Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2128   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DonPiano (27) - GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Tastes like smoke, smells like smoke. Malty body with strong roasted flavours, not the kind of beer I prefer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (272) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2014
Chestnut color, light brown head. Smoked and roasted malt nose, caramel, meaty notes, earthy hops. Smoked taste, cured meat, light sweetness. Soft carbonation, medium body. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (61) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours dark reddish amber with half a finger of thick off-white head. As expected, very smokey on the nose, the smoke note being a mixture of woodsmoke and smoked meat from what I can tell, probably bacon. Beneath the pillow of smoke there’s a cereal malt base and a bit of (smoked) cheesy yeast. Taste-wise, the smokey character remains but is less overpowering than before, being confined to the middle at the top of the palate alongside aforementioned cheesy yeast, making this one really taste strongly of smoked cheese. Little bit of caramel malt and a tiny fruity note of uncertain character are detectable as well to even out the main smoked body, and the aftertaste is mostly cereal following a rather dry finish. Pretty easy on the palate with minimal carbonation, a good medium body (though a little watery sometimes IMO) and a smooth texture. Probably more impressed by the aroma than the taste on this one, but this one is most pleasant overall seems like a fine example of and a good introduction to this genre of brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NordicV (1138) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2014
Rödbrun öl med stort beige skum. Både doft och smak är mycket rökta charkuterier, korv och skinka. I botten finns en bra maltig öl med inslag av karamell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Smoky and meaty like nobody’s business but still plenty of caramel malt and spicy hops shining through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schnabelhund (69) - 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 (1092) - 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 (247) - 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 (402) - 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.

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