Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1477   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a white head. Nose and body are the same - like teryaki beef jerky smoked over oak chips. Beautiful body. My first "smoke". Strange, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Heavy bacon aroma, very, very nice. Great dark brown body with a light bubbly head. Good malt taste, followed by smoked ham and bacon. Full bodied and with a smooth yet spicy ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Dark mohogony color with a thin frothy off-white head. Aroma of smoke and hints of salt. Sweet smoke flavor with light salting. Taste of a smoked ham.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoritzF (8860) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2006
(bottle) Clear and dark reddish amber colour with a mid-sized foamy beige head, diminishing into a small creamy layer. Nice and rich smoked malts aroma (beechwood smoked ham and leather). Moderately sweet smoked malty taste, full bodied, smooth mouthfeel; a little bitterness comes up towards the finish with notes of tar and liquorice. Great for a Bock and for a smoked beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Never had this type of beer before, and i really enjoyed this. Aroma is alot like BBQ or mesquite beef jerkey. taste is very smoky. hints of genuine bbq chicken, bacon and hickory. nice body, moderate carbination. great beer, very unique. i imagine the smokyness could be too much for some

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
bottle. bright brown-red copper with no passage of light, topped by a medium fluffy white head. man, I thought the Marzen and Weizen were good and then I finally get my hands on this! the aroma is wonderfully meaty with lots of sweet earthy malt - I could whiff this stuff for hours. sweet chewy smoked malt flavour and dark bitter chocolate in the finish. amazingly this stuff is very lush and drinkable. awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Bottle- Thanks for sharing Mike (Tex)- This beer is deep mahogony with hints of ruby showing. Good initial head, nice lacing, leaves to a light beige sprinkling. Smoked meast is punching me in the face, and I like it. Hickory charcoal is up next with a subtle fruity malt. But this beer is mostly smoky. Flavour profile is focused on the meat all the way to the bank. Perhaps a touch of honey ham, and some smoked malt. It’s medium to full bodied, leaving a smoky aftertaste. Definitely a sipper for me. Thanks again Mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5819) - 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 (2417) - 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.

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