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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9497) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2006
(50 cl bottle, thanks oh6gdx!) Clear brown color, tan head. Intense peaty and smoky scent, lots of tar. Smoky but also sweet and voffee taste. Coffee and burnt malt aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. For scotch lovers it’s a must, also for me. I love the smoke and tar, give me more!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ianhuntley (4) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
Truly a unique beer. While residing in Deutschland I fell in love with this unique Rauch Bier. Many American breweries have tried, but none have the smokey and bitter flavor required for an effective smoke beer. Speaking with the brauer gave me a glimce into the tradition and technique into this complex urbock. This Beer is truly a German tradition that stands firm with its Bavarian rules of Brewing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 04/07) Malty, mild tar/smoke and hoppy aroma. Red brown colour, clear and average size, light brown, slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Slightly bitter, slightly tar (less than Märzen), sweet flavour with a hint of smokiness. Softly carbonated, medium to full-bodied and smooth palate. 10/11/06

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/red color with a downy fluff of a head. Aroma is, well, smoky! Beef jerky, sausage, bacon, and a little caramel and bread hiding behind that wonderful greasy meaty smoke goodness. Taste has a surprisingly strong caramel and roast presence, living up to its "urbock" monicker. Smoke is an equal player in the flavor, unlike the aroma. Midsip, the taste is coffe and bread. Finishes very woody, with a mild hop bitterness. However, there’s an effervescent smoke to the whole experience. Even when it’s not being tasted, you know its there. A great beer that always makes me wish the style was more prominent on store shelves in brewers repetoires.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6251) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle: Dark mahogany brown with a firm 1/2 inch foam top. Big time classical Bamberg smoke aroma. Sharp cinder-flavored brew with a caramel malt undertow. Excellent, if you like the bigtime Bamberger smokes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Bottle. Poured out a dark reddish purple hued color, it almost looked like Chianti against light. Rich creamy lacing head that was light tan in color. It really clung to the glass. Aroma is strongly smokey hints of camp fire, naked wood, and carmelized sugars. Flavor is less assertive than the nose. Balanced with a smokiness that is subdued when cold and opens up as the beer warms to give it a nice robust smoked character. Finishes slightly dry with a nice full foamy feel. -------& Version sampled 10/01/2009 at the Bavarian Lodge. Richer and more peaty than its unfiltered brother this beer appears a murky dark reddish brown with a thin soapy light tan head that leaves splotchy web-like lacing. Flavor is potently full, peaty smokey with some bitter roast malt in the finish. Aroma is smoky bacon and peat. Delicious. 7 4 8 4 - No change to overall rating.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 9, 2006
Deepest, darkest mahogany, with a very long-lasting two-finger tan head. Spicy-sweet-smoky nose that strongly suggests sausage. Faint roastedness behind that. Rich in the mouth, and quite dry but not really bitter, with more of the sausage notes but also the roastedness coming to the fore as well. Finish is chewy with slight bitterness. A big, distinctive brew that nevertheless seems well balanced. Not too sweet and not too bitter, but still full in body and flavor. A beer that really delivers loads of flavor without slamming you on the head with big sweet malt or bitter hops.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Dark mahogany with a dense head. Not much carbonation. Excellent balance between bready bock-maltiness and beechwood smoke. Caramel, bread, and dark sugar are there, along with well integrated & very assertive smoke. Moccha coffee and chocolate pop up, as well as some slighty salty woodiness. Harmonious. A long and evolving finish, starting out with rounded bock flavors, then the smoke and wood takes over, leaving it drying out nicely in the end. An underrated gem.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tranquillity (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2006
Aroma of tar and smoke. Dark red with a small white head. Taste bitter with smoke and juniper. Long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Aroma: Beechwood smoke, tar, bacon, herbal hops, and a rich malty sweetness. Intense at first, but inviting. Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with small red highlights. Yellowish tinged off-white head was full and creamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Smokey, but not as much as I was expecting. Rich maltiness with caramel, toasted nuts, and coffee. Some light woodiness (from the smoked malt?), and again a bit of herbal hop right before the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: I try not to eat when I’m rating beers, but some beers are just made for food. This is one of them. I matched it with some take out Chinese and it was a great match. A great, smooth beer that brings some serious smoke.


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