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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1456   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 Bambergís 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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Iím still not sure if these are my type of beer, but the darker urbock is a lot better. Smells like smoked salmon or a carolina barbeque. Poured dark with almost no head. First thing to hit was the malt but quickly followed by the smoke, and there was a lot of smoke. I clean finish once again tasting like a oakgrilled steak. I buy this again. Thanks to Jason @K.S. for this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4391) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Bottle. Tan small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Nose was sweet, malty, smokey like wood burning. Flavor was bitter, smokey, dry and some notes of nuts. Mouthfeel was tingly. Medium body.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - FEB 18, 2006
Frankly, this was more of a torture than a drinking experience. The burnt, and not in a pleasant way, aroma made me retch. I took a small, timid sip, and from my lips to the back of my throat I felt violated. It felt like a liquid ashtray in my mouth. I made it through four more sips before I did the gentlemanly thing and offered it to my wife. She said it tasted like Hickory Farmsí "Yard oí Beef" mixed with burned chocolate cake. We poured it down the sink together.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of tupalev. Ruby-brown colour with a tiny head. Fantastic aroma of wood smoke and sweet, roasty malt. Flavour of smoke and bitter chocolate, with some nuttiness and a pleasing dry, bitter finish. Wonderful stuff! Thanks to Jeff for sharing this and the weizen - a nice one-two punch of smoky goodness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Medium brown color, light tan head. Smoky flavor overwhelms the beer underneath. Goes well with pastrami. Smooth feel. Smoky aroma, tastes like scotch.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Its pretty hard to improve on pefection. Schlenkerla Rauchbier, is the bench mark example of the style. The Ur-Bock is a maltier example, that does not use 100% rauch malt, but is a slicker, less smoky version. This beer, like the Marzen, is truly outstanding. Its a little less smoky, but is just as exceptional. Urbock pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber to brown color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is outstanding, with lots of big sooty, and smoky aromas. The palate is slick and full, with lots of good, solid toasty and smoky/salty malt flavor, on a very polished body. This beer finishes with more good slick and smoky malt flavor up front, then ends with a smoky/salty and slight warming burn. Outstanding beer. A touch stronger and maltier than the original, but another stellar example of rauchbier. As much a classic as the original.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Before I open the bottle I just want to say that Iíve never been more scared to try a beer before. Iíll probably feel the same if I can ever find a berliner weisse. The style makes me shiver. Plus the labels make me think the Third Reich is going to hunt me down if I bash it. That being said, bombs away. the only reason Iím trying this is because Iím trying to conquer all 70 beer styles. UGGh, smells like beef jerky! Seriously smells like a campfire. How do they do that? Pours out dark amber color with off-white frothy head. (Sigh of relief) The flavor is nowhere nearly disgusting as the aroma, though the smoke comes back on the aftertaste. There is a little bit of chocolate in there and a little bit of smoke. Psychologically, I canít get into this beer. With every minute that goes by it loses the most nauseating aroma on earth. Itís like iím drinking blood or something. Everytime I take a sip I make a face and thatís just not how a beer should make you feel. If youíre at all squeemish or weary stay as far away from this beer as possible. I have to say that Iím quite surprised at how readily available this beer is in my area. I canít imagine that many, or even a few, like this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1962) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Pours a ruby/mahogany, mostly clear yet dark with a small and fading tan head. Fantastic aromas that I drank in more readily than the flavor: smoked sausage or ham, charcoal, campfire... awesome smoked character. Flavor is smoked and spiced as well, but it does come across rather chemical. Overall pleasant and rich, when Iím looking for an over-the-top Rauchbier Iím sure to turn to Aecht Schlenkerla.

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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fiulijn (15954) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013
2013-11-13, bottle bb Apr 2011, 3 years old, 9-5-9-4-19=46
The aroma is a complex mix of malt, caramel and smoke, that takes some time to fully develop. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; the dark caramel is lean, and perfectly blends with the harsh smokehouse character, the woody tones, and the light residual sweetness; correct bitterness, but some of it comes from the darker malts; if one thing, it may start showing light signs of oxidization in the end.
Heavenly beer.

2012-04-24, draught at Fermentoren, Copenhagen, 6.9% ABV, 10-5-10-5-20=50
Dark brown color, with red shades; creamy head. The aroma, surprisingly, is very peaty, almost like an Islay whiskey. The carbonation is soft, allowing to the caramel and malt to fully develop in the mouth, then tangle with the smoke and residual sugars; in the flavor the smoke has nice accents of wood, fireplace and ham. Saying that the balance is perfect would be in understatement.
Could easily be the best beer in the world.

2011-12-09, draught at ōlbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-18=45
Dark mahogany color, with fiery red beams and beige creamy head. Fat smokey aroma, like the best smoked ham, infinite, balanced. Good body structure, with caramel and toasted malts flavor, chocolate, apparent subtle sweetness, good smoke; a bit metallic, and drier in the end, with weaker body than usual. Great, but missing the greatest vibe that used to go with it.

2011-02-25, bottle, bb 2011-07, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Dark brown color; generous creamy head.
Fat smokey aroma, sausages, fresh wood, some firewood too; creamy, powerful, harmonious.
Bold mouthfeel, strong flavor of caramel, malt, and smoke of course; firewood; there is a nice residual sweetness that I would like to see in every Rauchbier, both as a complement to the dark malts, and as complement to the body.
The bitterness is fairly strong; in the final there is a nice touch of roasted malts.
Perfectly balanced, and powerful.

2010-11-26, draught at ōlbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-17=44
Dark brown color, with red shades. Infinite smokeyness; pervasive aroma; definitively Schwarzwald sausages; very late, some cold burnt wood. Good body strength, lean structure, with good caramel flavor (but not lasting enough); lovely smokeyness; the final is good, with some cereals, smoked, but somehow ordinary, not too long.

2009-11-27, draught at ōlbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-9-4-19=47
Deep mahogany color with red hue; creamy head. The smoke aroma is a world apart, with memories of smoked salami first, of burning wood later. Medium bodied, it carries a rich chocolate and gently roasted malts flavor, caramel, with a strong smoke presence and a sugar veil that fits perfectly in the picture; lovely mouthfeel, smooth, fulfilling. The bitterness is not strong, there is some dark caramel instead; if anything, the roasted malt in the final is just a millimeter beyond my liking.
This beer is as close to perfection as I may ask tonight.

2006-02-08, bottle, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Mahogany color, clean, with a creamy cap. Strong smokey aroma, sweet, malty. Smooth, full bodied, sweet, malty, smoked; the final has a pretty strong and very good bitterness, aromatic hops, plus caramel and some sweetness. Lovely.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 A Mes rate: Tap at Battersea Beer Fest. What a KILLER! Its a big one is this. My first beer of the festival and nothing really lived up to it from then on over the 2 days I went. Lovely red brown body, fantastic head. Aroma and flavour wise its a tough one to rate. Hard really to pick anything out really other than the smoked wood. Slightly nutty I suppose with some caramel too but it is all dominated by that amazing smoked flavour. Chunky, fairly complex and just YUM. Like I say its tough to rate but no doubt a great beer.


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