Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (679) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - SEP 24, 2015
500 ml bottle from Beervana, thanks to my lovely wife, Natalia. Pours a clear mahogany color with crimson hues and a big, beautiful creamy, lingering light-tan head which leaves a gorgeous lacing. Fantastic, superb smokey aroma with some dense bready and woody maltiness. Huge notes of smoked ham, bacon, tar, bbq sauce, roast beef, oak wood and peaty Islay single-malt whisky. Nice hints of Lapsang Souchong tea and Pumpernickel rye bread. Taste is not as heavy-driven as the aroma but it’s a powerhouse on its own. Bitter, and smokey, almost roasty, with very low sweetness and a soft tart touch. Smoke dominates by far, with woody maltiness and very faint hops. Massive smokey aftertaste. Similar to what you get after a BBQ with good beef pieces. Medium body, it lacks maybe a more heavy, creamy texture. It has just the right amount of carbonation. Good. Great even. An excellent German Smoked Märzen but I think the Weizen has more balance and is more drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pityu (294) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2015
Bottled - Smoky, burnt, woody aromas, no hop notes. Dark brown colour, beautiful, long life beige head. Medium malty sweetness with some noble hop taste. Smoked ham and bacon taste is very heavy, maybe too much. Not an easy drinkable one, but its really exciting. Medium body, medium carbonation, smoky finish with a hint of oak. Very tasty, but its a bit too smoky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3354) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2015
(In Bavaria from 2012 notes). Note at the outset that, as a whole, rauch beers are not my favorites and that they too often seem to me to have too much smoke flavor. This particular version is certainly above average and great looking, but does border on too much smoke flavor. In this case, my objection is more the masking of the other flavors rather than the sheer quantity of smokiness. The clear brown body has a lasting tan head that leaves exceptional lacing. As suggested above, the aroma is very smokey; ominously so IMO. Fortunately, there is proportionately less smoke in the flavor and some malt and light spice shows. Still, the primary impression is more similar to smoked meat than to a ’typical’ lager. M: medium body; Medium+ carbonation. O: nice, Bamberg style brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Salwal (172) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2015
From the bottle, pours pitch black with beige head. Nose of rich smoke, kinda imba. Taste is heavy smoke, caramell and Toast. Smoky finish... Overrated...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Spence75 (21) - - SEP 18, 2015
Bottiglia da 0,5. Color marrone scuro, Ha sentori di caffe tostato e soprattutto un evidente sapore di plastica bruciata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (620) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Aroma is smoke, bacon, sweet, possibly wheat. Appearance is dark golden, white head. Taste is a mess, clove and banana mixed with smoke and bacon. Mouthfeel is thin and light, unpleasant. Overall, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Giochaurand (234) - FINLAND - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark chestnut with low tanned head. Aroma is metwurst, tar, and brown sugar. Taste is malty, smokey, tobacco and bacon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (1025) - - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle. Coca-cola color with white head. Aroma - Malts, campfire, caramel. Taste - Tobacco, caramel, dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (956) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2015
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear, reddish brown, beige medium size lacing head. Smoky aroma, sausage, bacon, dark sugar. Medium carbonated, light, smooth slightly watery mouth feel. The taste has smoky notes, but less than in the aroma. Bacon, sausage, raw cane sugar, soy sauce, cardamom.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beers0mniac (59) - Joensuu, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2015
Dark reddish color with beige head. Very smoky aroma, like a campfire. Smoked ham, bacon and dark fruits. Smoke is not so dominant on taste but smooth and easy to drink. Finishes with smokey taste.Great and well balanced beer

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