Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schnabelhund (67) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2014
Pours dark copper. The beer sports a tan head of medium size and medium-long lifetime and manages to leave a little lacing behind. The nose is mainly smoky - the kind of smoke you’d expect from Black Forest ham - while notes of sweetish caramel malts are hidden underneath. The flavor pretty much follows the bouquet: sweet caramel malts overpowered by smoke, grassy hop on the mid-palate overpowered by smoke, woody flavor overpowered by smoke, leading to a meaty ham finish with a lot of smoke. I find it interesting how much I associate the flavor with ham although the beer actually tastes nothing like pork. It’s just that this particular kind of smokiness is such a prominent component in both this beer and German raw ham. Just a side note. Man, this beer is smoky. The smoke almost made the creamy texture, medium body, and soft carbonation escape me. OK, obviously not everybody will like this, and the score (in my case 3.8) is even less meaningful than usual. Neither this review, nor any other, nor any number given to this beer can tell you whether you’ll like it or not, but it’s definitely worth a try just for the heck of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rok1024 (1077) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUL 28, 2014
Clear dark amber appearance, medium head. Strong smoke aroma, caramel. Decent bodied with round sweetness and bitterness. Prolonged smoked finish. Very good Smoked style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerandhockey8 (228) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUL 26, 2014
From bottle to lager glass. Pour is a deep copper color, almost brown with a very thick off-white head. Nose is big smoke, roasted malt, light hop, caramel. Taste is light medium bodied, mostly sour. Big smoky flavor as well. Finishes nice and crisp, smoke is powerful on the mouth. Cool mix of style on the marzen, definitely would recommend this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (243) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2014
An aroma of sweet cereal grains, bread yeast, and smoky bacon. Appears a clear deep copperish brown with off white foam and some lace. Tastes of bacon smoke and sweet cereal grains with a hint of grassy bitterness. Palate is fizzy and nice. Overall, a very nice Rauch bier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (392) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black. No head or lace. Nose is pure campfire--very woodsmokey. Thinnish. Strong woodsmoke, roasty malts, mild chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (415) - CROATIA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle, pours a deep brown with a small cream colored head, nice smoky aroma, taste is light smoked bacon with some sweetness with malt and nuts notes, light smoky bitter finish, very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burgers (304) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Dark reddish brown with thick cream head. Aroma of salty smoke with roasted malts. Little carbonation, fullish body. Taste fairly saline, light bitter and sweetness. Pretty good but not refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1048) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Poured very dark brown with thick cream head. Aroma of strong bacon smoke with choc roast toast. Light carb med bod. Taste is still smokey roast balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Ruby brown color with a big tan foamy head. Little or no carbonation that I can see. Smokey aroma dominates everything else here aroma wise. There is a sutle roasted malt aroma. Very smokey with some roasted malt flavors. The smoked malt doesn’t overpower the beer but instead inhances the flavor. Medium body beer with a dry finish. The flavor also reminds me of smoked cheese if you ever had it. A good drinkable beer but in limited amounts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (988) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
The most classic of the old German Rauchbiers, applying a 16th-century Bamberg production method of smoking malt over a fire of beechwood. Pale beige, irregular, not very stable foam over a clear, deep bronze colour. Extremely powerful aroma which can hardly be mistaken for anything else (except for the two other Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers, that is); I will never forget my first encounter with this brew and my amazement of finding smoked ham, smoked herring, smoldering ashes of beech wood, broth and charcoal in the aroma, adorned by subtle tones of sweet malt and peppery hops. Tastes begins softly malty with a mineral-like accent but is quickly overpowered by the assertive smokiness, woodiness, peatiness and meatiness, to the extent that one could even describe its main character as almost salty, a taste rarely found in any beverage... Finish adds some grassy hops, but the smokiness remains overpowering till the last gulp, utterly dry and very, very long. An acquired taste and one I’ll never forget, but a delightfully old-fashioned world classic from Bavaria.

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