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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
(Bottle) Thanks to Lubiere for obtaining this for me. Pours a medium, cramy, white head with a cola-coloured body. Nose of Schlenkerla bacon bits. Mmm... smokey and thin? A little surprising that its not more oily and less fizzy? The finish is short - which suits me fine. An average smoked beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
Dark amber bock with a thin off white head. Smoked bacon aroma, with wood chips, and pleasnt BBQ phenol. A sweet malt with smoked herring quality, and good hops with nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Excellent with the Kasseler ham (Danke schoen Henning). Bieropholie private import.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
While sitting here looking at my empty bottle, I now realize precisely how good beer can be. I mean I’ve had some great brews, but this one is not only possibly perfect, it’s different and that goes a long, long way. I’m not sure how to put into words how good this brew really is, so I will simply say it’s probably one of the best brews I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. I will leave the detailed book review to other reviewers, but I will say this...the rich smokey aroma, the deep smokey taste, a nice hoppy finish...the only way they could improve on this beer would be if they included a super model with every purchase and she served it out of her bellybutton. Simply outstanding. ’Nuff said."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Here?s the smoke, now where is the fire....This a quite the rauchbier. Dark brown with minimal head. Very roasty, but mellows as you drink it. A fine brew in all aspects. Smells like roasty oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Beer pours a dark, clear brown with a small, light brown, creamy, mostly lasting head. The aroma is inviting: Heavy, lush, sweet malt aromas of roasted grain and coffee; heavy, warm notes of smoke, wood, and brine / green olives and a touch of spice; a moderate yeasty note of basement. The flavor is well-balanced. It begins moderately sweet and moderately bitter with a long, lightly bitter finish full of campfire-like smoke retros. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is watery, the carbonation is lively. Engaging and easy-to-drink. Would be great by the fire.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2006
"First one of this style for me. Poured a dark brown with a little head which didn’t last long. Aroma was strong smokey. Flavor was smokey with a slightly bitter taste to it, taste way better as it warmed "

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
(500 ml bottle: $3.50 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) In succession, first came the Weizen, then the Märzen, and now the Urbock. Urbock wins hands down. The Weizen was an interesting mix of contrasting flavors. The flavors in the Märzen seemed more unified and connected. But the only in the Urbock does the malt have enough muscle to match the smokiness step for step. Sweet, very malty and caramely, lightly bitter, and of course, very smoky, but unlike the other two rauchbier, the smoke never dominates the flavor here, but rather complements it. I much prefer the balance this rauchbier shows. The nose, well, it is dominated by the smoked meat aroma typical of these beers, but I don’t mind if the sweet maltiness gets lost in the aroma too much. Body is medium-full, somewhat sticky, and mildly carbonated, but the smoke still gives the palate life rather than becoming somewhat cloying. Dark brown in color and nearly perfectly clear. Like the other rauchbier, the light tan head is very fizzy and quickly and noisily dissipates, leaving barely a ring and a few spots of lace. Overall, this is easily my favorite of the three Aecht Schlenkerla beers, and the style that I think works best with such a significant amount of smoke.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark mahogany with an orangey glow. Handsome, creamy beige head leaving a pretty lacework. Marked, smoky nose. Sweetish, full body with lots of roasted malt and caramel. But everything here is completely overpowered and drowned in fat, smoky flavours. No vague hints of smoke here, this is the real McCoy - a hardcore smoked. Hoppy finish. 180106

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 16, 2006
The best of the three I’ve had. Smells and tastes smoky, which is too be expected. Nott too bad though and really not that heavy. A nice smoky beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Wow, this is intense. Marvelous big smokey aroma. Very full bodied. Sweet maltiness and a hint of chocolate. Their Märzen to the power of two.


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