Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2275   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 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
This beer is bottled bacon. Everything about it is smokey. Pours dark mahogany with a decent tan head. Aroma is...smoked bacon. The taste is...smoked bacon. There is some decent malt flavor and it does drink very smoothly. I might have this again if I’m having meat and cheese for dinner. It is pretty good, but I can’t really see drinking this on a regular basis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2006
Bottled. smells like an accident with a fire place. Golden dark brown colour. smoked flavour. smoked bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2006
smells like beef fuckin jerkey, hardcore beef jerkey. kind of smooth up front with a huge meaty vibe to it, just like beef jerkey. very smoked jerkey at that. weird. dogs should drink this shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2006
50cl bottle. Clear mahogany colour with a fair lasting creamy head. An overwhelming smoked aroma makes it difficult to smell anything else. Reminds my a bit of smoked meat or sauces. Quite light, a bit oily and easy drinkable beer actually, but the smell is almost to much. A loooong smoked finish. Definitively a very nice experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with thin bubbly off-white head that fades down to swirls. Nose is very smokey almost like a camp fire kind of smell. Flavor is at first a little sweet, then comes the same smokiness from the nose, all in all the smoke aroma and flavor is pleasing, just hangs around a little too long. Give me this beer and some fresh grilled meat and I’d be in heaven.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2006
So similar to the weizen. Can’t pretend to claim like most that I actually enjoy them. Just too smokey and burnt up in your face. You should definitely partake & sample these as oft remarked they are interesting & unique.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Schlenkerla Rauchbier pours to a beautiful, bright, deep mahogany color with a thick tan head and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is pungent with waves of salty, and smoky malt aromas. The palate is firm with lots of big flavors of smoke, salt, and bacon. Schlenkerla finishes with more of those intense salty and smoky flavors, then ends with a dry and sooty finish that lingers on the tongue. A phenomenal rauchbier, and a classic example of the style. As with the Spezial, the aromas and flavors are just so much fresher and brighter than the bottled and exported draught versions we get in the US. You can’t go wrong with any version of this beer, but to enjoy half liter after half liter of this beer in the Altstadt, and in Bamberg, is really something special for a beer lover. As much as I love this one, it is not for everyone. Some beer drinkers just can’t get past the smoke in this beer, and find the aromas and flavors just too much. But for those who love this style, Schlenkerla is as world class, as a beer can get. This one works extremely well with hearty German fare, and is a wonderful beer to just drink and enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkoR (622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
I think I know why most users like this one. But I can’t really say I like it. I felt it was drinking a german sausage cocktail. Not exactly tasty. More smoke than that, and the house is on fire. But very smooth to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1112) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Thanks to BierBauch for this one. 1pt 0.9oz bottle. Lots of smoke in the aroma, reminds me of smoked fish or cheese. Pours a dark brown with a medium white head. Drinking this is similar to drinking pure liquid smoke with some malty caramel tastes. I liked it though the smoke, I thought ,was a little over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2006
bottle at BierStube in Moline. definitely a smoked beer. aroma was all about the smoke. looked like a marzen, but the flavor was like the smell in your clothes after sitting on the wrong side of a campfire. still a nice change of pace from what I usually drink.

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