Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3349) - Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Pours a dark, clear red wiht a good, creamy head. The aroma is definitely smokey, with a touch of chocolate and maybe even a tiny bit of coffee. There’s a bit of sweetness in the flavor, but not a lot more than smoke in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 This beer is different! It pours dark brown with red hue in the light, and has a thin off-white head. The aroma amazingly captures the character of smoked sausages, beef jerky and has a malty background. Beautiful, creamy mouthfeel and body. Full flavored and very chewy. Hickory like smokeyness is apparent, similiar to the flavors of sausage and bacon off of a fresh grill. There’s a slight, subtle malty touch in the background, but a long, full smokeyness predominates. The finish is long and has a pleasant, slightly burnt like character, almost giving off the feeling of a wood-burning stove. Good for a cold fall or winter night. Very different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2006
Ruby coloured with a consistent tan head. Slightly less of the smoked ham aroma in this one allowing a bit of sweetness. Also initially tastes very sweet but develops good bitterness into a long aftertaste. Better than the Wiezen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12726) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate woody smoke malt aroma. Medium body. Medium sweet smoke flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Complex standout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3622) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Dark ruby, nice head. Huge strong aroma of smoke and little sausages. Flavor is of liquid smoke, with a beer lurking somewhere in the background, utterly obliterated. More tolerable than some of the others from this brewer, I still liked the helles the best. Would be great to cook with though. Not a bad beer, just not my bag, baby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 16, 2006
ruby colored with a small tan head. huge burning wood aroma. smoked meat, firewood, beef jerky, smoke flavor with a sweet bock underneath. excellent beer. brings back campfire memories. lingering smoke aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2006
This is what smoked is all about. Blistering, burning smoke aroma, oak and cheddar; outstanding. Flavor is a thick wheaty smokefest, with an interesting assertiveness in the hops. This beer is completely over the top and overwhelmingly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of smoke and wood. the flavor is smoke and bitter hops. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice off white head. The aroma is of smoke and oak. Nice rich smokey flavor with a pleasent balance with the hops. Slight lingering of the smoked taste after the swallow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sunevdj (3567) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Pours a very dark brown with an off-white head. Lots of smoke and oak. Am I lost in the old London dockyards? Or did I rub Sweedish mosquito repellant (you know it if you know it) on my tongue? Light to medium bodied. LOTS OF SMOKE!

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