Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.

kubilai's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kubilai (111) - , Quebec, - JUL 14, 2011
Bronze body with a long lasting tan foamy head. Campfire steam. Am I smelling a beer or bacon? Taste full of smoke, sweet bitterness at end. Very earthy and roasty sensation. Remembers me of, now discontinued, Calumet Grand Chef. Very good if you like this kind of beer. The reference for Rauch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2018) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2015
From bottle at Tolkien’s House in Zagreb with TO 07.10.15. Clear copper. Diminishing pale brown head. Fantastic aroma and taste of smoked sausages and tar that you would find in the keel of old wooden boats. Crisp mouthfeel making it easy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulioRangel (73) - Salvador, BRAZIL - OCT 4, 2015
Cerveja produzida a partir de malte defumado, com aroma marcado de fumaça. Cerveja de corpo moderado e paladar arredondado. Cerveja bastante escura.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalflake (70) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from the SAQ. Poured into a pint glass, light brown with a thin beige head. As expected, smoke dominated the aroma, with sweet maltiness and even a bit of fruit showing up afterward. Smoke remained on the finish. Fantastic pairing with the applewood-smoked ribs I had it with!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (921) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Had the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen a few weeks ago, so decided to try this one. The lady in Glug was at pains to stress that this is a full-on smokebeer Poured into an English pint. Dark ruby red, with a thin off-white skim. Aroma of smoked meat, or more accurately smoky bacon crisps. I love the way the smokiness dominates but doesn’t overwhelm, and allows some background fruitiness through, while the palate manages to suggest creaminess. Would be delicious with something gamey involving paprika.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (659) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - SEP 24, 2015
500 ml bottle from Beervana, thanks to my lovely wife, Natalia. Pours a clear mahogany color with crimson hues and a big, beautiful creamy, lingering light-tan head which leaves a gorgeous lacing. Fantastic, superb smokey aroma with some dense bready and woody maltiness. Huge notes of smoked ham, bacon, tar, bbq sauce, roast beef, oak wood and peaty Islay single-malt whisky. Nice hints of Lapsang Souchong tea and Pumpernickel rye bread. Taste is not as heavy-driven as the aroma but it’s a powerhouse on its own. Bitter, and smokey, almost roasty, with very low sweetness and a soft tart touch. Smoke dominates by far, with woody maltiness and very faint hops. Massive smokey aftertaste. Similar to what you get after a BBQ with good beef pieces. Medium body, it lacks maybe a more heavy, creamy texture. It has just the right amount of carbonation. Good. Great even. An excellent German Smoked Märzen but I think the Weizen has more balance and is more drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pityu (131) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2015
Bottled - Smoky, burnt, woody aromas, no hop notes. Dark brown colour, beautiful, long life beige head. Medium malty sweetness with some noble hop taste. Smoked ham and bacon taste is very heavy, maybe too much. Not an easy drinkable one, but its really exciting. Medium body, medium carbonation, smoky finish with a hint of oak. Very tasty, but its a bit too smoky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3227) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2015
(In Bavaria from 2012 notes). Note at the outset that, as a whole, rauch beers are not my favorites and that they too often seem to me to have too much smoke flavor. This particular version is certainly above average and great looking, but does border on too much smoke flavor. In this case, my objection is more the masking of the other flavors rather than the sheer quantity of smokiness. The clear brown body has a lasting tan head that leaves exceptional lacing. As suggested above, the aroma is very smokey; ominously so IMO. Fortunately, there is proportionately less smoke in the flavor and some malt and light spice shows. Still, the primary impression is more similar to smoked meat than to a ’typical’ lager. M: medium body; Medium+ carbonation. O: nice, Bamberg style brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Salwal (135) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2015
From the bottle, pours pitch black with beige head. Nose of rich smoke, kinda imba. Taste is heavy smoke, caramell and Toast. Smoky finish... Overrated...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Spence75 (21) - - SEP 18, 2015
Bottiglia da 0,5. Color marrone scuro, Ha sentori di caffe tostato e soprattutto un evidente sapore di plastica bruciata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (529) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Aroma is smoke, bacon, sweet, possibly wheat. Appearance is dark golden, white head. Taste is a mess, clove and banana mixed with smoke and bacon. Mouthfeel is thin and light, unpleasant. Overall, not great.

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