Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2528   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Bottle. Drank from German opaque ceramic mug so didnt get much on the appearance, but the mug made the smell even more enjoyable. I decided before I even drank this one that I had to grill out while I drank it, and I can honestly say that the smell of the charcoal grill was just about the same as the smell of the beer. Amazing. Anyway, the taste itself was of course caramelly and malty like any marzen style and the smoked flavors made for a nice, mellow, rounded finish. I had read many times about the initial shock of trying a smoked beer so I wasnt too shocked when i actually did, just pleasantly surprised. Some beers are really meant to be sipped on their own, and others are just meant to be drank with food. This one is PERFECT for food and couldnt imagine NOT drinking it with a nice smoked bratwurst.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle -- A light tan with a touch of red. Almost no carbonation. Medium-to-large off-white head that quickly recedes. A little lacing. Aroma is very smokey, with hints of charred wood and burnt bacon. Some sweeteness. Surprisingly watery feel to this beer. Flavour is the same as the aroma, with the smoke a touch overpowering if the beer is drunk alone -- it’s absolutely heavenly with salami pizza! Will keep in mind for my next BBQ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 500ml bottle. pours dark with white head. nose is very smoked meats. flavor is very charred wood with smoke in the background, other notes are meats. flavor isn’t as full as the urbock but still real nice and smoked meaty. a sort of rusty finish. very easy drinking smoked but i find most of them to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle. Dark ruby with a bubbly thick off-white head. Nose is full of bacon, smoky bacon, malty smokiness, slightly sweet nose. Mouth is smoky, more of that bacon, some wheat snacks, something like bacon fries, oaky malt sweetness that lasts. Palate is sweet and inoffensive, a little heavy by the end of the bottle, but flowing. Quite delicious, if a little on the overpowering side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Smells like smoke, rather like smoked bacon, with maybe a hint of malts. Flavor is of course also permeated by smoke, but oddly a bit refreshing, with some malt and bits of hops, and a fairly light body. I like this a bit more than the Urbock, since the smoke is balanced a bit more, though still undoubtedly assertive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
bottle at lcbo, dark brown, good sized head big bacon smoke nose, more meaty in the flavour really intresting smoked malts, great beer with bbq and to cook with

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 500ml bottle. Pours a nice dark redish brown, almost identical to a dark ale. Medium head that clears up fairly quickly but leaves a centimeter or so of froth at the top of the glass, looks fairly heavily carbonated. Smells of smoked malts (obviously), and I’m actually reminded a little of sausages or ham around a campfire, very pleasant! Tastes strongly of the smoked malts, but there’s also some good hops in there too that gives it a good bitter finish. After taste is a blend of everything, hops, malts, and most noticeably the smokey aspects. Pretty enjoyable over-all, definitely worth paying for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep brown colour with a nice light brown foamy head. Aroma of smoked indeed, reminds me of a well smoked ham. Soft mouthfeel. The flavour has a lot of smoke and some maltiness. Grüss Gott this is a great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Rich brown color with thin head. Taste and smell reminded me of smoked gouda cheese and smoked meat. Taste is similar--very roasty but not at all like a dark stout. I’ve never had a beer remotely like this before. One complaint is the body is a little thin, but definitely a unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 Oh lord, huge head, smells like smoked salmon vs sausage , I cant even bring myself to describe the taste........ first taste: Like drinking a stein of charcoal with a burned tyre on top. Second taste; actually pleasant,smokey but not offensive, like a good salami, interesting, very interesting. Third taste; a nice beer. RERATE - some notes, just a delicious smoked beer, beautiful bacon notes, lovely peat and smoke with a tremendous long bacon salami finish. Great

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