overall
96
98
style
Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bchlala (42) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
coffee, roasty, soy sauce, black, sparkling, brown foam, very bitter, full body, oily feel, thick feel, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2008
Dark reddish brown with an off-white lacing head. Nose is malty, strongly smoky (ham) with some tar. Flavor very balanced between the soft smokiness and a dry, malty dunkel. Finishes dry and herbally bitter, with tar and light liquorice even. Light to medium bodied, smooth palate. A great, light and smooth rauchbier.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tallboy2 (7) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2008 does not count
Wonderfully smoky aroma reminiscent of smoked sausages. Hop aroma and flavors are replaced for the most part by the smoke, which is more than capable of balancing the subtle sweetness of the malt. Great paired with grilled meats, dried meats (like Bresaola), and cheeses (especially smoked or blues). This is a love it or hate it beer--those not familiar with smokebeers may want to begin with the Helles Lagerbier rather than the Marzen, as it provides an entry-level smokiness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On cask at the brewery. Smokey baconlike aroma, very strong smokey flavor. Some sweetness. Full palate, quickly disappearing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2008
What a unique experience...beautiful brick red body with 1/4 inch caramel head. Backyard barbeque floods through the nose. The flavor is that of roasted pork with notes of molasses, coffee, and oak. Bring out the burgers, throw down some dogs...this will be the perfect compliment.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bennylava (99) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
500 ml bottle. Pours amber brown with thin long lasting tan head. Huge smoke aroma with some malt underneath. Powerful smokey taste with a little bit of a sweet finish. Very nice and enjoyable though one per session would be fine for me.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AMN (127) - Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Intense bacon aroma and flavors, but the marzen malts still come through to make this a satisfying yet easy-drinking beer. Looks good, feels good, is good.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
This is the most selfless rate so far. I really can’t stand the stuff. But one has to bow to sheer quality!!! And my girlfriend said it tastes like bacon. I do love her!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a nice light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma of charred breakfast meats and smoldering campfire, with some molasses and coffee in there too. Reminds me of getting the campfire started in the morning while thebacon is sizzling on the campstove. Flavor is similar, but not too smoky to overpower the other aspects. The best smoked brew I’ve tried yet. Wonderful and complex.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2008
500ml bottle
5.1%
I tried this beer on January 28, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish-black into the glass with minimal head, and an ’oily’ look. The aroma was smoked wood, as well as some roasted malty tones. The mouthfeel was light bodied, almost watery, yet creamy, with little carbonation. The flavour was very much like burnt bacon and burnt coffee.


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