Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2345   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlfredoGarcia (153) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 28, 2015
500 ml bottle. Very smoked smell of course, but not nice in my opinion. Dark coffe beer with a white head. Smoked taste and palate all over! Personaly i prefered the other one I tried from this company, this is just too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (1115) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Pours dark brown with beige pretty head. In aroma smoky, campfire style, sweet, fruity, bready. In taste smoky, malty sweet with fruits notes andlow to mdium herbal bitterness. Medium body, drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jopolis (16) - - AUG 23, 2015
Tastes of bacon smoke, and woody. Soft palate huge smoke finish. Drinkable despite the overwhelming nature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (851) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2015
Zwart bier met stevig schuim. Smaak is romig, rookachtig en licht bitter met aparte, niet te definieren maar prettige bijsmaak. Gedronken van het vat in restaurant te Forchheim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hank86 (18) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2015
Nase: kräftiger geräucherter Schinken, Malz; Geschmack: süßer Rauch und Malz, runde Hopfenbitterung ~ ~ Aroma: smoked ham, malt; Taste: smoke and malty sweet, suitable bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (1153) - 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 (145) - 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 (1469) - 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 (2841) - 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 (674) - WARSAW, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 ******************PIWO DEGUSTOWANE PRZED ZAŁOŻENIEM KONTA. (data degustacji: 20.01.2014)******************

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