Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 2573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
500 ml bottle. pours very dark red which looks brown unless held against light. has a neverending medium sized beige head. aromas are pure smoke. i cant pick out anything else and thats waiting from fridge cold to room temp. flavours are of camp fire with undertones of malt with hops rounding out the finish. this is a very well brewed beer and it truely is a drinking experience. something id definatly have to be in the mood for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Dark brown color with some red in the color. Very little carbonation. The smoke aroma is powerful and smells very good. Flavor is smoked of course, but there is some roasting beef and bacon specifically. Full flavored and full bodied with a medium palate. The epitome of smoked beers, and I am happy I came to like these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Deep , beautiful mahogany pour. Thin layer of beige lasts a while. Full, intriguing aroma of hickory, charred brown sugar ham, pine smoke. The schlenkerla signature is pure and distinctive. Initial taste of crisp hops and well-mannered smoke. A bit of vinegar, bitter chocolate, and thoroughly blackened roast. Hint of lysol and strange fruitiness. Pristine balance, though. Finishes dirty and dry with a touch of tartness. Smooth and overly mild palate. Lulls a bit at the end. The munich sweetness is fairly marginal, but it’s solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Pours a light brown color with a small light tan head. That patented Schlenkerla big smoky bacon aroma is quite massive in the nose. I always find it tough to pull out other notes in smoke beers because thats really all I get. The taste is quite smoky as well, but big on the rich maltiness as well. Almost leaves a roasty flavor in the aftertaste. The finish was sharp and crisp with a campfire smokiness feeling to it. This has some decent balance to it. Nice smoked beer. These guys know what they’re doing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutfellow2 (20) - Peterborough, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle: Massive smoke aroma. Malt on the palate but overpowered by huge smoky bacon flavours. An acquired taste undoubtedly, but one worth acquiring!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pour: amber, deep red hues. Head: creamy offwhite. Aroma: meaty, strong smoke, charred. Flavor: meaty and smokey, very earthy and burnt. Palate: smooth. Finish: smokey roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2007
Bottle, 50 cl. Yesterday @ ratebeer meeting, Kulminator. Amber brown color, with a beige head. Aroma smoked, spicy. Medium body. Taste = malts, smoked, a bit sweetness. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
From 50 cL bottle. Pours amber brown with a lacing light brown head. Meady and smoked aroma. Bacon flavoured and quite smoked. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle. For starters, please note that overpowering smoked meat smells are not my favorite. And this beer is overpoweringly full of smoked meat aroma. Immediate smells of beef jerky - very unique. Rich dark amber brown with a nice foamy head. Can taste the smokiness as well. Leaves a dry smoke flavor on the tongue. Flavor isn’t nearly as overpowering as the smell - hints of sweet malt to it. Taste is actually quite nice. I may not love this beer - but it sure does have character!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 #300 - from City Beer Store in S.F. Poured a rich dark brown in a weizen glass with a nice light tan head. Good lacing too. Smell was very reminiscent of salted and peppered beef jerky and smoked bbq, and although it was very obvious, it wasn’t as extremely overpowering or offensive as I feared. I found it extremely enticing and the taste was not a letdown either. The base of the beer itself was smooth, perfectly malty and sweet with a touch of lingering smokiness and light bitterness in the finish. It was very full flavored, not overdone and perfectly crisp from the carbonation, and I was shocked at how drinkable this stuff was. I expected this to be a letdown b/c I was quite excited to try it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good, and I can’t wait to try the other 2 varieties.

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