Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1553   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 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Perceptron (32) - USA - NOV 8, 2006
My first experience with a smoked beer didn’t go well. A local brewpub made a smoked porter which I sent back. Undaunted I tried the O’Fallon smoked porter and thought it was great. Lately I’ve been in a lager-loving mood and this smoked bock from Schlenkerla is simply amazing. The most pronounced- REAL smoke flavor I’ve yet had. There is no "smoke essence" taste or anything that smacks of liquid smoke. Malt is sweet up front but dries out with the smoke in the middle. Aroma is all bacon and malt - like nice syrup soaked sausage or something. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 Re-Rate. Pours deep orangy/red-hued brown, with frothy tan head. Aromas of smoked ham, burning wood, distant barbeque, some peaty notes. Flavors that hint at smoked bacon (or ham...pork either way), an earthy/coffee like bitterness, a bit of syrupy sweetness, and caramel undertones throughout. Palate is medium, with a very rounded mouth-feel. Smoke and coffee bitterness/acidity hang on for a long finish. Interesting, very complex, and would probably be great with breakfast, or for breakfast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle from Keg & Bottle 2. Pours a deep dark brown color with some ruby outlines. Strong smokey bbq aroma. Some chocolate in there as well. Thick rich roasted maltiness. Bitter coffee and lots of smoke. Some sweetness as well. Finish is quite bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Clear brown, with a thick tan head. The smoke is definite in the aroma, as is sweet malt. A definite smoke flavor, almost like liquid smoke in a smooth bock beer. While not displaying a lot of active carbonation in the glass, the beer comes alive in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
On draught at the brewery. Rich yellowish creamy foam on top of this very dark beer. Smoked aroma with some sweetness underneath. Mellow smoked flavours with a good nuttiness. Well-balanced, leaving the mouth nice and dry. Full-bodied. Solid craftmanship shines through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Not a huge fan of the smoke beers, but decided to give this one another try in honor of Oktoberfest. Pour is dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma, flavor, and palate: smoked ham, oak, charred wood chips, roasty malts, and some campfire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
ohh the smoke love it, a perfect breakfast beer, good beer smokey dark malts some bacon hickory flavour, intresting beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Tastes like breakfast! Actually, the very well balanced smoked, malt flavor DOES remind me of a hickory bacon style breakfast. The malt is present, but so is the smoke. There is almost no hop presence in the foreground, a little in the background, but it is so negligible that is almost not worth mentioning. A very good, different beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Bottle. Dark brown color with a off-whrite head. Aroma it smoke and sweet malt. Flavor is smoke, caramel, sweet in first mothfull second less smoke third is just vey nice a smoth bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours dark with a thin off-white head. Smells like pork, or perhaps a fireplace. Taste is of bitter ham or sausage with some malt. Palate is a bit sharp, but that was expected. Not bad, but the Marzen was better.

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