Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1525   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. I could smell the smoke after I poured it but before I brought it too my nose. Very strong smoke aspect, and a bit of a stone smoke at that. The aroma reminds me of Altenmünster Rauchenfelser Steinbier, which is not a good thing, because that was easily my lowest rated Smoke beer. Clear dark brown color, that is nearly opaque. Tan head. Some lace. Initial moutfeel is that of body. The smoke characteristic is stronger in the nose than it is on the palate. Finish is smooth and pleasant. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A little too soft in the finish and in the carbonation. Perhaps it had been sitting on the shelf for awhile. There are some hops here as well. I’d love to try this fresh on tap. A good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2006
(04.27.06) One pint, 9oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 6.5% ABV. Poured clear brown black with small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Smoke, peat, and cedar wood in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and mouth blasting peat and smoke. Finished dry with more smoke flavor. The beer tasted like it was steeped in burnt wood and peat. Not for the meek; Definitely an acquired taste. A treat for folks who enjoy strong tasting beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pesonally, I’d take the Marzen Rauch over this one, but this was pretty good too. Aroma was, surprise, smokey. Flavor was, surprise, smokey (with a bitter finish). Pour was dark brown-reddish with a nice initial head that turned into nothing before long. Mouthfeel was thinner than I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Dark amber. Aroma: Big and of smoke, and more smoke- almost like smelling smoked sausages. Taste is smoky, balanced with a good amount of malt. Smooth finish with some hops. I can see how this beer is good for its style, maybe a bit over the top for me personally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
Dark body, minimal head. Aroma/ flavor is very smokey, think smoked gouda cheese. Very similar to the Marzen in that respect. The smoke is balanced with a little sweetness at the finish. This is medium to full bodied. Complemented my seared tuna steak (soy sauce, sesame seeds, and cherry tomatos) very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1413) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a very thin tan head. Aroma is very smokey with some meat aromas such as sausage and bacon. Flavor is smokey with roasted malts with a small hint of chocolate and coffee. Probably a little too much flavor on this one, it’s good but hard to drink all of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
16.9oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear brownish copper with a moderate creamy light beige head. Big smoked malts--peat, bacon, and sausage--and that’s pretty much all I can smell, and that is good. Taste is more of the same with some roasted malts, giving way for a little bit of coffee and a small roasted malt bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Pretty lacing, in fact it’s pretty much one big lace the length of the glass. Not crazy complex, but pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Tons of smoke from the get go. Sausages, ham, some peat thrown in. Tastes chocolatey with lots of over the top rosatiness. Good, but a little over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1689) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle, $3.89 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours brown with an inch of tan head. The aroma of lightly smoked oysters and smokies. Mmm, love the smell. Flavor is nice and smoky- like a good smoked beer should be. Aftertaste of smoked oysters/sausage/other meat- which I happen to enjoy. I can understand how some might find it objectionable, but this one hits the spot for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 21, 2006
pours a golden brown with a tight, off white head. Aroma is similar to smoked meats, sausages, salami etc. Has a smoky malty flavor, with a very faint sweetness in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit metallic. Takes little getting used to but very tasty.

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