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Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Made with barley malt cured by natural beechwood smoke right in the brewery, in the old tradition of Bamberg.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Pours a clouded brown-orange. Tons of tiny particles hang suspended in this. Nose is smoked meat. I can’t get anything else from this. It’s the same with all of this style. The taste is more smoked meat and maybe some wood. It’s lighter than some of the others smoked beers I have had and that makes it more appealing but this style is going to take more getting used to than lambics and geuezes, it seems. Finishes, well, like smoked meat.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Cloudy amber color,with plenty of susupended yeast throughout the brew.Small white head that lasted for a decent amount of time and left a decent lace behind.The aroma was malty and mildly hopped with just a very faint hint of smoke to it.The flavor was malty and mildly bitter with hops.The smoke seems to have to struggle to make a decent appearance,no doubt it's there but only faintly.The after taste is hoppy with a light bitterness.Not a bad brew but since i like a little more smoke to my brew,this one doesn't do it for me.It works out well as a lager but as a smoked brew it just doesn't get there.Worth trying atleast once but nothing more then that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2004
Tap, In De Wildeman Jan 2004. Deep amber bronze, good white lasting head and moderate condition. Initial grassy hop notes with a caramely woodsmoke note developing but never really dominating. Malty sweet in the mouth with a slight roasted barley note and a delicate underlying smokiness. Long malt roasted finish with traces of hop bitterness and smoke lingering well. Much more restrained than the Schlenkerla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Pours with a big head. I really enjoyed this. Had this with Maibockaddict. All malt flavor. Really enjoyable. I like smokey beers. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Pours with a big white head, a hazy yellow with floaties. Wounderful gentle smokey aroma. All malt flavor with a nice smoke compliment. Me and my brewing partner have made Rauch just like this berfore. Outstanding. Not overly smoked and perfect. YUM.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Hazy amber with medium-large off-white head. Aroma is relatively mild smoky, more of a smoked cheese, with some sweetness and some grassy. Taste is just what the aroma suggests, with some roasty and even caramel. Its relative mildness suggests it would make a good introduction to Bamberg beers for those who might be intimidated by the Aecht Scherlenka.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Orangish brown color with frothy white head. I love the smell of a good rauchbier. Smoky meat aroma, but not nearly as intense as the Aecht. The prefect rauchbier - smoky, malty, without being overwhelming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2004
A really quality look to this rauchbier, with a dark, orange brown color, slightly cloudy, with a fluffy head. Nose was smoky, but in a way very different from some smoked beers. Flavor was balanced between a pilsner type flavor and the smoke, occurring on the tongue in that order. Overall, a strange and nice rauchbier, but not as good as some others.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Dirty amber color, murky, minimal white head rapidly turns into a ring. Aroma is surprising by it's low intensity. It's nevertheless packed with subtleties. The smokiness here seems to be expressed through leather hints. There's also a cerealic thing going on here. In mouth, this is very easy to drink, intensily malty and refreshing. Above average carbonation and lagerish thin-medium body. Highly drinkable, but not as expressing as I had hoped.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2011 The wooden cask version at the brewery has a better mouthfeel than the bottle obviously as it is fed by natural carbonation, and so the brew satisfies a bit more than the bottle imho... Beechwood smoke lingers nicely into a toasted finish for a quenching Rauchbier, more süffig than Schlenkerla’s...


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