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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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RATINGS: 2148   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.


mmhws' rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmhws (12) - Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Aroma: strong smokey smell Appearance: almost opaque black with offwhite head that quickly settles to about half a finger: Taste: not as smokey as I would’ve anticipated from the smell, but the smoke definitely is the overwhelming taste. nice light sweetness. Palate: carbonation is average. somewhat watery initial aftertaste and then the smoke really lingers. Overall good for the smoked beer style. Definitely enough smoke to know its there, but not to the point where that’s all you taste.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (334) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 23, 2014
A much darker pour than the Doppelbock, it pours a deep reddish brown with about an inch of foam. It shrinks quickly and leaves better lacing. Almost as smokey on the nose as the DB with less secondary aromas. Served cold, so maybe that explains it. Smoother taste though still quite smokey. So smooth, I can’t seem to pull any other flavours out of this Marzen so I’ll give up trying. Close to perfection for the mouth feel. This one, I reckon I could possibly drink another bottle of, back to back. Delightful it is.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pyskaty_dawid (3) - - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Very dark amber color, head white but not so stron. Aroma: mostly roast ham and roast cheese, caramel, toasted bread. Taste: good balance beetwen sweetness and bitterness. Body is too light for me. Finish is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (899) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle at home, 19th September 2014. Bought in Munich, strong smokey malty aroma, with slight metallic and iodine notes, inviting. Taste is smooth smokiness, burnt bacon, charred barbecue, really works, and metallic aroma does not translate in the mouth. Great beer and a nice change to the series of IPAs, I had the same evening

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
plaugher (168) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
500ml bottle into a tumbler. Pours a deep brownish mahogany with a slight off-white head. Strong aroma of smoke and oakiness, and light malt. Smoky malt flavour with some caramel, slight sweetness. Medium body and smooth. The be all and end all of smoked beers still has yet to be trumped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
g_georgiou (232) - CYPRUS - SEP 17, 2014
Clear cola brown body with a beige medium sized head. Aroma is malt, strong smoke, dark fruits. Taste is sweet with light bitterness. Medium to thin body, a bit of a thin texture, some spice aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobsch (505) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle and tap. Not much too say. The benchmark for all smoked beers. The perfect balance of smokey, roasted and malty flavours. For sure an extreme beer but highly drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
camoes (115) - PORTUGAL - SEP 16, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 22A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch LTK. AROMA: very present smoked aroma reminiscent of burnt wood. Very faint malt aroma with no esters and no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color and translucid. rich and creamy tanned head with medium-low retention. TASTE: smoky flavour balanced with a slight sweet malty background. clean lager profile. very low bitterness. finishes medium-dry. PALATE: medium-low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a nice example of a Bamberg speciality.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (772) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at the Wellington Arms, Bedford. Chocolate brown, slightly hazy, wispy khaki head. Smoked beechwood, Marmite, dark chocolate in the aroma. Reminds me of a less fishy Ted Peters (S Pasadena, FL). sweet taste, slighter than expected. A smoky bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The palette isn’t as full as you’d think, but it suits the beer. At any rate the carbonation carries the mouthfeel. The paradigmatic smoked beer. A bit more ABV and body and this would be elevated to godlike status.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (313) - SERBIA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle 0.5l frok Dranken Geers Ghent Belgium.Pour it caramel colour with small white head.On the nose smoke.Taste of prosciutto, smoked ham, caramel and wood.Very good intense taste.Great

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (55) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2014
There are few beers that can be smokier than the meat you’ve just barbecued, but this is one of them. Unbelievably delicious.


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