Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1420   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Deep, translucent mahogany with rose colored accents when held to light. Dusty, icy tan head. Aroma is rocking: jerky, rawhide, mighty bones, pigs feet, summer sausage, kielbasa, chocolate and caramel bock attributions. Sweet smoky bliss is confirmed in the flavor. Chocolate and caramel duet joins a hickory, rawhide and crispy bacon tribute. Smoked edge takes on flavor traits of toffee dropped into a breakfast skillet, dripping with bacon and sausage grease. Slight moss and muddy mulch engrain an earthen edge. Sweet mouth composure, fumigating all the porous pockets of the palate. Toned carbonation and a malt profile that could put on a clinic. Finishes with smoked ham and caramel ribbons. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pours dark brown with a red tint and a large frothy tan head. Aroma is sweet and very smoky, like smoked sausage or beef jerky, with some dark fruits and malts as well. Has an amazing flavor - I can actually taste smoked meat in the finish. There is also an oak taste in the flavor - from the aging in the oakwood cask. Flavor is sweet and slightly bitter, with an excellent malty malasses and caramel notes. It would be better if it were thicker and had more alcohol content. But as is, this is a wonderful beer - makes me want to go out and buy some beef jerky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9100) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2005
On tap at the Dominikanerstrasse: Dark ruby to amber coloured, thin but stable yellowish head; smoke and dried fruit in the dense aroma, traces of alcohol too; the almost vinous, full sweet-malty taste harmonizes very well with the mild "Rauch"; a smoked brew, which is more suitable to beginners than the regular Märzen, because the smoke is distinctive, but better "integrated" than in the Maerzen.....Moreish, a class of it’s own !!!!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
[500 ml bottle, 14.1c]
Tasted with the guys from Institut de la Bière.

Holy smoke! I still have the taste of that bacon grease in my mouth 12 hours later. This is an amazing beer, but i would never be able to drink more then 1 per evening or else, I might fall on the floor. I’m not sure if I truly like the ’animal’ smoke flavor.. I think I prefer the more ’vegetable’ way. I’ll have to disagree with the mass because compared to other smoked I had, this one lacks refinement. I will try it again in a near future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21155) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper colour with big beige head, lacing. Aroma of smoky wet wood. with sweet hints. Sweetish caramelly flavour at first which turns into strong smokish wooden malty flavour in finish. Pleasant palate and overall too very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 19, 2005
(500 ml bottle from http://hitimewine.com) Thick khaki head sits atop dark caramel brown body. Nice lacing. Aroma is good smoked sausage, sweet woodsmoke. The taste is mellow and smoky and good. The mouthfeel and finish are smooth. Boy this is good, just right!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6061) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
This was intresting,my first smokey ...big smokey bbq smell, as well as alot of beef jerky! some tar and wood too...full smoke flavour, smooth and medium dryness that blends nicely in the mouth, leaves a nice kiss of smoke, sampled 3 types of cigar..one special...went like a dream! a true classic, gotta get my hands on the marzen, takes getting used tooo

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2005
Aroma:very goos smoke aroma.. Appearance:dark brown,good tan head.. Flavor:smoke and caramel from the urbock... Very good but a prefer the marzen...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5174) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, with a 1/2" head, off-white in color. Huge smoke aroma with maybe a little tobacco as well. Flavor is almost like swigging on a bottle of liquid smoke, and made me long for some smoked sausage. Hugely malty, with a muted, but finely balanced level of bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation on the palate. Not a whole lot to say about this one in the descriptive sense, it’s kind of a one trick pony, but what an awesome trick! It’s hard to believe they actually derived all the smoke flavor from the traditional method. This has to be one of the best Rauchbiers in the world that is widely available.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
500 ml bottle. Amazing beer. Nice dark color with a decent head that lasted the whole glass. The nose was super smoky. Did it actually smell like Smoked Salmon, or do I just automatically associate that flavor the the pink fish. Nose of teryaki even. What a strong smoky aroma anyway. The smokiness continued into the flavor to be accompanied by some molassas and other dark malts. Very tasty stuff, but you gotta be in the right frame of mind. I liked it.

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