Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1546   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Amazing beer interesting and delicious. My first rauchbier, even though I have had some smoked porters. The aroma was of beacon, and sweet malt. It poured a very dark brown almost black color with a tan head that laced really well. flavors were sweet malts, woody smoke, grill tastes. I can’t imgine what this would be like with a steak from the gril of a burger with some creamy cheese. excellent mouth feel. Addicting flavor. I need to find some more rauchbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 Even better than the Märzen, which was already excellent. Lovely deep color, smells a bit like rye-bread. Tastes like bottled smoke with a hint of liquorice. Nice bitter in the finish. Not quite as warming as I expected. Re-rated from tap @ Mallaskukko; Dark like tar, minimal brown head. Very smoky aroma, roasted maltiness. Tastes like liquid tar and smoke, tons of liquorice. Semi-oily feel. A little ashy in finish. Warms you up more than the bottled version, still without the burn of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
I had the marzen a while ago. This one seems much more balanced in flavor. Smoke is incredible, but it still lets the flavor of the beer shine through just enough. This went perfect with a mesquite grilled steak.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Perceptron (32) - USA - NOV 8, 2006
My first experience with a smoked beer didn’t go well. A local brewpub made a smoked porter which I sent back. Undaunted I tried the O’Fallon smoked porter and thought it was great. Lately I’ve been in a lager-loving mood and this smoked bock from Schlenkerla is simply amazing. The most pronounced- REAL smoke flavor I’ve yet had. There is no "smoke essence" taste or anything that smacks of liquid smoke. Malt is sweet up front but dries out with the smoke in the middle. Aroma is all bacon and malt - like nice syrup soaked sausage or something. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 Re-Rate. Pours deep orangy/red-hued brown, with frothy tan head. Aromas of smoked ham, burning wood, distant barbeque, some peaty notes. Flavors that hint at smoked bacon (or ham...pork either way), an earthy/coffee like bitterness, a bit of syrupy sweetness, and caramel undertones throughout. Palate is medium, with a very rounded mouth-feel. Smoke and coffee bitterness/acidity hang on for a long finish. Interesting, very complex, and would probably be great with breakfast, or for breakfast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle from Keg & Bottle 2. Pours a deep dark brown color with some ruby outlines. Strong smokey bbq aroma. Some chocolate in there as well. Thick rich roasted maltiness. Bitter coffee and lots of smoke. Some sweetness as well. Finish is quite bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Clear brown, with a thick tan head. The smoke is definite in the aroma, as is sweet malt. A definite smoke flavor, almost like liquid smoke in a smooth bock beer. While not displaying a lot of active carbonation in the glass, the beer comes alive in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
On draught at the brewery. Rich yellowish creamy foam on top of this very dark beer. Smoked aroma with some sweetness underneath. Mellow smoked flavours with a good nuttiness. Well-balanced, leaving the mouth nice and dry. Full-bodied. Solid craftmanship shines through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4037) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Not a huge fan of the smoke beers, but decided to give this one another try in honor of Oktoberfest. Pour is dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma, flavor, and palate: smoked ham, oak, charred wood chips, roasty malts, and some campfire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
ohh the smoke love it, a perfect breakfast beer, good beer smokey dark malts some bacon hickory flavour, intresting beer

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