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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2146   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.


SCHIENKE's rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SCHIENKE (9) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Dark amber body. Strong smoky aroma. The aroma is very similar to the taste. If you are in the mood for a great rauchbier this is a must try. I have had quite a few rauchbiers from various microbreweries, but this one is probably my favorite.


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 (230) - 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 (111) - 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 (52) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (404) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a thin foamy off-white head. Flavors are smoked meat, charred wood, roasted malts, barley sugar and caramel with fruity, salty and spicy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, oily texture. Taste is surprisingly sweet while smoked flavors are most noticeable on the nose. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1295) - - SEP 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-1-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a reddish - copper color with a two finger billowy beige head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The nose is smacked with tons of big smokiness with some aromas of char. It smells of a fire and with hints of a salty aroma as well as a little bit of grass it gives an almost smoked meat like smell overall. Taste – While the nose was massive in smoke the taste was a little tuned down, although still nice and smoky. The taste starts out with some smoky and malty flavors mixed with a bit of a lighter fruit taste. The smoke as well as the fruit grow a bit stronger in nature and mix with some lighter grassy flavors. A bit of a almost salty meat flavor develop more toward the middle to the end and when mixed with the smoky flavors produce a smoked ham sandwich like taste with a little bit of fruit flavor. Odd, but interesting. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium to slightly thicker side for a brew of only 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the style with the slightly chewier body very nicely complimenting the smoked flavors, while the moderate carbonation was great for the overall drinkability. Overall – Quite a tasty Rachbier with a huge smoky nose but yet rather palatable and pleasing blend of flavors beyond just smoke.


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