Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1571   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/red color with a downy fluff of a head. Aroma is, well, smoky! Beef jerky, sausage, bacon, and a little caramel and bread hiding behind that wonderful greasy meaty smoke goodness. Taste has a surprisingly strong caramel and roast presence, living up to its "urbock" monicker. Smoke is an equal player in the flavor, unlike the aroma. Midsip, the taste is coffe and bread. Finishes very woody, with a mild hop bitterness. However, there’s an effervescent smoke to the whole experience. Even when it’s not being tasted, you know its there. A great beer that always makes me wish the style was more prominent on store shelves in brewers repetoires.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle pours dark brown almost black with a short tan head taht stays pretty well and laces the side of the dimpled mug I served it in. Aromas of peat, campfire, a touch of caramel, and some burnt malts. Flavor is smoke, roasted malts, caramel, and some bread notes. Softly carbonated and fairly smooth in the mouth. Unique and quite tasty..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ianhuntley (4) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
Truly a unique beer. While residing in Deutschland I fell in love with this unique Rauch Bier. Many American breweries have tried, but none have the smokey and bitter flavor required for an effective smoke beer. Speaking with the brauer gave me a glimce into the tradition and technique into this complex urbock. This Beer is truly a German tradition that stands firm with its Bavarian rules of Brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2006
(50 cl bottle, thanks oh6gdx!) Clear brown color, tan head. Intense peaty and smoky scent, lots of tar. Smoky but also sweet and voffee taste. Coffee and burnt malt aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. For scotch lovers it’s a must, also for me. I love the smoke and tar, give me more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2007
[Bottle from oh6gdx, cheers!] Ruby brown with a thick, tan head. Big beechwood smoke nose, some caramel, slight roast. Full, smooth body with a gentle carbonation, dry, smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 04/07) Malty, mild tar/smoke and hoppy aroma. Red brown colour, clear and average size, light brown, slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Slightly bitter, slightly tar (less than Märzen), sweet flavour with a hint of smokiness. Softly carbonated, medium to full-bodied and smooth palate. 10/11/06

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Wow wow wow, have been looking for this for a full year now. Crazy powerful nose, loads of malt and smoke, primarily of the smoked ham/fish variety more than the woody. Deep brown with a large, fluffy head. Very malty and smoky with a pleasant, pervasive fruity sweetness. Light grapes. Hops evident in the back of the mouth and throat at the end and into the dry aftertaste. Coating and lasting despite the lager body. Balanced and full-flavored, flavorful but relaxed, not extreme. No apparent alcohol, and the smoke retires after a while and leaves a luscious, lovely brew, well-made and free of novelty. A sumptuous, rich dessert, an absolutely delicious lip-smacker. A revelation, treuly worth the wait.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle: Dark mahogany brown with a firm 1/2 inch foam top. Big time classical Bamberg smoke aroma. Sharp cinder-flavored brew with a caramel malt undertow. Excellent, if you like the bigtime Bamberger smokes.

   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.

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