Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (1114) - ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber brown with a big beige head. Lovely smoky aroma, with toasted grains and caramel notes. Taste of sweet malt, smoked bacon, caramel, some bitterness, a bit too sweet. Relatively low body, still very good beer, great food pairings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (132) - ISRAEL - AUG 12, 2015
Bottled sample at Beers 2015. Served slightly too warm. Body is brownish-orange. Strong smoked aroma and flavor. Mouth feel is creamy and full. carbonation is soft. Tastes pleasantly slightly sweet. Flavors of smoked fish (not fishy!), malt. Nice and very interesting. The smokiness is not overwhelming at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1443) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2015
When it comes to smoked beers or “rauchbiers” as they’re called in Germany, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen is probably the king of them. I’ve been drinking good beer for many years but for whatever reason I never got around to this one until now. I’m sorry I did because this isn’t just some novelty brew, it’s a legitimate, well-rounded and well-crafted beer.

I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $4.99 ($0.30 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly dark brown but actually a pretty shade of mahogany. Pours to a two-finger, beige, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: A meaty smoke scene; similar to that of a campfire. A hint of sweetness as well.

Taste: There’s a lot going on in this palette, which is surprising for two reasons. First of all, this is a Märzen, which is the same as an Oktoberfest lager and that style isn’t known for being complex or full of flavor. Secondly, it’s a rauchbier and the smoke tends to override the rest of the palette. This is more than simply a smokey lager, though. There’s a nice taste of dark malts throughout the first half. Lightly confectionery-tasting and a bit nutty. Through the middle I detect a surprisingly strong chocolate presence, which becomes stronger on the finish. The smoke is noticeable right away, but it really emerges on the finish. It adds a light bitterness and a bit of astringency. It actually seems to hold all these flavors together and transition between them very well. I’m impressed by how it all works together.

Drinkability: I’m sure plenty of newbies might have trouble getting used to the taste of this beer, but seasoned drinkers will not. The mouthfeel isn’t quite as crisp as I was expecting; it drinks more like a strong ale with a full body and slightly tepid mouthfeel. The flavors don’t linger, however, which is nice. At 5.2% ABV it’s got enough body so that a single pint is quite satisfying.

RATING: 8/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2768) - New York, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Sundae evening brew. Deep brown pour. Nose of hickory smoked bacon which I had for breakfast today as well. Tastes of bacon smoke, malt, cola, licorice, hi t of chocolate, and woody. Soft palate huge smoke finish. Drinkable despite the overwhelming nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KW92 (607) - WARSAW, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 ******************PIWO DEGUSTOWANE PRZED ZAŁOŻENIEM KONTA. (data degustacji: 20.01.2014)******************

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1117) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 17, 2015
500 ml bottle BB 07/2015 from a trade with Werckmeister, thanks!
Dark copper body, with a medium, creamy, lacing, beige head.
Aroma of smokey wood, bacon, oak, caramel, dark berries, some toast.
Taste follows this, with some more subtle hops.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smokey, wooden, a bit sweet malty, a bit roasty.

Very nice. The smoke and oak notes are really enoyable, just how I like a smoked beer. A bit too light bodied for my taste though, on the other hand pretty easy to drink. Overall a very characterful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hallstein (305) - Skogn, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2015
Aroma has smoke. Smoke and vanilla. The smoky flavor is slightly woody in its character. Flavor is nice and smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Flavor has a smoky caramely character. Slight bacon, very moreish. Very nicely balanced. Not too much smoke. I’d buy this again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Roger60 (120) - - JUL 16, 2015
Bra val för den som vill dricka en skinka. hyfsad med fransk korv. Sb internetbeställning

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenJensen (828) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2015
The aroma is pronounced smoky and somewhat reminiscent of good smoked sausage or smoked eel. Maybe not so nice when you associate it with beer. The foam is nice and persistent and as a whole exudes the high quality. It tastes quite short of something malt sweetness, but the smoke soon takes over with and light hoppy aftertaste is also in the end, but a smoky sensation left in the mouth. It tastes really quite fine. I think that more than one Schlenkerla being too sickly to enjoy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - Fermo, ITALY - JUL 12, 2015
Wowww! S P E T T A C O L A R E! Ho sempre bevuto la versione botiglia di questa birra ma adesso la mia recensione va x la spina. Scura con schiuma beige. Al naso note di fumo intense. In bocca corpo medio leggero molto ben bilanciata e beverina. Una birra di stagione leggera e dal sapore molto speciale affumicato "scamorza liquida". Molto consigliata agli amanti del genere Rauch

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