Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1491   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 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 (6015) - 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 (2419) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2006
Deep reddish brown beer with a creamy tan head. I was not surprised, that this beer is totally dominated by the smoke, but it becomes to much in the flavor, where the fatty bacon notes is too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2006
I’m still not sure if these are my type of beer, but the darker urbock is a lot better. Smells like smoked salmon or a carolina barbeque. Poured dark with almost no head. First thing to hit was the malt but quickly followed by the smoke, and there was a lot of smoke. I clean finish once again tasting like a oakgrilled steak. I buy this again. Thanks to Jason @K.S. for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4508) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Bottle. Tan small head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Nose was sweet, malty, smokey like wood burning. Flavor was bitter, smokey, dry and some notes of nuts. Mouthfeel was tingly. Medium body.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - FEB 18, 2006
Frankly, this was more of a torture than a drinking experience. The burnt, and not in a pleasant way, aroma made me retch. I took a small, timid sip, and from my lips to the back of my throat I felt violated. It felt like a liquid ashtray in my mouth. I made it through four more sips before I did the gentlemanly thing and offered it to my wife. She said it tasted like Hickory Farms’ "Yard o’ Beef" mixed with burned chocolate cake. We poured it down the sink together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of tupalev. Ruby-brown colour with a tiny head. Fantastic aroma of wood smoke and sweet, roasty malt. Flavour of smoke and bitter chocolate, with some nuttiness and a pleasing dry, bitter finish. Wonderful stuff! Thanks to Jeff for sharing this and the weizen - a nice one-two punch of smoky goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Medium brown color, light tan head. Smoky flavor overwhelms the beer underneath. Goes well with pastrami. Smooth feel. Smoky aroma, tastes like scotch.

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