Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2007
Very smoky ribs and bacon scent, very unique, makes me hungry! Dark brown with a touch of red in colour, light head. Slightly metallic, smoky hickory sticks in taste. Again, very unique, and very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a long lasting dirty tannish head. Slight sweet malt present, but masked by a decent smoke profile. The flavor is definately smokey, but more of a bbq smoke, and balanced nicely with a hint of sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2007
My first experiance with a ’smoke beer’. They’re not kidding! Tastes like someone poured liquid smoke into the bottle. Overpowering at first but very pleasent to drink. I can’t imagine drinking more than one of these at a time. And eating bar-b-que or smoked sausage WITH this? Overkill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 [bottle] Dark, murky brown appearance with a very small layer of foam on top. Nice campfire aroma, with some mild sweetness present. Initially, the flavors are quite malty, then the smoke sets in, domination almost all the flavors within the beer. This beer is pretty unique- not really an everyday drinking kind of brew, but when consumed with a huge plate of BBQ meat (as I enjoyed it), or while sitting around a campfire, this beer is excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 i dont get it. all this smoke is just overpowering. i feel like im drinking BBQ sauce. either that, or a liquified version of smoked sausages. i think this would be a great beer to cook with or use as a marinade....but to drink. not so much. i have heard from a brewmaster friend of mine that the bottled version we get here is crap and the fresh version in germany is fantastic...so i guess until i try it there the rating remains as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
My favorate of all the Schlenkerla beers I have had. This was an excellent smoked beer with a smooth taste and wonderful appeal. The smokey flavor was evident but not over abundant. Fluffy beigh head with small frothy bubbles covers this dark brownish bock beer. Rich and creamy flavor with a malty undertone. Not overly sweet. Excellent palate with a great finish. I really loved this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is strong smoked meats, especially bacon. This transfers to the flavor, but there is also a nice sweet note, almost like sugar cured ham, and a finish that is slightly bitter. I’d like to try thier Rauchbier Urbock next.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle: Poured a dark brown/black with a tan head. Smell was of smoked meat. The flavor was smoked malt with hints of bacon. Very weird but pleasant to drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4078) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle; nose of smokey malts, makes me wamt to the deli for the smoked salmon it smells like! cherry brown with a medium, glass-lacing tan head; Flavor of smoke, roasted malt, and mild hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7698) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 (Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with ruby notes, off-white rocky head. Malty, smokey, almost tarry, nose with notes of smoked ham or bacon and a hint of Ardbeg Islay whisky. Malty, smokey taste with a balanced bitterness, dark bread, dried fruit and smoked ham. More smoke in the nose than in the flavour. More complex, and fairly well balanced, taste with a nice bittersweet finish. Easier to drink than expected. Nice one. (7/4/7/4/13=3.5) Rerate: (Draught, unfiltered, by gravity at Akkurat, 26 Sep 2007) Dark brown colour with ruby notes, frothy pale brown head. Smokey, malty nose with notes of smoked ham or sausages and burning fires. Smokey, malty taste with full flavours of smoked ham or sausages, tar, hints of chocolate and discreet notes of spicy hops in a fairly dry finish. A lot better unfiltered, more of everything and still better balance.

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