Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2201   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Cask @ Schlenkerla, Bamberg. Dark brown color with small head. Smokey aroma. Very soft and smokey. Bottle. Dark brown color with large head. Very smokey aroma. Very soft and smokey. Really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32126) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
From 50 cL bottle. Pours amber brown with a lacing light brown head. Meady and smoked aroma. Bacon flavoured and quite smoked. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2003
A deep red beer with a good head. The aroma is tar and smoke dominated. And the flavor is very powerful and dominated by tar and smoke. Really a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark brown, with a nice, lasting beige head. Rather dry, not that heavy but solidly smoked throughout. The smoke almost drowns any other flavour, and takes some getting used to. But whenerver that happens, this turns out quite quenching. I doubt that smoked beers will ever be a clear favourite though. 091200

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
Draught at the brewpub. Clear brown coloured with a solid brown head. Aroma of malts, smoke and hops. Smokey flavour of malts, wood and hops with some sweetness. Hoppy finish. The bottled edition is more smokey but less sweet and hoppy (6-3-6-3-13).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2005
Bottled. Brown colour with minor brownish head. Aroma is made of wet burnt wood (or coal). Taste of burnt wood (alt. smoked fish). Extremely smoky. Some of my friends love this one, I didn’t like it that much, but it sure differs a lot from "normal" beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Dark amber with rich, stable head. Densely smokey aroma, quite reminiscent of smoked ham. Full bodied with big maltiness and nicely salty, very bitter finish. The intense woody smokiness is there all the way through. Simply a world class beer in it’s own style. When had from the wood at Schlenkerla it gains yet another dimension - combining intense flavours with Franconian drinkability and softness. If you’ve only had it from bottle or keg - you don’t know what you’re missing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17611) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2006
Draught. Clear brown colour with a longlasting tan head. Has a smoked aroma with some hints of sausages. Malty and slightly smokey flavor. Has a long malty slightly smokey aftertaste, with some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
10th January 2008
Dark mid brown beer. Noteably sweet malt start followed by inevitable smoke! Drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013
2013-10-17, parallel tasting
bottle bb 2014/04, 8-5-8-4-16=41
bottle bb 2012/04, 9-5-8-4-18=44

The fresh one is dynamic and more lively, more carbonated, and performs well even when it gets much warmer in the glass; the aged one is rounder, a bit mellower, with more wood aroma, and very light traces of oxidisation; and it’s better when a bit colder than the other one.

2011-09-30, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-17=44
In the large mug the color seems very dark; the head is creamy. The nose is full of smoked ham, followed by campfire. Good caramel flavor, but the body has less impact than usual, the mouthfeel is drier, and with more roastiness; usual bitterness. The final is quite dry

2011-02-12, at the brauhaus, from fass, 9-5-9-5-19=47
And finally, here I am at the mother of all rauchbiers…
I got two glasses, one was last of the small fass, one was the beginning of a small fass.
Dark chestnut color; generous, compact head. The aroma is less strong than from a regular tap, but very harmonious; it mixes the smoke, with the wood campfire, and some roasted nuts; not fat, nor sour (but the new fass shows some butter too). The carbonation is very mild, therefore the flavors can develop better; caramel, chocolate, smoke, roasted nuts… Somehow there is some residual sweetness too. The flavor is worth an 8, but it gets at least an additional point because of the harmony and blend. Correct bitterness. The final has a good mix of smooth caramel, smoke and bitterness. Perfect.

2010-02-14, bottle, bb 06-2005, about 6 years old, 9-5-9-4-17=44
Dark brown color; generous creamy head, reducing to a thin layer and nice lace. Nice smoke aroma, with roasted chestnuts, dust, light pepper and wood. Mellow caramel flavor, smoked, woody; the body is lean; lower bitterness, not sweet but the age has softened the corners; the final shows a good mix of caramel and smoke. No signs of oxidization. Marvelous.

2009-10-09, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 9-5-7-4-16=41
Beautiful mahogany color, generous creamy head. All around the glass it spreads its wonderful aroma, smoky, deep, with just a bit reminding smoked sausages. Caramel flavor, less sweet than I would prefer, with medium body strength, and of course the smoked malt. The final has a quite low bitterness, some comes from caramelized sugars. Very well brewed; personally I prefer the Urbock.

2007-04-02, draught at Bishop’s Arms, Malmö, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Beautiful dark amber color; generous creamy head. Very nice smokey aroma, harmonious, sweet. The flavor has more roasted malt (and therefore bitterness), than the bottled version, which also hides the smokey character more; some nice hop as well. But it’s a great beer as usual.

2002-11-14, bottle, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Misty dark brown color, with a big persistent head. Very nice smoked aroma, hiding some malt. The taste is very well balanced, smoked of course, with some malt and the right blend of bitterness; quite dry.
I’m just figuring out which food to eat with, the next times…

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