Scherlenka Smoke Beer - Braurei Heller

I read an article with the guy who makes this stuff. It's been in his family for forever and it's, uh, different to say the least. The thing about it is its historic value. In the old days the only way to dry the grains for beer-making was over an open fire. As a result, the grains were essentially smoked. This smoke comes through LOUD AND CLEAR in this beer. The owner of the brewery called it "liquid ham" and that's about right and about as disgusting as it sounds. It was somewhat worse than what I'd expect from liquid ham.

Now don't get my wrong I appreciate the historic value of this beer. It makes me understand a little bit more about beer's history and the way that it has evolved. But, it also makes me very happy that we have developed technology that allows us to have beer that doesn't taste like this anymore.

Give it a shot if you dare, but don't say I didn't warn you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had this beer many times and I love it! Mostly because I like the smokey flavour.
If you don't like the thought of a smokey-flavoured beer then you may not like this.
Similarly, many people like smokey-tasting malt scotch like Lagavulin or Compass' "the Peat Monster". But many don't.

September 6, 2008 4:51 AM  

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