Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1492   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Dark amber. Aroma: Big and of smoke, and more smoke- almost like smelling smoked sausages. Taste is smoky, balanced with a good amount of malt. Smooth finish with some hops. I can see how this beer is good for its style, maybe a bit over the top for me personally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
Dark body, minimal head. Aroma/ flavor is very smokey, think smoked gouda cheese. Very similar to the Marzen in that respect. The smoke is balanced with a little sweetness at the finish. This is medium to full bodied. Complemented my seared tuna steak (soy sauce, sesame seeds, and cherry tomatos) very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1397) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a very thin tan head. Aroma is very smokey with some meat aromas such as sausage and bacon. Flavor is smokey with roasted malts with a small hint of chocolate and coffee. Probably a little too much flavor on this one, it’s good but hard to drink all of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear brownish copper with a moderate creamy light beige head. Big smoked malts--peat, bacon, and sausage--and that’s pretty much all I can smell, and that is good. Taste is more of the same with some roasted malts, giving way for a little bit of coffee and a small roasted malt bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Pretty lacing, in fact it’s pretty much one big lace the length of the glass. Not crazy complex, but pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Tons of smoke from the get go. Sausages, ham, some peat thrown in. Tastes chocolatey with lots of over the top rosatiness. Good, but a little over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle, $3.89 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours brown with an inch of tan head. The aroma of lightly smoked oysters and smokies. Mmm, love the smell. Flavor is nice and smoky- like a good smoked beer should be. Aftertaste of smoked oysters/sausage/other meat- which I happen to enjoy. I can understand how some might find it objectionable, but this one hits the spot for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 21, 2006
pours a golden brown with a tight, off white head. Aroma is similar to smoked meats, sausages, salami etc. Has a smoky malty flavor, with a very faint sweetness in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit metallic. Takes little getting used to but very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sysadm (25) - Århus N, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2006
Pours red/brown with a frothy white head. Smells strongly of salami/smoked bacon or fish if you will, the taste is malty, slightly bitter. It leaves a real strange bitter aftertaste in your mouth, but I actualy liked it some how...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2006
I actually use this to cook brats in, and it is truly wonderful the flavor it brings to the table. Very smoky uncured bacon fat aroma, some mesquite barbecue sauce, with a mouthfeel, that is somewhat uncomfortable and I know I oculd not finish a whole bottle, it is just to vinous for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle. Plum red brown with beige head. smoked bacon, akalamati olives, drinking a fireplace with bacon spilled in it. crispy bacon ash. could taste like garbage if you’re lacking the right taste buds and experience, but a wonderful experience for those able to recieve the gift.

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