Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 2616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Pours a dark brown color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Smoky aroma (surprised?). Tasted like sausage as one kid said. Another person said it tasted like slim jims. Either way, I don’t think I ever had a beer quite like this bad boy right here. Everyone should have it. Also it was pretty cheap at the store we got it... only 4 bucks for a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
25 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with red highlights when held to a light. Moderate linen-white head that faded to a thick, creamy film and left partial lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice with a strong but mellow fragrance of smoke along with a bit of earthiness. The flavor was equally pleasant with the smoke taking center stage, but not overpowering and not excessively sharp. There is also some malt flavor that comes through. Surprisingly smooth. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2007
25 oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Dark brown-red translucent body with a good half inch of off-white head. Smells malty, peaty, and smokey. Tastes malty at first, but quickly goes to peaty and ashy... For the style, this is spot-on, and I suspect it’d pair greatly with a smoked Gouda or pork sausage. As it is, it’s a bit overwhelming by itself for my taste. Nevertheless, nearly flawless and well-crafted for sure. It is what it is...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 7, 2007
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. Obviously you have to like smoke flavor to appreciate this beer. This is basically a smoke lager, as compared to the Ur-Bock, which has a smoky bacon flavor. I liked the Ur-Bock’s complexity over this beer, but it’s smooth with a low bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Wooden barrels at Schlenkerla and from bottles. I thought the Urbock was my shit but after studious critical analysis, this is it. Emerges dark chestnut, nearly opaque but for the ruby tint. A big, alive, lasting and aromatic head. Pure, deep, and delicately smoked malt aromas entice. The drinkable body sells an in-your-face smokiness, which yields to a rich and rounded body. The artful fullness transcends the cheeky smoke, which never comes close to being charred. Balanced and genuinely woody, especially at the bottom of the barrel. Well-developed malt sugars are kept in check by illusory salt from the smoke and are also corrected by a skillful addition of subtle German hops. One of the most drinkable and giving beers on the planet. The lower gravity marzen goes down faster than the urbock without sacrificing a lick of pleasure, and that’s why this edges ahead of its heavier sister. Begs for years of contemplation. This is my first 5.0. Cheers to my dad, who told me about this beer way before I became insufferably nerdy about this. Peace & love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 2, 2007
Nice brown-amber clear colour, with a beige head. Aroma is obv of smoked ham (sud-tiroler speck) or smoked cheese, with some maltiness, such as baked slightly burnt bread. Some hints of mocha and toffee. Lovely in mouth, very smooth, with a little acidity. Flavourful but still quenching.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Clear dark amber body is a small beige head. Aroma is sweet hickory and mesquite smoke with caramels and toffee. The flavor is moderately sweet with plenty of smoke, jerky, toffee and dark pitted fruits. Medium body is a bit thin from filtering with gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
10/24/07 From the bottle. Aroma is like smoked cheese with subdued sweet malt and a strong salty tone. Appearance is clear medium brown with a low light tan head. Flavor is smooth, but still like grainy sausage. The malt comes through with a sour/smoke blend followed by a roasted vienna or munich flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty much identical to a standard Marzen, with medium body and carb feel. Overall, this is clearly exemplary of the style and should be tried by anyone curious about smoked beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - OCT 30, 2007
Bottled 500ml. Amazing Beer. Brown color with a generous beige head, smoked aroma (remember a xmas turkey) and the same thing to the flavor but too more stronger. Mouthfeel is dry and bitter finish.

Português : Cerveja maravilhosa!! Cor marrom com uma generosa espuma bege, aroma defumado (me lembrou o peru de natal) o mesmo para o sabor, porém mias forte. Retrogosto seco com um final amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Holy liquid smoke Batman. This is a potent smoked beer. Small head. Watery texture, strong malt, and a dry smoked finish that lasts into the morning. Pretty good at being different. Urbock is next.

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