Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bamberg’s strong beer season (October through December). Matured for months in ancient rock-cellars underneath Bamberg and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask. Similar to, but much bigger than the classic Maerzen style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Pours very dark brown with a generous pearl head. Some lacing. Smells exactly like some smoked sheep’s cheese I’ve had recently--bacon, sausage, etc. Also some malts, but the smoked aroma is completely dominant. Tastes like frigging sausages. Incredible. Excellent. A great change of pace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 Robe rouge claire surmontée d’une mousse beige fugace et en dentelle. Arôme de bacon. Saveurs de bacon, de houblon amertume, de caramel et une pointe de chocolat. Arrière-goût en amertume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Smells like a hickory barbque of sorts. Tastes similar. It’s quite unique. Don’t know if I like it but it reminds me of meat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2005
This is beef jerky beer (smell & taste) - I don’t think I need to say much more. Interesting and attention grabbing. Points for the unique taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2005
this was by far, hands down, the strangest beer i have ever had ever. :) upon opening the bottle, before it was even poured, there was a thick bacon, pepperoni, sausage, pizza smell to it. hugely thick white head. very dark brown with some ruby highlights. tastes like kilbasa, smoked swiss and cheddar cheeses, smoked summer sausage. sweet malts and yeasts, very chewy flavors. thanks b

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
This is sweet BBQ in a bottle. Nice strong caramel smokey taste. This is BBQ in a bottle. I can’t help craving BBQ after drinking this beer. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Mahogany hue with a small, sudsy head. Cured meat and campfire smoke aroma, probably the strongest of the Schlenkerla beers that I’ve tried. Medium-bodied mouthfeel that was nicely carbonated. Tasted some caramel malts behind all that smokiness. Strong desire to barbeque something now. Long lasting, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5600) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 500 ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby red, slightly murky with a tight off-white head - slight lacing. Meaty, smokehouse like aroma with touches of bacon cooking. Flavor has some sweetness - reminiscent of toast with jelly - (have breakfast on my mind) to it with touches of beef jerky. Also pick up some cinnamon notes as well, but the sweet smoke flavor dominates. Not quite to the point of cloying, but takes a while to appreciate this style - still not a huge fan. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Overall, a good smoked beer - probably would enjoy more if I was not in Baton Rouge where it is 85 at night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29484) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
A clear red beer with a nice but collapsing brown head. The aroma is nicely smoke - obviously from beechwood - with notes like tar and rope on an old sailship in summertime. The flavor is sweet and quite smoke, though not as extreme as I had expected, it also has notes of caramel, wood, toffee, as well as hints of coffee. A very complex flavor. The end is quite smoked, roasted, and dry. The mouthfeel is very well rounded. I must admit I had expected more - but it is a nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JUN 5, 2005
bottled, the aroma is of smoke. malty body, the flavor is dominated by smoke.

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