Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Clear dark amber pour with a small white head. Smokey bacon aroma. Malty smoked flavors, bacon and smoked meat flavors. Salty. Very drinkable, quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25079) - Lyserødovre, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark brown, with a nice, lasting beige head. Rather dry, not that heavy but solidly smoked throughout. The smoke almost drowns any other flavour, and takes some getting used to. But whenerver that happens, this turns out quite quenching. I doubt that smoked beers will ever be a clear favourite though. 091200

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a clear brown, with a firm head. Aroma is, well smokey, very smokey even. Taste is smokey, like liquid smoked salami :-). I really likes this, but i have to be in ’the mood’ to drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2005
This beer makes me want to cook a potroast soaked in the stuff and I lingered over it, sipping, for a lovely long while. Hard for some folks to swallow maybe--nobody else at my table liked it beyond a taste or two--but although this beer may go over the top on the smoke (more than a lot of other smoked beers), that’s the way I like it--big and chewy like a hunk of beer jerky. Not much point in being too complex because this beer is all about the smoke.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Sigh. Why do I keep trying these things? Aroma of Little Smokies, you know, those nasty little vienna sausages that have been soaking in liquid smoke for a few years. Flavor matches. Smoke, touch of wood, that is about it. Although it isn’t my bag, I can see how some folks might really flip for the stuff. It is a well made beer, just not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 500mL Bottle. Rich clear orange brown pour, with ultra-clean head of off-white. Distant campfire and wood stove smoke aroma; musky. Good dense malt blast. Some hickory tinged barbeque as well. Flavor pretty much continues the aroma, with more savory pig fat smoked flavor, developing at the back end. Sweetened with brown sugar. Interesting. Drinkable, but fairly static and smoke overwhelmed. Revisit. 3.9.2008. Much more balanced and delicate than I remember. Dry and focus on some barbeque sugars. Malt comes through a little. Lager softness. Not really all that overwhelmed. At this point in my career, I could handle more smoke. A damn good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3382) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle. SMoked, smoked bacon aroma with a mild underlying sweetness present as well. Smells like the other Schlenkerlas. Transparent amber color with a small quickly dissipating off-white head. Start is thin and a bit grassy, turning quite smoky to finish. Some lingering bitterness is also present in the finish. This is more thin-bodied than the others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
Draught at the brewpub. Clear brown coloured with a solid brown head. Aroma of malts, smoke and hops. Smokey flavour of malts, wood and hops with some sweetness. Hoppy finish. The bottled edition is more smokey but less sweet and hoppy (6-3-6-3-13).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (13836) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Bottle. Very smoky aroma. Wood, chew tobacco. Flavour is of course also quite smokey. It is hard to taste anything but smoke, even though the carbonation balances it a bit. Seems malty. Bitterness shows itself once "the smoke clears" from your palate. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 15, 2005
A nice dark brownish red in color with a light brown head. A strong smoked aroma. Has a nice medium body and a pleasant smoked flavor.

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