Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle: Aroma is very smokey with some light chocolate. Pours a transparent mahogany with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Strong smoke presence in the flavor with an equally strong caramel and chocolate presence. Light roastiness. Finishes with a light bitterness. Smokiness is very well balanced with all the other flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Aroma of smoked bacon and sausage. Appears a deep brown-red color with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is sweet at the outset, and smoky in the middle, with flavors of smoked turkey or chicken; finish is slightly acrid, with a cigar-like aftertaste. Palate is light - a bit too light for the flavor. Overall, this is an excellent beer - more smoky than the marzen but with considerably less body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Reddish brown body with a puffy light tan head. Aroma is SMOKE SMOKE and more SMOKE. There’s a malt base there that adds some caramel as well. But this beer was about 90% smoke, 10% everything else. It may not be remotely balanced, but I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2006
Deep reddish brown beer with a creamy tan head. I was not surprised, that this beer is totally dominated by the smoke, but it becomes to much in the flavor, where the fatty bacon notes is too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2006
I’m 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4403) - 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.

   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 Farms’ "Yard o’ Beef" mixed with burned chocolate cake. We poured it down the sink together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2976) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.

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