label this a poor beer. Given there is not much of the genre in this country well worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma of smoked salami. Flavor is smoked salami and slight bitter hops. Good body, not my thing, but good for its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3479) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Pours a clear brown with a tanned head. Light sweetness. Strong aromas of tar, leather and salami. Dry, leathery finish. Medium bodied. Reminds me of a classic Swedish mosquito repellant. I´m surpriced I liked it this much. I guess it would be good with fried eggs and bacon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 Rating No. 250. First had this on tap in Bamberg in 2004 (when I marvelled at the idea of liquid ham), but this review is for the bottled version. Dark ruby brown pour, full beige head. Intense, intense woody smokiness, big aroma. A little burning in my nose and eyes at first, maybe it’s just the sensory memories of sitting too close to the fire on a chilly night. Could spend a half hour just smelling this. Smoked bacon or ham, also in the taste. Full, thick body. Balanced. Dry finish and a lasting, slightly more subtle smoke aftertaste. Smoke, smoke, smoke; smoke is everywhere, and never did it taste so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Bottle. Pours to a rich dark brown, with a small white head. Mild carbonation. Aroma is very smokey, but is heightened with smokey meat scents like bacon and ham, as well as ash. Compared to the Urbock, the Marzen is cleaner to the palate, not as thick, and not as smokey, but still retains wonderful character and body. Smokey and roasted malt flavor is detectable, but the dominent smoke and bacon, and wood-smoke flavors make for a well rounded and enjoyable Rauchbier. I feel the Urbock has a slight edge, but this is a wonderful example for the style. I do not drink Rauchbier often, but Schlenkerla makes a great product and I am pleased that it is widely available.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Draft. WOW! Aroma is in every way similar to a smokehouse full of ham! Pretty light orange semi-cloudy color with a decent off-white head. Drinks easily even with probably a higher carbonation than I’d like but I will forgive them! Taste is an essence of smoked whitefish (in my opinion) but definite hops presence is noticeable. The woody BBQ-like flavor never diminshes yet does not overpower. Every bit the conversation piece as well as an enjoyable drink. I’m in love. Re-Rate for BOTTLED sample. Hmmm. Not nearly as delightful as on draft. Less aroma. Obvious metallic taste that I did not get from the draft. Odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2006
This is a delicious beer. Thanks again, so much to Shrubber85 for the bottle. Very dark brown body, quickly receding tan head. Definitely a very smokey aroma. Medium carbonation was nice, The sweetness of the malt is very well balanced with the smokey taste. The aftertaste is also very pleasant, perhaps a little spicey, reminiscent of a fine smoked gouda cheese. At any rate, this is a style I’ll need to look at more closely in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9306) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 7, 2006
Bottle (...also often sampled at the Dominikanerstrasse): Dark amber coloured with reddish sparks, small, lacing off-white head; strong roast-malty nose, also charcoal and wood in the aroma; sweet-bitter (like from ashes...) flavour, quite full bodied, oily texture; long smoky, malty finish with a moderate delicate bitterness. A class of its own ! Hard to drink for beginners, but the next one is always better...............

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2006
On draught at Schlenkerla. Thanks to Helmut, Knut & Herman for welcoming us to Bamberg so graciously at the pub. And what a pub it is!! (oops, that’s for another part of the site). Beautiful autumn, brown color with slightly tan head. The aroma is just incredible with bacon and woody smells. The flavor is also nice and smoky with malt, bacon, & very little bitterness detectable. It is very smooth and medium-bodied. It goes down easy! Especially after a 9.5 hour flight and a 2.5 hour train ride through the snow! We have had quite a bit of fun homebrewing with Weyermann rauchmalt but this experience will have us experimenting with it much more. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 28, 2006
Had one of these from a bottle tonight. The only thing I noticed on the label when I bought this one was the word Marzen. Imagine my surprise! Sharp nose of hot-dogs, and smoked pork chops. A little much at first but calmed down somewhat after the brew had a chance to breath. Pours a dark garnet. The average creamy off white head has fair lacing and retention. The flavor is primarily sweet. The caramel malt is underlying an intense grilled smoke tone. Complex to be sure. The medium body is creamy and soft. Though I can appreciate a much different style than I’m used to, not really my cup of tea.

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