Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 2592   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattMex (16) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2016
Drunked 2 times on Tap in Bamberg, and collected some bottles to drink at home. The best way to drink this beer, is on tap at Sclenkerla. Something marvelous, one of the best ever I have drunk around the world. Bottle is good, but on Tap is more and more. Smoked...absolutely wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumore (252) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 26, 2016
From the bottle at L’angolo Blu, Rimini, Italy. Pours brilliant but dark brown, with very fine white foam. Aroma is smoked, but also dried figs. Body is tendentially light, worth some carbonation. Taste starts sweet, but then a well-persistent bitterness from the smoked barley comes up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonGregorio (156) - POLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Clear dark red beer with small off-white head. Smokey aroma of ham, bacon, wood, a bit toasted, with lighter notes of bread and cherry. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter, lots of smoke, bacon, wood, some bread, caramel. Medium body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation. A real classic - smokey, meaty, brings back campfire memories.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emelie (44) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2016
Brun, klar Lukt: rök, chark, söt, syrlig, Smak: knäckebröd, rök, chark, metall, torkad frukt,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPoole (391) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2016
Pours dark amber brown with a small off white head. Aroma is big smoked malts and bacon with notes of molasses. Big smoked malt flavour up front with fruits, molasses and a charcoal finish. It has a med body with a good sweet bitter balance. A good winter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (1816) - HONG KONG - DEC 16, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear deep amber brown colour; Two-finger head with crumpety off-white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full smoked malt which can be smelt a foot away, with well-done bacon, toast, caramel, strong cherry, red fruits, floral, molasses, bread, lemon and fresh grass. Yum!

Taste: Close to medium sweet rich malt, with potent bacon smoke, moderate ash, light soot, caramel, burnt toast, floral, molasses, earth, strong dough, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass.

Body: Close to medium body; Dry and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich maltyness in a thick background, very creamy and chewy (nice!). Smokiness is potent but not overbearing, full of nice bacon, light ashes and bit sooty. Fairly toasty with lots of caramel. Flowery with good sweetness. Earthy doughty with lemon to round. Fantastic!

Hoppiness: Floral, lemon and fresh grass in nose. Earth, floral, lemon and grass. in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, medium astringent meaty malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Creamy, smoky and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: This got to be the template for how smoked beer should be done - good head and looks, Strong but lovely bacon smokey aroma, rich creamy maltyness of Maerzen with just the right amount of ashes and smokes. Fundamentally strong in all areas yet so pleasant to drink. What more can I say? A classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (332) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - DEC 15, 2016
From the brewery. Pours a brownish color. Aroma filled with smoke, bacon and fire. Taste is surprisingly balanced caramel malt notes with an overpowering smiley finish. Amazing how much better this beer is at the source from the oak barrel than in the bottle. Classic and good. Most probably my favorite German traditional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3392) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a moderate frothy off white head. Aromas of smoked ham, rye bread, leather, tobacco, soil. Taste is smoked with caramel tones and floral notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3581) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2016
From barrel @ Bishops Arms Plaza. Dark reddish amber with a medium tan head. Malty and smokey tones. Malt, smoke, fruit and hops. Medium body with a nice bitter / smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GhostS (191) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 5, 2016
strong aroma - smoky in abundance (smoked plums, dried pears slightly moldy, burnt fruit wood), slightly burnt and dump straws, heavy smell of old wooden cask, burnt bacon, a bit of well roasted malt. medium taste, well accentuated - burnt malt and fruit wood, burnt straws, a lot of smoke, emphasized and dominant, some tar, a bit of sweetness and caramel, tainted black fruits, some over cooked meat, a bit of bitterness. very good beer!

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