Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lobs_ols (84) - LATVIA - AUG 17, 2014
Very dark red on the eye, strong white head. Very distinct smoke aroma with some hoppy notes. Very smoky yet also pleasant taste, sweet with some bitter and herbal notes- also hops. Hoppy bitter finish with lingering smoky notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eluosiren (33) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 16, 2014
Tried it in Greek beer bar. The aroma consists of something like bacon and cigar, the taste is SMOKED as hell, like you just ate some smoked meat. I wouldn’t drink it every day but smoked beers are definitely worth brewing and this one is very good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerkenstock (44) - - AUG 15, 2014
Drink cold (8-10°) Eye: pours a clear reddish-brown colour with small beige to brown head. small regular bubbles. nice carbonation. Nose: smoke, peat, cigar, smoked bacon (Räucherspeck), strong malts Mouth: peated smoke, cigar, leaves, hay, smoked bacon (Räucherspeck), strong earthy malts, dark chocolate, coffee, burned vegetables (zucchetti perhaps), slightly sweet. Palate: smoke remains, strong earthy (nature) malts, coriander, bitter finish Overall: very good and complex strong beer (concerning the taste, not the alcohol), a bit too heavy and one sided though. reminds my somehow of a peated whisky (from Islay perhaps). I really like it, but is not at all an every day beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minihame2 (203) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2014
Dark body, thin, tan head. Very smoky aroma, can’t get much else in it. Maybe a bit of malt in the background. Similarly, the taste is smoky, just like firewood. If you try to close it out, it’s almost like a stout in the beginning. Some bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, minimal carbonation, very pleasant. I am a big fan of smoky flavours so this one hits the homerun for me. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vestlake (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2014
I didn’t get this beer at all. It was so strongly smoked that I couldn’t drink it. Not my thing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DonPiano (31) - 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 (305) - 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 (66) - 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 (1158) - 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 (1651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Smoky and meaty like nobody’s business but still plenty of caramel malt and spicy hops shining through.

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