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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 2155   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Poured dark with decent amount of foam. It really taste smoky and slightly bitter on the palate. Not bad but not remarkable either.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (709) - - OCT 2, 2014
Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are large smokiness, oak, and some malts.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chopper925 (150) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color, nice beige head. Aromas full of smoked ham, beautiful with hints of caramel. Taste is lightest sweet and very decent bitter. Lively carbonation and a thin texture making this beer very drinkable. Aftertaste of much more smoked ham and smoked fish, very nice. Accompanies good with a hearty meal or a german "Brotzeit".

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"similar smoke flavor to the urbock, which was fantastic. thinner body, though, and a slightly more simplistic smoke and sweet malt flavor. still very good, but not quite elite imho. 2nd time held it’s own with the others cept for the urbock."

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (1760) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
50cl bottles fresh, aged 1yo 9/2014 (bb09/2013) and on draught@source. Strange that Heller’s standard offering of their trademark Rauchbier is technically a Märzen at a 5,1%...otherwise this is as rich and flavourful as Franconian standard fair gets, truly stellar in its sessionability. Beechwood-blackened salmon dunked in an Islay malt-inspired Franconian Keller. Lush dry caramels, a creamy palate do not hinder prime gulpability. A masterpiece in character and simplicity of quality ingredients., to be had at a lower abv payoff than their gorgeous Urbock. - Holds up rather well given its original richness, although it doesn’t gain much in taste either.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingvit (201) - - SEP 26, 2014
Aroma: smoked fish, sausage; Appearance: clear dark red, average brown foamy head; Taste: medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium sourness; Palate: average carbonation, long finish, oily texture, medium body Well-rounded beer, thoroughly smoked. Terrific, intense aroma. Drinkable. A bit too much carbonation in the beginning. Paired with canned tuna on rice and green peas was terrific. The beer highlighted hot pepper and curry that I added to the food.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebo24 (3) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 24, 2014 does not count
Absolutely fantastic smokey flavour! It tastes almost like that you’re eating bacon. Real good beer with both medium sweetness and bitternes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (155) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2014
50 cl bottle from my local Comarket in Tallinn (€ 3,11), Sept 2014. BB 12/2014. Pours a reddish brown with a small light tan head that laces and retains nicely. Nose... it’s smoked ham. Really difficult to get anything else from behind that... After a while the "hamness" steps back a bit, giving way to a more malty aroma that together with the remnants of this smoky ham make a very enjoyable mixture. And yea, it makes me want ham. Taste is rather sweet with nice low key bitterness, whereas the smoky dryness only appears in the finish. A bit of a downer really, after the full aroma. Body is quite light, carbonation just right between average and soft. Dry, somewhat grainy mouthfeel. I’ve grown to like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (341) - 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 (903) - 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


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