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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1395) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2014
500 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Light brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma contains heavy smoke, cooked pork, oak, and light toffee. Campfire is prominent in the taste but the sweetness of the malt balances this so that the smoke is not overwhelming. Pairs very well with gouda and blue cheeses. An outstanding rauchbier.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (69) - Perugia, ITALY - JUN 7, 2014
Pours with a dark red colour, big long lasting white head. Aroma is medium malty and softly hoppy, additional strong notes of smoke, nice (it seems bacon!). Taste is medium sweet, softly bitter, softly sour. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (125) - MEXICO - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle 0.5l. This beer smells like bacon! It is a dark red beer with a medium creamy head that fades away in a minute or two. Taste is also of bacon, so maybe it should be renamed ¨bacon beer¨. Besides bacon, taste is also slightly watery and bitter. At the end, maybe the bacon taste and aroma overpowers the beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1384) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Ken shared a glass - thanks. Aroma is mostly smokey. Surprise… Pours a dark root beer hue with an off white ring and no lacing. The taste is peaty but malty notes were also detected. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, not as smoke dominate as some of the other Aecht Schlenferal I've sampled.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StuartC (28) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle from Fyne Wines, Argyll. Copper brown, not as thick or dark as may be expected. Aromas of Smoked meats and peppered German salami. On the palate there are more overtones of smoke - particularly smoked meats - though far behind this there are hints of bitter orange, oak chips, unrefined demerara sugar and a garlic oiliness. Overall, the smoke clearly dominates at every stage of tasting; rich and full, but a bit too mono-dimensional for my palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (555) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle from Voldby. Pours dark amber with a small tan head. Smokey aroma. Smokey taste with notes of caramel, malts, brown sugar. Soft carbonation. A bit oily texture. Smokey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (547) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
A- Pours a deep brownish black hue with a small, fizzy, 1.5 finger head that leaves no lacing. S- Smoke, light yeastiness T- Mildly yeasty up front moving into smoke, coupled with dark chocolate and slight bitterness that fades to yeasty lagery notes. M- Medium bodied, ample carbonation. D- Very strange. I tried to get into this beer and to me, it seemed like a very average lager with undertones of deep smokiness. Not as complex or interesting as I would have hoped.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (547) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours dark clear brown with a minimal beige head. Has a pleasant barbeque pit smokiness on the nose with some toasted malt and grains underlying on the taste. A medium body on the palate with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a toasted malt, earthy grains with a gentle smoked campfire flavor. A very good drinking and enjoyable brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fajry (428) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Flasa. Tmava hneda farba, kremova pena. Vona jemne troska sladka, nasledne otvorene masiarstvo. Krasne udene tony. V chuti prazene a karamelove slady, udeniny od najlepsich masiarov. Dymove dochute. Vyborne.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peter_L (640) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2014
Flaska från SB. Brunsvart vätska med två fingrar högt skum. Massiva och kraftigt påtaglig arom av rökt korv, charkuterier och bröd. Läskande smak där rökigheten är något nedtonad. Kvar finns dock smaken av prickig korv. Låg balanserad beska. Funkar förvånansvärt bra till grillad korv.


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