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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1563   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
   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 (1787) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Huge amount of smoke and tar. I’ve had this from bottle and tap and both were excellent. Perfect for cold winter and christmas table, altho you cannot drink (or eat?) more than one at a time. Fills the whole room with pleasant aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 Ah, I love rauchbier’s and this is the perfect example of what one should be. Huge smoked malt aroma that just leaps out of the glass. All malt and smokey goodness that wraps itself around your palate. This just screams German and is exactly what you should expect from Bamberg. I would LOVE to try some of the smaller breweries in Bamberg to see what they deliver. If you love a huge peaty single malt, this is the beer for you!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Amazing beer interesting and delicious. My first rauchbier, even though I have had some smoked porters. The aroma was of beacon, and sweet malt. It poured a very dark brown almost black color with a tan head that laced really well. flavors were sweet malts, woody smoke, grill tastes. I can’t imgine what this would be like with a steak from the gril of a burger with some creamy cheese. excellent mouth feel. Addicting flavor. I need to find some more rauchbier.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 Even better than the Märzen, which was already excellent. Lovely deep color, smells a bit like rye-bread. Tastes like bottled smoke with a hint of liquorice. Nice bitter in the finish. Not quite as warming as I expected. Re-rated from tap @ Mallaskukko; Dark like tar, minimal brown head. Very smoky aroma, roasted maltiness. Tastes like liquid tar and smoke, tons of liquorice. Semi-oily feel. A little ashy in finish. Warms you up more than the bottled version, still without the burn of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
I had the marzen a while ago. This one seems much more balanced in flavor. Smoke is incredible, but it still lets the flavor of the beer shine through just enough. This went perfect with a mesquite grilled steak.


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